Randy Turner was my favourite journalist. I don’t think I ever met him but I felt I knew him just be reading his work. I quoted him different times in this very column. Randy died of gall bladder cancer March 13 at 57 years young. Randy was raised in Boissevain and wrote for the Winnipeg Free Press for 31 years. He wrote with the perspective that only comes from being raised in a small town community. He could poke fun at big cities that only rural folk would catch on to. He won national journalist awards and received tributes from the Winnipeg Jets and TSN. Condolences to his family.
Haley Wickham’s Minot State traveled to Texas for the ACHA women’s nationals only to lose in the finals 1-0 to Brandon’s ACC Cougars. Haley had two goals in Minot’s 6-2 semi-final victory over Bishop’s University. The assistant coach of the champion ACC is Tara Van Cauwenberghe. Tara is the daughter of former Royal goaltender Kevin and Colleen (Vandaele). Minot was 6-0 against ACC this season.
Coach Trent Cassan and the Calgary Hitmen missed a great chance to advance in the WHL playoffs when they lost an 8-7 OT game to Lethbridge last weekend. The series continued to game seven last Tuesday.
The Yorkton Terriers and Quin Hobbs are down 2-0 in round three of the SJHL playoffs. Quin is an assistant captain for the Terriers.
Grady Franklin and Belle Hobbs both travel to Saskatchewan for the opportunity to go to the Canadian Midget AAA championships. Grady and the Brandon Midget Wheat Kings play Tisdale, Notre Dame and Thunder Bay in the Telus Regionals. Belle’s Wildcats play Saskatoon who were 27-1 in the Saskatchewan League.
Last week asked the name of a former Canadian National Volleyball team member from Brandon University. Athletic Director Russ Paddock from Oak River competed in the Olympic Games in Barcelona in 1992.
This week asks the name of Russ’s great-niece who finished third in scoring on the Westman Wildcats behind Paige Hubbard and Ali O’Hara.