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MCAC Pausing College Basketball & Volleyball Games Through January

Due to COVID-19, MCAC basketball and volleyball 2021-22 schedule will be paused until the end of January 2022.  Futsal play will begin in February 2022.

As COVID-19 continues to have an impact on the community, the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference (MCAC) membership has decided to pause the 2021-22 basketball and volleyball season until the end of January 2022.

The first half of this season was successfully completed with the holiday break originally scheduled to end on January 13 with basketball resuming play.

Shane Ray, MCAC, commented, “The health and well-being of our student-athletes, coaches, staff and fans is foremost in our minds as we reached this decision. While public health orders allow the continuation of the season, this pause is one way the conference can contribute to the ongoing battle against COVID. In addition, all members require student-athletes to be vaccinated.”

Conference games in both basketball and volleyball will be scheduled to resume on the January 28-30 weekend, subject to change depending on ongoing conditions. The futsal schedule will now begin on February 5, 2022.

In light of MCAC games that might be affected due to COVID-19, the best effort will be made to play games within institution policy considerations and each member's ability to field a team. Games that can not be played due to the COVID-19 status of a team or institutional policy will be considered cancelled – not forfeited.

The MCAC schedule will be evaluated on an ongoing basis in an effort to provide a complete season for the student-athletes, which could result in an amended conference championship schedule to allow for the completion of the full 2021-22 campaign.

The full updated 2021-22 MCAC basketball, volleyball and futsal schedules can been viewed at:



New Episode: Scott Martin - Basketball Manitoba Podcast

Today on the Basketball Manitoba Podcast we have Scott Martin. 

Scott has been coaching for over 35 years at various levels and is an absolute staple in the Manitoba Basketball community.  He is currently the Head Coach of the Men's Basketball team at Canadian Mennonite University.

He coached in the high school ranks with the Sisler Spartans Varsity Boys program, winning a Provincial Championship in 2006. 

Scott has coached the Manitoba Provincial Team on numerous occasions, starting in 1997 and again in 2019. 

He played for two years with the University of Manitoba Jr Bison program and three years with the Bisons.

Scott has been named 'AAAA' Boys Coach of the Year 3 times in 2000, 2006 and 2013.

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Brandon Bobcats Limiting Spectators for Weekend Basketball Series with Regina

The Bobcat basketball teams will return to action this weekend with a weekend series at the HLC that will see changes to attendance and spectator capacity.

The changes are due to limits to meet Manitoba health guidelines as the Bobcats take on the Regina Cougars January 14 & 15.

Due to being limited to 250 spectators, a very limited supply of advanced tickets can be purchased online through BU Athletics ticket provider Universe.

All spectators, including children and BU students, will require a ticket in advance for admission. BU students can claim a ticket at customer service in the HLC (limited quantity available) with valid student ID.

No walk-up tickets will be available at the door on game day.

Season and VIP ticket holders will be allowed entry as per normal.

Viewers can still watch locally courtesy Westman Communications Group on WCGtv and online at

Game times for Friday are 6 pm for the women and 8 pm for the men, while Saturday's tip-off times are 5 & 7 pm.

Physical distancing and face masks are required in the Healthy Living Centre, and proof of vaccination as well as government issued ID are required to enter the facility.



Wesmen Athletics Puts Pause on Hosting Fans

In the interest of public safety, Wesmen Athletics will not be hosting fans at the Duckworth Centre for the next two weeks as the province of Manitoba continues to navigate the latest COVID-19 variant.

The announcement means no fans will be hosted for this Friday’s basketball games at the Duckworth Centre as well as the Jan. 22 men’s volleyball match (7 p.m.) against Manitoba.

All three games impacted were previously rescheduled due to exam scheduling conflicts for student-athletes at the University of Manitoba.

The women’s and men’s Wesmen basketball teams will play the Manitoba Bisons at 6 and 8 p.m. Friday at the Duckworth Centre.

A decision on home contests slated for Jan. 27-29 will be made upon further evaluation following the Jan. 22 men’s volleyball match.

Fans who are still wanting to tune into the action can do so via the Wesmen Webcast on Canada West TV presented by Co-Op. Single-game passes can be purchased for $7.99, which allows the viewer to enjoy games live or on-demand for 48 hours.



Manitoba Student-Athletes & Coaches Awarded $17,000 in Sport Scholarships by Sport Manitoba

Sport Manitoba has awarded $17,000 in academic scholarships to six high school students, 12 university students, and four Manitoba coaches, including 4 of them with a basketball connection. The awards included the Manitoba Foundation for Sports Scholarships and Sport Manitoba Coaching Bursaries.

“The selection committee was inspired by the fortitude of this year’s student-athletes and coaches and the resiliency they showed despite the challenges they have faced over the past year with education, sports, and employment,” said   Janet McMahon, President and CEO, Sport Manitoba. “It is clear how important high school and university sports are to these individuals, and how difficult the loss of their seasons was. We wish them all the best as they move forward in their future paths.”


Manitoba Foundation for Sports Scholarships

$500 High School Scholarship 
  • Jessica Chow (Winnipeg-Dakota Crossing) graduated from Dakota Collegiate Institute, is a multi-sport athlete (soccer, track and field, volleyball) and will attend the University of Regina.     
  • Maxine Lavitt (Winnipeg-Minnetonka) graduated from Centre Scholaire Leo Remillard, is a swimmer and MASRC athlete and will attend the University of Manitoba.
  • Lauren Lenentine (Winnipeg-Fort Richmond) is a multi-sport athlete (curling, softball) who will attend the University of Manitoba.
  • Jordon McDonald (Winnipeg-Charleswood) graduated from Oak Park High School, is a multi-sport athlete (curling, golf, volleyball, badminton, cross country) and will attend the University of Manitoba.
  • Chloe Morrison (Stonewall) graduated from Stonewall Collegiate, is a multi-sport athlete (track and field, cross country, soccer) and will attend the University of Manitoba.
  • David Nelson (Winnipeg-Linden Woods) graduated from Westgate Mennonite Collegiate, is a multi-sport athlete (volleyball, cross country, basketball) and will attend Canadian Mennonite University.

$1000 University Scholarship 
  • Speranza Albensi (Winnipeg-Dakota Crossing) is a multi-sport athlete in baton twirling and track and field and will attend the University of Manitoba.
  • Cameryn Carlos (Winnipeg-Waverley Heights) graduated from Fort Richmond Collegiate, is a multi-sport athlete in basketball, swimming, cross country, and track and field, and will attend the University of Manitoba.
  • Lily Francis (Winnipeg-Minnetonka) graduated from St.Mary's Academy, is a multi-sport athlete in soccer, athletics, and cross country, and will attend the University of Manitoba.
  • Alexander Krykewich (Winnipeg-Norwood) is a volleyball athlete and will attend the University of Winnipeg.
  • Blake Magnusson (Gimli) is a multi-sport athlete in basketball, volleyball, and track and field, and will attend Brandon University.
  • Paisley Poirier (Lac du Bonnet) graduated from Lac du Bonnet Secondary School, is a multi-sport athlete in badminton, volleyball, and track and field, and will attend the University of Winnipeg.
  • Linus Schweizer (Winnipeg-Linden Woods) is a multi-sport athlete in sailing and soccer and will attend the University of Toronto.
  • Kate Sigurdson (Winnipeg-Windsor Park) graduated from College Beliveau, is a multi-sport athlete in softball and volleyball and will attend Jamestown University.
  • Alexandra Yarema (Winnipeg-Fort Richmond) is a rhythmic gymnast who will attend the University of Manitoba.
  • Cali Yates (La Salle) graduated from Sanford Collegiate, is a multi-sport athlete in basketball, cross country, volleyball, and badminton, and will attend Brandon University. 
  • Emily Zacharias (Altona) is a curler and will attend the University of Manitoba.
  • Mackenzie Zacharias (Altona) is a multi-sport athlete in curling, softball, and soccer and will attend the University of Manitoba.

Sport Manitoba Coaching Bursaries

Silvio Sboto Memorial Rural Coach Award - $500
  • Cassidy Jones (Brandon) coaches gymnastics at Brandon University.

Jeff Collins Memorial Winnipeg Coach Award - $500
  • Vanessa Navarro (Winnipeg-Maples) coaches figure skating and attends the University of Manitoba.
  • Yonatan Orlov (Winnipeg-Sage Creek) coaches baton twirling and attends the University of Manitoba.
  • Mark Naylor (Winnipeg-Elmwood) coaches biathlon and cross country ski, and attends the University of Manitoba.

Sport Manitoba is a not-for-profit organization and the lead planning, programming and funding agency for the development of amateur sport in Manitoba. Located at 145 Pacific Avenue in Winnipeg, Sport Manitoba partners with over 100 organizations to deliver sport in the province and is responsible for programs including the Manitoba Games powered by Manitoba Hydro, Sport Manitoba Coaching, Team Manitoba, Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame, Fit Kids Healthy Kids, and KidSport. Services provided include the Sport Manitoba Clinic, Sport Manitoba Performance, Sport Manitoba Fitness Centre, and the Paul Robson Resource Centre for Leadership and Coaching.

The Manitoba Foundation for Sports Scholarship program administered by Sport Manitoba was established to support young athletes of Sport Manitoba partners, who continue to participate in amateur sport while pursuing a post-secondary education on a full-time basis. The Manitoba Foundation for Sports Scholarship Program was established in 1992.

Silvio Sboto Memorial Rural Coach Award: Silvio Sboto was a dedicated and humble man who started learning judo in the late 50s after immigrating to Canada from his native Peru. He resided in Brandon for the last thirty years where he worked at the Seikeikan Judo Club. Silvio was the chair of the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) for Judo Canada. Silvio spent 10 years as an NCCP Theory Course Conductor and attained Level 4 NCCP status. He also had his fifth-degree black belt and was a national ‘C’ referee in Judo. Recipients of this award receive a $500 bursary to be used toward their tuition.

Jeff Collins Memorial Winnipeg Coach Award: Jeff Collins’ expertise earned him a reputation as a coach’s coach. Jeff served as head coach and clinician for the Legion Athletic Camps at the International Peach Garden for 32 years. He was the convenor and co-meet director of the MHSAA’s provincial track and field champs from 1984 to 2001. Jeff attained his level 3 NCCP and also worked with world-class special needs athletes. In 2003, Jeff was inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame. Recipients of this award receive a $500 bursary to be used toward their tuition.


Employment Opportunity: James Naismith Youth Basketball Instructor: Winnipeg YMCA - South & EK Branches; Close Date Jan 21. 2022

James Naismith Youth Basketball Instructor - Part-Time

Elmwood-Kildonan Y at 454 Kimberly Ave. & South Y at 5 Fermor Ave.

Are you passionate about basketball? Do you want to share your knowledge and experience? At the Y, we believe in helping kids reach their full potential. As a Basketball Instructor, you will ensure kids develop their skills and confidence on the court while emphasizing fun, safety and teaching the value of good sportsmanship. 

Are you the right fit?

  • Able to deliver the James Naismith Youth Basketball Program
  • Ability to lead and engage youth
  • Emphasize fun, fitness, and skill development
  • Develop and deliver weekly lesson plans and program activities

What else do you need?

  • 1-2 years experience instructing basketball
  • NCCP Basketball Coaching Level 1
  • Strong communication skills
  • Minimum 16 years of age
  • Emergency First Aid and CPR C certification (can provide in house)
  • Fully immunized against COVID-19 or a valid exemption

Submit your cover letter and resume by January 21, 2022.  The contact person to send your resume to can be found in the below job posting files.

The YMCA-YWCA of Winnipeg is committed to providing a safe environment for children and vulnerable individuals.  All applicants will be thoroughly screened through a review process including Police Record Checks with Vulnerable Sector Search and Child Abuse Registry Checks. We thank you for your interest; however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

If you are hired, prior to your start date and as a condition of your employment, you will be required to provide proof that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have a valid exemption.



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