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Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - June 24, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba Bl JUNE 2002 SPORTS GOT A SPORTS TIP Call in local results tollfree to 18777865786 before 11 Yon can fax us at Email Ml t I N T ft V D ft A F T Wheat Kings popular on Day 2 Pour Brandon players and Nesbitts Rome all snapped up BY ROB HENDERSON Brandon Sun Its not as glamourous as first over but for the second straight year a Brandon Wheat Kings player topped the second day of the National Hockey League entry Wheat Kings centre Lance Monych was the first pick of the fourth taken 97th as the final six rounds of the NHL draft were held yesterday in Last year the Nashville Predators led off the second day of the NHL draft by selecting Jordin Tootoo with the first pick of the fourth Monych was one of four Wheat Kings chosen Goaltender Robert McVicar was taken in the fifth round 151st overall by the Vancouver forward Tim Konsorada was a sixthround choice 168th by the Columbus Blue Jackets and forward and team captain Ryan who has been passed over twice in the was finally picked yesterday in the eighth 255th Also drafted yesterday was Nesbitt product Aaron The Swift Current Broncos defenceman was picked in the fourth 104th overall by the Los Angeles Both ranked 24th among North American skaters by the NHL Central Scouting and Monych ranked 27th were projected to go in the first three Both had anxious nights after being passed over on drafted was a big relief for said who scored seven goals and had 31 points in 70 games last season for the while amassing 168 penalty I was a little anxious after the first day and yesterday I didnt have to wait too but it was just a big weight off my shoulders to be was disappointed I was expecting to go on the first day but thats not always how it continued Its just a chance for an and my foots in the door now a little bit and Ill have to make the most of Monych also was happy he didnt have long to wait I was thinking of all the possibili ties while I was sitting there and hop ing it was coming said who totalled 18 48 points and 96 penalty minutes in 71 games last For hard work was finally rewarded yesterday with his selection by the Its Its nice to be recog nized and get said the 20 yearold Wheat Kings Its just the next step I guess and theres a lot of hard work ahead of me The task facing Craig is After a season in which he scored 29 goals and 64 points in 52 Craig has spent the last five weeks recovering from knee He said being drafted should help provide motivation for the expected sixmonth I dont think it said who does rehab work five days a week on his It gives you a little something else to push for and some thing to work towards for getting back and being healthy SUN RLE PHOTOS It was a great day for four members of the Brandon Wheat Kings and Nesbitt product Aaron Rome of the Swift Current Clockwise from from top left Wheat Kings goaltender Robert McVicar captain Ryan Craig rightwinger Tim Konsorada Rome Wheat King forward Lance McVicar was also eligible for the NHL draft last year but wasnt cho For that McVicar said he was pleasantly surprised to get word today that he had been I didnt even know if I would actually even go in the Its a weird situation when youre real ly had no idea what to so it was a bit of a surprise to me but it feels pretty who posted a goals against average and WHLleading 33 victories last was the second Brandonite to be chosen in this years both by Yesterday defenceman Brett Skinner of the United States Hockey Leagues Des Mpines Buccaneers was chosen in the third round 68th over all by the Prior to this year it had been eight years since a player from the Brandon minor hockey system was chosen in the NHL was ecstatic about his selection by the Columbus Blue Im just Im excit he said from his home in coming off a 17 45 point added that having three of bis teammates chosen as well added to his Im just so happy for he Everyone that went really deserved to be Other Manitobans drafted this year included Winnipeggers Geoff Waugh third by Dallas of the with the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey Leagues Kindersley Derek Meech seventh Detroit of the Red Deer Rebels and Tyler Boldt eighth Atlanta of the Kamloops Also drafted were Steinbach native Ian White of the Swift Current Broncos in the sixth round by Toronto and Russell Spence of who played for the Manitoba Junior Hockey Leagues OCN Blizzard was picked in the ninth round by the Phoenix Wilson shuts down Cloverleafs Tyler Wilson had the difficult task yesterday of facing the Manitoba Senior Baseball Leagues top team and going head to head with a pitcher who was recently drafted by the National Leagues Pittsburgh But a British Columbia who is now pitching for the Birtle Blue came through with his best performance in the MSBL as his team stopped the highflying Brandon Cloverleafs The host Blue Jays got a complete game performance from who allowed one run on five hits and two walks and struck out Birtle also beat Brandon starter Danny who made bis first appearance of the season with the Cloverleafs and allowed four runs on eight hits and three walks and struck out Andres was picked in the 19th round of the Major League Baseball draft by the Pirates earlier this In other games the KiUarney Lakers heat the Neepawa Farmers 87 and the Brandon Qra Dental Marlins beat tbe Oak River MSBL ROUNDUP Dodgers Blue Jays 4 Cloverleafs 1 Wilson also did some damage at the going 2for4 with a pair of singles and scoring a Ryan Kwiatkowksi also rapped out two sin gles and drove in a run and Ryan Borody added an RBI Clark playing just his sec ond game of the year with the worked two innings of scoreless relief and hit a solo home run The Blue Jays improved to while the Cloverleafs fell to Lakers 8 Farmers 7 At the Lakers scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to roar back for the KiUarney scored all of their runs off of Neepawa starter Kevin whp was putting together a nice game until the final Terrick allowed eight runs on 12 hits and three walks and struck out Newcomer Kyal Brandt earned the win for KUlarney after pitching three innings of He allowed two runs on two bits and four walks after taking over for starter Derek Opperman allowed five runs on 10 bits in six Jeff Andries had a double and two singles and drove in two runs for while Mike Smith knocked in three Baron Bradley hit a tworun homer for the The Lakers improved to while the Farmers fell to Marlins 9 Dodgers 3 At Westbran the Marlins scored four runs in the sixth inning to take the Lead and added four insurance runs in the The Marlins won their second straight game and fin ished off a threegame weekend with a 21 record Ora Dental also moved into a sec ondplace tie with the Baldur Regals at Both teams are five points back of the firstplace Ryan Boguski poked a double and added two scored two runs and drove in another to lead the Marlins Scott Hlady drove in two runs on a pair of singles and scored two while league batting leader Reed Eastley went 2for4 with two scored two runs and added an boosted his average to Rookie Nolan Mitchell earned the win for the He allowed three runs on nine hits and two walks and struck out three in 6 Jeff Wiebe pitched 2 scoreless innings to earn his second Ryan Reid took the loss for the who fell to Reid allowed four runs on seven hits and four walks and struck out two over Jarro4 Hickel went 2for4 with two singles and scored two runs in a losing Sun Kadinj getting his kicks KICKING BUTT Note to self Dont mess with the Deer Ridge golf pro Chris Kading is one tough as he is proving in his foray into martial The 34yearold Brandonite recently upped his record to 61 while competing for the Wheat City Muay Thai Kickboxing With barely over a year of Kading is 21 as a kickboxer and 40 3 TKOs as a welter weight boxer in Tough Man competi He recently lost a controversial split decision at a card in Pine but after coach Bart Curtis sent a video to the KF headquarters in the decision was unanimously Kading is now ranked 8 in North clubmate Oralee won her seventh fight in eight tries and is ranked 3 among welterweight women in Mauler as she is affectionately will fight internationally for the first time July 13 in Curtis himself has an upcoming date with the ranked fighter from slated for July 27 in IRONY ON ICE Does anyone else find it interesting that all the atten tion at the NHL draft gets paid to play ers selected in the top three rounds in it is mostly lessskilled players taken in later rounds who are determining the flow of games by sti fling the talents of the draftday HOW STUPID ARE WE When Mike Tyson took his hand off to Lennox Lewis he actually said that moments after being humiliated by the reigning he was in the process of grovelling for a return He kissed Lewiss tenderly wiped his own blood off the champs cheek and begged for another shot more Unknowledgeable boxing like the ones who were conned into believ ing Tyson had a chance against the vast ly superior are historical ly among the most gullible in Well see how naive they are if Lewis Tyson n is THE NEXT ONE Ronaldinhos brilliant fullspeed dribble to set up the first goal and incredible free kick that lifted Brazil past England into the World Cup semifinals pretty much tells us that soccers most successful country has yet another superstar in the Hes 22 years of age and destined for greatness on the world although hell miss Tuesdays semifinal due to red card received on a rather harsh decision by the referee later in the contest against PUMPED TO PLAY BasebaUs hierarchy has the players union wants no part of it and the sport is in dis repute even moreso than usual because testing for steroid use hasnt been imple mented as it has in other Mark McGwire admitted he used a form of the drugs while obliterating a 40yearold power record from the Ken Caminiti admits he was juiced up en route to becoming National League MVP a few years back and Jose Canseco conceded his legendary moon shots were Now it makes you wonder about bulkedup Sammy Sosa and Barry whose feats are also dispropor tionate to the natural evolution of By allowing baseball players to use performanceenhancing drugs during the baseball owners are not respecting the history of the diminishing the achievements of yester years BABYBACK Mike Myers has nothing on Mike During his profanitylaced tirade at the prefight press Tyson threatened to eat the children of reporters in attendance this from the guy whose favourite snacks include Ear of Evander and Leg of It was hard not to wonder when Jim Lajnpley grilled Iron so to in a postfight interview while Tyson held his kid in his if perhaps the ESPN announcer had caught him at meal ALL OVER THE MAP Former Brandonite Dan HaJldoreon fired a 67 last week to qmaWy for this weeks Senior Open in SEEWHITf 02 ;