Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - June 24, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba
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Wheat Kings popular on Day 2
Four Brandon players and Nesbitt’s Rome all snapped up
By Rob Henderson
getting his kicks
KICKING BUTT — Note to self: Don’t mess with the K-man.
Deer Ridge golf pro Chris Kading is one tough customer, as he is proving in his foray into martial arts.
The 34-year-old Brandonite recently upped his record to 6-1 while competing for the Wheat City Muay Thai Kickboxing Club. With barely over a year of experience, Kading is 2-1 as a kickboxer and 4-0 (3 TKOs) as a welterweight boxer in Tough Man competitions.
He recently lost a controversial split decision at a card in Pine Falls, but after coach Bart Curtis sent a video to the IKF headquarters in Milwaukee, the decision was unanimously overturned. Kading is now ranked No. 8 in North America.
Meanwhile, clubmate Oralee Molberg, 27, won her seventh fight in eight tries and is ranked No. 3 among welterweight women in Canada. Mauler Molberg, as she is affectionately called, will fight internationally for the first time July 13 in Minneapolis.
Curtis himself has an upcoming date with the Nod ranked fighter from Milwaukee, slated for July 27 in Winnipeg.
IRONY ON ICE — Does anyone else find it interesting that all the attention at the NHL draft gets paid to players selected in the top three rounds when, in reality, it is mostly less-skilled players taken in later rounds who are determining the flow of games by stifling the talents of the draft-day stars.
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 champion, he was in the process of grovelling for a return engagement. He kissed Lewis’s mother, tenderly wiped his own blood off the champ’s cheek and begged for another shot at, well, $20-million more dollars.
Unknowledgeable boxing fans, like the ones who were conned into believing Tyson had a chance against the vastly superior Canadian-Bnt, are historically among the most gullible in sports. We’ll see how naive they are if Lewis-Tyson II is announced.
THE NEXT ONE — Ronaldinho’s brilliant full-speed 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 soccer’s most successful country has yet another superstar rn the making.
He’s 22 years of age and destined for greatness on the world stage, although he’ll miss Tuesday’s semifinal due to red card received on a rather harsh decision by the referee later rn the contest against England.
PUMPED TO PLAY — Baseball’s hierarchy has resisted, the players union wants no part of it and the sport is in disrepute (even moreso than usual) because testing for steroid use hasn’t been implemented as it has in other sports.
Mark McGwire admitted he used a form of the drugs while obliteratmg a 4U-year-old power record trom the books. Ken Caminiti admits he was J juiced up en route to becoming National League MVP a few years back and Jose Canseco conceded his legendary moonshots were syringe-powered.
Now it makes you wonder about bulked-up Sammy Sosa and Barry Bonds, whose feats are also disproportionate to the natural evolution of records.
By allowing baseball players to use performance-enhancing drugs dunng the season, baseball owners are not respecting the history of the game, diminishing the achievements of yesteryear’s athletes.
BABY-BACK, BABY-BACK — Mike Myers has nothing on Mike Tyson.
Dunng his profanity laced tirade at the pre-fight press conference, Tyson threatened to eat the children of reporters in attendance — this from the guy whose favounte snacks include Ear of Evander and Leg of Lennox.
It was hard not to wonder then, when Jim Lampley grilled Iron Mike, so to speak, in a post-fight interview while Tyson held his kid in his lap, if perhaps the ESPN announcer had caught him at meal time.
ALL OVER THE MAP — Former Brandonite Dan Halldorson fired a 67 last week to qualify for this week’s U.S. Senior Open in Maryland ...
SEE WHITE’ — PAGE B2
Wilson shuts down Cloverleafs
Tyler Wilson had the difficult task yesterday of facing the Manitoba Senior Baseball League’s top team and going head to head with a pitcher who was recently drafted by the National League’s Pittsburgh Pirates.
But Wilson, a British Columbia product, who is now pitching for the Birtle Blue Jays, came through with his best performance in the MSBL as his team stopped the high-flying Brandon Cloverleafs 4-1.
The host Blue Jays got a complete-game performance from Wilson, who allowed one run on five hits and two walks and struck out 12. Birtle also beat Brandon starter Danny Andres, who made his first appearance of the season with the Cloverleafs and allowed four runs on eight hits and three walks and struck out seven.
Andres was picked in the 19th round of the Major League Baseball draft by the Pirates earlier this month.
In other games yesterday, the Killarney Lakers beat the Neepawa Farmers 8-7 and the Brandon Ora Dental Marlins beat the Oak River
Blue Jays 4 Cloverleafs I
Wilson also did some damage at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a pair of singles and scoring a run. Ryan Kwiatkowksi also rapped out two singles and drove in a run and Ryan Borody added an RBI double.
Clark Andres, playing just his second game of the year with the Cloverleafs, worked two innings of scoreless relief and hit a solo home run.
The Blue Jays improved to 7-7-1, while the Cloverleafs fell to 11-4.
Lakers 8 Farmers 7
At Killarney, the Lakers scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to roar back for the victory.
Killarney scored all of their runs off of Neepawa starter Kevin Terrick, who was putting together a nice game until the final inning.
Terrick allowed eight runs on 12 hits and three walks and struck out
Newcomer Kyal Brandt earned the win for Killarney after pitching three innings of relief. He allowed two runs on two hits and four walks after taking over for starter Derek Opperman.
Opperman allowed five runs on IO hits in six innings.
Jeff Andries had a double and two singles and drove in two runs for Killarney, while Mike Smith knocked in three runs.
Baron Bradley hit a two-run homer for the Farmers.
The Lakers improved to 4-9-1, while the Farmers fell to 5-9-2.
Marlins 9 Dodgers 3
At Westbran Stadium, the Marlins scored four runs in the sixth inning to take the lead and added four insurance runs in the eighth. The Marlins won their second straight game and finished off a three-game weekend with a 2-1 record.
Ora Dental also moved into a sec
ond-place tie with the Baldur Regals at 8-5-1. Both teams are five points back of the first-place Cloverleafs.
Ryan Boguski poked a double and added two singles, scored two runs and drove in another to lead the Marlins offensively.
Scott Hlady drove in two runs on a pair of singles and scored two more, while league batting leader Reed Eastley went 2-for-4 with two singles, scored two runs and added an RBL Eastley boosted his average to .449.
Rookie Nolan Mitchell earned the win for the Marlins. He allowed three runs on nine hits and two walks and struck out three in 6 2/3 innings. Jeff Wiebe pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings to earn his second save.
Ryan Reid took the loss for the Dodgers, who fell to 5-9. Reid allowed four runs on seven hits and four walks and struck out two over 5 1/3 innings.
Jarrod Hickel went 2-for-4 with two singles and scored two runs in a losing cause.
- Brandon Sun
SUN FILE PHOTOS
It was a great day for four members of the Brandon Wheat Kings and Nesbitt product Aaron Rome of the Swift Current Broncos. Clockwise from from top left: Wheat Kings goaltender Robert McVicar; captain Ryan Craig; right-winger Tim Konsorada; Rome; Wheat King forward Lance Monych.
Skinner of the United States Hockey League’s Des Moines Buccaneers was chosen in the third round (68th overall) by the Canucks.
Prior to this year it had been eight years since a player from the Brandon minor hockey system was chosen in the NHL draft.
Konsorada, 18, was ecstatic about his selection by the Columbus Blue Jackets.
“I’m just overwhelmed. I’m excited,” he said from his home in Lamont, Alta.
Konsorada, coming off a 17 goal, 45 point campaign, added that having three of his teammates chosen as well added to his satisfaction.
“I’m just so happy for them,” he
said. “Everyone that went really deserved to be drafted.”
Other Manitobans drafted this year included Winnipeggers Geoff Waugh (third round, by Dallas) of the with the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League’s Kindersley [Clippers, Derek Meech (seventh round, Detroit) of the Red Deer Rebels and Tyler Boldt (eighth round, Atlanta) of the Kamloops Blazers.
Also drafted were Steinbach native Ian White of the Swift Current Broncos in the sixth round by Toronto and Russell Spence of Portage. Spence, who played for the Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s OCN Blizzard was picked in the ninth round by the Phoenix Coyotes.
It’s not as glamourous as first overall, but for the second straight year a Brandon Wheat Kings player topped the second day of the National Hockey League entry draft.
Wheat Kings centre Lance Monych was the first pick of the fourth round, taken 97th overall, as the final six rounds of the NHL draft were held yesterday in Toronto.
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 round.
Monych was one of four Wheat Kings chosen yesterday.
Goaltender Robert McVicar was taken in the fifth round (151st overall) by the Vancouver Canucks, forward Tim Konsorada was a sixth-round choice (168th) by the Columbus Blue Jackets and forward and team captain Ryan Craig, who has been passed over twice in the draft, was finally picked yesterday in the eighth round, 255th overall.
Also drafted yesterday was Nesbitt product Aaron Rome.
The Swift Current Broncos defenceman was picked in the fourth round, 104th overall by the Los Angeles Kings.
Both Rome, ranked 24th among North American skaters by the NHL Central Scouting Bureau, and Monych (ranked 27th) were projected to go in the first three rounds.
Both had anxious nights after being passed over on Saturday.
“(Being drafted) was a big relief for me, personally,” said Rome, who scored seven goals and had 31 points in 70 games last season for the Broncos, while amassing 168 penalty minutes. “I was a little anxious after the first day and (yesterday) I didn’t have to wait too long, but it was just a big weight off my shoulders to be drafted.
“I was disappointed (Saturday). I was expecting to go on the first day but that’s not always how it goes,” continued Rome. “It’s just a chance for me, an opportunity, and my foot’s in the door now a little bit and ITI have to make the most of it.”
Monych also was happy he didn’t have long to wait yesterday.
“I was thinking of all the possibilities while I was sitting there and hoping it was coming soon,” said Monych, who totalled 18 goals, 48 points and 96 penalty minutes in 71 games last season.
For Craig, hard work was finally rewarded yesterday with his selection by the Lightning.
“It’s exciting. It’s nice to be recognized and get drafted,” said the 20-year-old Wheat Kings’ Captain. “It’s just the next step I guess and there’s a lot of hard work ahead of me now.”
The task facing Craig is daunting. After a season in which he scored 29 goals and 64 points in 52 games, Craig has spent the last five weeks recovering from knee surgery.
He said being drafted should help provide motivation for the expected six-month rehabilitation.
“I don’t think it hurts,” said Craig, who does rehab work five days a week on his knee. “It gives you a little something else to push for and something to work towards for getting back and being healthy again.”
McVicar was also eligible for the NHL draft last year but wasn’t chosen.
For that reason, McVicar said he was pleasantly surprised to get word today that he had been drafted.
“I didn’t even know if I would actually even go (in the draft). It’s a weird situation when you’re 19.1 really had no idea what to expect ... so it was a bit of a surprise to me but it feels pretty good.”
McVicar, who posted a 2.77 goals against average and WHL-leading 33 victories last year, was the second Brandonite to be chosen in this year’s ut aft, both by Vancouver.
Yesterday defenceman Brett