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Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - June 28, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba Bl SPORTS GOT A SPORTS TIP Call in results tollfree within Manitoba to 18777865786 or local ly to 5717443 before 11 You can fax us at Email [email protected] JUNE 2002 i Neelin churning em out Van Lankvelt succeeds Eastley as provincial male athlete of year WINNIPEG For the second con secutive a Neelin Spartan has been named the Manitoba High School Athletic Associations male athlete of the Toon Van Lankvelt of the Spartans was named the Jostens award recipient Last years winner was Reed Eastley of the Van who left for Edmonton shortly after the announce ment to attend the national junior mens volleyball edged finalists Kevin McAuley of the Killarney Raiders and Ryan Bevan of the Norbert Celtics to claim the Jostens The Grade 12 graduate was ranked as the secondbest volleyball player in the province after leading the AAA Spartans to the AAAA Final Four last then was named an allstar when he helped the Spartans claim the provincial AAA basketball McAuley earned scholarship awards in basketball and volleyball and was a finalist for provincial high school hock ey player of the He also competed in badminton and track and Bevan was a graduating allstar in volleyball and The girls recipient of the Jostens award was Uzoma Asagwara of Marrla yet another Neelin and Colleen Lamirande of Glenlawn Lions were the other Asagwara was rated the second best basketball player in the province and was recently invited to national womens team assessment She was a graduating allstar in bas ketball and and also compet ed for the Celtics in track and bad minton and Evans led her Spartan teams to AAA provincial championships in both bas ketball and She was named most valuable player in the hoop provin She also played soccer and beach vol leyball for the Lamirande was a graduating allstar in basketball and volleyball and compet ed for the Lions in track and Last years winner was Dara McLean of the Glenboro Brandon Sun TOON VAN LANKVELT Renegades ready to roll into history BY DAN RALPH Canadian Press OTTAWA Carl Coulter figured that after 12 CFL seasons and over 200 career games including two Grey Cups he had experienced just about every emotion there was in But the prospect of playing in the Ottawa Renegades inaugural CFL con test today 6 CDT against the Saskatchewan Roughriders is giving the veteran centre goose This is a pretty exciting a beaming Coulter said following practice yesterday at Frank Clair Playing in Grey Cups is where you want to be and youll never ever forget your first But this is as exciting because it is a first its history in the making and for me to be able to come back to where I started playing competitive football in 1986 at Carleton is I was here in 1993 with now defunct Ottawa Rough Riders it was a very dysfunc tional year and to be able to come back to Ottawa and run out that tunnel in a positive frame of mind and a with good feeling will be a great The CFL is poised to make a tri umphant return in after being forced to pull the plug on the Rough Riders in 1996 following years of mis management that left the onceproud franchise drifting aimlessly in a sea of red The Renegades enter their season opener having sold season tick ets in the nine months after the CFL awarded the city an expansion franchise for the 2002 As of about tickets had been sold for todays which is expected to be a sellout at the Frank Clair TSN will kick off its coverage of the 2002 season by carrying the Ottawa Saskatchewan game nationally as part of a Theres little doubt that Ottawa has caught football Many stores in the downtown core are sporting Renegades signs and many local radio stations are holding various ticket News about the team dominated the local newspapers The Ottawa Citizen featured a story on its sports front about the Renegades and devoted a full page on the team in its spoils sec tion while the Ottawa Sun gave three including the entire sports to the CFL Solid fan support for the Renegades isnt overly surprising because Ottawa traditionally supported the Rough even during the teams lean years in the 1980s and The prob lem was terrible ownership most notably in the 1990s under Detroit busi nessman Bernie Glieberman and his former Ottawa Senators owner Bruce Firestone and Chicago entrepreneur Horn Chen that trans formed 120 years of Rough Riders tra dition into a The Rough Riders had no continuity in those Over its final five sea the franchise had four different head coaches and won a total of 14 games from 1993 to And the club attracted a myriad of including a washedup Dexter the former NFL star who played five games in 199293 and was recently convicted on drugrelated But the Renegades arent your aver age expansion The active roster features just one rookie Canadian running back Mike Vilimek and only five players defensive line men Mike Pene Talamaivo and Michael Boireau and quarterback Chuck Clements in their first CFL Coulter anchors an offensive line that features CFL veterans Seth Val George Hudson and Mike And tackle Chris a former East Division allstar with Hamilton and a nineyear is a BRUCE SUN Chris McLachlan of Arsenal and Dane Samuel of Maple Leaf both wince as they battle for the ball with their heads last night in a mens soccer game at Canada Games Robledos strike for Strikers Omar Robledo scored two goals to lead the Maple Leaf Strikers to a 32 victory over Arsenal in a Brandon Senior Soccer League mens game last night at Canada Games Victor Robledo also scored for the who trailed 21 midway through the first half before grab bing a 32 halftone Scott Turnbull scored for Arsenal while the Strikers were guilty of an own Brandon Sun Long weekend not short on ball tourneys Brandons baseball and fastball diamonds will be get ting a workout this holiday weekend with four tourna ments being played in three Westbran Stadium is the site for the Marlins Canada Day senior baseball tournament that features five MSBL an allstar team from the Houstons Senior B Yorkton and Devils Actions begins at 9 Saturday and concludes with the championship final at 7 a boys peewee baseball tournament is being staged at Simplot Millennium Brandons Sports Excellence Regina and Carillon comprise one pool for roundrobin play while Oil Interlake and North Winnipeg form the other Playoff are slated for with the championship final set for 3 And while the boys of summer are sweating it the fastball diamonds at Simplot Millennium Park will be busy with a girls tournament featuring a threeteam midget a fourteam squirt division and an eight team peewee The midget with Brandon teams Supply and Sports Excellence playing a roundrobin with begins Saturday at 9 and winds up with the final Saturday at 7 The squirt with teams from Binscarth and the Moose Mountain district are playing a roundrobin Saturday and playoffs The champi onship final is slated for 5 The peewee division includes eight teams divided into two pools for roundrobin play Saturday and crossover playoffs Brandon Plumbing and Hamiota and Virden comprise one while Killarney and Andrews make up the second Semifinals are slated for Sunday with the final set for the Barnacles Athletics are hosting a Canada Day mens fastball tournament at Quran Park all day Clanwilliam National Exchange Dakotas and Native Sons from the Brandon Commercial Fastball League will compete with teams from and Roundrobin action begins at 9 with the final slat ed for 5 For complete tournament see Page Sun Stamps revamped champs Grandall has high hopes for new receiving corps BY JIM MORRIS Canadian Press Marcus Crandell has established himself as the leading man of the Calgary Stampeders offence but hell have a new cast of supporting actors in the receiv ing corps when the defending Grey Cup champions open their CFL season tonight against the arch rival Edmonton Its an opportunity for us to get off to a good start if we win this the MVP of last years Grey Cup win over said Theres a little bit of momentum to get our rivals right off the In other games in the CFLs first week of the Ottawa Renegades make their debut at home against the Saskatchewan Roughriders while the Toronto Argonauts face the Winnipeg Blue On the still licking their wounds from a loss to Montreal on Tuesday take on the Hamilton Edmonton 00 at Calgary 00 9 CDT In a league where teams live and die by the the Stampeders lost some firepower from their arsenal with the defection of wide receiver Marc Boerigter to the slotback Vince Danielsens retirement and Aubrey Cummings move to Calgary still has some teeth with veteran slotback Travis sophomore Kamau Peterson and rook ies Rob Johnson and Versie Its definitely a different These are guys with a lot CALGARY QB MARCUS CRANDALL ON HIS NEW RECEIVING CORPS CP FILE PHOTO Marcus Crandall hoists the Cup in a different said These are guys with a lot of Once they real ize how much talent they they are going to help us out The Eskimos come to town with Jason Maas as the undisputed 1 quarterback and a renewed emphasis on the running Making everything work will be an offensive line that has more than 50 years combined We have a group thats been together for a long tackle Chris Morris told the Edmonton Its nice to know what the guy beside you is going to We do have some continuity there which will help us Toronto 00 at Winnipeg 00 The Argonauts will have huge offensive lineman Thomas Rayam in the lineup and some big words to back Rayam joined the Argos after being released from the At and 315 hes about 30 pound lighter than his playing weight last I just started eating a little less more good he Receiver Derrell Mitchell told the Toronto Sun this week that the Argonauts would go undefeated this I hope hes said new head coach Gary This is a marathon and Grey Cups arent won in June or Theyre won in October and For the it will be the first step on the road back to avenging last years 2719 loss to Calgary in the Everyone remembers what it felt like last year not to finish fullback Wade Miller I dont want to talk about I know we lost and thats all that I know what it felt like and I dont ever want to feel that way 01 at Hamilton 00 CDT The Lions came away from their 2720 season opening loss to the Alouettes believing they played well enough to beat What cost them was giving up three rushing touch downs to Lawrence being assessed 105 yards in penalties and scoring just one offensive Defensive end Herman Smith said needs to tighten things up a bit if the Lions dont want to slink home to the West Coast with an 02 We need to believe in each other said Things are going to some people are going to make Veteran quarterback Damon Allen threw for 198 yards and ran for 18 more against Ml ;