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Brandon Bobcats champs with 11-5 win over CMU Blazers at 2022 MCAC Men’s Futsal Championship Final

What a way to end a busy day! At the 2022 Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference (MCAC) Futsal Championship, hosted by Université de Saint-Boniface (USB) Les Rouges in Winnipeg, the number one seed Brandon University (BU) Bobcats and number three seed Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) Blazers had a spirited final.

The Brandon Bobcats are the champs with a 11-5 win over CMU Blazers at the 2022 MCAC Men’s Futsal Championship Final and dethroned the reigning title holders.

Earlier in the same day, BU won 11-7 over number four seed Providence University College (PUC) Pilots and CMU came away with a thrilling 6-5 win in overtime over number two seed and host Université de Saint-Boniface (USB) Les Rouges in both semi final contests.

#1 BU Bobcats vs. #3 CMU Blazers

This was another high energy and high scoring match and a rematch of the 2019 championship final. The same team won again in 2022 as Brandon prevailed with a 11-5 result and earned their second conference men’s futsal championship.

“Quite a weekend, exclaimed BU’s head coach Glen McNabb. “They guys waited a long time for this championship to take place. CMU is a great team and it was hard fought match today.”

Both teams met earlier this year as well as Brandon (3-0-1 regular season; 2-0 post-season) avenged their lone loss of the season by dominating the second half.

Quick goals in the second half by the Bobcats broke open a close affair as they extended their lead to four goals just under five minutes into the final 25 minutes. BU continued to apply the pressure throughout and did not allow a comeback by CMU.

In the first half, the team were deadlocked at two with only eight minutes gone before Brandon found the back of the net and extended their lead to 5-3 and then 6-4 at half.

Championship MVP Diego Rodriguez enthused after the win, “I am so happy for the guys as we worked hard and happy to bring back another banner to Brandon. We learned a lot from the loss earlier this year and changed our tactics for this match.”

Diego’s brother Camilo Rodriguez led the way with four tallies while Cristian Rodriguez added two markers and Diego, Chris Eluemelem and Zach Wood each with one goal for the victors.

For CMU (2-1-1 regular season, 1-1- playoffs), their bid for repeat championships fell short as Daniel McIntyre-Ridd score four times and Will Anderson added one in the loss. CMU’s head coach Anderson Pereira commented, “It was an intense game but we got a little tired and had to change our tactics when we got behind. It is disappointing as high hopes for this season but they capitalized on their chances and no excuses. Proud of the effort despite the result.”

With the win, both Brandon men’s soccer and men’s futsal teams won a MCAC championship title, banner in the 2021-22 season.

McNabb reflected, “Two trophies in one year is quite the accomplishment. It is something that we have not done before and impressed by the whole team as it says a lot about this group.”

2022 MCAC Futsal Championship hosted by USB in Winnipeg

Sunday, March 13 (all times are Central Time)

8:30 a.m.          SF: #1 USB Les Rouges 6 #4 BU Bobcats 1 (women’s match)

10:15 a.m.         SF: #2 PUC Pilots 5  #3 CMU Blazers 3 (women’s match)

12 p.m.            SF: #1 BU Bobcats 11  #4 PUC Pilots 7 (men’s match)

1:45 p.m.            SF: #3 CMU Blazers 6 #2 USB Les Rouges 5 in OT (men’s match)

Sunday, March 13

3:30 p.m.            Women’s Futsal Championship Final: #1 USB Les Rouges 8  #2 PUC Pilots 1            

5:15 p.m.            Men’s Futsal Championship Final: #1 BU Bobcats 11  #3 CMU Blazers 5

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USB Les Rouges three-peat as champion with 8-1 win over PUC Pilots at 2022 MCAC Women’s Futsal Championship Final

Three-peat! A busy day at the 2022 Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference (MCAC) Futsal Championship, hosted by Université de Saint-Boniface (USB) Les Rouges in Winnipeg, had the top two seeds USB and Providence University College (PUC) Pilots meet-up in the Championship Finals on March 13 and USB prevailed by a 8-1 result.

Earlier in the same day, USB won 6-1 over number four seed Brandon University (BU) Bobcats and PUC victorious by a 5-3 margin over number three seed Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) Blazers in semi final contests.

#1 USB Les Rouges vs. #2 PUC Pilots

Three times the charm! The host USB Les Rouges treated a packed house at the USB’s East Gym to another championship win as they have won in 2019, 2020 and now 2022.

“Crazy. All of the delays this year and we were just excited to compete and it gave us more time to train,” stated USB’s head coach Justin Légaré. “Playing at home and having a crowd was very special to win here.”

The host jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead from goal by Stéphanie Jones only a minute in. USB added another in quick order before Providence notched their first at the 12 minute mark for a 2-1 score. With just under one minute left, USB fired home another goal off a deflection and led 3-1 at half.

The second half was a tale of two different games as Les Rouges (4-0-0 regular season; 2-0 playoffs) dominated right from the first whistle as they pounced on two quick markers only 90 second in and never looked back.

Championship MVP was Les Rouges goalkeeper Daneige Edey. She has been part of all three championship titles and stated, “No expectation with two years off and we really believed in each other as this team had great chemistry. It was such a gift to win at home this time and so proud of our effort throughout this season.”

USB goals came from Katie Moniot with a hat trick, Jones, Mélanie Chaput, Kalyna Démaré, Émilie Lecuyer and Sara Boissonneault with one each.

For PUC (2-1-1 regular season; 1-1 playoffs), Anna Green scored in the first half as they tried to win their first conference championship in program’s history. PUC’s head coach Tory Walker said, “It’s been a disappointing season as not ideal with stop and start of the schedule. Today we fought hard and would have been a better game if we could have game planned but happy to reach the MCAC championship game and the effort over last two days.”

Légaré summed up this season, “It is never easy to be undefeated and we believed in doing it and got the job done.”

2022 MCAC Futsal Championship hosted by USB in Winnipeg

Sunday, March 13 (all times are Central Time)

8:30 a.m.         SF: #1 USB Les Rouges 6 #4 BU Bobcats 1 (women’s match)

10:15 a.m.       SF: #2 PUC Pilots 5  #3 CMU Blazers 3 (women’s match)

12 p.m.            SF: #1 BU Bobcats 11  #4 PUC Pilots 7 (men’s match)

1:45 p.m.         SF: #3 CMU Blazers 6 #2 USB Les Rouges 5 in OT (men’s match)

Sunday, March 13

3:30 p.m.            Women’s Futsal Championship Final: #1 USB Les Rouges 8  #2 PUC Pilots 1            

5:15 p.m.            Men’s Futsal Championship Final: #1 BU Bobcats vs. #3 CMU Blazers

Live webcast for all Championship futsal matches at: http://www.youtube.com/LesRougesUSB

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MCAC announces inaugural True Sport Team for futsal and soccer

MCAC believes sport inspires friendship, learning, health, and personal growth. Sport is a key component of developing good leaders and citizens

The Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference (MCAC) is pleased to announce the inaugural True Sport Team for futsal and soccer teams in 2021-22 season. The True Sport Team was developed to recognize student athletes who demonstrate the principles of True Sport on the field of play, in the classroom and in the community.

MCAC – 2021-22 True Sport Team for futsal and soccer

Helen Langrehr – Brandon University (BU) Bobcats women’s futsal

Tiegan Kroeker – Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) Blazers women’s futsal

Daneige Edey – Université de Saint-Boniface (USB) Les Rouges women’s futsal

Huy Nguyen – Assiniboine Community College (ACC) Cougars men’s futsal

Tai Linklater – Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) Blazers women’s soccer

Katie Moniot – Université de Saint-Boniface (USB) Les Rouges women’s soccer

David Castellanos – Assiniboine Community College (ACC) Cougars men’s soccer

Diego Rodriguez – Brandon University (BU) Bobcats men’s soccer

Gode Katembo – Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) Blazers men’s soccer

The True Sport seven principles that guided the selection for the Team:

1.   Go For It – Rise to the challenge – always strive for excellence. Be persistent and discover how good you can be.

2.   Play Fair – Understand, respect, and follow the rules. Play with integrity – competition is only meaningful when it is fair.

3.   Respect Others – Show respect for everyone involved in creating your sporting experience, both on and off the field of play. Win with dignity and lose with grace.

4.   Keep It Fun – Find the joy in sport and share it with others. Remember what you love about sport and why you play.

5.   Stay Healthy – Always respect and care for your mind and body. Advocate for the health and safety of yourself and those around you.

6.   Include Everyone – Recognize and celebrate strength in diversity. Invite and welcome others into sport.

7.   Give Back – Say thanks and show gratitude. Encourage your sport group to make a difference in the community.

All nominated student-athletes will be invited to apply for the Bill Wedlake True Sport Awards. At the end of each season, two student-athletes will receive a $250 award.

The 2021-22 True Sport Team for volleyball was announced earlier prior to the start of 2022 MCAC Volleyball Championship that ran from March 5-6, 2022.

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CMU Blazers back-to-back champions with four setter win against PUC Pilots at 2022 MCAC Men’s Volleyball Championship Final in Brandon

In front of a pumped up and standing room only crowd at the Assiniboine Community College Victoria Campus in Brandon, MB, the 2022 Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference (MCAC) Volleyball Championship finished with a fantastic battle by both teams.

The #1 seed Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) Blazers defeated #2 seed Providence University College (PUC) Pilots in a four set victory (25-22, 12-25, 25-20, 25-18) at the 2022 MCAC Men’s Volleyball Championship Final on Sunday, March 6

A great match between the top two teams in the MCAC this season along with a rematch from both 2019 and 2020 championship which saw both programs win a title each year. This was rubber match and it did not disappoint.

The first two sets were a tale of totally different momentum as CMU (12-4 regular season record; 2-0 playoffs) kept firing and won a close 25-22 in the first and then PUC (12-4 regular season record; 1-1 playoffs) responded with a convincing 25-12 second, after a delay for CMU’s setter Timothy Juvonen had to change his jersey. In the third, CMU bounced back with some strong net play to win 25-20.

There was numerous lead changes in the fourth as no team could get too far ahead until the end. The Blazers kept control of the net with a couple key blocks, service aces and kills to expand and then capture the fourth and title by a 25-18 fourth set margin.

An emotional CMU’s head coach Don Dulder tried to summarize the match, “It was big coming back in the third and showed the character of this team. They guys responded well and picked up their passing and that led to more options on offence going forward.”

CMU was led by Championship MVP setter Timothy Juvonen with 39 assists and two kills along with Josh Werbiski added 11 kills and Cameron Gayleard with seven kills in the win.

Juvonen commented on the win and jersey change, “I kinda laughed off the jersey and shook it off. We passed better and the team battled through it all today. It is so huge to win and to be first MCAC rep at Nationals as it will be special for us and the league.”

PUC fell short in their bid to win but held the heads high with the effort and the whole result this 2021-22 season. Pilots head coach Cody Quiring said, “Hats off to CMU. They got the points when they needed to. I thought we passed well against some tough servers and we will cheer on CMU at the Nationals.”

This was the sixth season meeting between the two and CMU won the last four times.

With the conference championship, CMU defends their conference win in 2020 and claims their fourth overall title in program’s history (2017, 2018, 2020, 2022). In addition, the Blazers now advances as the MCAC representative to the 2022 Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Men’s Volleyball National Championship hosted by Cégep Limoilou in Quebec City, QC from March 25-27.

Dulder realized the impact of the championship victory, “This is huge. We wanted to take this team to the Nationals and have our team experience all of it. Plus, we have the first crack from MCAC and proud of that accomplishment.”

2022 MCAC Volleyball Championship hosted by ACC in Brandon, MB

Saturday, March 5 (all times are Central Time)

12 p.m.            SF: #1 USB Les Rouges 3  #4 ACC Cougars 0 (women’s match)

2 p.m.              SF: #3 CMU Blazers 3  #2 PUC Pilots 0 (women’s match)

4 p.m.             SF: #1 CMU Blazers 3  #4 USB Les Rouges 0 (men’s match)

6 p.m.             SF: #2 PUC Pilots 3  #3 ACC Cougars 1 (men’s match)

Sunday, March 6

1 p.m.          Women’s Volleyball Championship Final: #1 USB Les Rouges 3  #3 CMU Blazers 2           

3 p.m.          Men’s Volleyball Championship Final: #1 CMU Blazers 3  #2 PUC Pilots 1

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USB Les Rouges win five set thriller over CMU Blazers for first conference title since 2003 at 2022 MCAC Women’s Volleyball Championship Final in Brandon

In front of a loud crowd at the Assiniboine Community College Victoria Campus in Brandon, MB, the 2022 Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference (MCAC) Volleyball Championship started the day with a great display by both teams.

The #1 seed Université de Saint-Boniface (USB) Les Rouges defeated #3 Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) Blazers in a five set thriller (25-17, 25-23, 23-25, 23-25, 15-7) at the 2022 MCAC Women’s Volleyball Championship Final on Sunday, March 6.

What a match. In a back and forth affair, the top seed Les Rouges (14-2 regular season record; 2-0 playoffs) found their way to a victory in another five setter this season. This was the fifth time in their season meetings went the distance and the fourth time and most important time that USB came away with the win.

“Every game has been so close this year with CMU as they are a great team,” commented 2021-22 MCAC Coach of the Year and USB’s head coach Evan Turenne. “It is hard to win in this conference and our motto was: Things are worth fighting for is hard to reach. I am so happy to bring back a championship banner.”

USB jumped out to a 2-0 set lead with strong defence and seemed to have all the momentum as they were up 16-8 in the third and then only four points from victory when CMU (9-7 regular season record; 1-1 playoffs) kept hitting away and finally took their first set lead of the match at 22-21 with a couple big kills to extend the contest.

Another close set in the fourth had USB only two points away at 23-21 before the Blazers rattled off the last four points to push it into the deciding set.

The fifth had Les Rouges capitalize on scrambling during long rallies and putting away the crucial points when needed for the championship at 15-7. Les Rouges had avenged their championship loss to CMU in 2020.

CMU’s head coach Jayme Menzies said, “They were able to put the ball away and more kills in the end. We had nothing to lose in the third and very proud of this team throughout and the effort today.”

Championship MVP was USB’s setter Sam Lemoine with 53 assists. She exclaimed afterwards, “What a crazy game! We have gone to the fifth a lot this season and we have been strong in fifth and really knew we could do it.”

USB also had 15 kills apiece from Sophie Morrice and Valeria Gonzalez while CMU was led by their Player of the Game Renee Desroches.

With the conference championship, USB wins the conference championship for first time since 2003 and claims their fourth overall title in program’s history (2001, 2002, 2003, 2022). In addition, Les Rouges now advances as the MCAC representative to the 2022 Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Women’s Volleyball National Championship hosted by Holland College in Charlottetown, PEI from March 25-27.

“We are excited and can’t wait for the experience coming up at the Nationals,” said Turenne.

2022 MCAC Volleyball Championship hosted by ACC in Brandon, MB

Saturday, March 5 (all times are Central Time)

12 p.m.           SF: #1 USB Les Rouges 3  #4 ACC Cougars 0 (women’s match)

2 p.m.              SF: #3 CMU Blazers 3  #2 PUC Pilots 0 (women’s match)

4 p.m.             SF: #1 CMU Blazers 3  #4 USB Les Rouges 0 (men’s match)

6 p.m.             SF: #2 PUC Pilots 3  #3 ACC Cougars 1 (men’s match)

Sunday, March 6

1 p.m.          Women’s Volleyball Championship Final: #1 USB Les Rouges 3  #3 CMU Blazers 2           

3 p.m.          Men’s Volleyball Championship Final: #1 CMU Blazers vs. #2 PUC Pilots

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PUC Pilots 84-60 upset win over CMU Blazers at 2022 MCAC Men’s Basketball for first title since 2003

A loud and boisterous hometown crowd got their money’s worth at the 2022 Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference (MCAC) Men’s Basketball Championship Final at Niverville Community Resource & Recreation Centre in Niverville, MB.

The #2 seed Providence University College (PUC) Pilots scored a 84-60 upset win over #1 seed Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) Blazers on Friday, March 4, 2022.

With the victory, Providence captures the MCAC men’s basketball championship title for the first time since 2003 and third overall conference championship.

During the regular season, the Blazers went 10-2 regular season but lost two of the final four regular season games while the Pilots went 5-6 in the regular season and then 2-0 in playoffs.

Second year player Riley Paul was selected Championship MVP of the Game with a massive double-double of 28 points and 15 rebounds and eight assist. “It was so good to bring this title back to the program, exclaimed Paul after the game. “This was a great group of guys. We battled adversary all season long and everything clicked in the end.”

The game broke open in the second when the hosts scored 30 for a 47-31 halftime lead. The top seed tried to battle back but could only close the gap to 15 points in the second half and could not find their shooting touch throughout the championship.

The Pilots continued to apply the pressure and scored whenever the Blazers put a run together, especially after the half. CMU’s head coach Scott Martin said, “We didn’t start well. All credit to Providence as they played well tonight. We took a break from COVID in the second half and it seemed we peaked early and never played our best since.”

Blazers Player of the Game was Isaiah Cole with 15 points and 12 board while Seth McKenzie add a team-high 17 points. Joshua Armstrong also added 15 points and nine boards for PUC.

PUC’s head coach summed it up, “It was who wanted it more and we stayed composed and PUC basketball for the full 40 minutes. All credit to the players!”

2022 MCAC Women’s Basketball Championship in Niverville, MB

Thursday, March 3 (all times are Central Time)

8 p.m.  Semi-Final: #2 PUC Pilots 64 #3 USB Les Rouges 54

Friday, March 4

8 p.m.     Men’s Basketball Championship Final – #2 PUC Pilots 84 #1 CMU Blazers 60

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CMU Blazers win fourth consecutive title with 79-57 win over PUC Pilots at 2022 MCAC Women’s Basketball Championship Final

Perfection. The #1 seed Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) Blazers completed an undefeated season capped by another Championship title.

CMU defeated host and the #2 seed Providence University College (PUC) Pilots by a score of 79-57 on Friday, March 4, 2022 at the 2022 Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference (MCAC) Women’s Basketball Championship Final.

With the win, the Blazers extend their championship dynasty run as they have now won the last four MCAC championships (2018-22) and fourth year players Shirliz Apiyo and Championship MVP of the Game Julia Schatkowsky have been part of all four titles.

“It was great to come back after COVID and win this fourth time with Shirliz,” Schatkowsky commented after the victory. “It was a great way to end this season and could not think of better way to end our MCAC careers.”

Schatkowsky finished with a game-high 19 points along with seven assists and six board while Apiyo wasn’t far behind with 16 points and a double-double with ten rebounds. Maizy Lawson also had 11 points for CMU.

This game was close throughout as PUC would not let CMU pull away after three quarters as they closed the gap to only 12 points just past the midway of the fourth. The Blazers put the clamps on defence and opened up the margin with a couple key 3 point plays to stop any momentum of a comeback and secure the winning result.

PUC’s head coach Joel Coursey stated, “The team did everything I asked of them and they just ran out of gas. I am proud of the effort and they peaked today with this game.”

CMU ends with a 12-0 regular season record and a Championship win plus smiles all around. “We pride ourselves on our defence and we put in the effort to get the stops when needed and played great down the stretch, “ enthused CMU’s head coach Joe Di Curzio. “And what a way for both Julia and Shirilz to finish with quite the amazing record and career as they drove this team.”

For PUC, Player of the Game was Trinity Blair with 12 rebounds and points while Natalya Reimer added a team-high 14 points and Megan Wiebe with 12 points.

2022 MCAC Women’s Basketball Championship in Niverville, MB

Thursday, March 3 (all times are Central Time)

6 p.m.       Semi-Final: #2 PUC Pilots 67 #3 USB Les Rouges 49

Friday, March 4

6 p.m.          Women’s Basketball Championship Final – #1 CMU Blazers 79 vs. #2 PUC Pilots 57

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MCAC announces inaugural True Sport Team for volleyball

The True Sport Team was developed to recognize student athletes who demonstrate the principles of True Sport on the field of play, in the classroom and in the community

The Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference (MCAC) is pleased to announce the inaugural True Sport Team for 2021-22 season. The True Sport Team was developed to recognize student athletes who demonstrate the principles of True Sport on the field of play, in the classroom and in the community.

MCAC believes sport inspires friendship, learning, health, and personal growth. Sport is a key component of developing good leaders and citizens.

MCAC – 2021-22 True Sport Team for volleyball

Bendu Dukuly – Université de Saint-Boniface (USB) Les Rouges women’s volleyball

Chloe Friesen – Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) Blazers women’s volleyball

Dries Demaré – Université de Saint-Boniface (USB) Les Rouges men’s volleyball

Colby Dyck – Providence University College (PUC) Pilots men’s volleyball

Levi Klassen – Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) Blazers men’s volleyball

The True Sport seven principles that guided the selection for the Team:

1.   Go For It – Rise to the challenge – always strive for excellence. Be persistent and discover how good you can be.

2.   Play Fair – Understand, respect, and follow the rules. Play with integrity – competition is only meaningful when it is fair.

3.   Respect Others – Show respect for everyone involved in creating your sporting experience, both on and off the field of play. Win with dignity and lose with grace.

4.   Keep It Fun – Find the joy in sport and share it with others. Remember what you love about sport and why you play.

5.   Stay Healthy – Always respect and care for your mind and body. Advocate for the health and safety of yourself and those around you.

6.   Include Everyone – Recognize and celebrate strength in diversity. Invite and welcome others into sport.

7.   Give Back – Say thanks and show gratitude. Encourage your sport group to make a difference in the community.

All the nominated student-athletes will be invited to apply for the Bill Wedlake True Sport Awards. These awards were established to recognize Bill Wedlake, the first Executive Director for the MCAC and his commitment to living the True Sport Principles with the MCAC. At the end of each season, two student-athletes will receive a $250 award.

The futsal and soccer 2021-22 True Sport Team will be announced prior to the 2022 MCAC Futsal Championship on March 13, 2022.

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MCAC Joins CCAA as Sixth Member Conference

The Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) family is growing after the MCAC was unanimously accepted as a probationary member at the CCAA’s annual general meeting in Calgary today.

The Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) family is growing.

The CCAA is pleased to welcome the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference (MCAC) as its sixth member conference. The MCAC was unanimously accepted as a probationary member at the CCAA’s annual general meeting in Calgary today.

Manitoba institutions Brandon University (Brandon), Assiniboine Community College (Brandon), Université de Sainte-Boniface (Winnipeg), Canadian Mennonite University (Winnipeg) and Providence University College (Otterburne) have been accepted as probationary members of the CCAA commencing June 30, 2019.

“The CCAA is thrilled to welcome the MCAC as a probationary member conference,” said CCAA President Alan Rogan. “The MCAC adds a geographical region we currently are not engaged in, increasing the exposure of the CCAA and increasing the number of student-athletes who have the opportunity to compete for a National Championship.”

As a new member conference, the MCAC will not have access to CCAA National Championships for the first two years of their probationary period. If the Association is satisfied that the probationary member conference has met all established requirements, they will be granted access to CCAA National Championships in their third year of probationary status.

Therefore, the MCAC could have access to CCAA National Championships in 2021-22. The MCAC will compete in CCAA Men’s & Women’s Soccer as well as CCAA Men’s & Women’s Volleyball.

The MCAC submitted an official application to join the Association on Nov. 15, 2017. In May of 2018, a CCAA Committee, led by Rogan, visited each member institution’s facility in Manitoba and met with each President and Athletic Director.

The Committee came away impressed.

“The MCAC is a small but extremely collaborative conference that works hard to supply a top-drawer student-athlete experience,” said Rogan.

The MCAC joins current CCAA member conferences from the Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA), Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec (RSEQ), Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA), Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) and Pacific Western Athletic Association (PACWEST).

“On behalf of the MCAC and its member institutions, I can say that we are incredibly excited and honored to be members of the CCAA,” said Scott Masterson, Vice-president, Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference.

Both current and previous administrators have worked toward this goal for many years according to Masterson.

“We are very proud to be able to provide an opportunity within Manitoba to participate in the CCAA and to eventually be represented at the National Championships,” he said. “We are thankful to the CCAA and its membership for approving our application and making this opportunity possible.”

“This is great news,” said Bill Wedlake, Executive Director, Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference. “Being accepted by the CCAA is the product of at least seven years of work. MCAC president Shane Ray and vice-president Scott Masterson deserve much of the credit for leading the way to this success.”

“This is a big day for post-secondary education athletics in Manitoba,” Wedlake finished.”


La famille de l’Association canadienne du sport collégial (ACSC) s’agrandit.

L’ACSC est heureuse d’accueillir la Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference (MCAC) en tant que sixième association membre. La MCAC a été acceptée à l’unanimité comme membre probatoire lors de l’assemblée générale annuelle de l’ACSC, qui s’est tenue à Calgary aujourd’hui.

Les établissements du Manitoba que sont l’Université de Brandon (Brandon), l’Assiniboine Community College (Brandon), l’Université de Saint-Boniface (Winnipeg), l’Université mennonite canadienne (Winnipeg) et le Providence University College accéderont au titre de membre probatoire de l’ACSC à partir du 30 juin 2019.

« L’ACSC est heureuse d’accueillir la MCAC en tant que membre probatoire », affirme Alan Rogan, président de l’ACSC. « La MCAC nous donnera accès à une région géographique où nous ne sommes pas représentés, ce qui augmentera la visibilité de l’ACSC et permettra à un plus grand nombre d’étudiants-athlètes de prendre part à un championnat canadien.

En tant que nouvelle association membre, la MCAC n’aura pas accès aux championnats canadiens de l’ACSC pendant les deux premières années de sa période probatoire. Si l’ACSC estime que le membre probatoire a satisfait à toutes les exigences établies, celui-ci pourra disputer les championnats canadiens de l’ACSC à la troisième année de sa période probatoire.

Par conséquent, la MCAC pourrait avoir accès aux championnats canadiens de l’ACSC en 2021-2022. La MCAC participera aux championnats canadiens de soccer masculin et féminin et de volleyball masculin et féminin de l’ACSC.

La MCAC a déposé une demande officielle pour se joindre à l’ACSC le 15 novembre 2017. En mai 2018, un comité de l’ACSC dirigé par Alan Rogan a visité les installations et rencontré le président et le responsable des sports de chaque établissement membre au Manitoba.

Le comité s’est dit impressionné.

« La MCAC compense sa petite taille par son grand esprit de collaboration, et n’épargne aucun effort pour fournir une expérience exceptionnelle aux étudiants-athlètes, explique Alan Rogan.

La MCAC se joint aux associations membres actuelles de l’ACAA, soit l’Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA), le Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec (RSEQ), l’Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA), l’Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) et la Pacific Western Athletic Association (PACWEST).

« Au nom de la MCAC et de ses établissements membres, je peux affirmer que nous sommes enchantés et reconnaissants de devenir des membres de l’ACSC », affirme Scott Masterson, responsable des sports du Providence University College.

Selon lui, les administrateurs d’hier et d’aujourd’hui travaillent en vue d’atteindre cet objectif depuis de nombreuses années.

« Nous sommes très fiers de pouvoir offrir aux étudiants-athlètes du Manitoba la chance de participer aux activités de l’ACSC et même de prendre part aux championnats canadiens », ajoute-t-il. « Nous remercions l’ACSC est ses membres d’avoir approuvé notre demande et de nous offrir cette possibilité. »

Pour accomplir sa mission d’enrichir la vie des étudiants-athlètes par la compétition intercollégiale, l’ACSC fait preuve de leadership et organise des programmes afin de favoriser le développement des étudiants-athlètes, des entraîneurs et des responsables des sports.

Les étudiants-athlètes de l’ACSC disputent dix championnats canadiens annuels dans sept disciplines. Chacun d’entre eux est organisé par une institution membre de l’ACSC. Les institutions membres comprennent des collèges, des universités, des cégeps et des instituts techniques.


About the CCAA

The CCAA is committed to its vision of enriching the academic experiences of student-athletes through intercollegiate sport and provides leadership and programs that foster student-athlete, coach and athletic administrator development.

CCAA student-athletes compete in seven sports at 10 CCAA National Championships, each hosted by a CCAA member institution. Member institutions include colleges, universities, technical institutes and cégeps.

About the MCAC

The MCAC is the governing body for intercollegiate athletics in Manitoba. Its mission is to foster the development of the student-athlete through the administration and promotion of intercollegiate athletics as part of the education experience and provide a leadership role in the development of sport in Manitoba.

MCAC student athletes compete in basketball, futsal, soccer and volleyball. Member institutions include Assiniboine Community College (Brandon), Brandon University (Brandon), Canadian Mennonite University (Winnipeg), Providence University College (Otterburne), Red River College (Winnipeg) and Université de Sainte-Boniface (Winnipeg).

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Providence job opportunity: Head Coach Men’s Soccer; Sports Camps & Recreation Coordinator

Providence University College (PUC) job opportunity: Head Coach Men’s Soccer; Sports Camps & Recreation Coordinator

Reporting to the Director of Athletics, the Head Coach for Men’s Soccer role is responsible for following the vision set by the Providence Athletics Department, recruiting a full roster, developing players with a focus on their spiritual and character development, the development of superior fundamental skills and technique, leadership skills, mental preparation, physical strength, and tactical theory. The coach will also be responsible for promoting and maintaining the Providence Athletic Departments culture of hard work, discipline, and pursuit of excellence.

Reporting to the Associate Director of Athletics, Partnerships, the Recreation & Sports Camp Coordinator role is responsible all recreational activity organization and sports camp administration. This includes the annual leadership and execution of Athletics sports camps and Fitness Center management. Additionally, provide leadership in the development and implementation of greater recreational activity options, awareness and engagement for all Providence students.

For more information, go to: 2022-06-28-Head-Coach-Mens-Soccer-Sports-Camps-Recreation-Coordinator.pdf (prov.ca)

PUC earns CCAA’s Community Service Award

Press release from CCAA

Providence University College (PUC), with its ‘Pilot Initiative’ program, has earned the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Community Service Award on Tuesday, June 14, 2022.

The CCAA’s Community Service Award, presented annually since 2000, recognizes a member institution that has successfully developed and administered a community relations program.

“The ‘Pilot Initiative’ was such a great program to launch, especially as we transition out of the pandemic when our communities need to feel connected again,” said Joel Mrak, CCAA VP Safe Sport. “These student-athletes are gaining valuable training and life experience that will serve them, and their community, well in the future as they demonstrate that they are more than just an athlete.”

Scott Masterson, Director of Athletics at Providence, received the award at the CCAA Hall of Fame Banquet in Halifax, NS. Providence is the first institution from the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference (MCAC) to receive a CCAA member award.

The purpose of the ‘Pilot Initiative’ is to make an impact in local communities, while simultaneously teaching student-athletes the value of serving others.

“Providing opportunities for our athletes to get real-world, hands-on experience in serving others is a key foundation of our program,” said Masterson. “Servant leadership is something that our athletes will be able to bring with them to whatever communities they move to in the future, and we are grateful to have an opportunity to work together with our athletes to serve our local communities while they are part of our program.”

Providence begins by training and equipping its student-athletes on how to be leaders and how to serve. With internal training, they aim to build the “total athlete,” an initiative meant to develop other aspects outside of athletic ability.  

The ‘Pilot Initiative’ sends all 90+ Providence student-athletes out into local communities to impact, serve and build relationships. In total, the combined efforts of Providence student-athletes this past season added up to more than 2,000 hours of service in Southern Manitoba.

Some of the projects this past season included:

  • Refuel Events: An internal training program where Providence equips and trains its student-athletes before sending them out into the communities. The events include leadership training by in-house leadership director, ongoing small-group training for all team leaders, as well as having special speakers come to train and teach our athletes.
  • Bear Clan: Bear Clan is a non-profit that makes a massive difference in the rougher parts of Winnipeg by providing security, clean-up, and essential supplies. Bear Clan started as an initiative to help provide protection for the aboriginal communities. Providence sends various teams throughout the year to assist in Bear Clan’s initiatives in the inner city of Winnipeg.
  • Sports Clinics: Through a partnership with Niverville’s Community Resource and Recreational Centre, Providence Athletics offers sports clinics for local youth.
  • Youth Drop-ins: Student-athletes participate in local drop-ins where they build relationships and impact local youth.
  • Food Drives: Teams do food drives where they go to different neighborhoods and collect food donations. This food is then used by the local food banks to help the less fortunate.
  • Operation Christmas Child: All six varsity teams join the school community to build gifts for less fortunate children across the world.
  • Local Non-Profits: Teams volunteer regularly by providing manual labour hours at non-profits such as retirement homes, schools, churches and food banks.
  • Local Towns: Student-athletes volunteer for local township districts where they help with manual labour tasks such as raking leaves, shoveling snow and painting.

Official! MCAC officially voted in as full time members of CCAA

On June 14, 2022 morning, the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference (MCAC) were officially voted in as full time members of Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA).

MCAC competed for the first time at the CCAA National Championship events during the 2021-22 season in soccer and volleyball competition.

MCAC have been part of the CCAA for the last three years as a probationary member before full time membership was approved.

“The MCAC thanks the members of the CCAA for their support and confidence on our conference,” stated Shane Ray, MCAC. “Our student-athletes, coaches and members have worked very hard over the last number of years to make this happen. We are excited for the opportunities that this opens up to the MCAC and look forward to the future.”

Blazers Tai Linklater and Levi Klassen selected as inaugural 2021-22 Bill Wedlake True Sport Award winners

The True Sport awards recognize student-athletes who demonstrate the principles of True Sport on the field of play, in the classroom and in the community

The Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference (MCAC) is pleased to announce Tai Linklater – Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) Blazers women’s soccer/futsal fullback player – and Levi Klassen – CMU Blazers men’s volleyball libero player –are the inaugural 2021-22 Bill Wedlake True Sport Award winners.

The True Sport awards recognize student-athletes who demonstrate the principles of True Sport on the field of play, in the classroom and in the community. These awards were established to recognize Bill Wedlake, the first Executive Director for the MCAC and his commitment to living the True Sport Principles with the MCAC. At the end of each season, two student-athletes receive a $250 award.

CMU’s Director of Athletics Cara Isaak discussed both award winners, “Tai is very active on campus and is a member of student council. She plans group bike rides for students and sustainability events. She volunteers with Special Olympics and encourages her teammates to get into coaching to give back. Levi is his team’s representative with the varsity athletes council (athlete leadership group that coordinates activities and advises staff on athlete issues). Last semester, Levi led the volleyball team in collecting winter clothing at home games to be donated to the Main Street project. He is especially good at including and welcoming everyone in sport.”

The True Sport seven principles are: Go For It; Play Fair; Respect Others; Keep It Fun; Stay Healthy; Include Everyone; Give Back.

Linklater commented: “Being a well-rounded person is important in sport because it helps you develop good relationships. Pushing yourself to be better and encouraging other is more important than winning. There are a lot of people watching you when you play sports and it is important to be good role models. These principles go beyond sport and are important to our community.”

Klassen stated: “It is important that athletes and those supporting them embody values that make sport about more than self-contained competition, and instead, see it as something that is generative in the lives of both the athletes and those who watch them. This is why values like those embodied in the True Sport Pillars are so important; they encourage athletes to grow in their athletic environments in a way that helps them to look beyond themselves, broaden the scope of what they consider to be important, and ultimately, learn to work against the underlying forces that can make athletic competition a destructive force in society. At its most ideal, sport can be one of the most creative spaces for people to explore the kind of person that they want to be, so it is great that in the MCAC, there is growing recognition for those who pursue that.”

Les Rouges Brielle Grenier is the MCAC Female Athlete of the Week for the week ending Mar. 27, 2022

For the first time ever, the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference (MCAC) had a representative at the women’s volleyball Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) National Championship. The 2021-22 MCAC champion Université de Saint-Boniface (USB) Les Rouges played well in the 2022 Nationals and fifth year middle Brielle Grenier was a big factor and was recognized as MCAC Female Athlete of the Week for the week ending Mar. 27, 2022.

Les Rouges entered the championship as the eighth seed and after losing to the top seed Douglas Royals on day one, USB registered a comeback 3-1 win on Saturday, Mar. 26 over Holland Hurricanes to advance to the bronze semi final match against Red Deer Queens and lost to eventual third place team on Sunday, Mar. 27.

Grenier was named Player of the Match for Les Rouges in the first match and overall produced 17 kills (hitting efficiency of .330) along with six blocks and three service access throughout the weekend. In the historic win for the program on day two, the Morris, MB native added nine kills and three digs with two service aces.

USB’s head coach Evan Turenne said, “In her fifth and final season of eligibility, Brielle got to finish her college career with a successful showing on the national stage. She was not intimidated by size of the opposition and effective as always as an attacker.”

Grenier was a co-captain and MCAC 2021-22 Female Athlete of the Week winner twice this season as she was also selected on Week 11 (for the week ending Nov. 21, 2021).

Turenne continued, “It was great to see her finish on such a positive note, playing with confidence and contributing on both sides of the ball. Brielle is a game changer. She commanded respect and drew a lot of attention from opposing blockers from the best teams in the country. She accepted the challenge and rose to the occasion. She will be so incredibly difficult to replace on our team.”

The Arts student-athlete at USB was also selected to 2021-22 MCAC Women’s Volleyball All-Conference Team.

MCAC Athlete of the Week winners for 2021-22 season

Week 1 (ending Sept. 12, 2021)

WSOC: Kira Ireson – BU

MSOC: Franck Oumar N’Dia – USB

Week 2 (ending Sept. 19, 2021)

WSOC: Morgan Pierce – CMU

MSOC: Jai Virk – PUC

Week 3 (ending Sept. 26, 2021)

WSOC: Katie Moniot – USB

MSOC: Matheus Dos Anjos Aquino – CMU

Week 4 (ending Oct. 3, 2021)

WSOC: Sara Boissonneault – USB

MSOC: Garreth Rayner – PUC

Week 5 (ending Oct. 10, 2021)

WSOC: Paige Heide – PUC

MSOC: Jafet Sandoval – ACC

Week 6 (ending Oct. 17, 2021)

WSOC: Cassie Nazeravich – USB

MSOC: Ryder Anthony – BU

Week 7 (ending Oct. 24, 2021)

WSOC: Makayla Myer – PUC

MSOC: Joel Dueck – PUC

Week 8 (ending Oct. 31, 2021)

WSOC: Mylène Chabot – USB

MSOC: Diego Rodriguez – BU

Week 9 (ending Nov. 7, 2021)

WVB: Alex Buhler – PUC

MVB: Noah Barcellona – ACC

Week 10 (ending Nov. 14, 2021)

WVB: Halle Meisner – CMU

MBB: Nathan Ens – PUC

Week 11 (ending Nov. 21, 2021)

WVB: Brielle Grenier – USB

MVB: Tyler Klassen – PUC

Week 12 (ending Nov. 28, 2021)

WBB: Shirliz Apiyo – CMU

MVB: Austin Anderson – PUC

Week 13 (ending Dec. 5, 2021)

WBB: Julia Schatkowsky – CMU

MVB: Carter Beattie – ACC

Week 14 (ending Jan. 30, 2022)

WVB: Maddie Fehr – PUC

MVB: Nick Friesen – PUC

Week 15 (ending Feb. 6, 2022)

WFUT: Tiegan Kroeker – CMU

MBB: Joshua Armstrong – PUC

Week 16 (ending Feb. 13, 2022)

WVB: Valeria Gonzalez – USB

MVB: Timothy Juvonen – CMU

Week 17 (ending Feb. 20, 2022)

WVB: Sam Lemoine – USB

MBB: Seth McKenzie – CMU

Week 18 (ending Feb. 27, 2022)

WVB: Jenna Campbell – USB

MBB: TJ Paguirigan – USB

Week 19 (ending Mar. 6, 2022)

WVB: Sam Lemoine – USB

MVB: Timothy Juvonen – CMU

Week 20 (ending Mar. 13, 2022)

WFUT: Sara Boissonneault – USB

MFUT: Diego Rodriguez – BU

Week 21 (ending Mar. 27, 2022)

WVB: Brielle Grenier – USB

MVB: Levi Klassen – CMU