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 Sara Boissonneault is the MCAC Female Athlete of the Week for the week ending Mar. 13, 2022

The 2022 Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference (MCAC) women’s futsal season finished in perfection for the number one seed Université de Saint-Boniface (USB) Les Rouges as they captured the conference championship during a busy weekend. Third year forward Sara Boissonneault was a big factor in four wins over two days and was recognized as MCAC Female Athlete of the Week for the week ending Mar. 13, 2022.

The Winnipeg native had an impact on both sides of the ball as Les Rouges played two matches on Saturday, March 12 in the third and final leg of the regular season to determine the playoff seeding positions. She scored once during 6-2 and 5-2 wins before the playoffs. The next day, USB continued their run to a third consecutive title as Boissonneault added a goal in the semi final 6-1 win over Brandon University (BU) Bobcats and followed up with another goal and solid defence in a 8-1 championship final victory over Providence University College (PUC) Pilots on Sunday, March 13.

“What an incredible weekend for our team where I saw every single one of my players shine, filled with many memorable performances that helped us earn our third consecutive futsal championship,” stated USB’s head coach Justin Légaré. “One of those key performances was from Sara Boissonneault who dominated on both ends of the court. Defensively she shut down all opposing offensive threats and offensively she contributed multiple highlight real goals in both the semi final and final.”

This was the second time for the Nursing student-athlete from USB to be named as Athlete of the Week this season. She was also selected in week four for women’s soccer season. USB completed the double this year as the program won both MCAC championship in women’s soccer and futsal in 2021-22.

Légaré continued, “Sara is so talented. When she plays as confident as she was this weekend, Sara is unstoppable! I am really proud of her and how she played in this busy four game weekend. Sara should also be extremely proud of her performances as she definitely helped the team earn those four victories and championship.”

USB finished 2022 with a perfect 4-0-0 regular season record and 2-0 in the playoffs. They have now won conference futsal titles in 2019, 2020 and 2022.

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

Bobcats Diego Rodriguez is the MCAC Male Athlete of the Week for the week ending Mar. 13, 2022

What a year! Another championship win as the number one seed Brandon University (BU) Bobcats completed the 2022 Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference (MCAC) men’s futsal season with the conference trophy and banner. Fourth year midfielder Diego Rodriguez earned MCAC Male Athlete of the Week honours for the week ending Mar. 13, 2022.

The Brandon, MB native added to his impressive resume from this MCAC season as he started the weekend with four goals in a 9-4 win over Providence University College (PUC) Pilots and then two more tallies in a 7-4 win versus Université de Saint-Boniface (USB) Les Rouges on Saturday, March 12 in the third and final leg of the regular season to determine the playoff seeding positions.

Rodriguez saved the best for last as he added another four goals against PUC in semi final and was named BU’s Player of Match. Then in the championship final, he scored another goal in a 11-5 victory over defending champion Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) Blazers on Sunday, March 13.

For his efforts, Rodriguez was named Championship MVP (he was also championship MVP for men’s soccer this year). He spoke 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 (to CMU) and changed our tactics for this match.”

This was the second time, the BU Bachelor of Physical Education Studies student-athlete was named as Athlete of the Week for this season. He was also selected in week eight for men’s soccer season. Brandon completed the double this year as the program won both MCAC championship in men’s soccer and futsal in 2021-22.

BU finished 2022 with a 3-0-1 regular season record and 2-0 mark in the playoffs. They have now won conference futsal titles in 2019 and 2022.

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

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

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