MHSAA 2022 Basketball Championships

March 20, 2022 by  
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A GirlsGlenboro SchoolGrandview SchoolRivers Collegiate
AA GirlsPrairie Mountain High SchoolCollège Régional Gabrielle-RoyRosenort School
AAA GirlsSt James Collegiate Dauphin Regional Comprehensive SS École Secondaire Neelin High School
AAAA GirlsDakota Collegiate  Westwood Collegiate
A BoysGlenboro SchoolFrontier Mosakahiken SchoolPinawa Secondary School
AA BoysCollège Régional Gabrielle-RoyMargaret Barbour Collegiate Institute Carman Collegiate
AAA BoysÉcole Secondaire Neelin High School Collège Louis-Riel Churchill High School
AAAA BoysSt Paul’s High School (Winnipeg)  John Taylor Collegiate
Glenboro School Girls and Boys Champions
Prairie Mountain High School
Collège Régional Gabrielle-Roy
St James Collegiate
École Secondaire Neelin High School 
Dakota Collegiate
St Paul’s High School (Winnipeg)


Rivers CollegiateCollège Régional Gabrielle-RoyLinden Christian SchoolDakota Collegiate
Elm Creek SchoolTeulon Collegiate InstituteCollège BéliveauDaniel McIntyre Collegiate Institute
Grandview SchoolSouris SchoolÉcole Secondaire Neelin High SchoolWestwood Collegiate
Pinawa Secondary SchoolMacGregor Collegiate InstituteSt James CollegiateCollège Garden City Collegiate
Riverton CollegiatePrairie Mountain High SchoolDauphin Regional Comprehensive SSSisler High School
Glenboro School/Baldwur High SchoolRosenort SchoolNeepawa Area CollegiateInstitut collégial Vincent Massey Collegiate (Winnipeg)
Duke of Marlborough SchoolWarren Collegiate InstituteR D Parker CollegiateSt Mary’s Academy
 Grandview SchoolMargaret Barbour Collegiate InstituteSteinbach Christian SchoolFort Richmond College
 Hapnot Collegiate InstituteSpringfield Collegiate InstituteGlenlawn Collegiate Institute
 Carman CollegiateW C MillerCollège Miles Macdonell Collegiate
   Corcus Plains Regional Secondary School
  Garden Valley Collegiate Institute


Fisher River High SchoolCollège Régional Gabrielle-RoyChurchill High SchoolJohn Taylor Collegiate
Grandview SchoolTeulon Collegiate InstituteLinden Christian SchoolSt Paul’s High School (Winnipeg)
Elm Creek SchoolMajor Pratt SchoolWestwood CollegiateSisler High School
Frontier Mosakahiken SchoolWilliam Morton Collegiate InstituteSwan Valley Regional Secondary SchoolCollège Garden City Collegiate
Pinawa Secondary SchoolThe King’s SchoolÉcole Secondaire Neelin High SchoolCollège Miles Macdonell Collegiate
Riverton CollegiateMargaret Barbour Collegiate InstituteR D Parker CollegiateCollège Sturgeon Heights Collegiate
Glenboro SchoolRosenort SchoolSanford CollegiateDakota Collegiate
Wawanesa SchoolCarman CollegiateTranscona CollegiateÉcole Secondaire Oak Park High School
 Killarney SchoolNiverville High SchoolFort Richmond Collegiate
 Westpark SchoolCollège Louis-RielVincent Massey High School (Brandon)
   Steinbach Regional
  Garden Valley Collegiate Institute


PLAYER CHOICE – #16 Brooklyn Zemliak (Rivers)  


  • #9 Alexis Mclean (Rivers) 
  • #23 Leah Janzen (Elm Creek) 
  • #33 Jorja Cords (Grandview)
  • #11 Kiera Potvin (Glenboro) 
  • #15 Kylee Fair (Glenboro) 

MVP – #5 Lexie Shearer (Glenboro Panthers) 

Game Star Final – #5 Lexie Shearer / #33 Jorja Cords 

Game Star Bronze  – #23 Leah Janzen / #9 Alexis Mclean

Game Star Consolation  – #11 Mackenzie McCullough / #3 Celeste Fontaine

Game Star Semi-Final 1  – #34 Jaidyn Cords / #9 Alexis Mclean

Game Star Semi-Final 2 – #10 Avery Hartman / #5 Lexie Shearer

Game Star Consolation Semi 1  – #8 Josephine Long / #23 Liberty Murdock                       

Game Star Consolation Semi 2  – #11 Mackenzie McCullough / #3 Brooklyn Kornelson

Game Star Game 1  – #15 Brianna Zemliak / #33 Jorja Cords

Game Star Game 2  -#34 Jaidyn Cords / #13 Taryn Choken

Game Star Game 3 -#5 Lexie Shearer/ #McCenzie McCullough

Game Star Game 4  – #23 Leah Janzen / 14 Carrie Anne Spring


PLAYER CHOICE – #12 Kelby Diehl Glenboro Panthers 


  • #10 Darian Giasson (Grandview Spartans) 
  • #8 Marcus Holmlund (Pinawa Panthers) 
  • #5 Christian Buck (Frontier Mosakahiken)
  • #23 Ryan Buck (Frontier Mosakahiken) 
  • #3 Cody Drinkwater (Glenboro Panthers) 

MVP – #5 Will Van Schie (Glenboro Panthers) 

Game Star Final – #5 Will Van Schie / #5 Christian Buck 

Game Star Bronze  – #10 Darian Giasson / #8 Marcus Holmlund

Game Star Consolation  – #33 Maximus Mallette / #20 Shane Buhr

Game Star Semi-Final 1  – #23 Ryan Buck / #8 Marcus Holmlund 

Game Star Semi-Final 2 – #12 Kelby Diehl/ #10 Darian Giasson 

Game Star Consolation Semi 1  – #30 Ashton Sinclair / #11 Dylan Brown 

Game Star Consolation Semi 2  – #20 Shane Buhr / #74 Sheldon Courchene 

Game Star Game 1  – #4 Payton Tirschman / #4 Jesse Mallette

Game Star Game 2  – #33 Fernandez Monias / #15 Richard Gradwell 

Game Star Game 3 – #5 Will Van Schie / #20 Shane Buhr

Game Star Game 4 – #10 Darian Giasson / #23 Sheldon Dyck 




ROSENORT: Cassidy Friesen

GABRIELLE ROY: Bethany Carter, Annika Moïns

PRAIRIE MOUNTAIN: Maria Gundrum, Olivia Goderis



YOUR 2022 TOURNAMENT MVP – #8 – Jax Chammartin (Gabrielle-Roy Les Roys)


#2 – Sami Hladey (Margaret Barbour Spartans)

#4 – Mika Hladey (Margaret Barbour Spartans)

#6 – Marcus Cook (Gabrielle-Roy Les Roys)

#7 – Stellan Chammartin (Gabrielle-Roy Les Roys)

#10 – Carson Park (Carman Cougars)

PLAYER’S CHOICE AWARD – #23 – Jhetro Young – (William Morton Warriors)



Tournament All-Stars

Kalel Aleje – Churchill

Gabriel St. Vincent – Louis Riel

Abdi Youssuf – Louis Riel

Max Winter – Neelin

Wyatt Greer – Neelin

Tournament Most Valuable Player – Zerek Menard – Neelin

Dairy Farmers of Manitoba Players Choice Award – Irie Taylor – Neelin


Tournament All-Stars

Kassidy Loewen – Neelin

Callista Hudyma – Dauphin

Kristen Genik – Dauphin

Tiffany Ortega – St. James

Raiza Manlulu – St. James

Tournament Most Valuable Player – Kristine Navea – St. James

Dairy Farmers of Manitoba Players Choice Award – Tiffany Ortega – St. James

4A Girls Awards

PLAYER’S CHOICE AWARD – Emilia Banmann St Mary’s

All Stars

Raia Guinto Sisler

Emilia Banmann St Mary’s

Anna Miko Westwood

Darya Rom Dakota

Izzy Fust Dakota

MVP – Kyu Fust Dakota

4A Boys Awards

PLAYER’S CHOICE AWARD – Chinonso Njelita Dakota


Randale Capras Garden City

Amrinder Bhandal Sisler

Ryan Luke John Taylor

Micheal Uzonna St Pauls

Ramogi Nyagudi St Pauls

MVP – Lorence Dela Cruz St Pauls


Lancers, Crusaders prevail

Dakota and St. Paul’s triumph at AAAA provincial high school hoops championships

By: Mike Sawatzky

The Dakota Lancers varsity girls’ basketball defeated the Westwood Warriors Saturday to win the provincial AAAA girls basketball title. (Mike Sudoma / Winnipeg Free Press)</p>
The Dakota Lancers varsity girls’ basketball defeated the Westwood Warriors Saturday to win the provincial AAAA girls basketball title. (Mike Sudoma / Winnipeg Free Press)

The unbeaten Dakota Lancers gave notice Saturday they are the present and future of high school basketball.

Top-ranked Dakota, which can return its entire starting lineup next fall, walloped the No. 3 Westwood Warriors 87-48 in the Dairy Farmers of Manitoba AAAA Provincial High Schools Basketball Championships varsity girls final at Maples Collegiate.

In the varsity boys final, the No. 2 St. Paul’s Crusaders hammered the No. 1 John Taylor Pipers 101-83 for the third AAAA varsity boys title in school history.

Varsity girls MVP Kyu Fust, who usually draws the toughest defensive assignments, led the Lancers with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

“Kyu was great, she’s been great all season,” said Dakota coach Eric Sung. “She’s been steady for us and one of our most consistent players. Just a stat filler — she fills it all up in all different ways. She gets rebounds for us, gets assists for us. She scores. Rebounds. She does it all.”

Fust and Jasia Hayden are in Grade 11 while the three remaining starters — Abby Sweeny, Darya Rom and Kyu’s sister Izzi Fust — are only in Grade 10. Dakota will lose three players to graduation.

“We work hard and we work five days a week,” said Kyu Fust. “It’s really good because we practise a lot and we are going to get better. I think it’s gonna be really scary next year for other teams.”

The Lancers, who held leads of 12, 24 and 31 points at the quarter breaks, finished the season 22-0. Their smallest margin of victory in 2021-22 was 19 points.

Izzi Fust led the Lancers with 28 points while Rom added 27 for Dakota. After poor shooting in the tournament quarter-finals and semifinals, the Lancers went 10 of 22 from behind the three-point line and 36-for-81 overall from the field.

“Our plan was to stop their transition and limit their offensive rebounds,” said Westwood coach Morgan Cross. “And they hadn’t been shooting very well (lately) so we were kind of hoping for them obviously to have a little bit of slump. But they came out pretty strong, especially on the three-point line.”

Perhaps the most challenging part of the Lancers’ stellar run was dealing with the naysayers.

“There are people that think we shouldn’t be doing (this) and it’s kind of wrong that we’re winning by a lot,” said Kyu Fust. “But we just have to kind of block that out and use it for motivation.”

“I think it’s more of a victory for Dakota basketball as a program,” said Sung, in his seventh season with the Lancers. “This is kind of something we’ve been building towards ever since I’ve been working at Dakota and that was my message to the girls. The alumni support and former staff and coaches’ support that these girls have been getting and the representation that they’ve done for the alumni, it’s been phenomenal. 

“The majority of the games might have not been close, but I’m still coaching each athlete to better themselves and improve their basketball skills.”

Tournament all-star Anna Miko led the Warriors with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Teammate Brooke Schrader added 10 points and 13 boards.

Westwood advanced with a 72-63 semifinal triumph over the St. Mary’s Academy Flames Thursday. Dakota upended the Sisler Spartans 67-42 to reach the final.

Westwood was hampered by the loss of two players in its top six, Charlea Burkett and Leah Ross.

“Teams prepared with zone defences and when we’re not making shots, it becomes a little bit easier for them on the defensive side,” said Sung. “So once we kind of started making shots and stretched them out, you kind of saw the game change.”

Pipers 83 Crusaders 101

St. Paul’s overcame the absence of star forward Ramogi Nyagudi to avenge its only loss of the season — a five-point defeat to John Taylor in the conference final on March 8.

Nyagudi, a practising member of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, observes the Sabbath and does not play between Friday and sundown Saturday.

Saturday’s 6 p.m. start time made it impossible for the 6-8 Nyagudi to get to the gym on time.

It was an incredibly rewarding experience, dealing with COVID and not being able to play last year and at times this year not knowing if we’d be able to finish the season,” said Crusaders coach Jeff Laping. “There were a lot of unknowns and then coming up short in that conference final. The guys really rallied today without Ramogi — they just played exceptionally well.”

The Crusaders’ depth would not be denied. The sparkling play of the Uzonna twins — Michael and Jason — and the performance of tournament MVP Lorence dela Cruz, who played the entire fourth quarter with four fouls, was too much for the Pipers to overcome.

“I really did think without Ramogi we’d have to play some small ball, let’s call it, but they’re just such good athletes that they, you know, they just get up and down real quick. They both are great. Defensively, they both rebound really well. And so in a lot of ways, it was a really strong lineup. Even though we weren’t as big as they were.”

St. Paul’s held an 11-point lead after the first quarter and expanded the advantage to 15 points at the intermission.

Dela Cruz had a team-high 24 points while Michael Uzonna chipped in with 18, two more than his brother Jason. The twins also had eight rebounds and two blocks each.

“I felt that as the year progressed it kind of made us a lot stronger and harder to beat,” said Pipers coach Spiros Kavadas. “Because we really learned how to deal with adversity and played with foul trouble. I felt that every kid on my team gave everything they had. They all did their best and they all contributed in so many different ways.”

St. Paul’s reached the final with a 115-61 semifinal win over Sisler while the Pipers advanced by beating the Garden City Fighting Gophers 94-81.


The varsity girls provincial all-star squad consisted of Dakota’s Izzi Fust and Darya Rom, Sisler’s Raia Guinto, St. Mary’s Mia Banmann and Westwood’s Anna Miko. Banmann was also voted the players choice sportsmanship award winner… The varsity boys all-stars included Garden City’s Randayle Capras, Sisler’s Amrinder Bhandal, John Taylor’s Ryan Luke and St. Paul’s Michael Uzonna and Ramogi Nyagudi. Dakota’s Chinonso Njelita was honoured with the players choice award.

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