'Tobans make U-22 women's squad

GLEN DAWKINS -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 2:04 PM ET

Defencemen Melanie Gagnon of St. Adolphe and Jocelyne Larocque of St. Anne have been named to the 22-player roster for Canada's National Women's Under-22 hockey team, it was announced yesterday in Calgary.

The players were selected out of 40 players who took part in a Hockey Canada evaluation camp that wrapped up Saturday in Calgary. The under-22 squad will take on the national women's team in a three-game series tomorrow, Thursday and Friday in Calgary.

Gagnon plays for the University of Minnesota while Larocque is a member of the Calgary Oval Xtreme of the National Women's Hockey League.

RON MELNICHUK RUN: Winnipeg's Guy Schultz posted the winning time at the Ron Melnichuk Memorial Half Marathon, yesterday at Birds Hill Park. Schultz posted a time of one hour, 13 minutes and 21 seconds. Corey Gallagher finished second with a time of 1:15:50, one second ahead of Bradley Keefe.

Cathy Cullen was the fastest female and 12th overall with a time of 1:24:11.

Three hundred and eight runners completed the race, named in honour of the long-time running coach who passed away just before the 2001 Canada Summer Games where he was to coach the Manitoba team.

GOLDEN GALS: The Manitoba-champion Bison Blondes edged the Calgary Stixx 8-6 to strike gold in the women's event at the Men's and Women's Canadian Slo-pitch Championships, Saturday at the John Blumberg Softball Complex.

With the victory, the Manitoba champion won its third national title this year. Earlier this summer, they won the Slo-pitch Nationals in Vernon, B.C., and the National Slo-pitch Association title in Beausejour.

PASSES TEST: The Manitoba Soccer Association announced Friday that local referee Darci Konowalchuk has passed the Canadian Soccer Association National Referee examination and will continue her involvement in the National program.

Konowalchuk attended the National Referee clinic along with other referee hopefuls from across the country in June where she wrote the examination.

Konowalchuk recently suffered a knee injury during a game which was severe enough to prevent her from officiating at the Canada Summer Games in Regina.

MAKING A SPLASH: University of Manitoba student Kevin Geyson was the top Canadian and 18th overall in the men's 10-metre platform at the Summer Universiade world university games, Friday in Izmir, Turkey.

Geyson was to have competed in the platform synchronized diving event on Saturday but had to withdraw due to an injury suffered by his partner Eric Sehn of Edmonton.


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