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Time Out Sports Star Of The Month: January

everetthiebert january ssomEverett Hiebert - January Sports Star of the month laces up the skates for the Hockey Skills Academy in Altona

The Time Out Sports, Sports Star of the Month for January is going to Everett Hiebert for his commitment to being a trainer with the W.C. Miller Aces in Altona. Everett has a severe visual impairment, but doesn't let that stop him from doing the things he loves.

"I love watching hockey and being dedicated to the game," said Everett.

From getting the teams jersey's ready for the game, filling water bottles, prepping sticks, and so much more Everett is the go to man for the Aces and wouldn't have it any other way. He also helps motivate the players with a little pre-game speech every now and then. 

"You gotta be hungry for the puck. You can't let the puck sit in the middle of the ice or else the other team is going to get it. When you are in front of the net you have to keep your stick moving. You can't let them have the puck, you have to pretty much play keep away," said Everett when asked for a pre-game message.

Everett's mother, Charlene, is very proud of her son, and happy to see his positive attitude, determination, and commitment to the team get recognized. 

"I truly believe he deserves this. He is totally dedicated to his position as Aces' trainer. He takes it pretty serious," said Charlen. "He would like to be at the rink three hours before the game, but I tell him that's a little to early. Filling water bottles, getting the guys sticks ready, or what ever other jobs he's given. He's ready and willing to take it on and is ready to go.'

Not only is Evertt the trainer for the Aces high school hockey team in Altona, but he also laces up the skates during the local Hockey Skills Academy.

"It's nice. I enjoy playing hockey so it's nice. It doesn't work the same as everyone else, but it works for me and that's all I care about," said Everett.

"It's an inspiration as a mother. We all have our days when we feel sorry for ourselves, for smaller things, that we feel are big," added Charlene. "Then I look at Everett, standing there watching his team, knowing full well that he can't really see what's going on out there. That doesn't turn him away, he's always willing and ready."

Also at this time the Hiebert family is raising money for a pair of glasses for Everett. He has tried these glasses on before, and greatly improved his vision and even allowed him to watch a hockey game on a computer screen. These glasses are expensive, but in the end would greatly improve Everett's quality of life and allow him to see more of the game he loves, Hockey.

 

Time Out Sports Star Of The Month: December

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The Time Out Sports, Sports Star of the Month for December goes to Bob Miller, for his continued effort and support of Winkler Minor Hockey.

"By my reaction from your phone call when you called me, I was a little shocked. I was a little taken back by it, but also was excited and happy that it happened," said Miller.

Miller is an assistant coach with the Pee Wee Gold Winkler Flyers team this season and has been a coach for roughly nine years.

"Sometimes wonder if you are making any difference in these young players or if you are having any impact. To receive something like this as a coach I think it's good to get that recognition because you can kind of feel that way," said Miller.

The nominator was Jaden Klassen, who is the the teams goaltender, and has been coached by Miller for a number of years. Klassen mentioned Miller has been one of his favourite coaches throughout his years playing hockey.

"Not losing confidence if we are done by a couple of goals," said Klassen, when asked about what the biggest thing Miller has taught him over the years. "Bob (Miller) will just bring the team back up and we will come back and win sometimes."

Klassen added not losing confidence is huge for a goaltender, because you won't stop many pucks if you don't believe that you can and will. 

"Bob (Miller) goes above and beyond for the kids. I think he's the only one of us coaches that's been at every practice, and he started a dry-land training once a week that he runs himself. The kids are lucky to have him as a coach," head coach Tyler Hildebrand said of Miller.

As for Miller's $50 gift card to Time Out Sports, he is looking at the possibility of using it to help pay for player-of-the-game awards in the second half of the season.

bobmiller flyers altona 2016Bob Miller and the Winkler Pee Wee Gold team pose for a photo after winning gold in the Altona tournament in November

Time Out Sports Star Of The Month: November

jessica edel novembersportstarJessica Edel poses for a photo with a volleyball and her $50 Time Out Sports gift card

The Time Out Sports Star of The Month is Jessica Edel of Morris. Jessica as described by the nominator, her mother and volleyball coach, Lauren Edel is a multi-sport athlete, who is dedicated and a hard working player.

"Really excited. It's easier to believe that you are good at something and you have talent when others acknowledge you the same," said Jessica.

At this time Jessica is on the IR (injured reserve) with a hand injury, but has helped earn the Mav's a first place rank in "AA" volleyball before the injury.

"Every game we play we play with such drive. We all work well together and are connected. This is what we want and this is what we are going to achieve," mentioned Jessica.

The coach of Jessica's team is her mother Lauren, and was happy to see her daughters hard work get recognized.

"Determined, and incredibly hard working. It's not about who she is related to, but who she is and that's been recognized provincially too," said Lauren.

Laruen's submission for her daughter Jessica is as follows; Jessica is a strong multi sport athlete. She captains the Morris Maverick volleyball team, plays high school soccer, basketball and track. Plus plays club volleyball and basketball. In addition she is president of student council and is a member of kids caring for kids while maintaining a strong academic average. Jessica is a dedicated athlete who works hard to be strong in all aspects of the game. Her ability to hit, block, pass and set makes Jess a versatile player we can count on. She is a great leader on and off the court.

jessicaandlauren edel novembersportstarJessica and her mother/volleyball coach/nominator Lauren Edel

Time Out Sports Star Of The Month: October

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The Time Out Sports, Sports Star Of The Month For October is sixteen year old Kim Froese of Gretna for only taking up the sport of golf last summer, already breaking 90, and helping her team capture the Zone Four High school golf banner this fall. 

"I think it's a pretty cool experience to be named that," said Froese.

Froese noted being able to do well on the golf course, and now being recognized with the Sports Star Of The Month honours, it has really been a confidence booster for her. 

Meanwhile, her mother Susana Froese, who is very proud of her daughter, was happy to have her daughter recognized and was glad to hear her confidence level is rising. 

"She doesn't care to be recognized for what she is doing," said Susana. "She works really hard, has a job, keeps her grades up, and I thought she needed some recognition."

Kim noted she will most likely use the $50 gift card to Time Out Sports to buy more golf clothes, shoes, or anything else sports related.

Susana's submission for her daughter Kim is as follows; W.C. Miller girls brought home the zone four championship banner. The team was led by Kim who broke 90, and the other girls followed suit. It was a miserabe, rainy, windy day, and as a challenge on the course. Kim also works very hard in her courses and is on the honour roll with distinction in several subjects.

 

Time Out Sports Star Of The Month: September

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The Time Out Sports Star Of The Month for September is Bill Fehr of Winkler for his sportsmanship on the field with the Winkler Whips and always having the time to help teach people in the community the game of baseball.

"I am very humbled that she would nominate me. I am very thrilled. I like to pass on what ever knowledge I can to my children to make them become better ball players as well. Just being a good team mate in general as well," said Bill.

Bill was nominated by his twelve year old daughter Kamden Fehr, who had nothing but amazing things to say about her father.

"I am really happy for him and I am really glad that I nominated him. I think it's really awesome that he was chosen," said Kamden.

Kamden broke the news to Bill over a text, that he had been nominated and that she was hoping he would be selected.

"I was a little surprised, but not so much at the same time. She (Kamden) texted me from my wife's phone and said 'I have something important to tell you', I didn't think it would be this, but I thought it would be something related to sports," said Bill.

Kamden noted that her dad always has time to help her out with her batting stance, teaching her how to position her glove when catching a fly ball, or anything she needs help with.

"He is really loving and nice. He does lots of stuff for us and is really encouraging and he's an awesome dad," she added.

You could really tell that she looks up to her father quitea bit and really idolizes him for all of his hard work, so much that she plays short stop just like he does.

"It's nice to see your kids want to take after you and do the things that you do," said Bill. "It's definitely special."

As for his $50 gift card to Time Out Sports in Winkler, Bill will most likely purchase something for baseball.

Below is the nomination submission by Kamden;

I want to nominate my Dad, Bill Fehr, because he is an amazing baseball player and coach. He shows great sportsmanship whether they win or lose. He is always cheering on and encouraging his teammates, and puts forth full effort all game, every game. He gives out great advice and is always watching the plays while figuring out what to do next. I love watching him play and the good example he is. He has coached his kids baseball for many years. He has always seen the best in everyone and helps them with their next steps. I love playing backyard baseball with my dad, he helps me with my batting stance and how to hold my glove when I'm catching a pop fly. My dad is a hard worker and he is always caring for his family. I'm very glad that my dad had the opportunity to be a part of starting the Winkler Whips hardball team this year and that they've been having a great season.

Time Out Sports Star Of The Month: August

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The Time Out Sports Star of The Month for August is Nicole Klassen for her love and abilities in volleyball.

"It's good. I honestly didn't know I was nominated," said Klassen. "He (her sisters boyfriend Brodie Friesen) just texted me and told me that him and my sister had nominated me when they were at one of my volleyball tournaments."

Klassen started volleyball when she was in grade eight has been very passionate about it ever since.

"I nominated Nicole (Klassen) because I was on my way back from one of her tournaments and I was listening to the station and heard of the Athlete of the Month. I was talking to her sister and thought Nicole would be a good candidate for it."

(Taken from Friesen's entry) Nicole is a dedicated player in every sport she plays, whether it be basketball, volleyball, or badminton and her family would like to recognize her dedication and hard work she puts in to these sports. This is her last year playing on the Aztecs volleyball team, she played through a sprained mcl to get second in their pool over the three day tournament at nationals.

"We were just really impressed with Nicole's performance and her sportsmanship at the tournament through injury and otherwise," added Friesen. "Through overcoming injury and supporting her team through that injury, we were pretty impressed."

As for the $50 gift card to Time Out Sports Klassen hinted she could be going to purchase a new pair of shoes and this would certainly go a long ways with that.

Time Out Sports Star Of The Month: July

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July's Sports Star Of The Month is being awarded to Altona's Eric Geirnaert. Eric is a ten year old, who loves to help in any way that he can, whether it be raking diamonds, going to get things when needed, and always came back and asking if there are more ways he can help.

"If his team is done, he sticks around right to the end," said Eric's father Dan Geirnaert. "He's always asking if there's anything else he could do. At any hockey or baseball tournament. Even we go to other teams tournaments he's willing to help. To me its great."

Dan noted this isn't something he has asked or wanted Eric to do, it simply is just something Eric has enjoyed doing.

"Just seeing some of my friends go out there and help out a bit more," said Eric. "I think I want to keep doing that," said Eric when asked why he continiously wants to contribute.

According to Eric's father Dan, he is a golder, has had a successful year playing baseball with the Altona Bears, won the league championship and recently participated in Provincials. Meanwhile, in the winter Eric takes to the ice with the Altona Maroons Atom silver team last year and was the leading point getter on the team as a defencemen.

Dan stated his is overall a great athlete and a very awesome volunteer.

Eric explained he has his eye on a CCM Speedburner hockey stick, which the $50 gift card to Time Out Sports in Winkler will help contribute to.

Time Out Sports Star Of The Month: June

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This month's Time Out Sports', Sports Star Of The Month goes to Cailin Enns of Morden for her dedication to the sport of Soccer, and along the way maintaining her school grades.

"I'm very excited about it," said Enns. "There's not always a time where soccer players get honoured necessarily over the other sports in our town. Hockey is the main priority here. I love hockey and that's great, but it's neat to be a soccer star."

Enns plays on the Morden Thunder high school soccer team and is a mid-fielder for the U17 Morris girls team. She is also practicing with the South Central Hurricanes team in her spare time.

"I enjoy soccer because I found that it is an outlet. I find that I like to succeed in things that I enjoy. I found that I love the sport and everything that came along with it. All of the hard work. I like to be able to set goals and achieve them, it feels great, I like to met new people. It's been really enjoyable."

Nominator Spencer Norrie said, "she is dominating the field and controlling the game with her calmness with the ball and the way she can change the games pace. He added her quick footwork fools defenders while her lightning speed is something to look out for."

After a tough shoulder separation last season Enns is back on the field and working hard to help her team win. She has three goals and nine assists in only six games.

According to Enns she mainly plays Soccer for fun, but wouldn't turn down an opportunity to play at a post secondary school. She also is maintaining a school average in the 90's.

"I always find that the two always come together," explained Enns. "So, if I am stressed with school work my idea is soccer and I am going to kick a ball around. For school it's mainly because of my teachers, family and everyone in my life is very supportive of the balance. Even my boss at work, she's always trying to get me to be able to do both, and support me in my studying. I find that really encourages me to do well in both."

Enns noted she will be using her $50 Time Out Sports gift card to probably purchase a new soccer ball, as her current one is pretty worn out.

Time Out Sports Star Of The Month: May

 trentcrane SSOTM may 01Trent Crane (second on left, behind goalie) with his Winkler Flyers teammates

Congratulations to Trent Crane who is our Sports Star Of The Month for May!

"I just want to say thanks, because it's hard to win," said Crane. "Ya, I led a lot of tournaments in points, but you have to work hard for that."

Crane scored 14 times and recorded 21 points in five games during the Manitoba Provincial "AA" Pee Wee boys hockey tournament. He and the rest of his Winkler Flyer teammates made it all the way to the championship game, but lost 10-4 to the host Portage team and came home with a Silver. During these five games at Provincials Crane did his best to keep his team playing five-on-five hockey and didn't' take a penalty.

"I have good teammates and they move the puck to me, and you just have to move it back and hope they get the point," said Crane when asked about his twenty-one point performance at Provincials.

While playing hockey he also juggles Manitoba Summer Games soccer where he is a goalie, competing for a spot on the Manitoba Summer Games Golf team, playing Winkler "AA" baseball, playing with the Regina Sting "AAA" spring hockey team, is working at being a part of the Parkland track team, and participates in a number of school sports.

"It's really because of my mom," said Crane. "She has my schedule, and I rely on her to get all of those dates ready and stuff."

According to Crane, hockey is his favourite sport to play, and would like to play in the NHL in the future.

"I have to work harder for that, and have to get more goals and more assists, and make good plays," said Crane.

At the end of the day Crane tossed the credit to his teammates.

"The reasons I get all of these assists, is because I want to make my teammates better,'' added Crane.

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