Portage shines at Manitoba Games

By Aaron Wilgosh, The Graphic

The 2018 Manitoba Winter Games wrapped up in Thompson, Man., this weekend and some Portage la Prairie athletes are coming home with medals.

The U18 Women’s Hockey was dominated by the South region, containing several Central Plains Capitals female midget players on two South team rosters. Caps' Megan Ferg and Fallon Sholdice, along with Caps’ assistant coach John Ferg, were all a part of the gold medal-winning South 2 team. The gold medal match was a battle of the south, as South 1 and 2 faced off for the championship, with South 2 winning 5-2.

There were quite a few Central Plains Capitals on South 1. Portage’s Maegan Inman, Starbuck's Halle Edwards, Taylor Woodward from Headingly, and Caps’ goaltender Isabelle Reutter of Grunthal all took home silver medals.

The Cabak sisters were both up north to skate at the Games as representatives of the South Region, and the Portage Skating Club. Chanel Cabak was able to capture the silver medal in the Novice Female Free Skate, and a bronze overall after finishing fourth in the short program. Renae Cabak finished seventh in the Juvenile Free Skate Program.

Some locals were gold medal winners in U16 ringette while in Thompson. Portage’s Maddie Tessier and Avery Toews captured the gold medal with teammate Karly Vince of Oakville. Team South took out Winnipeg 8-4 in the Championship Final.

Kate Moggey of Portage brought home a medal in gymnastics. The 14-year-old competed against girls 13-17 years of age and managed to snag a silver medal in the floor exercises. She also finished fourth in balance beam, 13th in uneven bars, and 14th in the vault. She finished with an overall placing of ninth.

12-year-old swimmer Brett Vachon from Portage got himself a bronze medal in the 50m Butterfly. He also had four fourth-place finishes while in Thompson.

Portage archer Alexander Perron wasn’t able to bring home any hardware but still had a strong competition. The 16-year-old finished just outside of the podium in fourth place in Archery Compound Individual Cadet Male.

Finally, there were a couple of bantam Capitals players in action in Thompson for the U16 Men’s Hockey competition. Portager Riley Borody was there along with teammate Jackson Wilson from Oak Bluff as a part of team South 2. The boys ended up losing to Team North in the bronze medal match.

Several other Portage la Prairie athletes were scattered throughout other regions at the Games including Riley Lovett, Kailee Peterson, and Ryan Botterill.

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