Wednesday sports notes: Farmers continue to struggle; Stars win Calder Cup


The struggles on the field continue for the Neepawa Farmers as the club dropped its seventh straight on Tuesday night in Manitoba Senior Baseball League action. 

Jason Rae, Travis Jean and Casey Clark all hit solo home runs for the Brandon Cloverleafs who defeated the Farmers 7-4 in Neepawa. 

Justin Funk picked up the win on the mound for Brandon, allowing one run on two hits in two innings pitched.

Cam Tibbett went 3-for-4 at the plate, driving in three runs for the Farmers, while Neepawa pitcher Daylon Creasy ended up with the loss, allowing four runs on nine hits in two innings of work. 

With the win, the Cloverleafs improved to 7-1, while Neepawa dropped to 1-7 on the season. 

The other MSBL game on Tuesday saw the Brandon Marlins defeat the Oak River Dodgers 7-4. 

Ryan Duncan hit a three-run home run, helping the Marlins improve to 6-2-1, while the Dodgers dropped to 3-6. 


Stars win Calder Cup

The Texas Stars are this year’s American Hockey League champions, defeating the St. John’s IceCaps 4-3 on Tuesday night in Game 5 of the best-of-seven Calder Cup championship final, winning the series 4-1.

The Stars roster included former Brandon Wheat King Scott Glennie. 


MHSAA votes in favour of new transfer rule

The Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association has voted in favour of a new transfer ruling designed to keep schools from ‘stacking’ their respective teams.

The ruling will stop transfer students from competing in their old sports at their new school and it keeps current players from being displaced by newcomers.

The new ruling is in response to concerns that some schools could be building all-star rosters with new recruits, etc., which, in turn, could hurt the chances of student athletes from those schools from making their respective teams.

The ruling does allow for exceptions as student athletes can make appeals – such as the student athlete’s family moving away, internal school issues, etc. 

The ruling, which will kick in for the 2015-2016 season, was passed on Tuesday at the MHSAA AGM in Russell.