New look in time for 2018-19 seasons

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High school athletes are getting set for the upcoming sports season and parents and students will be able to keep up to date with schedules and results on the Manitoba High School Athletic Association’s (MHSAA) new website at mhsaa.ca

“It’s exciting, volleyball, cross-country, and soccer in the rural areas all get going soon so we get off with a jolt right away,” said MHSAA Executive Director, Chad Falk, in an interview with Pembina Valley Online. “(The new website) is something I’ve been working on for the last 18 months. It’s exciting to be able to show everyone across the province the main hub for high school sports across the province. “

The MHSAA had three different websites being run between three different companies. The issue was none of the sites relayed information to the other so it wasn’t very user-friendly for teachers, students, parents, or the media. The interface is more user-friendly now and includes mobile access which is new to the site.

The first provincial high school championship will be the golf provincial championship to be held at Lakeview Hecla Golf Course. Falk says the MHSAA is excited about bringing provincial championship tournaments to smaller towns across the province.

“We’re excited that small towns like Somerset, Notre Dame, Cartwright, Sprague, and Pine Falls,” he said. “We have these small communities hosting major events and they’re doing an incredible job. Varsity badminton this year is going to be in Thompson so it’s great for those athletes to go and experience that.”

Ultimate Frisbee was introduced to some areas in the MHSAA and the first brand new provincial championship is being introduced in junior varsity badminton.

“The schools in and around Winkler brought the idea forward so they’re hosting the event this first year,” added Falk. “We’re hosting it at the same time as varsity badminton but in future years we may try to look at bringing under one location, but we’re trying it out like this for the first year.”

The MHSAA recently approved a reclassification proposal at the AGM in June. Some schools will change classifications which should make some issues a lot cleaner. The proposal also gives schools the ability to opt up and down classifications if they want.

Carman Collegiate’s golf team will be in action at the Zone Tournament September 14.

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