Sports Briefs: Sask. The Sports Hall of Fame announces its 2024 inductees


Seven inductees for the 2024 class of the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame and Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League results announced.

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On April 9, the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame announced seven new inductees for the class of 2024, including three in the athlete category and two each in the builder and team categories.

Founded in Saskatoon in 2016 Sherry Anderson Curling track for seniors with Anderson, Patty Hersikorn, Brenda Goertzen And Anita Silvernaglewill be included as one of the teams.

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The foursome won six consecutive provincial championships, five consecutive national championships and three World Senior Curling Championships, each a record.

Also included in the team category was the 2003-04 University of Saskatchewan men's volleyball team, which won a Canada West title that season, defeating the Alberta Golden Bears in five sets to capture its fourth U SPORTS title to secure school.

Wayne Hellquist
Wayne Hellquist, a builder in volleyball, sits among other inductees for the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2024 at the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame on Tuesday, April 9, 2024 in Regina. Photo by KAYLE NEIS /Regina leadership position

North Battlefords Wayne Hellquist is included in the “Builder” category for his work in volleyball.

Hellquist served on the regional and national volleyball boards for many years and also served on the Canadian Olympic Committee board for 14 years, including as president, making him the first person from Saskatchewan to hold that role. He also led the development of the Parasport volleyball program.

Ray Mitsuing
Chuckwagon driver Ray Mitsuing at the GMC Rangeland Derby at Stampede Park in Calgary on Sunday, July 14, 2019. Photo by Al Charest /Postmedia

Loon Lake earned a 36-year career as a chuckwagon driver Ray Mitsuing an introduction to the athlete category.

In each of those years, Mitsuing qualified for the Calgary Stampede and was a seven-time Canadian Professional Chuckwagon Association champion.

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The other three newcomers include Regina Chelsea Stone (Taekwondo) and Fir Mountain's Carl Olson (Rodeo) for the athlete category as well as Melville's Karen Howard (Figure Skating) in the Builder category.

The induction ceremony will take place on September 28 in Regina.

Flin Flon Bombers advance to SJHL finals

Five different players scored goals for the Flin Flon Bombers on April 9, leading their team to a 5-1 victory over the Battlefords North Stars, making their best-of-seven Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League semifinal series four straight Games sealed.

At the beginning of the series, the Bombers recorded victories of 4:3, 6:2 and 5:2.

Flin Flon now advances to the SJHL finals, but his opponent will have to rely on the other semifinal series between the Melfort Mustangs and Humboldt Broncos.

In that series, Humboldt forced a Game 6 after winning 4-2 in Game 5 on Saturday night.

Melfort held a 2-0 series lead early on after back-to-back wins, 4-2 and 4-3, but Humboldt earned its first win in triple overtime, 3-2, on April 9.

The Mustangs then earned their own 4-3 overtime victory in Game 4 on Wednesday. Game 6 of the series was scheduled for Sunday evening in Humboldt.

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