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Weather plays havoc with events across the province


Wow, what a weekend.
Manitobans are used to winter storms like the one we just experienced, just not this early.
With the storm came cancellations of all kinds of events across the southern part of the province.
Luckily, things settled down enough that organizers in Ste. Rose were able to make something out of nothing for their annual Hoof ‘N’ Holler Days.
Sunday featured the craft show in the arena, the coin in the straw was a big hit with the kids and so was the snowman building contest, which was added to the day’s festivities.
The parade went ahead on Sunday despite the snow coming down. And, although it was short, it was enjoyed by all who took part or came out to watch.
Congrats to the organizers who were left scrambling to make it as successful as possible.
As for local sports teams, as expected a lot of games were postponed and will be rescheduled.
The Parkland Rangers were to embark on their first road trip of the season, a doubleheader in Kenora against the Thistles on Friday and Saturday, followed by a Sunday afternoon tilt in Beausejour against the Eastman Selects.
The Dauphin Kings, meanwhile, also had a three-in-three weekend on their schedule, but only managed to play once, when they beat the Blues in Winnipeg, 4-1.
Friday’s game in Selkirk and Saturday’s game in Steinbach were both taken off the schedule and will be assigned a new date later in the season.
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Just when things were looking good for my Major League Baseball predictions, my National League picks ended up going south.
Both of my picks, Atlanta and Los Angeles, were one win away from winning their respective series and meeting in the championship series.
Instead they both blew it and are left to wonder what could have been.
So now its the Washington Nationals and St. Louis Cardinals playing for the right to represent the National League in the World Series.
Things are looking good for the former Montreal Expos after winning the first two games of the best-of-seven series in St. Louis, thanks to dominating pitching performances from Anibal Sanchez and Max Scherzer.
Both hurlers flirted with a no-hitter. Sanchez held the Cards hitless until the eighth inning of game one, Friday night, while Scherzer carried a no-no into the seventh in game two on Saturday.
The Nats will look to Steven Strasbourg and Patrick Corbin to continue the pitching dominance when they return home for games three and four, Monday and Tuesday.
I’m not one of those fans who dislikes the Nationals because they used to be in Montreal, so I hope they are able to complete the series win and make it to the World Series. And I’m sure a lot of Expos fans are with me on that.
In the American League, my picks are right on so far, with the New York Yankees and Houston Astros vying for the AL pennant.
After Sunday’s extra-inning thriller, the teams are heading to the Big Apple tied at a game apiece, with game three tonight and game four on Wednesday.
It will be a long series. I’d be surprised if it went less than six games. Hopefully the Astros can pull it out and keep my picking them to win it all intact.

Doug Zywina