If you would have told Bryan Gustafson and Brian McNanney at the beginning of last week that they would be the champions at the 24th-annual Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship, they would have said you were dreaming.
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The difficult road to get back atop the SIJHL standings already has begun for the Fort Frances Lakers.
But head coach and general manager Wayne Strachan is hopeful a slew of local players will help make that trip back up the mountain an easier one.
Kurt Johnson and Pat Jeffries blasted down the upper Rainy Lake as part of the Day 1 boat launch Thursday morning at the 24th-annual Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship. The duo wound up finishing in sixth place overall with a three-day haul of 49.05 pounds.
Rylee Redford of the Fort Frances Angels fired a pitch during Team #1's 15-3 romp over Team #2 in the Rainy River District Women's Fastball League's annual all-star game last Wednesday evening at Manitou Rapids. Redford pitched four scoreless innings to earn the win.
Dakota Andy of the top-ranked Fort Frances Braves narrowly beat the throw home to score a run during his squad's 13-2 win over the fourth-seeded Windey's Warriors in East Division playoff action of the Rainy River District Fastball League on Thursday night at VanJura.
The duo of John Balaski and Chad Budde hit the water early this morning as part of the first flight launch that kicked off the 24th-annual Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship which runs today through Saturday. Balaski and Budde are one of 94 teams vying for the $20,000 first-place prize this year. Weigh-ins being at 3:30 p.m. both today and tomorrow, and then at 3 p.m.
John Desaulniers focused in on where he wanted to fire his pitch during the fourth inning of the Sight & Sound Wolves' 10-2 win over the Sabaskong Goldeneyes in Rainy River District Fastball League action Thursday night at VanJura.
Mika Kooistra of Al's Racquet Stringing had her eyes locked on the incoming ball during her squad's 3-0 win against La Place Rendez-Vous in Borderland Soccer League women's division action last Tuesday night at the St. Francis Sports Field. Al's snapped its two-game losing streak with the victory.
District volleyball players will be put to the ultimate test at the Ontario Summer Games.
Three girls and eight boys were selected to represent the Region 1 14U teams at the Games, which are slated for Aug. 2-5 in London, Ont.
Making up the girls' squad are Fort Frances natives Aurora Hutton and Kaylyn Levesque along with Ciera Ogden of Emo.
Cameron Mosbeck held on tightly so his fish didn't flop away as his partner and uncle, Dallas Mosbeck, looked on during the top-five boat parade at the 18th-annual “Castin For Cash” bass tournament Saturday afternoon. The Emo natives followed up their second-place finish last year by placing fifth this time around with a two-day haul of 25.60 pounds. See story, more photos B1.