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Beckett proud of Muskies’ play

Although his team finished at the bottom of their pool without a win or a goal to their name, Muskie boys’ soccer head coach Shane Beckett felt his team has nothing to be ashamed about with the effort they put in at the OFSAA ‘AA’ championships in Stratford last week.

“I’m very proud of their work ethic as they just never quit out there,” he enthused.

Helping hands

It took a number of people to get it off the trailer and into the water last Thursday evening but the dragon boat for the annual Boundary Waters Dragon Boat Festival is now in place at the Sorting Gap Marina. Teams and individuals still can sign up to take part in this year’s event, which will be held on Canada Day, by contacting either Cathy Tysz or Sarah Marusyk at 274-2282.

3 wide!

Christopher Leek (#17) made his way through the middle to get by Tylar Wilson (#55) and Chuck Lambert (#60) on his way to picking up the win in the WISSOTA Midwest Modified feature race Saturday night at the Emo Speedway.

Playoff action

Ben Whitburn moved the ball up the field yesterday evening as Team Gold took on Team Red in a Division 5 (U16) playoff game in Fort Frances Youth Soccer action. Divisions 2-5 will be holding their annual wind-up event this Saturday at the Struchan Gilson pitches starting at 9 a.m.

Back in the water

Kym Whalen, foreground, Cindy Gauthier, Mandy Lahti, and Sarah Marusyk paddled towards the dock at the Sorting Gap Marina yesterday evening as they brought the dragon boat into place in preparation for the second-annual Boundary Waters Dragon Boat Festival on Canada Day. Teams and individuals still can sign up to take part by contacting either Cathy Tysz or Marusyk at 274-2282.

New women’s fastball league opens season

As is often the case during the summer, the ball diamond at Couchiching was surrounded by interested observers as two teams battled it out in fastball action Monday night.

But instead of the guys who take to the field on weekly basis in the RRDFL, it was women who were there as the newly-formed Rainy River District Women’s Fastball League began its inaugural season of play.

Strong showing for Muskies at NWOSSAA meet

Although a lot smaller than those from schools in Thunder Bay, the Muskie track-and-field squad finished in eighth place out of 14 teams at the NWOSSAA championships last Tuesday and Wednesday.

“It was a great meet for our team,” enthused head coach Natasha Shack.

“Last year we left this meet with 84 points as a team and we left this year with 124.50 points,” she noted.

Muskie girls fall in semis

As time wound down in the second half of extra time in Dryden last Wednesday, it looked as if the Muskie girls’ soccer team and the host Eagles were destined for a penalty shootout in their NorWOSSA semi-final contest.

Instead, Eagles’ striker Amy Doudiet broke the deadlock with just a minute to go to give her team a 2-1 win and bring the Muskies’ season to a grinding halt.