Saturday, August 1, 2015


Raiders win to oust Warriors

Mike Jourdain had an up-and-down regular season but had plenty more peaks than valleys last night.
Jourdain tossed a complete-game victory as the fourth-seeded Couchiching Raiders upset the third-ranked Windey’s Warriors 11-5 in an East Division losers’ side showdown last night at Couchiching.
With the loss, the Warriors were ousted from the double-elimination playoffs.

Soccer team on late roll

Being the new guy can be tough but Sulley Bakh made it much easier on himself.
Having recently joined the team, Bakh netted the game-winner as Pharmasave forged its first winning streak of the season with a 2-1 victory over the La Place Rendez-Vous U18 Voyageurs in Borderland Soccer League men’s division action last night.

Two Lakers’ vets returning

Two familiar faces will be back with the Fort Frances Lakers this coming season.
The two-time defending SIJHL champs announced yesterday that veteran forwards Dylan Robertson and Colton Spicer are returning to the squad.
Robertson, a 20-year-old native of Atlanta, collecting 16 goals and 23 assists in 39 regular-season games in his first season with the Lakers.

Pirates, Wolves win playoff openers

Jaden Gustafson tossed a complete-game shutout, and the Tom brothers each belted homers, as the top-seeded Rainy Lake Pirates bombed the fourth-ranked Couchiching Raiders 18-0 in Rainy River District Fastball League East Division second-round playoff action Tuesday at the St. Francis Sports Field.

Mud Dogs oust Juniors

Erika Paulsen tossed a complete-game shutout as the fifth-ranked Fort Frances Mud Dogs eliminated the 11th-seeded Fort Frances Juniors with an 18-0 romp in Rainy River District Women’s Fastball League playoff action last night at VanJura.

Lakers set main camp

The process to build what local hockey fans hope is the foundation for a third-straight SIJHL title will begin in less than a month.
The two-time defending champion Fort Frances Lakers announced yesterday their main training camp will run Aug. 27-29.
Times of the on-ice sessions will be revealed at a later date.
The squad also announced a pair of home-and-home exhibition match-ups.

‘Pi Run’ coming to Stratton

The Stratton Recreation Committee wants to take a bite out of unhealthy living.
It will be a fall fiesta of fun on Saturday, Sept. 19 when the committee hosts its inaugural “Pi Run” on the jogging/skiing trails at the Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung Historical Centre off Shaw Road.

SIJHL could see sizable expansion

The SIJHL could wind up looking remarkably different by the time the puck drops for the 2016-17 season.
The league originally planned to expand its current five-team stable by one by adding a franchise in Kenora next fall.
But a media report, combined with comments last week from SIJHL commissioner Bryan Graham, indicate that only might be the tip of the iceberg.

Near-miracle finish for local pair

Duane Cridland and Chad Hanson shook so many hands on Saturday, one might have thought they were candidates for this fall’s federal election.
The Fort Frances duo came within one team of the all-time comeback story in Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship history, but still were glad to bask in the glow of their second-place finish under the big tent at the Sorting Gap Marina.

UNFC running youth lacrosse

Canada’s official national summer sport is being brought to local youth thanks to a new venture by the United Native Friendship Centre.
Terry McMahon, co-ordinator for the UNFC’s Urban Aboriginal Healthy Living Program for Kids, is running weekly lacrosse instructional sessions for those aged seven-14.

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