Friday, October 31, 2014

Sports

Co-leaders stay hot

If this was a NASCAR race, One Hit Wonders and Kiss My Pass would be on the verge of lapping the field.
The co-leaders of the Fort Frances Women’s Volleyball League continue to widen the gap between themselves and their pursuers after each garnered the maximum six points last Thursday.
They remained tied atop the standing with 34 points.

Sr. spikers clinch first

It was a toss-up which was the bigger story but both of them were happy tales to tell.
The Muskie senior boys’ volleyball team clinched first place—and a berth in the NorWOSSA final next Friday—by edging the host Dryden Eagles 3-2 (25-10, 23-25, 25-20, 18-25, and 15-11) on Tuesday.

Late goal sinks Lakers

A power play with a short circuit caused the Fort Frances Lakers to have their night end with an unpleasant shock.
Nicholas Nigro’s tally with 2:32 to go lifted the host Thunder Bay North Stars to a 3-2 victory last night.
With the loss, the Lakers (10-5-1) saw its lead over the second-place North Stars (9-5) shrink to three points.
Thunder Bay also holds two games in hand.

Beaudry off to OFSAA after all

Hailey Beaudry thought she had met her Waterloo in Thunder Bay last week—but she actually will be there this Saturday.
The Grade 12 Muskie runner looked to have been denied a third-straight trip to the OFSAA cross-country championships—by a mere 2.42 seconds—after finishing sixth out of 36 runners in the five-km senior girls’ event at the NWOSSAA showdown last Wednesday in the Lakehead.

Voyageurs fourth at home tourney

This was no dainty dozen.
A gutsy group of Rainy River Community College Voyageurs women’s hockey players—all 12 of them—weren’t afraid to mix it up with more well-stocked opponents during RRCC’s ninth-annual Can-Am Tournament at Bronco Arena over the weekend.
The result of the Voyageurs’ determination was a fourth-place finish in the seven-team field after going 2-2.

Muskie girls clobber foes in ‘three-peat’

It might as well have been over after the first goal but the Muskie girls’ hockey team decided to pile on some more for fun.
Grade 9 rookie Annalise Hayes had a hat trick to lead Fort High to a 6-0 victory over the Kelvin Clippers (Winnipeg) to secure a third-straight gold medal at the Sturgeon Heights Huskies’ pre-season tournament.

Early-bird deadline for sled permits coming up

Anyone with a love of snowmobiling (and of a fatter bank account) had best fire up their engines, or at least their computer.
The early-bird deadline for purchasing an Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) trail permit online for the 2014-15 season is this Saturday (Nov. 1).
The $180 fee will rise to $210 come Sunday—then goes up to $260 after Dec. 1.

Caul named MVP

When the spotlight was at its peak, Jess Caul shone through.
The Fort Frances native was named tournament MVP after leading the Providence University College Pilots to their third-straight Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference women’s soccer championship over the weekend in Otterburne.

Beaudry off to OFSAA

Hailey Beaudry isn’t running on empty after all.
The Muskie cross-country racer was surprised to learn Friday that she had been invited to take part in this Saturday’s OFSAA championships in Waterloo.
Beaudry missed qualifying for OFSAA by one place—and just 2.43 seconds—in the senior girls’ five-km division at the NWOSSAA championships last Wednesday in Thunder Bay.

Lakers earn weekend split

A few more bodies in the lineup made all the difference in the world to the Dryden GM Ice Dogs.
Cole Golka, the SIJHL’s top sniper, netted a pair of goals Saturday night to help Dryden to a 5-3 win over the host Fort Frances Lakers.
Golka’s first tally at 15:38 put Dryden (6-5-2) in front to stay.

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