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Local skaters dazzle on home ice

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An aptly-named competition, entitled “Fort Frances Freeze—Super Series,” took place here Friday and Saturday.

The local Border Skating Club hosted skaters from seven other clubs at the province-wide meet, which is a qualifying event for the Ontario Provincial Championship slated for March 7-10 in Mississauga.

Even though it was bitterly cold outside, local skaters were “hot” on the ice in receiving top marks in all of their events.

Greta Fedoruk placed second in the Gold Women's Free Skate with a score of 34.49 while also finishing third in Gold Interpretive and Gold Elements.

Montana Plasky nabbed first place in both the Star 10 Women's Free Skate (35.85) and Gold Interpretive, as well as taking second in Gold Elements.

Samantha Halliday placed first in the Juvenile Women U14 Free Skate (26.88) while also capturing top honours in Bronze Interpretive and Star 7-8 Elements.

Awnley Jacobsen earned top spot in the Star 6 Women's Free Skate (22.40) while also placing second in Star 6 Elements.

Jillian Bilben took third place in the Star 6 Women's Free Skate (14.88) while nabbing top honours in Star 6 Elements.

Jenna Bailey was tops in the Star 5 Women's 13-and-over Free Skate (16.22) while also taking third in Star 6 Elements.

Abrianna Hasbargen was second in the Star 5 Women's U13 Free Skate (15.14), as well as nabbed a Gold Rating in both the Individual Showcase 2 and Creative Improv 2.

Erica Lemelin placed third in the Star 4 Girls' 13-and-over Free Skate and fourth in Star 4 Elements. She also secured a Silver Rating in Creative Improv 2.

Ellianna Jacobsen earned a Silver Rating in the Star 3 Girls' Free Skate and a Gold Rating in Star 3 Elements.

Peyton Jourdain had a Silver Rating in the Star 3 Girls' Free Skate and Star 3 Elements, as well as nabbed a Gold Rating in Creative Improv 1.

Julianna Rousseau secured a Silver Rating in Star 2 Girls' Free Skate, a Bronze Rating in Star 2 Elements, and a Gold Rating in Individual Showcase 1.

Anissa Wimmer nabbed a Gold Rating in the Star 2 Girls' Free Skate and a Bronze Rating in Star 2 Elements.

Dominique Lemaire wound up with a Silver Rating in Star 2 Girls' Free Skate, a Bronze Rating in Star 2 Elements, and a Silver Rating in Creative Improv 1.

And Alyce Lebrasseur garnered a Silver Rating in Star 2 Girls' Free Skate, Star 2 Elements, and Creative Improv 1.

Fedoruk, Plasky, Halliday, and Jacobsen currently have scores high enough to be invited to attend the provincial championships, but their scores will have to remain in the top spots from now until the beginning of March in order to secure a spot.

A test day also was held here Saturday evening, with the skaters performing beautifully.

Lemelin passed the Junior Silver Dance “American Waltz" while Jillian Bilben passed the Senior Bronze Dances "European Waltz" & "Ten-Fox,” Senior Bronze Free Skate parts 1and 2, and the Senior Bronze Skills.

Halliday passed the Introductory and Bronze Interpretive, Plasky passed the Gold Interpretive, and Jacobsen passed the Gold Dance “Argentine Tango,” Junior Silver Skills, and Junior Silver Free Skate part 1.

Hasbargen, meanwhile, passed the Senior Bronze Free Skate parts 1 and 2 while Bailey passed the Senior Silver “Blues” dance and the Gold Skills.

In related news, the Border Skating Club still is accepting registrations for the current season.

The Learn-to-Skate and CanSkate programs are offered at a prorated rate in Fort Frances on Tuesdays and Thursdays, as well as in Emo on Mondays and Fridays.

For more information, visit borderskatingclub.com

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