Three local bowlers will compete at the Ontario Winter Games in Sault Ste. Marie in March after the Sunset Country mixed team was the top one from the Northwestern region at the 2000 Provincial Youth Challenge in Haileybury earlier this month.
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Both Fort Frances rinks will open action tomorrow at the Northwestern men’s curling playdowns in Sioux Lookout.
Raymond Roy will take on Ernie Paul (Hornepayne) at 10:30 a.m. while Don DeBenedet will face Greg Shield (Kenora) in the 2 p.m. draw.
Sixteen teams are vying for one of three berths to the Northern playdowns Feb. 9-11 in Marathon.
Several local runners finished with impressive times at the annual “Freeze yer Gizzard Blizzard Run” on Saturday in International Falls.
Doris Barton was second overall among the women, finishing the 10-km race in a time of 46.41—just seconds behind Jeanne McCurnin of Mason City, Iowa (46.19).
Barton also was second in her age group (40-49).
The growing popularity of soccer here has spilled over into the winter months.
Given January windchills make standing outside almost unbearable, kids have moved indoors where they can scrimmage in shorts and T-shirts.
The idea of indoor soccer has taken off in cities like Thunder Bay and Winnipeg, and now has entrenched itself here in Fort Frances.
The Muskie senior girls’ volleyball team recorded their second-straight sweep in NorWOSSA play after downing the Dryden Eagles 25-19, 25-13, and 25-22 there yesterday.
Head coach Rick Wiedenhoeft said he was pleased with his team’s play as they solidified their hold on first place.
A pair of Fort Frances teams won titles at the nine-team Bantam ‘A’ hockey tournament here over the weekend.
The Oddfellows captured the ‘B’-side crown with a 4-3 overtime victory over the Dryden Leafs while Canadian Tire dumped Kenora Legion 5-3 to win the ‘C’ title.
The Kenora Predators won the ‘A’-side crown with a 3-1 win over the Faribault Falcons (Minnesota).
The Muskie senior boys’ basketball team improved their NorWOSSA leading record to 3-0 with a dominating 57-33 win over the visiting Kenora Broncos yesterday afternoon.
The black-and-gold continued right where they had left off before the Christmas break, jumping out to commanding 16-4 lead in the first quarter.
The Emo Bandits Tweens ringette team lost 5-3 to Park City (Winnipeg) in the bronze-medal game at a Keewatin-Kenora tournament Sunday.
Sarah Barton scored twice for Emo while Stephanie Strachan netted the other marker.
The Bandits opened with an 11-2 defeat to host Kenora to open the tournament Friday, then were blanked lost 10-1 by Park City and 8-0 to Norberry (Winnipeg).
Several Fort Frances minor hockey teams took part in the ninth-annual Hockey Classic in Thunder Bay.
Here is a team-by-team review as to how each one fared at the tournament, which attracted some 110 teams and more than 2,000 players and coaches.
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As a group of young squash hopefuls took to the court here for a three-day clinic last week, they had a chance to bang racquets with a pretty good junior player.
In fact, having Rob Nigro—the top-ranked junior player in Canada—among those giving lessons isn’t too bad of a deal.
Some might say it was a chance of a lifetime.