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Fort rinks set for Northwesterns

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.

Kids finding kicks with indoor soccer

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.

Senior spikers keep on winning

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.

Local teams win Bantam tourney titles

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).

Ringette teams bounced at Kenora tourney

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).