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Lakers' Witherspoon nabs honour

The SIJHL announced Friday that Jake Witherspoon of the Fort Frances Lakers has been named the inaugural recipient of its Trainer/Equipment Manager of the Year Award.

This honour is being presented in recognition of an individual on the training and/or equipment staff of one of the SIJHL's member clubs for their efforts during the season in this capacity.

Muskies getting back on track

Spring has sprung and that means it's time for another track-and-field season.

The Muskies have been doing fitness training since early February and coach John Dutton noted that his squad has been working hard to get ready for their first meet of the season, which is slated for April 17 in Baudette, Mn. (weather permitting).

Muskie, Owl 'birders' impress in tune-up for NorWOSSA qualifier

Members of the Muskie and Rainy River Owls badminton teams were able to fine tune their games and see what they are going to be up against this season in NorWOSSA play at an exhibition tournament last Wednesday in Atikokan.

The Muskies and Owls put in some impressive performances and were able to identify any areas of weakness heading into the NorWOSSA qualifier today in Atikokan.

FFMHA doles out awards

With the season officially in the books, it was time to dish out some hardware.

The Fort Frances Minor Hockey Association held its annual awards night on Sunday in the auditorium of the Memorial Sports Centre.

Here is a list of the winners:

Novice

Local skaters shine

The Border Skating Club sent four of its skaters off to Mississauga to compete in the Skate Ontario Provincial Championship back on March 7-10, with excellent results.

Greta Fedoruk, Montana Plasky, Samantha Halliday, and Awnley Jacobsen joined 493 skaters from 110 different Ontario clubs to compete for the top spot in their categories.

Muskie, Owl 'birders' fare well

The Muskie and Rainy River Owls' badminton teams were able to shake off any rust they may have had yesterday at an exhibition tournament in Atikokan.

Jackson Arpin of the Owls had the best showing of both teams, finishing first in senior boys' singles with a perfect 8-0 record.

His teammate, Morgan Desserre, wound up fifth at 2-6.

No shortage of drama in North Stars vs. Ice Dogs series

Brendan Gillis capitalized on a two-on-one chance 9:38 into the second overtime to lift the top-ranked Thunder Bay North Stars to a dramatic 3-2 win over the fourth-ranked Dryden GM Ice Dogs on Monday night in Game 4 of their best-of-seven semi-final playoff series in Dryden.

The North Stars now lead the series 3-1 heading into Game 5 tonight at the Fort William Gardens.

NLSS presents inaugural awards

The Northern Lights School of Skating successfully completed its first year of operation and honoured its skaters at its inaugural achievements and awards gala on Friday night at the Little Beaver Cultural Centre.

The winners included:

CANPOWERSKATE Most Improved Speed Drill Time Awards Hanging Medals—Black Holder