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Kid-Pro tourney considered a big catch

When the first-annual Kid-Pro Am fishing tournament wrapped up last Thursday, organizers were elated to find the idea was just as big a hit with the pros as it was with the youngsters.

In fact, Rick Socholotuk, who helped organize the tournament with Bill Morgenstern, said the three-hour, catch-and-release event “far exceeded” all expectations they had.

Bass keep getting bigger

The average weight of the 497 bass caught over the three days of this year’s Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship jumped by nearly a quarter of a pound compared to the 1997 tournament, the area biologist for the local Ministry of Natural Resources office reported Tuesday.

Merchants win silver at provincials

The Sunset Merchants blew a three-run lead in the last inning of the championship game Sunday to fall 6-5 to the Gladstone Whips at the Intermediate ‘A’ Manitoba provincial fastball tournament in Winnipeg.

Holding a comfortable 5-2 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh, the Merchants’ hopes of winning their second provincial title in three years were abruptly dashed.

Emo Bulldogs win fastball tourney

The Emo Bulldogs used the long ball behind the two-hit pitching of Gus Copenace to dump the Thunder Bay Mariners 7-1 in the ‘A’-final Sunday at a fastball tournament in Kakabeka Falls.

Dennis Mounk, Sean Taggart, and Sheldon Kelly all homered for the Bulldogs, who finished the tournament with a perfect 5-0 record.

Diving into a new sport

“Teaching the art of diving since 1978,” the Blue H20 Sports Inc. was back in Fort Frances last week to train a new batch of scuba diving enthusiasts.

The Northern Ontario unit of the Port Coquitlam-based company was offering a scuba diving course here for the fifth year. The other units operate across northern British Columbia, the Prairies, and southern Ontario.

Thompson wins senior golf tourney

Jack Thompson fired a 75 to earn a two-stroke victory over Tom Bennett in a seniors’ tournament last Wednesday at Kitchen Creek Golf Course.

Bennett’s 77 was the low gross score in the championship flight, one stroke better than Freddie Beck and Grant Green. Dick Burnett had the low net score (68), followed by Dan Zeleny (70) and Dan Livingston (72).

Sharing the Olympic spirit

They say it only comes once in a lifetime, so take advantage of it. For me, it was two times in a lifetime. The first time served as a volunteer media/security personnel at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics, and second attending the opening ceremonies at the Canadian Special Olympics 1998 Summer Games held last week at the Sudbury arena. The theme was “Share in the Spirit.”