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‘Game of inches’

Clint Barton was left wishing they were just an inch closer to the button in an extra end of Saturday’s final at the Canadian police curling championship in St. John’s, Nfld.

That inch, which put Barton and his Northern Ontario rink on the short end of a 6-5 decision to Ontario, cost them a chance to win their second national police crown in three years.

Opening draws set for men’s bonspiel

Some 48 teams are vying for the top prize this year at the 50th-annual Fort Frances men’s bonspiel, which runs tomorrow through Sunday at the local curling club.

Mark Haluptzok of Bemidji, Mn. won last year’s bonspiel with a 10-7 victory over Jim Ballard in the ‘A’ final.

Here are the opening draws (teams are from Fort Frances unless otherwise noted):

Hyatt places seventh at all-Ontarios

Brande Hyatt went into last weekend’s all-Ontario figure skating competition with the goal of finishing in the middle of the pack against the province’s top skaters.

And the 12-year-old from Devlin did exactly that, skating a near flawless performance en route to a seventh-place finish in Gravenhurst against 11 other skaters.

Sinclair wowed by Brier experience

Rob Sinclair enthusiastically referred to it as “The Show.”

That show was the LaBatt Brier in Winnipeg last week—by far the biggest curling showcase in Canada. And the Northern Ontario reps hailing from the Port Arthur Curling Club in Thunder Bay were front and centre with some of the very best curlers in the country.

And they didn’t look out of place one bit.

Geurts, Amorde capture silver medals at Winter Games

Terri Geurts and Allison Amorde, both bowlers from Plaza Lanes here, led the “Northwestern” ladies’ five-pin team to a silver medal at the Ontario Winter Games in Peterborough last week.

“Northwestern” finished the tournament with eight wins against six losses, good for 63 points, and second only to the “Central” team, which won the gold with a 12-2 record for 89 points.