The task of chairing the biggest event in Fort Frances is—without question—a difficult one.
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With the Muskie spring football camp wrapping up tonight at Westfort, the coaches have come away feeling the team will be much younger—and less experienced—than in past seasons.
But even though several players in key positions will be gone due to graduation, head coach Bob Swing was impressed by the number of players who turned out for the spring camp.
Coming off a 3-1 record at last weekend’s second exhibition tournament in Kenora, the Muskie girls’ soccer team is confident it will be moving on to the NWOSSAA playoffs.
Of course, they have to win NorWOSSA gold first.
The Muskies opened the NorWOSSA championship here today knowing the could have—and should have—done better than their 2-2 record at an exhibition tournament in Kenora last weekend.
They blew away the Sioux Lookout Warriors 4-0 and Red Lake Rams 7-0 but had trouble finishing their scoring chances in a pair of 1-0 losses to both the Dryden Eagles and Beaver Brae Broncos (Kenora).
Head coach Struchan Gilson calls them his “Energizer bunnies.”
But while his players kept going and going en route to a 3-0-1 record at an exhibition soccer tournament here last weekend, he may be forced to make some changes.
For the first time since the early 1970s, organized football will return to Fort Frances for players in grades seven and eight starting with a spring camp next month.
The non-contact, no-equipment practices—slated for June 5-6 from 1:30-4:30 p.m. at Westfort—will see the players put through drills to learn the skills and help their conditioning.
While his first name matches the last one of the NBA’s all-time greatest player, Jordan Bale would be the first to admit his talents pale in comparison to the man they simply called “Michael” in Chicago.
But there’s no denying his ability to shoot free throws—as evidenced by his third-place showing in Ontario in the annual Knights of Columbus shootout.
Playing against some of the top fastball teams from Minnesota, the Emo Bulldogs finished 2-3 at a 10-team qualifier in Mankato, Mn. last weekend.
It was the first of two qualifiers, with the top team after 10 games earning a berth to the North American Fastball Association championships in Albuquerque, N.M.
The second qualifier is slated June 5-6 in Fargo, N.D.
Four games. Four wins. Four shutouts.
Not a bad weekend for the Muskie boys’ soccer team as they breezed through an exhibition tournament here last weekend—outscoring their opponents by a 13-0 margin and dominating large stretches of their games.
Darryl McLeod predicts the walleye opener to be “pretty good” when anglers hit the water this Saturday.
McLeod, an area biologist with the Ministry of Natural Resources office here, said the strong 1994 year class of fish is now five years old and so anglers should see a high abundance of 15-16” fish.