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Veterans key to Muskie soccer season

Heading into this season, the Muskie boys’ soccer team is full of question marks regarding what type of system they will use and which players will play where.

But what returning head coach Keith Gilbert and his assistants, Jason Kabel and newcomer Ben Andrusco, do know is this year’s team will feature at least 11 veterans, and as many as 13.

Gilson looking to kick playoff jinx

After breezing though the competition the last two seasons, only to suffer upsetting losses to Kenora in the NorWOSSA semi-finals each time, Muskie girls’ soccer coach Struchan Gilson decided some changes were in order.

While he would be the first to admit his team definitely was the better one, they simply didn’t win the game when it counted. Plain and simple.

Petes capture Bantam ‘AAA’ provincial crown

The Peterborough Petes captured this year’s Kobe Cup, downing the Mississauga Reps 5-2 in the final Sunday afternoon at the Fort William Gardens in Thunder Bay.

Peterborough advanced to the final with a 3-2 win over the host Thunder Bay Kings, the defending Bantam provincial champs, in one semi-final contest Saturday while Mississauga blanked North Bay 1-0 in the other.

Visserettes host Springfest ’98

The Visserettes hosted Springfest ’98 last weekend at the Fort Frances Gymnastics Academy, with 75 gymnasts competing from Red Lake, Thunder Bay, Sioux Lookout, Kenora, and here.

“It took us two days to compete and judge them all,” noted meet director Betty Grynol. “Our building is small but we manage well.”

Minor hockey awards handed out

The annual awards presentation and windup for local PeeWee house league players took place last Wednesday night at Memorial Arena.

Esso Medals of Achievement Awards for the Most Valuable Player went to Ryan Calder (Lions), Geoff Gerley (Kaemingh Esso), Dave Starling (Kentucky Colonels), and Ryan Smith (Law Association Sharks).