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Buchan advances to national mixed curling playdowns

The last time Chris Buchan made a trip to Fort Frances to curl, he earned a berth to the Brier.

After Saturday’s 11-6 win over Dave MacInnes in the final of the provincial mixed playdowns here, Buchan once again will be off in search of a national title.

With two provincial titles in three years curling on Fort Frances ice, it’s probably safe to say he must like it here.

Roy struggles at provincial mixed playdowns

Raymond Roy’s rink could do no wrong on their way to advancing to the Northern Ontario mixed curling playdowns here last week. But when a berth to the Canadian championships was at stake, they could do no right.

The result was a surprising 0-5 record and a last-place showing for the Fort Frances rink, especially considering their hot play leading up to the provincials.

Stratton rink advances to provincials

While playing at the provincial level is nothing new for Angela Lee, what has changed for the new Northwestern Ontario junior ladies’ champ is her responsibility on the ice.

Having played at the past two junior provincial playdowns for the Jackie Bonot rink, Lee got the chance to skip her own foursome with the departure of Bonot to the Port Arthur Curling Club.

Two Aquanauts earn medals in Winnipeg

Aquanauts Karli McKinnon, 10, and Boyd Badiuk, nine, combined for three silver medals and a bronze in their age group at the 18th-annual Prairie Winter Invitational meet in Winnipeg last weekend.

McKinnon raced to second-place finishes in the 200m free and 50m free events while also taking third in the 100m free. Badiuk struck silver in the 100m fly.

Muskies continue to dominate NorWOSSA

The Muskies already have shown they are a formidable squad on home ice, indicative of their three-straight blowout wins against NorWOSSA opponents within the confines of Memorial Arena.

Now after Monday night’s 12-3 romp over the Kenora Broncos up there, the black-and-gold have served notice they can be dominating on the road, too.