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Minor Hockey Week deemed big success

While hockey always takes centre stage in Fort Frances each winter, its importance was heightened even more during Minor Hockey Week held Feb. 2-7.

And for all those who have groggily awaken, scraped the ice off the windshield, and trudged off to the local rink for that 6 a.m. game or practice, Minor Hockey Week symbolizes why we do it all.

For the kids.

Jackson finishes fourth at ‘Scott’ playdowns in Kenora

Although Kathie Jackson was pleased with her 5-4 record and fourth-place showing at the provincial Scott Tournament of Hearts in Kenora last week, she knew she was just a few shots away from finishing much higher.

“We curled well but we should have won two more games," Jackson lamented yesterday morning. ”We should have beaten [Heather] Houston.

Gushulak edged in playoff at mixed playdowns

Matt Gushulak’s dream of advancing to the Bantam mixed provincial playdowns were dashed with his final shot Sunday morning at the association playdowns in Marathon.

Trailing Rob Skinner (Fort William) 5-4 with the hammer in the eighth and final end, Gushulak missed with his last stone, ending the Fort Frances rink’s chance to advance to the provincials in Peterborough next month.

Floor teams split with Kenora

The Muskie senior boys’ basketball team continued its offensive woes in Kenora, dropping a 53-35 decision to the host Broncos in NorWOSSA action yesterday afternoon.

“We continue to have a lack of scoring punch," co-coach Paul Noonan said afterwards. ”We missed easy shots and missed lay-ups.

“We just couldn’t seem to score.”