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Anglers to take kids out fishing

Even though the annual Safeway KidPro tournament is not taking place ahead of this year’s Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship, local youngsters still are having a chance to learn about fishing from the pros.

In the lead-up to this year’s tournament, which gets underway next Thursday (July 25), a number of anglers are hitting the water during pre-fishing with a kid in tow.

SIJHL returns to Wisconsin

The Superior International Junior Hockey League is heading back to Spooner, Wis. this season with a new-look Wisconsin Wilderness.

“We don’t normally deal in franchises per se but to keep it simple, once it was announced that there would be a NAHL team moving into Cloquet, Mn., the Minnesota Wilderness franchise there was shut down,” SIJHL commissioner Ron Whitehead explained.

Vote for us!

Backers of the Fort Frances Curling Club’s bid for the “Kraft Celebration Tour” showed off their support Sunday afternoon ahead of the 24-hour online voting process that will take place starting at 11 a.m. this Friday (July 19). If their bid prevails over one from Dryden, the local club will receive a $25,000 grant that will go towards its geothermal project.

Off track

Lindsay Bourre was forced to watch as the rest of the field raced by after she spun out in the early stages of the WISSOTA Modified feature at the Emo Speedway on Saturday night. Bourre got back underway moments later but wound up finishing the race in eighth place.

Big swing

Jannelle Andy put everything into a swing yesterday evening at the Couchiching ball diamond as she and the rest of the Big Grassy Lynx took on the host Lady Raiders in Rainy River District Women’s Fastball League action. The game was a lopsided affair for the Lady Raiders, who came away with a 27-2 win.

Neck and neck

Gavin Paull (#16) and Jamie Davis battled for the lead Saturday evening at the Emo Speedway in the WISSOTA Modified feature. When the dust settled, it was Davis who took the checkered flag in his first trip back to the track since last year’s Emo Fair. The other feature winners were Christopher Leek (WISSOTA Midwest Modified) and Ron Westover (Street Stock).

On the ground

Al’s Racquet Stringing goalkeeper Michelle Veldhuisen slid in to make a save on a hard charging Jess Caul from the La Place Rendez-Vous Voyageurs during a Borderland Soccer League women’s division game last night. In the end, the Voyageurs would come out on top by a score of 7-3.

Throwing hard

Kevin Copenace fired a pitch towards the plate at the ball diamond in Couchiching last night, as he and the rest of his Sabaskong Cubs teammates took on the host Raiders in Rainy River District Fastball League action. Though Copenace hit a home-run, his team came out on the losing end of a 4-2 decision.