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Oh, so close:

When you are the defending provincial champion, everybody is gunning to beat you.

And that’s exactly what Ashley Kallos and Krista Scarf, both of the Fort William Curling Club, did against the Angela Lee rink of Stratton at the Northwestern junior women’s curling playdowns in Marathon last week.

Rockets blast off against tagg’s

The Emo Rockets scored seven third-period goals to blast tagg’s (Fort Frances) 10-2 in recent Novice minor hockey action.

Ryan Witherspoon once again had the hot stick with five goals while Luke Judson (two), Chris Mutz, Charlie DeBungee, and Deanna Saunders rounded out the scoring.

Mitchel Cain scored both tagg’s goals.

Morgan earns berth at Winter Games

Hillary Morgan came home with a silver medal—and a berth to the Ontario Winter Games—after placing second at the provincial qualifier Sunday in Thunder Bay.

Morgan was among six athletes selected to represent Northwestern Ontario in women’s artistic gymnastics at the Winter Games coming up March 16-19 in Sault Ste. Marie.

Aquanauts swim FFAST in Winnipeg

Aquanaut head coach Debbie Murray called it one of their best performances ever at the Prairie Winter Invitational swim meet at the Pan Am Pool in Winnipeg over the weekend.

“It was excellent, it couldn’t have been any better,” she enthused yesterday afternoon. “There were lots of personal bests—a high percentage of personal bests.”

Muskies bounced in tourney final

Lacking a strong bench, the Muskie senior boys’ basketball team was crushed 70-38 by a potent Hammarskjold lineup in the final of the 22nd-annual McDonald’s/Tiger Tip-Off tournament in Thunder Bay last Friday.

With just nine players, including several rookies, the Muskies were thin on veterans. And that lack of experience showed against the Vikings’ full-court press.

Inexperience hurts Gushulak rink

Matt Gushulak’s rink knew they would be in tough against the top teams in Northwestern Ontario at the junior men’s playdowns here last week.

While Gushulak and third Tyler Bell were back for another crack at a Northwestern title, this time they were teamed up with new second Trevor Bonot and new lead Gary Pattison.

Winkler flies past B•Macs

After finishing in second place in their pool, the local Bantam “AA” B•Macs ran into a buzz saw from Winkler in the semi-finals of their own tournament here Sunday morning.

Leading 2-1 midway in the second period, Winkler (which had been 3-0 in pool play) erupted for five goals to ice a 7-2 victory and bounce the B•Macs from further contention.

Muskies down Falls Broncos

The Muskies hung on for a hard-fought 4-2 victory over the visiting International Falls Broncos last night, snapping a four-game losing streak against their arch-rivals from across the river. c

Steve Keesic was the offensive star in round one of the “Battle of Borderland,” pacing the black-and-gold with three goals before a sold-out, boisterous crowd at Memorial Arena.