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Ney, Stier win inaugural walleye tourney

Brian Ney and Dan Stier know how to catch walleye. No doubt about that.

Fresh off a top 10 finish at the In-Fishermen Professional Walleye Trail the previous weekend, Stier (of Pierre, S.D.) and Ney (from Baudette, Mn.) easily captured top spot in the first-annual Rainy River and District Chamber of Commerce Live Release Walleye Tournament there Sunday afternoon.

Muskies handed lesson in Wadena

Not only did the Muskie senior football team get hurt on the scoreboard, they also were banged up physically in a lopsided 46-6 loss to Wadena, Mn. there Friday night.

And that barrage of bumps and bruises will make gearing up for this Friday afternoon’s NorWOSSA showdown against the host Dryden Eagles much more difficult.

Defence, defence, defence:

Before last Friday’s first-place showdown with Kenora, Muskie defensive co-ordinator Brent DeBenedet said his defence’s goal was to shutout the Broncos.

Well, those words almost proved DeBenedet prophetic as the black-and-gold came within just two seconds of keeping that zero on the scoreboard.

Millions to be spent in snowmobile tourism

The province’s announcement to provide $4.9 million for the second phase of a snowmobile trail development and enhancement in Northern Ontario was met with open arms by Sunset Country Snowmobile president Ron Banks.

“The government is finally realizing the potential dollars that can be generated,” said Banks yesterday morning. “There is $1 billion of an economic impact [each year].”

Mikhail leads local runners

Dr. Pierre Mikhail led a strong contingent of local runners in Walker, Mn. last Saturday, finishing his first-ever marathon in an impressive time of 3:38.

That time placed him second in his age group while battling the tough course conditions of the race. Runners estimated the 26.2-mile course added about “15 to 20 minutes” to each runner’s final time.

Muskie hoopsters looking for right mix

The Muskie senior girls’ basketball team will be looking at a bit of the old and some of the new to lead them to victory this season.

Clearly, the squad will be looking for another good season from veteran players like Laureen Cousineau, Christine Noonan, Siobhan Devlin, and Sarah Vanderplaats. But the key may lie in their future stars.