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Local badminton club making smash in Manitoba rankings

As the Fort Frances Badminton Club held its annual windup Monday night, co-founder Lawrence Alexander had a chance to reflect on the past season.

And he was very impressed with the results.

In just three seasons, the local club has gone from a program that taught just the most basic skills to one now producing players who can compete at the provincial level.

Badminton club hands out awards

The Fort Frances Youth Badminton Club held its annual “Family Fun Wind-Up” last Monday night at Robert Moore School and several players walked away with awards.

Sharing the first-place prize for best attendance were Jennifer Lawson and Natalie Desjardins, with the second-place award going to Jason Pattison and Jennifer Pattison.

McKinnon breaks three club records at Lakehead swim meet

Karli McKinnon continued her onslaught on the Aquanauts’ record book at the Thunder Bay International Invitational last weekend—breaking three more records in her final competition in the 10 and under division.

Her times of 32.37 in the 50m free, 2:36.77 in the 200m free, and 2:59.92 in the 200m I.M. (all converted to short course times) were club records.

Mitchell ‘backs’ out at nationals

Despite nursing a sore back and completing just one set of lifts, local powerlifter Dave Mitchell placed third in his weight class at the recent national championships in Calgary.

That placing in the 181-pound division, combined with the fact he had placed first in the sub-Masters’ division, assured him a berth into the world showdown (also in Calgary) next November.

Gosman places second at bike race

Greg Gosman took advantage of some fast track conditions at the Norba Nationals bike race in Red Wing, Mn. on Saturday, placing second overall in the 19-24 age group in the beginner division.

Gosman, 22, of Fort Frances, was up against more than 250 riders in the beginner division, including 30 in his own age group, at the Welch Village track (about 90 minutes south of Minneapolis).

The one that got away

For the second time in as many weeks, the Muskie boys’ soccer team was plagued with the penalty-kick bug late in the game. Only this time it eventually cost them NorWOSSA gold.

Leading 1-0 on a Steve Keesic goal just two minutes into the game on an indirect kick from about 20 yards out, the Muskies looked to be well on their way to the NWOSSAA championship in Thunder Bay.