Ice Chips and Canoe Quips

All Ontario fastball

Congratulations to all the local softball players who just came home from Brantford for the All-Ontario Native Fastball Championships. Although the Wikwemikong Lumberjacks and the Kaboni Tigers were eliminated the local team, Sons of Pitches won the All-Ontario Junior Native Fastball title.

The young powerhouse squad went undefeated on their impressive run. They beat the local Six Nations Juniors 9 – 4 on Friday then shutting out Walpole Island 8 – 0 on Saturday where local ace Colten Pheasant threw a no hitter! Finally in the championship game they beat the Lunaapeew Warriors, 6 – 2.

Hats off to: Nick McGregor, Colten Pheasant, Richard Benson, Jayden Tabobondung, C. J. Esquimaux, Brandon Pheasant, Jonas Aibens, Dylan Francis, Cody Simcoe, Kyle Baibomcowai, Austin Zack and coach Gerald Baibomcowai.

Case getting early ice-time

Young defenseman Braedan Case has had a busy on-ice start to his season even without any on Manitoulin. Braeden played for the Espanola Express in their two game home and home series over the weekend versus the Elliot Lake Wildcats and also for the AAA midget Nickel City Sons in North Bay. Keep up all your hard work Braeden.

Tennis club to hold tournament

The Manitoulin Tennis Club is holding their fall tournament on Sept 12-13. To reserve your spot please call John Corbiere at 377-5584, or Chris Theijsmeijer at 986-0404 to register as soon as possible. They hope to have full doubles and singles competitions, with registration costing $20 for the first entry and $10 for further category entries. There will be a wide variety of prizes (valued at around $300) available for everyone. The Tournament will take place at the MSS tennis courts (which boasts four courts plus a backboard). The club where they continue their regular play on Sundays and Wednesdays at 6 pm until mid-September and are always open to new participants.

Six hours of mountain bike fun

The 4th annual six hour relay race held annually at McLean’s Park near Manitowaning attracted a small but very fast field last weekend. McLean’s Park features some very technical single-track peppered with some very fast open areas and double-track. Organizer and top Ontario Cup racer Alex Anstice knows the course very well. The winning team, Gears and Beers, was the duo of Paul Guenette and Dominic Girard who kept all of their roughly 7km loops under the 30 minute mark to complete nearly 14 laps under 6 hours! Finishing in second was the trio of Andrew Jeffrey, Alex Anstice and Jon Brunetti in with under 13 laps. Taking third was the (Gasping for) Big Air featuring the three riders Luke Jamieson, Brittany Durdle and Dale Wallace who ticked off over 12 laps. Congratulations to all the remaining riders including: Sarah and Ben Quackenbush, Caroline Anstice, Mario Brum, Kewaden Antonion, Nancy Cote-Pharand, Alex Pharand, Mathieu Girard, Roger Girard, Katie Reid and Charlie Reid.

To keep up on the activity at McLean’s Park and other local mountain bikers follow the Facebook group called Manitoulin Mountain Biking.

Panthers on the prowl

The Manitoulin Panthers teams are off to a strong start getting in shape even without ice on Manitoulin. Teams have been travelling to Espanola to find ice and have also been getting some great dryland training workouts here on the Island as well. Have a great season Panthers!

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