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Manitoulin Men’s Fastball

The finals of the Manitoulin Men’s Fastball League has started and the Wikwemikong and Aundeck Omni Kaning teams are into their well-matched series. The Wiky Lumberjacks won the first game 8 – 6 last Tuesday over AOK. Early on in game two, unfortunately, the game was postponed due to a serious medical issue with leftfielde, Shaun Shawanda. Best wishes to Shaun and his family and we hope for a speedy recovery and a quick return to the field as possible.

Fastball tournament

The Wikwemikong Men’s Fastball Tournament is coming up soon, the weekend of September 18 – 20, with games to take place down at Thunderbird Park. The event is to be a not for profit tournament with all of the $500/team entry fees is to be given away. On top of that Wikwemikong Minor Sports will be working at the snack bar all weekend to raise money for their cause.

Organizers are looking for six fastball teams and the champion’s purse is to be $2,000 and the runners-up scooping up the remaining $1,000. The championship game will be at 12 noon on Sunday and over by 2:30 pm, so anyone who needs to catch the Chi-Cheemaun will have time to make it to South Baymouth for the 3:50 pm departure time.

For more info or to register you can call Jerry at 705-859-3267 or contact him through Facebook – Gerard Baibomcowai or by email through

Local players on ice

Although still only a pre-season NOJHL game, Espanola and Blind River’s historical rivalry ramped up the intensity already with a spirited home and home series last weekend. On the Friday night the Express with many Island and ex-Panther players (Zac Prgent, Justice Corbiere, Nevada Waindubence, Barry Pitawanakwat, Mitchel Payette, Gregory Trudeau-Paquet and Thomas Hayden). Zack got the “extra insurance” goal in the in the second period to go up 3 – 0. The Beavers battled back however and the game ended up needing a second five minute OT period before Espanola potted the winner down to a 3 on 3 format. In game two on Saturday, Gregory P-T scored Espanola’s only goal in the 4-1 loss to the Beavers. The Beavers first regular-season home-game is this Friday at 7 pm when the Rayside Balfour Canadians roll into Espanola’s complex.

Dylan Callaghan, who last skated with the Sudbury Wolves, has now been lacing up for the Gatineau Olympiques of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QJMHL) this season. The feisty right winger already has played four games. At this point he has an assist and a couple of fights included in his 21 minutes of penalties. Keep working hard, Dylan.

Terry Fox Run turns 35!

For those of us of a certain vintage, it is hard to fathom that the Terry Fox Run, started to continue and commemorate, the courageous run by Terry Fox is already in its 35th year. Organizer Joanna Rosenbaum is once again encouraging us all to come on out to walk, wheel, ride or run on Sunday, September 20 to participate in this year’s Terry Fox Run in Little Current. The official run start time is 1 pm at Low Island, and registration will be open as of 12 noon. Pledge forms are available in many locations around the Island, and available on run day, or you can register and donate online at

As in years past, all participants get a certificate, a ribbon and tattoos! They will also have a bake sale table, and Terry Fox T-shirts available at the run for just $20. This year they will also be featuring a silent auction with many great prizes to bid on – and a special guest to help us warm up before the run with a little bit of Zumba! “Everyone’s got a dollar” is the theme this year—let’s try to raise $1 for everyone living on Manitoulin. Participate on the 20th, or sponsor a family member, friend or neighbour. If you can’t make it out that day, there are many Terry Fox Run donation jars in the community: located at Dreamer’s Cove, Turner’s of Little Current, Rylan’s Clothing Store, Taylor Sawmill, Home Hardware, Williamson’s Hardware Store, Manitoulin Physiotherapy Centre, and the Central Family Health Team in Mindemoya. If anyone has questions about the run, or if you are interested in entering a Team (workplace, family or in tribute to a cancer survivor), please contact Joanna Rosenbaum at (705) 377-6244 or, or contact the Terry Fox Foundation directly though or 1(888) 836-9786. Volunteers are always welcome on run day and leading up to the event, as are donations for the bake sale and silent auction. Contact Joanna for details!

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