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Shawanosowe Bobcats’ Invitational

The second running of Shawanosowe’s Bobcat Invitational had every bit of weather possible this time of year including extreme winds, bright sunshine, driving snow and pelting rain! Despite the Birch Island elements this past Friday, local elementary schools’ toughest athletes took it all in stride. Featuring runners from 10 local schools (Whitefish River, Espanola, Sagamok, Massey, Manitowaning, Mindemoya, Webbwood, Wikwemikong and Sheshegwaning).

Individual race medal winners included a wide variety of speedsters from many schools. In the 6 and under boys’ race Mindemoya’s Seth Verboom and Jack Bridgeman took the one – two places while Tecumseh Paibomsai of Shawanosowe sped into the bronze medal spot. In the girls’ race Tatiana Owl of Bidaabin School out of Sagamok took first, Samantha Mackenzie of CMPS was 2nd and Lily Angela of Wasse Abin was 3rd.

In the boys’ 7 -8 race, Assiginack’s Rylan Pennie churned up the course for gold, Cayden Chretin of Massey’s S. Geiger – Silver and Raigin Corbiere of Bidaabin took bronze. In the girls’ race, Espanola’s Emma Ingraham led the pack, Janica Toulous of Sagamok second and Mindemoya’s Autumn Davy smiled into third!

In the guys’ 9 – 10 dash Assiginack’s Brodie Pennie won by nearly half a kilometre,  A.B. Ellis runner, Cooper Prior was in second while Aiden Simcoe of Sagamok was third. In the girls’ event the CMPS 1 – 2 punch featured Delaney Bridgeman and Ava Assinewai as Wasse Abin’s Shaolin Roy locked up the number 3 position.

In the boys’ 11 – 12 showdown, Mindemoya repeated the 1 – 2 finish with Liam Bridgeman ripping up the hill to first and Owen Duncanson taking second. Ryan Forcier of Espanola rolled into third. Ellee Lacasse of Espanola was the class of the girls’ event as Destiny Beaudry of Wikwemikong and CMPS speedster Haylee Cress completing the medal positions.

Finally the old guard of the day belonged to the 13+ division. Although numbers tend to dwindle at this age group those that remain are cream of the crop. Manitowaning’s Ryan Jones dominated the field followed by Regan St. Amour of Espanola and Ian Dokum of Wikwemikong taking the 2 -3 spots. Mindemoya stalwart, Marjorie Scott earned the gold while Wikwemikong’s Novalee Peltier and Espanola’s Erika Brown rounded out the podium spots,

When all of the aggregate tallies were completed, A.B. Ellis had the third most number of points, Wasse Abin was second and Central Manitoulin Public School took the banner for the second year in a row. Many thanks to Kevin Lester, Greg Sutherland and their many helpers to pull off another great event. The local, elementary Cross Country season end tomorrow, Thursday, October 22 with the Manitoulin Island Championships and Bidaabin’s meet over in Sagamok. Good luck to all.

Cross Country abroad!

Congratulations to the Wikwemikong girls who are running with the Newmarket Huskies. The quadruplet helped take first in their division today. Victoria Trudeau 12th, Autumn Peltier 17th, Sierra Pangowish 28th with Francesca Pheasant right behind her out of 120 runners in all! Keep up the awesome training girls!

Panther catch-up

The Bantam Panthers under Coach Craig Abotossaway have won their last 3 games: 5 – 0 over the Sudbury Bantam A Wolves, 8 – 2 over Elliot Lake and then 2 – 0 over the Nickel City Major A Storm.

Meanwhile Coach Kevin Eshkawkogan and the Novice Panthers are putting some training in the bank by taking in the T-Bird Hockey Camp as a team in M’Chigeeng this weekend.

On the ice, off the rock

Congratulations to Little Current’s Billy Biederman scored the only goal of the championship game as his Nickel City Jr. Sons captured the Atom AA banner at the Sudbury ‘80s Tournament Sunday with a 1 – 0 win over the Timmins North Stars.

M’Chigeeng’s Ayisia Debassige and her Sudbury Atom A, Lady Wolves, won the championship 1 – 0 over Mississauga in the finals of the Pink the Rink Tournament in Etobicoke.

Black is the New Belt

Renshi Dan Fletcher and the students of Manitoulin School of Martial Arts would like to extend their congratulations to Sempai Mackenzie Cortes (age 13) and Sempai Brian Boyle (no age provided!) on earning their Shodan-ho (junior black belt) and Shodan (black belt). The whole dojo is proud of you and hope you keep up the hard work.

If there is anyone interested in learning karate, registration is always open. Karate classes are on Wednesday evenings upstairs at the NEMI Recreation Centre. For more information, contact Renshi Dan at 705-368-0988, or go on Facebook at Manitoulin School of Martial Arts.

A good sport is good for sports.

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