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Scott at OFSAA

Congratulations to Manitoulin Secondary School’s James Scott, who was the lone Mustang to compete at the all-Ontario championships in Duntroon this past weekend. He ripped through the six kilometre course in just over 23 minutes to finish in 63rd spot out of 280 of Ontario’s best runners. Way to go, James, and nice hair!

Flag football champions

Assiginack once again hosted the annual elementary flag football championships. In the finals it was Wikwemikong’s Wasse Abin Warriors who defeated the CC McLean Colts in a hard fought final.

The winning roster featured: Hunter Staruck, Ian Dokum, Gabe Trudeau, Kaleb Dokum, Evanson Peltier-Pitawanakwat, Kevin Trudeau, Malachi Shawanda, Dante Receellot, Jasmine Manitowabi-Pangowish, Noveleigh Peltier, Bionka Eshkawkogan-Maiangowi, Jaycelynn Assinewai-Trudeau, Deborah Pitawanakwat, Anina Pangowish and Coach Deana Debassige.

Former Panthers in NOJHL

My Dad took in his first NOJHL Junior “A” contest last Tuesday in Espanola and files this report. The local Express took on the French River Rapids. Four Manitoulin Panthers’ products played in the game. Mitchal Payette, Barry Pitawanakwat and Zach Pregent skated for the Express while Tyler King suited up with the Noelville based Rapids.

All the lads showed well for their respective teams with young King coming up with a tying goal for the Rapids although they eventually lost 5 to 4 late in the third period. Many Island fans were amongst the announced crowd of 196 spectators. King was extra impressive in the third period where he picked up power-play time as well as a regular shift. He made a nice pass on another goal but was not awarded an assist. The ex-Panthers were strong for Espanola also.

Panther Points

The Manitoulin Novice Panthers picked up a well-deserved victory Sunday against Nickel City posting a 4 to 2 score. The Panthers played a high intensity team-game to solidify the “W”. Player positioning and good passing also marked the victory which could have been more one-sided were it not for some spectacular saves by the opposition goaltender.

Panthers’ centre-man Lucas Dubois was flying all game with end-to-end rushes. Kohyn Eshkawkogan created some good passing plays while Zaagaasge Toulouse and pals were solid on defense. Jake Smith picked up the win in goal.

Congratulations to the Atom Panthers who were dominant in their first win of the season against the Sudbury “AA” minor Wolves at home in Little Current, amassing a huge 11 to 0 tally. The points’ parade was well-shared by 10 players! Owen Leblanc and Brodie Pennie led the way with five points each, Drake Jacko four, Jared Toope and Cole Hughson three each, Kordell Elijah and Joseph Shigwadja two. Ava Assinewai, David Gibbons, Carter McGregor each had a point apiece. Of course great team defense and goalie Macie Setterington sealed the shut-out.

The eldest Panthers also had a good weekend, demonstrating their continued improvement. Coaches Steve Doane and Sherman Corbiere and their charges picked up their first point of the season. On Saturday they tied the West Nipissing Sting in Verner. By the way, Wikwemikong son Evan Peltier plays between the pipes for the Sting.

Mustang minute

The MSS Mustang boys’ hockey team has started off the season on a strong note, currently sitting atop a 2-0-1 record. Their last game was a 2 to 1 edging of the Lo-Ellen Knights on Monday. The Black and Gold’s next home game is next Friday, November 20 at 7 pm in Little Current when they are to take on L’Horizon.

The girls’ team are 3 and 0 after three exhibition games. Their next home game is Tuesday, November 17 at 5 pm in M’Chigeeng. Have a great season, Mustangs!

Hamilton Marathoner

Congratulations to Little Current’s Steve Fessenden who just completed the Hamilton Road 2 Hope Marathon. Steve set a steady pace, clocking in under three and a half hours!

A good sport is good for sports.

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