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RDSB bonspiel

Congratulations to the three Manitoulin teams that competed in the annual Rainbow Bonspiel over the weekend at the Sudbury Curling Club. CMPS sent one Eagles’ team, coached by Dawn Dawson, featured: Caleb Byers, Jary White, Morgan Wall-Varey and Alex Dawson. The Grade 7/8 foursome tied their first match 5-5, won their next one 10-4 and third game we won 14-0. Our last game we won 5-2.

In an unusual ranking system the first three games seeds them from 1 to 24 based on number of ends won. Then in the final game, team 1 plays 2, 3 plays 4 and so on. If the higher seed wins they retain their position or switches spots with lower seed if they win. With the Eagles’ squad winning their fourth game they finished 5th overall. They also managed to place third in the skills competition.

Two Little Current Coyotes’ teams, both coached by Helen Gordon, also did very well. Little Current #1 won two out of three games finishing in the top 8 out of 24 teams. They also finished in second place in the skills competition, missing first place by just a single point! Hats off to Brady Case, Olivia Hall, Mackenzie Cortes and John Stephens. The Little Current #2 rink of Travis Aelick, Mason Collins, Jared Cortes and Jacey Varey won two games and tied one. Congratulations to all curlers.

Co-ed V-Ball Tourney

The 14th annual Co-ed Volleyball Invitational Tournament took place this past Saturday with a great day of competitive action taking place thanks to the organizational efforts of convener and Coach Deana Debassige. After a full round-robin semis and championship match, Assiginack who was the team to beat, all day long, took the Championship trophy.

Congratulations to the Assiginack All-stars, who were: Elena Hovingh, Joe Cassidy, Ovid Therrien, Sarah Hovingh, Simone Recollet, Ethan Closs, Maylen Moffatt, Sophie Bondi, Emma Cassidy, Christopher White and Coach Jen Ferguson.

Taking the silver medals were the Central Manitoulin Eagles #1, six. The team could not solve the quick return game of the Assiginack squad but made some great plays finishing as runners-up. Congratulations to Chris Haner, Maddy Niven, Quinn Coker, Trinity Leeson, Hunter Cranston, Amber Wahl and Coach Lisa Pennie.

Very competitive in all their matches was the bronze medalist, Wasse Abin Pontiac team: DJ Maianigowi, Noah Manitowabi, Ferris Eshkawkogan, Travis Assiniwai, Caleb B Corbiere, Peyton Manitowabi, Summer Wemigwans, Mikaila Trudeau, Apryl Pangowish and Coach Deana Debassige.

Mustang Minutes

The Manitoulin Secondary girls’ volleyball program is well into their third week of competitions and have been improving steadily although it is not always evident on the score-board. Coaches Mike Wesno (junior) and Erin Rose (senior) are working hard at rebuilding the girls’ program and both have young and relatively inexperienced teams. The pair is really focusing on proper techniques first and foremost. Both coaches report players that are willing to work and have great attitudes and will have the patience to wait for that winning record in the future.

The senior team features: Mikayla Farquhar, Mackenzie Gallo, Robin Lentir, Camille Poitras, Maddie Corbiere, Carly Newlands, Alexa Gordon, Mikaila Kennedy, Honor Esquimaux, Ali Cosby, Nea Saunders, Kristina Renwick, Caleja Rivers-Peltier and Grace Dewar.

The junior squad, famously includes: Savanna Wilder Webb, Lauren Rohn, Brianna Callaghan, Jackie Cooper, Jessica Marshall, Kayla Greenman, Brooke Addison, Maggie Eadie, Bethany Wesno, Lyric Peltier, Hailey Leblanc, Delaney Madore and Nekoma Naokwegijig.

Mustang Gymnastics

Although the MSS Gymnastics team won’t be competing until the beginning of March, they have been hard at practice, putting together routines to get ready for the first meet of the season, which will be right here at MSS. They are also keenly looking forward to competing at NOSSA in Sudbury (April 20), and also being one of the host schools for the OFSAA Gymnastics Festival, to be held in Sudbury May 3-5.

Best wishes of success and hard work to: Level 1: Sarah Bayer, Sabrina Bondi, Brianna Davis, Alyssa Green, Victoria Tardif, Kaitlynn Tomaselli. Level 2: Eden Beaudin, Jill Cooper, Karissa Douglas, Brynn Kiley, Jadah McGraw, Yohana Ogbamichael, Roxanna Rojas Brizuela. Level 3: Emilly Granville and Maggie McDonald. The team’s manager is Nick Secord and Coach is Heather Theijsmeijer

Coach Carlyle: keeping it classy

The suddenly-former, Toronto Maple Leafs’ coach Randy Carlyle has been spending time at his Manitoulin home during his time off and as always, takes time for fans of the game. Last week he was spotted in the M’Chigeeng arena for a game against the visiting, Mindemoya Thunder Peewees. He was, customarily gracious in his approach to any fans of the Game.

He could scarcely get any game viewing time because of the steady stream of youngster and oldsters alike who wanted to connect with the Norris Cup winning player and Stanley Cup winning coach. As many local people will attest, you could not get a more courteous person with such a sense of responsibility, especially to children. With so many local people over the years having similarly glowing recounts of the gregarious hockey icon, few would expect Mr. Carlyle to be idle for long.

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