Ice Chips and Canoe Quips

Manitoulin Minor Hockey Spotlight!

In the MMHA Spotlight this week are the super energetic bunch of pre-grade two-ers from Mindemoya. The team is relentless in the search of the super-magnetic puck and that is a good sign for the team as they move up through the divisions! The cutest Mindemoya Thunder squad is officially ranked in fifth position as of press time but is charging up the seven-team division. The team is known to practice without complaint in the coldest of sub-zero temperatures.

Although the team plays together as a unit but there are all kinds of individuals adding to their synergism and here are just a few. For a team that doesn’t even have a goaltender you have to love the passion that Scarlet Mohr throws into the position. Lucas Brown constantly chases the puck. Jack Bridgeman is on the puck and Mya Balfe has tremendous speed and is super noticeable as she sports the only pink helmet on the team. Congratulations to the rest of the characters who are having a great season: Thomas Redmond, Jonah Balfe, Kaci Lariviere, Kohan Campbell, Chase Taylor and Max King. Team’s staff includes Steve Redmond, Chris King, Darren Brown, Erin Lariviere and Jon Balfe. Keep up the fun times and hard work, team.

Mustang Minutes

The boys’ volleyball team has a couple of key matches this week. The first, after press-time, saw the Black and Gold at home to challenge Lively yesterday at an unusual 3:30 game time! Lively will be desperate for a win as they are currently without a point since the regular season standings have seeded them into division one. Manitoulin, after the now much talked about home game when they beat Lockerby 6 – 2, is now in the enviable third spot. They could, however, (have) jump(ed) ahead of Confederation with a win over the Lively Hawks.

The deciding game before playoffs will be today (Wednesday) against the current Division leading St, Charles Cardinals. Either way, the Mustangs are poised for a powerful playoff run as they have picked up their defensive games to match their already recognized offensive selves. Go team go!!

The girls’ squad is also busy this week as they try to move up their Division B standings. Their super young team has been seeing improvements as the season has progressed and is looking tough for the next few years. The team played Confederation yesterday on the road but can use some positive local voices when Sacre-Coeur laces up in the M’Chigeeng ‘Thunder-dome’ tomorrow, Thursday, February 5th for a 5 pm tilt.

The Manitoulin Mustang senior and junior, girls’ volleyball teams competed in the annual Nickel Classic Volleyball Tournament in several schools in Sudbury over this past weekend. The two squads as reported a couple of weeks ago are working on the basics of their games and are seeing some amazing skills improvements even if it is not currently translating into wins. Although each squad demonstrated much mojo they didn’t win any matches. The coaches however, are feeling positive with what they are seeing in each game and are taking more points away from teams that they would not have earlier in the season.

Congratulations to the junior squad, featuring: Brooke Addison, Maggie Eadie, Bethany Wesno, Lyric Peltier, Hailey Leblanc, Delaney Madore Savanna Webb, Lauren Rohn, Brianna Callaghan, Jackie Cooper, Jessica Marshall, Kayla Greenman, Nekoma Naokwegijig and Coach Mike Wesno.

The senior team includes: 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 and Coach Erin Rose.

Both teams were on the road this morning (Wednesday) to Blind River where they will play their final pre-season matches to see who qualifies for the upcoming North Shore Championship, NSSSAA showdown. Good luck teams!

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