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Young hurler excels

Cole King of Mindemoya had an interesting accomplishment last week. His father, John Ainslie, who plays in the Sudbury area Fastball League, got the youngster a pitching start with his Garson Hounds team. How did the youngster do? Cole, who plays hockey for the local M.S.S. Mustangs, not only held his own but walked off the field with a 13-3 victory.

NAIG CEO named!

Marcia Trudeau recently named the CEO of the 2017 North American Indigenous Games was profiled in the Toronto Star this week. Marcia who will be in charge of a 10.1 million dollar budget and 5,000 competitors received a long tribute in the Star. One of the key comments included “Ms. Trudeau is a long way from the sandy beaches and fragrant leafy trees of Manitoulin Island or Mnido Mnising where she was brought up in her traditional Anishinaabemowin language.” Marcia, who has her MBA, will do an outstanding job.

Fastball pitcher to national contest

The Wiarton Echo newspaper profiled M’Chigeeng’s Danielle Jones-Migwans this past week as an up-and-coming softball pitcher. Jones-Migwans, a 19-year-old, played for the Port Perry intermediate Angels this season. Due to her strong performance over the year Danielle has been invited to play in the 2016 women’s senior fastball championships to be held in Prince Edward Island later this month.

In 2015 she played in three tournaments for team Ontario, while back in 2010 as an 11 year old as she was chosen as a national aboriginal role model. Danielle will be attending Sudbury’s Cambrian College in the fall.

NOJHL veteran

M’Chigeeng’s Mitchell Payette has re-signed with the Espanola Express of the NOJHL. In his rookie Junior a season last year that you put up seven goals and 11 assists from his defensive position. Express president Chad Clark comic commented quote Mitchell develop into a strong defenseman over the course of the year and we will be looking for him to continue developing and dominating the park this year. And quote the express also resigned Espanola products Riley Nadeau and Jason Bednarski.

Coach getting great experience

Marion Jacko of Wikwemikong was named the assistant coach for a high-performance women’s hockey camp this weekend in Mississauga. Marion who has been a head coach at the Canadian Aboriginal National championships will be assisting with team Hunter. There are 160 young ladies, all aged 14 to 15. The event is sponsored by the old what Ontario Women’s Hockey Association as part of the Ontario Summer Games.

Local lacrosse players shine

Evan Peltier closed out his season with the Sudbury Rockhounds Lacrosse team at the provincials in Toronto last weekend. Playing with only 12 teammates and Evan in goal, the Rockhounds came up against physically larger players as well as teams with a full complement. Despite this and a lack of a League to play in, the squad were still extremely competitive, dropping two close ones and winning a third. Wallaceburg downed them 5-2 while and edged by Arthur them 6-4 before the Sudbury “Hounds” found their legs and shots to defeat Milton 6-4. It was a great show considering that all the teams they played compete in Leagues on a regular schedule. Limited to exhibitions and tournaments Sudbury the Hounds played a mere 12 contests before heading to provincials.

Congrats to Wiky’s Thuraya Jacko’s winning effort in the Ontario Lacrosse Festival last weekend in the Toronto area. Playing for the Mississauga Tomahawks in the girls’ division, Thuraya and her team captured the Silver medal.

And the award goes to…

Kudos to Grade Niner Ferris Eshkawkogan who was an athletic marvel for Wasse-Abin High this past school year. Despite being one of the youngest competitors in the school, Ferris pulled off four major Athletic Awards including Athlete of the Year, quite an accomplishment for a freshman!

Play ball!

We talked about Lyle Baibomcowai’s Canadian Aboriginal Championship last week, Lyle now heads to Rama (Orillia) later this month with the Wikwemikong Sons of Pitches in an attempt to win their 3rd consecutive All-Ontario title. Good luck!!


Four athletes from the Whitefish River First Nation who participated in the Ontario Aboriginal Summer Games a few weeks ago turned in some great results.

In Athletics, Zena Pregent (Girls U15) placed 1st in shot-put, 2nd in the 100 metres and 2nd in the 200 meters. Avery Sutherland (who just turned 12) placed 2nd in the 3,000 metres and 3rd in the 1,500 metres.

In Archery, Theron McGregor (Boys U18) placed 3rd and Sterling McGregor (Girls U15) both placed 1st while trying out a new sport to them.

A good sport is good for sports.