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Manitoulin Mustangs shine at NOSSA, now to OFSAA!
The MSS Cross Country team was off to North Bay last Wednesday for a chance to compete against the best of the north from Sault Ste, Marie to Timmins to Sudbury and all points around and between. The best of this best were vying for a chance to go to the all-Ontario OFSAA championship to held this week in Uxbridge.
Repeating his easy, North Shore win, Brodie Pennie took the top senior male position by a minute, cementing his trip to southern Ontario. Seventh place, Alan Wilkin also solidified his spot on the bus. The top Senior Girl was expected (based on her dominant pre-season efforts) but still impressive as Maren Kasunich was the first in the event by over a minute! Her team ran the race of their lives to take the division by 10 points! Mackenzie Green, Delaney Bridgeman, Morgan Green and Willow Cooper all insured that the whole team gets to go to Uxbridge.
5th place Junior Boy Xavi Mara who has also been working so hard by training with Coach Gerry Holliday will be on his way to OFSAA as well, thanks to his amazing individual effort.
The Lo-Ellen Prep Knight accepts challenge!
Rockville’s Annie Balfe is taking the path less taken for local athletes. When most of us focus on hockey or even track or cross country she has been a basketball aficionado since she was barely out of Grade 3. She took all of the B-Ball clinics and courses she could enroll in since and was willing to pursue her sport further. The gritty Balfe developed the reputation that she would not let any ball ‘die’ and has thankfully been recognized. She was selected to the LoEllen Knights program that has fought tooth and nail to be a part of the Ontario Scholastic Basketball Association 2021-2022 campaign, earning a berth in the top eight that comprise the Women’s Pool A. Go, Annie!
Providence Bay Curling!
There is a great opportunity available to potential junior curlers able to attend practices/games in Providence Bay. This experience is open to kids from Senior Kindergarten age on up to Grade 8. Interested players would attend the Providence Bay Curling Club on Saturday mornings from November 12 right through till the end of March. There is a nominal cost of $25 per curler for the season and equipment is even provided. To register or for more information please visit: provcurling.ca/junior.
Caught, being active!
With elementary cross country over with, it is rare to see a younger student running at this time of the year as their sporting interests have often moved to football, volleyball or hockey. It was curious to see a Central Manitoulin Public School student running in the rain. Thinking that she was merely trying to get to the grocery store as quick as possible, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Grade 7 student Amber Brizuela was just out for fun and fitness. Way to go, Amber! If you have ‘caught’ anyone else getting out and being active on their own, please send me their details!
A good sport is good for sports
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