Ice Chips and Canoe Quips

Ramsey Tour winner makes history!

On the significant milestone of the venerable Ramsey Tour in Sudbury there was another reason to celebrate on the race’s 40th. For the first time ever, a woman won the hilly half-marathon! Not just any woman, but Manitoulin’s own Kaitlyn Toohey (nee Tallman) who rocketed through the course in just 1:22! In fact the race may be even more significant because Kait’s training partner Megan Kuikman took the overall silver medal. On such a momentous occasion, certainly the 4th place overall finisher should not be overlooked. James Scott, a Grade 11 phenom who hails from Big Lake, ran an amazing race on this tough course. Congratulations all!

Muskoka at night anyone?

While my headline may conjure up dreamy thoughts of a glassy, moonlit rowboat ride in cottage country for some, last weekend two brave local racers may be excused if they differ. Nick Head-Peterson and Nick Jeeves entered the ultra-marathon canoe race, the Muskoka River X (130 km, 24 hour, non-stop and no GPS). The pair faced torrential downpours most of last Saturday and with a wild head wind on Lake of Bays slowed them down too much to make their second checkpoint. In all they completed 80km in 15 hours but surprisingly enough, they are planning on beating the “X” next year. Thank goodness for short memories, right guys?

Island Ex-Patriots still active!

Former outstanding MSS Mustangs’ runner Mary Mitchell, who now lives in Barrie, has two sons playing elite soccer at the post-secondary level. Nick suits up for the Laurentian Voyageurs while brother Curtis boots the ball for the Fanshaw Falcons out of Hamilton. Mary herself runs a very successful personal trainer business in Barrie.

Meanwhile, former Wikwemikong resident Kieran Peltier is now a prominent member of the Nipissing Lakers University Lacrosse squad. Unfortunately, his squad lost a heart-breaker to Queens University (12-11) in North Bay this past weekend.

The son of former Manitoulin Panthers forward Sladen Peltier (Parents Alex and Katie) is a rep hockey and lacrosse player. However, his latest claim-to-fame is recently as an actor. Sladen has been selected (following an audition call) to play the lead role in a new movie entitled “Indian Horse.” The story is set in a residential school. Saul Indian Horse (Sladen) attends the school and becomes well-known for his hockey abilities. Movie actor Adam Beach acts as Sladen’s agent. Sladen was scouted for this part at last year’s Little NHL tournament when he played for the Wiky Jr. T-Birds.

Panthers back on prowl

Two Manitoulin Panthers teams had a good start to their season this past weekend. The Atoms played three exhibition games in Espanola Saturday and Sunday and came away with 2 wins and a tie. On Saturday they were down to the Sudbury Major Atoms AA but rallied in the third to pull off a 6-6 tie. Sunday was even better as they downed the Nickel City Sons Major AA twice to complete an awesome start to their season.

Meanwhile, the Manitoulin Pee Wees travelled to the Owen Sound area to take in a tournament. Although they weren’t the Champions they were so close to making it to the semi-finals. In the round-robin they downed Collingwood (9-2) and Burlington (2-0) but bowed out in the Semi-final to Owen Sound. Nonetheless it was an encouraging start to their season. Good show, teams!

Off their rock hockey

Wikwemikoong’s Carson Shawana picked up the Hustler of the Game award in a tournament win in Sudbury on the weekend. Carson is a defenseman with the AAA Nickel City Sons’ Peewees who downed Timmins AAA by a 5-2 count.

Gregory Trudeau Paquet had an outstanding game for the French River Rapids of the NOJHL Jr. A loop. Greg popped in two goals in a 10-5 loss to the undefeated Cochrane Crunch. Paquet-Trudeau now has 4 points in 5 games; not bad for a Rookie!

Three Pitch, pitch

With such great competitive adult softball players on Manitoulin it is great to see that Island elementary schools are keeping the tradition alive. Next Tuesday (rain-day Thursday) is the annual Island 3-Pitch Championships. The Grade 6 and lower set will take to the diamonds in Gore Bay while intermediate hopefuls will play in Mindemoya. Games usually run from 10 am till 2 pm if parents and fans would like to take in the fastball-future!

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