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Elementary Cross Country Championships

The Manitoulin Elementary Cross Country Championships took place last Thursday under perfect weather for the third week in a row for Island X-country athletes. Race after race, spectators witnessed amazing determination, teamwork and sportsmanship. The following are the individual race, medal winners.

In the eight and under girls’ race, first place finisher was Fia Flanagan C.C. McLean, second-place Samantha Mackenzie CMPS. and 3rd place, Lily Cunningham C.C. McLean. In the boys’ race, first place was Mindemoya’s Jack Bridgeman, second-place, Kohyn Eshkawkogan of LCPS and third-place was Ethan Witty of CC McLean.

The nine and 10-year-old girls’ first place winner was speedster Zee Toulouse LCPS, second-place was Natalia Pitawanakwat Wiikwemkoong and third-place was Maya Balfe of CMPS. The 9 and 10-year-old boys’ first place finisher was Greyson Case LCPS, second, Corbin Best, CC McLean and third-place was Jack Carter of LCPS.

In the 11-12-year-old girl’s first place went to a stretch win by Ava Assinewai CMPS, second Marin Kasunich Lakeview and third-place Annie Balfe CMPS. In the boy’s class, first place went to Davin Dechesnes LCPS, second place, Bay Migwans CMPS and 3rd place, Jayden Hayden CC McLean.

Finally in their last cross country races of elementary school is the 13 plus division. Delaney Bridgeman, (CMPS) always ahead of her time actually still has another year to run this race yet was dominant in this race as a Grade 7 runner. In second, Autumn Peltier, Wasse Abin and third-place went to Sophie Heitkamp of CC McLean. The 13 plus Boys winner was Trent Bell CC McLean, second Riley Lockeyer LCPS third, Aiden McCarthy CMPS.

In the aggregate team totals, Little Current finished in third, Wasse Abin was second and Mindemoya’s CMPS Eagles were first. Thanks so much for all the amazing work organizing such a well-run event to Bruce Laidley, Robin Best and Tracey Chapman among others.

Green cross country, hockey stars!

Lucas Green (Jeff Green, Tanya Carter) won the Sault city cross country championships last week. He and brother Ryan are both forces to reckoned with in major Rep hockey in the Sault. With dad Jeff having been a former Nickel District, AA Midget scoring champion as a Manitoulin Panther. Good luck in your season guys!

“Deerlegs” Running Club

Congratulations to Avery Sutherland (Whitefish River/Birch Island) who, running under the cryptic moniker, finished fifth in the huge Barons’ Invitational near North Bay. Avery competed against 87 other runners who hailed from all across central and Northern Ontario. Keep up all the great training, Avery.

AAA Manitoulin “Sons”

The three local players who skate for the AAA Nickel City Sons minor bantams are still showing their worth on the provincial rankings. After their last weekend tally they were listed as 18th in the province, among the best 2004 born players. Liam Bridgeman, Sam Assinewai and Carson Shawana took their game on the road to Peterborough to pit their record against the top Ontario squads. The lads were instrumental in leading the Sons to a strong showing at the tourney. They were close in all the games and made it into the semi-finals but were not able to move on.

Providence Bay junior curling

Come and try out a great sport! To register go to the Providence Bay Curling Club on Saturday October 28 between 10 am and 11:30 am.

This fun program runs every Saturday after that until mid-March from 9:30 till noon although the exact start date will depend on the child’s age and skill level.

Ages go from four plus and registration is just a measly $20. All you need are clean running shoes and a helmet (for beginners only). Contact, Angela Johnston 705 – 377 – 7960 or for more information or to register your child.

A good sport is good for sports.