Manitoulin Minor Spotlight
Here is this season’s first installment of the hopefully, regular MMHA Spotlight. To begin, we head to the land of the Wolves: Manitowaning. The Manitowaning Wolves Tyke team has had an awesome three game stretch that they hope to maintain. The Wolves’ pups have won the last three games they have played including a close 5 – 3 win over Mindemoya, a 7 – 5 victory against Gore Bay and this past Sunday a decisive 11 – 2 win in M’Chigeeng. The wins were thanks to their young roster featuring: Matthew Gulyas, Preston Dey, Isabella Hughson, Daniel Roque, Chloe Moggy, Rylan Pennie, Dane Gibeault, Jack Hagman, Sapphire Case, Camdon Hoy, Arabelle Otosquaiob, Olivia Deforge and their bench staff includes: Coaches Marcie Hughson, Scot Hughson and Blair Hagman; Trainer Christine Gulyas and Manager Amanda Otosquaiob. The goal scorers of the matches should also be noted as many were their first-ever, career goals. Congratulations again to: Rylan Pennie, Matthew Gulyas, Isabella Hughson, Dane Gibeault, Camdon Hoy and Sapphire Case. Keep up the hard work, team and good luck in the rest of your season.
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Sudbury’s annual, Santa Shuffle drew a lot of local runners for quite a nice day for the 5km distance. The Manitoulin crew joined nearly 400 others in the spirit of the season. Congratulations to Island runners: Stephen Odjig, Carissa Holliday, Dominic Beaudry, Jacqueline Odjig, Allison MacNeil and Sarah Odjig. Next up in the local running circuit is the annual Resolution Run in Sudbury on January first! Check out the Sudbury Rocks website for all the details.
Mustangs have stellar weekend
Congratulations to the Mustang boys hockey team who had a great run at the NDA High School Hockey Tournament in North Bay this past weekend. Starting out on Thursday, the Mustangs looked fresh with a 4-3 win over West Ferris followed up by a 5-3 victory over the squad from Widdifield. On Friday, Manitoulin continued their strong play, offensively beating up on Franco, 7-1. Their three straight wins earned them a quarter-final berth against Scollard Hall, once again dominating their opposition 6-2. In the semi-finals the Mustangs drew a familiar foe in the SDSSA’s powerhouse St. Charles side. The local side didn’t miss a beat however as they stunned the Cards, 5-3! In the championship game they ran back up against Widdifield who they had beaten on day one, 5-3. The black and gold ran out of steam and could not hold the home-town squad and ended up losing 5-2. All in all the coaches were pleased with the team’s efforts and especially with their win over St. Charles will certainly have something to motivate them as they move into their second half of the season.
Manitoulin currently finds themselves in 4th place in the league and have a great opportunity to move up the standings with second place Confederation in town this Friday for a 7:00 game-time. They can use all of your support in the stands at the NEMI rec centre. Go Mustangs go!
Congratulations to the Panther Novice squad on their point, pick-up on Sunday! Playing the Nickel Centre Rebels, a team they had recently lost 8-0 to the youngest Panthers had arguably their best game of the season tying the Rebels in a zero-all draw. The Cats focused on team defense and their netminder was solid to stun the hometown Nickel City side. Congratulations to the Panther’s Brodie Pennie who won his team’s coveted Mario hat, given to the hard worker of the game.
Local football all-stars
The SDSSA Sudbury District Secondary football league recently handed out their year-end, awards and two Manitoulin players were honoured as all-stars. Defensive-back, Jacob Pitawanakwat earned first team kudos thanks to his play for the St. Charles Cardinals. Second-team, all-star recognition went to offensive player, slot-back Cam McDermid helped his Lively Hawks to finish as runners-up in the league championships.
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