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Mindemoya Thunder Fun Run Sunday

Sunday, October 4 marks the date of the annual Mindemoya Thunder Run. The great fundraising event is for the local, minor hockey association. Registration will take place at the arena starting at 9 am.  The 2km race starts at 9:30 am and the 5k-gun goes at 10 am. If you have any questions or you need a pledge form people can contact Marie Ford. If you would rather just pay at registration, that works as well. The fun event goes rain or shine as does the bake sale and BBQ!

Local speedsters and coach get scooped

Coached by Manitowaning’s Robin Fisher Cooper, four local gals have been recruited by Athletics Ontario to run for the Newmarket Huskies. Autumn Peltier, Sierra Pangowish, Victoria Trudeau and Franchesca Pheasant have been grinding up the kilometers under the tutelage of Ms. Fisher Cooper this summer. They will be running under the Huskies banner in Bolton, Ontario on October 3rd. Their coach is a former cross country/long distance runner for Wikwemikong, St Joseph’s College in North Bay as well as in university. Great work and congratulations to all five. Good luck in southern Ontario.

Panthers back on the prowl!

The Manitoulin Panthers competed in the Nickel District Showcase Tournament over the weekend. The event is used to place teams in their appropriate competitive regular season divisions.

Playing in Sudbury way the youngest Panthers picked up a 6-3 victory in their opening game of the tournament. Members of the Novice Panthers include: Jacob Smith, Lucas Dubois, Gage Hughson, Greyson Case, Kallan Jones, Jack Carter, Jarvis Lebrun, Andrew Tabachak, Kohyn Eshkawkogan, Zagaasage ‘Z!’ Toulouse, Marlon Oshkabewisens, Eric Thibault and Keannu Bisschops as well as team staff: Kevin Eshkawkogan, Jay Hughson, Josh Eshkawkogan, Scott Stephens, James Panamick, Mitchal Payette, Jacqueline Carter, Allison Brewer, Clara Corbiere and Keven Smith.

The Manitoulin Bantam Panthers opened the NDMHL Showcase Thursday with a close hard-fought loss (5-4) to the Nickel City AA squad but managed to split their four-game series. They beat the NC Minors ‘A’, 10 – 4 and NC Minor ‘AA’ 2 – 1! Congratulations to a strong start to the season: Eric Varey, Kennedy Sintal, Ben Marshall, Jayden Little, Carter Abbotassaway, Lauren Laginsky, Austin Hawkins, Shannon Debassige, Lukas Abotossaway, Colin Withers, Regan St. Amour, Caleb Parks, Alex Ingram, Parker Hall, Levi Morrison, Connor Belmore, and Boston Thibault. Team staff includes: Craig Abbotassaway, Al Laginsky, Lukas Little, Peter Sintal, Rob Marshall, Heather Hall, Nancy Wadell and Pam Ingram.

The new Atom squad is also starting their season with a good stride with their first win in a dominant 6 – 1 score over the Nickel Centre Devils. The Atom roster and the latest news from the Peewee and Midget squads are to follow. Here’s to a great season to all the Panthers!

Playing off the Rock

Former Panthers playing rep. hockey in Sudbury for this 2015-16 season include: M‘Chigeeng’s Aysia Debassige, Aundeck Omni’s Samuel Assinewai, Birch Island’s (Whitefish River) Kolby McGregor, Little Current’s Billy Biederman and Wikwemikong’s Carson Shawana. Best of luck to all. In addition we wish a full recovery to Carson who recently suffered a serious (non-hockey) cut to his upper leg requiring numerous stitches. Be patient Carson; heal well and quickly.

Dana Lewis of Wikwemikong and her Sudbury Lady Wolves BB had a great weekend in Oshawa. They had a 3 win, 2 ties and 1 loss weekend taking the Silver Medal. Former Wiky Hawk, Mindemoya Thunder and Sudbury AAA player Tanner Webkamigad will suit up for the St. Charles College Cardinals of the Sudbury and District High School League and be playing against our local MSS Mustangs.

3-pitch this Thursday

The Manitoulin Elementary 3-Pitch Championships will take place tomorrow, October 1. The Junior event will take place in Gore Bay at Charles C. McLean and the Seniors will play ball in Mindemoya.

Terry Fox Run kudos

The 35th Terry Fox Run in Little Current had another successful year and enjoyed a beautiful late summer day down at Low Island. Thank you to all who participated and all who came together to support cancer research initiatives. The run organizer, Joanna Rosenbaum, would especially like to thank the following volunteers and Manitoulin organizations that helped make the day go smoothly and contributed to the success of our run: Roslyn Taylor, Charlene MacNevin, Cindy Campbell, Cathy Jeffery, Leslie Taylor, Mel Delange, Colleen Mailloux, Natalie Hastings, Steve Fessenden, Joanne Corbiere, Al Boyd, all of the members of the Manitoulin Amateur Radio Club, the Town of NEMI, and the Manitoulin Expositor.

Businesses and organizations that contributed with donations, or otherwise supported the event were: The Little Current Lion’s Club, Turners of Little Current, Orr’s Valumart, Kool-It-Ice, Green Acres, Loco Beanz, Dreamer’s Cove, Reflection Hair Studio, Island Foodland, Mindemoya Home Hardware, Taylor Sawmill, UCCM Police, Williamson’s Hardware, the Manitoulin Central Family Health Team, and Manitoulin Physiotherapy Centre.

Special thanks to NEMI Mayor Al MacNevin and Algoma-Manitoulin MPP Michael Mantha for taking time out of their busy schedule and showing their support as well.

Sudbury skater near the top of “Best Of” list

Sudbury’s Rebecca Johnston was named the 3rd best female hockey player in the world by the Hockey News. A member of Canada’s National team, Rebecca is only 25 and played against many local women in high school hockey.

A good sport is good for sports.

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