Local athletes in medal hunt
It could be a bountiful day when it comes to harvesting medals for local athletes competing at the North American Indigenous Games in Regina.
Couchiching’s Tyson Morrisseau is in a pitched battle with Wyatt Brook of B.C. heading into the third and final round of the under-17 male division of the golf event, with both tied for first with a two-round total of 163.
Brook, meanwhile, fired an 84 to go along with his opening-round 79.
In under-16 female soccer, Sydney Radigan (Couchiching) and Tori Kelly (Onigaming) helped Team Ontario dump the Northwest Territories 6-0 yesterday to improve to 2-0-1.
A Team Ontario win in its game late this morning would earn the squad a berth in tomorrow’s gold-medal game.
In under-19 female softball, Ontario fell 5-4 to Team New York to finish second in Pool White with a 2-1 record.
Team Ontario, which includes Karma Andy of Big Grassy, played B.C. late this morning in the semi-finals, with the winner advancing to the gold-medal game tomorrow.
The loser plays in the bronze-medal game tonight.
In under-19 male softball, Team Ontario clinched first place in Pool Green with a 3-0 record after thumping Team Eastern Door & the North 8-1.
Ontario, which included Matt Comegan and Braden and Jaden Gustafson of Big Island, faced B.C., which finished second in Pool White at 2-1, in the semi-finals late this morning.
As for under-19 female volleyball, Ontario lost twice yesterday to finish 1-2 and land in third place in Pool LL.
Ontario now is in Pool PP with the Yukon, New York, and Manitoba, with the winner continuing on in the tournament.
The Ontario squad includes Megan Allen (Nigigoonsiminikaaning), Erika Cochrane (Mitaanjigaming), Mikhaela Copenace (Onigaming), and Alina Skead (Big Grassy).
Meanwhile, Fort Frances’ Taylor Whitehead had his dreams of gold dashed in under-16 male badminton after losing his semifinal 2-1 (11-21, 22-20, 21-13) to Curtis Halkett of Saskatchewan.
Whitehead took on Darian Sunshine (Saskatchewan) this afternoon for the bronze.
And Ontario’s under-16 male softball team will play for fifth place after ending up third in Pool Green with a 2-2 mark following a 2-1 loss to first-place Manitoba (4-0) that eliminated them from gold-medal contention.
That squad’s roster includes Cole Tymkin (Fort Frances) and Austin Jack and Jacob Jack (Big Grassy).
On Tuesday, Kendra Moen (Fort Frances) helped Ontario’s under-16 female basketball team earn bronze with a 55-21 rout of New York.
Moen had a three-pointer in the game for Ontario, which finished second in Pool ‘A’ with a 1-1 preliminary record after thumping Manitoba 53-31 and then losing 56-26 to Wisconsin.