More local medals at Games
Treaty #3 residents performed their share of the workload admirably for Team Ontario at the 2014 North American Indigenous Games in Regina, which came to a close yesterday.
Fort Frances Cyclone swimmer Sarah Rittau of Devlin came away with the most medals of any local athlete, finishing with five podium appearances.
She also snared a second bronze in the 50m breaststroke.
Sydney Radigan (Couchiching) and Tori Kelly (Onigaming) aided Ontario’s run to the gold medal in under-16 female soccer.
Rebecca Bartosh netted the lone goal of the game for Ontario, which got into the title game after finishing first in the preliminary round at 3-0-1.
Meanwhile, Tyson Morrisseau of Couchiching earned silver in the under-17 male golf after losing a head-to-head showdown with B.C.’s Wyatt Brook by two strokes on Friday.
Morrisseau gave back his entire six-shot lead he had built after a first-round 73 during a difficult second-round 90, which had both players tied at 163 entering the final 18 holes.
Brook battled his way to an 80, giving him 243 over the three rounds, which was good enough to get past Morrisseau, who wound up with a final-round 82 and a 245 total.
In under-19 male softball, Matt Comegan and Branden and Jaden Gustafson (Big Island) helped Ontario win bronze with a 7-5 victory over Nova Scotia on Friday.
In under-19 female softball, Ontario rocked New York 12-4 to also grab the bronze.
Outfielder Karma Andy (Big Grassy) singled and tripled, and also walked, while scoring three runs.
In keeping with the bronze theme, that medal also found its way around the neck of Fort Frances’ Taylor Whitehead after he blanked Darian Sunshine of Saskatchewan 2-0 (21-15, 21-9) in their match-up Friday.
Jared Hunter (Rainy River) also earned bronze in the triple jump under-16 male event with a leap of 10.65m, nudging Ontario teammate Shelby Squires off the podium by a measly one millimetre.
The final bronze featuring local athletes was Ontario’s under-16 male volleyball team, which edged Alberta in a thrilling comeback 3-2 (24-26, 25-18, 23-25, 25-17, 16-14) on Saturday.
The squad included Brandon, Lance, and Henry Geyshick of Lac La Croix.
Ontario’s under-19 female volleyball team was kept out of the playoffs with a 2-1 record after losing a must-win match Friday to undefeated Manitoba by a score of 2-1 (23-25, 25-19, and 25-11).
The team featured Megan Allen (Nigigoonsiminikaaning), Erika Cochrane (Mitaanjigaming), Mikhaela Copenace (Onigaming), and Alina Skead (Big Grassy).
And it was game over for Ontario’s under-16 male softball team, which was blanked 6-0 by B.C. in the fifth-place game Friday.
Cole Tymkin (Fort Frances) and Austin Jack and Jacob Jack (Big Grassy) were on the roster for Ontario, which went 2-2 in the preliminary round to finish third in Pool Green.
Ontario ended up third in the medal standings with 149 (55 golds, 54 silver, and 40 bronze), trailing only overall champion B.C. (160) and second-place Saskatchewan (159).