Choruses of ‘shouting out’ to all

Former Times editor Harry Vandetti used the words “shouts out” in his “Just Passing By” column last week. Now, it’s not confirmed whether he picked it up from my using of the term to introduce my sports newsbits.
But I’m pretty sure he did.
Either way, it made my week that someone from the old guard would try to use a term from us up-and-comers. And to celebrate this non-event, I bring you a slew of shout outs—complete with a sprinkle of winter and dash of spring and summer.
• • •  The Kenora Midget ‘AAA’ Stars recently were swept out of their best-of-three Northwestern zone playdowns by the Thunder Bay Kings by scores of 6-3 and 5-1.
The Stars—which included local players Dustin Tkachyk, Bryce Witherspoon, and Cody Mosbeck—went 13-26-0-1 in regular-season action before being knocked out of the Manitoba league playoffs by the Winnipeg Sharks last month.
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Stratton’s Angela Lee, curling with the Mike Assad rink out of Thunder Bay, lost in the finals of the Northern Ontario playdowns on Manitoulin Island last weekend.
Dave MacInnes (McIntyre) won the crown for the second-straight year and will represent Northern Ontario at the national showdown next season.
Lee, in her second year at Confederation College in Thunder Bay, curled with Assad (who played lead on Al Hackner’s Brier foursome last year), Justin McCarville, and Lisa Broder.
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Local pool shark Dave Escuyos took top honours at the 12th-annual Mike Rushak Memorial pool tournament in Dryden last weekend, defeating Paul Ledoux in the final.
The event also raised more than $4,500 for the Dryden Regional Health Centre.
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Speaking of Dryden, the Eagles boys’ hockey team went 0-4 at the all-Ontarios in Mississauga last week. As opposed to last year, when the Muskies competed in the ‘A/AA’ division due to a mix-up, Dryden had to play in the ‘AAA’ one.
It was the first time in five years a team other than the Muskies had represented NorWOSSA at the provincials.
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Defending Fort Frances Can-adian Bass Championship winners Steve and Kent Ballan will be on hand at the annual rod and reel show at La Place Rendez-Vous here this Friday and Saturday.
Meanwhile suggestions are being taken for possible names for the new FFCBC mascot to be unveiled later this spring. Can local sports reporters take part?
If so, what about ‘Bassil’?
Where’s my prize money?
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A local contingent of indoor soccer players participated at the Thunder Bay Spring Classic on March 16-17.
The men’s team, competing against 11 other clubs, went 0-3 in their pool and finished out of the medal round while a girls’ team comprised of current Muskie soccer players finished 0-4 in their five-team, round-robin loop.
The Lakehead Express under-18 girls’ team won the overall title.
In related news, tryouts for both the Muskie boys’ and girls’ soccer teams are going on right now and the final rosters should be set by early next month.
The first tournament for both squads is slated for late-April.
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Kitchen Creek Golf and Country Club assistant Brian Johnstone told me he’s looking forward to another full season on the links. After completing several instructors’ course over the winter, Johnstone qualified to start teaching lessons this summer.
The pro shop is slated to open April 1 and golfing should get underway once the snow and ice melts.
If you are planning any upcoming sporting events or have any sports-related info, feel free to call me at 274-5373 or drop by the Times office.
You also can e-mail me at rvillagracia@fortfrances.com

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