Clean sweep

With nothing particularly inspiring or enraging me this week, I figured today was as good a time as any to do some overdue housekeeping.
All reporters have their own personal storage area of story bits and pieces clogging their desks and e-mail accounts—not big enough to stand by themselves, but worth being tidied up and put on display once in a while.
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Congratulations to Muskie offensive lineman Kevin Tysz on a great effort to make it to the final cut day for the Team Manitoba junior squad earlier this month.
Tysz was among 325 players who tried to claim one of 45 available roster spots. The 16-year-old also was one of only four junior-aged players (15-16) to survive until the final day, but was left on the outside looking in at the end.
On the bright side, the skills he learned during the selection process should serve him and his Muskie teammates well come fall.
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They weren’t firing on all cylinders, but the Muskie ‘A’ football squad looked sharper than expected during Saturday’s intrasquad scrimmage, which wrapped up their two-week spring training camp.
Offensively, Andrew George and Ty Griffith seemed more at ease playing at the pivot position while a three-back attack of halfback Thomas Edwards, fullback Shane MacDonald, and usual wide receiver Kevin Gemmell could cause opposition defensive lines great difficulties.
Defensively, the front line showed some good speed while defensive backs Jason Kellar and Rick Ricard were zooming to the ball all day to create knockdown and interceptions while handing out a few bruises in the process.
After a winless campaign in the Winnipeg High School Football League last season, the black-and-gold are anxious to gain some redemption this fall. And by the looks of Saturday, that is an attainable goal.
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The Fort Frances Aquanauts will hold its annual swim camp Aug. 4-8 and Aug. 11-15 at the Memorial Sports Centre. Head coach Roman Ramirez will be on hand to oversee both the junior and senior camps.
Those wishing to enroll can do so for either one or both weeks.
The sessions will include two hours of pool time daily for the junior swimmers and four-five hours for the seniors. There also will be dryland training and classroom instruction.
A discount is in place for families registering multiple swimmers, and billeting is available for out-of-town athletes. For more information or to sign up, call 274-8747 or e-mail ffast@jam21.net
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The Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs, in partnership with the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund and the Sunset Trail Riders snowmobile club, will meet tomorrow (Thursday) in Kenora to try and fix the problems that forced a cancellation of the use of snowmobile trails around there last winter.
Increasing operational costs, combined with a lawsuit by the Ministry of Natural Resources against the Sunset Trail Riders that eventually was dismissed in court, led to the cancellation.
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The 42nd-annual Legion Athletic Camp will be held July 13-Aug. 23 at the International Peace Gardens on the Manitoba-North Dakota border.
The six-week camp is open to junior and senior high school students, with 12 different sports being offered. For more information, call 1-807-577-5396 or visit www.legionathleticcamp.com
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The Heartbreakers, an adult hockey team based in Winnipeg, is offering players aged 25-50 an international playing experience to remember.
The squad currently is accepting applications from players wanting to join in on a recreational tour of Germany, Switzerland, and Austria this coming hockey season.
There will be five no-contact exhibition games during the 10-day tour.
Players are responsible for their own travel costs while the Heartbreakers provide the uniforms and take care of all the trip arrangements.
For more information, contact Dave Springett toll-free at 1-866-449-0640 or visit the Heartbreakers’ Web site at www.heartbreakers.ca

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