Absent Croswell still wins motocross title


Trevor Croswell was rewarded for playing “Fair.”
The Emo resident took a pass on the final Superior Dirt Riders Northern Ontario motocross event of the season in Kakabeka Falls on Saturday–despite leading the MX-3 Beginner division in points in his rookie campaign.
The reason? So he could focus on selling some of his cows at the Emo Fair.
Croswell’s decision cost him neither customers for his livestock nor the points championship as his 231 total still held up to clinch the title over runners-up Cody Colby of Ignace and Cody Marshall from Dorion (217 each).
Marshall won Saturday’s event, with Colby coming in fourth.
Croswell also ended up third overall in the Vet 40+ division with 163 points behind champion Earl Reimer of Waldhof (300) and runner-up Bernie Oleksuk from Neebing (232).
Two other Rainy River District riders also secured third-place finishes in their respective divisions.
Lane Hyatt of Emo totalled 74 points to trail only division winner Corey Merritt from Shuniah (176) and runner-up Scott Francis of Kenora (144) in the MX-3 Intermediate class.
Hyatt, who did not compete Saturday, as well, also finished the season in 15th place in the MX-3 Junior group (55), behind winner Parker Miele from Neebing (263), and tied Cole Kutzler of Kakabeka Falls for 24th in the MX-3 Open division with 24 points to trail winner Kenny Mandryk from Neebing (275).
Dylan Tessier of Devlin, meanwhile, was second Saturday behind Dylan Zaporzan from Rosslyn and wound up with 239 points in the 85cc age seven-11 division.
That left Tessier just behind second-place Fisher Smith of Slate River (246), though both were well back of Zaporzan (277).
Tessier also grabbed fifth place Saturday in the Super Mini division–the same spot he retained for the season standings (156 points).
That was one spot behind Brandon Croswell of Emo (170), who joined his dad in missing Saturday’s finale.
Kali Tessier showed her older brother isn’t the only talented rider in her family as she also nabbed a second-place showing Saturday in the 50cc Jr. four-eight class.
That cemented her fourth place overall (122 points), though Andrew Ernsting of Thunder Bay handily captured top spot (258).
Stratton’s John Gavel also came fourth for the season in the Vet 40+ division (147) after taking sixth spot Saturday.
Gavel added an 11th-place result in the MX-3 Open division to grab ninth overall (88) and also was 12th in the MX-3 Junior division to wind up 18th overall (39).
Another fourth-place rider for the season was Jayce Diotte of Fort Frances, who tied Daniel Vaillant and Dustin White (hometowns unknown) in the 50cc Sr. four-eight division with 47 points.
That was well behind division champ Griffin Dysievick from Kakabeka Falls (280).
Diotte, who did not participate Saturday, also concluded the season in 15th place in the 65cc Pee Wee seven-11 division (28), with Zaporzan also winning that title (300).
Emo’s Cole Kreger was third in Saturday’s division finale in both the MX-3 Beginner and Schoolboy events for his best results of the season.
Kreger’s performances put him in fifth overall in Schoolboy (147), behind two-division champion Miele (297), and tied for seventh overall with Nicole Tuomi of Fowler for seventh in the MX-3 Beginner group (144).
His younger sibling, Alex, was eighth Saturday in the 85cc seven-11 class to match his final placement in that division (111 points).
He didn’t race in the 65cc Pee Wee seven-11 division in the finale to conclude the season in 15th place (27).
Landon Flinders (Fort Frances) motored his way to seventh in the 65cc Pee Wee seven-11 division Saturday to finish in ninth overall (101).
Fellow Fort rider Dawson Pollard was ninth in the same division Saturday to close the season in 11th (80).
Another 11th-place finisher for the season was Pat Blair of Fort Frances (71) in the 85cc seven-11 division (71 points).
He also wound up tied for 27th in the MX-3 Open division with Mitch Moncrief of Kenora (21).
Blair did not attend Saturday’s finale.
Dan Dennis of Mine Centre, also absent Saturday, only was able to make one race weekend this season to finish in 32nd place in the MX-3 Open division (nine points).