Local club skates away with top points total

The local Border Figure Skating Club expected to bring home some medals from the 26th-annual Sunset Country regional competition last weekend in Dryden.
What they didn’t expect was that number to be an astounding 66 medals (23 gold, 23 silver, and 20 bronze) and nine ribbons en route to capturing the Don Wilson Trophy for the most points by an individual club.
Comprised of skaters from the Fort Frances, Emo, and Rainy River clubs, the BFSC literally skated away from the rest of the pack hailing from Atikokan, Sioux Lookout, Kenora, Red Lake, Balmertown, Vermilion Bay, Ear Falls, Ignace, and host Dryden.
In fact, the club had least one skater in every event earn a medal, president Tammy DeAmicis said Monday afternoon. “It was phenomenal the way they walked away with medals,” she enthused.
Treena Searson, one of several coaches who travelled with the contingent to Dryden, said all the skaters had a “tremendous” weekend on the ice, adding the coaches and parents were all “very proud” of them.
“With our sport, there’s not a lot of competitive meets so this was a big one for us,” Searson said yesterday morning. “Our skaters competed very, very well. They work hard at practice with coaches to set goals.”
Searson said all their skaters continue to show improvement over the season, with the club getting another chance to strut its stuff March 5-7 at the Thunder Bay Open.
While the coaches were reluctant to single out any particular skater, noting “all the kids did very well,” it was hard not to single out the accomplishments of Kate Basaraba, Shane Katona, and Noreen Hartlin.
Basaraba captured three gold medals for her individual performances and then helped lead the precision skate team to a silver. Katona also earned three gold medals.
Hartlin qualified for the Northern Ontario Sectionals on Feb. 19-21 in Gravenhurst.