Sunset Country Squash Club performs well in Thunder Bay

By Allan Bradbury
Staff Writer

Several Fort Frances players had standout performances at the Balmoral Park Northwestern Ontario Open Squash Tournament Nov. 18-22 in Thunder Bay.

Fort Frances had 15 players in the 60 player tournament according to Mike Canfield, club member and Jr. Coach.

“That’s one of the larger groups we’ve had attend a tournament in quite some time,” Canfield said. “The group did fairly well, everybody of course had fun, which is the primary thing and the juniors did exceptionally well.”

Fort Frances swept all of the podium spots in the junior divisions.

Grayson Wright won the Junior B division with Jorja Guertin coming in second and Everlee Canfield coming third.

In the Junior A division Hunter Jean came in first followed by Evan Wright in second, and then Julia Guertin in third place.

Other podium finishers included Carter Payne in third place in the D division. In the C division Bob Tkachuk took first place with Mike Brady in third and in the B division Shawn Brady came in first with Mike Canfield finishing third.

According to club member Bob Tkachuk one of the highlights of the weekend was the first place match in the Junior A division between Hunter Jean and Evan Wright.

“It was a real battle that could have gone either way,” Tkachuk said. “It was a great weekend and Sunset Country Squash really has some momentum.”

That momentum will hopefully carry over to the local tournament in Fort Frances Jan. 20-22, 2023. They’re hoping for a big turn out at the La Place Rendez-Vous Tournament.

“We only have two courts so it’s a little tougher for us to host a bigger tournament,” Canfield said. But we’re going to try to push it a little bit this year and play during the week and maybe get up to 70 players.”

Canfield said he hopes to see players come from Winnipeg, Thunder Bay and Sioux Lookout for the tournament.

The club is also always open to accepting new junior members. For more information you can look up Sunset Country Squash- Fort Frances on Facebook.