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(Editor’s note: This is the second part of a three-part run of Blasts from the Past columns reflecting on the 1972 Summit Series during the 50th anniversary this month)

Check out the latest episode of the Hear Ye, Hear Ye CJ Sports podcast. This week, Chronicle-Journal sports editor Reuben Villagracia talks about Thunder City Speedway's final weekend of action, Thunderwolves hockey, Roger Federer's last match and a preview of the Weekend Edition. Find the C…

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Justin Tougas (5) leads a pack during heat no. 1 in the Bay Lock & Security Hornets division at Thunder City Speedway on Friday evening. The races were part of the three-day Thunder Bay Truck Centre Dirt Nationals at the speedway. Tougas ended up second in the heat and fifth overall in t…

Boston Pizza Red Sox catcher Jeff Mullins, right, steals second base as Play It Again Lakers shortstop Jack Weiss tries to handle the throw during the third inning of Game 6 of the Thunder Bay senior men’s semifinal Thursday at Baseball Central. Cameron Nahkala and Mitch Nicholetts each dril…

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Thunder City Speedway puts the wrap on their first season of racing with the 9th annual Thunder Bay Truck Dirt Track Nationals this weekend.

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The local curling season is just around the corner. And after much deliberation, I have decided to continue to write my column for the upcoming season or at least part of the campaign as The Chronicle-Journal looks for another person with interest to take over as scribe to provide the weekly…

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James Skunk, right, of the Dennis Franklin Cromarty Thunderhawks, attempts to power the ball over the net against Hammarskjold Vikings Darian Naser (5) and Ian Swatton (11) during action on opening day of the Thunder Bay high school senior boys volleyball regular season. The Vikings won the …

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St. Ignatius Falcons running back Tyler Robertson, right, tries to find an opening as teammate Max Mikus, centre, gets ready to block Westgate Tigers’ Zach Gothard during the first game of the Thunder Bay high school senior football season on Friday at Fort William Stadium. Both schools slog…

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The latest episode of the Hear Ye, Hear Ye, CJ Sports podcast is up at the link below. This week Chronicle-Journal sports editor Reuben Villagracia talks about the Under-18 Baseball World Cup, the upcoming Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame induction dinner, the season ahead for NHL's …

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Five years after a memorable season of curling, the Trevor Bonot mixed rink is heading to the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame.

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Gianni Mascarin and Nick Littlefield almost put their whole stamp on the Port Arthur Family Dental Fall Classic tennis tournament over the weekend.

Gaye Stewart rightfully etched his name on the extensive list of exceptional hockey talent that the Lakehead has ever produced.

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The latest episode of the Hear Ye, Hear Ye, CJ Sports podcast is up at the link below. This week Chronicle-Journal sports editor Reuben Villagracia goes over the start of hockey season and high school sports season at the local level as well as previewing our Weekend Edition. Reuben also adm…

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The Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame’s induction dinner for our Class of 2022 at the Valhalla Inn is just seven days away.

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The Thunder Bay North Stars will begin their 2022-23 season with a new captain, a new no. 1 goaltender and a renewed commitment to excellence.

Thunder Bay North Stars head coach Rob DeGagne and assistant coach Mark Backor hold court at the Superior International Junior Hockey League’s first practice at Fort William First Nation on Monday evening. The training camp features close to 30 players. The North Stars have 11 practices book…

Vic Venasky showed he had what it took to play defensively in the National Hockey League off the heels of offensive career in the junior and college ranks.

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Make it two in a row for Jeremy Kirk.

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Episode 16 of The Chronicle-Journal's Hear Ye, Hear Ye CJ Sports podcast is available at the link below. 

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In two weeks’ time the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame will be welcoming in our Class of 2022 at the 39th Induction Dinner & Ceremonies taking place at the Valhalla Inn on Sept. 17.

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Thunder City Speedway held is inaugural Championship Points Night to honour the top racers in five classes for the 2022 season.

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Cole Chernosky rolls across the track during the heats of the Paulucci’s Wayland Bar WISSOTA midwest modifieds during the Brandt Tractor Ltd. regular season finale at Thunder City Speedway on Wednesday evening. Chernosky finished fourth in his heat and then went on to win the ‘B’ feature, bu…

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If hockey’s universal formula for improvement comes through for Andrew Wilkins, the Lakehead Thunderwolves men’s hockey coach will be a lot happier this season compared to last.

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For the first time in three years, our family is making tracks out of Thunder Bay for a much-need road trip to Winnipeg.

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Continuing with our profiles of the 2022 Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame inductees is a closer look at the career of builder Patti Kitler.

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There have been many talented players from Thunder Bay who went on to star in the NCAA collegiate hockey ranks.

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It is so nice to finally be back recognizing excellence in sport with the upcoming hosting of the 39th Induction Dinner & Ceremonies of the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame taking place at the Valhalla Inn on Sept. 17.

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If there’s one thing Michael O’Connor simply can’t get enough of it’s chasing the next big goal as a competitive endurance athlete.

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Allan Hyland (12) tries to find room against Leonard Pyhtila (66L) during the Paulucci’s Wayland Bar WISSOTA midwest modified ‘B2’ feature at Thunder City Speedway on Wednesday. Hyland finished seventh while Pyhtila was eighth. Glen Brown took the checkered flag. David Simpson came away with…

With just over a month before the start of the Superior International Junior Hockey League season, teams are gearing up with signings and making public appearances with new faces in charge.

Despite not being as highly touted as some, Trevor Letowski certainly persevered en route to a solid National Hockey League career as a player, that now continues as he prepares for his second season as an assistant coach with the Montreal Canadiens.

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Imogene Joseph, right, of the Thunder Bay Chill under-15 girls team, gets ahead of North Toronto Nitros’ Ruby Majic during a Milk Up Ontario Cup soccer quarterfinal on Monday evening at Chapples Park. Rylie Paul scored twice and Ellie Favot and Aliviah Gaile added singles as Thunder Bay blan…

Colin Chaschuk, No. 621 in your program, won his heat and the 15-lap feature in the A-Modified category at Thunder City Speedway on Wednesday night, adding to his list of accomplishments for the 2022 racing season.

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Dave Simpson roars across the straightaway during the Paulucci’s Wayland Bar WISSOTA midwest modifieds heat at Thunder City Speedway on Wednesday evening. Simpson went on to win the ‘A’ feature, followed by Tanner Ulakovic, Adam Dennhardt and Cole Chernosky. Other ‘A’ feature winners were: C…

Members of the Krista McCarville curling rink — Krista McCarville, Kendra Lilly, Ashley Sippala, Sarah Potts — meet with children from George Jeffrey Children’s Centre. The curlers were the official hosts of the Best Western Plus Dryden Hotel & Conference Centre Hometown Heroes Children’…

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When you’re named after the character Cole Trickle (played by Tom Cruise) in the 1990 auto racing movie Days of Thunder, your future is pretty much sealed.

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On Wednesday evening, Thunder Bay’s Blue Wave Energy Twins were able to claim the Port Arthur Nationals Little League baseball major (age 11-12) championship with an 8-1 victory over the Smith & Associates Red Sox in the final. It was a very close contest until the bottom of the fifth in…

Joel Cryderman (51) takes a turn to pass Scott McKinnon during the Thunder Bay Truck Centre WISSOTA modifieds heat race at Thunder City Speedway on Wednesday. Cryderman finished third in the heat behind winner Colin Chaschuk and John Toppozini. Unfortunately, Cryderman would not complete his…

Earning recognition for athletic endeavours achieved at their alma mater is undoubtedly the ultimate tribute one can receive in the collegiate ranks.

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The 2022 edition of the Strathcona Invitational was guaranteed a new first-time champion as Ryan Pietila and Scott Wilke squared off in the 92nd final of venerable Thunder Bay golf championship on Monday.

The latest episode — No. 11 — of the Hear Ye Hear Ye CJ Sports podcast is up at the following link:

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Mother Nature got it right. The only way to do a proper tribute to #22 Double Deuce Richard Schutte was to make it a two-night event at Thunder City Speedway.

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The Thunder Bay International Baseball Association is hosting their sixth major event since their formation in 2002.