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Clear the track, the Wisconsin Lumberjacks are on a roll. Despite an .800 record at home, the North Stars absorbed their fourth regulation loss at the Gardens as the expansion ’Jacks rode the goaltending of Hunter Adams and a pair of goals from Joel Matthews for a convincing 5-2 win over the…

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Ultimate Gymnastics competitive gymnastics squad played the role of superheroes this past weekend at the provincial qualifier in Brampton.

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IT’S A dream that finally came true for Bill Peloza. At age 55, he will get to play for a national championship for the first time in his career after winning a coveted ‘heart’ as a provincial qualifier.

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Hannah Melchiorre of the Purdue University Boilermakers women’s soccer program has been honoured as a semifinalist for the 2020 Coach Wooden Citizen Cup.

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Collin Wiseman notched a pair of second period goals — including the game winner — as the Fort William Canadiens defeated the West End Bruins 4-2 in the Robin’s Minor Hockey Classic Midget AA final at Delaney Arena.

Anthony Stefano banked a shot off the right post and in at 15:08 of the third period as the Western Mustangs came back from a three-goal deficit to defeat the Lakehead Thunderwolves 4-3 at the Fort William Gardens.

The Lakehead University Thunderwolves basketball teams return to the court tonight for the first time after a seven-week layoff.

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It is so hard to believe that a new decade is upon us. Whenever I kick off my column in a new year I like to look back to certain anniversaries and milestones that will occur throughout the year.

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Thunder Bay rinks skipped by Frank Morissette, Ron Rosengren and Mike Desilets will vie for the Northern Ontario senior title when the provincial playdowns get underway in Sturgeon Falls today.

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Rob DeGagne and the Thunder Bay North Stars brass stood by their word at the Canadian junior A hockey roster deadline last Friday: They weren’t biting unless it was for something big.

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The Red Lake Miners are right back where they were 12 months ago: In the thick of a title hunt in the Superior International Junior Hockey League.

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With mid-season bragging rights on the line — not to mention first place — the Thunder Bay North Stars defeated the second-place Red Lake Miners 6-3. The win gives the Stars a seven-point lead for tops in the Superior International Junior Hockey League standings. Red Lake has a game in hand.

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Northern Hawks goaltender Jakob Anton makes a pad save against Thunder Bay Fighting Walleye’s Dawson Kaemingh during action in the Lakehead Junior B Hockey League on Thursday night at the Tournament Centre. At left is Jake Baca of the Hawks. Travis Glomba was unstoppable for the Hawks, scori…

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Thunder Bay has won the right to host the 2021 Scotties Tournament of Hearts.

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Cross-country skier Noah Filice is one of 18 area athletes participating in the 2020 Special Olympics at the end of February in Thunder Bay.

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The Thunder Bay North Stars have been hit with the inconsistency bug once again — and this time it’s set the stage for a key battle of the top teams in the Superior International Hockey League this weekend.

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Alexander Maycock (331) and Andy Shields (330) try to break from the pack during the senior men’s sprints at the Ontario Cup event at Lappe Nordic Centre on Friday. Maycock, who attends Nipissing University in North Bay, won the race. Big Thunder’s Alannah MacLean captured the senior women’s…

Playdowns for provincial and national curling championships will be the focus for a number of Thunder Bay-based teams as the calendar turns to 2020.

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Ask most sports fans and they would say they watch or participate in their chosen game as a form of escapism and recreation. For the most part, the 2019 sports scene in Thunder Bay and the surrounding region brought fans back to reality — some good, but mostly in a sad, profound way.

Now in his 26th season as a head coach, Greg Puhalski continues to register victories.

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In a short period of time we will say goodbye to 2019 and hello to 2020. It has been a tough year on the sports community as we have lost many good people.

Mikkai Jones on the start line at Lappe Nordic Centre. Despite the unpredictable weather, skiers and volunteers braved the rain and snow for the centre’s annual Boxing Day Classic in Thunder Bay on Thursday. Even though the day started out with rain, Mother Nature came around and switched ov…

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Thunder Bay’s Andrew Todd, left, and partner Kyle Fredrickson, right, have been named Para Athletes of the Year by Rowing Canada. It is a well-deserved honour, given their decisive gold medal win in the men’s PR3 category the World Rowing Championships in Ottensheim, Austria this past August…

As we approach the holiday break, Rainbow Realty doubled up Confederation College 4-2 in Thunder Bay Men’s Indoor Soccer League Division I action to end the year on a positive note.

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Logan Mihalcin has been around hockey long enough to know slumps and season lulls are all part of the game.

Sometimes there are too many chefs in the pot, as the adage goes. But when it comes to the Unleashed Boxing Club, the more coaches, the merrier.

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Westgate’s Owen MacGillivray, right, grapples with wrestles Brandon Riives of the St. Patrick Saints during the Reino Niemi Memorial wrestling championships at St. Ignatius High School on Thursday. MacGillivray won the match by a 12-1 score. A total of 93 student-athletes took part in the ev…

Sadly, I must start off my column this week by sending out my condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of long-time Thunder Bay Television sports director and reporter Randy Scheffee, who passed away on Monday.

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The Lakehead University women's volleyball team has just one win in eight matches, but that lone victory — a five-set win over Nipissing — was a beauty.

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With overtime looming, sniper Cody Bruchkowski scored two goals late in the third period as the Thunder Bay North Stars defeated the Fort Frances Lakers 4-2 in Superior International Junior Hockey League action before 300 fans at Fort William Gardens.

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Dylan Johnston, Al Hackner and Ben Mikkelsen remain in a three-way tie for first place in the Tbaytel Major League of Curling with all three teams posting wins in Draw 10 action Wednesday at the Port Arthur Curling Club.

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The Dryden GM Ice Dogs beat the Thunder Bay North Stars 5-3 on Wednesday in Dryden. The win moves the Ice Dogs into third place in the SIJHL standings, a point ahead of the Thief River Falls Norskies who have played three fewer games than Dryden.

AL HACKNER will not be back to defend his Northern Ontario senior title but two of his teammates, Frank Morissette and Gary Champagne, will be contending.

Despite opting to take different paths to further their hockey careers, the Longlac duo of Tyler and Jesse Tucker are both excelling on the ice.

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The newly-minted line of Jacob Brown, Cody Bruchkowski and Jett Leishmann combined for three goals and four assists and Jordan Smith stopped 36 of 38 shots as the Thunder Bay North Stars eked out a 4-2 win over the Wisconsin Lumberjacks in Superior International Junior Hockey League action a…

Canada didn't have its own professional basketball league when Thunder Bay's Kyle Julius retired from playing in 2009.

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The U18 rink of Matt Duizer, Jackson Dubinsky, Adam Wiersema and Brayden Sinclair pulled the upset of the night in Draw 9 action of the Tbaytel Major League of Curling Wednesday night at the Port Arthur Curling Club.

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THUNDER Bay curlers continue to put in strong performances at national and international events as was evident by results this weekend.

Italia Juventus have jumped to the top of the Thunder Bay Men’s Indoor League first division standings after a comfortable 3-0 win over Northwood FC.

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The first half report card is in and the results look pretty good.

Cody Bruchkowski had a game for the ages, scoring five goals as the Thunder Bay North Stars ended a five-game funk in dominant fashion with a 7-4 win over the Dryden Ice Dogs at Fort William Gardens on Friday.

The Thunder Bay Border Cats have announced their first signees of the 2020 Northwoods League baseball season.

Rick Lang and Al Hackner are both heading out-of-town on coaching assignments this weekend. Lang is headed to Alberta and Hackner to Saskatchewan.

AS USUAL, it’s always nice to start with news on one of Thunder Bay’s own. Congratulations to former Chill youth player Alex Pike and his Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Golden Norse who went all the way to the regional finals, only to lose in a penalty shootout after double overtime solved no…

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Yes, the Lakehead Thunderwolves are very much in the playoff mix in the Ontario University Athletics men’s hockey scene. But no, they are not happy with failing to consistently put a full 60 minutes together every game.

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The Lakehead Thunderwolves were treated to two welcome sights on Friday — three if you include another successful Teddy Bear Toss.

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The Tracey Larocque rink from the Fort William Curling Club and the Ben Mikkelsen foursome from the Port Arthur Curling Club travel to Leduc, Alta., this weekend where the two Thunder Bay teams will represent Northern Ontario at the Canadian club championships starting on Nov. 25.