The first week of the Canada Summer Games is in the books, and a host of local athletes will be looking back on all the action in Niagara, Ont. with plenty of fond memories.
Five athletes from Canada’s Most Notorious City took part in the elite multi-sport competition during week one, seeing the gamut of results and coming oh, so close to playing for a medal in one event.
Makena Simmons and Katie Newberry came within a single win of playing for bronze in women’s fastball, falling 5-4 to Ontario in the qualifying round to finish in fourth place.
Saskatchewan finished 3-1 in the round robin, opening the tournament with a 7-0 win over Nova Scotia that saw Newberry pitch the final inning of a no-hitter. They followed with a 7-0 win over P.E.I. and 3-0 win over B.C. to move into the qualification round, where they defeated New Brunswick 8-0 and took a 4-3 win over Manitoba to move into the fourth-place game.
Simmons finished the tournament with a .312 batting average on 5-for-16 hitting to go along with two triples, four runs scored and five RBI while mostly hitting second in Saskatchewan’s line-up.
Newberry didn’t see as much action but was effective when she did -- 1 ⅔ innings pitched, no hits and three strikeouts.
Simmons and Newberry will be joining up with the Moose Jaw U17 Ice fastball team for the Canadian championship in Montreal beginning Wednesday.
Moose Jaw Mustangs standout Mykenzie Shymko picked up a single win in the first-ever women’s box lacrosse tournament at the Canada Games as Saskatchewan finished in eighth place.
Team Sask opened the event with a 5-2 loss to Manitoba before tying 5-5 with P.E.I., falling 4-0 to Quebec and losing 5-3 to Nova Scotia for an 0-3-1 round robin. Things were far different in their first qualification game, a 12-0 win over P.E.I. , but Saskatchewan would fall 11-0 to Ontario in the quarter-final and 5-0 to Manitoba to close out the event.
Shymko had the honour of serving as the team captain for the first Team Sask women’s boxla crew and would do her team proud with six goals and seven points through the event.
Moose Jaw Tennis Club product Harry Lin helped Saskatchewan to a sixth-place finish in the mixed team tennis competition.
Playing singles the majority of the event, Lin helped Team Sask to a sweep of their opponents in the round robin, winning each of his matches against New Brunswick, Manitoba and Nova Scotia.
Things didn’t go as well in a 5-1 loss to Alberta in the quarter-final, as Lin dropped a three-setter. Lin was slotted into men’s doubles against Newfoundland, where he picked up a key win in Saskatchewan’s 4-3 victory, and he’d take a two-set loss to Nova Scotia back in men’s singles as Saskatchewan lost 4-2 in the fifth-sixth place game.
Moose Jaw Kinsmen Flying Fins competitors Damian Chartrand and Makaya Arnott were both in action in the pool during the Games.
Chartrand had his best finish in the 100-metre breaststroke, just missing the B final by finishing 18th in 33.27. He was also 36th overall in the 50m breast (27.57) and the 200m breast (2:46.45) to go along with 43rd in the 50m freestyle (27.75) and 46th in the 100m free (1:01.89).
Arnott put together her top showing in the 400-metre individual medley, touching the wall in 6:13.30 to finish 38th overall. She was also 42nd in the 50m backstroke (35.27) to go along with 43rd in the 50m breast (42.64), 44th in the 200m free (2:24.54) and 47th in the 100m butterfly (1:24.46).
The Games aren’t over for local athletes, as Moose Jaw Mustangs Cashton Seaborg and Mason Williams will take their turn on the floor in box lacrosse beginning Tuesday.
You can catch up on all the results at www.niagara2022games.ca.