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Walden ringette teams have a Devil of a time in Timmins
2023-04-27
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It turns out that there is more than enough local ringette success to go around these days.

Not all that long after the Greater Sudbury U14A team returned from provincial championships as silver medal winners in Tier 1 play came the news that a trio of squads representing the Walden Ringette Association had also reached the podium at the Northeast Regional Ringette Championships earlier this month in Timmins.

The Walden 14U Ring Devils coached by Tania Minto claimed gold in their division, posting a 3-1 record in round robin play before downing Iroquois Falls 7-3 in semi-final action and then turning the tables on the West Ferris team that had beaten them Saturday morning (5-3), doubling the North Bay reps 10-5 in the championship encounter on Sunday.

The 14U WRA girls featured a roster of Leah McMahon, Josephine Dobbs, Cora Dippong, Gia Rocca, Ella Kurtis, Gracie MacKenzie, Sophie Blais, Alison Bulman, Allison Bois, Alyssa Mayer, Abigail Minto, Ava-Jane Jamieson, Morgan Hallett and Brooke Lanovaz.

Coming up one step short of top spot were the Walden U10B Ring Devils (Jeff Scharf - coach) and the Walden U19B Ring Devils (Krista Kowaluk - coach), both of whom returned to Sudbury with silver medals in hand.

The U10 grouping that made it to the final before dropping a 7-1 decision to the Sault Ste Marie U10 Icehakws included Peyton Mills, Leah Lawrence, Blayklee Pearson, Kyla Gilpin, Raya Vienneau, Avery Daoust, Harper Young, Tessa Marshall, Avery Carson, Jovie Scharf, Rozalia Slonina and \Georgia Strain.

The U19 Ring Devils who were felled 5-1 by Iroquois Falls in the final would bring together the following collection of talent: Kieana Tremblay, Janelle Jolette, Mattea Nebonaionoquet, Nova Roy, Katrine Fortier, Karleigh Dippong, Marri-Ona Nebonaionoquet, Avan Wyatt, Maxyme Brule, Christelle Berthier, Madison Smith, VĂ©ronick Fortier, Paige Kowaluk, Emma Collins, Jade Toner, Isabelle Malafarina and Willow Budgell.

All of this success has the folks in Walden springboarding into the 2023-2024 season as the local ringette association ices a competitive "A" squad for the first time in years, the group registered in the U16A bracket under head coach Tania Minto.

Members of that team that is already anxious to hit the ice in the fall are Abigail Minto, Alison Bulman, Allaya Bisaillon, Ava-Jane Jamieson, Grace Mackenzie, Jacqueline MacMillan, Josephine Dobbs, Madison Marshall, Mikaela Lefebvre, Morgan Hallett, Payton Foucault and Sophie Blais.

As the team steps in up another level of play next year, they are still on the lookout for sponsors, with anyone interested asked to email them at "ringdevils@hotmail.com".

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