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CANADA GAMES ROUNDUP: Islanders wrestling for medals Friday

Charlottetown’s Jesse Heartz defeated Saskatchewan’s Mason Nikbakht by technical fall 12-1 Wednesday at the Canada Games in Winnipeg. Saskatchewan won the team match 40-14.
Charlottetown’s Jesse Heartz defeated Saskatchewan’s Mason Nikbakht by technical fall 12-1 Wednesday at the Canada Games in Winnipeg. Saskatchewan won the team match 40-14.

WINNIPEG, MAN. – Three Island wrestlers are a win a way from earning a medal at the Canada Games in Winnipeg.

Ben Tanton, left, and Christian MacDonald will wrestle for medals Friday at the Canada Games.

Summerside’s Ben Tanton, Charlottetown’s Jesse Heartz and Stratford’s Christian MacDonald each finished in the top four. A win in Friday’s first match means they advance to the gold medal match while a loss gives them a shot at bronze.

The first match goes at noon Atlantic.

Golf

Stratford’s Jason Poley hits out of the sand Thursday during the Canada Games golf championship.

Stratford’s Jason Poley sits ninth in the men’s golf championship after firing a 1-under 71 during third-round play Thursday at the Southwood Golf and Country Club.
He enters Friday’s final round with a 4-over 220 score. Christopher Charles Vandette leads the pack at 210.
Charlottetown’s Tyler Hashmi carded a 1-over 73 on Thursday and has a three-round score of 230. Nine Mile Creek’s Alex Taylor shot a 76 Thursday and is 235 after three days of play.
The Island squad is eighth in the men’s team event at 448 while Quebec leads at 421.

Summerside’s Reese MacDonald watches her tee shot during play Thursday at the Canada Games in Winnipeg.

In women’s action, Kensington’s Lexi Murphy shot a 94 to lead the Island contingent. She has improved her score each of the three rounds.
Summerside’s Mya Chisholm shot a 95 and is sitting at 295 heading to the final round while Summerside’s Reese MacDonald shot a 101 for 306 after three rounds.

Volleyball

P.E.I. beat the Northwest Territories 3-1 (25-13, 21-25, 25-18, 25-15) in men’s volleyball placing action on Thursday.

They play New Brunswick Friday at 10:30 a.m. Atlantic.

The Island's women's squad defeated the Northwest Territories 3-1 (25-15, 25-23, 17-25, 25-16) in a placing round game and plays Quebec today at noon.

Cycling

André Boudreau was the top Island cyclists in the road race.

He finished 22nd in the 46-cyclists field in 2:50:45.3 while Reagan Mills completed the course in 2:50:46.3 and J.T. Nicholson did not finish.

Team P.E.I.’s Chris Sear, left, and Saskatchewan’s Tobi Ojo battle for the ball during Thursday’s action at the Canada Games in Winnipeg.

Soccer

P.E.I. lost 3-1 to Saskatchewan and will play the Northwest Territories Friday at 3:30 p.m. in a placing game.
Donovan Wyand scored off a Jensen Gauthier corner kick in injury time against Saskatchewan.

Swimming

Alexa McQuaid, who won silver on Tuesday in the 50-metre breaststroke, set a new personal best in the 100-metre on Thursday.

She finished in 1:14.97, good for sixth place in the A final.

Tennis

Ontario’s Malik Bhatnagar defeated August McIntyre 2-0 (6-0, 6-2) in the quarter-final of the men’s single tennis championship.

Softball

P.E.I. split a pair of games in the women’s softball competition on Thursday, beating New Brunswick 8-1 and losing 5-0 to Ontario.

They are 2-6 heading to Friday’s games against Nova Scotia at noon.

Jada Yeo, Madison Clarke, Sarah Woodside and Clara Wood each had two hits against New Brunswick. Kailey Koughan had a triple while Emily Cairns and Vanessa Rennie each singled.

Alyssa Fleming allowed a run on five hits in 4 1/3 innings. She walked two and struck out two. Emily Brothers gave up four hits ands truck out two in 2 2/3 innings of relief.

P.E.I. led 2-0 through four innings before adding two in the fifth, one in the sixth and three more in the seventh.

Lauryn Debono struck out three in four innings for the win and combined with Taylor Robblee for a no-hitter. Sydney Halliwell took the loss, allowing two runs on three hits in two innings.

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