Never so happy to be able to cry

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:54 AM ET

MORRIS -- She can see more clearly now. Literally.

Lisa Roy has continued to recover from an eye injury suffered when an idiot threw a soft drink bottle through her windshield on a highway outside of Morden during the summer of 2006.

"We're all good to go there," the third for St. Vital's Kristy Jenion said yesterday. "I've got between 70% and 75% of my vision back, and the glaucoma's under control.

"I take medicine drops every day for my glaucoma, and I just make sure I get plenty of rest."

At last year's provincials, her vision was "maybe 40-45%."

Roy, 29, had minor surgery on the eye last summer.

"I had a tube that was acting as my tear duct because my tear duct had been severed from the (windshield) glass," she said. "You used to be able to see it in my eye. They stuck it down my eye.

"(The surgeon) just froze my eyeball and went in there with a tiny pair of scissors, and I was like, 'Ooh, holy man.' And he was, 'That's OK,' and he just snipped it out. It was like a splint while the tear duct healed. So I can cry just fine. I'm just hoping I don't have to."

Unless they are tears of joy.

"The doctors have said all along that they're not sure what's going to happen, and they've just got to wait to see what time does," Roy said. "It's miraculous what timing and determination can do for a person."

NEW BOSS: East St. Paul's Colleen Kilgallen won her second straight extra-end game when she upset Fort Rouge's fourth-seeded Barb Spencer 9-8 yesterday. Strange thing is, Kilgallen moved up to skip after Kim Link led them into the provincials, then took off for the Land Down Under.

"I'm ready to relinquish it (skip position) at any time," said Kilgallen, who beat Brandon's Maureen Bonar on Wednesday. "It wouldn't be my choice of positions. But we were lucky to pick up a good third (Kim Horne), and we're doing OK.

"It's been easy, we're getting along well, and we're coming in here with a lighter attitude than we would have in the past. We're one of the lower seeds, so people don't expect much from us so we have nothing to lose. We're having fun."

BITER: La Salle's Chris Scalena is hoping to qualify for next year's provincials because they will be in Gimli, where she won her last Manitoba women's title (1989).


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