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Beavers aim for return to OFSAA girls' soccer
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Tuesday, May 21, 2019
DORCHESTER - A year after advancing to the OFSAA girls' soccer quarterfinals, the Dorchester Beavers have higher aspirations.
The Beavers took step one closer to their season's goal, by advancing to the Thames Valley Regional Athletics South-East 1A final, with a 9-0 shelling of the West Elgin Wildcats, in their semifinal, at the Thames Centre soccer fields.
Hannah Vickers burned the Wildcats four times, while Avery Dance had two goals and Michaela Farrugia, Leiha Hunt, Katie McDonald and Annika Nolte, one each.
Dorchester faces the Central Elgin Titans, in the TVRA 1A South-East final, Thursday, 1:30 p.m at the Tillsonburg Minor Soccer Park.

Tomcats open junior season eyeing Elims and Canadians

Saturday, May 18, 2019
ST. THOMAS - Another season of St. Thomas Tomcat baseball is in the air.
The boys are summer return with their annual goals of the winning the provincial junior elimination tournament and going for a medal at Canadians.
Arizona Phoenix steps up as team manager, after Bob Lofgren stepped down following last season. Phoenix is familiar with the Tomcats, having been the assistant coach for the past two seasons. His background also includes five years coaching with the London Badgers organization.
Matt Gooding returns as hitting coach, while Kyle Zimmer (pitching) Tom Johnston and Paul Pettipiece join the staff.

Knelsen sets PB for 800 metres at open meet

Saturday, May 18, 2019
WINDSOR, ON. - Two days after nearly breaking the TVRA junior girls' 800-metre record, finishing in 2:14.76 (record held by Jessica Parry is 2:14.69), Hallee Knelsen, of Aylmer, runs a 2:11.48, at the Johnny Loaring Classic, an open meet, held at Windsor University.
Knelsen, 15, won her heat with a personal best time and placed seventh overall. Jordan Anderson, 26, had the fastest time of 2:07.47.
Knelsen meets the qualifying standard for the U18 NACAC (North America, Central America and Caribbean) track and field championships, July 5-7, in Querétaro, Mexico.
In early June, Athletics Canada will select a team of 25 from those athletes meeting qualifying standards.

Rout advances Parkside to TVRA AAA girls' rugby final
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Thursday, May 16, 2019
LONDON, ON. - Hailey Cockrill and Kristi Hunter both scored two trys, to lead the Parkside Stampeders to a 41-5 rout of London Oakridge, in a Thames Valley Regional Athletics (TVRA) AAA girls' rugby semifinal, at St. George's Fields.
Maggie Gordon, Briar McCaw and Emily Gaylard, each had one try (five points) for Parkside. Christine Baxter kicked a pair of two-points converts and Taylor Snyder had one.
Parkside faces the Arva Medway Cowboys, in the final, here Thursday, May 23rd, at 3 p.m.
Medway, the reigning AAA TVRA and WOSSAA champions, dismantled London Clarke Road, 71-0, in their semifinal.

Parkside captures South-East tennis team title
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Wednesday, May 15, 2019
ST. THOMAS - The Parkside Stampeders captured the team title, at the Thames Valley Regional Athletics (TVRA) South-East tennis championships, at Pinafore Park.
It was an all Parkside affair in the ladies' singles final, with Taylor Goodhue defeating teammate Amber Safadi.
Kenzie Smyth and Becky Hayes took the ladies' doubles title. Noah Szabo lost in the men's singles' final.

Lady Rams' soccer season ends on penalty kicks

Tuesday, May 14, 2019
LONDON, ON. - Mackenzie Mota scored twice, but the St. Joseph's Rams fell to the St. Andre Bessette Bulldogs, 5-2, in District girls' soccer, Monday at City Wide Field.
The Lady Rams were eliminatd from playoff action today, following an AA quarterfinal loss to the Regina Mundi Titans, 2-1, on penalty kicks.

Parkside takes both boys and girls tourney titles
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Friday, May 3, 2019
TILLSONBURG, ON. - The Parkside Stampeders won both the boys and girls' finals at the Gemini Cup soccer tournament.
The Lady Stampeders won all four of their games, outscoring opponents, 25-0, including blanking London Lucas, 1-0, in the final.
Savannah Williams scored and Stamps' keeper Aviva Fournie stopped a late game penalty shot.
The boys edged London Lucas, 2-1, in their final, on goals by Kaiden Banks and Camden Simda, with a penalty shot.
In pool play, the Stampeders tied both East Elgin and London South, at one and blanked London Montcalm, 5-0.

Cattrysse and Wall lead South entries at WOSSAA

Tuesday, April 30, 2019
LONDON, ON. - East Elgin Eagles' ladies doubles team of Selecia Wall and Ella Cattryse was the top result for the Thames Valley Region Athletics (TVRA) South Division, at the Western Ontario Secondary School Athletic Association (WOSSAA) junior badminton championships, at Saunders Secondary School.
Cattryse and Wall placed fifth, with a record of 3-2.
St. Joseph's Ram Connor Dupuis also went 3-2 in men's singles. Dupius was the silver medalist at the District championships, losing the final match, two games to one to a London Christian player.
Going 2-2 at WOSSAA were both Eagles' Rachel Sawatzky and Central Elgin Titan Sherah Kuiper, in ladies' singles and Dorchester's Leaha Johnston and Eric McLellen, in mixed doubles.

Roth, Belanger, Knelsen, star at opening track meet

Monday, April 29, 2019
LONDON, ON. - Michael Roth sent a message to the rest of the senior boys' sprinters. The Parkside Stampeder is back and ready this year's track and field season.
Roth won the senior boys' 100 (11.22 seconds), 200 (23.48 sec.) and 400-metre (51.33 sec.) races, at the Forest City Mustang Invitational, at Western University, on April 26th.
Last May, Roth suffered a season ending injury in his first of three races, at the OFSAA West regional meet. Competing in the 200 and 400 metre races and the 400-metre hurdles, Roth was looking in fine form to qualify for OFSAA in perhaps all three events.
St. Joseph's Ram Dylan Belanger also took gold in three events, the midget boys' 200 metre sprint (24.01 sec.) and 100 (14.59 sec.) and 300-metre hurdles (43.72 sec.).
Hallee Knelsen broke a 41-year old record in the junior girls' 800 metre run. The East Elgin Eagle completed two laps of the oval in 2:14.28, edging Lori McKay's time of 2:14.7 from the meet books. Knelsen won the race by 12 seconds.

Sawatzky leads Eagles at South-East JR badminton

Wednesday, April 24, 2019
ST. THOMAS - Rachel Sawatzky (girls' singles), Selecia Wall and Ella Cattrysse (girls' doubles) led the East Elgin Eagles to the team title, at the Thames Valley Region Athletics (TVRA) South-East Division junior badminton championships, at Parkside C.I.
The top four in each of the five divisions, move on to the WOSSAA tournament, at Saunders Secondary School in London, April 30th.
East Elgin led the way taking eight of the 20 total qualifying positions, also including Cameron Wall (boys' singles) and Kayla Voros and Jayden Vansevenant (mixed doubles).
Dorchester's mixed doubles team of Leaha Johnson and Eric McLellan won gold, defeating Voros and Vansevenant in the final.
Glencoe's John Van Bilsen and Jackson Caron won boys' doubles gold, while Ingersoll's Ethan Bruce is the boys' singles champion.
The Central Elgin Titans advance in three divisions, including Sherah Kuiper, second, in girls' singles.

Beavers sixth at ultimate frisbee tourney
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Wednesday, April 24, 2019
MISSISSAUGA, ON. - The Dorchester Beavers' ultimate frisbee team placed sixth overall at the opening tournament of the season, at the Hershey Centre.
The Beavers finished second, at 2-1, in pool A, defeating both Mississauga John Fraser and Mississauga T.L. Kennedy and losing to host Brampton David Suzuki.
In the playoff round, Dorchester fell 10-6, to Hamilton Westdale, the eventual tournament champions, and defeated Brampton Louise Arbour.
The 16-team tournament featured mostly AA and AAA schools, in with Dorchester, an 1A school.

Eagles take four gold at Junior South badminton

Thursday, April 18, 2019
ST. THOMAS - The East Elgin Eagles took four of five divisions at Thames Valley Region Athletics (TVRA) South Division junior badminton, at Parkside C.I.
The top four in each division, qualify for the TVRA South-East championships, April 24th, at Parkside.
Ten Eagles move on to the South-East meet, led by their champions, Cameron Wall (boys' singles), Rachel Sawatzky (girls' singles), Selecia Wall and Ella Cattrysse (girls' doubles) and Kayla Voros and Jayden Vansevenant (mixed doubles), won gold.
Glencoe's John Van Bilsen and Jackson Caron, in boys' doubles, prevented an Eagles' sweep of gold, winning the final against Nicholas Cowx and John Orlebar.
The Central Elgin Titans advance four athletes, including Christian Vecchio and Kate Dejong, second, in mixed doubles.

Parkside girls win boys tie East Elgin in soccer openers

Monday, April 15, 2019
LONDON, ON. - Ashley Watson, Savannah Williams and Klara Lattanzio, each scored twice as the Parkside Stampeders opened the 2019 Thames Valley Regional Athletics (TVRA) girls' soccer season, blanking the East Elgin Eagles, 6-0, at City Wide Feilds. Aviva Fournie and Janessa Davies shared the shutout.
On the boys' side, Parkside and East Elgin battled to a scoreless draw. Eagles' Ethan Cartwright and Stampeder Ian MacDonald threw up shutouts. Parkside hit three posts.

Tucker&Bradshaw repeat at South SR badminton

Thursday, April 11, 2019
GLENCOE, ON. - The Parkside Stampeders won two of five divisions, while West Elgin Wildcats' girls doubles team of Ashley Tucker and Katie Bradshaw repeated as champions, at the Thames Valley Regional Athletics (TVRA) South Division senior badminton championships, at Glencoe District high school.
The top four in each division, advance to the TVRA South-East tournament, at Glendale high school, in Tillsonburg, on Tuesday, April 16th.

Silver for Express U15 boys at OVA provincials

Wednesday, April 10, 2019
WATERLOO, ON. - The St. Thomas Express U15 boys' team brought home the silver medal in the division two tier one playoffs, at the Ontario Volleyball Association championships, at RIM Park.
St. Thomas, owners of a 6-3 match record, lost a tight gold medal final, two games to one, to Kingston.

Shock take silver in Ontario Cup U12 boys action
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Sunday, April 7, 2019
LONDON, ON. - The St. Thomas Shock brought home the silver medal from the under-12 boys Ontario Cup basketball championship.
The Durham / Karwartha (DK) Dragons won the gold, defeating St. Thomas, 35-19, in the final, Sunday, at Westminster Secondary school.
St. Thomas finished second in their pool, before upending the 3-0 Thornhill Thunder, 38-33, in the semifinals.

Shock advance to OBA Novice U10 boys gold game
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Saturday, March 23, 2019
ST. THOMAS - The St. Thomas Shock went 3-0 in their pool, to advance the gold medal game, at the Ontario Cup Novice under-10 boys Division eight tournament, at St. Joseph's high school.
St. Thomas beat Ancaster, 31-28, Markham, 38-28 and top seeded Durham, 41-35.
The fourth seeded Shock will meet the seventh seeded Guelph, for gold, 1:30 p.m. Sunday, at St. Joe's.

Dorchester trio helping Devilettes' playoff run
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Saturday, March 23, 2019
LONDON, ON. - Emma McKnight, of Dorchester had two goals and an assist, helping the London Devilettes defeat the Durham West Lightning, 5-1, tying the Provincial Women's Hockey League (PWHL) quarterfinal series at a game each.
Victoria Quance had an assist, while Hannah Vickers picked up a four minute penalty.
All three players are from Dorchester and attend Lord Dorchester Secondary School.
Julia Gosling had a hat trick.
Durham West the opening game of the best of five series, 5-4, on Friday. The series continues next weekend in Toronto.
The winner advances to the PWHL Final Four, in Oakville, April 12-14th.
Gosling leads all playoff scorers with nine points (8g, 1a), while McKnight is tied for second with eight points (4g, 4a).

Michie swims to two gold medal at World Games

Wednesday, March 20, 2019
ABU DHABI. - Gordie Michie, of St.Thomas is a double gold medalist, at the World Special Olmpics Games.
Michie won both the 50-metre fly (personal best time of 27.38 seconds) and 50-metre free (25.84 sec.) swimming races.
Today, the 25-year old Michie captured a silver medal with Team Canada's 4x50-metre medley relay team.

PJHL Yeck Division final: Dorchester vs Exeter
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Exeter wins, 4-1
Game 1 - Exeter 5 Dorchester 4
Game 2 - Exeter 5 Dorchester 4 (OT)
Game 3 - Dorchester 7 Exeter 1
Game 4 - Exeter 5 Dorchester 0
Game 5 - Exeter 4 Dorchester 3
McKnight nets game winner in London's sweep

Friday, March 15, 2019
WHITBY, ON. - Emma McKnight, of Dorchester had the game winning goals as the London Devilettes blanked Whitby, 3-0, to complete a three game sweep of the Provincial Women's Hockey League (PWHL) series.
Hannah Vickers and Victoria Quance, both from Dorchester, assisted on Hannah Tait's empty net goal.
Emma Min also scored while goalie Rachael Bentley made 17 saves for the shutout.

McKnight scores twice in Devilettes opening win

Friday, March 8, 2019
LONDON, ON. - Emma McKnight, of Dorchester, scored twice in the London Devilettes' 3-0 win over the Whitby Wolves, in game one of the Provincial Women's Hockey League first round series.

PCI's McCaw eighth in 50 fly final at OFSAA

Wednesday, March 6, 2019
TORONTO, ON. - Briar McCaw, of Parkside C.I., placed eighth in the under 14 girls' 50-metre fly A final (33.33 seconds), at the OFSAA swimming championships, today at the Pan Am Sports Centre.
McCaw also won the U14 girls' 100-metre I.M. B final, in 1:16.89 (ninth overall).
Seth Walker led the East Elgin Eagles on day two of the provincial two day event.
Walker finished 12th, in the 15 years and over boys' 50-metre fly (28.92 sec.), but was disqualified in the 100-metre I.M. final. Walker had a preliminary time of 1:07.65 to advance to the final.
Eagles' teammates Lauren Kremers placed 19th, in the U14 girls' 100-metre I.M. (1:20.38), Haileigh Neusteter, 28th, in the 15 yeard and over girls' 50-metre fly (34.13 sec.) and Haly Broer was 36th, in the open girls' 200-metre I.M. (2:39.44)
St. Joseph's Ram Kayla Keyes placed fifth, in the 15 years and over girls' 50-metre fly B final (13th overall) in 33.25 seconds and 21st, in the 100-metre free (1:08.47).

Medway takes WOSSAA AAA boys hockey title

Tuesday, March 5, 2019
ST. THOMAS - Ethan Tichenoff and Owen VanSteensel scored and Quinton Duncan had the shutout, as the Medway Cowboys blanked London CCH, 2-0, in the WOSSAA AAA boys' hockey gold medal game, at the Joe.
London Lucas edged the Parkside Stampeders, 2-1, in the bronze medal game, with Ryan Mills and Colin McDonald bulging the twine. Derek Cummings replied for the Stamps.
In the semifinals, Medway doubled up on Lucas, 4-2, while CCH silenced Parkside, 4-0.

Eagles' Kremers fourth in 50 backstroke at OFSAA

Tuesday, March 5, 2019
TORONTO, ON. - Lauren Kremers finished fourth, touching the wall in 34.98 seconds, in the under-14 girls (junior) high school 50-metre backstroke final, at the OFSAA swimming championships, today at the Pan Am Sports Centre.
The Grade nine student was the East Elgin Eagles' top result on day one of the two day event.
Haley Broer was 22nd, in the open girls' 100-metre backstroke (1:08.47). Brianna Cunningham and Melena Siannas, placed 37th and 43rd, respectively, in the 15 years and over girls' high school 100-metre backstroke.
The Eagles' U14 girls' 200-metre medley relay team, with Kremers, was 29th.
Cunningham, Siannas, Sarah Smith and Haileigh Neusteter, placed 28th, in the 15 years and over girls' 200-metre medley relay race.

Bonnett, Gillet lead St. Joe's at OFSAA swimming

Tuesday, March 5, 2019
TORONTO, ON. - Carson Bonnett and Owen Gillet had the top results for the St. Joe's Rams, on day one of the OFSAA swimming championships, at the Pan Am Sports Centre.
Bonnett was sixth, in the B final (14th overall), for the under-14 boys (junior) high school 50-metre back.
Fellow Ram Owen Gillet was fifth in the para boys' 50-metre backstroke and 11th, in the 50-metre freestyle races.
Diego Alban-Gasca was 19th, in the para boys' 50 back and 30th, in the 50 free. Gabriel Dala was 18th in the para boys' 50 back.
Sarina Hu placed 29th, in the para girls' 50-metre free.

Parkside takes home silver from WOSSAA girls' curling
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Tuesday, March 5, 2019
VANASTRA, ON. - The Parkside Stampeders are WOSSAA silver medalists in girls' curling.
Clinton Central Huron won gold, defeating Parkside, 6-3, in the girls' final, at the Vanastra Curling Club.
Parkside beat London CCH, 10-4, in the semifinals. London Montcalm took the bronze medal.
On the boys' side, Tillsonburg Glendale is heading to OFSAA, defeating London Oakridge, in the final. South Huron grabbed the bronze medal.

Ten Eagles in 10 events soar to OFSAA swimming

Monday, March 4, 2019
AYLMER, ON. - The East Elgin Eagles will have 10 athletes, five individuals in eight events, plus two relay teams, at OFSAA, the provincial high school swimming championships, at the Pan Am Sports Centre, in Toronto, March 5-6th.
Seth Walker, Haley Broer and Lauren Kremers, each with two and Bri Cunningham, Melena Siannas and Haileigh Neusteter, all have individual races.
The Eagles have teams in both the under-14 and over 15 years girls' 200-metre medley relay races.

Mustangs capture TVDSB girls' AAA basketball crown

Sunday, March 5, 2019
LONDON, ON. - Following game one, the majority would have sent these horse's hopes to the glue factory.
Instead of being put down, the Mitchell Hepburn Mustangs galloped to the gold medal, at Thames Valley District School Board Valley girls' basketball championship, defeating London Northridge, 25-15, in the AAA final, Saturday, at Oakridge Secondary School.
Grayson Moore led Mitchell Hepburn with 12 points in the final, while Lily Ryder had eight points.

Nationals take command of series at 3-0 with 4-1 win

Saturday, March 2, 2019
LONDON, ON. - The St. Thomas Stars are in a deep hole now.
The London Nationals have a three games to none lead in the best of seven Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League (GOJHL) Western Conference quartefinal after a 4-1 tonight.
St. Thomas led 1-0 after one period on Jack Wieringa's goal, but the Nationals responded with four unanswered goals.
Christian Polillo with two, James Turner and Wes Dobbin scored, as the Nationals outshot the Stars, 38-18, in the game.
London has out scored the Stars 15-5, in the series, while dominating the shot clock, 122-73.

Stars fail to slow Nationals' offence falling 6-2

Friday, March 1, 2019
ST. THOMAS - Six different goals scorers buried pucks as the London Nationals left with a 6-2 win over the St. Thomas Stars.
London leads the best of seven Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League (GOJHL) Western Conference quartefinal, two games to none, with game three tomorrow in London.
Noah Tooke, Christian Polillo, Wes Dobbin, James Turner, George Diaco and Zach Sheedy scored for the Nationals.
London led 3-0 late into the second period, before the Stars found the scoreboard with Ryan Brown's power play goal. Nicolas Grandy scored late in the third period for the Stars.
With London leading 5-1, tempers boiled over leading to the teams combining for 44 minutes of penalties in the third period, including a tussle between Stars' Colton Wiacek and Nationals' George Diaco.

Early lead vanishes as Stars drop opener to London

Wednesday, February 27, 2019
LONDON, ON. - The St. Thomas Stars couldn't build on early game momentum.
The Stars held a 2-0 lead after one period, but watched the London Nationals respond with five consecutive goals, for a 5-2 win, in the opening game of the best of seven Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League (GOJHL) Western Conference quartefinal.
Jake Robinson and Brady Elder scored for the Stars, who went zero for four on the power play and only mustering 13 shots after the first period.
The Nationals kept Stars' goalie Anthony Hurtubise busy with 40 shots for the game.
Christian Polillo, Austin Jeffers, Zach Sheedy on the power play, Brett Harrison and James Turner, in to an empty net, scored for London.

Howard GWG helps Furies clinch playoff spot

Tuesday, February 26, 2019
TORONTO, ON. - Brittany Howard scored the game winning goal, as the Toronto Furies defeated Markham, 3-1, to clinch a spot in the Canadian Women's Hockey League's Clarkson Cup playoffs.
The St. Thomas native finishes the regular season with five goals and eight assists.
Howard has scored in three consecutive games since returning from the Rivalry Series between Canada and the United States.
The Furies won five straight games to clinch a post season berth, fourth in the standings at 14-14-0-0.

Aquinas ties District girls' hockey final vs St. Joe's

Tuesday, February 26, 2019
LONDON, ON. - Madison Chantler scored twice and Monique Van Eyk had a goal, as the London Aquinas Flames edged the St. Joseph’s Rams, 3-2, in game two of the District girls' hockey final.
The Flames tie the series and set a up a third and winner moves on to WOSSAA game, Thursday at the Joe, in St. Thomas.
Jocelyn Delgado and Anna Fox scored for the Rams, who lose for the first time this season in District action.
St. Joe's won game one, 2-0, on Monday.

Mitchell Hepburn, New Sarum, double TVDSB hoops champions

Monday, February 25, 2019
ST. THOMAS - There are two double champions in and around St. Thomas.
The Mitchell Hepburn Mustangs and the New Sarum Huskies both won girls and boys' Thames Valley District School Board SouthWest regional elementary school basketball titles.

McCarthy blanks Trojans for a second time
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Monday, February 25, 2019
DORCHESTER - Penalty killing and goalie Liam McCarthy.
Two big reasons the Dorchster Dolphins lead their PJHL Yeck Division semifinal, three games to one over the Thameford Trojans.
McCarthy stopped all 42 shots for his second shutout of the series, 3-0. The 17-year old puck stopper owns a .986 save percentage in this series and it's well earned as the Trojans have out shot the Dolphins, 138 to 97.
Dylan Buckholz and Nolan Blewett, both while shorthanded and Colin Capstick scored.
Thamesford went zero for six on the power play and haven't scored with the man advantage in the series despite 19 total opportunities over the three games.
The Dolphins have three shorthanded goals.

Lady Rams take game one of District hockey final

Monday, February 25, 2019
ST. THOMAS - The St. Joseph’s Rams are one win away from running the table in District girls’ hockey.
Alyssa Giesbrecht picked up a shutout stopping everything the London Aquinas Flames threw at her, as Rams took game one the best of three District final, 2-0, today, at the Joe.
Jamie Giles potted the winner mid way through the second period, while Jocelyn Delgado added insurance into an empty net, with 25 seconds left in the third period.

Van Dusen starts finishes 7-2 rout of Trojans
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Saturday, February 23, 2019
THAMESFORD, ON. - Dylan Van Dusen opened and closed the scoring as the Dorchester Dolphins dumped the Thamesford Trojans, 7-2, in game two of the Provincial Junior Hockey League Yeck Division semifinal.
In between Van Dusen's second and third goals of the playoffs, the teams combined for seven goals and 78 minutes of penalties.
Tied at one, a turning point in the Dolphins' favour was Nolan Blewett's goal 44 seconds into the second period, while the Trojans were on a five on three power play. Three minutes later Dylan Buckholz made it 3-1.
James Newland, on the power play and Trojan Spencer Mills traded goals before the period expired, with Dorchester leading 4-2.
Third period goals by Ryan Van Roestel, Noah Small and Van Dusen, put the game out of reach.
Buckholz, Ryan Root and Griffen Sinden, each picked up two assists.
The Dolphins were one for nine with the man advantage and killed off all nine Trojan opportunities.
Brody Smith will gone for the remainder of the series, after being assessed an abuse of offcials game misconduct in the last minute of the first period. Being his second such offence this season, that brings an automatic four game suspension.
Liam McCarthy's shutout streak ended at 76:36, when Trojan Liam Fayle scored. McCarthy was the busier goalie making 51 saves, as the Trojans out shot the Dolphins in each period and 53-36, for the game.

McCarthy's 44-save shutout gives Dolphins game one
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Friday, February 22, 2019
DORCHESTER - Liam McCarthy and Jovin Eterno both enjoyed their best playoff games of their junior careers.
McCarthy stopped all 43 shots faced between the pipes while Eterno scored twice and assisted on Ryan Root's game winning goal, as the Dorchester Dolphins blanked the Thamesford Trojans, 3-0, in the opening game of the best of seven game Provincial Junior Hockey League (PJHL) Yeck Division semifinal.

St. Marys returns to OFSAA dumping WCI at WOSSAA

Wednesday, February 20, 2019
DORCHESTER - The St. Marys Salukis are returning to OFSAA for a third consecutive year.
Led by their captain Abbey Thorup, St. Marys defeated the Woodstock Red Devils, three games to one, in the WOSSAA single-A senior girls' volleyball gold medal match.
Five St. Marys' players won OFSAA gold in 2017. A year ago St. Marys placed fourth, losing the bronze medal match.

McGurn strikes twice as Stars edge London
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Wednesday, February 20, 2019
LONDON, ON. - Sean McGurn scored twice as the St. Thomas Stars edged the London Nationals, 2-1, tonight in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League.
Anthony Hurtubise was 2:07 away from shutting out the Nationals for a second consecutive game. The Stars' goalie blanked London, 4-0, on February 8th.
The Stars, now 6-3-0-1 in their past 10 games, have a four point cushion over eighth place Strathroy, in the Western Conference.
Strathroy does have two games remaining, while the Stars finish the schedule hosting Sarnia on Sunday.
Liam Fedak continues to lead the Stars with 39 points, on 12 goals and 27 assists. McGurn has 13 goals and 24 assists.

Dorchester routs Parkside in a girls' hockey semifinal

Tuesday, February 19, 2019
DORCHESTER - It will be the Lord Dorchester Beavers and Ingersoll DCI, for the Thames Valley Regional Athletics (TVRA) South-East girls' hockey title.
Dorchester made quick work of the Parkside Stampeders, winning in two games a best of three semifinal, 11-2, 12-2. IDCI dusted Woodstock CI.
Emma McKnight with five goals, Hannah Vickers with three and Victoria Quance, two, in the opening game, did most of the damage for Dorchester in the series.

Stars topple first place Leamington for seventh
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Monday, February 18, 2019
ST. THOMAS - Eight beat one, as the eighth place St. Thomas Stars doubled up on the Western Conference leading Leamington Flyers, 6-3, in Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League action at the Joe.
The win leap frogs St. Thomas over Strathroy into seventh place, with both teams having two games remaining on the schedule.
Three third period goals broke a 3-3 tie, as the Stars won their fourth game in six outings.
St. Thomas led 3-1 after 40 minutes, before the Flyers scored twice in the first four minutes of the third period.
Sean McGurn and Russell Oldham had a pair of goals, while Brayden Smith and Liam Fedak, potted one each. Fedak and Darren Beattie both picked up two assists.
Two games after scoring, goalie Anthony Hurtubise had an assist on the Fedak goal.
St. Thomas won the special teams battled, going two for five on the power plays and killing all four Leamington power plays.
Fedak leads the Stars with 39 points, on 12 goals and 27 assists. Jake Robinson had a team high 14 goals.

Eagles place fifth overall at TVRA swimming

Thursday, February 14, 2019
LONDON, ON - The East Elgin Eagles are swimming with the big fish.
At Thames Valley Regional Athletics (TVRA) swim championships, held at the Canada Games Aquatic Centre, February 14th, the Eagles placed fifth overall in the team standings, out of 29 teams.
The Eagles have 13 individuals and three relay teams, qualifying for the Western Ontario Secondary Schools Athletic Association (WOSSAA) meet, February 19th, at Western University.
The St Joseph's Rams won the para division and will send 16 individuals and two relay teams to WOSSAA. The Parkside Stampeders have seven advancing and the Central Elgin Titans, three. The Dorchester Beavers will be represented by Aidan Currah.

Knelsen leads St. Thomas at AO indoor track and field

Tuesday, February 12, 2019
ST. THOMAS - Hallee Knelsen brought home three gold medals from the Athletics Ontario Indoor Under-18 track and field championships, held in Toronto, February 8-10th.
The winner of the girls' 800 and 1500-metre races, led a continent of 20 athletes from the St. Thomas Legion Club.
Hannah McIntrye, of Dorchester, won the under-16 girls 2000-metre run and third in the 800 metre run, part of the Ontario versus Quebec indoor dual meet, hosted by Athletics Ontario.

Beavers, Rams, golden at novice wrestling meet
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Monday, February 11, 2019
ARVA, ON. - Four champions led the Dorchester Beavers at the Thames Valley Regional Athletics (TVRA) Novice and Open Girls wrestling championships, February 8th, at Medway Secondary school.
Kolten Reading won novice boys’ 35.1-kilogram class defeating teammate Nicholas Lynch in the final, while Liam Devine (55.3-kg) Josh Smith (71.7-kg) and Jordan Maudsley (63.7-kg) also won gold.
Leading the St. Joseph’s Rams, were Noah Foley and Diago Silva, champions of the 51 and 61-kilogram weight divisions respectively.
Jacob Smits won silver at 42-kilos, while Evan Joers (95.7-kg) and Greg Chute (55.5-kg) both finished third and Patrick Maifrini, fourth, at 71.7-kg.
In the Open Girls competition, Kailey Meehan, of St. Joseph’s Rams won the 57.5-kg class, while Jenn Lynch (58.1), Ivana Csinos (64.3-kg) and Kelsey Rhohy (68.5) took home silver medals.
Claire Vankoughnett, of St. Joe’s, was third in the 48.5-kg open class and Natalie Wilkins, fourth, 53.7-kg.
The TVRA conference championships are Thursday, at Parkside CI and London Clarke Road.
WOSSAA follows on Friday, February 22, at London Saunders. The top two in each weight class at WOSSAA advance to OFSAA, March 4-6, in Ottawa.

Dorchester finalist at U13 girls Ontario Indoor Cup

Sunday, February 10, 2019
VAUGHAN, ON. - Dorchester advanced to the final of the under-13 girls' division, at the Ontario Soccer Indoor Cup, losing 1-0 to Erin Mills.
Dorchester won their pool, shutting out Orangeville, 2-0, Caledon, 7-0 and the Brampton Brams, 11-0. In the semifinals, Dorchester blanked Brampton FC, 4-0.

St. Thomas Energice top 10 at skating regionals

Sunday, February 10, 2019
AYLMER, ON. - St. Thomas Energice was sixth in both the Adult II and Adult III divisions, at the Ontario Regional synchronized skating championships, held at the East Elgin Community Centre.
The Port Stanley Waves placed eighth in Pre-Novice, while the East Elgin skating club was 12th in Adult III.
NEXXICE, with Dorchester's Emily Van Berkel, won the Junior division.

McIntyre wins 2000 metre run at AO indoor dual meet

Sunday, February 10, 2019
TORONTO, ON. - Hannah McIntyre, of Dorchester, won the under-16 girls 2000-metre run (6:42.11) at Athletics Ontario (AO) Ontario vs Quebec dual meet.
McIntyre also finished third in the U16 girls' 800-metre run.
Aidan Coles, of St. Thomas placed fifth, in both the U16 boys' 2000-metre (6:14.45) and 800-metre (2:14.3) races. Coles' brother, Tristan, was fourth in the 800-metre (2:13.83).

Dolphins pull out tense road win for a 2-0 lead
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Saturday, February 9, 2019
MT. BRYDGES ON. - The Dorchester Dolphins held the lead three times, but not until Dylan Van Dusen scored with 30 seconds left in the third period did the 'Phins likely feel comfortable.
The Dolphins prevailed with a 6-4 win over the Mt. Brydges Bulldogs, for a two games to none lead, in the best of seven Provincial Junior Hockey League Yeck Division series.
Brody Smith, with his third of the playoffs, Nolan Blewett, Austin Bisschop, Griffin Sinden and Noah Small, also scored for Dorchester. Jovin Eterno and Ryan Van Roestel, both picked up two assists.
Ryan Hopkins led the 'Dogs with a goal and two assists. Matthew Caine, Daniel Stretton and Taylor Toth, completed the Mt. Brydges scoring.
The home team was two for seven on the power play, while the visitors potted one from five opportunities.

Adzija notches third goal in three games for Quinnipiac

Friday, February 8, 2019
HAMDEN, CT. - Lexie Adzija, of St Thomas, scored for a third consecutive game, as the Quinnipiac tied Yale, 2-2, in NCAA Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) women's hockey.
The Bobcats' freshman has six goals and seven assists for the season, third in team scoring, three points behind teammate Melissa Samoskevich.
Adzija's 95 shots on net is second highest behind Samoskevich.

U15 Express boys bring home tournament bronze

Thursday, February 7, 2019
ST. THOMAS - The St. Thomas Express placed third at an under-15 boys' Ontario Volleball Association (OVA) tournament at Hamilton this past weekend.
At the same time in Stratford, the U13 Golden Spikes were fifth at their O.V.A tournament.
In January, the Express Bullets placed fourth at an U16 girls' OVA event, while the Express U15 boys were ninth at their OVA tourney.
Coming up is a fun curling bonspiel, hosted by the U15 Girls Dynamite, February 16th at the St. Thomas Curling Club. It's a fundraiser for their trip to the Canadian Volleyball Championships, in Edmonton this May.
For further info, visit Bonspiel fundraiser .

Dolphins prepare to face the Bulldogs in first round
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Thursday, February 7, 2019
DORCHESTER - For the second consecutive year the Dorchester Dolphins are facing the Mt. Brydges Bulldogs and the team with the best regular season record are hoping to let sleeping dogs lie.
On their way to finishing first in the Provincial Junior Hockey League Yeck Division (31-9-0-0), the Dolphins won four of five regular season games against the Bulldogs who finished eighth (9-28-3-0).
The Bulldogs did win the final meeting on home ice, on January 18th, 3-2, but were only 2-7-0-1 over their final 10 games.

Youthful Spitfires face veteran laden Exeter Hawks
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Wednesday, February 6, 2019
AYLMER - The Aylmer Spitfires will be looking to ride their youthful spirit this post season.
As the Provincial Junior Hockey League team enters the Yeck Division playoffs, the best of seven game series will feature a young roster up against a veteran laden team.
Following a sixth place finish with a 15-24-0-1 record, the Spitfires take on the second place Exeter Hawks in the first round, starting Wednesday in Aylmer (7:15 p.m.).

Adzija records third multi point game for Quinnipiac

Saturday, February 2, 2019
HAMDEN, CT. - Lexie Adzija, of St Thomas, had a goal and an assist but her Quinnipiac Bobcats fell to St. Lawrence, 5-4, in NCAA Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) women's hockey.
The freshman fired 10 shots on net and was 16 for 26 on face-offs.
Adzija's third multi point game of the season bumps her totals to six goals and seven assists, third in Bobcats' scoring.

Quance and McKnight lead Junior Devilettes to victory

Friday, February 1, 2019
LONDON, ON. - Victoria Quance scored twice while Emma McKnight had a goal and two assists, as the Dorchester natives led the London Devilettes to a 7-1 rout of Leaside, in Provincial Women's Hockey League (PWHL) action at the Western Fair Sports Centre.
McKnight is third in Devilettes' scoring and eighth in the league, with 33 points (18 goals, 15 assists). Quance has 13 goals and 16 assists.
Hannah Vickers, also from Dorchester, assisted on Quance's first goal and has 12 goals and 11 assists for the season.
London sits in fourth in the PWHL standings.
McKnight is committted to Queen's University next season, while Quance is heading to Nipissing University. Both currently attend Lord Dorchester Secondary School.

Adzija scores fifth goal in Quinnipiac loss to Clarkson

Friday, February 1, 2019
HAMDEN, CT. - Lexie Adzija, of St Thomas, scored her fifth goal of the season in Quinnipiac Bobcats' 3-2 loss to Clarkson, in NCAA Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) women's hockey.
In her freshman year, Adzija has five goals and six assists, third in team scoring, four points behind seniors Kenzie Lancaster and Melissa Samoskevich.
Adzija's 85 shots on net is second on the Bobcats.

Wieringa's three points helps Stars dent Lincolns
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Friday, February 1, 2019
ST. MARYS - Defenceman Jack Wieringa scores his first goal and assists on goals by Ryan Brown and Jake Robinson, as the St. Thomas Stars down the St. Marys Lincolns, 5-1, in Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League action.
Eric Langridge and Sean McGurn also score for the Stars. Liam Fedak picks up two assists and now leads the Stars with 35 points, on 10 goals and 25 assists.
Wieringa has a goal and three assists in six games, since arriving in St. Thomas along with Brady Elder in a trade that sent Adam Keyes to the London Nationals in January.
The Stars sitting eighth in the Western Conference, increase their margin over St. Marys to seven points and move within a point of seventh place Strathroy.

Dunn places third in pentathlon at indoor meet

Thursday, January 31, 2019
COLUMBIA, SC. - Megan Dunn, of Dorchester, placed third in the women's pentathlon, with 3,301 points, at the Carolina Challenge indoor track and field meet.
The Wofford College sophomore won the 800 metre run (2:29,2), placed second in shot put (10.37 metres), fourth in long jump (5.17m), sixth in high jump (1.52m) and seventh in the 60-metre hurdles (9.57 seconds).
Dunn improves on her personal best total from her freshman season of 3,091 points.
Kiara Rhodes, out of the University of Tennessee won the event with 3,762 points.

Pair of goals in a minute help Trojans edge Dolphins
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Sunday, January 27, 2019
THAMESFORD, ON. - Two goals in 30 seconds three minutes in to the second period proved the difference as the Thameford Trojans edged the Dorchester Dolphins, 3-2, in Provincial Junior Hockey League.
Braidon Duncan and Griffin Sinden had power play goals for the 'Phins.
Chase Schnittker, Jared Caldarozzi and Tyler Arndt with the game winner, scored for the Trojans.
The Dolphins (31-8-0-0), already with first place secured in the Yeck Division, lose for just the seventh time this season.
It's the second win for the Trojans against the division leaders, also handing the Dolphins their first loss of the season on October 5th.
The Trojans (23-12-3-1) remain in a battle with Lambeth (23-12-1-2) and North Middlesex (23-12-1-3) for third place.

Quance has first four point game of junior career

Saturday, January 26, 2019
DORCHESTER - With a goal and three assists, Victoria Quance of Dorchester, recorded her first four point game of her junior career, helping the London Devilettes defeat Southwest, 7-2, in PWHL action.
Quance, with six multi point games, has 11 goals 16 assists this season, fourth in team scoring.
The Lord Dorchester Secondary school student has committed to attend Nipissing University, in North Bay, and play for the Lakers' women's hockey team, starting this September.

Late Flyer's goal sinks Stars on home ice
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Friday, January 25, 2019
ST. THOMAS - With 10 seconds left in the third period, Adam Jeffrey's second goal of the game lifts the Leamington Flyers over the St. Thomas Stars, 4-3 in Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League action.
Brayden Smith, Colton Wiacek and Jake Robinson had the Stars up 3-2 early third period.
Ryan Gagnier and Dylan Watson, also scored for Leamington.
Also with an assist, Robinson has 11 goals and 17 assists for the season, tied with Sean McGurn, for second in Stars' scoring, behind Liam Fedak, who has 10 goals and 22 assists.
The Stars sit eighth in the Western Conference, five points up on St. Marys and three points behind seventh place Strathroy.

Adzija scores Quinnipiac's lone goal in 3-1 loss

Friday, January 25, 2019
DULUTH, MINN. - Lexie Adzija, of St Thomas, scored the lone goal for the Quinnipiac Bobcats, her fourth goal of the season, in their 3-1 loss to the Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs, in a NCAA women's hockey non conference game.
In her freshman season, Adzija has four goals and six assists in 24 games, to sit fourth in team scoring.

Dolphins on verge on clinching first place
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Tuesday, January 22, 2019
DORCHESTER - Only one point separates the Dorchester Dolphins from a third Yeck Division regular season crown.
After winning two of their three games this past week, the Dolphins need only one point from their three remaining games to clinch top spot in the Provincial Junior Hockey League division.
An Exeter Hawks’ loss will also give the Dolphins first place. The second place Hawks trail the Dolphins by seven points and have four games left on their schedule, including hosting the Dolphins on February 2.

Third multi point game for McKegg in Carolina win

Monday, January 23, 2019
VANCOUVER, B.C. - Greg McKegg had his third multi point game, helping the Carolina Hurrincanes defeat the Vancouver Canucks, 5-2.
The St. Thomas native scored his third goal of the season, tying the game at two and assisted on Teuvo Teravainen's third period insurance marker.
McKegg has three goals, three assists and is a plus three in 10 games with the Hurricanes, since being called up from the Charlotte Checkers, of the AHL, on January 3rd.

Aiden Coles wins AO indoor U16 boys' 2000 metre race

Sunday, January 20, 2019
TORONTO, ON. - Aiden Coles won the U16 boys 2000-metre race, at the Athletics Ontario indoor track and field championship series meet one.
Aiden's brother, Tristan finishes fourth, while Harrison Belanger was eighth, running with the London Legion Club.
Aiden as 14th in the open men's 800 metre race, followed by Tristan, 22nd and Belanger, 39th.
All three runners attend St. Joseph's high school.

Undefeated but not champs at own hoops tourney
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Sunday, January 20, 2019
DORCHESTER - The Dorchester Beavers went 4-0 but weren’t the champions at a junior boys basketball tournament they hosted on Friday and Saturday. Thanks Old Man Winter.
Dorchester defeated Stratford Northwestern, Parkhill North Middlesex, and College Avenue and St. Mary’s, from Woodstock.
Owen Pink scored 60 points over the four wins, while Charlie Quance had 50 points and Andrew Muir, 36.

Parkside captures TVRA duel meet wrestling crown
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Saturday, January 19, 2019
ST. THOMAS - The Parkside Stampeders have sent a message to the rest of the competition in Thames Valley Regional Association (TVRA) wrestling. The blue and white are ready for the TVRA Conference championships.
For the first time in several years, Parkside captured the TVRA duel meet championship. This comprises of meets held throughout the season at various schools. Parkside hosted the final one this past Thursday and were able to clinch the title on home mats.
Gavin Eldridge, Maddie King, Payton, Brodie-Grubb and sisters Steph and Julie Boyko, were among 15 Parkside weight class champions.

Three late goals lead North Middlesex over Aylmer
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Friday, January 18, 2019
PARKHILL, ON. - Three consecutive goals over the final seven minutes carried the North Middlesx Stars pass the Aylmer Spitfires, 7-4, in Provincal Junior Hockey League action.
Connor Richer, Dylan Vandersleen, Channin George and Shane Kocsis-Cochrane scored the Spits, who remain tied in sixth place with Lucan.

Bulldogs bite Dolphins as eighth place upends

Friday, January 18, 2019
MT. BRYDGES, ON. - In what could be a first round matchup the Mt. Brydges Bulldogs showed they have the bite to stick with the top team, edging first place Dorchester Dolphins, 3-2, in Provincal Junior Hockey League action.
Nolan Blewett with both 'Phins' goals, reaches 30 for the season.
Spencer Verdurmen, Dan Stretton and Jacob Smith, scored for the 'Dogs.
The Dolphins out shot the Bulldgs, 40-29, went one for five with the man advantage and killed all five Bulldog power plays.
Mt. Brydges clinches a playoff berth, officially eliminating the Port Stanley Sailors from post season action.

Winless streak hits 12 games after Stars fall in OT
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Thursday, January 17, 2019
SARNIA, ON. - Nolan DeGurse scored 4:08 into overtime to lift the Sarnia Legionnaires over the St. Thomas Stars 3-2, in Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League action.
The home team trailed 2-0, mid third period, before Logan Gardner struck for a pair of goals.
Sean McGurn and Ryan Brown scored for the Stars, now winless in 12 games.

Small completes hat trick in OT lifting Dolphins
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Saturday, January 12, 2019
EXETER, ON. - Noah Small completes his hat trick 20 seconds into overtime, to lift the Dorchester Dolphins over the Exeter Hawks, 6-5, in Provincial Junior Hockey League action.
Griffin Sinden with two goals and Turner Balasin also score for the 'Phins, now at 27-6-0-0 in first place in the Yeck Division and six points up on Exeter.
Dylan Van Dusen picked up two assists, while Sinden also had a helper. Jovin Eterno and James Newland assisted on the game winner.
Exeter opened with a 2-0 lead on goals by Liam Melady and Jon Baker. Dorchester tied the game, before the Hawks moved ahead again, 3-2. The Dolphins scored three consecutive goals, before the Hawks replied with two to tie the affair.
The teams meet again in Dorchester, on Thursday, January 17th.

Goal and assist in McKegg's third game with Carolina

Tuesday, January 8, 2019
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Greg McKegg had a goal and an assist as the Carolina Hurricanes edged the New York Islanders, 3-2.
The St. Thomas native had a goal and one assist in his Carolina debut, on January 4.
In 93 NHL games with Toronto, Florida, Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh and Carolina, McKegg now has nine goals and eight assists.

Regnier's late goal salvages win for Spitfires
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Sunday, January 6, 2019
LUCAN, ON - Luke Regier's goal with three seconds left in the third period, lifted the Aylmer Spitfires over Lucan Irish, 5-4, in Provincal Junior Hockey League Yeck Division action.
Aylmer led 4-2 after two periods before Lucan rallied to tie.
Erik Scherer, Matt Bond, Dylan Vandersleen and Peter Vanderwyst also score for the Spits, now in a tie with Lucan for sixth place.

Spits edge Stars to move two points within Lucan
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Saturday, January 5, 2019
AYLMER - Shane Kocsis-Cochrane and Erik Scherer score, as the Aylmer Spitfires edge North Middlesex, 2-1, in Provincal Junior Hockey League Yeck Divisoin action.
Scherer has six goals and four assists in 10 games with Aylmer.
The Spits move to within two points of sixth place Lucan, winning three of their past four games. Aylmer (12-19-0-1) is a .500 team over their past 10 games.

McKegg scores first goal as a Carolina Hurricane

Friday, January 4, 2019
RALEIGH, N.C. - Greg McKegg had a goal and an assist in his first game as a Carolina Hurricane, the game winner in a 4-2 defeat of the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The St. Thomas native has played most of the 2018-19 season with the Hurricanes' AHL affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers, scoring six goals and 17 assists in 31 games.
Carolina acquired the 26-year old centerman last season in a trade with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
In 92 NHL games with Toronto, Florida, Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh and Carolina, McKegg has eight goals and seven assists.

Atom A Dragons heading to International Silver Stick
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Wednesday, January 2, 2019
DORCHESTER - Already with a pair of tournament wins this season, the Dorchester Atom A Dragons had their biggest achievement of the season, qualifying for International Silver Stick.
The Dragons went undefeated at a regional Silver Stick tournament, in Alvinston, December 28-30th.

Nagelhout's rare debut leads highlight performances at TVRA
East Elgin Eagle Julie Nagelhout, in midget women's triple jump, during the TVRA track and field championships, at TD Stadium. Nagelhout won the event with a best effort of 10.18 metres. (photo / Rob J. Ross)

Friday, May 17, 2019
LONDON, ON. - It was a question East Elgin Eagles’ coach Jon Loney had to think and long and hard about for an answer.
Even after several minutes and tossing around a few names, Loney couldn’t recall the last time an East Elgin athlete won three gold medals at the Thames Valley Regional Athletics track and field championships.
That’s exactly the feat accomplished by Eagles’ freshman Julie Nagelhout, by winning midget girls’ javelin, long and triple jumps, during the two day meet, held at TD Stadium, May 15-16th.
The top 10 athletes in each event at TVRA, advance to the Western Ontario Secondary Schools Athletic Association (WOSSAA) championships, at TD Stadium, May 23/24.
Hallee Knelsen, Michael Roth, AJ Stanat, Tayah De Sousa, Hannah Onyema, Mason Basson, Hannah Freer and Nathaniel Abell, among athletes from Elgin County and Dorchester to have a memorable TVRA meet.

Lady Rams win TVRA A/AA rugby title in debut season
The St. Joseph's Rams (yellow, blue and white) blanked Tillsonburg Glendale, 7-0, in the TVRA A/AA girls' rugby final, at St. George's Fields. (photo / Rob J. Ross)

Thursday, May 16, 2019
LONDON, ON. - It's an impressive debut in girls' rugby for the St. Joe's Rams.
In their first year competing in the sport, the Rams won the Thames Valley Regional Athletics A/AA title, blanking Tillsonburg Glendale, 7-0, in the final, at St. George's Fields.
Taylor Richard had the game's lone try, coming in the last minute of the first half, followed by a successful two-point convert by Sophie Pellerine.

Parkside's boys and girls rule South Division finishing first
Parkside Stampeder Klara Lattanzio leaps to direct the ball away from Central Elgin Titan Saranda Islami, during the regular season finale of the TVRA South Division girls' soccer season, at Parkside C.I. The Stampeders won 4-1, finishing first with a 6-0-0 record. (photo / Rob J. Ross)

Tuesday, May 14, 2019
ST. THOMAS - Parkside will be the top team heading into the Thames Valley Regional Athletics South-East AA/AAA boys and girls' soccer playoffs.
The Lady Stampeders completed an undefeated regular season run at 6-0-0, dumping the Central Elgin Titans, 4-1, under the lights at Parkside C.I.
Savannah Williams, Halle Szabo, Taylor Goodhue and Klara Lattanzio, on a penalty shot, scored for Parkside. Paige Gillespie replied for the Titans.
Earlier in the day, Zeke Gubinczki had two goals and Brendan Smida and Colton Wiacek one each, as the Stampeder boys doubled up on the East Elgin Eagles, 4-2, to finish at 4-0-2. Rob Redecop had both goals for the visitors.
Parkside will host TVRA South-East AA boys and girls' semifinal games Tuesday, May 21st.
East Elgin heads to Ingersoll for their AA semifinal.
The Lady Titans host WCI in a South-East 1A semifinal, at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday.

St. Thomas Shock U14 girls down Mississauga for Ontario Cup gold
St. Thomas Shock's Jaimie Stahlbaum (11) attempts to pass the ball to Imogen Salin (10) while surrounded by a trio of Mississauga Monarchs during their Ontario Cup U14 girls' final. The Shock won 44-34. (photo / Rob J. Ross)

Sunday, April 28, 2019
LONDON, ON. - A 4-0 record carried the St. Thomas Shock to the Ontario Cup under-14 girls division six basketball title, defeating the Mississauga Monarchs, 44-34, in the final, at Regina Mundi high school.
St. Thomas opened the eight team tournament, dropping the Kitchener-Waterloo Vipers, 40-16, before dumping Oakville Vytis, 50-28 and edging Nepean, 39-32.
Following a quiet first quarter of the final, with Mississauga leading just 4-1, the Shock went on a 12-0 run in the second frame, building a 21-9 lead by half-time.

Wildcats' Tucker and Bradshaw fourth at WOSSAA badminton
West Elgin Wildcats' Ashley Tucker, left, and Katie Bradshaw, in girls' doubles action, at the WOSSAA senior badminton championships, at Strathoy DCI. (photo / Rob J. Ross)

Thursday, April 25, 2019
STRATHROY, ON. - A remarkable career came to end just short of the desired goal.
West Elgin Wildcats' girls' doubles team of Ashley Tucker and Katie Bradshaw placed fourth, for the second consecutive season, at the WOSSAA senior badminton championships, at Strathroy DCI.
They are also again the top result from the TVRA South-East division, finishing with a record of 3-2.
Tucker and Bradshaw had eyes on advancing to the final and a berth to OFSAA.
East Elgin Eagles' boys' doubles team of Matthew Abell and Brian Dyck, won one and lost two games.
Also going 1-2, were two mixed doubles teams, Dorchester's Victoria Quance and Kyle Morris and East Elgin's Alyssa Voros and Correy Mantel.

Wildcats win TVRA South-East senior badminton team title
East Elgin Eagle Brian Dyck steps up for a play at the net alongside Matthew Abell, during the boys' doubles final against the West Elgin Wildcats, at the TVRA South-East senior badminton championships, at Glendale high school. The Eagles won gold. (photo / Rob J. Ross)

Tuesday, April 23, 2019
TILLSONBURG, ON. - There was no surprise with West Elgin Wildcats' Katie Bradshaw and Ashley Tucker repeating as ladies doubles champions.
Bradshaw and Tucker led the Wildcats to the team title, at the Thames Valley Region Athletics (TVRA) South-East senior badminton championships, at Glendale high school.
Paige Doherty, in ladies' singles and Austin Muscutt and Gavin Lunn, in boys' doubles, took home silver medals for the Wildcats. Doherty had to forfeit the final to Parkside Stampeder Michelle Mills, due to a sore back.
East Elgin Eagles' Matthew Abell and Brian Dyck won boys' doubles title, while Dorchester's Kyle Morris and Victoria Quance are the mixed doubles champions.

Devilettes' Dorchester trio add league title to golden season
Hannah Vickers, Victoria Quance and Emma McKnight, all from Dorchester, with their medals and the Alumni Cup, after the London Devilettes blanked Stoney Creek, 1-0, in the PWHL final. McKnight helped set up Meaghan Chittick's winner. (photo / Rob J. Ross)

Sunday, April 14, 2019
OAKVILLE, ON. - Three Dorchester hockey players have helped the London Devilettes in one of their most historic seasons.
Emma McKnight, Victoria Quance and Hannah Vickers, are part of the Devilettes’ Provincial Women’s Hockey League championship team, after a thrilling 1-0 win over Stoney Creek, in the final, Sunday in Oakville.
Last weekend, London won provincial gold going 6-0, capping an undefeated run with a 3-0 shutout of Kingston in the final.

Midget B Panthers win OWHA bronze medal via shutout

Wednesday, April 10, 2019
ST. THOMAS - Patty Henry-Huff may have been feeling unwell but she gave St. Thomas Panthers a good feeling.
The Panthers' forward scored the lone goal in a 1-0 win over the West Oxford Inferno, in the midget B bronze medal game, at the Ontario Women's Hockey Association (OWHA) provincial championships, in Toronto, April 5-7th.

Comeback in final gives Shock U12 girls' Ontario Cup gold

Tuesday, April 9, 2019
ST. THOMAS - The St. Thomas Shock are under-12 girls' Ontario Cup Division Five champions, posting a 4-0 record.
Defence carried the Shock to a 40-29 comeback win over the Milton Stags, in the final, at St. Catharines, April 7th.

Dorchester trio help Devilettes win provincial Intermediate AA gold
Victoria Quance, left, Emma McKnight and Hannah Vickers, hold the championship banner after helping the London Devilettes win the OWHA Intermediate AA gold medal final. London blanked Kingston, 3-0.

Monday, April 8, 2019
DORCHESTER - Victoria Quance, left, Emma McKnight and Hannah Vickers are provincial champions.
The trio from Dorchester helped the London Devilettes win the Ontario Women's Hockey Association (OWHA) Intermediate AA title, by shutting out Kingston, 3-0, in the gold medal final, Sunday, in Toronto.

Thunder capture double gold at regional ringette championships
St. Thomas Thunder Emilie Brown breaks away from Kitchener's Abigail McDonald, during the U16 gold medal game, at the East Elgin Community Centre, during the Western Region ringette championships. (photo / Rob J. Ross)

Wednesday, April 3, 2019
ST. THOMAS - Two gold and a silver medal.
That is the haul for the St. Thomas Thunder from four teams competing at the 2019 Western Region ringette championships, March 30/31.
Both the under-12 and U14 teams won gold, while the U16s settled for silver.
Kayla Cormier scored 40 seconds into the extra session lifting St. Thomas over Guelph, 10-9, in the U12R gold medal game, at the East Elgin Community Centre. Cormier also tied the game, with four and half minutes left in the second half, her fourth of five goals in the game.
Ella Metzger scored twice, including the game winner, to lead St. Thomas over the Dorchester Dragons, 5-3, in the U14R gold medal game, at Delhi.
The Dorchester Dragons had their U16s bring home silver, while the U9 team won bronze.

Jr. Stars back to back OMHA bantam A champs haunting Barrie
St. Thomas Jr. Stars' Ben Novacich, goalie Will Richardson and Grant Hoornick, celebrate winning the OMHA bantam A title, defeating Barrie 3-0, in game five of the six point final, at Memorial Arena. (photo / Rob J. Ross)

Monday, April 1, 2019
ST. THOMAS - The Barrie Jr. Colts may just be starting to have nightmares about visiting St. Thomas.
For the second year in a row, the St. Thomas Millcreek Plumbing Jr. Stars captured an Ontario Minor Hockey Association (OMHA) championship on home ice, defeating Barrie in both finals, this year for the bantam A title.
Ashton Ivanyshyn, Aiden Shaw and Braylen Dowson scored as St. Thomas blanked Barrie, 3-0, in game five of the six point series, at Memorial arena. Goalie Will Richardson stopped all rubber shot his way for his biggest shutout of his career, leading the Jr. Stars to a six points to four victory in the final.
The season isn't over for the Jr. Stars, as now they head to the Ontario Hockey Federation (OHF) bantam A championship, April 11-15, in Temiskaming Shores.

St. Thomas Jr. Stars capture third consecutive OMHA title

Monday, March 25, 2019 :Updated
ORILLIA, ON. - The St. Thomas Jr. Stars are Ontario Minor Hockey Association (OMHA) minor peewee A champions.
St. Thomas completed a six point to zero series sweep of the Orillia Terriers, with a 6-0 win Saturday in Orillia. The Jr. Stars took first two games, 6-1 and 3-0 on home ice last weekend.
Matthew Soares with two goals, Kaleb Levesque, Owen Lawrence, Ryan Willmore and AJ Power, scored for St. Thomas.
The core of the team coached by Andrew Power have now won three OMHA titles in a row, starting with minor atom in 2017 and atom a year ago.

Shock settle for silver after comeback falls agonizingly short
St. Thomas Shock Matteo Thomas appears to be giving Guelph Grady Cosienpo a hug while stripping him of the ball, during the Ontario Cup U10 boys division eight gold medal final, at St. Joe's high school. (photo / Rob J. Ross)

Sunday, March 24, 2019
ST. THOMAS - Move over March Madness.
This Ontario Cup gold medal game had everything one hopes to see during the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.
A big comeback, players diving on the floor for the ball, an intense back and forth battle, with the decision going down to the dying seconds of the contest.
The only part the St. Thomas Shock would have changed is the outcome.
After seeing an 18-point lead vanish, the Guelph Gryphons held on to edge the Shock, 44-43, in the under-10 (Novice) boys Division eight final, at St. Joe’s high school.
Matteo Thomas led the Shock with 13 points. Jack Moore had eight points, Tyler Titchner, seven and Cam Renaud and Mason, four each.

Windsor grabs opener of LLFHL West Midget A final

Friday, March 22, 2019
ST. THOMAS - Already with an appearance in the Ontario Women’s Hockey Association (OWHA) Midget A provincials secured, the St. Thomas Panthers are aiming to have a spot at the Lower Lakes Female Hockey League (LLFHL) final weekend as well.
The Panthers will need to come behind in the LLFHL West Division four point final, after dropping game one, 4-2, to the Windsor Wildcats, Thursday, at the Joe.

Panthers reach finals in Lower Lakes and Western Ontario Leagues

Monday, March 18, 2019
ST. THOMAS - The St. Thomas Panthers will take on the Windsor Wildcats in the Lower Lakes Female Hockey League West Division Midget A final, starting Thursday, at the Joe.
The series winner advances to the six team LLFHL Midget A championship weekend, March 29-31.
Windsor has won three of the five previous meetings this season. St. Thomas is 35-9-11 overall this season, including winning two tournaments.
In the Western Ontario Girls Hockey League, St. Thomas C faces Lucan in the Novice group A final, while the Panthers' house league team takes on the Lambton Attack, in the Novice group D fight.

Semi lucky day for two St. Thomas teams in OMHA finals

Sunday, March 17, 2019
ST. THOMAS - One St. Thomas team has a commanding lead in their six point Ontario Minor Hockey Association (OMHA) single-A final series, while a second hits the road with split of two home games.
Thanks to a 3-0 win, the St. Thomas Jr. Stars have a four points to none lead over the Orillia Terriers, in the minor peewee final.
After a 2-1 loss to St. Thomas, in game one of the bantam final, the Barrie Colts White responded with a 3-2 win in game two, tying the series at two points.
Both St. Thomas hit the road for two away games next weekend.

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St. Thomas minor peewee and bantam teams win OMHA openers

Saturday, March 16, 2019
ST. THOMAS - Two St. Thomas Jr. Stars' opened their six point Ontario Minor Hockey Association (OMHA) single-A final series with victories on home ice.
Aiden Shaw scored winner lifting St. Thomas over Barrie, 2-1, in the bantam series.
A four goal explosion in the first period sent St. Thomas on their way to a 6-1 rout of Orillia, in the minor peewee final.

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Hawks wins Yeck Division title with a 4-3 win over Dorchester
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Friday, March 15, 2019
DORCHESTER - For the second consecutive year, the Dorchester Dolphins fall in five games in the Provincial Junior Hockey League Yeck Division final.
Nick Overholt had the game winning goal as the Exeter Hawks held off Dorchester, 4-3, to win the Yeck championship, four games to one.
The Hawks never let the Dolphins build on any momentum. Dorchester opened the scoring and had two goals in 12 seconds for a 3-2 lead in the second period. But Exeter replied within 90 seconds both times.
Dylan Buckholz, Colin Capstick and Nolan Blewett, scored for Dorchester. Troy Kennedy, Nick Sammons and Carter McLlwain completed the Hawks' scoring.
Exeter moves on face the Lakeshore Canadiens, in the Western Conference final, a PJHL quarterfinal.
With the Hawks, is St. Thomas native Derek Smith, the former captain of the Port Stanley Sailors and former Dolphin defenceman Nick Whitworth. Both players arrived in Exeter via trades in January.
The Dolphins have made the Yeck final, in each of their seven seasons, but are now 3-4 in the series, including losing to Lambeth a year ago and Exeter, in 2015.

Stars' McGurn named to Western Conference All-Rookie team
St. Thomas Star Sean McGurn was named to the GOJHL Western Conference All-Rookie Team. (photo / Rob J. Ross)

Wednesday, March 13, 2019
ST. THOMAS - Sean McGurn, a forward with the St. Thomas Stars has been named to the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League (GOJHL) Western Conference All-Rookie Team.
The 16-year had 13 goals, 25 assists in 40 regular season games, finishing second in team scoring with the Stars. McGurn only had 12 minutes in penalties.
The London Knights drafted the Ottawa native in the third round, 53rd overall, during the 2018 OHL Priority draft.
In December, McGurn participated in the GOJHL Future Stars game.

PCI's Eldridge captures silver medal at OFSAA wrestling

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 update: March 13
OTTAWA, ON. - Gavin Eldridge is an OFSAA silver medalist.
The Parkside C.I. student was undefeated before losing in the boys' 57.5-kilogram gold medal match to Roman Wawryk, of Kitchener C.I.
The scorecard favored Wawryk, 14-6.
In the semifinals, Eldridge again beat his long time WOSSAA rival, Diego Worsley, of London Beal.
Parkside teammate, Maddie King was sixth, in the girls' 47.5-kilogram division.
Patrick Salvador, a student at London Mother Teresa, who trains with the St. Joseph's Rams, is the boys' 77-kilogram OFSAA champion. Salvador beat Sukhman Gosal, of Turner Fenton, in the gold medal match.
Dorchester's Josh Smith placed fifth, in the 72-kilogram class.

Hawks take command of final putting the Dolphins on the ropes
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Tuesday, March 12, 2019
EXETER, ON. - This would be a game the Dorchester Dolphins would like to forget.
Thanks to a 5-0 shutout, the Exeter Hawks have a commanding three games to one lead, in the PJHL Yeck Division final.
Goalie Morgan Reed wasn't busy as the Dolphins only managed 22 shots, 10 coming in a scoreless first period.
Jon Baker led the Hawks with a goal and two assists. Carter McLlwain, Liam Melady, Ian Vandenheuvel and Max Bannon completed the Hawks' scoring.
Exeter dominated special teams, scoring twice on the power play, while keeping the Dolphins quiet on four opportunities.
The Hawks are a win away from their second Yeck title at the Junior C level, also winning in 2015.

Dolphins rout Hawks ignited by their own 60 second spark
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Sunday, March 10, 2019
DORCHESTER - It was a reversal of fortunes.
In each of the first two games, the Exeter Hawks gained momentum by scoring twice within a minute, carrying them to victories for a two games to none lead in the series.
In game three of the Provincial Junior Hockey League Yeck Division final, it was the Dorchester Dolphins’ turn for two goals in less than 60 seconds.
Nolan Blewett and Griffen Sinden scored 35 seconds apart, breaking a 1-1 tie, seven minutes into the second period. By the end of the middle frame, it was 4-1 Dolphins, and the home team buried the Hawks with three more goals in the third period.
Ryan Root on the power play and Hawks’ Nick Sammons, traded first period goals.
Dylan Van Dusen with two goals and Dylan Buckholz and Sinden, both on the power play, completed the Dolphins’ scoring. Brody Smith, in his first game back from serving a four game suspension, had three assists. James Newland, Noah Small and Noah Lambe, each picked up two assists.
Matt Waller was between the pipes for Dorchester, replacing Liam McCarthy who played the first two games, making 44 saves.

A little deja vu in Hawks' 5-4 OT win for a 2-0 series lead
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Saturday, March 9, 2019
EXETER, ON. - It seems the Exeter Hawks have done this before.
Trailing against the Dorchester Dolphins, before scoring twice in less than 60 seconds to take the lead, on their way to a victory.
Yes that happened just in game one. Two goals in 52 seconds and 5-4 win.
The Hawks did the feat again tonight in game two, erasing a Dolphins' 4-2 lead mid third period, with two goals in 41 seconds, before winning the game in overtime, 5-4.
Exeter now leads the best of seven PJHL Yeck Division final, two games to none.
Dorchester had leads of 1-0, 3-1 and 4-2, on goals by Ryan Van Roestel, Nolan Blewett, Dylan Buckholz and Jovin Eterno.
Jonathon Frook's unassisted power play goal was the winner, while Brad Watson and Max Bannon, tied the game four. Jon Baker and Jake Weston also tallied for the Hawks.
The Dolphins were two for six on the power play and had killed off seven consecutive penalties until overtime.
Exeter out shot the Dolphins, 45-25.
Blewett finished with a goal and two assists.

Hawks edge Dolphins taking game one of PJHL Yeck Division final
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Friday, March 8, 2019
DORCHESTER - Carter McLlwain's unassisted mid third period goal holds up as the game winner, lifting the Exeter Hawks over the Dorchester Dolphins, 5-4, in game one of the PJHL Yeck Division final.
Two goals in 52 seconds, by Derek Smith and Nick Sammons, mid second period, turned a 3-2 deficit into a 4-3 Hawks' lead.
The Dolphins held leads of 2-1 an 3-2. James Newland with two goals, Ryan Root and Noah Lambe scored for Dorchester.
Liam Melady and Nick Overholt, on the power play, completed the Hawks' goal scoring.
Caleb Pinsonneault, picked up the win between the pipes, coming in for the third period, in relief of starter Morgan Reed, who was hit in the face mask with the puck.

Local teams take two silver and bronze at WOSSAA girls' hockey
Dorchester Beavers' goalie Sydney Graham and Kristen Bisschop (9) can only watch Allison Stevenson score St. Anne's Eagles' seventh goal, in a 7-1 win in the WOSSAA A/AA gold medal game. (photo / Rob J. Ross)

Wednesday, March 6, 2019
LONDON, ON - The Parkside Stampeders and Dorchester Beaver both brought home silver while the St. Joseph's Rams won bronze, at WOSSAA girls' hockey.
Parkside was defeated by now six time WOSSAA champion Medway Cowboys, 4-1, in the AAA final, Tuesday at Stronach Arena.
Dorchester fell to the Clinton St. Anne’s Eagles, 6-1, in the A/AA final, Monday, at Stronach.
St. Joe’s left a heart-breaking 6-5 loss to Dorchester, behind in the A/AA semifinals, to win the bronze medal, crushing London South, 8-1.

Stars avoid broom extending series to a fifth game against Nationals
Sean McGurn celebates scoring the St. Thomas Stars' fourth goal, in a 5-2 win over the London Nationals, to stave off eliminaiton in the GOJHL Western Conference series. London leads three games to one. (photo / Rob J. Ross)

Tuesday, March 5, 2019
ST. THOMAS - The St. Thomas Stars survived to fight another night.
Lucas Mastroianni scored the game winner while short-handed and assisted on goals by Jordan Hurtubise and Nicolas Grandy, to lead the Stars to a 5-2 win over the London Nationals, in game four of the GOJHL Western Conference quarterfinal.
The Stars extend the series to a fifth game, tomorrow in London, trailing the series three games to one.
Sean McGurn and Jake Robinson, into an empty net, also scored for the Stars. Brady Elder and Eric Langridge, both picked up two assists.
Max Vinogradov and James Turner, replied for London.

Lady Rams capture District title on Bennett's overtime winner
St. Joseph's Rams' Grace Gillet and Jocelyn Delgado (leaning) battle for the puck in front of the Aquinas Flames' net, during game three of the District girls' hockey final, at the Joe. The Rams won 1-0 in overtime, on a goal from Reagan Bennett, to advance to WOSSAA. (photo / Rob J. Ross)

Thursday, February 28, 2019
ST. THOMAS - Reagan Bennett ends a five year wait. Alyssa Giesbrecht will be going in her first year.
Together, they have advanced the St. Joseph's Rams to the Western Ontario Secondary Schools Athletic Association (WOSSAA) tournament, following a 1-0 overtime win over the London St. Thomas Aquinas Flames (STA), in game three of the District girls' hockey final, at the Joe.
Bennett scored on a slapper from just inside the blue-line 4:03 in to the extra period, while Giesbrecht was unbeatable in the Rams' net.

Beavers win TVRA South-East advancing to WOSSAA girls hockey
Only the goal post stopped Dorchester Beaver Victoria Quance from a hat trick, while Ingersoll Bombers' goalie Megan Longlade can only watch, during game two of the TVRA South-East girls' hockey final. Dorchester won 6-2 to sweep the series. (photo / Rob J. Ross)

Wednesday, February 27, 2019
DORCHESTER - The farewell tour continues.
For the first time since 2014 the Lord Dorchester Beavers are heading to the WOSSAA tournament, after sweeping the Thames Valley Regional Athletics (TVRA) South-East girls' hockey best of three final.
Emma McKnight had a hat trick for a second consecutive game and Hannah Vickers picked up five assists, leading the Beavers to a 6-2 defusing of the Ingersoll Blue Bombers, in game two at the Flight Exec Centre.
Victoria Quance netted a pair of goals, while Kristen Bisschop drew two assists.

Parkside upends Central Elgin in TVRA S-E girls' curling final
Parkside Stampeders' skip Charlotte Johnston directs where she wants next rock thrown, while Central Elgin Titan Naomi Addley communicate with her teammates, during the TVRA South-East girls' curling final, at the St. Thomas Curling Club. Parkside won 7-5. (photo / Rob J. Ross)

Wednesday, February 27, 2019
ST. THOMAS - It took three attempts but the Parkside Stampeders finally beat the Central Elgin Titans and it came in the championship game.
Parkside captured the TVRA South-East girls’ curling title, defeating Central Elgin, 7-5, in the final, at the St. Thomas Curling Club.
The Stampeders’ team of Johnston and Allison Young, both in Grade nine and Grade 12 students Felicia Fernades and Audrey Moore, now head to WOSSAA, at the Vanastra Curling Club, south of Clinton, March 5th.
On the boys’ side, Tillsonburg Glendale Gemini won a fourth consecutive South-East crown, beating East Elgin for a third year in a row, this time, 9-5.

McCarthy and Dolphins' penalty killers dust Trojans in a sweep
Dorchester Dolphins' goalie Liam McCarthy stops a Thamesford Trojan shot in traffic, during game four of the PJHL Yeck Division semifinal. McCarthy made 32 saves in a 4-2 win, as the Dolphins completed a series sweep. The goalie stopped 166 of 170 shots over the four games. (photo / Rob J. Ross)

Tuesday, February 26, 2019
THAMESFORD, ON. - When the penalty killing unit equals an opponent’s entire goal production, the odds of winning a series are very high.
The Dorchester Dolphins will be making their seventh consecutive appearance in the Provincial Junior Hockey League Yeck Division final, thanks to their penalty kill (PK) and the goaltending of Liam McCarthy.
Dorchester finished a four game sweep of the Trojans with a 4-2 victory, highlighted by pair of goals by Ryan Root, one short-handed, one on the power play and 30 saves from their 17-year old netminder.

Titans run away with WOSSAA 1A junior boys' basketball crown
Central Elgin Titan Jordan McDougall drives towards the hoop, against the Mitchell Blue Devils, during the WOSSAA single-A junior boys' basketball final, at Central Elgin C.I. The Titans slayed the Blue Devils, 56-39. (photo / Rob J. Ross)

Tuesday, February 26, 2019
ST. THOMAS - By the second quarter only one question remained.
How many sizes for the championship t-shirts?
The Central Elgin Titans stormed out to a 23-2 lead after one quarter, on their way to a 56-29 defeat of the Mitchell Blue Devils, in the WOSSAA single-A junior boys' basketball final, at Central Elgin C.I.
Christian Vecchio and Jack Tunstill led the Titans with 18 and 14 points, respectively.

Twenty wrestlers top two at WOSSAA now OFSAA bound
Dorchester Beaver Josh Smith takes Oakridge Oak Ideen Maghsud to the mat during the 72-kilogram gold medal match, at the WOSSAA wrestling championships, at Saunders Secondary School. (photo / Rob J. Ross)

Friday, February 22, 2019
LONDON, ON - Twenty athletes from the Parkside Stampeders, St. Joseph's Rams, Dorchester Beavers and Central Elgin Titans, are heading to OFSAA.
Two spots in each weight class at the WOSSAA championships, were available for the high school tournament, March 5-6, in Ottawa.
Parkside won the overall team title, led by gold medalists Maddie King (girls' 47.5-kg), Gavin Eldridge (boys' 57.5-kg), Peyton Brodie-Grubb (girls' 61-kg), Cole Moore (83-kg) and Brady Johnson (boys' 130-kg). Julie Boyko (girls' 57.5-kg) took home silver, while Emma Penner (girls' 61-kg) and Steph Boyko (girls' 67.5-kg) won challenge matches, grabbing a qualifying berth in their respective weight class.
St. Joe's sends Liam Bacon (boys' 61-kg), Mary Clare Haasen (girls' 64-kg), Krystian Krzyzewski (boys' 89-kg), Kendall Dettloff (girls' 54-kg), Patrick Salvador (boys' 77-kg) and Thomas Fortier (boys' 95-kg).
Dorchester has Kolton Reading, (boys' 38-kg) Nick Lynch (boys' 38-kg), Owen Bisschop (67.5-kg) and Josh Smith (boys' 72kg).
The Holt brothers, Dalton (boys' 83-kg) and Adam (boys' 89-kg) will represent the Titans.

Dorchester sweeps way to WOSSAA 1A junior girls' volleyball title
Dorchester Beaver Leaha Johnston leaps forward for the ball against the Goderich Vikings, during the WOSSAA single-A junior girls' gold medal match, at Lord Dorchester Secondary School. (photo / Rob J. Ross)

Wednesday, February 20, 2019
DORCHESTER - Two years after settling for a silver medal for a second consecutive year, the Lord Dorchester Beavers prevailed in the championship match.
The Beavers swept aside the Goderich Vikings, in three games, 25-21, 25-26, 25-19, in the WOSSAA single-A junior girls' gold medal match, at LDSS.

Seventeen swimmers from three schools qualify for OFSAA
East Elgin Eagle Jillian Krahn (top) during the under 14 years girls' 50-metre backstroke, at the WOSSAA swimming championships, at Western University . (photo / Rob J. Ross)

Tuesday, February 19, 2019
LONDON, ON. - Briar McCaw and Kayla Keyes are returning to OFSAA, while Seth Walker will lead an entire flock of East Elgin Eagles.
Highlights were numerous for Elgin County schools at the Western Ontario Secondary Schools Athletic Association (WOSSAA) swim championships, at Western University.
Thirteeen individuals from East Elgin, St. Joe and Parkside and two Eagles' relay teams, advanced from WOSSAA to the provincial high school meet, March 5-6, in Toronto.

St. Thomas Stars are shining clinching a playoff berth

Sunday, February 17, 2019
ST. THOMAS - The St. Thomas Stars are looking like a playoff contender now.
Following a 13-game winless streak in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League, the Stars have won three of their past four games, two by shutout, including a 1-0 win in double overtime over the Komoka Kings, Friday, at the Joe.
The Stars have four games remaining, including at Chatham today.

Stars' Hurtubise OT winner plus shutout possible hockey history

Saturday, February 16, 2019
ST. THOMAS - Anthony Hurtubise may just be a part of some hockey history.
The St. Thomas Stars' goalie scored the winning goal, along with posting the shutout, in a 1-0 win over the Komoka Kings, in GOJHL action, Friday at the Joe.
With less than 90 seconds remaining in the second of two five minute overtime periods, Hurtubise made a save, before firing the puck the length of the ice and in to Komoka's empty net.
“It's surreal. I still can't wrap my head around it,” said the 20-year old Hurtubise. "My phone was just blowing up. Everybody has been talking about it. People are messaging me, old friends, old teammates, family. A lot of people are telling me it's going to be in the history books."
The word of his game winning goal has spread throughout the hockey community, even getting mentioned today on Coach's Corner with Don Cherry.

Veterans lead young teams at TVRA conference wrestling
Parkside Stampeder Emma Rodgers and Laurier Ram Sabrina Mills battle in a girls' 67.5-kg bout, during TVRA Michienzi conference wrestling at PCI. (photo / Rob J. Ross)

Friday, February 15, 2019
ST. THOMAS - Kailey Meehan was looking for a challenge. Along the way the St. Joseph’s Ram was named most outstanding female wrestler.
Meehan was the girls’ 57.5-kilogram champion, going undefeated at the Thames Valley Regional Athletics Michienzi Conference championships, Thursday, at Parkside C.I.
Parkside led the way qualifying 17 wrestlers for WOSSAA, at London Saunders, February 22nd. St. Joe's sends 12, Dorchester, nine and Central Elgin CI, five.

Empty netters help Dolphins muzzle Bulldogs' season
Dorchester Dolphin Dylan Buckholz drive towards the net fending off Mt. Brydges Bulldog Matthew Poulin (3), during game five of the PJHL Yeck Division series. Buckholz had a goal and an assist in the Dolphins' 4-2 win, to take the best of seven game series four to one. (photo / Rob J. Ross)

Friday, February 15, 2019
MT. BRYDGES, ON. - The Dorchester Dolphins are heading to the next round after surviving the dog pound.
Empty net goals by James Newland and Brody Smith in the final 90 seconds of the third period carried the Dorchester Dolphins to a 4-2 win over the Mt. Brydges Bulldogs, clinching the Provincial Junior Hockey League (PJHL Yeck) Division series in five games.
The Dolphins' second round opponent will be either the Thamesford Trojans (24-13-2-1) or Lucan Irish (14-21-3-2). The Trojans swept North Middlesex Stars in their first round series. Lambeth leads Lucan, three games to one.

Titans capture TVRA 1A South-East junior title but fall in Senior final
Central Elgin Titan Isaiah MacDougall (30) is quickly surrounded by WCI Red Devils' Bailey Couch (2) and Callaghan Bullen, during the TVRA 1A South-East senior boys' basketball final at CECI. MacDougall scored a game high 29 points but the Titans lost 60-54. (photo / Rob J. Ross)

Thursday, February 14, 2019
ST. THOMAS - A lot of it during practice has helped the Central Elgin Titans run to WOSSAA.
The Titans capped an undefeated season in the Thames Valley Regional Athletics (TVRA) region, by winning the South-East single-A junior boys’ basketball final, dumping the Dorchester Beavers, 60-47, on home court at Central Elgin CI.
Jordan McDougall and Jack Tunstill led the Titans with 17 and 16 points respectively, while Gavin Barnhouse and Dilliard, both chipped in with eight points and Christian Vecchio had seven.
Dorchester's Owen Pink and Andrew Muir both scored a game high 18 points, accounting for 77 percent of their team’s offence.
The WCI Red Devils captured the TVRA South-East 1A senior boys’ basketball title, edging the Central Elgin Titans, 60-54, in the final.

Lovie gives heart break to Dolphins extending series to a fifth game
Mt. Brydges Bulldogs' goalie Mitchell Van Eindhoven stops Dorchester Dolphin Nolan Blewett, during game four of the PJHL Yeck Division series. Van Eindhoven made 45 saves in the Bulldogs' 5-4 overtime win, to extend the series to a fifth game. (photo / Rob J. Ross)

Wednesday, February 13, 2019
DORCHESTER -Tyler Lovie broke the hearts of the Dorchester Dolphins.
The Mt.Brydges Bulldogs’ forward scored 5:15 into overtime lifting his team over the Dolphins, 5-4, in game four of the PJHL Yeck Division series, at the Flight Exec Centre.
The Dolphins were looking to complete a four game sweep on home ice, but instead are returning to Mt. Brydges for game five.

Busy sports day Thursday for TVRA if Mother Nature cooperates

Wednesday, February 13, 2019
ST. THOMAS - Tomorrow will be a busy day in Thames Valley Regional Athletics (TVRA) high school sports, if Mother Nature allows it.
Already with three days of postponed schedules over the past week due to inclement weather, five sports now have finals or championships on the same day.
The TVRA AA junior and senior girls' volleyball semifinals and finals, moved three times from a original date a week earlier, take court at Ingersoll D.C.I., starting at 9 .m. Both the East Elgin Eagles and Parkside Stampeders have junior and senior teams in the semifinals.
The Central Elgin Titans are hosting the TVRA 1A South-East senior (Titans - Woodstock WCI, 4:30 p.m.) and junior boys' (Titans - Dorchester Beavers, 3 p.m.) basketball finals.
The East Elgin Eagles host the TVRA AA senior boys' basketball final, taking on Woodstock College Avenue, at 3 p.m.
Originally a two day event for Tuesday and today, the TVRA swim championships will be a one day affair, starting at 9 a.m. at the Canada Games Quatic Centre, in London.
Game one of the TVRA South-East semifinal in boys' hockey, between East Elgin and Tillsonburg Glendale, goes at 9:30 a.m. in Aylmer. The girls' TVRA South-East semifinal featuring Dorchester and Parkside has yet to have a rescheduled date.
Parkside C.I. is hosting conference wrestling (9 a.m start) and so far it's on the mat as originally scheduled.

Brittany Howard will be pulling on the Team Canada jersey

Monday, February 11, 2019
ST. THOMAS - Brittany Howard, of St. Thomas, will be skating for Canada's National Women's hockey team in game one of the Rivalry Series against the USA.
The 23-year old will be in the lineup for Tuesday's game, at the Bud Gardens in London, 7 p.m.

Dolphins push the Bulldogs to the ropes of playoff elimination
Dorchester Dolphin Brody Smith (14) and Mt. Brydges Bulldog Ryan Hopkins battle along the boards, during game three of the PJHL Yeck Division series. The Dolphins won 6-0. (photo / Rob J. Ross)

Sunday, February 10, 2019
DORCHESTER - The Dorchester Dolphins have the Mt. Brydges Bulldogs on the ropes.
Nolan Blewett scored twice and Matt Waller made 26 saves as the Dolphins silenced the Bulldogs, 6-0, to take a three games to none lead in the Provincial Junior Hockey League Yeck Division.
The Dolphins exploded for three goals in a three minute span mid first period and at the time had more goals than the Bulldogs had shots on net.
Ryan Poley, Turner Balasin, Brody Smith and Dylan Buckholz, completed the Dolphins' goal scoring. James Newland and Braidon Duncan both drew two assists.
Game four is Tuesday in Mt Brydges when the Dolphins have the opportunity to close out the series.

Steady Beavers capture TVRA 1A junior girls volleyball title
Dorchester Beaver Leaha Johnston scrambles to hit the ball over the net against the Central Elgin Titans, during the TVRA South-East single-A junior girls' volleyball final, at WCI. (photo / Rob J. Ross)

Friday, February 8, 2019
WOODSTOCK, ON - The Lord Dorchester Beavers never dropped a game on their way to capturing the Thames Valley Regional Athletics (TVRA) South-East single-A junior girls' volleyball title, defeating the Central Elgin Titans in the final, at Woodstock Collegiate Institute (WCI).
Dorchester dusted Central Elgin, 25-19, 25-20, 25-22.
In the senior final, the class of the East Division all season, the Woodstock CI Red Devils, steamed through the playoffs, capping it with a three games to none sweep of the West Elgin Wildcats in the final.

Smith scores twice as Dolphins take game one of their PJHL series
Dorchester Dolphin David Henshaw breaks between Mt. Brydges Bulldogs' Taylor Toth (44) and a diving Jacob Smith, during game one of their PJHL Yeck Division series. The Dolphins won 4-1. (photo / Rob J. Ross)

Friday, February 8, 2019
DORCHESTER - Prior to the playoffs, Dorchester Dolphins’ assistant coach Chris Masse stressed the coaching staff wanted the players to start games at puck drop not later on in the night.
In their opening game of the Provincial Junior Hockey League Yeck Division series against the Mt. Brydges Bulldogs, the Dolphins showed they took their coaches’ direction to heart.
Brody Smith, with two goals, Braidon Duncan and Noah Small scored, leading way to a 4-1 Dolphins' victory in one game of the best of seven affair.
Game two is Saturday at Mt. Brydges. Game three is back in Dorchester on Sunday.

Robinson's four point game helps Stars blank Nationals

Friday, February 9, 2019
ST. THOMAS - Jake Robinson scored and assisted on goals by Jackson Brown, Jack Wieringa and Sean McGurn, to lead the St.Thomas Stars over the London Nationals, 4-0, in Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League action tonight at the Joe.
The Stars leap-frog Strathroy into sixth place in the Western Conference and have back to back wins first time since November.
Stars' goalie Anthony Hurtubise made 34 saves for the shutout.
Brady Elder picked up two assists, while McGurn, Brown and Lucas Mastroianni, had a helper each.
Liam Fedak continues to lead the Stars win scoring, with 35 points, one more than Robinson, who is the team leader with 14 goals.
St. Thomas aims for a season best three consecutive wins when they travel to LaSalle, Wednesday, February 13th.
The Stars' Fill the Rink 7 is Friday, February 15th, at the Joe.

Hawks open PJHL playoff series taking game one from Spitfires

Wednesday, February 6, 2019
AYLMER, ON. - Jake Weston scored the winner and added insurance on a late third period power play, as the Exeter Hawks defeated the Aylmer Spitfires, 5-2, in game one of the Provinicial Junior Hockey League Yeck Division first round series.
Exeter led 2-1 after 20 minutes and 3-2 following two periods.
Pete Vanderwyst and Erik Scherer scored for Aylmer. Evan Hayter, Nolan Koetsier and the Yeck's rookie of the year, Carter McLlain, completed the Hawks' scoring.
Exeter out shot Aylmer, 54-25, making it a busy night for Spitfires' goalie Blake Zehr.
The series heads to Exeter for games two and three.

Titans outlast Beavers to advance to TVRA South-East 1A hoops final
Central Elgin Titan Blake Kokko cuts between Dorchester Beavers' Charlie Quance, left and Garrett Snyders (3), during a TVRA South-East 1A senior boys' semifinal, at CECI. The Titans won 47-33, to advance to the South-East 1A final against Woodstock C.I. (photo / Rob J. Ross)

Tuesday, February 5, 2019
ST. THOMAS - A third quarter surge lifted the Central Elgin Titans past the Dorchester Beavers, 47-33, in a Thames Valley Regional Athletics South-East 1A senior boys' basketball semifinal, at CECI.
The Titans will host the South-East 1A final, taking on the Woodstock C.I. (WCI) Red Devils, for a berth in the WOSSAA tournament.
Trailing the Beavers, 15-14 at half, the Titans outscored their East Division visitors 22-14 in the third frame.
Cole Verhulst delivered eight of his 12 points in the third stanza, while the Titans hit six of eight shots from the charity stripe.
In South-East junior semifinal action, the Titans dropped WCI, 53-37.

Van Berkel returns to World Junior synchronized skating championship

Monday, February 4, 2019
DORCHESTER - Emily Van Berkel will be skating with the world’s best.
The Dorchester skater heads to the ISU World Junior Synchronized Skating championship, in Neuchatel, Switzerland, March 14-16, with team NEXXICE, representing the country as Canada One.
“It feels pretty amazing. I’ve been skating since I was like two and it has always been for a long time my dream to skate with NEXXICE. This is my third year and I’ve been fortunate enough to go to worlds for all three seasons,” said Van Berkel.
The 17-year old is a student at Lord Dorchester Secondary School.

Dolphins clinch top spot for third time in team history
Dorchester Dolphins' goalie Liam McCarthy makes a save on Aylmer Spitfire Matt Bond (14) during PJHL action at the Flight Exec Centre. The Dolphins won 5-2. (photo / Rob J. Ross)

Friday, January 25, 2019
DORCHESTER - For the third time in four years the Dorchester Dolphins will be the top seed heading into the Yeck Division playoffs.
On pace for their fourth best regular season record in team history, the Dolphins clinch first place with a 5-2 win against the Aylmer Spitfires, in Provincial Junior Hockey League action at the Flight Exec Centre.
Rookie forward Noah Small led his hometown team with two goals and an assist, while line-mate Griffin Sinden picked up four assists.
Aylmer continues their fight to finish sixth, battling the Lucan Irish for the position. The teams have a home and home set in the final week of the schedule. The Spitfires host the Irish, January 30th, before visiting Lucan on February 3rd.

Brittany Howard named to Canadian National women's hockey team for three game series vs USA

Wednesday, January 23, 2019
CALGARY, AB. - Brittany Howard, of St. Thomas and an alumna of Parkside C.I., has been selected to Canada's National Women's hockey team for the upcoming three game Rivalry Series against the USA.
Game one is at Bud Gardens in London, February 12th.
In her rookie season for the Toronto Furies of the Canadian Women's Hockey League, the 23-year old forward has two goals and seven assists in 18 games, third in team scoring.
Howard attended Robert Morris University and graduated as the women's hockey team's all-time scorer, with 79 goals and 102 assists in 138 games. Howard was the College Hockey America (CHA) Player of the Year in back to back seasons.
For 2017, Howard was the Dapper Dan Charities Pittsburgh Sportswomen of the Year. The male winner was NHLer Sidney Crosby.
Brittany is the daughter of Scott and Anne Howard and sister to Brooke and Cody.
The week of January 27th, Howard is with the Furies, in Schenzhen, China, for three exhibition games.

Fedak hat trick helps St. Thomas Stars snap 13-game winless streak

Sunday, January 20, 2019
STRATHROY, ON. - Liam Fedak had a hat trick helping the St. Thomas Stars end a 13-game winless streak by defeating the Strathroy Rockets, 6-4, in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League.
Sean McGurn, with two goals each, Darren Beattie and Brandon Cooper completed the Stars' scoring. McGurn and Brady Elder, both had three assists, while Fedak picked up two.
St. Thomas had gone 51 days without a victory.
Leading 4-3 after two periods, McGurn and Fedak potted pucks 31 seconds within each other mid way through the third period, stretching their lead to three goals.
Fedak, who scored three of the Stars' final goals, now leads the team in scoring with 32 points, on 10 goals and 22 assists.
Jake Robinson, who was absent from the game, has 28 points, with 11 goals and 17 assists.
Sitting eighth in the Western Conference and seven points up on ninth place St. Marys, the Stars move to within three points of seventh place Strathroy.

Dolphins take commanding eight point lead in battle for first place
Dorchester Dolphin Dylan Van Dusen (25) races Exeter Hawk Carter McLlwain (6) for the puck during PJHL action at the Flight Exec Centre. The Dolphins won 4-2. (photo / Rob J. Ross)

Thursday, January 17, 2019
DORCHESTER - The Dorchester Dolphins are firmly in the driver’s seat to clinch first place in the Yeck Division.
Noah Small and Nolan Blewett scored 28 seconds apart three minutes into the third period, turning a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 Dolphins’ lead against the Exeter Hawks, on their way to a 4-2 win and improving their record to 29-6-0-0.
With five games remaining on the schedule, Dorchester has an eight point cushion over Exeter. Five more points gives the Dolphins top spot, even the Hawks win their remaining games.

Lady Rams lock down top spot in District girls' hockey
St. Joseph's Ram Grace Gillet leads the rush during District girls' hockey against London Aquinas at the Joe. Gillet scored twice in a 4-1 win, improving the Rams to 6-0-0. (photo / Rob J. Ross)

Wednesday, January 16, 2019
ST. THOMAS - The St. Joseph's Lady Rams will be the top seed entering the post season for District girls’ hockey.
Grace Gillet scored twice and set up Anna Fox, as the Rams defeated the London Aquinas Flames, 4-1, to improve to 6-0 on the season. Jocelyn Delgado also scored for St. Joe's.
The win clinches first place for the Rams, leaving Aquinas at 4-2, with both teams having one game remaining in the regular season.

Volleyball's lost is hockey team's gain as Beavers remain perfect
Dorchester Beaver Kristen Bisschop leaves behind Parkside Stampeders' Aviva Fournie (4) and Lauren Cowan (13) driving towards the net during TVRA girls' hockey at Memorial arena. Dorchester won 8-6. (photo / Rob J. Ross)

Monday, January 14, 2019
ST. THOMAS - Volleyball’s loss is hockey’s gain for female sports at the home of the Lord Dorchester Beavers.
Victoria Quance netted a hat trick and Emma McKnight had two goals and two assists, as the Beavers improved to 6-0 in Thames Valley Region Athletic (TVRA) girls’ hockey, defeating the Parkside Stampeders, 8-6, at Memorial Arena.

TVRA volleyball and basketball playoffs on the horizon

Sunday, January 13, 2019
ST. THOMAS - As the playoffs approach for the high school winter sports season, here’s a rundown of the leaders in the various sports.
Basketball and volleyball divisional quarterfinals are Thursday, January 17th. The action then breaks for the exam period before resuming in February.
In senior hoops, the East Elgin Eagles lead the Thames Valley Regional Athletics (TVRA) South Division with an 8-1 record. A 45-34 victory on home court against the Central Elgin Titans on January eighth, secured top spot. The Eagles lone loss was to the Titans, 45-43, back on December fourth.
In junior action, Central Elgin leads the South Division with a 6-0 record.
In the District, St. Joe’s sits third in the senior loop, owners of a 6-2 record, with two games remaining in the regular season. The Rams’ losses were to Mother Teresa and John Paul II, the top two teams in the league.
The junior Rams are fifth at 5-3, with two games remaining. The Rams won five games in a row, before dropping their past three games.
In senior volleyball, East Elgin leads the South Division with an 8-1 match record, one match better than Parkside (7-2).
At the junior level, Dorchester (8-1 match record) sits second in the East, behind Woodstock College Avenue (9-0). In the South, the Titans are undefeated at 7-0 in match play, while Parkside is 5-2.
In curling, several results haven’t been reported, but Parkside owns a 4-0 record in SouthEast girls’ action, followed by Central Elgin, at 3-1. On the boys’ side, East Elgin is 5-0 and Central Elgin, 3-1.
In girls’ hockey, Dorchester leads the East Division with a 4-0-0 record.
East Elgin is 4-1-0 in boys’ hockey, second place in the SouthEast Division, behind Ingersoll, at 4-0-1.
The St. Joe’s Lady Rams lead the District with a 4-0 record, outscoring opponents, 20-3. In boys’ action, the Rams are middle of the pack, owners of a 3-2-1 record.

Three Parkside players named to provincial indoor field hockey team
Braelyn Dennis, left, Amber Safadi and Taylor Goodhue, far right, (all middle row) have been selected to Ontario's Under-19 women's indoor field hockey team. The trio helped the Parkside Stampeders to an OFSAA silver medal, in outdoor field hockey, this past November. (photo / Rob J. Ross)

Sunday, December 30, 2018
ST. THOMAS - Three members of Parkside Stampeders' OFSAA silver medal winning outdoor team, have been selected for the provincial under-19 women's indoor field hockey team.
Braelyn Dennis, Taylor Goodhue and Amber Safadi were notified of their selection to the 14-player roster (12 players, two goalies) prior to Christmas, from three tryouts held in the Toronto area.

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