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Six wins puts Dolphins in first place hunt
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Sunday, December 2, 2019
DORCHESTER, ON. - Thanks to a season high six game win streak the Dorchester Dolphins are in the hunt for first place.
Wins over the North Middlesex Stars and Lucan Irish this past weekend, have the Dolphins (16-6-0-0) two points out of top spot in the PJHL Yeck Division. The Mt. Brydges Bulldogs (17-8-0-0) and Exeter Hawks (16-7-1-1) share first place with 34 points each.

Adzija's two goal game leads Bobcats at tourney
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Saturday, November 30, 2019
HAMDEN, CONN - Lexi Adzija had two goals and an assist to lead Quinnipiac University's women's hockey team over Minnesota-Duluth, 4-2, Friday, at the Nutmeg Classic Cup in Hamden, Conn.
The Bobcats beat Yale, 3-1, in the championship game today.
The St. Thomas native in her second year at the NCAA Division one school, has seven goals and eight assists to lead the Bobcats in scoring. The forward is also plus six.

Brown and Trichilo lead Stars to 4-2 victory
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Friday, November 29, 2019
ST. THOMAS - Ryan Brown had a goal and an assist, while Brock Trichilo potted his team leading 13th goal into an empty net as the St. Thomas Stars defeated Sarnia, 4-2, in Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League action
The win snaps a three game losing skid.
Sterling Wolters and Bryce Lewis also score for the Stars, owners of a 8-17-0-2 record in the Western Conference.

DeCoutere scores third goal in four games for Queens
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Wednesday, November 27, 2019
KINGSTON, ON. - Hannah DeCoutere, of Aylmer, scored her third goal in four games, helping the Queens Gaels' women's hockey team edge Nipissing, 2-1, in Ontario University Association (OUA) action November 23rd.
The second year defenceman, an 2018 East Elgin Secondary School grad and former London Junior Devilette, has foru goals and one assist this season.
Teammate Emma McKnight, of Dorchester and a 2019 Lord Dorchester graduate, has a goal and two assists in her rookie season.

Quance and Henshaw with seventh ranked Nipissing
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Tuesday, November 26, 2019
SUDBURY, ON. - On the nation's seventh ranked women's hockey team, among Canadian universities, the Nipissng Lakers (8-3-0), is freshman Victoria Quance (pictured) and senior Stacey Henshaw, both from Dorchester.
Quance, a Lord Dorchester Secondary School 2019 graduate and former London Jr. Devilette, scored her first goal of her university career against Ryerson, on November 16th.

Southwold takes regional boys' volleyball crown
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Monday, November 25, 2019
ST. THOMAS - The Southwold Cougars made short work of the Summer's Corner's Sabres, to capture the Thames Valley District School Board South regional AAA boy's volleyball title.
The Cougars won the final, 25-11, 25-21, at John Wise public school. Both teams move to the Valley championships in London, this Friday.
Dunwich-Dutton will represent Elgin in the single-A tournament.
On the girls' side, Locke's won the AAA title, while Straffordville took the single-A final. The Trudeau Voyageurs won the wild card game to advance to Valleys.

41st annual Belles & Brooms sweeps in
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Monday, November 25, 2019
ST. THOMAS - Twenty four teams from curling clubs across southern Ontario are competing in th 41st annual Belles & Brooms Bonspiel, a two day event at the St. Thomas Curling Club.
This year's theme is 'Baby, It's Cold Outside. .
The host club has four teams competing while the Aylmer curling club is represented by the Judy Van Ymeren rink.
Looking to repeat is last year's A flight champion, the Dale Sinclair rink from Port Perry.

Adzija scores goals in back to back games
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Saturday, November 23, 2019
HAMDEN, CONN - Lexi Adzija, of St. Thomas, pots her fifth goal of the season as the Quinnipiac Bobcats tie Clarkson University, 2-2, in Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) women's hockey.
Adzija also bulged the twine in a 5-0 win against St. Lawrence Friday.
The St. Thomas native in her second year at the NCAA Division one school, has five goals and seven assists to lead the Bobcats in scoring.

Dolphins blow Sailors out to sea with double digit win
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Friday, November 22, 2019
PORT STANLEY, ON. - Noah Small, Josh Short and Austin Bisschop each scored twice, as the Dorchester Dolphins blanked the Port Stanley Sailors, 11-0, in the Provincial Junior Hockey League.
Ryan Poley, Ryan Root, Dylan Buckholz, Bryce Darville and Braidon Duncan, also scored. Root also picked up three assists.
Liam McCarthy made 27 saves in net for the shutout.
The Dolphins improve to 13-6-0-0 in the Yeck Division, while the Sailors remain winless after 21 games.

Beavers win WOSSAA 1A junior girls' hoops crown
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Wednesday, November 13, 2019
GODERICH, ON. - Annika Nolte and Sydney Champion led the offence as the Dorchester Beavers sunk the Goderich Vikings, 63-33, in the WOSSAA single-A junior girls' basketball final, at Goderich DCI.
Dorchester advanced to the final routing London Westminster, 45-14.
At South Huron District high school, in Exeter, London Christian defeated Dorchester, 42-33, in the WOSSAA single-A senior girls' final.

Monteith runs to gold at AO cross country finals
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Tuesday, November 25, 2019
ST. THOMAS - Andrew Monteith had the run of his career and now the 14-year old Lynhurst native is a provincial champion.
Monteith, competing for London Legion club, won the under-14 boys' two kilometre race at Athletics Ontario cross country championships, November 10th, at Seneca College, in King City.
Monteith was one of 15 runners at the AO meet, from Elgin County and Dorchester.

Sabres' late shots sinks Stamps in junior hoops
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Friday, November 8, 2019
LONDON, ON. - When it came to down to the final two minutes of the fourth quarter the Saunders Sabres hit the clutch shots.
Tied at 32 with 1:45 remaining in the TVRA Central AAA junior girls' basketball final, the Sabres closed out the game on a 8-1 run, to take the banner with a 40-33 victory, at Fanshawe College.
Both teams advance to WOSSAA, Wednesday, November 13th, at Stratford Secondary school, usually known as Northwestern.

Late surge lifts Beavers to WOSSAA hoops
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Wednesday, November 6, 2019
DORCHESTER, ON. - It took three quarters for the Lord Dorchester Beavers to come alive, but the senior girls' basketball team did enough to extend their season.
Trailing in to the fourth quarter, the Beavers went on a 9-3 run, to pull out a 22-20 win over the Glencoe Gaels, in the Thames Valley Regional Athletics single-A South-East final, at Lord Dorchester Secondary School.
The win advances the Beavers to the Western Ontario Secondary Schools Athletic Association (WOSSAA) single-A tournament, Wednesday, November 13th, at South Huron high school, in Exeter.

Five teams advance to conference hoops finals

Tuesday, November 5, 2019
Kayla Voros had nine points, while Alyssa Voros and Julie Nagelhout, each had seven, as the East Elgin Eagles defeated Tillsonburg Glendale, 42-32, in a Thames Valley Regional Athletics (TVRA) AA South-East senior girls' semifinal at East Elgin.
The Eagles will host both the senior and junior South-East AA finals, Thursday. The junior Eagles eliminated the Central Elgin Titans, 31-11, in their South-East semifinal.
East Elgin plays Huron Park in the senior final, at 3 p.m., followed by the junior game against Woodstock Collegiate.
At Dorchester, Leaha Johnston poured in 19 points as Lord Dorchester dumped the Voaden Vikings, in a South-East single-A senior girls' basketball semifinal. The Beavers host Glencoe, in the final, Wednesday, 3 p.m., at the school.
In the District junior AA final, the St. Joseph's Rams face the London Aquinas Flames, Thursday, 7 p.m., at Fanshawe.
The Parkside Stampeders take on London Saunders, in the Central 3A junior final, Friday, 1 p.m., at Fanshawe College. Parkside's lone loss this season was to Saunders during the regular season.

Dolphins Waller and Small combined to silence Stars
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Saturday, November 2, 2019
PARKHILL, ON. - Goalie Matt Waller made 25 saves for his seventh career junior shutout and Noah Small had two goals and two assists, leading the Dorchester Dolphins to an 8-0 silencing of @the North Middlesex Stars, in Provincial Junior Hockey Yeck Division action.
Ethan Whitmore, Dylan Van Dusen, Bryce Darville, Nick Schildroth, Brody Smith and Tristan Gerth, also scored.
It was the first goals of the season for Darville, Schildroth and Gerth.
The Dolphins won their third game in a row, improving to 8-4-0-0.
Dylan Buckholz picked up one assist and leads the Dolphins in scoring with 25 points, on 13 goals and 12 assists, in 10 games. Buckholz sits third in scoring for the division, four points behind Jon Hopkins, of the Mt. Brydges Bulldogs.
Smith has a team high 16 assists.

Van Dusen nets hat trick leading Dolphins to victory
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Saturday, October 26, 2019
PARKHILL, ON. - Dylan Van Dusen netted a hat trick leading the Dorchester Dolphins to a 5-4 defeat of the North Middlesex Stars, in PJHL action
Josh Short also scored for the 'Phins, while Jovin Eterno's shorthanded marker early third period, held to be the game winner.
Dylan Buckholz leads the Dolphins in scoring with 20 points, on 10 goals and nine assists, in 10 games.

First period blitz carries Stars over Kings
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Saturday, October 26, 2019
KOMOKA, ON. - Christian Froese and Sean Aitken both scored twice leading the St. Thomas Stars over the Komoka Kings, 7-5, in Greater Ontario Junior Hockey action.
Brock Trichilo, also two assists, Ryan Brown and Colton Wiacek, also buried pucks for the Stars.
Jackson Brown drew 3 assists.
The Stars led 3-0 by the 10 minute mark of the opening period and had four goals on 27 first period shots.
Trichilo leads the Stars with 15 points, on seven goals and eight assists. Ryan Brown has five goals and five assists.
St. Thomas is 5-9-0-2, eighth in the Western Conference.

Spits defeat former coach again edging Dolphins

Friday, October 25, 2019
DORCHESTER - Thus far in to the season the Aylmer Spitfires have got the better of their former head coach.
The Spitfires beat the Dorchester Dolphins for a second time in the Provincial Junior Hockey League season, with a 4-3 win, on a late goal by Luke Regier.
Aylmer also won at Dorchester, 5-4, on October 4th.

Hoskins' late goal lifts Rockets over Stars
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Friday, October 25, 2019
ST. THOMAS - Liam Hoskins bulges the twine with 2:19 to go in the third period, as the Strathroy Rockets edge the St. Thomas Stars, 4-3, in Greater Ontario Junior Hockey action.
Stars' Brock Trichilo while shorthanded, Jake Robinson, Ethan MacKinnon and Russell Oldham score.
Brendan Mairs with two goals, Zachary Berriault, Brandon Sanders, also score for Strathroy.
The Stars drop to 4-9-0-2, sitting in the basement of the Western Conference.

Goodhue scores equalizer in Waterloo comeback
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Friday, October 25, 2019
GUELPH, ON. - Taylor Goodhue, of St. Thomas, scored the tying goal, mid second half, as the Waterloo Warriors edged Queen's, 3-2, in a shootout, during the Ontario University Association (OUA) women's field hockey quartefinal.
Trailing 2-1, Goodhue batted the ball out of the air, for her first career playoff goal at the university level.
Goodhue faces a former Parkside teammate in the semifinals, Braelyn Dennis and the number one ranked Guelph Gryphons, Saturday.

Monteith and Shoup X-C champions at TVDSB finals

Thursday, October 24, 2019
LONDON, ON. - For a second consecutive season, Andrew Monteith is a Valley cross country champion.
The Southwold elementary school student won the open boys' race, at the Thames Valley District School Board final meet, at the Fanshawe Conservation Area, October 22nd.
A year ago at this meet, Monteith was the senior boys champion.
Cole Shoup, from Springfield, won the intermediate boys' race.
Monteith and Shoup were two of 18 runners, from the Elgin County and Dorchester area, to place in the top 10, in the five divisions for both male and female.

Para athlete Wilson-Walker at Dorchester Library
Madie

Wednesday, October 23, 2019
DORCHESTER, ON. - Meet para athlete and Team Canada member Madie Wilson Walker at the Dorchester Library, this Friday starting at 6:30 p.m.
Wilson-Walker most recently placed fourth in both the 100-metre dash and long jump, at the Parapan American Games, in August.

Van Dusen and Scott lead Dolphins at Thamesford
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Tuesday, October 22, 2019
THAMESFORD, ON. - Dylan Van Dusen and Rewdy Scott each had a goal and two assists, to lead the Dorchester Dolphins to a 5-3 defeat of the Thameford Trojan, in Provincial Junior Hockey League action
Kalob Morgado, Brody Smith and Caden Faulkner, also scored for the 'Phins, who improve to 5-3-0-0 in the Yeck Division.
Chase Schnittker, Jamison McGann and Ryan Tremblett replied for the Trojans.

Kimble and Onuska lift Stars over Lincolns
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Sunday, October 20, 2019
ST. THOMAS - Cole Kimble scored with 1:36 left in the third period, lifting St.Thomas Stars over the St. Marys Lincolns, 4-3, in Greater Ontario Hockey League action at the Joe.
Christian Froese, Jackson Brown and Kimble, all scored on the power play for a Stars' 3-2 lead.
Noah Small, Joe Mazur, shorthanded and Mason Mantzavrakos replied for the Lincs.
Seventeen year old goalie Matt Onuska made 35 saves in his debut with the Stars.
Last season, Onuska back-stopped the Waterloo Siskins to the Sutherland Cup, going 20-6 during the playoffs, with a 2.85 goals against average and .909 save percentage.
In 28 regular season games, the six-foot-three 176-pounder went 19-7-0-0, with a 2.69 goal against average and .915 save percentage.
Selected in the seventh round of the 2018 OHL Priority draft by the Kingston Frontenacs, Onuska was acquired by the London Knights in August for two draft picks.
The Knights sent Onuksa to St. Thomas Friday.

Goodhue scores seventh in Waterloo season finale
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Sunday, October 20, 2019
WATERLOO, ON. - Taylor Goodhue, of St. Thomas, scored the tying goal, her seventh of the season, with just three minutes left in the game, as the Waterloo Warriors earned a 1-1 tie with the York Lions, to wrap up the Ontario University Association (OUA) field hockey season with a 4-6-2 record, fifth in the standings.

Stamps and Eagles clash in field hockey semis

Sunday, October 20, 2019
ST. THOMAS - The Thames Valley Regional Athletics field hockey semifinals are the Parkside Stampeders versus the East Elgin Eagles and the Medway Cowboys taking on the Strathroy Saints, Tuesday, 1 p.m, at City Wide Fields, in London.
The final follows at 2:30 pm.
Parkside and Medway finished tied a top the standings with 5-0-1 records, with just one goal against each. Once more goal for, gave Medway first place.
The teams tied their regular season meeting, 1-1.
The TVRA champion moves on to the WOSSAA game, Thursday, October 24th, in Goderich.

Smith-Buckholz-Root line explode in Dolphins' win
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Friday, October 18, 2019
DORCHESTER - The line of Dylan Buckholz, Brody Smith and Ryan Root exploded combining for 17 points, to lead the Dorchester Dolphins in a 10-0 shutout of the Port Stanley Sailors, in Provincial Junior hockey.
Buckholz scored four times and assisted on three other goals, while Smith had a goal and five assists.
Defenceman Braidon Duncan had a goal and three assists. Root, Dylan Van Dusen, Noah Small and Caden Faulkner, also scored. Goalie Matt Waller stopped 17 shots.

Beavers and Rams rule TVRA Tri-County X-C
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Thursday, October 17, 2019
STRATHROY, ON. - It was the Dorchester Beavers and St. Joseph’s Rams’ show.
The two schools won five of seven races and captured five of six team divisions, at the Thames Valley Regional Athletics (TVRA) Tri-County cross country championships, at Strathroy District C.I.
The top 20 runners in each race and top three teams, advance to Western Ontario Secondary Schools Athletic Association (WOSSAA) meet, Thursday, October 24th, at the Fanshawe Golf Club. The top four runners count towards team points.

OFSAA girls golf tees off at Pine Knot in Dorchester
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Tuesday, October 15, 2019
DORCHESTER, ON. - The best female high school golfers in Ontario are descending upon Dorchester this week.
Pine Knot Golf and Country Club is host to the 2019 OFSAA girls' festival, a two round provincial event Wednesday and Thursday.
Madison Telford, out of Parkside Collegiate Institute is the lone representative from Elgin County. Telford will be among eight golfers from the Western Ontario Secondary Schools Athletic Association (WOSSAA), including Jillian Friyia, the WOSSAA champion, from London Oakridge.
Golfers from as far away as Kingston, Ottawa, Sudbury, Thunder Bay and Elliott Lake, will be shooting for a provincial title, in one of two divisions, Open, with 34 golfers, or High School, featuring 60 golfers.

Adzija nets first goal in Quinnipiac win
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Sunday, October 13, 2019
ORONO, MAINE - Lexi Adzija, of St. Thomas, netted her first goal of the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) women's hockey season, helping the University of Quinnipiac Bobcats defeat the Maine Black Bears, 3-2, in overtime, Friday.
The second year forward has a goal and two assists in four games. The Bobcats are 2-1-1, following a scoreless tie with Maine, Saturday.
Adzija set up Taylor House's winner in a 2-1 victory against Providence in their season opener.

George hat trick carries Spitfires over Irish
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Saturday, October 12, 2019
AYLMER, ON. - Channin George netted a hat trick, to carry the Aylmer Spitfires over the Lucan Irish, 5-3, in Provincial Junior Hockey action.
Noah Seguin and Tommy Zufelt, into an empty net, also scored for the Spits, now owners of a 5-4-0-0 record in the Yeck Division.
Shane Koscis and Matt Bond drew two assists each.
Lucan held leads of 2-0 and 3-1.

Waller makes 45 saves as 'Phins double up on 'Dogs
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Friday, October 11, 2019
DORCHESTER, ON. - Goalie Matt Waller turned aside 45 pucks leading the Dorchester Dolphins past the Mt. Brydges Bulldogs, 4-2, in Provincial Junior Hockey action.
Dylan Buckholz and Josh Short put the 'Phins up 2-0 in the first period.
Noah Small and Dylan Van Dusen in to an empty net, sandwiched third period goals by Bulldogs' Austin Murray and Blake Griffiths.
The first place Bulldogs (7-4-0-0) out shot their hosts, 47-34.
The Dolphins (3-2-0-0) host the Exeter Hawks (6-2-0-0) Saturday.

Beavers and Rams team champions in cross country
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Sunday, October 6, 2019
ORWELL, ON. - The St. Joseph's Rams junior boys and Dorchester Beavers' novice girls keep rolling, Cerena Aitken-Guignard continues to make a name for herself and Hallee Knelsen wins her first senior race.
All these running feats occurred at the Springwater Invitational, the third meet of the Thames Valley Regional Athletics cross country, at the Springwater Conservation Area, Thursday, October 3.

Eight scorers help Dolphins bury Irish in an 8-1 rout
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Saturday, October 5, 2019
LUCAN, ON. - Eight different goals scorers found the back of the net, as the Dorchester Dolphins dropped the Lucan Irish, 8-1, in Provincial Junior Hockey Yeck Division action.
Dylan Buckholz, Kalob Morgado, Noah Small, Ryan Poley, Rewdy Scott, Ryan Root, Austin Bisschop and Josh Short score.
Scott, Brody Smith and Caden Faulkner, pick up two assists each.
Vasili Davakos has the lone Lucan goal.
The Dolphins even their record at 2-2-0-0.

Spitfires win third game in a row downing Thamesford
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Saturday, October 5, 2019
AYLMER, ON. - Brayden Smith netted his fourth goal in four games, leading the Aylmer Spitfires to a third consecutive win, downing the Thamesford Trojans, 3-1, in Provincial Junior Hockey Yeck Division action. Luke Regier, with the game winner and Erik Scherer, a shorty into an empty net, also scored for the Spits, now owners of a 4-3-0-0 record.
Dillon Hunter gave the Trojans a 1-0 lead in the first period.
Spitfires' goalie Blake Zehr made 29 saves.
Erik Scherer, on four goals and four assists and Connor Lacey, three goals and five assists, lead Aylmer with eight points each.

Smith's winner lifts Spitfires over Dolphins
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Friday, October 4, 2019
DORCHESTER, ON. - Brayden Smith and Tommy Zufelt scored 1:11 apart mid third period, as the Aylmer Spitfires edged the Dorchester Dolphins, 5-4, in Provincial Junior Hockey Yeck Division action.
The Spitfires led 2-0 early before the Dolphins scored four consecutive goals, three coming with the man advantage.
Aylmer made it 4-3 with a power play goal of their own, coming with 12 seconds left in the second period.
Pete Vanderwyst, Connor Lacey and Myles Carlson, also scored for the Spitfires, now at .500, with a 3-3-0-0 record.
Austin Bisschop, with two goals, Brody Smith and Ryan Root replied for the Dolphins. Dylan Buckholz had three assists.
At 1-2-0-0, it's a rare occurrence for the Dolphins to have a losing record.
The game had 67 minutes in penalties, but none in the third period. The Dolphins were three for nine, on the power play, while the Spitfires went one for seven.
Aylmer's Tanner Rickwood has been suspended for one game, related to a gross misconduct penalty in the second period.

Kings spoil Stars' come back in double overtime
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Friday, October 4, 2019
ST. THOMAS - It appears the St. Thomas Stars only appeared after 40 minutes in a double overtime 5-4 loss, to the Komoka Kings, in Greater Ontario Junior Hockey action, at the Joe.
The Kings led 4-0 heading into the third period.
Stars' Colton Wiacek, Kolby Poulin, Sean Aitken and Ethan MacKinnon, on the power play and with an extra skater, combined to knot the affair at four.
Poulin and Russell Oldham, both picked up two assists.
Komoka's Dario Beljo ruined the comeback scoring the winner, 2:17 into the second extra period.
The Stars outshot the Kings, 40-30.
St. Thomas has lost back to back home games in double overtime, falling to Chatham, 6-5, a week ago.
Poulin and Brock Trichilo lead the Stars with eight points each.

Dolphins sink Sailors in PJHL home opener
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Saturday, September 28, 2019
DORCHESTER - Rust was prevalent early on but after one period and a dousing of CLR by the coaches, the Dorchester Dolphins shook it off.
After watching the rest of the Provincial Junior Hockey League in action for three weeks, the Dolphins finally hit the ice, sinking the Port Stanley Sailors, 10-1, in their season opener, Friday, at the Flight Exec Centre.
Caden Faulkner had two goals and two assists in his Dolphins’ debut, rookie Josh Short scored twice and defenceman Braidon Duncan, had a goal and three assists, as the home team broke out for nine goals over the second half of the game.

Beavers and Rams team champions in cross country
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Saturday, September 28, 2019
LONDON, ON. - The St. Joseph’s Rams’ junior boys keep rolling out on the trails, while the both Lord Dorchester Beavers’ senior boys and novice girls open more eyes.
All three teams were champions at the Banting Invitational cross country meet, at Springbank Park, October 26th.
The St. Joseph’s Rams handily won the junior boys title, for a second consecutive meet, placing four runners in the top 10.
Tristan Coles and Brent Hagerty finished two-three, behind London Central’s Heath McAllister.
Connor Erb led the Dorchester senior boys, finishing fifth.
St. Joseph’s Ram Cerena Aitken-Guignard won her first high school cross country race, taking the junior girls’ gold medal.

Maroons edge Stars in double overtime
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Friday, September 27, 2019
ST. THOMAS - Griffin Robinson scored 20 seconds into double overtime lifting the Chatham Maroons over the St. Thomas Stars, 6-5, in Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League action, at the Joe.
The Stars trailed 5-3 after two periods, before Jordan Hurtubise on the power play and Brock Trichilo short handed, combined to knot the affair.
A pair of Maddux Rychel goals, both assisted by Robinson, 2:15 apart mid second period, gave Chatham a 4-2 lead.
Darius Mani, Kolby Poulin and Jake Robinson, also scored for the Stars. Ryan Brown picked up three assists, while Sterling Wolters had two helpers.
Evan Wells, short-handed and Dallas Maurovic, completed the Maroons' goal scoring. Rychel also had three assists.
The Stars (3-4-0-1) visit Chatham (3-2-1-2) on Sunday.

Orlebar repeats as Tri-County boys' golf champion
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Thursday, September 26, 2019
UNION, ON. - John Orlebar defended his Thames Valley Region Athletics Tri-County boys' golf title.
With his low individual score of 78, Orlebar led the East Elgin Eagles to the team title, with Landon Underhill and Ryan Smith.
The Eagles at a combined three score of 264, were six shots better than the St. Joseph's Rams' team of Jack Zylstra (team low 85), Aiden Shaw and Owen McIntyre.
The Parkside Stampeders (Luke Trowman, team low 83, Quinntin Gocan, Seth Carroll) placed fourth.

Hibbert scores winner as Stars defeat Vipers
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Wednesday, September 25, 2019
LASALLE, ON. - Cole Schnittker, Bhrett Hibbert and Brock Trichilo score, as the St. Thomas Stars defeat the LaSalle Vipers, 3-1, in Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League action.
Goalie Catalin Morin stopped 25 of 26 shots.
Jake Robinson picks up an assist and now leads the Stars with six points, on one goal and five assists.
The Stars (3-4-0-0) host the Chatham Maroons (2-2-1-2), Friday, 7:30 p.m., at the Joe.

Long ball helps Aces tie series with Storm
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Tuesday, September 24, 2019
FINGAL, ON. - Two long time rivals are going the distance.
Bryan Johnson hit two home runs and Taylor DeGraw tossed a complete game four-hitter, as the Alvinston Aces defeated the St. Thomas Storm, 5-1, forcing a fifth game in their South Middlesex Men's Fastball League semifinal.

Rochus three-peats at Railway City Road Races
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Sunday, September 22nd, 2019
ST. THOMAS - Michael Rochus won the 10-kilometre event for a third consecutive year, at the Railway City Road Races, held at the CASO station. His time of 41:52 was 10 seconds faster then runnerup Lubos Pavlik.
The top female was 14-year old Sydney Murdock, who covered the distance in 43:10, moving up from 12th overall (46:26.4) last year.
Brad Petovello won the five kilometre race in 21:31, with Lesley Tischler-Draper, the top female, finishing fifth overall, in 23:44.
Matt Suda was the half-marathon winner, crossing the finish line in 1:16:11. Sue Safadi was the top female completing the route that started in Port Stanley, 1:37:27.

Kennington finishes third for fourth podium
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Saturday, September 21st, 2019
LOUDON, N.H - D.J. Kennington, of St. Thomas, finished third, in race 12, of the NASCAR Pinty's series, at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
His fourth appearance on the podium this season, follows a pair of second place results and a fifth place finish.
Kennington moves up to fourth in the Pinty's standings, with 10 top 10 results from 12 races. The series' finale is this Saturday at the Jukasa Motor Speedway, Hagersville, Ontario.
Entering the 100-lap race with second fastest qualifying time, Kennington kept with the leaders, until he pitted for fuel during a caution.
Kennington dropped to the back of the field, but worked his way back to fourth place, before a late move gave him third spot.

South Lions spoil Stamps' senior football opener
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Friday, September 20, 2019
ST. THOMAS - Touchdowns in the final seconds of the first half and early third quarter, sparked the South Lions, to a 27-3 win, over the Parkside Stampeders, in their home opener tonight.
South was holding an 8-3 lead, until Zave Allan broke out for a TD run with 17 seconds remaining in the second quarter.
Oliver Griffiths scampered yards three minutes into the second half, putting the Lions up 22-3, following the point after.
Griffiths, who also kicked all PATs, added a field goal and Parkside gave up a two-point safety, to complete the Lion's scoring.
Following a game opening rouge by Lions' Kyle Comeau, Zack Copeland put Parkside up 3-1, on a field goal. A LJ Dyer TD gave South back the lead.

Late power play goal sinks Stars at St. Marys
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Friday, September 20, 2019
ST. MARYS, ON - Maxim Mulder's power play goal with 1:52 left in the third period, lifted St. Marys Lincolns over the St. Thomas Stars, 7-6, in GOJHL action.
The Stars had come back from deficits of 3-1, 5-3 and 6-5.
Ryan Brown, with two goals, Daruis Mani, Colton Wiacek, Russell Oldham and Brady Elder scored for the Stars.
Kolby Poulin and Jackson Brown, each picked up two assists.
The Stars (2-3-0-0) host the London Nationals (4-1-0-0), Sunday, at the Joe.
Forward Brayden Smith has traded to the Aylmer Spitfires of the PJHL. The 18-year old played for his hometown team during the 2017-18 season.

No quit in Kilmer leads back to karate worlds
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Thursday, September 12, 2019
ST. THOMAS - Kenzie Kilmer could have quit.
No one would have questioned a decision to step away, considering the condition of her ankle and the early prognosis from medical professionals.
No one expect, Kilmer herself.
Kilmer overcame a serious ankle injury to earn a spot with Team Canada at the World Karate Commission (WKC) championships, this November, in Niagara Falls, New York.

Stars shutout on the road at Leamington
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Thursday, September 12, 2019
LEAMINGTON, ON - It was a rough one on the road for the St Thomas Stars falling 6-0 to the Leamington Flyers, in Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League action.
The home team led 2-0 after 40 minutes before scoring twice in 2:09 mid third. The Flyers added two more in the final minute of the game.
Wyatt O'Neil had two goals.
The Stars (1-2-0-0) have their home opener Friday, 7:30 p.m. at the Joe, hosting Leamington.

Yeck final always the goal in Dorchester
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Monday, September 9, 2019
DORCHESTER - No one wants to be the team to end the streak.
For the Dorchester Dolphins, making the Yeck Division final is more than simply a goal for the Provincial Junior League hockey team. It has become the expectation every season now, thanks to seven consecutive appearances in the final, winning three.
The Dolphins' home opener isn't until Friday, September 28th.

New look Stars open GOJHL season
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Friday, September 6, 2019
ST. THOMAS - When fans attend the St. Thomas Stars' home opener in a week, they will need a new program. Team turnover was high over the summer, therefore it may take a few games to recognize all the new faces.
This weekend the players themselves will get an opportunity to know each other better, at the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League (GOJHL) Showcase, the kick-off event to the 2019/20 regular season, today through Sunday, in Pelham.
update: The Stars won their season opener 5-2.

Locke's Lions roar capturing Valley gold in girls' volleyball
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The Locke's Lions celebrate winning Valley gold, defeating Byron Southwood, in the TVDSB AA girls' volleyball final, at Clarke Road Secondary School. (photo/ Rob J. Ross)

Friday, November 29, 2019
LONDON, ON. - For the first time in 22 years, the Locke's Lions are Valley champions
.Locke's won the Thames Valley District School Board Girls' AA volleyball gold medal, defeating the Byron Southwood Spitfires, 25-15, 26-27, 15-13, in the final, held at Clarke Road Secondary School.
The Lion's cruised through pool play going 6-0, before dusting Oxbow, 25-9, 25-15, in the semifinals.
Straffordville missed advancing from their pool.
At Oakridge high school, the Southwold Cougars' boys brought home silver medals, losing to London Jack Chambers, in the AAA final. Summer's Corners didn't advance from pool play.

Dale Sinclair rink defends their Belles & Brooms Bonspiel title
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Skip Ruth Alexander, from the Highland Curling Club, directs her sweepers during the A flight final against Dale Sinclair, at the Belles & Brooms Bonspiel, at the St. Thomas Curling Club. (photo/ Rob J. Ross)

Tuesday, November 26, 2019
ST. THOMAS - Dale Sinclair joins a select group of repeat champions at the Belles & Brooms Bonspiel.
Sinclair and teammates Carol Johnson, Rosemary Gowman and Bernie Gillet, representing the Port Perry curling club, won the A flight division for a second consecutive year, defeating Highland Curling Club's Ruth Alexander in the final.
A four spot in the fourth end carried the Sinclair to a 8-1 victory.
Alexander herself won back to back in 2013 and 2014 and then took the top award again in 2016.

Dolphins blanks Hawks with best game of the season
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Dorchester Dolphin cuts between (25) Exeter Hawks’ Jack Lucas, left, and Jonathon Frook, before taking a shot in net, during PJHL action, Sunday, at the Flight Exec Centre. Dorchester won 3-0. (photo/ Rob J. Ross)

Sunday, November 24, 2019
DORCHESTER, ON. - Best game of the year.
That is what head coach Mark Steele called his Dorchester Dolphins’ 3-0 shutout of the Exeter Hawks, tonight at the Flight Exec Centre.
Now on a four game win streak, the Dolphins are 9-3-0-0 over their past dozen games as the season approaches the mid point.
Noah Small scored twice, Dylan Buckholz’s team leading 16th goal was the game winner and goalie Liam McCarthy made 31 saves for the shutout.

Beavers bring home WOSSAA A junior boys' volleyball bronze
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Dorchester Beaver Nabeel Haliru (12) smashes the ball pass a London Christian blocker, during the WOSSAA A junior boys' volleyball bronze medal match, at London Christian high school. (photo/ Rob J. Ross)

Thursday, November 14, 2019
LONDON, ON. - One extended break seemed to re-energize the Dorchester Beavers.
Down two games to one, the Beavers took over the match mid through the fourth game on their way to capturing the bronze medal, at Western Ontario Secondary School Athletic Association (WOSSAA) single-A junior boys' volleyball, defeating the host London Christian Pioneers in five games, 20-25, 25-10, 20-25, 25-19, 15-9.

Spartans win WOSSAA AA senior girls' hoops gold downing Eagles
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East Elgin Eagles' Skye Martineau (5) and Lauren Orlebar (15) and Mother Teresa Spartan Megan DeNijs battle along the floor for the ball, during the WOSSAA AA senior girls' basketball gold medal match, at South Collegiate. (photo/ Rob J. Ross)

Wednesday, November 13, 2019
LONDON, ON. - In the end the East Elgin Eagles ran in to a more experienced team that had speed to burn.
The Mother Teresa Spartans, out of London, downed the Eagles, 43-24, at the Western Ontario SSAA AA senior girls’ basketball gold medal game, at South Collegiate.
Wingham Madill sunk the only basket in overtime to edge the East Elgin Eagles, 33-32, in the WOSSAA AA junior girls’ bronze medal game.

Eagles thrill fans winning senior and junior South-East hoops finals
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Alyssa Voros (32) leads the celebration after the East Elgin Eagles defeated the Woodstock Huron Park Huskies, in the TVRA South-East AA senior girls' basketball final, at East Elgin Secondary School. (photo/ Rob J. Ross)

Thursday, November 7, 2019
AYLMER, ON. - Sisters Alyssa and Kayla Voros have never been to WOSSAA basketball together and neither have played at the senior level.
That is about to change after the East Elgin Eagles defeated the Woodstock Huron Park Huskies, 57-37, in the Thames Valley Regional Athletics South-East AA senior girls’ final, at East Elgin Secondary School.
Kayla Voros scored a game high 16 points and Jos Henderson had 14 points.


The junior Eagles also won a South-East title, downing Woodstock Collegiate, 44-32, with Maddie Obar pouring in 18 points.
Hawks capture second minor football peewee title in three years
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St. Thomas Hawk Kris Vigers sets to catch the ball during the London Minor Football peewee final against the Bulldogs, held at City Wide Fields. St. Thomas won 26-19. (photo/ Rob J. Ross)

Sunday, November 3, 2019
LONDON, ON. - The St. Thomas Hawks have regained the title.
For the second time in three seasons, the Hawks are the London Minor Football peewee champions, after defeating the Bulldogs, 26-19, at City Wide Fields.
St. Thomas goes undefeated in 2019.
The Bulldogs found the end zone first, but the Hawks replied with 19 points, for a 19-6 advantage.
Gage Hamilton with two, Jovan Chase and Nathan Bush, scored touchdowns for the Hawks. Aidan Sweeney with two and Garin Roles had the Bulldogs' majors.

Rams run away with OFSAA junior boys' cross country team title
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St. Joseph's Ram Aiden Coles (1654), during the junior boys' race, at the OFSAA cross country championships, at Kivi Park, in Sudbury. Coles finished eighth. (photo/ Rob J. Ross)

Saturday, November 2, 2019
SUDBURY, ON. - The St. Joseph's Rams are on top of the provincial cross country mountain.
Rams' Aiden Coles, Tristan Coles, Brent Haggerty, Aiden Holder and Harrison Belanger, captured the junior boys' team title, at the OFSAA cross country championships, here at Kivi Park.
Not only was St. Joe's the only school to score under 100 points, the Rams won by 57 points over second place St. Francis Xavier, from Mississauga. It's the first OFSAA gold in cross country for the school.
Aiden Coles finished eighth in the race with 256 runners.
Hannah McIntyre led the Dorchester Beavers, finishing 44th in the novice girls' race, featuring 255 runners. The team with McIntyre, Jenna Wideman, Devin Dance, Nicola Hammond and Allie Humphries, placed 13th.
St. Joseph's Ram Cerena Aitken-Guignard finished 46th, in the junior girls' race, while Ram Will Mantel was 94th, in the novice boys race.
East Elgin Eagle Hallee Knelsen was 63rd, in the senior girls' race.
Parkside Stampeders' Mason Basson and Vincent Moore were 41st and 179th, respectively, in the junior boys' race.
In the overall para race, Rams' Diego Alban-Gasca and Gabriel Dala finished 27th and 37th, respectively.
Former Mitchell Hepburn Mustang, now attending London Oakridge, Sydney Murdock, finished 28th, in the novice girls' race.
Next year OFSAA cross country is in London, at the Fanshawe Golf Club.

Hawks silence opponents in atom and peewee football semifinals
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St. Thomas Hawk Kaden Leonardes bolts pass a Red Storm defender before running down the field for an 82-yard touchdown run, during the London Minor Football atom semifinal, held at City Wide Fields. St. Thomas won 54-0. (photo/ Rob J. Ross)

Sunday, October 27, 2019
LONDON, ON. - The St. Thomas Hawks made quick of their opponents in both the atom and peewee semifinals, to advance to their respective London Minor Football final, Sunday, November 3rd.
In peewee action, Kris Vigers had four touchdowns as the Hawks cooked the Cobras, 53-0.
In the atom semifinal, Kaden Leonardes had three TDs, while Kolten Bergeron and Eoin DesRosiers, each had two TDs in the Hawks' 54-0 blowout of the Red Storm.
The atom final kicks off at 12:15 pm next Sunday, followed by the peewee final at 2:30 p.m.

Rams dominate WOSSAA for a return to OFSAA cross country
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Lorelai Phinnemore, of Arva Medway, left, Paige Marchant, of London CCH, Sydney Murdock, of London Oakridge and Dorchester Beaver Hannah McIntyre, attack the big hill on the course, during the novice girls' race, at the WOSSAA cross country championships, held at the Fanshawe Golf Club. (photo/ Rob J. Ross)

Thursday, October 24, 2019
LONDON, ON. - Two teams and four individuals will represent St. Thomas - Elgin County and Dorchester at the OFSAA cross country championships.
The Dorchester Beavers' novice girls won the team title, held at the WOSSAA championships, at Fanshawe Golf Club.
Hannah McIntyre led the way finishing fourth, Jenna Wideman was 14th, Devin Dance, 20th, and Tegan Ceccanese, 23rd.
The St. Joseph's Rams ran away with the junior boys title, placing five runners in the top 10. Aiden Coles was second, followed by Tristan Coles, third, Brent Haggerty, fourth, Harrison Belanger, eighth and Aiden Holder, ninth.
East Elgin Eagle Hallee Knelsen was fourth, in the senior girls' race.
Ram Cerena Aitken-Guignard placed second, in the junior girls' race.
Parkside Stampeders' Mason Basson and Vincent Moore, were fifth and 11th, respectively, in the junior boys' race.
Ram Will Mantel placed seventh, in the novice boys' race, grabbing fifth individual spot to qualify for OFSAA.
Former Mitchell Hepburn Mustang, now attending London Oakridge, Sydney Murdock, finished third, in the novice girls' race.
The top two teams and top five individuals not on those two teams, advance to OFSAA, November 2, in Sudbury.

Lammiman goal hands Parkside sixth consecutive TVRA title
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Parkside Stampeder Amber Safadi, right, knocks the ball away from Medway Cowboy Maddie Arts, during the TVRA field hockey final, at City Wide Field. Parkside won 1-0. (photo/ Rob J. Ross)

Tuesday, October 22, 2019
LONDON, ON. - One may call it a six pack or sixer.
In bowling it sometimes refers to throwing six consecutive strikes.
For the Parkside Stampeders’ field hockey team, it could be for winning a Thames Valley Regional Athletics (TVRA) title for a sixth consective season and advancing to the Western Ontario Secondary Schools Athletic Association final.
The Stampeders repeated as TVRA champions for a fourth consecutive year, blanking the Medway Cowboys, 1-0, in the final, at City Wide Fields.
It’s the third time in four years Parkside has defeated Medway in the final and second time by a 1-0 count.
The Stampeders travel to Goderich to take on the Goderich Vikings, in the WOSSAA final, Thursday.

Gallagher captures OFSAA girls' golf gold as GHAC dominates
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Alexis McMurray drives the ball from the 18th fairway, on her way to a silver medal the open division, at the OFSAA girls' golf festival, at Pine Knot Golf and Country Club in Dorchester. (photo/ Rob J. Ross)

Thursday, October 17, 2019
DORCHESTER, ON. - Sarah Gallagher missed qualifying for OFSAA girls' golf during her Grade nine year at F.J. Hayden Secondary School, in Burlington.
A year later Gallagher made up for it, firing off her career best round helping the 15-year capture the OFSAA open division championship, today at Pine Knot Golf and Country Club.
Gallagher, four under for both days combined, won by five strokes (65-73-138), over silver medalist Alexis McMurray (69-74-143), out of Oakville Iroquois Ridge.
It was a sweep of the medals, by Greater Horseshoe Athletic Conference (GHAC) golfers, with Nicole Gal, from Oakville Holy Trinity finishing third (70-74-144).
Julia Alexander-Carew, another golfer from the GHAC, won the high school division, by five strokes (74-82-156), over Grace Holijak, of Barrie Eastview (83-78-161).
Mikayla Bourgeois, from Mississauga St. Marcellinus, placed third (83-80-163), winning in a playoff hole over Woodstock C.I.'s Madeline Choi (85-78-163).

Gallagher fires a six under 65 to lead OFSAA girls' golf
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Caisey VanDen Oetelaar, of Whitby Donald Wilson Secondary school, chips the ball from the bunker, on day one of the OFSAA girls' golf festival, at Pine Knot Golf and Country Club in Dorchester. (photo/ Rob J. Ross)

Wednesday, October 16, 2019
DORCHESTER, ON. - Sarah Gallagher is the first round leader, in the open division at the OFSAA girls' golf festival.
The 15-year old from F.J. Hayden Secondary School, in Burlington, shot a six-under 65 on day one, of the two day provincial event, at the Pine Knot Golf and Country Club.
Gallagher leads Alexis McMurray, of Oakville Iroquois Ridge, by four strokes. McMurray won a bronze medal a year ago.
Nicole Gal, of Oakville Holy Trinity Catholic high school, carded a one-under 70, to sit in third place.
Julia Alexander-Carew, out of Iroquois Ridge, shot a 74, and leads Annie Anghelescu, from Kingston Regiopolis Notre Dame, by seven strokes, for the high school division lead. Bryden Dilley, of Peterborough St. Peter’s, is third, with an 82.

Atom and Peewee Hawks spend Thanksgiving feasting on Cobras
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St. Thomas Hawk Cole Surmacz crushes the Cobra ball carrier along with his Hawks' teammate, Joshua Laning, during London Minor Football atom action at 1Password Park. The Hawks won 29-7. (photo/ Rob J. Ross)

Monday, October 14, 2019
ST. THOMAS - It was a pair of first place showdowns between the St. Thomas Hawks and the Cobras.
Now with one week remaining in the London Minor Football regular season, the Hawks are in the driver's seat and still undefeated, for both the atom and peewee divisions.
The peewee Hawks won 34-18 and the atoms were victorious, 29-7. The tykes fell 21-7.

Dorchester's pleasant surprise now an OFSAA cross country contender
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Dorchester Beavers' Devin Dance (884) and Tegan Ceccanese (883) attack the steepest hill during the novice girls' race, at the Fanshawe Invitational cross country meet, October 10, at the Fanshawe Golf Club. (photo/ Rob J. Ross)

Saturday, October 12, 2019
LONDON, ON. - Every new season can bring the unexpected.
Heading into the high school cross country season, Dorchester Beavers' coach James Tennant knew the talent he had returning to the school, including a junior boys' team that advanced to OFSAA a year ago, now running at the senior level.  
The unexpected during the first week of cross country practices and first meet on the schedule, included a group of Grade nine girls from various elementary schools, including Northdale Central and West Nissouri.
Six weeks into the season the Dorchester novice girls are well known out on the trails, thanks to two team titles and two silvers, from four invitational meets.

Hodgins no hits Appin lifting St. Thomas to SMMFL title
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Tuesday, October 8, 2019
FINGAL, ON. - Ben Hodgins made short work of the Appin A's.
The St. Thomas Storm pitcher faced only 14 batters, in an 8-0 five inning silencing of the A's, to clinch the South Middlesex Men's Fastball championship in four games.
Only a pair of intentional walks to Jeff Lyons kept Hodgins from a perfect game, although shortened due to the mercy rule.
St. Thomas scored two runs in the first inning, two more in the second and broke out with four runs in the fourth, to put the mercy in to effect.
The Storm were dominate at home, outscoring the A's 17-1, in the two games played in Fingal.
Chris Wismer, known as Wiz, had his magic, batting two for two, driving in two runs, drew a walk and scored a pair of runs.
Mike Unwin went two for three, while both Aaron Gould and Jeff Wilcox, had two run singles.

Lyons keeps Appin alive carrying A's to game three victory
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Monday, October 7, 2019
APPIN, ON. - Each time Jeff Lyons reached base in games one and two, the Appin A’s scored. That trend continued in game three against the St. Thomas Storm with one big difference.
Appin held on to win, 4-3, extending the best of five game South Middlesex Men’s Fastball League final to a fourth night, in Fingal, Tuesday, at 8 p.m.
Lyons hit a monster two out first inning solo home run and then in the third inning ripped a double off the outfield fence. Lyons received an intentional walk in his third plate appearance.
Josh Tetreau delivered a pair of doubles and drew a walk, in three plate appearances for St. Thomas. Mark Coleman finished with a single and two walks and Brady Stafford had two walks, in four plate appearances each.

Hawks' football teams open new 1Password Park on Burwell Street
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St. Thomas Hawk Blake McClenaghan (33) finds some open space carrying the ball against the Wolverines, during London Minor Football tyke action at 1Password Park. (photo/ Rob J. Ross)

Sunday, October 6, 2019
ST. THOMAS - The St. Thomas Hawks will be an answer for a trivia question.
Who was the first team to play at 1Password Park in St. Thomas?
The tyke Hawks were first to run out on to the Canadian Football League (CFL) sized artificial turf field, part of the 26 hectare park located along Burwell Road.
More than two years in development, the park with a $10.7 million price tag, features the CFL field with lights, 36 different sized soccer fields, basketball courts and a multi use trail.
The field house does remain unfinished and use of the splash pad and grass fields will have to wait until spring.
Both the peewee and atom Hawks won their London Minor Football games, while the tykes had a rough debut at the new park.

Storm take 2-0 series lead over Appin rallying to win game two
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Friday, October 4, 2019
APPIN, ON. - Brady Stafford does it again, this time with two out, top of the seventh inning.
The St. Thomas Storm catcher hit a three-run bomb lifting the Storm over the Appin A's, 6-4, in a come back effort in game two of the South Middlesex men's fastball league final.
Stafford finished with five RBIs, while Mark Coleman went three for three, with one walk, a RBI and two runs scored.
The Storm now lead the best of five game series, two games to none.
In game one, Stafford launched a grand slam helping the Storm mercy the A's, 9-1.

Medway's Landers wins WOSSAA boys' golf by six strokes
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Oakridge's Calvin Norris lifts the ball on to the 18th green, during the WOSSAA boys' golf championship, at the St. Thomas Golf and Country Club. Norris finished third overall and helped the Oakridge Oaks win the team title. (photo/ Rob J. Ross)

Thursday, October 4, 2019
UNION, ON. - Ben Landers wasted no time securing his spot, while Peter MacDougall needed a few extra holes.
Both golfers, along with the London Oakridge Oaks team, are heading to OFSAA, the high school provincial boys’ golf championship after qualifying at the Western Ontario Secondary Schools Athletic Association (WOSSAA) tournament.
Landers captured the individual title, winning by six strokes, with a round of 69, over the 18-hole course, at the St. Thomas Golf and Country Club.
McDougall needed a third playoff hole to break a tie with Central Huron’s Devin Durand, after both shot rounds of 81, to represent WOSSAA in the high school division.

St. Thomas Storm mercies Appin taking South Middlesex final opener
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Tuesday, October 1, 2019
FINGAL, ON. - The St. Thomas Storm wasted no time taking the opener of the South Middlesex Men's Fastball League final.
Starting with a first inning Mark Coleman two run bomb and capped by a Brady Stafford grand slam, the Storm needed only about one hour, for a 9-1 five inning mercy of the Appin A's.
Games two and three are at Appin, Friday, October 4th and Monday, October 7th.

Friyia wins WOSSAA girls' golf while PCI's Telford on waiting list
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Parkside Stampeder Madison Telford chips the ball on to the green, during WOSSAA girls' golf, at the Thames Valley Golf Club, in London. (photo/ Rob J. Ross)

Monday, September 30, 2019
LONDON, ON. - Madison Telford will have to wait for a call to return to OFSAA.
The Parkside Stampeder golfer just missed qualifying for the provincial high school championships, placing ninth, in the A flight division, at Western Ontario Secondary Schools Athletic Association (WOSSAA) girls’ golf, at the Thames Valley Golf Club.
Jillian Friyia, of London Oakridge, won by 13 strokes, carding a 78 over the 18-hole event.
The top six individuals and winning team, the London Aquinas Flames, advance to OFSAA, hosted by the Pine Knot Golf and Country Club, in Dorchester, October 16-17th.
Also qualifying for OFSAA are Gabby Harrison, of Arva Medway, Madeline Choi, of Woodstock C.I., Kira Turner, London Central, Shreya Dalal, London Lucas and Karolyn Rombouts, Strathroy Holy Cross.
Since WOSSAA is the host region for OFSAA, a few additional spots may open up, allowing an invite for Telford.

St. Thomas Storm settles in to face Appin A's in South Middlesex final
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Monday, September 30, 2019
ST. THOMAS - It is a cleansing of past memories that haunted the St. Thomas Storm.
For the first time in seven years, the Storm eliminated the Alvinston Aces in the playoffs, clinching their semifinal series in the fifth and deciding game, with a 13-6 win at Alvinston, on Friday.
St. Thomas faces the Appin A’s, in the South Middlesex Men’s Fastball League final, starting Tuesday night, 8 p.m. in Fingal.

Parkside golfer Telford makes first step towards an OFSAA return
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Parkside Stampeder Madison Telford fires the ball on to the green, during the TVRA girls' golf championship, at Westminster Trails. (photo/ Rob J. Ross)

Wednesday, September 25, 2019
LONDON, ON. - Madison Telford is aiming for a return to OFSAA.
The Parkside Stampeder golfer made step one, finishing sixth, in the A flight division, carding a 95 over 18 holes, at the Thames Valley Regional Athletics (TVRA) girls’ golf championships, at Westminster Trails.
Telford advances to the Western Ontario Secondary Schools Athletic Association (WOSSAA) tournament, at the Thames Valley Golf and Country Club in London, Monday, September 30th.
Madeline Choi, from Woodstock Collegiate, is the TVRA A flight champion with a round of 83.
St. Joe's won the TVRA Tri-County B flight team title.
This year, Pine Knot Golf and Country Club, in Dorchester, hosts OFSAA, October 16-17th.

Panthers capture four gold medals at Big Cat Showcase tourney
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St. Thomas Panther Jocelyn Shelton battles Farmington Hills Little Caesars' Keara Duffany (8) and Sandreea Cueva (22) for position, in front of the Farmington Hills net, during the midget A final, at the Big Cat Preseason Showcase, Sunday, at the Joe. (photo/ Rob J. Ross)

Sunday, September 22, 2019
ST. THOMAS - It was a solid way to start the new girls' hockey season.
The St. Thomas Panthers won the midget and bantam A and BB finals, at their Big Cat Preseason Showcase hockey tournament this weekend.
Over the past three days, 40 teams from as far as Ottawa, Buffalo, Detroit and Syracuse, New York, competed in the atom, peewee, bantam and midget divisions.
Host teams made four finals and won each of them.
The midget A Panthers blanked Farmington Hills Little Caesers, 1-0, on a goal from Jamie Giles. The BB midgets shutout the North Durham Blades, 2-0.
The host won a battle of two Panthers bantam A teams, 3-1, over Central York. In the bantam BB final, St. Thomas scored twice late to edge the Haldimand River Cats, 2-1.

Coles wins opening X-C race leading St. Joe's junior boys
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Dorchester Beavers' Devin Dance (884) and Hannah McIntyre (888), Central Elgin Titan Jillian Woolsey (14) and Parkside Stampeder Lynsey Last, far right, at the start of the Novice girls' race for the Dorchester Invitational cross-country meet, at the Dorchester Fairgrounds. (photo/ Rob J. Ross)

Thursday, September 19, 2019
DORCHESTER, ON. - The St. Joseph's Rams have continued what the team started as novice boys last season.
Aiden Coles won the four kilometre junior boys' race at the Dorchester Invitational, the first Thames Valley Regional Athletics (TVRA) cross country meet of the season.
Coles finished the route in 13:52, followed by his brother Tristan and teammates Brent Hagerty and Aiden Holder, in second, third and eighth place, respectively. The Rams handily won the junior boys' team title.
Last November, St. Joe's placed eighth as a team in novice boys, formerly titled midget boys, at OFSAA, the high school provincial championships.
St. Joe's Ram Diego Alban-Gasca won the para race, followed by teammate Gabriel Dala.
The host school had three top 10 results. Hannah McIntyre was fourth, in the novice girls' race, Connor Erb, fifth, senior boys and Ashley Legg, ninth, junior girls.
Parkside Stampeder Mason Basson placed sixth, in the junior boys' race.
Former Mitchell Hepburn Mustang Sydney Murdock, now at London Oakridge, finished second in novice girls.

South-East landscape shifts bringing new type of schedule
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Dorchester Beaver Leaha Johnston (11) drives towards the East Elgin Eagles' hoop, during TVRA senior girls' basketball, at Lord Dorchester Secondary School. The Eagles won 62-33. (photo/ Rob J. Ross)

Tuesday, September 17, 2019
DORCHESTER, ON. - It is a new look for the Thames Valley Region Association (TVRA) South-East division.
For the first time at the senior level for girls' basketball and boys' volleyball, there is a combined regular season schedule for the 1A and AA schools.
The Parkside Stampeders, the lone 3A school in the South-East region, have moved to the Central Division.
Senior girls' basketball in the South-East has 10 teams, including the Arthur Voaden Vikings, Central Elgin Titans, Dorchester Beavers, East Elgin Eagles and West Elgin Wildcats.
The same local schools have senior boys volleyball teams.

Five unanswered lifts Stars to comeback victory in OT
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St. Thomas Star Sean Aitken watches the puck hit the water bottle behind Leamington Flyers' goalie Matthew Waite, scoring the Stars' fourth goal and setting a come back in motion, for a 7-6 overtime win, Friday, at the Joe. (photo/ Rob J. Ross)

Friday, September 13, 2019
ST. THOMAS - The Leamington Flyers had already scored 12 goals in five periods over two games.
The St. Thomas Stars just wanted to win the third period of their home opener at the Joe.
Led by Jake Robinson and Brock Trichilo, the Stars did more, responding with five unanswered goals, coming back to take the game, 7-6, in overtime.

NCAA women's fast pitch star now coaching Springfield Brewers
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Courtney Gilbert, left, shows Ella Judson proper positioning for infielders, during the Springfield Brewers' clinic for U10 girls. (photo/ Rob J. Ross)

Tuesday, September 10, 2019
SPRINGFIELD, ON. - Courtney Gilbert remembers her early days learning how to play fast pitch.
Now the career for the former Team Canada member and recent NCAA graduate has come full circle.
Gilbert was out teaching Under-10 girls various aspects of the game, including pitching, base running and fielding ground balls, at a clinic for the Springfield Brewers on Saturday.

Copeland's big leg carrys football dreams through busy summer
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Zach Copeland, of St. Thomas, kicks for Team Ontario during the Canada Cup, a week long football showcase tournament held in Kingston over the summer.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019
ST. THOMAS - Down the road Zach Copeland may one day be wearing the colours of a Canadian Football League (CFL) team and the kicker/punter will have the opportunity to look towards the stands and nod.
Living out a dream, Copeland will be able to acknowledge the people who helped him to that day.
For now, Copeland, a Grade 12 student at Parkside Collegiate Institute, will be leading the senior football team during the upcoming TVRA season.
Over the summer, Copeland participated in two major football events.

Sutherland Cup champion returns to coach St. Thomas Stars
Stars
Three decades later, Rob Coutts returns to the St. Thomas Stars, now as head coach of the GOJHL club. As a player, Coutts helped the Stars win the Sutherland Cup in 1987.

Monday, August 26, 2019
ST. THOMAS - Head coach Rob Coutts would love to lead the St. Thomas Stars back to the glory days of his playing career.
A week into training camp of his first year behind the bench of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League club, Coutts brings experience of winning a Sutherland Cup, something he and Stars' new assistant coach, Mike Teeple, did as players with the Stars in 1987.

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