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Saturday, January 16th, 2021
TORONTO, ON. - Joe Thornton scored his first goal as a Toronto Maple Leaf, during a 3-2 win over the Ottawa Senators.
The St. Thomas native also picked up an assist on Auston Matthews' first goal of the season.
Thornton, with 421 goals in his NHL career, is the second oldest player to score for the Leafs in team history, after Allan Stanley (41 years, 252 days). If Thornton scores after March 12 of this year, he'll become the oldest Leaf.
Saturday, January 16th, 2021
HAMDEN, CONN. - Lexie Adzija, of St. Thomas, scored twice, set up a third goal and won 18 of 25 faceoffs, as the University of Quinnipiac Bobcats blanked LIU, 5-0, today in NCAA women's hockey.
Adzija has four goals and four assists in four games this season.
Monday, January 11th, 2021
BOSTON, MASS. - Greg McKegg was one of five players waived by the Boston Bruins today.
With the American Hockey League (AHL) season on hold, the NHL has a new taxi (practice) squad model this season. Players who are waiver-eligible must clear waivers before being added to the taxi squad.
Teams will have 29 skaters available, a 23 man roster, plus a six man taxi squad. Unless McKegg is claimed off waivers, the 28-year will likely be part of the Bruins' taxi squad and continue to practice with the team.
McKegg signed a one-year two-way contract with the Bruins worth $700,000, in October.
Saturday, January 1st, 2021
ST. THOMAS - Greg McKegg is midway through his tour of the NHL’s Eastern Conference.
Or as the 28-year old from St. Thomas jokes, he's heading to his third Original Six team.
Since making his NHL debut with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2014, McKegg has played in 185 games with six teams, skating for Pittsburg, Tampa Bay, Florida, Carolina and the New York Rangers.
Now McKegg is heading to Beantown, after signing a one year two-way contract this summer with the Boston Bruins.
Sunday, December 13th, 2020
CAMDEN, CONN. - In the season opener for the Quinnipiac Bobcats women's hockey team, junior Lexie Adzija of St. Thomas had one goal, one assist, eight shots on net and won 17 of 23 faceoffs taken, in a 6-1 win, over Sacred Heart University, in NCAA action.
Saturday, December 12th, 2020
DORCHESTER, ON. - Usually every autumn school gymnasiums are busy with the sounds of youth practicing and playing various sports.
Not this year thanks to the grinch named COVID-19 pandemic.
Enter Curt Pollard, Dorchester resident and coach at Lord Dorchester Secondary school.
Since September Pollard has been hosting skill development sessions, in basketball, volleyball and badminton, for elementary and high school students, at the Flight Exec Centre.
Saturday, November 7th, 2020
WATERLOO, ON. - Hannah McIntyre, with the Dorchester Pole Vault Club, had the third fastest time (16:09) for the under-16 girls' four kilometre course, at the cross country time trial, held at the University of Waterloo.
Teammates Tegan Cecanese and Jenna Wideman, placed eighth and ninth respectively.
Dorchester's Grant Hallman was the fastest over two kilometres (7:35) in the U14 boys' division.
At Etobicoke, Owen Pink (DC) was third in the men's U18 six kilometre time trial finishing with a time of 20:01.
McIntyre, Ceccanese, Wideman and Pink, attend Lord Dorchester Secondary school, while Hallman is at Northdale Central elementary.
Monday, October 26, 2020
ST. THOMAS - The St. Thomas Panthers are having a face mask fundraiser, to help support hockey operations for the girls' hockey organization.
Purchases support the Panthers and help encourage players, parents and coaches to wear a mask to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
Each washable mask is $10 (while supplies last) and available in three sizes (small / medium / large).
To order, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or contact any Panthers' coach or player.
Friday, October 16th, 2020
TORONTO, ON. - Joe Thornton has signed a one-year $700,000 contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Thornton, 41, had 31 points (seven goals, 24 assists) in 70 regular season games with San Jose last season. He leaves the Bay area after 15 seasons.
In 1,636 career NHL regular season games between the Boston Bruins and San Jose Sharks, Thornton has recorded 1,509 points (420 goals, 1089 assists) while adding 133 points (31 goals, 102 assists) in 179 playoff games. The six-time All Star captured both the Art Ross Trophy and Hart Memorial Trophy in 2006.
Jumbo Joe ranks among the top 15 on the NHL’s all-time regular-season assists (seventh), points (14th) and games played (9th) lists.
Thornton will wear number 97, representing the year he was drafted by the Boston Bruins. He has worn 97 during international tournaments.
Wednesday, October 14th, 2020
BOSTON, MASS. - The Boston Bruins have signed Greg McKegg of St. Thomas, to a one-year, two-way $700,000 contract.
McKegg, 28, skated in 53 games with the New York Rangers last season, tallying five goals and four assists for nine points.
McKegg spent the 2018-19 season with the Carolina Hurricanes, posting six goals and five assists for 11 points in 41 appearances.
The 6-foot, 192-pound forward has played in 185 career NHL games with New York, Carolina, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, Florida and Toronto, totaling 18 goals and 15 assists for 33 points.
Monday, August 31st, 2020
ST. THOMAS - A first place finish has allowed the St. Thomas Cardinals to host the 12U playoffs.
The Cardinals wrapped up their exhibition schedule, finishing at 8-2, defeating Brantford on the road, before splitting a double-header with Hamilton, at the Tarry Complex on Saturday.
St. Thomas will host their semifinal, Friday, September 4th, at 7 p.m.
A win advances the team to the final, Saturday at noon. Semifinal losers will play a consolation final.
Saturday, August 29, 2020
FLAMBOROUGH, ON. - D.J. Kennington of St. Thomas, had a pair of top five finishes from a race double-header, today at Flamborough Speedway.
Kennington finished fifth in race one on the day, the Pinty's 125.
Jason Hathaway had the pole and led all 125 laps of the first race.
In race two, the Party Casino 125, Kennington started first, but slipped to a fourth place finish.
After four races, Kennington sits third in the points standings with 158. Hathaway leads the way with 175 points, followed by Kevin Lacroix at 167 points.
Saturday, August 22nd, 2020
ST. THOMAS - Recreational youth soccer has returned to the pitch in St. Thomas for a shortened season.
Eight teams are playing Saturday mornings throughout August and September, at Parkside Collegiate.
Friday, August 21st, 2020
ST. THOMAS - Thanks to a pair of 10 run games, the St. Thomas Cardinals' U12 team has improved to 6-1 for the season.
Tayven Barned belted a home run and added a single, collecting four RBI, to lead the Cardinals to a 10-5 win in game one against the Brantford Jr. Red Sox.
Barned tossed a shut out in game two, a 10-0 mercy win in five innings. Barned whiffed 10 batters, while allowing three hits and one base on ball.
Saturday, August 8, 2020
HAGERSVILLE, ON. - In race one of the shortened five event APC United Late Model Series season, D.J. Kennington of St. Thomas finishes fourth in the Dayco 75, at the Jukasa Motor Speedway.
Kennington held the third sport after a restart, but was passed by Matt Pritiko on lap 61.
Jo Lawrence won the 75-lap race.
Next stop on the APC Series is the Stewart's 100 at the Sauble Speedway, August 22nd.
Kennington has the NASCAR Pinty's Series opener, a doubleheader event, at the Sunset Speedway, in Innisfil, August 15th.
Tuesday, June 30, 2020
THORNDALE, ON. - Ethan Froggett, of Thorndale, is Medway High School's Grade 10 male Athlete of the Year. Froggett advanced to OFSAA wrestling, in the boys' 83-kilogram class, following a silver medal at the WOSSAA championships.
Tuesday, June 30, 2020
ST. THOMAS - The Central Elgin Titans recognize their top athletes and athletic achievements for their 2019/20 high school sports year.
Blake Kokko and Haylee Vlasman are the senior male and female athletes of the year, while Jordan MacDougall and Iman Zebian are the male and female junior athletes of the year.
Tuesday, June 30, 2020
ST. THOMAS - The St. Joseph' Rams recognize their top athletes and athletic achievements for their 2019/20 high school sports year.
Kayla Caeiro and Mark Snetselaar are the senior female and male athletes of the year, while Ethan Dolby and Ashley Betencourt are the male and female junior athletes of the year
Sunday, June 28, 2020
ST. THOMAS - The Arthur Voaden Vikings recognize their top athletes and athletic achievements for their 2019/20 high school sports year.
Julia Thompson and Nick Fox are the Vikings' senior female and male athletes of the year.
Ryan Doan and Hannah Parish are the male and female junior athletes of the year.
Sunday, June 28, 2020
WEST LORNE, ON. - The West Elgin Wildcats recognize their top athletes and athletic achievements for their 2019/20 high school sports year.
Lydia Jocius is the Wildcats' senior female Athlete of the Year.
Karter Rowsom and Ella Mairleitner are the male and female junior athletes of the year.
Saturday, June 27, 2020
DORCHESTER, ON. - The Dorchester Beavers recognize their top athletes and athletic achievements for their 2019/20 high school sports year.
Jaxon Nolte and Leaha Johnton are the senior male and female Athletes of the Year.
Liam Devine is the junior male Athlete of the Year, while Annika Nolte and Brianna Rand are the junior female co-Athletes of the Year.
Friday, June 26, 2020
ST. THOMAS - The Parkside Stampeders recognize their top athletes and athletic achievements for their 2019/20 high school sports year.
Zachary Copeland and Rudy Bukich are the senior male co-Athletes of the Year. Alexa Congdon and Amber Safadi are the senior female co-Athletes of the Year.
Logan Snyder and Tazia Lessard, for female and Mason Basson and Bryer Stock, for male, are the junior athletes of the year.
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
AYLMER, ON. - The East Elgin Eagles recognize their top athletes and athletic achievements for their 2019/20 high school sports year.
Kayla Voros and Aidan Haldenby are the Eagles' senior athletes of the year. Cody Van Liere and Julie Nagelhout are the junior athletes of the year.
Monday, June 22, 2020
ST. THOMAS - Lexie Adzija of St. Thomas will be part of the 2020 Hockey Canada's National Women's Development Summer camp.
The virtual camp for 50 of the country's top young players, will meet weekly until athletes return to university in the fall.
Adjiza led the Quinnipiac University women's hockey team in scoring with 11 goals and 18 assists, as a sophomore in 2019-20.
Monday, MaY 4, 2020
SHEDDEN. ON. - Ally Carr was preparing for another weekend of beach volleyball before her promising season unexpectedly was cut short.
A casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic, all NCAA sports seasons were cancelled in mid March, leaving players and coaches disappointed.
Carr and partner Victoria Corcoran were the number two team for the University of New Orleans Pioneers' women's beach volleyball program, with a solid 8-3 match record over five tournaments on the NCAA Division One Southland Conference's women's beach volleyball schedule.
Saturday, April 18, 2020
NIAGARA FALLS, ON. - Alex Pettipiece, of Dorchester, was named co-rookie of the year, for the Niagara Riverhawks, in Provincial Junior Hockey League Bloomfield Division.
Pettipiece had 12 goals and 15 assists in 41 games, third highest on the team.
The 19-year old played 24 games with his hometown Dorchester Dolphins over the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons.
Pettipiece is a graduate of Lord Dorchester Secondary School and is currently attending Brock University for Sports Management.
Saturday, April 4, 2020
DORCHESTER, ON. - Two local goalies from the Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs AAA minor midget team were drafted in to the Ontario Hockey League (OHL).
The Kitchener Rangers picked Marcus Vandenberg, in the ninth round. The Dorchester native posted an 1.81 goals against average this past season.
The London Knights selected Dutton resident Owen Willmore in the 14th round. Willmore had a 1.53 goals against average over 17 regular games this season, with six shutouts.
Elgin-Middlesex won the Alliance League regular season (25-0-8) and playoffs, qualifying for the OHL Cup tournament, which was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Monday, March 9, 2020
LEXINGTON, VA. - Megan Dunn, of Dorchester, won the women's pentathlon competing for Wofford College, at the Southern Conference (SoCon) indoor track and field championships, February 29th, at VMI's Corps Physical training facility.
The junior finished first setting a school record 3,552 points and earning All-Southern Conference honors. Dunn won the 60-metre hurdles, 800 metres and placed second in high jump.
Next day in individual events competition, Dunn tied for seventh in high jump (1.55m) and finished eighth in the 60-metre hurdles (9.16 sec.).
Dunn, a biology major at Wofford, is the daughter of Dave and Kendra Dunn and a 2017 graduate of Lord Dorchester secondary school.
Sunday, March 8, 2020
COVINGTON, LA. - Ally Carr, of Shedden, and partner Victoria Corcoran, the University of New Orleans Privateers' number two beach volleyball team, went 2-2 in NCAA action.
Friday, Carr and Corcoran defeated Texas A&M Kingsville's Meghan Merlino and Macy Berg, 21-15, 21-18, but lost to Texas A&M Corpus Christi's Brooke Anderson and Guilana Corrales, 16-21, 20-22.
Next day, Carr and Corcoran dumped Nicholls State's Kylie Lockhart and Devon Bright, 21-11, 21-9 and fell to Tulane's Kaylie McHugh and Eva Torruella, 14-21, 19-21.
Wednesday, March 4, 2020
SAULT STE. MARIE, ON. - For a second consecutive year, Gavin Eldridge is an OFSAA silver medalist in wrestling.
The Parkside Stampeder was undefeated until the 61-kilogram boys' gold medal match against Nathan Hunyady, of Guelph John F. Ross.
A year ago Elridge brought home silver from the 57.5-kg final.
Tuesday, March 3, 2020
TORONTO, ON. - Hallee Knelsen brought home three silver medals at Athletics Ontario Under-20 indoor track and field championships this past weekend.
Knelsen was second, with indoor personal best times, in the women's 400 (57.70 seconds), 800 (2:10.26) and 1500-metre (4:37.95) races.
Tayah DeSousa won the U20 long jump (5.59 metres) and finished third in the 60-metre hurdles (8.84 sec.)
Michael Roth finished second in the U20 men's 400-metre run (50.01 sec.)
Roth, Dylen Belanger, Bailey Couch and Mason Basson, won the U20 men's 1600-metre medlet relay race, in 3:38.83.
Hannah McIntyre, of Dorchester, won the 2000-metre run (6:49.86), at the U16 championships occurring simultaneously with the U20s.
Monday, March 2, 2020
ORILLIA, ON. - Charlotte Johnston and her rink out of the London Curling Club, advanced to the under-18 women's division semifinals at the Ontario Winter Games.
Johnston, a Grade 10 student at Parkside Collegiate Institute (PCI), skipped her rink to a 3-2 round robin record, before facing Sudbury's Bella Croisier in the semifinals.
Emily Deschenes, from the Manotick club, won the gold medal, defeating Croisier.
Sunday, March 1, 2020
MIAMI, FL. - Ally Carr, of Shedden, and partner Victoria Corcoran, with the University of New Orleans Privateers beach volleyball team, defeated Missouri State's Grace Cook and Rachel Evans, 27-25, 21-17 and Florida Memorial's Fatima Rajaee and Adriana Soto, 21-13, 21-12, Saturday.
A day earlier Carr and Corcoran beat San Diego City College's Alina Fletes and Kareemah Hopkins, 21-10, 21-9, but lost two close games to FIU's Emma Erteltova and Ali Denney, 26-28, 19-21.
Last season, Carr won 16 matches, the majority with Victoria Corcoran.
Carr, who is in the pre-vet program at New Orleans, is a 2017 graduate of Parkside C.I.
Wednesday, February 26, 2020
LONDON, ON. - A battle for a spot at OFSAA.
The London John Paul II Jaguars, undefeated through the District season and Central Elgin Titans, perfect in the South-East, with a 9-0 record.
As the final buzzer sounded, the Jaguars squeezed by the Titans, 48-45, in the WOSSAA AA senior boys basketball final, at South Collegiate.
Jack Tunstill led the Titans with 19 points, while Devin Carvery had 12 points and Isaiah MacDougall, nine.
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
LONDON, ON. - It was a pair of agonizing five game defeats for the gold medal.
The Lord Dorchester Beavers were edged in both the senior and junior Western Ontario Secondary School Association (WOSSAA) 1-A girls' volleyball championship matches, at Westminster Secondary School.
In the senior tilt, the London Monsignor Bruyere Panthers squeezed by the Beavers, in the fifth and deciding set, to capture gold and advance to OFSAA, taking the match 27-25, 18-25, 15-25, 25-21, 16-14.
In the junior encounter, St. Marys DCVI defeateded Dorchester, three games to two, for WOSSAA gold.
Friday, February, 21, 2020
ST. THOMAS - Kaila Novak is representing Canada again.
The 17-year old from St. Thomas was named to the Canadian roster last week for the 2020 CONCACAF (Confederation of North Central American and Caribbean Association Football) under-20 women's soccer championships, in the Dominican Republic, starting Saturday.
Novak previously played for Team Canada at the 2018 CONCACAF U17 championships, winning a bronze medal and helping Canada finish fourth at the FIFA U17 women's World Cup.
Monday, February 16, 2020
LONDON, ON. - The East Elgin Eagles are among the big three in local high school swimming.
East Elgin placed third in combined team (male, female and para divisions) scores in the High School Division, while the Lady Eagles placed second for both the Open and High School women's divisions, at the Thames Valley Regional Athletics (TVRA) swimming championships, February 11-12, at the Canada Games Aquatic Centre (CGAC).
St. Joe's won the men's Para division and the combined team scores for Para.
Tuesday, February 11, 2020
TORONTO, ON. - If Hallee Knelsen had raced on a dirt track, the dust would have cleared before the rest of the competition reached the finish line.
Knelsen won the women's 800 metre run by seven seconds (2:10.9) and the 1500 metres by nearly four seconds (4:38.29), at Athletics Ontario Under-18 provincial indoor track and field championships, February 8/9.
Knelsen was one of four athletes to medal for St. Thomas Legion and one of 12 top 10 individual results. Several Legion athletes achieved PBs and set new club records.
St. Thomas was second overall in combined team scores.
Thursday, January 16, 2020
ST. THOMAS - Bronze is better than gold for Kenzie Kilmer.
The 15-year old from St. Thomas brought home two bronze medals from the World Karate and Kickboxing Commission championships, held in Niagara Falls, New York, in November.
Kilmer captured a bronze in open team kata weapons and a second bronze in girls' continuous sparring.
Thursday, December 17th, 2020
AYLMER, ON. - One of the premier middle distance runners in Canada is staying close to home.
Hallee Knelsen, a Grade 12 student at East Elgin secondary school in Aylmer, received numerous offers, but in the end chose Western University, in London, to continue her education and running career.
Knelsen will be enrolling in the Health Science program, with the plan to attend med school and will be running both cross country and track for the Mustangs.
Following the 2019-2020 indoor track season in February, Knelsen ranked number one in Canada, for the under-18 women's 400, 600 and 800 metre runs and second for the 1500-metre run.
Monday, December 14th, 2020
ST. THOMAS - It was a weekend the St. Thomas community scored.
Over this past weekend, the St. Thomas Stars and the St. Thomas Professional Firefighter’s Association (STPFA), along with Santa, collected donations for Christmas Care, walking the streets of the Railway City.
The team hit Dalewood Meadows in north St. Thomas on Saturday and were throughout Orchard Park in the southeast on Sunday.
Santa jingled his way around, not on a sleigh pulled by reindeer, but a 1951 Bickle Seagrave fire truck. A modern working fire truck also made the rounds.
Friday, December 11th, 2020
DORCHESTER, ON. - David Mendham is Canadian Baseball Network’s 2020 Canadian college player of the year.
The six-foot three native of Dorchester received 54 of the 62 first place votes, from ballots cast by a CBN panel. Mendham was also named to CBN’s all-Canadian team at third base.
During a spring season shortened by the COVID-19 pandemic, the left-handed hitting sophomore batted .493 with 36 hits and 26 RBIs in 21 games for the Connors State Cowboys, a division one college, in Warner, Okla.
His 36 hits led all Canadian college players and Mendham finished second in doubles (10) and third in RBIs (26) and on base plus slugging percentage (1.401) and scored 31 runs and stole six bases.
Saturday, November 14, 2020
LONDON, ON. - Cross country runners from across western Ontario had an opportunity to race.
Cross country meets, including the entire high school season, have been a casuality of Covid-19, leaving time trials and virtual races as the only options, under provincial health regulations.
Usually one meet for the entire province, Athletics Ontario had to divide their annual championship into three regionals, West, East and Central.
Fanshawe Golf Club, the site of the cancelled OFSAA high school provincial meet, hosted the AO West Region championships.
Athletes were placed in waves of no more than eight runners each, based on seed times.
Aiden Coles, of St. Thomas, running with London-Western club, had the top result of runners from the Elgin County and Dorchester area, placing sixth in the Under-18 boys' six kilometre race (20:00).
Hallee Knelsen, of Aylmer, running with St. Thomas Legion Club, was seventh (23:48) in the U18 girls' six kilometre event.
Hannah McIntyre, of Dorchester, placed eighth (16:49) in the Under-16 four kilometre race.
Sunday, November 8, 2020
LONDON, ON. - It was St. Thomas Hawks down on the final day of flag football.
The Hawks fell in both of their respective Under-10 and U14 divisional finals, for the London Minor Football Association, Sunday, at City Wide Fields.
The Cobras scored in overtime to edge the Hawks, 24-18, in the U14 divisional final.
Gavin, Cole Surmacz and Gage Lincoln scored touchdowns for St. Thomas.
In a back and forth U10 in final, the Rams held off the Hawks, 28-24. Tiernan DesRosiers with two touchdowns, Jaden Hinde and Max Boldt, scored touchdowns for the Hawks.
Sunday, November 1, 2020
LONDON, ON. - Thanks to a pair of touchdowns from Gage Lincoln, the St. Thomas Hawks are heading to the London Minor Football Association Under-14 flag football pod A final.
The Hawks held off the Cobras A team, 27-24, in the first of two semifinals. The Hawks remain undefeated, after posting a 7-0 regular season record.
St. Thomas faces the Cobras A team in the U14 final, Sunday, November 8th, 12:30 p.m. at City Wide Fields.
A year ago, the Hawks won the peewee title, renamed U14 this season. In 2018, St. Thomas captured the atom (U12) championship.
The Hawks are also in the U10 final, earning a bye following an 8-1 regular season.
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
ST. THOMAS - The St. Thomas Hawks finished first in two divisions in the London Minor Football Association.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there is no tackling this season, so it's flag football.
The Hawks finished first in their Under-10 pod with a 8-1 record. This feat earns the Hawks a bye to their final at City Wide Fields in London, Sunday, November 8th, at 10:45 a.m.
St. Thomas has two teams in the U14 division. The A squad won their pod going undefeated at 7-0, while the B Hawks finished 2-5.
Both U14 teams have semifinals, this Sunday. The U14 Hawks (A team) face Cobras B in a semifinal, this Sunday at 10:30 a.m. The U14 Hawks B take on Cobras B, at 11:45 am.
The U12 Hawks are 3-3 and conclude their regular season this weekend. The Hawks need to finish top two in their pod to advance to the final, on November 8th.
Thursday, October 15, 2020
SURREY, B.C. - Kayleigh Trowman captured her second event on the B.C. rivalry series, shooting a two-over 74, to win by one stroke, at the Northview Golf and Country club..
The third year arts major at the University of B.C. Okanagan campus in Kelowna, has two wins, a fourth and a ninth place finish after four of eight events.
Trowman from Port Stanley is a graduate of Parkside Collegiate.
Saturday, September 12, 2020
HAGERSVILLE, ON. - D.J. Kennington wraps up the 2020 NASCAR Pintys season with the checkered flag.
In the final race of the season for the series, the Pintys 125, Kennington in his Castrol Edge Dodge won by four seconds. This is Kennington's first race win since the 2018 season finale.
The St. Thomas native finishes third in the 2020 points standings, behind champion Jason Hathaway and runner-up Kevin Lacroix.
In six races, Kennington had five top five finishes, including a fourth place in the Motormaster 125, raced earlier today.
Hathaway, from St. Thomas, now residing in Stouffville, had three wins and five podium appearances this year.
Six races at three tracks over three weekends replaced the 2020 NASCAR Pinty's Series championship season.
Saturday, September 12, 2020
ST. THOMAS - Athletes have returned to track and field meets across the province, including those from St. Thomas Legion.
Meet size is a major difference in COVID-19 times, with only a handful of events at each site.
Despite the lack of training over the summer compared to normal years, St. Thomas athletes are posting solid results in the first outdoor meets of the year.
Hallee Knelsen won the open women's 800 metre run, at the Back to Track Meet three, at the Terry Fox Stadium, in Brampton.
Arthur Stanat brought home gold medals in both the 16-17 year old men's shot put, winning by two metres (15.10 metres) and discus (45.84m), at the Southwest Throws Invitational, at College Avenue school, in Woodstock.
Stanat's sister, Lexi, won the 14-15 year old women's javelin (33.55m) event and placed second in shot put (12.15m).
Saturday, September 5, 2020
ST. THOMAS - Tayven Barned, Luke Thomas and Aaron Dyke, each drove in two runs to lead the St. Thomas Cardinals to a 7-4 win over the Brantford Jr. Red Sox, in the ICBA bracket A 12U final, at the Tarry Complex..
Barned also starred on the mound, tossing a one hit shutout over four innings, striking out nine batters and walking three.
The Cardinals built a 5-0 lead, before the Red Sox pulled within a run, scoring four times in the sixth inning. The home team responded with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the inning, securing victory.
Saturday, August 29, 2020
ST. THOMAS - A little action from week three of the St. Thomas Soccer Club youth rec division, this morning at Parkside Collegiate.
Saturday, August 22, 2020
ST. THOMAS - The St. Thomas Cardinals moved to 9-0 taking both games of a double-header against the Brantford Jr. Red Sox, today in 11U minor baseball exhibition play, at the Tarry Complex.
Saturday, August 15, 2020
ST. THOMAS - The St. Thomas Cardinals improved to 4-1 with a pair of wins over the Cambridge Cubs in 12U minor baseball exhibition play, at the Tarry Complex.
The Cardinals won 13-3 and 13-5.
In a shortened season due to COVID-19, St. Thomas is having exhibition double-headers with Cambridge, Brantford and Hamiltion throughout the month of August. A pair of semifinals and a final will occur on Labour Day weekend.
The 11U and 18U Cardinals are also having exhibition games this month.
Saturday, August 15, 2020
INNISFIL, ON. - On the opening day to the NASCAR Pinty's Series, D.J. Kennington had a pair of top six finishes.
Kennington opened with a fourth place in the QwickWick 125, followed by a sixth in the Canadian Tire 125, at the Sunset Speedway
"Fourth and sixth is not where we wanted to be, but hopefully we can get things a little bit better," Kennington said in an post race interview. "We tried everything. We threw the kitchen sink at them."
His Castrol Edge Dodge did offer Kennington a challenge driving.
"There's something broken in the left rear, It keeps lifting the left rear tire off of the ground and I don't know why," explained Kennington. "We'll get it figured out and get it ready and get this Castrol Edge car up front where it belongs."
Kennington sits fourth in the points standings, six behind leader Jason Hathaway, the winner of the second race.
Next up on the Pinty's circuit is a stop at the Flamboro Speedway in Hamilton.
"It's just fun to be out there," Kennington added. "Everybody is rusty, but I'm happy just to be racing."
Friday, August 14, 2020
EDMONTON, AB. - Bo Horvat had a night to remember.
The Vancouver Canucks' captain scored two highlight reel goals including the game two winner in overtime, lifting his team over the St. Louis Blues, 4-3.
The Canucks lead the best-of-seven first round series, 2-0.
Horvat now has six goals in the playoffs, including the game two opening goal, scored while shorthanded.
The 25-year old also had two goals in game one. Horvat becomes the third player in Canucks' history to record a multi-goal game in two or more consecutive contests. Horvat joins joining Geoff Courtnall (1994) and Cliff Ronning (1992).
Horvat, who grew up in Rodney, began his hockey career with the West Lorne Comets minor hockey organization. He played three seasons with the OHL's London Knights before being drafted ninth overall by the Canucks, in 2013
Bo is the son of Tim and Cindy Horvat and brother to Cal.
Horvat's uncle, Ron, coached the St. Thomas Stars from 2008-16. Cal played for the Stars, 2015-19.
Monday, July 13th, 2020
ST. THOMAS - Here are your senior athletes of the year from Arthur Voaden, Central Elgin, East Elgin, Lord Dorchester, Parkside Collegiate, St. Joseph's and West Elgin. (Click on the logo to meet them.)
Wednesday, June 17, 2020
ST. THOMAS - The St. Thomas Stars recently announced the signing of seven players, including goalie Owen Willmore from Dutton.
The Stars also added to the galaxy, forwards Maddox Amaral, Paterson MacNair, Owen Rainey, Logan Mastrandrea and Keegan Damota and defenceman Owen England.
Monday, June 15, 2020
DORCHESTER, ON. - No doubt about it, the end of 2019-20 season was unique for the Dorchester Dolphins.
For the first time in the junior hockey club's eight year history, the Dolphins failed to advance to the Yeck Division final, bowing out to the Thamesford Trojans in the semifinals.
Of course there wasn't even a final, as the COVID-19 pandemic caused the cancellation of the remainder of the Provincial Junior Hockey League playoffs.
The Dolphins recently recognized their 2019-20 team award winners.
Thursday, May 14, 2020
DORCHESTER, ON. - Garrett Snyders has been at the centre of basketball for the Lord Dorchester Secondary School Beavers throughout his high school career.
His contribution, leadership and skills, led to the Grade 12 student being named Mr. Basketball this season for the Thames Valley Regional Athletics South-East Division.
Tuesday, March 10, 2020
WOODSTOCK, ON. - Morgan Kerr took her time getting set in the hack, took a few deep breaths and then focused on her shot. The last rock of the end.
Trailing 6-4, the East Elgin Eagles had five stones in the house, but the team's skip needed to remove, or at least tap back, the one rock belonging to the Clinton St. Anne's Eagles.
With senior Caitlyn Evely directing the sweepers, Kerr made a perfect shot to score three, for an Eagles' 8-6 win in the WOSSAA girls' curling gold medal game and a spot at OFSAA.
St. Anne's led the entire game, from 4-0 after two ends, until Kerr made the shot of her career.
Evely made the WOSSAA final three years ago but settled for silver.
OFSAA is March 25-28, in the Durham region. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, OFSAA has been cancelled.
Wednesday, March 4, 2020
TORONTO, ON. - Owen Gillet had already left the pool thinking he had missed the podium, in the para men's 50 metre back stroke at the OFSAA swimming championships.
Then East Elgin Eagles' coach Carol McNiece caught up with the St. Joseph's Ram Grade 11 student.
The East Elgin Eagles' team of 15 swimmers placed 24th overall and were the top school out of the WOSSAA region. The Eagles made appearances in three A finals and five B finals.
Wednesday, February 26, 2020
LONDON, ON. - A tale of two halves.
Over the first half the St. Joseph's Rams built a commanding 26-10 lead, thanks to intense defence that also helped them win the District championship five days earlier.
During the second half, the Woodstock College Avenue Knights appeared as the team that went undefeated through the TVRA South-East Division.
This set up the last 120 seconds worthy of any Western Ontario Secondary School Athletic Association (WOSSAA) AA junior boys' basketball final.
The Knights climbed out the deficit with their three point shooting, closing the gap to 51-48.
Thanks to some clutch free throws from Brandon Bogart in the final minute, the Rams held off Knights, 56-48, to capture the WOSSAA title, at South Collegiate.
Sunday, February 23, 2020
ST. THOMAS - Sherry Middaugh repeats and Howard Rajala is now a three-time champion.
Middaugh and her rink from the Thornhill Curling Club, successfully defended their title defeating fellow Thornhill rink Colleen Madonia, 6-3, in the women's final, at the provincial championships, at the St. Thomas Curling Club.
For Middaugh's three teammates it's a dynasty as they were part of Madonia's winning rink in 2018.
Rajala defeated Ingersoll's Bob Armstrong, 7-5, in the men's final, for his third crown in eight years, adding to titles in 2017 and 2013.
Both Ontario champions move on to the National senior championships, in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, March 16-22.
Saturday, February 22, 2020
ST. THOMAS - It is a step to hosting the biggest curling event in Ontario.
Since Wednesday for five days, the St. Thomas Curling Club has been hosting the Ontario Curling Association men and women's senior provincial championships.
For the club, it's a prelude for when St. Thomas host the 2021 Men's Tankard and Women's Scotties in late January. That would bring notable names such as John Epping, Glen Howard and Rachel Holman to the Railway City.
Sherry Middaugh looking to defend her senior title, went undefeated in the round robin with a 7-0 record, earning a spot directly in the women's final, Sunday at 12:30 p.m.
Collenn Madonia (Thornhill) and Allison Goring (Bayview) play a semifinal Sunday morning.
Bob Armstrong (Ingersoll), Tim Meadows (Thornhill) and Howard Rajala (Rideau) finished tied for first place at 5-2.
A tie-breaker gave Armstrong a berth in the men's final, 12:30 p.m. Sunday. Meadows and Rajala meet in a semifinal Sunday morning.
Thursday, February 20, 2020
LONDON, ON. - Julie Boyko was Houdini-like to escape a near pin, Gavin Eldridge kept quick on his feet and Brady Johnson seized an opportunity.
Boyko (64-kg), Eldridge (61-kg), Johnson (130-kg) are returning to OFSAA, after qualifying at the Western Ontario Secondary Schools Athletic Association (WOSSAA) wrestling championships, at Banting Secondary School.
Nine athletes will represent Parkside at OFSAA, the high school provincial championships, March 2-4, in Sault Ste. Marie.
Joining the trio of OFSAA returnees for the trip north, are gold medalist Jeremy Anderson (boys' 44-kg), silver medalists Cole Moore (boys' 89-kg), Cadence Hardwick (girls' 44-kg), Emma Penner (girls' 77-kg) and Kira Buck (third, girls' 83-kg) and Melody Wilton (115-kg).
The St. Joseph's Rams send five athletes to OFSAA, silver medalists Emma Lee (girls' 57.5-kg), Krystian Krzyzewski (boys' 85-kg) and Ryder Dennison (boys' 44-kg), Claire Vankoughnett (third, 44-kg) and Liv Cracchoilo (third, girls' 115-kg).
The Central Elgin Titans will be represented by gold medalist Iman Zebian (girls' 67.5-kg) and Nefi Islami (third, boys' 44-kg).
Parkside brought home the WOSSAA overall combined team title. The Lady Stampeders were team champions, while the boys were second behind London Saunders.
Wednesday, February 20, 2020
LONDON, ON. - Alyssa Voros made a good choice returning to the pool.
The East Elgin Eagle is heading to the OFSAA swimming championships in three events, including the High School Division 15 years and over 100-metre back, an event Voros won at Western Ontario Secondary School Athletic Association (WOSSAA) swimming.
East Elgin dominated in pool at WOSSAA, not only sending 15 swimmers to OFSAA championships, but capturing the team award at the championships, held at the Canada Games Aquatic Centre. .
Parkside Stampeder Briar McCaw qualified for OFSAA in each of her three races, the High School division 15 years and over girls' 100 I.M. (1:18.79), 50 fly (33.67 sec.) and 100 back (1:18.75).
Tuesday, February 18, 2020
ST. THOMAS - The Central Elgin Titans are one game from completing a sweep of the regular season and playoffs in the Thames Valley Regional Athletics (TVRA) South-East Division.
Jack Tunstill dumped in 18 points and Deven Carvery had 10, helping the Titans slay the Tillsonburg Glendale Gemini, 50-41, in a TVRA AA South-East senior boys' semifinal, at Central Elgin C.I.
Thursday, February 13, 2020
LONDON, ON. - The Parkside Stampeders continue to dominate on the mats.
The Stampeders captured the overall team title at the Thames Valley Regional Athletics (TVRA) Michienzi Conference wrestling championships, at Saunders Secondary School. This comes on the heels of winning the TVRA Dual Meet title during the regular season.
Led by Julie Boyko, the female wrestler of the meet, Parkside handily won the female team title.
Gold medalists Brady Johnson and Gavin Eldridge, guided the Stampeders' men to second overall behind Saunders.
Parkside sends 26 athletes to the Western Ontario Secondary School Athletic Association (WOSSAA) championships, hosted by Banting high school in London, Thursday, February 20th.
The top five in each weight class advance to WOSSAA.