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McKegg his makes Boston Bruins debut
Kegger

Sunday, February 28th, 2021
NEW YORK, NY. - In his debut as a Boston Bruin, Greg McKegg, of St. Thomas, had 11:22 of ice time against the New York Rangers, his former team from last season.
McKegg had three shots on net, delivered three hits, went three-for-four on face-offs and had one minor penalty.
The Bruins won 4-1, to improve to 12-5-2 and end a two game slide.

Adzija faceoff magic in Quinnipiac win
Lexi

Saturday, February 27th, 2021
HAMDEN, CONN. - Lexi Adzija, of St. Thomas, had one assist and won key facoffs helping the Quinnipiac Bobcats defeat Colgate University, 5-3, in NCAA Eastern Collegiate Athletic Confernce (ECAC) women's hockey tonight.
The junior was 12 for 21 on faceoffs, including giving the Bobcats possession that seconds later led to goals. First it was on the 4-1 marker. Then a crucial faceoff win that allowed the Bobcats to score into an empty net with 13 seconds left in the third period.
Colgate had scored twice in the final two minutes, with the extra attacker, to pull within a goal.
Adzija leads the Bobcats with 17 points, on six goals and 11 assists.
The ECAC semifinals are Friday, March 5th.

Mendham has a three for five night
Mendham

Saturday, February 27th, 2021
GREENVILL, S.C. - David Mendham, of Dorchester, batted three-for-five, as the South Carolina Gamecocks edge in-state rival Clemson, 3-2, in 11 innings, in NCAA Division One baseball.
South Carolina is 5-0, with Mendham batting nine for 23.
The teams meet again Sunday. Their Friday appearance was cancelled due to weather.

Carr and Walsh pick up first match victory
Ally

Saturday, February 27th, 2021
ELMWOOD, LA. - Ally Carr, of Shedden, and partner Maxine Walsh, the number two women's beach volleyball team for the University of New Orleans Privateers, earned their first match victory, defeating Utah, two games to none, this afternoon, day two of the Green Wave Invitational.
Carr and Walsh fell 21-19, 22-20, to the University of Alabama-Birmingham this morning.
On day one Friday, Carr and Walsh lost to host Tulane, 2-0 and Southeaastern Louisiana, 2-1.

Novak plays 55 minutes in UCLA's 2-1 win
Novak

Friday, February 26th, 2021
LOS ANGELES, CA. - Kaila Novak, of St. Thomas, played a season high 55 minutes with the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) women's soccer team, in a 2-1 squeaker over PAC-10 rival University of Arizona.
The rookie forward has made appearances in three of UCLA's four games, playing a total of 123 minutes. The Bruins are 4-0-0.

Lexi

Friday, February 26th, 2021
HAMDEN, CONN. - Lexi Adzija, of St. Thomas, picked up two assists, but her the Quinnipiac Bobcats fell 4-2, to Colgate University, in NCAA Eastern Collegiate Athletic Confernce (ECAC) women's hockey tonight.
Adzija leads the Bobcats with 16 points, on six goals and 10 assists.

Carr and Walsh drop opening day matches
Ally

Friday, February 26th, 2021
ELMWOOD, LA. - Ally Carr, of Shedden, and partner Maxine Walsh, dropped matches to both Tulane and Southeastern Louisiana, on opening day of the women's beach volleyball season for the University of New Orleans Privateers.
Southeastern Louisiana defeated Carr/Walsh, 21-19, 19-21, 15-13, while Tulane took a two game sweep, 21-16, 21-10.

Mendham delivers solo shot in victory
Mendham

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021
COLUMBIA, S.C. - David Mendham goes two-for-five, including an eighth inning solo bomb and scores three runs, as the South Carolina Gamecocks destroy Winthrop Eagles, 12-4, in NCAA Division One baseball.
South Carolina is 4-0, with Mendham batting six for 18.

Mendham carries South Carolina
Mendham

Sunday, February 21st, 2021
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Dorchester's David Mendham had two hits and four RBI in the University of South Carolina's 5-1 win over Dayton today in NCAA baseball.
The Gamecocks' first baseman opened the scoring with a sac fly in the third inning, before delivering the knockout punch, an eighth inning base clearing double.
South Carolina is 3-0 and Mendham is four for 13 at the dish.

Novak makes NCAA soccer debut
Novak

Tuesday, February 16th, 2021
LOS ANGELES, CA. - Kaila Novak, of St. Thomas, a freshman forward with the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) women's soccer team, played 46 minutes and had one shot on net, today during a 3-0 win over San Diego.
Novak made her NCAA debut against Brigham Young University (BYU), on February 12th, playing 22 minutes.

James Dunn invited to para hockey camp
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Wednesday, January 20th, 2021
CALGARY, AB. - James Dunn, of Wallacetown, is one of 14 players Hockey Canada invited to attend the National Para team training camp (bubble environment), here January 16-25th.
Dunn, 20, a silver medallist at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games, also won silver with Canada at the 2017 and 2016 World Sledge Hockey Challenge, in Charlottetown, P.E.I.
Dunn attended high school at West Elgin Secondary School.

Four point game for Adzija in dominant win
Lexi

Sunday, January 17th, 2021
HAMDEN, CONN. - Lexi Adzija, of St. Thomas, had a goal and three assists, helping the University of Quinnipiac Bobcats blank LIU, 11-0, today in NCAA women's hockey.
The junior from St. Thomas, also won 11 of 15 face-offs.
Adzija has five goals and seven assists in five games.

Thornton scores first goal with Maple Leafs
joe

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.

Adzija scores twice in Quinnipiac's 5-0 win
Lexi

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.

Bruins waive McKegg as NHL season nears
Kegger

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.

McKegg heads to the Bruins' camp
Kegger

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.

Adzija scores in Quinnipiac opener
Lexi

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.

After school program keeps students active

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.

McIntyre third fastest at X-C time trial
Hannah

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.

Panthers' fundraiser selling face masks
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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 panther_hockey_vp@yahoo.com or contact any Panthers' coach or player.

Jumbo Joe signs with Maple Leafs
joe

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.

Bruins sign St. Thomas' Greg McKegg
Kegger

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.

Cards clinch first to host 12U playoffs
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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.

Kennington posts two top fives from twin bill
DJK

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.

Local youth rec soccer returns to St. Thomas
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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.

Barned helps lead 12U Cardinals to victories
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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.

Kennington fourth in APC Series opener
DJK

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.

Froggett Medway's Grade 10 male AoY
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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.

Titans recognize best in athletics
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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.

Co-Curricular awards honour Rams' athletes
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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

Vikings name top athletes from past year
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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.

Lydia Jocius leads Wildcats' athletic award winners
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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.

Beavers recognize their best in athletics
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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.

Stampeders present athletic highlights virtually
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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.

Eagles celebrate athletic excellence
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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.

Adzija named to National development camp
Adzija

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.

Promising beach volleyball season suddenly cancelled
Ally

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.

Pettipiece co-rookie of the year in Niagara
Alex

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.

Two local goalies drafted in to the OHL

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.

Dunn pentathlon champ at SoCon indoor track & field
Dunn

Monday, March 9, 2020 LEXINGT, 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.

Dunn repeats as NCAA SoCon women's pentathlon champion
Dunn

Saturday, February 27th, 2021
LEXINGTON, VA. - For the second consecutive year, Megan Dunn is the NCAA Southern Conference's (SoCon) women's pentathlon champion.
The senior at Wofford University school won the five event contest with 3,604 points, breaking her own school record, at the SoCon indoor track and field championships.
Dunn sat second overall heading into the 800-metre run, the fifth and final event, trailing Wofford teammate Netanya Linares by 25 points.
In a photo finish, Dunn finished the 800 in third place, but six seconds ahead of Linares, who placed fourth.
Dunn won shot put, with a personal best throw of 10.83 metres, placed second in long jump (5.51m PB) and high jump (1.62m PB) and third in the 80-metre hurdles.
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Dorchester's Dunn wins pentathlon at invitational in record style
Dunn

Sunday, February 21st, 2021
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Megan Dunn won the women's pentathlon breaking her Wofford University school record at the Bob Pollock Invitational indoor track and field meet at Clemson University.
That was followed by the senior from Dorchester being named the NCAA Southern Conference (SOCON) women's field athlete of the month for January.
It is Dunn's first athlete of the month honour and just the second for a Wofford women's field athlete in school history (Georgia McDevitt, January 2020). The graduate of Lord Dorchester Secondary School has been a SOCON athlete of the week twice.
Dunn's pentathlon total leads the SoCon this season and ranks 30th on the NCAA Division One Indoor Qualifying List.

St. Thomas native Adzija leads Quinnipiac women's hockey
Adzija

Friday, February 19th, 2021
HAMDEN, CONN. - After 13 games Lexie Adzija has six goals and eight assists, helping the University of Quinnipiac Bobcats to a 9-4 overall record.
The junior from St. Thomas is tied for the team lead in goals and points with Renee Saltness and assists with Saltness and Taylor Girard.
Adzija has 58 shots on net this season and is an incredible 70 per cent in the face-off circle.
Last season, Adzija lead the Bobcats with 11 goals and 18 assists in 34 games. As a freshman Adzija tallied seven goals and 11 assists in 36 games, fourth highest on the team.
The Bobcats, already with a shortened schedule due to the pandemic, have had seven games cancelled or postponed. No fans are permitted in arenas but most games are televised, or fans can follow on the school's social media platform.
In Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) games, against Clarkson, Colgate and St. Lawrence, the Bobcats are 3-4. A two game set against Clarkson this weekend was cancelled.
This year the ECAC playoffs will be a single elimination championship. The winner advances to the NCAA championship.

Eagles' running star Hallee Knelsen signs with Western
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Hallee Knelsen signs her letter of intent to attend the University of Western, alongside St. Thomas Legion Club head coach Harry Stantsos, left, and East Elgin Eagles' teacher-coach Doug Lusk. (photo/ Rob J. Ross)

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.

Stars earn assist collecting donations for Christmas Care
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St. Thomas Stars' Darius Mani (6) and (27) accept donations from two young ladies during the Christmas Care food drive Sunday in the Orchard Park area. (photo/ Rob J. Ross)

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.

Dorchester's Mendham is Canadian Baseball's player of the year
Mendham

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.

Rare cross country meet is AO regional championship
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Hallee Knelsen, left, during the U18 girls' six kilometre race, at the AO West Region cross country championships at Fanshawe Golf Course. (photo/ Rob J. Ross)

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 casualty 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.

Hawks brought down in LMFA U10 and U14 flag football finals
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St. Thomas Hawk Gage Lincoln looks for space against the Cobras, during the LMFA U14 flag football divisional final, at City Wide Fields. The Cobras won in overtime, 24-18. (photo/ Rob J. Ross)

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.

Hawks hold off Cobras advancing to LMFA U14 flag football final
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St. Thomas Hawk Cole Surmacz finds open space as two Cobra players collide behind him, during a LMFA U14 flag football semifinal, at City Wide Fields. The Hawks won 27-24. (photo/ Rob J. Ross)

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.

St. Thomas Hawks finish first in two minor football divisions
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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.

Trowman wins her second event on the B.C. Rivalry golf series
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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.

Kennington captures checkered flag at NASCAR Pintys 125
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D.J. Kennington, of St. Thomas, celebrates in victory lane after winning the Pinty's 125, today at Jukasa Speedway in Hamilton. (photo/ NASCAR Pintys)

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.

Track and field athletes return to meets for shortened season
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St. Thomas Legion Club coach Harry Stantsos, right, watches a workout during a recent track and field practice at Parkside Collegiate. (photo/ Rob J. Ross)

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).

Cardinals close season capturing the ICBA Loop A 12U title
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From his knees, St. Thomas Cardinals' second baseman Cooper Henderson fires the ball to first base for an out against the Brantford Jr. Red Sox, during the ICBA 12U final, at the Tarry Complex. (photo/ Rob J. Ross)

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.

St. Thomas soccer club rec teams continue to clash on the pitch
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A Pearce Williams' player kicks the ball towards the Sifton's Funeral Home net, during St. Thomas Soccer Club youth rec action, at Parkside Collegiate. (photo/ Rob J. Ross)

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.

11U Cardinals stay perfect winning both games of double-header
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St. Thomas Cardinals' pitcher Chase Nelson delivers to the Brantford Jr. Red Sox batter during 11U baseball today at the Tarry Complex. The Cardinals took both games of the double-header, improving to 9-0. (photo/ Rob J. Ross)

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.

Cardinals take twin bill from Cambridge in 12U minor baseball
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St. Thomas Cardinal Nathan Dunn slides under the tag scoring a run during a 13-5 win over the Cambridge Cubs in 12U minor baseball at the Tarry Complex. St. Thomas took both games of the double-header. (photo/ Rob J. Ross)

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.

Two top six finishes for Kennington on Pinty's Series opening weekend
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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."

Meet your 2020 high school senior athletes of the year

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.)







St. Thomas Stars sign seven players to their galaxy
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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.

Last shot sends Eagles to OFSAA curling with WOSSAA gold
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East Elgin Eagles' skip Morgan Kerr watches her sweepers during the WOSSAA girls' curling gold medal game against the Clinton St. Anne's Eagles, at the Woodstock Curling Club. East Elgin won 8-6 on a final rock shot by Kerr. (photo/ Rob J. Ross)

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.

Gillet swims to OFSAA bronze while East Elgin has three A finals
OFSAA East Elgin Eagle Emma Beggs during the open girls' 100-metre breast stroke at the OFSAA swimming championships at the Pan Am Centre in Toronto (photo/ Rob J. Ross)

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.

Rams fend off Knights for WOSSAA junior hoops title
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St. Joseph's Ram Brandon Bogart twists in the air battling the College Avenue Knights for the ball, during the WOSSAA AA junior boys' basketball gold medal game, at South Collegiate. The Rams won 56-48. (photo/ Rob J. Ross)

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.

Middaugh and Rajala take senior provincial curling crowns
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Bob McKinley, far right, encourages sweepers Dale Kelly and Curtis Cassidy to be hard on those brooms, for Ingersoll's Bob Armstrong's rink, during the senior men's provincial curling final against Howard Rajala, at the St. Thomas Curling Club. Rajala won the title with a 7-5 win. (photo/ Rob J. Ross)

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.

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