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Port Stanley - 0
Exeter - 9
Port is 0-18-0-0
Aylmer - 1
Dorchester - 2
DOR is 11-6-0-0; AYL is 12-9-0-0
Thamesford - 8
Port Stanley - 1
Port is 0-17-0-0
Dorchester - 1
North Middlesex - 3
DOR is 10-6-0-0
WOSSAA 1A JR boys volleyball bronze
Dorchester Beavers - 3
London Christian Pioneers - 2
(20-15, 25-10, 20-25, 25-19, 15-11)
Sarnia - 5
St. Thomas - 9
STT is 6-14-0-2
WOSSAA AA SR girls basketball gold game
London Mother Teresa - 43
East Elgin Eagles - 24
WOSSAA AAA JR girls basketball SF
London Saunders - 49
Parkside Stampeders - 21


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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Sailors drop PJHL home opener to Lucan

Saturday, September 14, 2019
PORT STANLEY, ON. - The Port Stanley Lakers fell 7-2, to the Lucan Irish, in their home opener to the Provincial Junior Hockey League season.
The Lakers trailed 5-0 after two periods, before rookies Ethan Bradley and Josh Vanbesian scored.
Port Stanley has their third game in three days, at Mt. Brydges on Sunday. The Lakers were swallowed whole by the Exeter Hawks, 13-0, on the road, Friday the 13th.

No quit in Kilmer leads back to karate worlds

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

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

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

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.

Para-athlete Wilson-Walker fourth in two events

Wednesday, August 28, 2019
LIMA, PERU - Madison Wilson-Walker finished fourth in both long jump and the 100-metre sprint, at the Parapan-Am Games.
The 22-year old from Avon, Ontario finished fourth in the T-64 100 metre final today, in a time of 15.37 seconds.
On Tuesday, Wilson-Walker leaped 3.89 metres in long jump (T42-44/T61-63). She is the world record holder with a personal best jump of 4.29 metres.

Silver season for multi events athlete Dunn

Tuesday, August 27, 2019
DORCHESTER - Megan Dunn had more than a silver lining type of season.
The heptathlete with the Wofford College Terriers, a NCAA Division One school in Spartanburg, South Carolina, showed her potential in year two, bringing home a trio of silver medals from Southern Conference (SoCon) track and field championship meets.

Win or Booze upend three time champions in final

Monday, August 26, 2019
ST. THOMAS - A 9-7 win gave Win or Booze the St. Thomas Coed Slo-Pitch League A division championship, upending three time champion Guaranteed Eavestroughing in the final.
Game On took the division two title, defeating One Hit Wonders, while The O's won division three, edging the Jayhawks. The Royals are the division four winners and RC Brew Crew won division five.

Brewers fastpitch hand out their hardware

Wednesday, August 21, 2019
SPRINGFIELD, ON. - The Springfield Brewers fastpitch association handed out the hardware, Tuesday at their annual awards banquet.
Offensive player of the Year: Carter Ruddock; Defensive player of the Year: Ali Altiman; Coach of the Year: Courtney Gilbert; Pitcher of the Year: Meg McCallum; Fan of the Year: Hannah Lahn; Love of the Game award: Kyle Eyndhoven.

Port Sailors aim to increase pay cheques

Tuesday, August 20, 2019
ST. THOMAS - It is early in training camp, but Port Stanley Sailors’ GM and head coach Dale Howard already has the club’s theme for the upcoming Provincial Junior Hockey League season.

Kennington has third top five race in Nova Scotia

Saturday, August 17, 2019
ANTIGONISH, N.S. - Posting his third top five result of the season, DJ Kennington finishes second in his Castrol Edge Dodge #17, behind winner Jason Hathaway, in the NASCAR Pintys Bumper to Bumper 300, at the Riverside Speedway.
It is back to back weeks for Kennington placing in the top five, after placing fifth at the Les 50 Tours Hotel Le Concorde in Trois Rivieres.
The St. Thomas native also ties his best result of the season. Kennington was second at the Bayer Velocity Prairie Thunder Twin, July 24.
Kennington ranks fifth in the Pinty's standings this season, with seven top 10 results from nine races.

Local hockey player starts Woolley's Warriors

Monday, August 12, 2019
ST. THOMAS - Raising awareness and funds for young athletes with type one diabetes is the mission for Woolley’s Warriors.
St. Thomas native and OHL player Mark Woolley is behind the creation of the non-profit organization.

Dorchester soccer players help Alliance FC advance

Sunday, August 11, 2019
LONDON, ON. - Sydney Vandenberg and Annika Nolte are off to the Ontario Cup semifinals.
The right wing and striker from Dorchester, helped Alliance FC defeat Glen Shields FC, 3-1, in an Ontario Cup U16 girls’ quarterfinal, at North London Fields, August 10th. Glen Shields, out of Concord, was the defending champion.
Trailing 1-0 at half, Nolte tied the game heading in the ball off a corner kick. Nolte added insurance scoring Alliance’s third goal.
The semifinal is August 24th in Oshawa.

Yurek takes all St. Thomas 18U House League final

Sunday, August 11, 2019
ST. THOMAS - St. Thomas had the monopoly on the London and District Baseball Association (LDBA) 18U midget house league championship.
It was an all St. Thomas Cardinals final, as Yurek Pharmacy silenced Dowler-Karn, 15-0, after four innings, at Emslie Field.
Collin Banman pitched four perfect innings on just 43 pitches for the win.

Kennington fifth at Grand PrixTrois Rivieres

Saturday, August 10, 2019
TROIS RIVIERES, QC. - D.J. Kennington had his second top five result of the NASCAR Pinty's Series season, finishing fifth in the Les 50 Tours Hotel Le Concorde, at Grand PrixTrois Rivieres, in his #17 Castrol Edge Dodge.
Kennington sits fifth in the Series season points.
His best result is second place at the Bayer Velocity Prairie Thunder Twin, July 24.

House League rookie ball champs crowned

Saturday, August 10, 2019
ST. THOMAS - Jaxon Somerville delivered a walk-off single, to lift Millcreek Plumbing over Snip-its, 6-5, in the St. Thomas Minor Baseball junior rookie ball final, at the Centennial diamonds.
In the senior rookie ball final, Streib Trucking held off Geerlinks Home Hardware, 7-6.

St. Thomas women win LAWSL Second Div Cup

Friday, August 9, 2019
LONDON, ON. - Cameron Sanders scored the only goal as St. Thomas blanked the North Huron Tempest, 1-0, in the London and Area Women's Soccer League (LAWSL) Second Division Cup final, Thursday, at the Hellenic Centre.
Sanders scored on a free kick outside the 18 box, while keeper Avivia Fournie picked up the shutout.
"Very strong defence on our part," Fournie said. "(The defence) really helped to progress the game and keep up the intensity."
St. Thomas edged Alliance FC, 2-1, in a Cup semifinal. Zoe Gubinczki and Emma Butters scored for St. Thomas.
Alliance is the current Second Division East leaders, with a 9-2-2 record, just ahead of St. Thomas at 7-0-4. North Huron upended the West leaders, Sarnia (11-0-1), in their semifinal.

Cardinals host house league 18U and Rookie Ball playoff tournaments
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Tuesday, August 6, 2019
ST. THOMAS - This week the St. Thomas Cardinals are hosting two London and District Baseball Association house league playoff tournaments.
The 18U schedule starts today with four games, before pausing until Friday. All games are at Emslie and Cardinal fields.
The junior and senior rookie ball playoff tournament is Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, with all games at the Centennial ball diamonds.

Cambridge edges Brampton for OBA 13U Elim title

Monday, August 5, 2019
ST. THOMAS - The Cambridge Cubs are Baseball Ontario's 13U provincial champions, holding off the Brampton Royals, 6-5, in the final, Sunday night at the Tarry Complex.
Cambridge led 6-2 early, before Brampton scored two runs in the sixth inning and one more in the seventh. The Royals stranded the tying run on second base and potential winning run on first.
In the semifinals, Brampton came back to defeat the London Badgers, 10-9, walking off the game in the bottom of the seventh. Cambridge edged the Whitby Wolves, 5-4.
Both teams advance to the 13U National championship, in Repentigny (Montreal), Québec, August 22-25th.

Tomcats sent packing early at Junior Eliminations

Sunday, August 4, 2019
OSHAWA, ON. - The St. Thomas Tomcats are coming home earlier than hoped. The Mississauga Tigers handed the Tomcats their second loss, a 9-4 defeat this morning, at the Baseball Ontario Junior Elimination championship.
St. Thomas finishes 3-2, short of their goal of advancing to the final and a return to the Canadians.
The Tomcats will conclude the 2019 season by completing the remainder of their schedule for the Southwestern Senior League.

Wilson-Walker wins long jump gold at para provs

Monday, July 15, 2019
TORONTO, ON. - Madison Wilson-Walker, of Avon and an alumna of Lord Dorchester Secondary school, won the ambulatory women’s long jump (4.01 metres), Saturday, during the Athletics Ontario para championships.
Wilson-Walker, currently at student at Western University, competes for the London-Legion track and field club.

St. Thomas Storm second in South Middlesex League
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Sunday, July 14, 2019
ST. THOMAS - With a 8-2 record, the St. Thomas Storm are sitting second in the South Middlesex Fastball League, behind the 10-1 Alvinston Aces.
Alvinston edged St. Thomas, 2-1, in early June. The teams meet again in Alvinston, August 1.
The Aces' lone setback was to Appin, 7-6, in late June. Chippawa has also defeated St. Thomas.
Port Stanley sits eighth in the league, while Dutton continues to seek a first victory of the season.

Parkside Stampeders major athletic award winners
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Friday, June 28, 2019
ST. THOMAS - The Parkside Stampeders recently recognized their top athletes for the 2018/19 school year.
Taylor Goodhue and Cooper Stock are their senior female and male athletes of the year.

Voaden Vikings major athletic award winners

Thursday, June 27, 2019
ST. THOMAS - The Arthur Voaden Vikings recognize their top athletes for the 2018/19 school year.
Amber Hyatt and Nash Williams are the school's senior female and male athletes of the year.

St. Joseph's Rams major athletic award winners

Wednesday, June 26, 2019
ST. THOMAS - The St. Joseph's Rams recognize their top athletes for the 2018/19 school year.
Grace Gillet and Gwertay Dei are the school's senior female and male athletes of the year.

Dorchester Beavers major athletic award winners
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Tuesday, June 25, 2019
DORCHESTER - The Lord Dorchester Beavers recognize their top athletes for the 2018/19 school year.
Hannah Vickers and Colson Erb are the school's senior female and male athletes of the year.

Central Elgin Titans major athletic award winners

Monday, June 24, 2019
ST. THOMAS - The Central Elgin Titans recognize their top athletes for the 2018/19 school year.
Hollie DeBoer and Sam Gredig are the school's senior athletes of the year.

Northdale leads way at elementary final track meet

Monday, June 24, 2019
LONDON, ON. - Fifteen event champions led the Elgin County and Dorchester area contingent at the Thames Valley District School Board elementary school final track and field meet, at Western University, June 4th.
Dorchester Northdale had 27 athletes place in the top eight over the 10 divisions, boys and girls' bantam, junior, intermediate, senior and open. St. Thomas P.E. Trudeau had 15 top eight results, while Thorndale West Nissouri posted 13 top eight results.

Basson leads St. Thomas Legion at District A meet

Monday, June 17, 2019
ST. THOMAS - Mason Basson led St. Thomas Legion Club with a pair of meet record breaking performances, at the Legion District A track and field championships, at Sandwich Secondary School.
The Parkside CI student won the under-16 boys’ 800-metre run, shaving a tenth of the second of the meet record set in 2012, to 2:02.51 and knocked off nearly two seconds in the 1200-metre run, lowering the meet record to 2:02.51.
Basson, who also won U16 boys’ high jump, clearing 1.71 metres, was one of nine St. Thomas athletes win events at District A, a qualifier for the provincials, July 12-13th, at the Terry Fox Stadium, in Brampton.

Valley silver for Summer's Corners in girls' slo-pitch

Wednesday, June 12, 2019
LONDON, ON. - The Summer’s Corners Sabres are Thames Valley District School Board girls’ slo-pitch silver medalists.
London Westmount had their offence on fire, defeating Summer’s Corners, 19-5, in the Valley gold medal game, at Stronach Park.
The Locke’s Lions lost 8-7, to London Riverside, in the consolation final.
In the boys’ bronze medal game, the Davenport Eagles doubled up on the Mitchell Hepburn Mustangs, 8-4.
Lambeth beat Byron Southwood, 4-1, in the boys’ gold game.

Beavers capture first medal at OFSAA girls' soccer
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Monday, June 10, 2019
STONEY CREEK, ON. - It was two agonizing outcomes to conclude the season.
The Lord Dorchester Beavers finished fourth at OFSAA girls' soccer, edged 2-1, by Ottawa Louis Riel, in the bronze medal game.
In the semifinals, Cornwall La Citadelle squeezed by Dorchester, 2-1, in overtime
The Beavers finished pool play with two wins and two ties, before edging Tecumseh Lajeunesse, 1-0, in the quarterfinals
It is back to back seasons the Dorchester girls have appeared at OFSAA, finishing fifth last year, losing in the quarterfinals.

Beavers play for a medal advancing to semis
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Friday, June 7, 2019
STONEY CREEK, ON. - The Dorchester Beavers will be playing for an OFSAA medal.
The Beavers defeated Tecumseh Lajeunesse, 1-0, in a shutout, during the OFSAA 1A girls' soccer quarterfinals. The game was scoreless through regulation and overtime.
Dorchester takes on Cornwall La Citadelle, in a semifinal, 9 a.m. Saturday. The other semi has Ottawa Louis Riel against Alexandria Le Relais.
The Beavers finished pool play with two wins and two ties, finishing one point behind Breslau Woodland Christian, a team they beat 2-1.
After a pair of ties on day one, Ashley Legg and Sarah Smith scored in the victory over Woodland Christian, last year's 1A champions.
Claudia Zavitz with two goals, Avery Dance and Annika Nolte with one each, in Dorchester's 4-0 silencing of Timiskaming.

PCI's Stanat wins OFSAA junior men's discus gold

Thursday, June 6, 2019
GUELPH, ON. - For a second consecutive year, Arthur (A.J.(Stanat) is an OFSAA champion in discus.
The Parkside C.I. student threw 52.65 metres to win the junior men's event, on day one of the provincial high school track and field championships, at Guelph University.
A year ago, Stanat won discus at the midget level.
Stanat has shot put on Friday.
Central Elgin Titan Hannah Onynema placed seventh in junior women's discus (33.14m).
St. Joseph's Ram Aiden Coles qualified for the midget men's 1500-metre run final, with the fourth fastest heat time (4:19.12).
East Elgin Eagle Julie Nagelhout finished 14th, in midget women's long jump (4.74m).

Sabres wins third straight Elgin girls' slo-pitch title

Thursday, May 30, 2019
ST. THOMAS - For a third consecutive year, the Summer's Corners Sabres have won the Elgin County girls' slo-pitch tournament.
The Sabres defeated the Trudeau Voyageurs, 9-3, in the final, following a semifinal win over the Lockes' Lions.
Sabres' pitcher Brianna Syrnyk delivered on offence too, with a three-run homer and a triple.
Both finalists and Locke's, who placed third, advance to the Thames Valley District School Board Valley championship, at Stronach Park, in London, June 11.

Beavers return to OFSAA girls soccer
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Tuesday, May 28, 2019
STRATHROY, ON. - OFSAA, the Dorchester Beavers are back.
For the second consecutive season, the Beavers won the WOSSAA 1A girls’ soccer title, to earn a spot at the provincial high school tournament.
Sarah Smith scored twice and Avery Dance, Maddy McLellan and Annika Nolte each had one goal, as the Beavers dumped the South Huron Sabres, 5-1, in the 1A gold medal game, at Van Dyk Park.
OFSAA is June 6-8, in Ancaster

Busy schedule fails to slow Titans' De Sousa

Thursday, May 23, 2019
LONDON, ON. - Tayah De Sousa may have had all four of her events on the same day, three within a two hour span, but that didn't slow the Central Elgin Titan on day one of the WOSSAA track and field championships.
De Sousa won gold in both the junior women's 80-metre hurdles and long jump, placed second in the 100-metre sprint, and helped the Titans' junior women's 4x100-metre relay team finished fifth.
The top five in each event advance to the OFSAA West regional meet, May 31-June 1, in Cambridge.
Fellow Titan Hannah Onyema won junior women's discus.
AJ Stanat, of Parkside C.I. won gold in junior men's shot put and discus, while fellow Stampeder Michael Roth took gold in the senior men's 400 metre run.
East Elgin Eagle Hallee Knelsen finished first in the junior women's 1500 metres, while Nathaniel Abell was second, in the open men's steeplechase.

Beavers blank Titans in South-East 1A soccer finals
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Thursday, May 23, 2019
TILLSONBURG, ON. - The Dorchester Beavers are the Thames Valley Regional Athletics (TVRA) 1A South-East boys and girls' soccer champions.
Annika Nolte and Hannah Vickers scored and Julie Piper was in net, as the Lady Beavers blanked the Central Elgin Titans, 2-0, in the girls' final.
Mirsad Novak-Hasic, with two goals, Aiden O'Brien and Willian Legg scored, to lead the Beavers over the Titans, 4-0, in the boys' game.
Dorchester advances WOSSAA, Tuesday, May 28th, in Strathroy.

Stamps bring home South-East AAA soccer titles
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Thursday, May 23, 2019
TILLSONBURG, ON. - The Parkside Stampeders captured the boys and girls' Thames Valley Regional Athletics (TVRA) AAA South-East soccer titles, both teams defeating the Ingersoll Blue Bombers, in their respective finals.
Zeke Gubinczki and Colton Waicek scored as Parkside blanked Ingersoll, 2-0, in the boys' game.
Tazia Lessard potted a hat trick to lead the Lady Stamps past Ingersoll, 7-0. Braelyn Dennis, Hayley Umansky, Chloe Ellery and Ashley Watson, also scored.
The Stampeders move on to WOSSAA, Tuesday, May 28th, at the North London Fields, in London.

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

Tomcats open junior season eyeing Elims and Canadians

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

Knelsen sets PB for 800 metres at open meet

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

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

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

Lady Rams' soccer season ends on penalty kicks

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

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

Roth, Belanger, Knelsen, star at opening track meet

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

Beavers bring home WOSSAA junior boys' volleyball bronze
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
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
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.
Both teams move on to the WOSSAA AA tournament, Wednesday, November 13th, at South Collegiate, in London.
Hawks capture second minor football peewee title in three years
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

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

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
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

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
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

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
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

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.

Injury free Wilson-Walker ready for Parapan-Am Games

Friday, August 23, 2019
AVON, ON - A four year wait for Madison Wilson-Walker is over.
The 22-year old para-athlete from Avon is at her first Parapan Am Games, beginning today until September 1, in Lima, Peru.
Wilson Walker competes in long jump, Tuesday, August 27th and the 100-metre dash, Wednesday, Aug. 28. CBC will be live streaming events.
Returning to form similar to her high school days at Lord Dorchester Secondary School, Wilson-Walker set the world record in her class (P62) for long jump (4.29 metres) earlier this year.
Lima will serve as a qualifier for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

Keyframe and Formet rout way to STMBA house league titles
Keyframe Communications pitcher Taylor Salminen delivers against Centennial Sports Club, during the St. Thomas Minor Baseball peewee house league final, at the Centennial diamonds. Taylor was the winning pitcher and drove in four runs from the plate.

Saturday August 18, 2019
ST. THOMAS - Neither Keyframe Communications nor Formet Industries wasted time capturing their respective St. Thomas Minor Baseball house league championship.
Keyframe completed a sweep of both the regular season and playoff peewee titles, by mercying Centennial Sports Club, 13-2 in five innings, in the final.
In the mosquito final, Formet also needed just five innings to take care of Centennial Sports Club, 16-4.

Dorchester's Evan Burns hits natural cycle for London Badgers
London Badger and Dorchester native Evan Burns at bat during a 16U game. The 15-year old hit for the cycle on August 11th against Tecumseh.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019
DORCHESTER - Evan Burns had a ball game to remember.
The 15-year old pitcher and third baseman from Dorchester, hit for the cycle for the 16U London Badgers, during an exhibition tilt against the Tecumseh Thunder, August 11th, in Tecumseh.
A sixth inning grand slam completed the cycle in a 20-6 win, with Burns delivering 10 RBIs in the game.

Knelsen takes bronze in the 800 at National Legion track and field

Sunday, August 11, 2019
SYDNEY, N.S. - Hallee Knelsen has added to St. Thomas Legion Club's medal count.
The 16-year old took the bronze medal in the under-18 women's 800-metre run, on day three of the National Legion track and field championships, at Cape Breton University.
Her time of 2:09.79 was just off her personal best effort set last weekend at the Athletics Ontario provincials.
St. Thomas athletes now have six medals from the National meet.
Mason Basson just missed his second medal of the meet, finishing fourth, in the U16 boys 800-metre run. Vincent Moore and Harrison Belanger finished seventh and eighth, respectively, behind Basson.
Michael Roth finishes ninth, in the U18 men's 200-metre dash.
AJ Stanat, 16, tossed the five kilogram hammer 43.51 metres, for ninth place in the U18 men's event.
Lily Francis places 12th, in the U18 women's heptathlon, after withdrawing from the 800-metre race.

Five medals for St. Thomas at National Legion track and field

Saturday, August 10, 2019
SYDNEY, N.S. - Tayah De Sousa, AJ Stanat, Mason Basson and Michael Roth have made the podium among the best in Canada.
The four St. Thomas Legion club athletes, along with the U16 men's 1600-metre medley relay team, medaled on day one and two of the National Legion track and field championships, at Cape Breton University.
De Sousa captured a silver medal in the under-18 women's 100-metre hurdles final on Friday, finishing in 14.70 seconds.
Basson took bronze in the U16 men's 1200-metre run Friday, crossing the line in 3:18.08.
Roth, wearing the Team Ontario colours, placed third today, in the U18 men's 400-metre dash. Roth, the Ontario 400 champion, finished in 48.69 seconds.
Stanat set a personal best distance taking bronze, today in the U18 men's shot put, with a toss of 14.67 metres. Stanat placed sixth in discus, with a best effort of 43.11 metres on Friday.
The relay team team of Basson, Vincent Moore, Harrison Belanger and Fox Gray, had the third best time (3:48.49) in their race today.
Hallee Knelsen just missed the podium but set a PB time of 4:35.42, finishing fourth, in the U18 women's 1500 metre run on Friday. Knelsen has the 800- metre run on Sunday.
Gray was eighth in the U16 boys 300-metre dash final (38.13 seconds).
Belanger and Moore finished eighth (3:23.82) and ninth (3:24.59) respectively, in the U16 men's 1200-metre run.
Lily Francis sits 11th overall after five events in the heptathlon.

Legion's Roth, Stanat and Knelsen have big meets at AO track and field

Sunday, August 4, 2019
WINDSOR, ON. - Michael Roth, Lexi Stanat and the women's 1600-metre medley relay race team captured gold at the Athletics Ontario U14/U16/U18 outdoor track and field championships, over the weekend, at Windsor Stadium.
Roth won the U18 men's 400 metre run in 48.9 seconds. The Parkside C.I. student also placed third in the 200 metre dash (22.24 sec.) and fourth in the 100 dash (11.12 sec.).
The U18 women's 1600-metre medley relay team of Kyra Vellinga, Tayah DeSousa, Earen Klassen and Hallee Knelsen, won in a meet record time of 4:06.68, breaking the old time by almost three seconds faster than 4:09.64, set by Laurel Creek, in 1991.
Knelsen, 16, went home with a medal of each colour, finishing second in the U18 1500 metre run (4:36.64) and third, in the 800-metre run (2:09.54, setting personal best times in both events.
Lexi Stanat won the U14 girls' javelin by five metres (29.86m) and placed second in both shot put (10.24m) and discus (37.37m), behind champion Julia Tunks.
Mason Basson placed second, in the U16 boys' 1200 metre run (3:18.03) and third, in the 800 metres (1:59.54).
Jadyn Luna, of Thorndale, competing with London-Western club, won the U16 girls' long jump.
Aiden Coles, of St. Thomas, competing with London Legion, won the U16 boys 2000 metre race (6:03.09).

Split means Tomcats face must wins at Provincial Junior Eliminations

Saturday, August 3, 2019
OSHAWA, ON. - The St. Thomas Tomcats are 3-1 after two days at the Baseball Ontario Junior Elimination championship.
The Tomcats were edged by the Etobicoke Rangers, 7-6 in their second game today. Tied at six, heading into the seventh, two errors led to the Rangers' winning run.
It is a must win situation Sunday morning against the Mississauga Tigers, a team the Tomcats beat 16-10 earlier today to improve to 3-0.
Josh Hare had solo home runs in both St. Thomas games.
Eight teams remain at the tournament, down from 23, with Etobicoke and the Windsor Selects undefeated.
The final is Monday, with both teams earning spots at Canadians, August 15-18th, in Gatineau, Quebec.

Tomcats win opening two games at the Provincial Junior Eliminations

Friday, August 2, 2019
OSHAWA, ON. - The St. Thomas Tomcats are 2-0 after day one at the Baseball Ontario Junior Elimination championship.
The Tomcats opened the four day tournament doubling up on the High Park Braves, 8-4, Friday afternoon. A 5-0 blanking of the East York Bulldogs followed this evening.
Pitcher Travis Keys won game one, while Zack Banks took the win in game two, striking out eight batters over six innings.
Daniel Lichty had a two-run double versus High Park and Josh Hare belted a base clearing triple against East York, for the Tomcats' key hits in each game.
"The team was prepared. We were ready to go both games," Tomcats' manager Arizona Phoenix said. "We scored in the first inning of both games."
St. Thomas takes on the Mississauga Tigers, Saturday, at 12:30 p.m. and will play a second game no matter the result.
Twenty three teams are battling to advance to the final on Monday and a berth at Canadians, August 15-18th, in Gatineau, Quebec.

Tomcats armed for run at Provincial Junior Eliminations
St. Thomas Tomcats' senior players, from left, Alex Lamont, Matt Brooks, Kevin Bowden, Daniel Lichty, will lead the way at the Junior Elimination tournament. (photo / Rob J. Ross).

Thursday, August 1, 2019
ST. THOMAS - The St. Thomas Tomcats’ senior players feel this year’s team is the deepest of the past three seasons.
Depth in terms of pitching, a key component every season in winning Baseball Ontario’s Junior Elimination tournament, that begins Friday in Oshawa. Twenty three teams will be battling to advance to the final and a berth at Canadians, August 15-18th, in Gatineau, Quebec.

St. Thomas Reds break through winning Girls Soccerfest U18 title
St. Thomas Reds' Olivia Ryder (8) attempts to strip the ball from Sarnia Spirit's Baylie Fournie, during the Under-18 final, at girls Soccerfest at Athletic Park. St. Thomas won 2-0. (photo / Rob J. Ross).

Sunday, July 28, 2019
ST. THOMAS - Klara Lattanzio and Grace Shackelton scored, while keeper Aviva Fournie had the shutout, as St. Thomas blanked the Sarnia Spirit, 2-0, in the U18 final for Girls Soccerfest, at Athletic Park.
The Reds won their first shootout of the season, in the semifinals, to advance to the title game.

Masters and Men's fastball at St. Thomas Storm Invitational
St. Thomas Storm second baseman Steve Goodhue has a wild hop to handle, against Waterdown, during a Masters Division pool game, at the St. Thomas Storm Fastball Invitational, in Fingal. (photo / Rob J. Ross).

Saturday, July 27, 2019
FINGAL, ON. - Fastball is in the air featuring teams in two divisions, Men's and Masters/Legends, at the St. Thomas Storm Invitational.
The three day tournament concludes with the master's/Legends final, Sunday, at 12:30 p.m. and men's final, at 2:30 p.m.

Three teams carry St. Thomas colours at Girls' Soccerfest
The Leamington United keeper knocks the ball awat from St. Thomas Reds' Rachel Bell, during Under-18 action, at girls Soccerfest at Athletic Park. Bell and Kayla Wilton scored in a 2-1 Reds' win. (photo / Rob J. Ross).

Saturday, July 27, 2019
ST. THOMAS - Three St. Thomas Reds teams are in action this weekend at the St. Thomas Soccer Club's annual Girls Soccerfest at Athletic and Cowan Parks.
This year's tournament features five divisions, including U18, 16 and 14.

Roth wins 400 to make Team Ontario for Legion Nationals
Michael Roth will be with Team Ontario for the Legion National track and field championships, after winning the youth men's 400 metres at the Legion provincial meet. (photo / courtesy St. Thomas Legion).

Saturday, July 20, 2019
ST. THOMAS - Michael Roth will be in the National stage for the first time in his track career.
The St. Thomas Legion sprinter won the youth men's 400 metres, in 49.4 seconds, at the Legion provincial track and field championships, July 12-13, in Brampton.
Roth, heading into Grade 12 this September, at Parkside C.I., also finished second in the 200 metre dash (22.69 sec.) and fourth, in the 100 metre dash (11.24).
Eight other Legion members had top five results.
Dorchester's Brianna Rand, wearing the London Legion colours, was fourth in both the midget women's 300-metre dash (42.92 sec.) and 200-metre hurdles (29.26 sec.) and fifth, in triple jump (10.28 m).

Local females fourth with Ontario West at field hockey Nationals
Amber Safadi (middle, hugged by teammate) and Braelyn Dennis (front of Safadi), with Team Ontario West, at the U18 women's National outdoor field hockey championship.

Monday, July 8, 2019
SURREY, BC. - St. Thomas natives Braelyn Dennis and Amber Safadi and their Ontario West teammates placed fourth, at the U18 women's National field hockey championship.
Ontario Central defeated Ontario West, 2-1, in the bronze medal game.
In an all B.C. gold final as the B.C. Stangs beat the B.C. Rams, 1-0.
The B.C. Rams defeated Ontario West, 4-1, in the semifinals.
In Ontario West's final pool game on Saturday, Dennis scored four times in a 11-0 win over Alberta. Dennis also scored twice in a win over Quebec.
Dennis heads to the University of Guelph next month, while Safadi returns to Parkside C.I.

Eagles' Knelsen and Dorchester's Rand run to OFSAA silver
Mid way through the race, East Elgin Eagle Hallee Knelsen leads the junior women's 800 metre run, at the OFSAA track and field championships. Emma Pegg did pass Knelsen for the gold medal. (photo / Rob J. Ross)

Saturday, June 8, 2019
GUELPH, ON. - Over the past year Hallee Knelsen and Emma Pegg have become good friends. Expect for about those two minutes and 14 seconds every time they step on to the track for the 800 metre race.
Knelsen won a silver medal in the junior women's 800 metres, finishing behind Pegg, on day three of OFSAA track and field, at Guelph University.
Pegg wins the 800 for a second year in a row, while Knelsen moves up from a bronze medal as a midget competitor.
Dorchester's Brianna Rand set a personal best time of 45.44 seconds grabbing the silver medal in the midget women's 300-metre hurdles. Sitting about fifth place, with 90 metres to go, Rand strapped on the jet pack moving up three positions.
Parkside's Mason Basson just missed the podium for the midget men's 800 metre run, finishing fourth.
Parkside's Micheal Roth placed ninth, in the senior men's 200 metres, one spot from qualifying for the final.
St. Joseph's Aiden Coles was 10th, in the midget men's 3000 metres, the same spot Harrison Belanger placed in the midget men's 800 metres
Dorchester's Connor Erb and Owen Pink, finished 14th and 19th, respectively, in the junior men's 3000 metres.
Unfortunately, Dorchester's Leaha Johnston, the West regional champion, fouled out of the junior women's javelin competition.

De Sousa golden at OFSAA while Stanat and Coles bring home bronze
Central Elgin Titan Tayah De Sousa moments after winning the junior women's 80-metre hurdles, at the OFSAA track and field championships. (photo / Rob J. Ross)

Friday, June 7, 2019
GUELPH, ON. - Crossing the finish line Tayah De Sousa covered her face realizing she was an OFSAA champion.
The Central Elgin Titan won the junior women's 80-metre hurdles, in a personal best time of 11.43 seconds, in front of her dad, grandparents and coaches, at the OFSAA track and field championships, hosted by Guelph University.
De Sousa, also 14th in long jump, was one of four local athletes to medal, on day two of the three day provincial high school event.
Parkside's A.J. Stanat won his second medal taking bronze in junior men' shot put, a PB distance of 16.50 metres, a day after winning discus. Stanat duplicates his results from a year ago as a midget competitor.
St. Joseph's Ram Aiden Coles finished third, in the midget men's 1500 metres, thanks to incredible kick over the final 300 metres, lowering his PB time by four seconds to 4:16.34.
Central Elgin Titan Hannah Onyema placed sixth, in junior women's shot put (12.53 metres), the same position for Parkside's Mason Basson, in midget men's high jump (1.75m).
Julie Nagelhout also placed sixth, in midget women's javelin (32.41 metres), an implement the East Elgin Eagle only started throwing a month ago.
Dorchester's Hannah Freer placed 12th, in the midget women's pole vault (2.45 metres), while teammate Abby Downing was 16th, in junior women's pole vault (2.50 metres).
Jadyn Luna, of Thorndale, was the anchor runner on Medway high school's silver medal winning midget women's 4x100-metre relay team. Only an OFSAA record setting time of 48.86 seconds by Rexdale Henry Carr was faster than Medway's 50.70 seconds.

Beavers open OFSAA girls' soccer with a pair of ties
Dorchester Beaver Avery Dance works to control the ball against two Hamilton Christian players, during OFSAA 1A girls' soccer action, at Heritage Green Sports Park. (photo / Rob J. Ross)

Thursday, June 6, 2019
STONEY CREEK, ON. - After day one, the Lord Dorchester Beavers have a pair of ties, at the OFSAA 1A girls' soccer tournament with two ties, at the Heritage Green Sports Park.
Sarah Smith and Annika Nolte scored in a 2-2 affair with Newcastle Clarke High.
Smith had five scoring opportunities and the Beavers hit a post, in a scoreless draw against Hamilton Christian, in their tournament opener.
Dorchester (0-2-0) takes on Breslau Woodland Christian (2-0-0) and Timiskaming District (0-0-2) tomorrow. A top two placement in their pool is needed to advance to the quarterfinals, late Friday afternoon.

Golden performances for four local athletes at regional track and field
East Elgin Eagle Hallee Knelsen (204) along with her fellow competitors in the junior women's 800-metre run, display what it takes attempting to qualify for OFSAA, on day two of the OFSAA West Regional track and field championships, at Jacob Hespeler high school. Knelsen finished second to Chatham Kent's Emma Pegg (sitting). (photo / Rob J. Ross)

Saturday, June 1, 2019
CAMBRIDGE, ON. - Four local athletes are OFSAA West Regional champions.
Dorchester's Leaha Johnston and Brianna Rand, Parkside's Mason Basson and Central Elgin's Hannah Onyema, won events on day two of the track and field meet, at Jacob Hespeler high school.
Johnston won junior women's javelin, while Rand finished first in the midget women's 300-metre hurdles. Onyema set a personal best taking the junior women's shot put crown.
Basson won the midget men's 800-metre run and was second in high jump, a day after finishing third in the 1500 metres.
The top four in each event at regionals, advance to this year's OFSAA championships, June 6-8, at the University of Guelph.
East Elgin Eagle Hallee Knelsen finished second in the junior women's 800 metres, while fellow Eagle Julie Nagelhout was fourth in midget javelin.
Dorchester's Owen Pink and Connor Erb, placed second and fourth, respectively, in the junior men's 3000 metres.
St. Joseph's Harrison Belanger was third, in the midget men's 800 metres and Aiden Coles was fourth, in the midget men's 3000 metres.
Parkside Stampeder Michael Roth finished second, in the senior men's 200-metre dash.
In total from the two day meet, 14 athletes in 23 events, representing Central Elgin, Dorchester, East Elgin Parkside and St. Joseph's high schools, advanced to OFSAA.

DeSousa and Stanat both double qualifiers for OFSAA track and field
Parkside Stampeder A.J. Stanat unleashes in junior men's shot put, on day one of the OFSAA West Regional track and field championships, at Jacob Hespeler high school. Stanat placed second with a a best toss of 16.05 metres. He also was second in discus. (photo / Rob J. Ross)

Friday, May 31, 2019
CAMBRIDGE, ON. - Central Elgin Titan Tayah De Sousa and Parkside Stampeder A.J. Stanat, are both returning to OFSAA in two events.
De Sousa won the junior women's 80-metre hurdles (11.67 seconds) and placed second in long jump on a tie-breaker (5.01 metres), while Stanat took home silver medals, in both junior men's discus (52.58 metres) and shot put (16.05m), on day one of the OFSAA West Regional track and field championships, at Jacob Hespeler high school.
A year ago at OFSAA, hosted by York University, Stanat was the midget men's discus champion and took home bronze in shot put. De Sousa was fourth in both of her events.
The top four in each event at regionals, advance to this year's OFSAA championships, June 6-8, at the University of Guelph.
There are a few exceptions due to the West Region hosting the provincial high school meet. For example, the top eight in midget women's pole vault advance, due to not all regions having four athletes to send to OFSAA.
This allowed Dorchester Beaver Hannah Freer to advance, after finishing seventh (2.40 metres).
Central Elgin Titian Hannah Onyema placed second in junior women's discus (35.29 metres) with a five metre personal best throw.
East Elgin Eagle Hallee Knelsen finished third, in the junior women's 1500 metre run (4:45.46). Eagle Julie Nagelhout was third in midget women's long jump (4.91 metres).
Parkside's Mason Basson was third (4:21.28), in the midget men's 1500 metres, followed by St. Joseph's Ram Aiden Coles (4:22.65).
Parkside's Michael Roth finished third, in the senior men's 400 metre run.

Parkside's Roth healthy and on track winning his second gold
Parkside Stampeder Michael Roth on his way to winning the senior men's 200 metre sprint final, at the WOSSAA track and field championships, at Western University. (photo / Rob J. Ross)

Friday, May 24, 2019
LONDON, ON. - Michael Roth is back and healthy.
The Parkside Stampeder won the senior men's 200 metre sprint and placed second in the 400-metre hurdles, a day after winning the 400 metre run, at the WOSSAA track and field championships, at Western University.
Roth advances all three events, to the OFSAA West regional meet, May 31-June 1, in Cambridge,
A year ago an injury at the regional meet derailed his season, but Roth as returned stronger and wiser with similar hopes to reaching OFSAA.
Fellow Stampeder Mason Basson, also qualified in three events, winning the midget men's 800 metre run and high jump and placing second in the 1500 metres.
Central Elgin Titan Hannah Onyema won junior women's shot put, while East Elgin Eagle Hallee Knelsen finished first in the junior women's 800 metre run.
Dorchester has two WOSSAA champions, with Brianna Rand the fastest in the midget women's 300-metre hurdles and Dilpreet Sandhu winning the junior men's 800 metres.

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