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Carr opens beach tourney with victory

Friday, April, 9, 2021
BATON ROUGE, LA. - Ally Carr, of Shedden, and her New Orleans Privateers partner Maxine Walsh, defeated Louisiana-Monroe University (ULM), 21-18, 18-21, 15-8, in their first match at the Battle on the Bayou women's beach volleyball tournament this afternoon.

Benati leads team in shots on goal in loss

Wednesday, April 8, 2021
EVANSVILLE, IN. - Dorchester's Nicole Benati had two of University of Evansville women's soccer team's seven shots on goal, in a 1-0 loss to Indiana State, their final regular season game.
Evansville out shot Indiana State, 12-9, but the visiting team had the lone goal, just 2:25 into the match.
The Purple Aces (2-3-2) will open the Missouri Valley Conference playoffs at Valparaiso, Indiana, April 11. The teams had a scoreless tie on March 24th.

Novak picks up third assist in four games

Saturday, April 3, 2021
LOS ANGELES, CA. - In UCLA Bruins' women soccer 4-0 shutout of Washington State late Friday, freshman forward Kaila Novak (St. Thomas) picked up her third assist, (to go with one goal) in the past four games.

Mendham delivers three-run bomb in loss

Saturday, April 3, 2021
ATHENS, GE. - Dorchester's David Mendham homered to left field giving South Carolina a 3-0 lead in top of the fourth inning.
But Georgia rallied to take the NCAA South Eastern Conference (SEC) game, 5-3, Friday night.
Georgia replied with a run in the home half of the fourth, two in the sixth inning and one run, in each of the seventh and eighth innings.
Mendham is hitting .268 with 15 RBIs. The first baseman has two home runs, four doubles and has walked 11 times.

Dunn spears silver in women's javellin throw

Friday, April 2, 2021
HIGH POINT, N.C. - Dorchester's Megan Dunn, a senior with the Wofford College track and field team, threw a season best 39.40 metres, good for second place in women's javelin, at the Vertklasse outdoor university track and field meet, in High Point.
Dunn also had a season best time in the women's 100-metres hurdles, finishing 12th in 15.09 seconds. Her career personal best is 14.98 seconds.
Her PB for javelin is 40.63 metres.
Dunn concluded the meet by helping Wofford's women's 4x400-metre relay team place third, in 3:57.11.
A multi events athlete, Dunn is training for the hepthathlon at the NCAA Southern Conference (SoCon) outdoor track and field championships, May 1-2, in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

Mendham chips in with single and double

Wednesday, March 31, 2021
COLUMBIA, S.C. - In South Carolina's 9-4 win over Gardner-Webb University, first baseman David Mendham, of Dorchester, chipped in with a single, double and a RBI on a sac fly.
Mendham is batting .357 over the past three games, all wins for South Carolina.
Overall this season, Mendham is hitting .269 with 12 RBIs.

Carr and Walsh win big over Southeastern

Monday, March 29, 2021
HATTIESBU, MISS. - Ally Carr, of Shedden, and partner Maxine Walsh, swept Southeastern Lousiana University's Michelle Mirarchi and Hannah Barosh, 21-14, 21-12, at the Southern Miss beach courts.
The University of New Orleans Privateers' number two pair picks up their fourth match win of the season. Carr now has 36 career wins at New Orleans.
Earlier in the day Carr and Walsh lost a close match, to Southern Miss, 15-21, 24-22, 15-12 and fell 21-15, 21-18, to Spring Hill College, out of Mobile, Alabama.

Top 10 results for Dunn at outdoor track meet

Saturday, March 27, 2021
MONTREAT, S.C. - Megan Dunn, of Dorchester, a senior with the Wofford College track and field team, had four top 10 results at the Montreat College Invitational.
Today, Dunn placed sixth in both the women's 100-metre hurdles (15.21 seconds) and 400 metre run (59.35 sec.).
On day one of the meet Friday, Dunn won the bronze medal in women's javelin (37.41 metres) and finished 10th in long jump (5.34m).
Dunn is a multi events athlete who is training for the NCAA Southern Conference (SoCon) outdoor track and field championships, May 1-2, in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

Bottom of 14th rally for Mendham's Gamecocks

Saturday, March 27, 2021
GREENVIL, S.C. - It took 14 innings, but Dorchester's David Mendham and his South Carolina Gamecocks teammates edged fifth ranked Florida Gators, 9-8, in NCAA SEC action late Friday, scoring twice in the home half.
Mendham had a double and single in the game. The junior is batting .254 for the season, with 11 RBIs.

Carr and Walsh defeat Southern Miss

Sunday, March 21, 2021
BATON ROUGE, LA. - Ally Carr, of Shedden, and partner Maxine Walsh, defeated Southern Miss' Bre Favre and Olivia Hepworth, 24-22, 19-21, 15-8, at the LSU women's beach volleyball Invitational.
The University of New Orleans Privateers' number two pair fell to Houston Baptist Univeristy (HBU)'s Lauren Huggins and Allison Stanfill, 21-19, 21-11.
Saturday, Carr and Walsh lost to third ranked (in the NCAA) Louisiana State (LSU) and 16th ranked South Carolina, both matches in two games.

Mendham helps come back to stop skid

Sunday, March 21, 2021
AUSTIN, TX. - Dorchester's David Mendham delivered a pair of singles helping South Carolina University (12-6) come back to edge number two ranked Vanderbilt (15-3), 6-5, in NCAA baseball.
The win snapped South Carolina's six game slide, including being no hit by Vanderbilt's Jack Leiter on Saturday.
Mendham is hitting .262 with 11 RBIs.

Horvat records another two point game

Saturday, March 20, 2021
MONTRL, QC. - For the second time in three games, Bo Horvat had a goal and one assist, increasing the Vancouver Canucks' captain season number to 14 goals and 12 assists.
But the Canucks lost to the Montreal Canadians, 5-4, slipping back to the .500 mark at 16-16-3, fifth in the North Division.
Horvat scored once and had a helper in the Canucks' 3-2 win over Ottawa, March 17th.

Josh Niles begins NCAA baseball career

Friday, March 19, 2021
BUFFALO, N.Y. - Josh Niles, of St. Thomas, begins his NCAA baseball career this weekend with the Canisius College Golden Griffins.
The division one private school in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC), has a double-header against Fairfield University, Saturday and Sunday.
Niles, a graduate of St. Joseph's high school, is majoring in sport and exercise healthcare.
The 18-year old hit .350 over five years with the Great Lake Canadians. He was the Hitter of the Year in 2018 and 2019 and the Defensive Player of the Year in 2018.

Beauty pass is Novak's first NCAA assist

Sunday, March 14, 2021
SALT LAKE CITY, UT. - Kaila Novak, of St. Thomas, a freshman forward with the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) women's soccer team, picked up her first career NCAA assist on a goal by Reilyn Turner.
The goal was the game winner in a 2-0 shutout of the University of Utah, today in the NCAA Pac-10 Conference.
UCLA (8-0) is ranked number two for NCAA women's soccer, behind Stanford, in the coaches' poll.

Tough weekend for Mendham and SC team

Sunday, March 14, 2021
AUSTIN, TX. - It was a tough past three days for David Mendham, of Dorchester, and the previouly undefeated University of South Carolina (11-3) in NCAA men's Divison One baseball.
The Texas Longhorns swept a triple-header, outscoring South Carolina, 15-6, over the three games, including today's 8-5 win.
Mendham was hitless in seven at bats this series, seeing his average drop to .250. The 21-year old is currently in a 0-for-12 slump, with eight strikeouts.
Mendham remains tied for third in team RBIs.

Carr and Walsh go 1-2 at beach tournament

Saturday, March 13, 2021
MONROE, LA. - Ally Carr, of Shedden, and partner Maxine Walsh, the number two women's beach volleyball team for the University of New Orleans Privateers, had a 1-2 match record at the ULM Warhawk Invitational.
Carr and Walsh late today came back to defeat Southeastern's Hannah Barash and Michelle Mirarchi, 12-21, 21-16, 15-10.
The Privateers' pair lost to University of Louisiana-Monroe (ULM)'s Abi Demmer and Kayla Gallant, 21-14 and 21-16, earlier today. On Friday, Carr and Walsh fell to Missouri State's Grace Cook and Chloe Tome, 21-18, 21-11.
New Orleans returns to action March 20th at the LSU Invitational, in Baton Rouge.

McKegg two assists in AHL Providence debut

Saturday, March 14, 2021
BOSTON, MASS. - Greg McKegg, of St. Thomas, picked up two assists in his first game with the Providence Bruins, Boston's AHL affiliate, a 5-2 win over the Hartford Wolf Pack.
The 28-year old has spent most of the NHL season on Boston's taxi squad, a five player emergency option for games, created due to the pandemic.
McKegg was reassigned to Providence early Friday and today was added back to Boston's taxi squad.

Novak puts in 44 minutes in UCLA win

Friday, March 12, 2021
BOULDER, CO. - Kaila Novak, of St. Thomas, a freshman forward with the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) women's soccer team, played 44 minutes and had one shot on net today, during a 1-0 win over Colorado.
UCLA is 7-0 overall and 4-0 in the PAC-10.
Novack attended high school at St. Joe's for grades nine and 10, before transferring to Bill Crothers Secondary school.

Horvat fires winner in shootout vs Habs

Monday, March 8, 2021
VANCVR, B.C. - Bo Horvat lifted the Vancouver Canucks to a 2-1 win over the Montreal Canadians scoring the winner in a shootout.
Vancouver's captain assisted on Adam Gaudette's equalizer with 40.5 seconds left in the third period.
The Canucks (12-15-2) extend their win streak to three games.

Horvat big in Canucks' win over Leafs

Saturday, March 6, 2021
TORONTO, ON. - Bo Horvat scored his 11th goal of the season and picked up an assist, helping the Vancouver Canucks double up on the Toronto Maple Leafs, 4-2.
The 25-year old who grew up in Rodney sits fifth in Canucks' team scoring with 19 points.
Horvat's career season highs are 27 goals and 34 assists.

Adzija's Bobcats edged in ECAC semifinals

Friday, March 5, 2021
HAMLTON, N.Y. - It was a tough result for Lexie Adzija, of St. Thomas, and her Quinnipiac Bobcats, edged 2-1 by the Colgate University Raiders, in an Eastern Conference Athletic Conference (ECAC) semifinal.
Adzija had an assist on the Bobcats' lone goal and took 25 of the team's 56 face-offs.
Colgate meets the St. Lawrence University Saints, featuring London's Julia Gosling, in the final.

Jenner scores and sets up Jackets' winner

Thursday, March 4, 2021
DALLAS, TX. - Boone Jenner opened the scoring and assisted on the game winner by Eric Robinson, as the Columbia Blue Jackets held on for a 3-2 win over the Dallas Stars.
The 27-year old Dorchester native has eight goals and seven assists this season.

McKegg his makes Boston Bruins debut

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

Adzija faceoff magic in Quinnipiac win

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

Mendham has a three for five night

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

Carr and Walsh pick up first match victory

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

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

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


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

Carr and Walsh drop opening day matches

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

Mendham delivers solo shot in victory

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

Mendham carries South Carolina

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

Novak makes NCAA soccer debut

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

James Dunn invited to para hockey camp

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

Four point game for Adzija in dominant win

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

Thornton scores first goal with Maple Leafs

Saturday, January 16, 2021
TORONTO, ON. - Joe Thornton scored his first goal as a Toronto Maple Leaf, during a 3-2 win over the Ottawa Senators.
The St. Thomas native also picked up an assist on Auston Matthews' first goal of the season.
Thornton, with 421 goals in his NHL career, is the second oldest player to score for the Leafs in team history, after Allan Stanley (41 years, 252 days). If Thornton scores after March 12 of this year, he'll become the oldest Leaf.

Adzija scores twice in Quinnipiac's 5-0 win

Saturday, January 16, 2021
HAMDEN, CONN. - Lexie Adzija, of St. Thomas, scored twice, set up a third goal and won 18 of 25 faceoffs, as the University of Quinnipiac Bobcats blanked LIU, 5-0, today in NCAA women's hockey.
Adzija has four goals and four assists in four games this season.

McKegg heads to the Bruins' camp

Saturday, January 1, 2021
ST. THOMAS - Greg McKegg is midway through his tour of the NHL’s Eastern Conference.
Or as the 28-year old from St. Thomas jokes, he's heading to his third Original Six team.
Since making his NHL debut with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2014, McKegg has played in 185 games with six teams, skating for Pittsburg, Tampa Bay, Florida, Carolina and the New York Rangers.
Now McKegg is heading to Beantown, after signing a one year two-way contract this summer with the Boston Bruins.

Adzija scores in Quinnipiac opener

Sunday, December 13, 2020
CAMDEN, CONN. - In the season opener for the Quinnipiac Bobcats women's hockey team, junior Lexie Adzija of St. Thomas had one goal, one assist, eight shots on net and won 17 of 23 faceoffs taken, in a 6-1 win, over Sacred Heart University, in NCAA action.

McIntyre third fastest at X-C time trial

Saturday, November 7, 2020
WATERLOO, ON. - Hannah McIntyre, with the Dorchester Pole Vault Club, had the third fastest time (16:09) for the under-16 girls' four kilometre course, at the cross country time trial, held at the University of Waterloo.
Teammates Tegan Cecanese and Jenna Wideman, placed eighth and ninth respectively.
Dorchester's Grant Hallman was the fastest over two kilometres (7:35) in the U14 boys' division.
At Etobicoke, Owen Pink (DC) was third in the men's U18 six kilometre time trial finishing with a time of 20:01.
McIntyre, Ceccanese, Wideman and Pink, attend Lord Dorchester Secondary school, while Hallman is at Northdale Central elementary.

Wilson-Walker training towards making Paralympic Summer team

Wednesday, April 7, 2021
AVON, ON. - Working towards making the Canadian Paralympic team, Madie Wilson-Walker started 2021 off with her best jump to open an outdoor season.
At a recent meet in Guelph, Wilson-Walker leaped 4.22 metres, just shy of her personal best distance of 4.29 metres.
"I was pleased with that," said Wilson-Walker, a Team Canada hopeful in women's long jump for the Toyko Summer Paralympics.
The bi-lateral amputee athlete splits her time between jump training at Farquharson Arena, in London and workouts at her home gym in Avon.
Briefly the world record holder for the T62 long jump, the blade runner continues to perfect her technique.
"Mainly focusing on my takeoff and hang position and just saying as consistent as I can," said the 23-year old, who has two meets in May.
At 2019 Parapan-Am Games, in Lima Peru, Wilson-Walker placed fourth in both the women's long jump (T42-44/T61-63) and the 100-metre dash T64 final.
Wilson-Walker is an alumni of Lord Dorchester Secondary school, currently studying at Western University in London. She won multiple gold medals at OFSAA, the high school provincial championships, while at LDSS.

Benati sets up winning goal as Evansville blanks Loyola

Saturday, April 3, 2021
CHICAGO, IL. - Dorchester's Nicole Benati set up Emilie Hill's goal, as Evansville University blanks Loyola Chicago, 1-0, in NCAA Missouri Valley Conference women's soccer action.
It is Benati's first assist with Evansville, after transferring from the University of Buffalo, following her sophomore year.
Benati had one of Evansville's five shots against Loyola, as the Aces improved their overall record to 2-2-2.
Benati has played 515 minutes this season over Evanville's six games.
Morgan Blair, a graduate of East Elgin Secondary school, now a senior at Evansville, led the Aces' defence.

City of Angels attracts Central Elgin Titan track star Tayah DeSousa
Central Elgin Titan Tayah DeSousa (lane five) winning gold in the junior girls' 80-metre hurdles at the 2019 OFSAA track and field championships. (photo / Rob J. Ross) .

Friday, April 2, 2021
ST. THOMAS - Tayah DeSousa is taking her track spikes to the bright lights of the City of Angels.
The Grade 12 student athlete at Central Elgin Collegiate, will head to California (CAL) State University Long Beach in Los Angeles, this August on scholarship.
DeSousa will be focusing on hurdles, sprints, long jump and multi event competitions such as the pentathlon, while studying criminal justice, at the NCAA Division One school in the Big West Conference.

Novak jumps on a rebound potting first career NCAA goal for UCLA

Friday, March 26, 2021
LOS ANGELES, CA. - Kaila Novak has her first career NCAA goal.
The freshman from St. Thomas gave the UCLA Bruins women's soccer team a 1-0 lead against Arizona State, 16:41 into the first half.
A ball kicked by teammate Mia Fishel hit the left post and Novak quickly jumped on the rebound 10 feet outside of the keeper's box, depositing the ball into the right ride of the net.
Arizona won 2-1 in double overtime handing UCLA their first loss of the year (8-1-1).
Over nine games in the UCLA lineup, Novak has played 460 minutes, recording a goal, two assists, six shots in total with three on net.

Three Canadians playing University of Evansville women's soccer

Thursday, March 25, 2021
EVANSVILLE, IN. - The University of Evansville women's soccer team, aka Aces, boasts three players from the local area.
Senior defender Morgan Blair (left photo) hails from Aylmer and attended East Elgin Secondary school. The recently turned 22 year old played in all 16 of the Aces matches last season and started 12 of 15 matches in her second year.
Junior midfielder Nicole Benati (right photo) is a Lord Dorchester alumni who spent the past two years at the University of Buffalo.
Freshman forward Rachel Rosborough is from Mt. Brydges and attended Strathroy District last year.
The Aces are 1-1-2 in the Missouri Valley Conference, following a scoreless tie with Valparaiso. Benati had one shot.
Evansville is a private university in the city of the same name, in southern Indiana.

Novak's beauty cross sets up equalizer in UCLA women's soccer

Thursday, March 18, 2021
LOS ANGELES, CA. - Kaila Novak is becoming more prominent in games with the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Bruins women's soccer team.
The freshman forward from St. Thomas had the second assist on a goal by Reilyn Turner that tied the game against the University of Southern California (USC), at two goals each late in the second half.
Novak's beauty cross found Delanie Sheehan, who passed it back to Turner for the goal.
The game finished tied at two.
Novak, who now has assists in back to back games, played a season high 81 minutes. The Bruins' number seven has four shots this season, two shots on net.

Kegger scores first goal as a Bruin

Thursday, March 18, 2021
BUFFALO, N.Y. - Greg McKegg scored his first goal as a Boston Bruin, tipping home a Matt Grzelcyk shot, to open the scoring against the Buffalo Sabres.
The St. Thomas native had 10:20 of ice time in his second game wearing a Bruins' jersey. McKegg stepped in to the lineup in place of Sean Kuraly, out due to COVID-19 protocol.
McKegg has 19 goals and 15 assists over 187 career games with seven NHL teams.

Ally Carr is back at her happy place the beaches of New Orleans
Ally Carr in action with the New Orleans Privateers' women's volleyball team at a tournament, February 26-27th.

Friday, March 5, 2021
NEW ORLEANS, LO. - Ally Carr has a renewed appreciation and love for playing in the sand.
The 21-year old from Shedden has played beach volleyball for nearly a decade, but following a year away from the sport due to the pandmic, the junior with the New Orleans Privateers' women's team, was eager to feel sand under her feet.
"Being able to put my jersey on, step out on the court representing my team and school again was a dream come true," Carr said, following New Orleans' first matches of 2021. "I feel extremely grateful that I have the opportunity to play and hope that everyone in the St Thomas area has the chance to again soon."
"Beach volleyball is more than a sport for me, it's my happy place."

St. Thomas native Lexie Adzija leads Quinnipiac women's hockey
Lexie Adzija moves the puck through the neutral zone during a 2021 regular season game. The junior from St. Thomas led the Quinnipiac Bobcats' women's hockey team in scoring for the second consecutive season.

Tuesday, March 2, 2021
HAMDEN, CONN. - Lexie Adzija has led the University of Quinnipiac Bobcats' women's hockey team in scoring for a second consecutive season.
The junior from St. Thomas had 17 points over 15 games, with six goals and 17 assists. Adzija finished with 63 shots on net, a plus 11 and won 66 per cent of faceoffs.
Her linemates Renee Saltness and Taylor Girard, each had 15 points. Girard had a team high seven goals.
Last season, Adzija lead the Bobcats with 11 goals and 18 assists in 34 games. As a freshman Adzija tallied seven goals and 11 assists in 36 games, fourth highest on the team.
The Bobcats had a shortened schedule due to the pandemic and had seven games cancelled or postponed. No fans are permitted in arenas but most games are televised, or fans can follow on the school's social media platform.
Quinnipiac finished 10-5-0 overall and were 4-5 against Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) teams, Clarkson, Colgate and St. Lawrence.
The ECAC single game semifinals are Friday, with the Bobcats traveling to play Colgate.

Dunn repeats as NCAA SoCon women's pentathlon champion
Dorchester native and senior with the Wofford College Terriers, Megan Dunn, with her women's pentathlon gold medal, won at the Southern Conference indoor track and field championships, inside the VMI Corps Training Facility, in Lexington, Virginia.

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

Dorchester's Dunn wins pentathlon at invitational in record style

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

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

Thursday, December 17, 2020
AYLMER, ON. - One of the premier middle distance runners in Canada is staying close to home.
Hallee Knelsen, a Grade 12 student at East Elgin secondary school in Aylmer, received numerous offers, but in the end chose Western University, in London, to continue her education and running career.
Knelsen will be enrolling in the Health Science program, with the plan to attend med school and will be running both cross country and track for the Mustangs.
Following the 2019-2020 indoor track season in February, Knelsen ranked number one in Canada, for the under-18 women's 400, 600 and 800 metre runs and second for the 1500-metre run.

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

Monday, December 14, 2020
ST. THOMAS - It was a weekend the St. Thomas community scored.
Over this past weekend, the St. Thomas Stars and the St. Thomas Professional Firefighter’s Association (STPFA), along with Santa, collected donations for Christmas Care, walking the streets of the Railway City.
The team hit Dalewood Meadows in north St. Thomas on Saturday and were throughout Orchard Park in the southeast on Sunday.
Santa jingled his way around, not on a sleigh pulled by reindeer, but a 1951 Bickle Seagrave fire truck. A modern working fire truck also made the rounds.

After school program keeps students active during pandemic
The 11-13 year old group have enjoyed badminton every Friday since mid September, one of three sports that occurred with LDSS coach Curt Pollard. (photo/ Rob J. Ross)

Friday, December 12, 2020
DORCHESTER, ON. - Usually every autumn school gymnasiums are busy with the sounds of youth practicing and playing various sports.
Not this year thanks to the grinch named COVID-19 pandemic.
Enter Curt Pollard, Dorchester resident and coach at Lord Dorchester Secondary school.
Since September Pollard has been hosting skill development sessions, in basketball, volleyball and badminton, for elementary and high school students, at the Flight Exec Centre.

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

Friday, December 11, 2020
DORCHESTER, ON. - David Mendham is Canadian Baseball Network’s 2020 Canadian college player of the year.
The six-foot three native of Dorchester received 54 of the 62 first place votes, from ballots cast by a CBN panel. Mendham was also named to CBN’s all-Canadian team at third base.
During a spring season shortened by the COVID-19 pandemic, the left-handed hitting sophomore batted .493 with 36 hits and 26 RBIs in 21 games for the Connors State Cowboys, a division one college, in Warner, Okla.
His 36 hits led all Canadian college players and Mendham finished second in doubles (10) and third in RBIs (26) and on base plus slugging percentage (1.401) and scored 31 runs and stole six bases.

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

Saturday, November 14, 2020
LONDON, ON. - Cross country runners from across western Ontario had an opportunity to race.
Cross country meets, including the entire high school season, have been a casualty of Covid-19, leaving time trials and virtual races as the only options, under provincial health regulations.
Usually one meet for the entire province, Athletics Ontario had to divide their annual championship into three regionals, West, East and Central.
Fanshawe Golf Club, the site of the cancelled OFSAA high school provincial meet, hosted the AO West Region championships.
Athletes were placed in waves of no more than eight runners each, based on seed times.
Aiden Coles, of St. Thomas, running with London-Western club, had the top result of runners from the Elgin County and Dorchester area, placing sixth in the Under-18 boys' six kilometre race (20:00).
Hallee Knelsen, of Aylmer, running with St. Thomas Legion Club, was seventh (23:48) in the U18 girls' six kilometre event.
Hannah McIntyre, of Dorchester, placed eighth (16:49) in the Under-16 four kilometre race.

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

Sunday, November 8, 2020
LONDON, ON. - It was St. Thomas Hawks down on the final day of flag football.
The Hawks fell in both of their respective Under-10 and U14 divisional finals, for the London Minor Football Association, Sunday, at City Wide Fields.
The Cobras scored in overtime to edge the Hawks, 24-18, in the U14 divisional final.
Gavin, Cole Surmacz and Gage Lincoln scored touchdowns for St. Thomas.
In a back and forth U10 in final, the Rams held off the Hawks, 28-24. Tiernan DesRosiers with two touchdowns, Jaden Hinde and Max Boldt, scored touchdowns for the Hawks.

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

Sunday, November 1, 2020
LONDON, ON. - Thanks to a pair of touchdowns from Gage Lincoln, the St. Thomas Hawks are heading to the London Minor Football Association Under-14 flag football pod A final.
The Hawks held off the Cobras A team, 27-24, in the first of two semifinals. The Hawks remain undefeated, after posting a 7-0 regular season record.
St. Thomas faces the Cobras A team in the U14 final, Sunday, November 8th, 12:30 p.m. at City Wide Fields.
A year ago, the Hawks won the peewee title, renamed U14 this season. In 2018, St. Thomas captured the atom (U12) championship.
The Hawks are also in the U10 final, earning a bye following an 8-1 regular season.

St. Thomas Hawks finish first in two minor football divisions

Tuesday, October 27, 2020
ST. THOMAS - The St. Thomas Hawks finished first in two divisions in the London Minor Football Association.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there is no tackling this season, so it's flag football.
The Hawks finished first in their Under-10 pod with a 8-1 record. This feat earns the Hawks a bye to their final at City Wide Fields in London, Sunday, November 8th, at 10:45 a.m.
St. Thomas has two teams in the U14 division. The A squad won their pod going undefeated at 7-0, while the B Hawks finished 2-5.
Both U14 teams have semifinals, this Sunday. The U14 Hawks (A team) face Cobras B in a semifinal, this Sunday at 10:30 a.m. The U14 Hawks B take on Cobras B, at 11:45 am.
The U12 Hawks are 3-3 and conclude their regular season this weekend. The Hawks need to finish top two in their pod to advance to the final, on November 8th.

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

Thursday, October 15, 2020
SURREY, B.C. - Kayleigh Trowman captured her second event on the B.C. rivalry series, shooting a two-over 74, to win by one stroke, at the Northview Golf and Country club..
The third year arts major at the University of B.C. Okanagan campus in Kelowna, has two wins, a fourth and a ninth place finish after four of eight events.
Trowman from Port Stanley is a graduate of Parkside Collegiate.

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

Saturday, September 12, 2020
HAGERSVILLE, ON. - D.J. Kennington wraps up the 2020 NASCAR Pintys season with the checkered flag.
In the final race of the season for the series, the Pintys 125, Kennington in his Castrol Edge Dodge won by four seconds. This is Kennington's first race win since the 2018 season finale.
The St. Thomas native finishes third in the 2020 points standings, behind champion Jason Hathaway and runner-up Kevin Lacroix.
In six races, Kennington had five top five finishes, including a fourth place in the Motormaster 125, raced earlier today.
Hathaway, from St. Thomas, now residing in Stouffville, had three wins and five podium appearances this year.
Six races at three tracks over three weekends replaced the 2020 NASCAR Pinty's Series championship season.

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

Saturday, September 12, 2020
ST. THOMAS - Athletes have returned to track and field meets across the province, including those from St. Thomas Legion.
Meet size is a major difference in COVID-19 times, with only a handful of events at each site.
Despite the lack of training over the summer compared to normal years, St. Thomas athletes are posting solid results in the first outdoor meets of the year.
Hallee Knelsen won the open women's 800 metre run, at the Back to Track Meet three, at the Terry Fox Stadium, in Brampton.
Arthur Stanat brought home gold medals in both the 16-17 year old men's shot put, winning by two metres (15.10 metres) and discus (45.84m), at the Southwest Throws Invitational, at College Avenue school, in Woodstock.
Stanat's sister, Lexi, won the 14-15 year old women's javelin (33.55m) event and placed second in shot put (12.15m).

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

Saturday, September 5, 2020
ST. THOMAS - Tayven Barned, Luke Thomas and Aaron Dyke, each drove in two runs to lead the St. Thomas Cardinals to a 7-4 win over the Brantford Jr. Red Sox, in the ICBA bracket A 12U final, at the Tarry Complex..
Barned also starred on the mound, tossing a one hit shutout over four innings, striking out nine batters and walking three.
The Cardinals built a 5-0 lead, before the Red Sox pulled within a run, scoring four times in the sixth inning. The home team responded with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the inning, securing victory.

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

Saturday, August 29, 2020
ST. THOMAS - A little action from week three of the St. Thomas Soccer Club youth rec division, this morning at Parkside Collegiate.

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

Saturday, August 22, 2020
ST. THOMAS - The St. Thomas Cardinals moved to 9-0 taking both games of a double-header against the Brantford Jr. Red Sox, today in 11U minor baseball exhibition play, at the Tarry Complex.

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

Saturday, August 15, 2020
ST. THOMAS - The St. Thomas Cardinals improved to 4-1 with a pair of wins over the Cambridge Cubs in 12U minor baseball exhibition play, at the Tarry Complex.
The Cardinals won 13-3 and 13-5.
In a shortened season due to COVID-19, St. Thomas is having exhibition double-headers with Cambridge, Brantford and Hamiltion throughout the month of August. A pair of semifinals and a final will occur on Labour Day weekend.
The 11U and 18U Cardinals are also having exhibition games this month.

Meet your 2020 high school senior athletes of the year

Monday, July 13, 2020
ST. THOMAS - Here are your senior athletes of the year from Arthur Voaden, Central Elgin, East Elgin, Lord Dorchester, Parkside Collegiate, St. Joseph's and West Elgin. (Click on the logo to meet them.)

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