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  St. Thomas Panthers and BAD Blazers well represented while Laidlaw wins with London,

  Shock U10 boys fourth, Comets win silver, updates on Begeman, Coles, DeSousa, Niles


  April 5, 2023


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By Rob J. Ross

ST. THOMAS - The St. Thomas Panthers and Belmont Aylmer Dorchester (BAD) Blazers were well represented at the recent Western Ontario Girls Hockey League (WOGHL) All-Star games.

Fifteen St. Thomas Panthers and six Belmont Aylmer Dorchester (BAD) Blazers skated in their respective games March 26 in Milverton.

Defenceman Beatrice Wilson was named player of the game and her Panthers teammate forward Harper Kee scored, but the South All-Stars fell to the North All-Stars, 5-2, in the U11C game. Forward Harleigh Jones also repped the Panthers.

Forward Reese Knelsen of the Blazers had the shootout winner, lifting the South-West All-Stars, including Blazers' teammate forward Morgan Long, over the North-East All-Stars, 2-1, in the U13C contest.

Panthers' forward Raya Therrien and defenceman Isabel Rodgers, also skated in the U13C game.

Ellie Therrien set up Claire Caslick's goal, as the pair of Panthers helped the South-West Division All-Stars edge the North-East All-Stars, 3-2, in the U15C game. Goalie Sydney Woodford tended the net.

Forwards Samantha Lee and Sydney Orchard and defenceman Sophie Illing, representing the U11HL Panthers.

Blazers' goalie Natalie Vissar, defenceman Mackenzie Tuckett and forwards Sadie McCoy and Addison Kocisis, played in the U11HL game.

Panthers' goalie Shenae Zamora, defenceman Avery Lister and forwards Grace Dailey and Crimsyn Coffin skated in the U18C game.

Over the six games, 210 players represented 74 WOGHL teams.

This season, the WOGHL had 101 teams, from U9 to U18.


OWHA provincials

The Panthers have four teams (U11BB, U13A, U18C, U18BB) and BAD Girls, three teams (U13C, U15AA, Senior B), heading to the Ontario Women's Hockey Association 2023 provincial championships, April 14-16, throughout the Greater Toronto Area.


More gold for Laidlaw

Shelby Laidlaw has added to her remarkable hockey season in 2023.

The 17-year old from Malahide, won the Ontario Women's Hockey League U22 Elite league championship, with the London Jr. Devilettes, April 2 in Toronto.

Earlier this year, Laidlaw won a gold medal with Team Canada at the U18 women' world hockey championship and a bronze medal with Team Ontario at the Canada Summer Games.

Shock at Ontario Cup

The St. Thomas U10 boys placed fourth at the Ontario Cup division three 3 provincial basketball championship.

Three of their four games went into overtime, on into triple overtime.

At the U11 girls Ontario Cup April 2, the Shock finished fifth in Division One. The Shock suffered one point losses in each of their opening two games, before winning their next two games.

The St. Thomas U16 girls took bronze at the Barrie AA tournament.

Silver Fly

Siene Begeman, of St. Thomas, won silver in the 200-meter fly, April 2 at the Windsor Spring Invitational.


Coles OAAP selection

Aiden Coles has been selected for a half card from the 2023 Quest for Gold Ontario Athlete Assistance program (OAAP).

Athletes must meet a list of criteria and performance standards to be eligible, for either half card or full card.

The program is to help athletes continue their pursuit of athletic excellence at the highest levels of National and International competition and encourage athletes to live and train in Ontario. The OAAP is funded by the Government of Ontario, through the Ministry of Tourisn, Culture and Sport (MTCS). Specific funding will be determined by the number of athletes who qualify for the program. Total amount for the 2023 funding year from MTCS is $215,500. Funding will be released by May 31, 2023.

U9 Comets silver

The West Lorne Comets finished the Four Counties Hockey League 2022-23 season with a silver medal. Dresden edged West Lorne, 6-5, in overtime, in the U9 final March 29.

In U11LL action, the Comets finished fourth in Four Counties.


DeSousa PBs hurdles

Tayah DeSousa, of St. Thomas, set a personal best time of 14.41 seconds, placing 20th, in the women's 100-meter hurdles, at the Stanford Invitational outdoor track and field meet April 1, in Palo Alto, California.

The sophomore at Long Beach State University, a Division One school in the NCAA Big West conference, also placed 21st in long jump (5.32 meters).

At the Aztec Invitational at San Diego State University, March 23-25, DeSousa helped the Beach women's 4x100-meter relay team placed 10th (47.11 seconds). DeSousa also placed 11th in long jump, one centimeter short of her PB of 5.74 meters in the event, and 20th, in the 100-meter hurdles (14.85 sec.).

Stars Nichol rookie of year

William Nichol, a forward with the St. Thomas Stars, is the rookie of the year for GOJHL Western Conference 2022-23 season.

A London Knights OHL draft pick in 2022, Nichol, from Manotick, Ontario, was also selected to the All-Rookie team and named to the first all-star team at left wing.

Nichol led all rookies with 20 goals and 44 assists for 64 points in 43 games.

Niles' third homer

Josh Niles, of St. Thomas, hits his third home run of the season as his Canisius men's baseball team defeats Iona, 7-4, April 2.

In 21 games played, the sophomore has 15 hits, including three home runs and three doubles, 12 RBIs, 10 runs scored and three stolen bases.

TVRA girls hockey all-stars

East Elgin Eagles forward Dana Crinklaw and defenceman Allie Weesjes and St. Joseph's Rams goalie Emma Dodgson and forwards Katelyn Fox and Christine Annett participated in the recent Thames Valley Regional Athletics girls hockey All-Star game.





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