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Carr earns spot on academic list with 3.56 GPA

Thursday, June 17, 2021
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Ally Carr finished her final year at the University of New Orleans, earning a spot on the Southland Conference Commissioner's List for the 2020-21 academic year.
The Shedden resident maintained a 3.56 GPA in her pre-med program.
To make the Commissioner's List, student-athletes had to maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average for the year and had to be eligible to compete in their sport.

Dunn Student-Athlete Leader of the Month

Wednesday, June 9, 2021
SPARTANBURG, N.C. - Dorchester's Megan Dunn keeps piling up the accolades in her senior year at Wofford College.
Today it was announced Dunn is Wofford's female Student-Athlete Leader of the month for May.
Dunn won the 2021 Southern Conference championship in the heptathlon. She is a three-time SoCon champion, winning the pentathlon during the 2020 and 2021 indoor seasons as well.
Dunn holds program records in both the pentathlon and javelin. A biology major, she was one of two postgraduate recipients of the SoCon Bob McCloskey Insurance Scholarship.

VandenBrink chosen in fifth round by Hamilton

Saturday, June 5, 2021
BELMONT, Ont. - The Hamilton Bulldogs chose five-foot-11 forward Noah VandenBrink in the fifth round, 83rd overall, today in the OHL Priority Draft.
"I’m honoured and excited. No better feeling knowing that your hard work paid off," VandenBrink said. "I’ve just been doing everything I can to stay ready for next year and prepare with what I’m given and take advantage of the time I have to get better."
The Belmont resident is a right winger with the Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs' AAA U16 team.
His linemate Noah Nelson was also drafted by Hamilton 10 spots later.
During the 2019/20 season with the Chiefs' U15 team, VandenBrink had 26 goals and 32 assists in 32 games.
VandenBrink attended Lord Dorchester secondary school for Grade nine, before transferring to London Christian High.

Mosher's baseball season ends in regional final

Sunday, May 20, 2021
ST. CHARLES, Mo. - Tyler Mosher and his Davenport Panthers were left one win away from the NCAA Division II tournament.
Davenport was edged 11-9, by Trevecca Nazarene University, from Nashville Tennessee, today, in the final of the Midwest regional men's baseball tournament.
The Panthers showed they were a resilent ball club, rallying from down 9-1, in the third inning to tie by the eighth inning.
Trevecca scored twice in the top of the eighth and held on to punch their ticket to the Division II championship, in Cary, North Carolina, June 5-12.
Davenport lost their opening game in the double knockout tournament to Lindenwood on Friday, before defeating Northwood and Quincy to advance to the final.
The Panthers beat the Trojans, 6-2, to force a second game in the final.

Novak on PAC-12 acedemic honour roll

Wednesday, May 19, 2021
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Kaila Novak is on the PAC-12 academic honour roll.
The St. Thomas native is a freshman with the UCLA women's soccer team, studying neuroscience.
For this distinction, a student-athlete must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.3 and serve at least a full year as a resident at a given member institution.
Novak started 11 of 16 games in her first season, playing 811 minutes, scoring once on three shots on net and assisted on three other goals.
UCLA went 13-1-3 overall, winning the PAC-12 title and advancing to the round of 16 at the NCAA championship tournament.

Former Star Midgley coach with Canadian women

Thursday, May 13, 2021
CALGARY, Alta. - Jim Midgley, who played for the St. Thomas Stars in 1994-95 (26G, 48A) with Joe Thornton, has been named an assistant coach with for Canada's women's hockey team for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.
Midgley most recently scouted for the Philadelphia Flyers.

Education accolades for multi events athlete Dunn

Thursday, May 13, 2021
SPARTANBURG, N.C. - Megan Dunn is a recipient of one of the graduate scholarships from the NCAA Southern Conference.
The multi events athlete from Dorchester, in her senior year at Wofford College, in Spartanburg, North Carolina, earned one of two Bob McCloskey Insurance scholarships.
The scholarship, worth $2,000 U.S., is awarded to a student-athlete about to receive an undergraduate degree and who intends to pursue advanced degrees in graduate or professional school. The student-athlete is evaluated on academics, athletics and community service.
Twice Dunn has been named to the Academic All-SoCon team and has earned SoCon Commissioner's Medals three times.
From the Wofford biology department, Dunn earned the W. Raymond Leonard Endowed Scholarship and the Dobb's Scholarship.

Mendham lifts South Carolina to 11th inning win

Sunday, May 9, 2021
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Dorchester's David Mendham delivered a game winning double in the home half of the 11th inning, lifting South Carolina over fourth ranked Mississippi State, 4-3, in NCAA baseball today.
In the line-up as the designated hitter, Mendham opened the scoring with a two-run homer in the second inning.
South Carolina, ranked 19th in the NCAA, improves to 28-17.
Mendham is hitting .253 with five homers, right doubles and 25 RBIs over 44 games this season.

Harrison scores in Canada's U18 QF win

Tuesday, May, 4, 2021
FRISCO, Texas - Dorchester's Brett Harrison scored his second goal of the tournament, helping Canada to a 10-3 convincing quarterfinal win over the Czech Republic, Monday, at the IIHF U18 World championship.
Canada advances to face Sweden, in a semifinal, Wednesday, at 5 p.m. ET.
Harrison, who plays junior with the OHL's Oshawa Generals, scored his first goal of the tournament against Sweden during the preliminary round.

Four local players on OHL draft list

Friday, April, 30, 2021
ST. THOMAS - Thirteen 13 players from the Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs are listed on the U16 Pod 2021 OHL Draft watch list.
Among the 13 Chiefs are defenceman Carter Lawrence from St. Thomas, forward Noah VandenBrink, of Belmont and Dorchester's Matt Prendergast and Spencer Vandenberg, both forwards.
This year's OHL Priority Selection, is June 4-5.
For the first time the OHL will be determining the order of selection by way of a draft lottery, on May 5, at 7 p.m. All teams have an equal chance of the first overall pick, with the selection to be determined by a computerized random number generator lottery process.
Players born in 2005 are eligible to be selected. Teams will select in a serpentine way, with the order of selection in the first round being reversed for round two and alternating for each following round.

Carr and Privateers split day one

Friday, April, 23, 2021
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas. - Shedden's Ally Carr and her University of New Orleans Privateers team went 1-1, on day one of the NCAA Southland Conference beach volleyball championship.
New Orleans, ranked fifth, upended fourth seeded Central Arkansas, winning three of five matches, in the opening round this morning, keeping the Privateers on the winner's side of the bracket.
Host and top seeded Texas A&M Corpus Christi won the three required matches against New Orleans this afternoon. Two matches, including Carr's, were unfinished.
Now New Orleans faces a must win to keep the season alive against Houston Baptist University, Saturday morning.
In her opening match against Central Arkansas, Carr and partner Maxine Walsh, won 21-8, 21-19.
Carr and Walsh dropped game one against Corpus Christi, 21-11, but were winning game two, 18-14, when the match was called. Corpus Christi had won three matches against New Orleans.
Once a school wins three matches the two remaining matches stop play.

Benati Scholar-Athlete honourable mention

Thursday, April 22, 2021
ST. LOUIS, Mo. - University of Evansville women's soccer midfielder Nicole Benati was named to the Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete Honorable Mention team, announced by the conference office today.
Benati holds a 4.00 grade-point-average in mathematics and saw action in eight matches this season, racking up 670 minutes played.
The Dorchester, Ontario native has made an impact from day one on the pitch for the Aces starting in seven matches in the UE strong midfield.
Benati posted the clutch assist that set up the game winning goal against Loyola at the 26-minute that set up the Aces with a spot in the MVC tournament. She also posted five shots with two on goal during the season.

Mendham's bomb helps Carolina sweep

Saturday, April 17, 2021
BATON ROUGE, La. - David Mendham launched his fourth home run of the season, a two-run bomb to open the scoring in the first inning, as South Carolina pasted Louisiana State, 9-0, in NCAA baseball.
The Dorchester native helped the Gamecocks take both games of the double-header, winning game one earlier today, 4-2. Mendham went two-for-three, with a run scored.
South Carolina, ranked 11th in the NCAA, sits third in the SouthEastern Conference (SEC), at 10-5, behind first place Vanderbilt (10-3) and Tennessee (9-4).
The Gamecocks host top ranked Arkansas for three games, starting April 22.

Carr splits final regular season matches

Tuesday, April, 13, 2021
HATTISBRG, Miss. - Shedden's Ally Carr and partner Maxine Walsh, split their final regular season matches for the New Orleans Privateers' women's beach volleyball team.
Carr and Walsh defeated Southeastern Louisiana University, two games to none (21-19, 22-20), but were edged by Southern Miss, two to one. (21-19, 17-21, 15-11).
The NCAA Southland Conference championships are in Corpus Christi, Texas, April 23-25.

Loss ends Blair and Benati's season

Sunday, April 11, 2021
EVANSVILLE, Ind. - Tough ending to a season for Nicole Benati, of Dorchester and Morgan Blair (pictured), from Aylmer, as the Evansville Aces lost 1-0 to Valparaiso, defeated in penalty kicks, 5-3, in their Missouri Valley Conference quarterfinal.
Evansville went 2-3-3 during the season. The Aces only had two goals for.
Blair, a senior defender helped the Aces limit opponents to just three goals over the eight games.
Junior mid-fielder Benati had one assist, five shots, two on goal.

Dunn sets heptathlon points personal best

Saturday, April 10, 2021
DURHAM, N.C. - Dorchester's Megan Dunn, with Wofford College, set a personal best mark of 4938 points in the heptathlon, placing seventh in the competition, today at the Tobacco Road Challenge track and field meet.
Dunn placed second in javelin, her highest placement for a discipline and sixth in the 800-metre run.
Other schools competing included Duke, North Carolina and Wake Forest.

Carr has two wins at beach tourney

Saturday, April, 10, 2021
BATON ROUGE, La. - Ally Carr, of Shedden, won two of five matches for the New Orleans Privateers' women's beach volleyball team, here at the Battle of the Bayou tournament.
Today, Carr and partner Maxine Walsh defeated Central Arkansas, 21-18, 21-17.
New Orleans' number two team lost to Louisiana State (LSU), 21-15, 21-12 and Springhill, out of Mobile, Alabama, 21-18, 21-14.
Friday, Carr and Walsh defeated Louisiana-Monroe University (ULM), 21-18, 18-21, 15-8, in their first match of the two day event.
Carr then played with Liz Gialanella, but the pair loss to Texas A&M Kingsville, 21-15, 21-19.

Benati leads team in shots on goal in loss

Wednesday, April 8, 2021
EVANSVILLE, Ind. - 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, Calif. - 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, Ga. - 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, Texas. - 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, Utah. - 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, Texas. - 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, Colo. - 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, Ont. - 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, Texas. - 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, N.Y. - 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, Calif. - 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, Calif. - 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, Alta. - 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, Ont. - 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.

Knelsen third in women's 1500 at second high performance meet

Saturday, June 12, 2021
WINDSOR, Ont. - Hallee Knelsen (pictured on left) finished third in the women's 1500-metre run at the Johnny Loaring Classic, the second of four Athletics Ontario high performance outdoor track and field meets this month.
The East Elgin secondary school student who trains with St. Thomas Legion Club, ran a personal best time of 4:31.37, four seconds faster than her previous fastest time.
Para-athlete Madie Wilson-Walker (pictured on right), of Avon, placed fourth, in women's long jump, with a best effort of 4.32 metres.
Jordan Young, who attended St. Joseph's high school for grades nine and 10, won the men's discus throw with a measurement of 60.71 metres.
Young, who still holds the OFSAA high school record for midget men's discus, at 70.79 metres, set in 2009, trains with SISU Throws Club based in Toronto.
After St. Joe's, Young finished high school at Vincent Massey in Windsor. A collegiate career took Young to the University of Arizona and the University of Virginia.

Wilson-Walker, Knelsen, return to high performance competition

Saturday, June 5, 2021
OTTAWA, Ont. - The excitement for two local female track and field stars was simply getting out to compete.
Following several months of limited activity, both Madison Wilson-Walker, pictured on left, and Hallee Knelsen, attended their first meet of the year, the Ottawa High Performance Weekend, June 5.
The meet is the first of four of the Athletics Ontario High Performance Series, also a qualifier for the Toyko Games.
Wilson-Walker who continues to works towards her goal of competing in long jump at the Paralympic Games, had a best leap of 4.21 metres, in women's long jump
The 2016 graduate of Lord Dorchester secondary school, will be attending the second high performance meet in Windsor, June 12.
Knelsen, who will be attending Western University this September, lowered her personal best time in the women's 800-metre run, from 2:09.54 to 2:08.10.
Over recent months Knelsen kept in shape with one on one training with St. Thomas Legion track and field club coach Harry Stantsos and a few time trials.
The grade 12 student at East Elgin secondary school is aiming to shave more time off her PB to eclipse 2:07.20, the standard time required for the World U20 track and field championships in late August.

Howard nets hat trick in Toronto win at Secret Cup hockey showcase

Wednesday, May 26, 2021
CALGARY, Alberta - Brittney Howard scored a hat trick in an 8-3 Team Sonnet (Toronto) win over Team Scotiabank (Calgary), part of the Secret Dream Gap women's hockey tournament.
The 25-year old right winger from St. Thomas batted a puck out of the air for goal number one, then buried one on a breakaway and finished a three on one break off by sniping one home for her hattie.
It was team Sonnet's first game of the week long three showcase of the Professional Women's Hockey Players Association (PWHPA).
A bittersweet day for Howard, a graduate of Robert Morris University, as the NCAA school announced today the cancellation of both their men and women's hockey programs.
Howard, a Parkside Collegiate alumni, is the daughter of Scott and Ann Howard.
Three teams of 20 players in the Professional Women's Hockey Players' Association's three Canadian hubs of Calgary, Toronto and Montreal are playing to hoist the Secret Cup trophy Sunday at Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary.
The PWHPA is a movement arising from the collapse of the Canadian Women's Hockey League two years ago. Their goal is a sustainable league with a living wage and the competitive support similar to men's professional leagues.
The three teams play each other twice in a round robin with results augmented by a points system.
A win is worth two points, an overtime win 1.5, a shootout win one point, and half a point for an overtime or shootout loss. A short-handed goal, hat trick, shutout, or scoring five goals or more in a game is each worth one additional point. The two teams with the most points at the end of the round robin Saturday advance to Sunday's final.

Mosher's Davenport Panthers win the GLIAC playoff tournament

Monday, May 23, 2021
LANSING, Mich. - Tyler Mosher is a league champion.
Mosher and his Davenport Panther teammates won the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conferenc (GLIAC) men's baseball championship, taking care of Grand Valley State, 9-1, in the final. Davenport beat Saginaw Valley State, Northwood and Ashland to advance to title game.
The Dutton native attended West Elgin Secondary School and is in his freshman year majoring in accounting, at the university in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Davenport begins their NCAA Division II Midwest Regional against Lindenwood University, Friday, May 28, in St. Charles, Missouri.

Chouinard repeats as Big East hammer throw champion

Saturday, May 15, 2021
GENEVA, Ohio - Rebecca Chouinard, senior with DePaul University in Chicago, repeated as the women's hammer throw champion, with a personal throw of 60.8 metres, at the NCAA Big East Conference outdoor track and field championships, May 14.
Rebecca is with the St. Thomas Legion track and field club and a graduate of St. Joseph's high school.
Chouinard also won the event in 2019, with a best throw of 56.05m. Last year's meet was cancelled.
Today, Chouinard placed 13th in shot put (35.50m).
Earlier this season, Chouinard won the hammer at the Marquette Invitational meet, with a distance of 60.40 metres.
At three other invitational meets, Chouinard brought back bronze medals in the hammer throw.

Gold for Harrison at U18 men's hockey world championship

Thursday, May 6, 2021
FRISCO, Texas - It is gold for Dorchester's Brett Harrison and Team Canada, at the IIHF U18 men's world championships.
Canada beat Russia, 5-3, tonight in the gold medal game, competing a perfect 10-0-0 run through the 10 team tournament.
It is Canada's first gold since 2013.
Tied 2-2 after one period, Brennan Othmann and Logan Stankoven gave Canada a 4-2 lead.
Shane Wright, with his second goal of the game, an empty netter, secured the victory in the third period.
Connor Bedard opened Canada's scoring in the first period.
Harrison finished the tournament with two goals.

Dunn dominates capturing SOCON heptathlon gold topping 5000 pts

Sunday, May 2, 2021
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Megan Dunn is the NCAA Southern Conference women's heptathlon champion.
The Wofford College heptathlete from Dorchester, amassed a personal best 5,013 points, to capture the gold medal, this morning, at the SOCON outdoor track and field championships, hosted by Western Carolina University.
Dunn, who led after day one, took command today by winning both the javelin throw (37.99 metres) and the 800-metre run (2:23.68).
Wofford teammate Netanya Linares pulled to within three points of Dunn, winning long jump (5.33m), the first event today. Dunn placed third with a best leap of 5.25 metres.
Then Dunn flexed her muscle, in javelin, her strongest event in heptathlon and winning the 800, perhaps her second best event.
Dunn took over first place in the standings, after winning the fourth and final event on day one, the 200-metre sprint in 25.47 seconds.
The senior started day one with a second place finish in the 100-metre hurdles (14.78 seconds), followed by a fourth place in high jump (1.57 metres) and third, in shot put (10.55m).

Dunn leads heptathlon after day one at SOCON championships

Saturday, May 1, 2021 (updated)
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Megan Dunn has the lead after day one of the women's heptathlon.
The Wofford College heptathlete from Dorchester, accumulated 2,982 points from four events, today at the NCAA Southern Conference (SOCON) outdoor track and field championships, at Western Carolina University.
Dunn took over first place in the standings, after winning the 200-metre sprint in 25.47 seconds, the fourth event of the day.
The senior's day started with a second place finish in the 100-metre hurdles (14.78 seconds), followed by a fourth in high jump (1.57 metres) and third in shot put (10.55m).
Day two events tomorrow are long jump, javelin and the 800-metre run.
Earlier this season, Dunn set a personal best total in the heptathlon with 4,938.
Dunn is aiming for 5000 points at this meet.
As a junior in 2019, Dunn took home the conference silver medal, accumulating 4798 points.
Dunn warmed up her javelin this evening following the heptathlon, by placing fourth in the open women's event with a best throw of 35.47 metres.

Heptathlete Dunn chasing 5000 points at SOCON conference meet

Thursday, April 29, 2021
SPARTANBURG, N.C. - Megan Dunn is chasing 5000.
The Wofford College heptathlete from Dorchester will be aiming for the point total, at the NCAA Southern Conference (SOCON) outdoor track and field championships, May 1-2, in Cullowhee, North Carolina.
Heptathlon is a multi event contest competed over two days, featuring the 100-metre hurdles, high jump, shot put, the 200-metre sprint, long jump, javelin throw and the 800-metre run.
Earlier this season, Dunn set a personal best (PB) total in the heptathlon with 4,938.
As a junior in 2019, Dunn took home the conference silver medal, accumulating 4798 points.

Season ends for Carr despite not dropping a match at conference

Saturday, April 24, 2021
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - Ally Carr had her NCAA beach volleyball career end without losing a match at the Southland Conference championship.
Her New Orleans Privateers lost three games to one to Houston Baptist University, eliminating the Division One school from the competition.
In NCAA beach playoffs, a winner is determined when a school wins three matches. Even if two players go undefeated for the losing school, they do not advance.
Twice Carr and partner Maxine Walsh had their match called during the tournament, due to the opposing school winning three matches.
The Privateers' number two team was one point away from match victory against Houston Baptist (21-18, 20-18), when their opponent won a third match on another court.
Carr and Walsh opened the double elimination tournament defeating Central Arkansas, 21-8, 21-19.
After dropping game one to host and top seeded Texas A&M Corpus Christi, in the second round, Carr and Walsh were leading game two, 18-14, when it was called.
Carr finishes her collegiate career with 40 match wins, fourth best all-time at New Orleans.

South Carolina takes one game from top ranked Arkansas

Friday, April 23, 2021
COLUMBIA, S.C. - It was a battle against the top ranked men's baseball team in the NCAA for Dorchester's David Mendham.
His South Carolina Gamecocks, ranked 11th coming into the series, took one of three games from the Arkansas Razorbacks, winning the first game of a double-header today.
South Carolina's 6-2 win was sandwich by a pair of Arkansas victories, 6-1, Thursday and 5-1, tonight.
Mendham went two-for-10 and drew a pair of walks over the three games. He also made a superb defensive play, stretching to catch a throw from the second baseman for an out in the 6-2 win.
The first baseman is batting .273 on the season, with 22 RBIs and four home runs.

Carr excited for NCAA conference beach volleyball playoffs

Wednesday, April 21, 2021
NEW ORLEANS, La. - A two year wait is over.
After being cancelled last year due to the covid-19 pandemic, Ally Carr is looking forward to this year's NCAA Southland Conference women's beach volleyball championship, a three day event starting Friday, in Corpus Christi, Texas.
The Privateers' team, seeded fifth, opens the double elimination tournament taking on number four seeded Central Arkansas, at 11 a.m. Friday. The winner advances to face top seeded A&M Corpus Christi, at 1 p.m.
Carr ranks fourth all-time at New Orleans with 39 career wins.

Horvat leads Canucks to victory returning from COVID-19 outbreak

Monday, April 19, 2021
VANCOUVER, B.C. - Scoring the game winning goal Bo Horvat lifts the Vancouver Canucks over Toronto, 3-2, in overtime, Sunday night.
The Canucks' captain from Rodney finished with two goals and an assist, in his team's first game since March 24, due to a COVID-19 outbreak.
Vancouver had 21 players, including Horvat and four staff, test positive for COVID-19. The Canucks hadn't played a game in over three weeks.
Horvat has 16 goals and 14 assists in 40 games this season.

Bronze medal in women's javelin among Dunn's three top 10s

Saturday, April 17, 2021
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Megan Dunn took home the bronze medal in women's javelin (37.99 meters), at the Catamount Classic, a track and field meet at Western Carolina University.
The Wofford College athlete followed up her medal won on Friday, with two more top 10 results today.
Dunn placed fifth in the women's 200-metre dash (25.76 seconds) and 10th in women's shot put (10.22m).
The Dorchester native won silver in javelin at a meet on April 2, throwing the spear 39.40 meters.
Dunn is preparing for women's heptathlon at the NCAA Southern Conference championships, May 1-2.

Mendham belts third homer as South Carolina burns Charleston

Tuesday, April 13, 2021
COLUMBIA, S.C. - David Mendham belted his third home run of the season, driving a 3-2 pitch down the left field line, as South Carolina shutout Charleston Southern, 9-0 tonight.
The Dorchester native finished the game three for five, including his seventh double of the season.
Two days earlier on Sunday, Mendham helped South Carolina improve to 21-9, beating Missouri, 13-4, chipping in with a two run single and sac fly RBI.
The South Carolina first baseman is batting .266, with 20 RBIs this season.

Dutton's Mosher makes freshman season debut with Davenport

Monday, April 12, 2021
CALEDONIA, Mich. - Tyler Mosher made his debut with the Davenport Panthers' baseball team this past weekend.
The Dutton native who attended West Elgin Secondary School, is in his freshman year, majoring in accounting, at the NCAA Division II university in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Mosher went one for three, a RBI single and was hit by a pitch, in his first game, a win over Ashland University, April 9. Mosher was also caught stealing. Playing second, Mosher had three putouts and two assists.
Following two hitless games (0-for-5, with one base on balls) on April 10, Mosher was one-for-two, during a win against Ashland, April 11.
Mosher played with the Great Lake Canadians, batting .328 over three seasons.
The Davenport Panthers play in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Teams are located throughout the states of Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and Wisconsin.

Wilson-Walker training towards making Paralympic Summer team

Wednesday, April 7, 2021
AVON, Ont. - 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, Ill. - 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, Calif. - 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, Ind. - 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, Calif. - 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, La. - 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, Ont. - 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, Ont. - 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, Ont. - 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, Ont. - 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, Ont. - 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, Ont. - 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, Ont. - 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.

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