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Local Martial Artist Receives Prestigious Honour By Todd Anderson

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local martial artist has received his 10th Dan black belt in Karate.

Soke Mike Bissonnette, owner and operator of Mike’s Contact Karate in Cornwall, received the recognition Cornwall & Areas Community Sports Newspaper during a seminar held at L’Heritage Secondary School on April 12. “This is a big honour,” said a smiling Bissonnette. “All my students knew, but I was shocked. To present this in front of all these people. All the people who signed the certificate for me, it’s incredible. There’s a bunch of movie stars who signed. This is something, when I was very young, that I never thought would happen. I was shocked to get my belt and certificate from all Cornwall &incredible.” Areas Community Sports Newspaper the masters. It’s

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Si-Jo Jac-Andre Cote, 10th Dan Quebec Association of Sen-Do KungFu, made the trip to Cornwall to participate in the memorable event. As a person close to Bissonnette, he wouldn’t have dreamed of missing it. “This is very rare, I am pretty positive he is the only one in Cornwall to achieve this,” says Cote. “This isn’t an easy accomplishment. It took him 35 to 40 years of practice. Mike has a lot of accomplishments in promoting Karate in Ontario, Quebec, and the United States. What makes him a Continued on page 2

On April 12, Soki Mike Bissonnette received his 10th Dan Black Belt during a Karate seminar at L’Heritage Secondary School in Cornwall. Bissonnette received the honour in front of several of his students, in attendance, as well as other dignitaries and teachers. Pictured front from left are: Sempei Josie Smith, Sempei Kaitlyn Seyeau, and Sempei Aiden Vachon. Back row: Sensei Brenda Sturkenboom, Si-Jo JacAndre Cote, Soki Mike Bissonnette, and Sensei Diane Vachon.

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teaching in Cornwall, Orleans/ for every skill level.” Ottawa, Brockville, Morrisburg, In regards to Bissonnette, good teacher are his rules, his Alexandria, and Hawkesbury, to receiving the honour of his 10th Dan, respect, and his discipline. He’s name a few locations. Sensei Brenda Sturkenboom of St. not scared to put himself out to help 11-year-old Sempei Aiden Raphael’s says he is a great choice. someone.” Vachon of Cornwall spoke about “It’s a well-deserved honour. He Bissonnette, a 61-year-old some of the qualities Bissonnette was very humbled when he received resident of Cornwall, was happy to possesses as a teacher. “I have it. It’s nice for him to be recognized see his old friend in town to share been taught by him for seven years. by a different organization and not the experience. “He’s my teacher. He’s really good. He’s funny, but just ours. Many masters signed a Si-Jo is like a brother to me, a great he demands respect. He’s taught paper to congratulate him.” friend. He’s always with me. We me respect and discipline. That’s The one-day seminar at L’ are family.” very important. It’s the first thing I Heritage boasted over 10 different Bissonnette has taught hundreds learned. He’s also pretty awesome styles of martial arts based on the of martial artists, young and old, at showing us the pressure points various teachers in attendance. during his career. With 16 schools on a person.” There were students and teachers spread out across North American Cornwall’s Sensei Diane Vachon visiting from Scotland, England, and beyond, he suggests he has added, “It’s a well-rounded lesson Chicago, Atlantic City, Syracuse, helped people obtain over 500 he teaches. He provides us with and Quebec. black belts, of various degrees. techniques on how to use muscles Bissonnette himself is looking Locally, Bissonnette provides and shows us techniques that work Continued from page 1

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A New 55+ Softball League Kicks Off Its First Season in Cornwall By Molly Kett


ene Stairs, pickleball player, retiree, and baseball fan, has started a league for men and women 55 and over in the Cornwall area - to get together and play ball. This slow-pitch softball group will meet at Optimist Park on Thursday mornings from ten to noon beginning May 21st and running for 18 playing dates through September 17th. Being a pickleball player, Stairs says it’s a fun game that provides a healthy lifestyle with camaraderie. “As a life-long baseball fan and sporadic

participant, I see slow-pitch softball as doing the exact same thing (as pickleball), but with the added benefit of being outdoors.”

His goal is to open the league to all skill levels at the very affordable price of $45 per person for the entire season. This first year of play will be pickup ball in order to balance gender and absentees. After this season, Stairs is hoping to create a formal league with fixed teams based on skill and the number of participants. For more information, or if you’re interested in participating, contact Gene Stairs at 613-703-7920.

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By Victoria Klassen Yves Leger was the Cornwall Colts’ goalie during their first championship win in 1995. A slapshot broke his finger right before the playoffs, but he did not let that stop him. “I looked at my trainer, and I said ‘cut my cast off, I’m going back in’ and I went back in, finished the playoffs and won the championships. That’s probably one of the biggest moments in my career, winning that championship.” That was his fifth and last year in Junior “A” hockey. Leger also had the opportunity to play for the Adirondack Red Wings and Cornwall Aces of the AHL as an emergency call up. A broken collarbone finished Leger’s career while playing for the Toledo Storm of the E.C.H.L. When he came back to Cornwall, he worked at Longevity Acrylics and now works at Kraft. He has a wife, Jennifer, and two teenage sons, Colin and Christian. Last summer Leger was diagnosed with cancer. After chemotherapy treatments, his tests in December came back cancer free. He says the skills he learned in hockey helped him fight the cancer. “You’re into game seven, the pressure is on, and you’re fighting through it. Like that broken finger, for example. I cut the cast off; said to hell with the pain, and kept fighting through it. Those fighting days helped me get through this cancer. You get an attitude and nothing knocks you down. You fall behind in a game, it’s never over.”





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rian Mulligan, director of Canadian promotions for the Mohawk International Raceway, says he’s excited for the upcoming race season at the new-look track. The gravel track, located about 10 minutes from Cornwall, just over the border, used to be known as Frogtown International Raceway. A few years ago, new owners took over, invested some money into the place, and renovated everything. “They made a real palace out of the place,” says Mulligan. The upgrades include 3,500 aluminum seats, 21 airconditioned corporate suites and new Musco lighting (the same company that lights Yankee Stadium). “You practically have to wear sunglasses when you’re there.” Behind the grandstands, where the canteens are, is all fine stone. The new, all-ceramic washrooms each have

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endell MacLeod contributed countless hours of his life to the Char-Lan Rebels Junior B hockey team. He spent 21 years on the executive with the Rebels, and during the last ten years of that he was the President of the team. Before the Rebels, he was involved, with what he calls the “industrial league”, as a coach. This league has since been discontinued. The majority of his athletic involvement has been with the Char-Lan Rebels. MacLeod looks back fondly on his time working with the team. “I had some good times and met a lot of nice people over the years; some good young gentlemen who played for us,” says MacLeod. “You meet them on the road and they don’t forget to stop and say hello to you.”

The main thing MacLeod did for the team was the organization of fundraisers. He says he put some boards up around the arena for advertising to help the team’s finances, but it was the community Opening night is Friday, May 15, that ultimately kept the team going with races every Friday night after for all the years that it did. that, until mid-September. His fondest memory as president

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of the Char-Lan Rebels Junior B team goes back to a very specific game. “One year, we were playing against Casselman and we beat them in game 7, in their own barn. It was probably the most exciting Junior B games I’ve seen in my life,” says MacLeod. MacLeod enjoyed his time with the Rebels and loved being involved with the younger kids as they played one of his favourite games. “To be honest with you, I love the game and I feel that, for these young lads, you’ve got to keep them involved in sports and keep them out of trouble. Any of these kids that played, they didn’t get themselves into drugs and bad crowds,” says MacLeod. “It’s just a great feeling to be involved with a bunch of young guys.” Macleod still tries to keep himself active and involved with sports. “Today, I’m just an ordinary curler. I took up curling two years ago now. It’s something to do to keep in shape.”

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fter surviving a long frigid winter, Summerheights Golf Links in Cornwall is ready to welcome golfers for another fun season. “Everything is ready to roll after a long cold winter,” says Clubhouse Manager and Tournament Organizer Katie Andrews. “We’re a family-run course and we want families golfing on it.” Summerheights is introducing a few new features to attract golfers of all ages and skill levels. One feature, introduced last season, will be back after a successful test-drive in 2014. The course will include 9 greens, maybe more later in the season, with eight-inch holes compared to the regular four-inch holes. “It creates more fun for new golfers, it makes it a bit easier for them,” says owner Rory MacLennan, Katie’s father. “We’re always looking to attract more golfers, so this should help.” Another feature will see yellow tees brought forward to limit the length of holes. They will be quite a bit closer to the greens, which is friendly for beginners. “We’re trying to promote play from certain tees for certain players of various skills,” says Rory. “Differently skilled players can all still come close to making par on the same hole.” Another new aspect to the 2015 season will see Summerheights joining the Ottawa Golf Trail. Golfers who purchase a 2015 Ottawa Golf Trail pass will be able to play at various local golf courses, including Summerheights, while saving up to 30 per cent in green fees. The course will continue to run their men’s and women’s twilight leagues as well as their popular junior program. They hope to expand numbers in the teen league. “We want to get families out playing together,” said co-owner Kathy MacLennan, Rory’s wife. “We

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Summerheights Golf Links, a family-operated business in Cornwall, is excited for a new season. Pictured at the 2015 Cornwall Chamber of Commerce Spring Home and Leisure Show are: from left, Course Supervisor Nathan Andrews, Clubhouse and Tournament Manager Katie Andrews, Co-owner Kathy MacLennan and Co-owner Rory Photo by Todd Anderson MacLennan.

The family attended the Cornwall Chamber of Commerce Spring Home and Leisure Show in early April. Their indoor driving range was a popular attraction among visitors of the show. “We came to bring awareness about our course,” says Kathy. “There are always new people who have never heard of us, so we explain our green fee packages and membership packages. This is the fifth year we’ve provided the long drive competition in conjunction with radio station Wild Country 96.5. People love it.”

There are plenty of new things happening at Summerheights this season, the 53rd year in which the course has been operated by the have some packages that include course from Highway 401 ...” same family. “I’m proud to be a part everything for a family to come out Having two options provides several of it,” says Katie. “I enjoy working for a day of golf.” benefits to owners and golfers, alike. with my family. We’re ready to start Katie’s husband Nathan Andrews is “We always have a tee off available and see all the golfers and staff. the course supervisor. He says he’s for you,” says Rory. “If we have a We hope to see lots of them this thrilled with the conditions heading tournament, you can still play on summer.” into the new season. “Everything is really good, we’re happy with the way the winter has gone. There wasn’t much ice damage. Everything came out really green. “


Rory adds that it was a good thaw and not much of a flood. The course boasts a membership of around 300 golfers who can enjoy the two 18-hole courses located on the same property. The course’s website describes the two 18-holecourses as, “The Maclennan South Course, a member’s favourite, is a fully matured course that rewards accurate approach shots and smart tee decisions. You’ll need a putter! The Matheson West Course, Our newest course, opened to rave reviews, offering tantalizingly large greens well protected by tree-lined fairways and water. You can see the

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The 1st round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs is over. Any surprises? What two teams do you feel will make it to the finals? The first round of the playoffs provided some exciting hockey. I was surprised Winnipeg went out in four straight games, but they were up against a big strong team in Anaheim and had no “gas left in the Tank” Calgary is Sports Enthusiast playing excellent hockey under coach Bob Hartley while the Vancouver Canucks choked as usual, no surprise there. Minnesota and Chicago are built for the playoffs and did what I expected. In the East, Ottawa had a fantastic run to get in, but Montreal, backstopped by Carey Price ended their magical run.The rest of the matchups played out as expected. My prediction for the finals, Anaheim vs Washington. Gilles Gaudet

NHL hockey leading up to the playoffs was exciting to follow and watch this year. The Ottawa Senators 23-44 display of grit, tenacity and heart re-ignited hockey Conditioning Coach in the region for thousands of fans. First round of playoffs are complete; a few surprises going into round 2 include Calgary edging out Vancouver and still going strong and Nashville & St Louis both eliminated in round 1. Final 2 team prediction; got to go with patriotism; “Montreal and Calgary”.. Go Canada Go... Jake Lapierre

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oming off back-to-back 6-2 seasons, the Ontario Varsity Football League, Cornwall Wildcats and head coach Kirby Camplin are hoping that the 2015 season is even better. Camplin, who’s going into his fifth year as head coach, says a lot of changes are coming this season. He estimates 75 to 80 per cent of the players will be rookies. “We’re certainly a young, young team,” he says. “There certainly are some key veterans that are back, but, at most positions, you’re probably looking at a rookie who’s going to start.” Starting quarterback Alex Douglas took over the starting duties in week

four of last season, when the team was 1-2, and proceeded to win the final five regular season games. Knowing he’ll be the starter going into the upcoming season has allowed him to prepare more thoroughly for the task at hand. “Kirby and I have been having one-on-one film sessions,” he says. “Going over film from other teams and trying to make game plans for the season already.”

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ionel Fortin, born and raised in Cornwall, describes himself as a 51-year-old father of two, a grandfather, a professional financial advisor, and an extreme lover of fishing.

hunt, or fish, or just hunt, but I just fish. I love it. I just love being out there. I’ve had a boat most of my adult life - going out fishing by myself with a radio, whether I caught anything or not, is serenity for me.”

Fortin says his favourite part of the sport, is the anticipation of catching a fish. Fortin fishes as much as he can, all year round. He ice fishes nearly every weekend during the winter and in the summer he fishes as much as possible.

Fortin has been fishing as long as he can remember, and looks back fondly on his times fishing as a young boy. “My earliest reminiscences of fishing would be my father and mother taking us fishing all the time, while camping on the Raisin River and fishing off He has gone on a number of the bank,” says Fortin. fishing trips, from ice fishing For someone who has been on Lake Nipissing to salmon fishing nearly his entire life, you fishing in Port Hope. His most fishing memory have to wonder what keeps him memorable fishing year after year. “It’s my though, took place during a fishing serenity,” says Fortin. “It’s my trip to Calabogie in 2010. “My peace and it’s my passion. A lot Continued on page 15 of people, especially in this area

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ory Blackadder is an English and Physical Education teacher at St. Lawrence Secondary School. He coaches a number of sports, including track and field and cross country. But his real passion is in a somewhat less popular sport – pole vaulting. Blackadder decided at a relatively young age that teaching seemed like something he would enjoy. When he was given the chance to combine teaching with his love of pole vaulting, he jumped at the opportunity. It wasn’t going to be that simple though. When he first began teaching, pole vaulting hadn’t been offered at any local schools for a few years. In order to get it back, part of the deal was that Blackadder had to offer his

coaching to students from a number of schools. So he did. “That was the way to get it back, to make it fair,” he says. Blackadder continues to coach as many of the students as he can. They practice year round, making weekly trips to Ottawa to train indoors during the winter. “The kids really enjoy it, it’s sort of extreme and just different,” says Blackadder. “So they have a lot of fun with it.” He says he gets a thrill out of seeing his kids succeed, improve and just have fun. “Most of it, to be honest with you, is just that they have so much fun with it,” he says. “I personally love giving them a chance to find something they really like.” His next goal is to find somewhere to train closer to home.

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A World Runner By Krystina Caponi


rom Greece and Israel to Australia and Antarctica, Wendell Lafave has run through some of the world’s most historic places—completing marathons on all seven continents, as well as in every Canadian province and U.S. state.

Growing up in Williamstown, Lafave opted to play sports like basketball, hockey, and football. It was only in 1977, while recovering from a broken ankle, that Lafave discovered a newfound passion for running. “When my cast came off I had no strength, so I decided to go for a run,” recalls Lafave. “But I couldn’t even run past two telephone poles. I was only 29 or 30 years old, so I made a challenge to push myself further.” Lafave’s first challenge was to run a circuit near his home and, one year later, he did just that. Running eventually became Lafave’s primary focus, participating in numerous races from the 5K run to the marathon. With the support of his wife Sheila—a runner herself—Lafave accomplished a second challenge; complete at least one marathon in all the Canadian provinces, the U.S. states, and on every continent.

“Running marathons has brought a great sense of accomplishment,” says Lafave. “It’s a wonderful experience in travel and meeting people from various walks of life who have the same interest and passion as I do.” After crossing 117 finish lines in the last 12 years, what challenges could remain for the 65-year-old? Lafave says his next goal is to complete the “six majors” in running. With marathons in London, New York, Chicago and, most recently, Boston under his belt, Lafave has only two more cities—Berlin and Toyko—left to achieve.

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Every Thursday evening in Williamstown at the Char-Lan District High School and Williamstown Public School fields, minor soccer takes place. The cost to play is $35 per person. The association is currently seeking coaches and new executive members for the upcoming season. The South Glengarry minor soccer program will be running every Monday evening at Glen Walter Regional Park. Kids can play for $45 per person. This association is also accepting coaching applications.

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ay showers won’t just be bringing flowers, but many recreational and community events, across the South Glengarry area. Ball hockey will be kicking off and running

The Lancaster Optimist Club has their annual bike rodeo for children up to the age of twelve in the works. This event, taking place at Char-Lan Recreation Centre, will allow kids to practise their cycling skills and learn about road safety. Schools will be distributing more details on this event shortly. While the McCullough dance class will be wrapping up mid May, Zumba will continue to run through the summer months. Martial arts classes are still in progress, but will wrap up

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rebounded in the 2nd round and on a couple of occasions pinned Isaac against the ropes, Isaac countered well, but one punch at a time, and he came back to the corner with a slightly bloody nose. I gave Isaac a pep talk and instructions that he must put punches together not back up; be first. I need to reach him in his soul and get him to choose victory or the cold feeling of defeat. I sent Isaac out with “you can do this, impose your will”.

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uring Easter weekend I made a last minute decision and decided to take one of my young boxers, Isaac Benedict,

to Toronto for the Ontario Silver Gloves, April 10-12th. Unfortunately there were no available matches for any other Champs competitors, so Isaac was our sole representative. We arrived in Toronto on the evening of Thurs. April 9th, as Isaac was scheduled to box on Friday evening and had to weigh in Friday morning. Working in the back of my mind was my need, and intention, to contact and meet up with local hero and Canadian Boxing legend George Chuvalo. I have been in contact with George Chuvalo since last year. Reason being, George Chuvalo will be our guest of honor at the Nav-Can event May 9th for the 1st annual Boxing Show and Dinner fundraiser for the Children’s Treatment Centre. So now I am in Toronto and although I have met George several times, years ago, and exchanged emails in 2008 following the loss of my wife Maria, I wanted to take this opportunity to connect with him – so he could put a face to the name of the guy who has been calling him dozens of times in the past 5-6 months. After the morning weigh-ins, followed by breakfast, I call George who laughs and recognizes my voice instantly. We chat a little and I offer to take him to dinner. George agrees. Like me, he is a lover of good food. Having confirmed our dinner plans and George’s address, it’s a date…we’re on. I hang up the phone and feel a little awestruck. I turn to my fiancée, Elaine and tell her we’re taking George Chuvalo for dinner. Just like that! I mean as a boxing fanatic I am not often awed - I’ve met a lot of famous players and been in training

Isaac responded stringing together some nice combos - the lactic acid and adrenaline were kicking in but Isaac dug deeper, finding an extra gear and attacking more often. He won the round and the bout. The other 2 boxers in the junior B boys’ 54kg novice division were pulled out by their coaches. They deemed Isaac too strong, so Isaac won the gold junior B boys’ novice Ontario Silver Gloves. Isaac was elated and went to see his opponent, who had refused to quit, took everything and kept coming.

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We watched the rest of the afternoon bouts and then wnt back to our rooms to shower and get ready for dinner with George Chuvalo. Although we left the hotel at 5 it took us; me, Elaine and Isaac, an hour and a half to drive the 20 km through rush hour traffic to George’s house.

canvas. He beat some and many others ducked the Canadian strong I go to the door of the quaint home man. So yeah, this time I am a fan. on the corner and ring the door bell. On Friday afternoon Isaac Benedict An older pleasant lady answers and squared off with a tough Latino kid begs me to come in. George Chuvalo from Toronto by the name of John is sitting on the couch watching the Rodrigues. Both kids are 13 years news. We exchanged hellos and old and weigh 119 pounds and both George rises to shake my hand. First have the same number of bouts. thing that strikes me is he is no taller Isaac started well and won the first than I am -5’10”, and he seems to round; his being a southpaw gives limp and have trouble with his legs. him an edge. As John adjusts, he gets But he gives a big smile and a big hit with some good counter-crosses hand extended with “How are ya and hooks from Isaac. Rodrigues Continued on page 21


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MacMillan Named Broomball Player of the Year By Todd Anderson


inch resident Gracin MacMillan has been named Federation of Broomball Associations of Ontario eastern Female Player of the Year. The 17-year-old Grade 12 student at Tagwi Secondary School was acknowledged, with the award, after another outstanding season on the ice. As an assistant captain with the Eastern Thunder juvenile team, MacMillan helped lead her squad to a bronze medal finish last month at the national championships in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba.

to win the award. As a leader on her team, she spoke about how she tries to set an example. “I try to keep everyone positive. Sometimes when you are losing, people want to give up. I try to not let that happen. I try to make everyone feel as part of the team.”

After a tremendous couple of years on the ice, as a hockey player, MacMillan decided to change sports after her Midget A season with the Cornwall Typhoons. Before playing with the Typhoons, MacMillan was a standout in the NGS Braves minor hockey league “Effort. Very high skill. system. She cited work and school Determination. A cannon of a commitments, and a more flexible shot. That’s some of the reasons schedule with broomball over she won the award,” says Eastern hockey as her reasons for making Thunder coach John Irwin. “She’s the switch, however, that wasn’t the not afraid to get dirty in the corner main reason. “With broomball it is Finch’s Gracin MacMillan in action. The Eastern Thunder’s assistant and she usually comes out with the full-on hitting. That is why I chose captain was recently named Federation of Broomball Associations of ball. She leads by example, that’s broomball.” Ontario eastern Female Player of the Year. Submitted photo: Carolyn MacMillan for sure.” Asked to differentiate between the MacMillan, who also plays in sports, MacMillan says her hockey I already had some of that skill. It to a guy about his team. They don’t a house league with the Finch background helped her during took a couple of games to get used have tryouts. They just put everyone “Stick-handling Stars and the Rebels elite team in the transition. to running on the ice though.” who registers on the team. Here, a tournaments, says she was excited definitely is similar in both sports. While MacMillan hasn’t lot of kids are trying it. It’s more of completely left the game of hockey a big deal around here I guess. “ all together – she represented In her first year as an Eastern Tagwi at the high school level this Thunder player, three seasons year – she has fallen in love with ago, MacMillan helped chip in broomball. She thanks her mother as an affiliate when the team won Carolyn for the guidance. “She their fourth consecutive national has played ever since she was little. championship in Alma, Quebec. Sometimes I get to play with her on As a full-time member last year, Monday nights, in the winter, when MacMillan and the Thunder won players are missing from her team. their fifth title in a row in Cornwall. She has coached me quite a bit in This year’s bronze medal was the past. She’s driven me to games, somewhat disappointing, but a great practices and tournaments quite a accomplishment none-the-less. bit.” “We expected this to be a goldOff the ice, MacMillan says she medal season, but there has to be loves farming. During the time a winner, a second-place finisher of this interview she was taking a and a bronze medalist,” said Irwin. break while working on a Finch- “We had a few ups and downs this area farm. “I love being on a farm season. Next year we will have a and participating in 4H,” said strong team again. Gracin has three MacMillan. “Being in a barn is one years left as a juvenile. She’s going of my favourite hobbies.” to be a big leader for us for sure. When it comes to broomball, She’s a good team player and she MacMillan has seen several of her gets along with all the girls. As a friends join her on the ice while competitive team you need good Photo by Robert Lefebvre, icelevel photography trying out the sport over the past leaders, and she is one. There’s lots couple of years. She encourages of opportunity left for her to win others to give it a shot. “When we more gold medals, and more player were in Manitoba this year, I spoke of the year awards.”

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Bill Roundpoint volunteered to be the coach. Over the har-Lan High School has last three weeks they’ve been just started up their very practicing and are now starting first lacrosse team, with Sandy to compete. McDonald as the teacher Sandy McDonald says they’re supervisor and Bill Roundpoint taking the team’s goals one as their community coach. step at a time. “For the first By Molly Kett


Char-Lan’s lacrosse team played their first ever game on Friday April 17 at a tournament in Ottawa. Char-Lan won one game and lost two, but is raring to improve.

tournament we just played, it was more just to have fun and see what their skills and capabilities were,” says McDonald. “Once they won the one game I think they started thinking that they can do well and in our next tournament, in May, hopefully, we’ll be able to win some more games.”

McDonald says two students who played elsewhere in the community and wanted to get a lacrosse team going at the school started up the new Student athletes are hoping this lacrosse program. The two new lacrosse program becomes students asked the school’s an annual thing, and are already principal, who agreed, and planning for next September.

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Multisport Club Athlete Profile: Glen Campbell By Derrick Lorusso


any people don’t realize coaching and soccer can be as physically challenging as running a marathon. It takes just as much effort to lead your team to victory, time and time again, all the while making sure your players are well and happy. Glengarry native, soccer coach, and teacher for Glengarry District High School (GHDS), Glen Campbell got his start when a friend asked for a favour. “While I was in Teacher’s College a friend of mine, Brian Filion asked me if I would like to help him with the Sr. Boys Team,” he says. “When I started teaching here in the fall of 1997, we coached together for a number of years. He was a great mentor for me during those years.” Campbell has been in the coaching league for many years now, with boys’ and girls’ teams. “I started coaching Sr. Women’s Soccer in the late 1980’s while I was in University,” he says. “I coached a team from Alexandria, which later became the Glen Nevis Women’s Team.”

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main goal is to make sure the players are well and active. “I’ve been very fortunate,” Campbell said, “the players are usually very willing to work hard and we try to have a lot of fun with our practices.” He adds it would not be possible without some help from his two co-coaches. “My co-coaches Laurent Rivard and David Filion are really good at keeping the atmosphere around the team enjoyable.” When asked what team he thinks is a big rival on the field, one comes to mind, “Char-Lan always has a strong team and due to their proximity to Glengarry DHS, I would have to say them,” Campbell said. “Most of the players on both teams know each other, so that leads to friendly competition.”

Campbell has been an avid runner, since his university days of trying to keep in shape, and has been fortunate enough to participate in the Boston Marathon many years in a row. Thankfully, he was on the road when the devastating attack happened in 2013. Upon his return to the fair city for another run, Campbell tells us what has changed. “Security is slightly higher; we are not allowed backpacks or large water containers, but the overall

is needed to prepare and train. For Campbell, he has a simple routine he tries very hard to keep with. “I just try and get out for runs regularly, 4 to 5 times per week. In the 3 months approaching the marathon I try to follow a plan,” he says. “However, I do not always follow the plan as closely as I should.” Even with this thought, Campbell still finds enjoyment within his runs. “I think the main thing is to enjoy the daily runs and not worry too much about your distance and times,” he says. “I do try and increase my Sunday long runs consistently throughout the months leading up to the marathon.” For Campbell, he has a few fellow runners to thank for making his exercise routine even more enjoyable. “I’m fortunate to have a good group of local marathoners who I train with: Glen Campbell Photo Submitted Jeff Lapierre, Bruce MacGillvary, John Zawada, Jadvinder Bhathal, feel is still awesome,” he says. “In Anatoly Ross and Mark Burleton.” fact, last year it felt like there were And when asked what the future more spectators and they were even holds for Campbell; he tells us more enthusiastic than in the past. some simple goals. “I hope to Bostonians are proud of their city stay healthy and continue to be and there’s an even stronger sense active for years to come. It may of togetherness.” be running, but I also enjoy biking With any good runner, a routine and hiking.”

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champ? ” We exchange pleasantries and decide to go to a nearby Kelsey’s for steak. I ask George about his legs and he tells me he is better than he was. He says he lifts weights 3-4 times a week at a nearby gym with his grandson. We talk as we drive and he asks about my ethnic background. I reply I am of Portuguese heritage, to which George replies “Whoa, hey you like fish?”

“Of course,” I say. George says he knows a great little place in old Toronto and he prefers a little place anyhow. That’s fine with me and we start heading there.

As we drive we talk boxing; we speak of Isaac’s victory; George offers advice; and as we drive we get some history lessons about Toronto. We drive past Hyde Park and George tells us the great featherweight Willy Pep ran there and said it was the best place in the world to run. George’s memories jog and he speaks like boxing guys do, at ease and matter of fact, with puns and jokes interspersed. We arrive at the eatery and I quickly see it’s genuine; some dishes on the buffet I have not eaten in years - things my mother used to make like “Bacaloa a gam sa” cod fish with

potatoes and chopped boiled eggs with parsley. We order up and find a seat. People file in and out and look at us. George frequently makes eye contact and says “Hello how are ya?” As we eat we speak about the upcoming event May 9th at NavCan. He offers tips and pointers to Isaac and most important being for him to stay in school and train hard. George does touch on the subject of drugs and what it did to his family. His demeanor changes and I can see and feel it hurts him and he lives with the pain and loss still. I tell him about my own experience and remind George “some of us are examples for others.” As we finish eating we buy some deserts to take with us, especially rice pudding. Two rough looking construction guys recognize George and George shakes hands and chats briefly. He seems to enjoy being recognized. As we speak and pay for our desserts a man comes in peddling pictures of Renaldo, the famous Portuguese soccer player. He recognizes George and begins telling him all about his career. He begs us to wait and goes outside to his car and brings back a laminated picture of Muhammad Ali with Ali’s complete ring fight record on it. He points out to Isaac that George was the first man to go 15 rounds with Ali,

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to which George quickly replies “No sir, correction…he went 15 rounds with me.” We laugh and George signs the picture and to his credit the peddler leaves and does not try to sell to us or push anything on us.

my son Tony ever fought in England, I reply that he hadn’t. George tells me, “Be careful. They favor their own, big time. They protect their own over there, not like here in Canada”. Funny a few days later my We head back and George says he son Tony gets an opportunity to fight is happy that he was able to join us. for a vacant World Title in England. He tells me he likes little intimate Prophetic words…they rang in my places like that and we talk more ears my whole stay in England. boxing and the state of the game, We arrive at George’s home as it is today. George tells me he’s well after 9pm and after our warm always lifted weights, never making goodbyes, George signs his book it public, but training on his own which I brought with me. He thanks in his basement with barbells and me profusely and looks forward to dumbbells all through his career. He coming to Cornwall. I ask Isaac to felt it made him better. As we spoke help carry desserts to the door for about my club and my son’s career he George and Isaac happily obliges. offered some sage advice and asked Elaine and I sit in the car and talk if Tony strength trains…I replied that and take in the evenings events - 10 he does. He commended me and told minutes go by. Isaac finally emerges me it was good. He was going to smiling and beaming with his medal look up my son and follow his career hanging around his neck and holding a little bit. As we continue to drive, a picture in his hands. It’s a nice George points out my GPS is wrong action shot of George Chuvalo and he guides me back to his home. fighting former heavyweight champ He has some regrets, but with his Floyd Patterson at Madison Square career, he seems most displeased Garden in 1965. A bout many felt that the Canadian Boxing Federation George won, despite losing the stripped him of his title in the mid decision. In the picture George is ‘70’s for failure to defend his title. delivering a beautiful uppercut to George chuckles then blurts out “No Floyd’s chin. On it George wrote one in Canada would fight me.” He ‘to my friend Isaac…work hard, stay laments the fact the British never gave clean, keep punching champ!!’ Isaac him a chance at the Commonwealth never stopped smiling all the way heavyweight title. George asks me if back to the hotel.

NON-TRADITIONAL WEAPONS By Jim Riddell, Seaway Karate Club


raining with a weapon in karate class, whether traditional or non - traditional has numerous benefits. Practicing kata with any weapon will certainly develop coordination, balance, and timing and the various stances required are a type of body weight drill. Even though the weapon may seem light, it has enough mass that, with the required repetitions strength, muscle tone will develop. Traditional weapons are very popular and can add a valuable component to any karate training program. The downside of training with traditional weapons is that they are not practical for use outside of the dojo. In recent years, non – traditional weapons, also known as “improvised weapons” or “weapons of opportunity” have gained in popularity. Non –

traditional weapons are common items that have a primary purpose, but can be used for defence. It is important that the training has a defensive component, enabling defence against active aggression, as well as an offensive purpose. Here are a few of the items which we train with at Seaway Karate: 1) Cane or walking stick- a support device that can be taken anywhere including on a plane. It can be used with one or both hands to execute blocks and strikes. It is also good for creating distance as well as applying restraints. 2) Snow Brush - We are Canadian and most of us have a snowbrush handy in our vehicles for a good portion of the year. 3) Umbrella – a sturdy full length umbrella is a practical, stylish means of self-defence and can also keep you dry on a rainy day. Commonality of technique is very important – the cane, walking stick, snow brush, and umbrella share many of the same techniques. 4) Kubatons – (key holder) – The kubaton was developed by Takayuki Kubota for use by police officers. They were first used by LAPD in the

70’s when female officers were trained in their use. The kubaton is a 5.5” solid rod ½” in dia. made of either aluminum or high impact plastic, and is knurled or grooved to ensure a good grip. One end of the kubaton has an attached split ring which connects to the split ring on your keys. If you carry a kubaton, stick with the basic model. Some manufacturers have tried to “enhance” the kubaton by concealing a blade inside, while others have added spikes or a sharpened point. Stay away from these models. Although legal, if you are flying, put your kubaton in your checked luggage as you will not be able to take it through security. 5) Flashlight – standard, mini, and penlights, have been around since 1899 when the American Electrical Novelty and Manufacturing Co. received a US patent, The company donated several to the NYCPD - beginning the use of the flashlight by law enforcement personnel. Flashlights and kubatons share many of the same techniques. Both are discreet, effective, and easy to carry.


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s the weather begins to get warmer and the outside sports enthusiasts begin to itch for their clubs and ball mitts, a trip down memory lane, to the summer of 1954 is in order. When I first heard the name Howard Cunningham, it was associated with the Senior Citizens Club on Pitt Street, and a good game of Bridge. Long before Howard started playing serious Bridge, he and Marcel Beaulieu coached the Cornwall IGA Senior Ladies’ softball team. The year was 1954. There were some talented ladies on that team - three of them would go on to be enshrined in the Cornwall Sports Hall of Fame. In the Eastern Ontario final, the IGA ladies beat Ottawa Hunter’s Cleaners two games to none to capture the coveted prize.

Ethel Roberts HOF 1968

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Dorothy Parker HOF 1975

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Members of the team included Verna Dalgleish, Jeannine Langlois, By Staff Writer Ethel Roberts, Ruth McLeod, Nancy ’école secondaire catholique Campbell, Julie Gallinger, Bev La Citadelle was very pleased Stewart, Carol Hughes, Diane Roe, to win the SD&G badminton Simone Martel, Eleta Thompson, Dorothy Parker and Theresa Parker. championship on April 15. Among



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In no particular order - Girls Singles, Cloée Ménard - Gold, Emilie Ménard - Silver. Mixed Doubles, Guy Giroux & Emilie Rochon - Gold, Andre Lavigne and Shannon LaPrade - Silver. Girls Doubles, Myriam Fontain and Adriana Conti - Gold, Sophie Turcotte and Savanna Legue - Silver, Boys Doubles, Cedric Deschamps and Devin Radly - Gold, Reeve Nicholson and Alex Beaumnt-Stidwill - 4th. Boys Singles, Gabriel Photo Supplied Brie - Bronze.

the 16 student-athlete participating in the championship, 12 qualified for the EOSSA championship that was held in Casselman on April 21st. The Patriots team ranked fourth overall in the tournament. Within the 12 remaining qualifiers, the Ménard sisters, Cloée and Emilie, have finished in first and in second place in Casselman and will now represent our school and region at the

OFSAA badminton championship in Markham. Congratulations to all the athletes who participated and best of luck to Cloée and Emilie Ménard in Markham next week at the OFSAA championship. Below is a list that highlights the various winners from the SD&G championship in Cornwall.


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A Controversial Loss In Liverpool By Jim Riddell


ow quickly a person’s plans can change with a single phone call. Cornwall professional boxer, Tony Luis, his father/trainer Jorge, and Matt Veenstra were about to leave for Hinckley, Minnesota where Tony was to fight Ira Terry in the main event Friday April 17th to be shown live on CBS. On Monday night at 10 pm American boxing promoter Greg Cohen phoned Jorge informing him that a much bigger fight was available for Tony, if he agreed to it. British fighter Derry Matthews was scheduled to fight Ismael Barroso of Venezuela for the WBA lightweight title, but Barroso was unable to secure a visa putting the event in jeopardy. Tony Luis, ranked #9 in the world, and in fight ready condition, was a natural choice to replace Barroso. A few details were ironed out; a switch was made; Barroso was off to Minnesota to fight Terry for CBS and Team Luis was on a flight to Liverpool. Tony proved quite popular with the British media and, in the two days leading up to the fight, fans back home in Canada were able to view the press conference along with several TV interviews. Asked if the change in opponents only four days prior to the fight would present a problem, Luis stated that he keeps tabs on everyone in his weight class, had watched video of Matthews, and would adapt. As for having any concerns about adjusting to the time difference, Tony said that the extra adrenaline fighting for a world title would make jet lag a non-factor. The same thing with the length of the fight - the Terry fight was scheduled for ten rounds, whereas championship fights are always a twelve round duration. Six thousand fans were at Liverpool’s Ecco Stadium to cheer on hometown hero Derry Williams in this title fight with Luis. It was a very good fight with Luis taking the action directly to Matthews - right from the opening bell, applying pressure throughout the fight, and landing more blows. The judges awarded the decision to Matthews by scores of 115-112, on one judge’s card and 114-112 by the other two. It was an action packed fight with most of the fight community seeing Luis as the victor. Scott Gilfoid of Fight News 24 summed it up perfectly saying, “In a controversial fight, Derry Matthews defeated Tony Luis by a very questionable decision. Referee Howard John Foster constantly broke up the action when Luis attempted

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to work on the inside. Luis had his hands free and was nailing Matthews with shots in close. Foster really got in the way of Luis’s ability to work. Luis dominated through much of the fight and deserved the win”. Earl Barber, referee-in-chief for the Canadian Kickboxing Association, which uses almost identical scoring as boxing, agreed with Gilfoid’s assessment - scoring the fight 115 – 111 for Luis. Tony Luis didn’t expect any favours from the British judges but said, “I was waiting for the decision, knowing that I had won, was expecting that this may happen; but hoping that they would do the right thing”. Although disappointed with the outcome, Luis was very upbeat saying that “Derry is a cagey, experienced fighter” and that some of what he learned from this fight will help him in the future. The future looks bright, as Tony was only home for one day when he agreed to a televised fight for a regional title June 26th in Niagara Falls NY. If Tony Luis’s recent performance in Liverpool is any indication, it will only be a matter of time before he brings a World Championship home to Cornwall.


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Émilie Ménard is no ordinary grade nine student at École secondaire catholique La Citadelle. Throughout the school year, she has set herself apart from her peers with her contagious enthusiasm, natural sportsmanship, and positive leadership skills. Émilie is a young, versatile athlete who loves to learn and improve her abilities in any sport she takes on. Since grade 7, she has played badminton competitively with La Citadelle’s school team and has also improved her game with coaches John Flannigan in Cornwall and Stéphane Gaumond in Orleans. This year, Émilie won the silver medal at the SD&G championship and won a second silver medal at the EOSSAA championship in Casselman. Now, Emilie has qualified for the OFSAA badminton championship that will be held in Markham, on April 30th to May 2nd. When Émilie is not on the badminton court, she enjoys playing on her school’s junior volleyball team and the Cornwall’s Viking volleyball team. In all, we are very pleased to have such a young inspiring role model at our school, who achieves high academic and athletic standards. We look forward to following Emilie’s athletic achievements in the upcoming years!


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St. Joseph’s Catholic Secondary School is quite proud in nominating Steven Belanger as its athlete of the month. Steven is a grade 12 student and has earned the reputation of Mr. Basketball at St. Joe’s. Since grade nine, Steven has grown in every way as a student athlete. He has reached a point , where his basketball IQ has grown so much, that it would not surprise anyone if he someday represented a college or university team. Steven started playing basketball in the sixth grade, in the Lions house league program, and that is where his love for the game began and flourished. He tried out and made the Lions in the seventh grade and has played competitive and school basketball ever since. In the tenth grade, Steven attended the Ontario Summer Games as part of a St. Lawrence Regional team that was comprised of some of the best basketball players in our area. The games took place near Toronto. At the high school level, Steven is a mentor both on and off the court. He is a quiet leader who lets his play do the talking. He has also maintained an 80% average in his classes, despite his busy schedule. Steven has won numerous awards since he began at St. Joe’s. His accolades include grade nine rookie of the year, grade ten MVP, Senior MVP (while in grade 11), and MVP in his senior year. Steven Belanger is better known as “Mr. Basketball” at St. Joseph Catholic Secondary School.


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Addison Girard, a Gr. 8 student at Rothwell Osnabruck is an asset, in and outside of the classroom. Addie is a strong competitor for the Cornwall Lions AAA Basketball Team. This year her team was crowned the OBA Champions in Brampton and she was awarded player of the game during the EOBA’s in Brockville. This isn’t the only sport at which she excels. As a Lancer, Addie also plays on the soccer, volleyball, basketball and badminton teams at RO. During the off season, she keeps herself busy with summer soccer. Although sports take up a lot of her time, academics are very important to Addie as well. She has maintained over a 90% average this year while preparing for secondary school. Addie has a very bright future ahead of her and we can only imagine what she has in store for her years in high school.


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St. Lawrence Secondary School is proud of Gobi Mohanathas, a multi-talented student in grade nine. Gobi is an accomplished athlete; he is an academic powerhouse; and he is a leader on the court, in the school and in the community. On the basketball court, Gobi has served as team captain, top scorer, and standout leader on our St. Lawrence Secondary School junior boys’ basketball team. In addition, Gobi possessed the skill, drive, and character to join the senior boys’ basketball team as they competed for the Ontario High School Basketball Championships, better known as OFSAA. He helped the Saints win the Consolation Championship at OFSAA, and the Team Sportsmanship Award at OFSAA – an honour that highlights well-rounded student-athletes. Coach Greenley states, “He’s everything you would ever ask for of a player. He is relentless in his pursuit of becoming a great basketball player and has the passion to overcome any challenge that stands in his way.” Gobi manages to maintain academic honours while competing on the high school basketball team and a community travelling team. In addition, Gobi undertakes a number of volunteer activities in support of basketball, at various levels.

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Molly Bellefeuille is a Grade 7 student at Holy Trinity who has tried just about every activity/sport you can think of! Ballet, golf, figure skating, tennis, hockey, basketball, swimming, volleyball, soccer, gymnastics, softball, and downhill skiing are just some. She takes swimming lessons and is working towards becoming a lifeguard; to follow in her dad’s footsteps, and is currently playing with the Spikes Volleyball Program to improve her volleyball skills. Molly has played house league hockey for many years and been involved with the Junior Golf Program at Summerheights for the past 3 years. She plays travelling team basketball with the Cornwall Lions, downhill skis on a regular basis, and works out several times a week at the gym. And still finds time to play tennis at the Benson Centre every Saturday. Not a day goes by that Molly isn’t working out or playing a sport. On top of that, she’s on the honour roll at Holy Trinity, sings in the school choir, and plays on the school sports teams. Molly is a very pleasant and personable student and athlete. She knows how to work hard to achieve her goals. Her long term goal is to attend McGill University and become a pediatrician. The staff, at Holy Trinity, is sure that Molly can achieve this goal!


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Gabrielle is a senior student who has always excelled in both athletics and academics. Throughout her years at L’Héritage, Gabrielle has left her mark in many sports. Her strengths, however, are volleyball and track and field. Again this year, she was the co-captain of the senior volleyball team, leading them to an overall first place ranking in SD&G as well the AA champions. In addition, she led in service aces and kills. Gabrielle is equally active with The Vikings volleyball club, having been a member for the last two years. In addition to volleyball, she is also a multi-disciplined track and field athlete, excelling in hurdles and javelin. Gabrielle has competed at the provincial level and is on course to qualify for OFSAA again this year. While she is a devoted athlete, she is fully committed to her academic excellence, having been an honour roll student throughout her time at L’Héritage and having earned many academic accolades. In class, Gabrielle is creative, analytical, cooperative, and, frankly, pretty funny!





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Lions Club Set to Celebrate Local Athletes with 51st Annual Lions Club Sports Awards By Jennifer Halsall


he 51st annual Lions Club Sports Awards are back this year and, according to 12-time master of ceremonies David Murphy, they feature some new additions. Sports radio personality Tim Cunningham will attend as this year’s guest speaker. Murphy says he expects 250 sports enthusiasts will attend this year’s banquet. They’re competing for more than 50 awards, distributed between more than two dozen different sports, from hockey to boxing. “My biggest joy from the night comes from the raw emotion from the sports awards winners, especially the ones who don’t know they’re winning,” says Murphy. “The highlight of the night is always the awarding of the Jacques Richard Trophy for top sports personality because it signifies the best that Cornwall

has to offer.” For some athletes, the awards are more than trophies –they’re steps toward their education. “We’ve added a $250 bursary from the Brodie Family,” says Murphy. The award joins the $1,000 RBC Bursary, for excellence in athletics and academics, and the $250 Bill Bray Bursary for dedication to sport. Murphy says the banquet’s focus is on Cornwall’s athletes. “Cornwall Lions Club hosts this dinner as a community celebration of the great people that put Cornwall on the sports map,” he says. “We are proud to be able to offer this banquet to ensure sports legacies are showcased.” The Sports Awards Dinner will be held at the Best Western, May 13th, starting at 6:00 pm. Interested athletes and sports enthusiasts can purchase tickets at Gordon Jewellers for $70. David Murphy, Master of Ceremonies.

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Kelly McGillis • Chuck Charlebois • Gilles Leger • Lutt Bergeron Sr. • Bob Kinnear • Jim Larin • Joe St. Denis • Doug Taillon • Sonny Herrington • Si Miller • John Denneny • Walt McDonald • Jock Dalbec • Orval Tessier•ArtAnderson • Red Lascelle • Lutt Bergeron Jr. • Reg Woodward • Dale Hawerchuck • Moe Lemieux • David Dorman • Willie Poitras • Fred D’Alessio • Eric Harps • Reg Campbell • Dorothy Moore • John Baxter • Sheldon Legue • Lori Dupuis • Dave Merpaw • Bill Dickie • Corey VanLoon • Al Wagar • Samir Bhatnagar • Steve Harps • Lawrence Lapierre • Julie Bissonnette • Chad Kilger • Melane Banville • Ron Morin • Kyle McAllister • Hannah Riordon • Tony Luis • Bill Murphy • Corky Julien • Rod Simpson • Jenna Flannigan • Doug Carpenter


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Champs Eastside Boxing Updates By Elaine Mason


hamps Eastside Boxing Club has been very active on the club show circuit this year. Here are some results for our boxing fans. On January 23rd Lalan Philips, 233lbs, of Cornwall Island, boxed in his first bout in Watertown NY. Lalan squared off with John Fitzgerald of Governor NY. Though the bout lacked in top technical skill, it more than made up for it with action and heart from both competitors - a rock ‘em sock ‘em affair that pleased the crowd. Lalan lost in a split decision that could have gone either way.

On Feb. 14th Champs was in Albany NY. Representing Champs was new addition Ronnie “Rocket” Robidoux. Ronnie has had 40+ bouts as an amateur. He squared off with John John Renaud of Kingston NY, in a sensational 3 round affair that was worth money to see. Renaud tired late and Ronnie “rocketed and rocked” himself to a split decision victory over an experienced opponent. Ronnie, a tremendous talent, recently turned 20 years old. Look for great things from this young man. On the same card, young Avery

Gravelle participated in his first amateur bout against Martin Miller of Saratoga NY, who was in his 5th career bout. Both boys are 13 years old and each weighs 111lbs. Avery had to wait until the 13th bout before he was on…all that waiting can fray a young competitor’s nerves, but Avery controlled himself and, after a rough first round, found his rhythm and range. He used his height and reach to score well with jabs and crosses that led him to a unanimous 3 round victory. Avery works extremely hard, is very coachable, and can do very well in the future.

In Ottawa, on February 20th, Lalan Philips again saw action in a heavyweight showdown against Ottawa’s Andre Degagne. Though it lacked finesse, both competitors excited the crowd with heavy punches, heart and tenacity, and back and forth action for three rounds. At the end, the warriors were spent. Lalan lost a split decision, again, in a bout many felt should have gone his way. Look for a rematch in Cornwall on May 9th at Nav-Canada. On Feb. 28th Champs Eastside Boxing was in Montreal. Neica

Al “Killer” Quenneville: Then and Now By Molly Kett


l “Killer” Quenneville, born and raised in Cornwall, has played a big part in Cornwall’s hockey history. He’s played for a number of local teams including the Cornwall Colts for three years in the late 90s; two years for the Morrisburg Lions Junior B team; a year for the Westport Rideaus; a couple years for the Cornwall Comets; and finally for the Akwesasne Warriors.

Quenneville played forward, mostly taking on centre position. He describes his style of hockey as a Darcy Tucker or Dale Hunter kind of style. “I wasn’t the biggest guy but I played aggressive and in your face. I played a tough game,” says Quenneville. Quenneville spent most of his hockey career with a unique nickname. “I got the nickname Killer, I guess about twenty years ago, when I tried out for the Colts - when they had their championship teams,” says Quenneville. “I never stopped working, I’d pick on the

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biggest guy and I’d pick on the smallest guy and they came up with that name I guess!”

Quenneville remembers his time playing hockey very fondly. His favourite memory was playing his first game with the Colts when he was sixteen. The team had to call up nine affiliates to play and he was one of them. “At the Si Miller arena there were probably about 1300 to 1400 people in the stands and my GM from Morrisburg wasn’t there to sign the papers, so I had to undress after warm-up. I couldn’t play,” says Quenneville. “As I was undressing, my GM showed up to sign the paperwork to allow me to play and when I went on the ice the place was just jam-packed. That’s probably the game I remember the most.” Now, Quenneville doesn’t play much hockey himself, but he does take the time to coach his nineyear-old son when he can. He also has a daughter who’s going to start playing. She’s hoping he will coach her team, too.

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Rouleau 43 years old, boxing for the first time, officially squared off with 28 year old Maxine Turcotte of Ottawa also in her first bout. Both ladies weighed in at 150lbs. Though it was a loss for Neica, she was very competitive and fought fiercely against her much younger opponent. Neica refused to give in and got in her fair share of punches, winning the respect of her coaches, teammates, and everyone in the crowd. You’ve come a long way Neica. Also boxing was Ronnie Robidoux against Montreal’s Armand Medescu. Though both weighed 160lbs, Ronnie is 20 years old and Armand only 16 so it was an exhibition. Nice technique shown by both boys. Last and certainly not least, Avery Gravelle was in a junior boys 110 lb match against Montreal’s Sammy Callache. This was also a three round exhibition match with no decision, as Avery was too strong for his opponent. A nice experience for Avery, never the less; he continues to work hard and improve month by month. On Saturday, March 21st Champs Eastside travelled to Schenectady NY. Isaac Benedict of Akwesasne representing Champs Eastside Boxing - 13 years old, 120 lbs - squared off with older, more experienced John Rodrigues of Albany NY. After a tentative start Rodrigues proved too fast, too smart, and too experienced for young Isaac. Isaac fought back valiantly, but the 2 year age difference proved a decisive factor, as did the experience. It was Isaac’s 7th career fight, while Rodrigues has had over 30 bouts. Coach Jorge Luis stopped the bout, in the corner, after the 1st round. In the main event, Ronnie “Rocket” Robidoux, weighing 166 lbs, squared off with Nick Costaldi, also 166lbs, of Albany NY. Nick is a veteran with over 100+ amateur bouts. Ronnie dominated Nick from the opening seconds of the first round - working behind rapid jab and rapid fire combinations, mixing in crosses, hooks, and uppercuts with both hands. Equally effective on the inside and at long range, Nick suffered 1 standing 8 count in the 2nd round and 2 more 8 counts in the 3rd round prompting the referee to stop the one-sided bout for the protection

of the fighter. Ronnie plans on boxing in the amateur ranks for now and turning professional next year. This bright prospect is from Akwesasne and now calls Cornwall and Champs Eastside Boxing home. We’re proud to have “Rocket” Ronnie Robidoux on board. In Pro ranks news, look for Tony “Lightning’ Luis on April 17th on CBS Sports. Tony is scheduled to square off with veteran Ira Terry, of Memphis Tennessee in Minnesota, at the Grand Casino. This will be the co-feature bout of a new CBS Sports Network boxing production. Tony Luis will defend his newly acquired WBC Continental Americas Lightweight belt. Thank you in advance. Please feel free to contact me is you have any questions or concerns.

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Cornwall River Rats Senior Baseball Team Gearing Up for Another Season By Julianne Bruce


he Cornwall River Rats are getting excited about the start of their third season.

The River Rats finished in first place in the regular season in the National Capital Baseball League’s Tier II division last year and were, therefore, supposed to move into the Tier I division this season. However, due to a number of key players who were unable to commit to the 2015 team, the River Rats will remain in Tier II. Chris Poirier is going into his third season with the team and is feeding off last year’s success for this year’s motivation. “We had a dominating team,” said Poirier. “Our pitching was very good and it was fun going to Ottawa; beating a lot of the teams there. I’m not sure if they took kindly to the newcomers winning quite handily, but it was fun.” With a few pitchers not rejoining the team, Poirier says the River Rats will have a difficult road ahead but they hope to find some talent at their open tryouts. Jon Cosgrove is also going into his third season with the team and is looking forward to another chance at beating the Sweat Sox, their cross town rivals. “We always have fun playing them and the longer we’re in the league, the more we get to know the other teams,” Cosgrove said. “I think once you start recognizing the guys, it breaks down barriers and makes it even more fun.” Information about the open tryouts is expected to be posted online and in community newspapers shortly.

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Isaac Benedict is 13 years old. Isaac first came to Champs when he was 6 years old, but was turned away because he was too young. He returned at age 11 and commenced training. Showing immediate talent and potential, Isaac culminated his first year in boxing with a victory at the 1st annual Canadian Golden Gloves in July of 2013. Isaac was missing in action in 2014 but has now returned to Champs. After a rocky start, losing to an older more experienced opponent, Isaac found his winning ways again - April 10th, winning gold in the junior B boys’ novice division at 54kg in Toronto. Congrats Isaac, may this be a sign of many more. Welcome back, Isaac.

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