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The Colts were ﬁrst for goals against in the regular season; ﬁrst for goals scored; ﬁrst in the East division and 1st Overall!! The Colts continued that work in the post season, by winning the East Championship and then facing Kemptville for the ﬁnal round. The goaltending duo of Samuel Dussault & Joey Lamarche was simply outstanding. Game one was in Kemptville and the Colts took a comfortable 4-2 lead going into the third period only to see the Panthers erase that lead to steal the game 5-4. Goals Cornwall Major Midget “B” Colts. went to Brian Landry (2) Alexis Roy had two assists while Mikael Roy and Alex Primeau. Dobson, Max Paquette & Primeau Game 2 & 3 were played in completed the scoring. Cornwall and the Colts were ready. The Colts received 18 penalties They responded with back-to-back during the two games, but Jeff wins by score of 5-2 and 5-3. Dobson, Dan Pilon and Ryan Several Colts took part in the Thomas were key players in killing scoring. Chris Wert lead the the penalties and all collected an “home charge” with three goals assist along the way. & one assist. Brock Dazé had two Kris Villeneuve & Kyle Howes goals, Landry added a goal and two were pillars on the blue line, assists, Colin Allaire had one goal delivering several body checks and & one assist, Colin McDonald &
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Cornwall has talent…and then some! The 49th Cornwall Lions Club Sports Awards proved, beyond the shadow of a doubt that athletic ability, talent and desire is second to none in our area. Jenna Flannigan won the 2013 Jacques Richard Trophy as the area’s top sports personality. All she did was lead to Team Canada to the Bronze medal at the Women’s World Cup of Baseball thanks to a 6-1 record. In the Bronze medal game against Australia, the 22 year old went four- forfour, scored four runs and picked up an RBI. It doesn’t end there. She was named to the World Cup All Star team with the 2nd highest batting average (.586) with 14 runs scored, 11 RBI, ﬁve doubles, a triple
and three stolen bases. Simply put, she’s in the upper echelon when it comes to female baseball players on the planet. Austin Flannigan’s not so bad himself. Jenna’s younger brother picked up the Joe Assaly award for Top Junior Athlete. He recently won Silver at the Provincial Championships in badminton. He has no peer in SD&G when it comes to badminton and throw in the fact he’s been a key member of some pretty impressive Black Sox teams and you can see why it was a night to honor the Flannigan siblings. Jeremy Pike, winner of the $1,000 RBC Bursary, is not only a football star but he maintains an 85 per cent average, earned a roll in a Holy Trinity play, while also ﬁnding time to take a mission trip to Dominican to help build homes. Oh yeah, he also has a part-time job as gets ready to head to Bishop’s University. Rob McLeod’s name has been highlighted more than a few times in recent years. He was the catalyst to the Kraft Hockey
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area, August 20,” said chair George Baker, in announcing details of the event.
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Plans for the 55+ Eastern Regional Games were announced in Cornwall, today. The Games, for participants aged 55 and over, are scheduled for August 20.
The host, District 8, which is part of the provincial Ontario Senior Games Association, comprises Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry (including Cornwall), PrescottRussell, and Akwesasne.
Between 500 and 600 participants from Eastern Ontario are expected to take part in the 55+ Eastern Regional games, which are schedule to take place on August 20.
The games will include twelve events, and will take place at various locations in Cornwall, Long Sault and Alexandria. “District 8 of the Ontario Senior Games Association is honoured to host the second 55+ Eastern Regional Games, in Cornwall and
The other districts in the eastern region include Renfrew County, Kingston/Frontenac, North Lanark, Lanark/Leeds/Grenville, Ottawa West and Ottawa East. The Ontario Trillium Foundation presented a plaque to local District Eight of the Ontario Senior Games Association in conjunction with OTF’s major grant of $37,300 to the Eastern Regional 55+ Games to be held in Cornwall and area, August 20. Taking part in the presentation were, from left: Marilyn McMahon, representing MPP Jim McDonell; George Baker, chair of the Regional Games organizing committee; Raymond Lacroix of the Trillium Foundation; and Mayor Bob Kilger of Cornwall. Supplied photo
Events in the Regional Games include ﬁve-pin bowling, bid euchre and euchre, carpet bowling, contract bridge, cribbage, darts, ﬂoor shufﬂeboard, golf, pickleball, tennis, and prediction walking. Continued on page 8
Player Movement By Richard Waldroff
I want to say thanks to all those who responded to my last article. It was warming to realize that others have similar beliefs when it comes to player movement. The one question that I was asked most often after the article was published was why, when I was in the position of president, I didn’t do anything to ﬁx the problem. It is an excellent question. I am not a dictator; I prefer not to force-feed but rather allow people to arrive at their own decision hoping my suggestions are included. We must always remember these people are volunteers. Rumour has it that body checking soon will only exist in the high performance stream from bantam on up. In areas west of Kingston and north to the Sault St. Marie / Timmins area it has been banned from all house league programs. The member partners of the Ontario Hockey Federation voted this structure on. I have not heard much about the growing pains being experienced with the change. It is expected that the ban will be brought down by Hockey Canada as part of the making the game safer for all, and also to aid in the recruitment of players. If you were a player or a parent watching any of the recent NHL playoff games you have to be happy that not any of your relations are out there being slammed and banged around. I have trouble believing that the body can recover in such a short time between games. If I am not mistaken that’s why teams in the NFL only play one game a week to permit physical recovery. Body checking is part of the game, and most believe it is permitted to allow a player to edge his opponent of the puck, a method of gaining control of the puck. I believe that is the way it is being taught at the beginning stages. Somewhere along the line it turns into a contest of who can hit who the hardest without any thought to the possible outcome. What you see at the NHL level is what the fans are told they want to see, what he Networks want you to believe the game is all about. After all, the number of viewers increases revenue and if I am not mistaken the size of a share of those revenues is what the strike was all about. Keep your stick below your waist.
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The Cuban Connection: Luis Gives, Receives Some Quality Help By Vincent Cama
for 12 years and 30 ﬁghts but that Tony Luis is looking for redemption changed that Saturday as Rigondeaux and he’s looked south for some out-dueled his opponent over 12 inspiration. Cornwall’s only current rounds and received the judge’s pro boxer sported a healthy 15-0 unanimous decision. Rigondeaux is record before losing a ﬁght against now 12-0 since turning pro. As for Luis, being a sparring partner Jose Hernandez on ESPN’s Friday may sound like a relatively minor gig Night Fights in January. Since then, he’s ﬁnished a month- but far from it. If you’re brought in long stint at the ABC Boxing Club in as a sparring partner, you need to be Boca Raton, FL., serving as a sparring able to keep your opponent on their partner to Cuban two-time Olympic toes or get dismissed for someone and World Cup champion Guillermo who can. To do so for someone as “The Jackal” Rigondeaux. He’s kept talented as Rigondeaux presented sharp, stayed ﬁt and learned quite a both a challenge and a tremendous opportunity to learn. bit in the process. “The biggest things were the little Cuba has produced some of the ﬁnest amateur boxers in the world things,” said Luis of his time with over the past 50 years and Rigondeaux Rigondeaux. ”In my last ﬁght (vs. is one of the best to make the jump to Hernandez) some of my habits that the professional ranks. Luis helped caught up to me were pulling up Rigondeaux prepare for his April 13 straight high out of my changes, right bout with Nonito Donaire with both in (the opposition’s) line of ﬁre, me the World Boxing Association and punching too far out of range, working Tony Luis is looking at bouncing World Boxing Organization super- on angles and pivots, balance…I Gatineau, Quebec. bantamweight titles as well as The learned a lot. It’s not always about Ring junior featherweight title on the how many punches you throw but “Guillermo is razor sharp and catline. Donaire had gone undefeated positioning, quality over quantity.” like quick…he is literally greased lightning…you leave a hole for him he puts his ﬁst in it,” said Luis’s father and trainer Jorge about Rigondeaux. It’s amazing the change you see in people this time of year. They have a smile on their face, a spring in their step and everyone seems to be just on the verge of celebrating something. It “He (Tony) got a bloody nose his can only mean on thing: It’s playoff time again! ﬁrst sparring session and after that he This year is special in a number of ways, but one unique change is that both the Toronto didn’t get no more bloody noses. Tony Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens have returned to post-season action. got better and better and by the end Our question this issue? Will the presence of the Leafs and Canadiens increase the of camp he was giving Rigondeaux amount of interest you have in watching NHL playoff hockey as the long-awaited spring runs into the early days of summer? all the action he could handle. They
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Anyone who has ever been to a Senators game in Ottawa when the visitor was either the Leafs of Canadiens knows how important these two teams are to people in this area. In playoff hockey it is often as important from a fan perspective to have a team to cheer against as it is to have a team to cheer for. The Leafs, and to a lesser extent the Canadiens ﬁll that role because there isn’t a lot of middle ground there: you are either a passionate supporter, or you don’t care. I think having these two teams in the mix can’t help but increase interest, at least north of the border. The presence of both the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens in this year’s Stanley Cup playoffs certainly increases my interest. These are two of the original six teams, each with a very large and loyal fan base. Before the Ottawa Senators came on the scene in 1992, almost everyone in our region was either a Canadiens or Leafs fan. With the Sens also in the mix - playing the Canadiens in the ﬁrst round - playoff hockey will be a main topic of conversation everywhere. Hopefully, for many of us, these discussions will continue well into the month of June. I think it is great for hockey that both the Habs and Leafs are in the playoffs. These are the two most storied franchises and generate immense interest not only in their own cities, but across Canada and the US since their fan base is so spread out. In the year of the lockout, I think having all six original teams make the playoffs will help reestablish the fan love and support in the core markets and then spill into the softer markets due to the history of these teams.
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were very pleased with the training he provided.” Luis’s will bring what he’s learned with Rigondeaux to his next pro bout on May 17 at the Casino Lac Leamy in Gatineau, QC against former European champion Domenico Urbano (25-4-1). For tickets call either Tony himself or his girlfriend Manon at 662-3179 or 662-1565.
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Madison Bruyere: Six-Year-Olds Passion For The Slopes By Tammy Larin
Madison Bruyere, now six, loves to ski and she has no fear about being up on the mountain. “I feel like I’m on a big cloud,” she say.
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You would imagine that a toddler, barely a year old would be doing her best to handle walking let alone strapping on a set of skis and hitting the slopes. For the Bruyere family however, that was in fact the case. Madison Bruyere, now six, started skiing only a couple months after her ﬁrst birthday. It started with Madison’s father David pulling her around the family yard for fun. The family visited Big Ben ski hill regularly during the winter with dad in front and grandfather, Mike Bruyere. By March, Madison, 18 months, was skiing solo. “She grasped it right away,” said David Bruyere. Every winter, the Bruyere’s
travelled to different ski resorts including Mt. Rigaud for a night run or Titus for a weekend of skiing. It was at Titus in 2011, that Madision began racing. She ﬁnished third in her ﬁrst race at age four and has been part of the racing program ever since. She is the youngest in her category and has many wins under her belt. “During the 2012 season, Madison went undefeated,” said Madison’s mother Stacey Bruyere. Madison races in the Slalom and the Giant Slalom (gates are further apart). The races take place on black diamond hills. (Green is for beginners, blue is intermediate while the black diamond run is for
advanced skiers.) Madison made sure to also mention that she also skis on the double black diamond hills and is fearless. “I feel like I’m on a big cloud,” said Madison. “I like to go fast and I like to win.” Madison’s parents give credit to Big Ben instructors like Jack Ruest for their passion and patience towards the kids. “Big Ben is a great place to start and they are great with the kids,” said Stacey. Madison hopes to one day ski for Canada at the Olympics. Judging from her accomplishments, dedication and drive so far, she is well on her way of fulﬁlling her goal.
First Annual RO Alumni Hockey Tournament a Success By Terry Tinkess
First it was basketball, then golf, and now former students of Rothwell-Osnabruck (R-O) High School in Ingleside have joined together to raise funds for athletics through the ﬁrst-annual alumni hockey tournament. Corey, Tinkess, 26, has been a part of the R-O family for most of his life. R-O is one of only a few schools in Ontario that has students ranging from junior kindergarten up to grade twelve, and Tinkess was there from start to ﬁnish. After graduating from Brock University, he returned as a teacher. Understanding both as a former student and as a teacher the beneﬁt of a little extra money to a small athletic program, Tinkess decided to organize a hockey tournament as a fundraiser. “For a small school we have a lot of spirit,” said Tinkess as he caught his breath between games.
Rothwell-Osnabruck may be a small school, but not when it comes to spirit. The ﬁrst annual alumni hockey tournament raised $500 that will help support athletics at the school in Ingleside. Photo by Terry Tinkess
“We always have. Most of our graduates tend to stay in the immediate area, or return home when they have the opportunity to. Convincing people to get involved wasn’t a problem.” In a relatively short time enough players to stock three competitive teams threw their support behind the idea. Two sponsors, Ingleside Foodland and Dwyer Glass chipped in to help support the effort. After all the costs were
calculated, approximately $500 was raised. Not bad for a ﬁrst effort. The hockey? That wasn’t bad either and many people in the stands commented on how with only three teams playing, they expected things to slow down as the day progressed. That didn’t happen. The championship game, won by team red was at least as fast-paced as the ﬁrst game of the day. When you consider that some
of the players were upwards of 50, that’s pretty impressive. The smiles on so many faces conveyed more than words could say. Planning is already underway for the second annual event, which will take place next spring, tentatively at the Long Sault arena and at least four teams are expected, although in keeping with the spirit of the event, there will always be room for more.
8 Continued from page 5 Local summer games are being held between April and June in each of the seven eastern districts. The medal winners in each of these events would then be eligible to compete in August at the Regional Games, in Cornwall.
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Graham Vickers, president of the district senior games organization, said the Regional Games would not be possible without the support of sponsors, the major one being the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Other sponsors are City of Cornwall, United Counties of SD&G, North As an added beneﬁt, to the Glengarry, South Stormont, Regional Games, District 8 will The Nation Municipality, East
The “Team” has just completed Issue # 8 and as always, I would like to thank Lynn (Graphic Design), Terry (Editorial), Bernadette (Website), the writers and editorial contributors, our distribution locations, our advertisers and of course the kid’s and people who make our stories possible. I hope you enjoy # 8. Way to go Colts! Congrat’s to Coach Ian MacInnis, and players for winning the CCHL Championship. Also to the Colt’s support staff and loyal fans, enjoy the moment. I’m sure plans are already under way to keep the cup in Cornwall. Congrat’s also to Colts sniper Michael Pontarelli on winning the Hockey Trophy at the Lions Club Awards Dinner. Pontarell was also awarded with the CCHL MVP and Sportsmanship and Ability Award. To cap off Michael’s rookie Jr A season, he was selected as the CJHL MVP and Top Forward, this is national recognition with 10 leagues competing in the CJHL (approx 130 teams). Wow another Lions Club Sports Awards Dinner over. Congrat’s to all the individual winners and to The Lions Club especially Committee Members David Murphy, Mitch Lapierre, Marcel Lapierre, Stuart Gordon, John Gordon and Marc Phillipe. Your hard work and dedication is appreciated. This years selection of the Jacques Richard Trophy as the Cornwall and area’s top sports personality of the year is Jenna Flannigan. Jenna is a member of Team Canada, which won a bronze medal at the 2012 Women’s World Cup of Baseball. Congrat’s Jenna
conduct a legacy program over three years in which members of the committee will visit schools and promote an active lifestyle to youth. This year, the committee is introducing pickleball to students at Glengarry District High School in Alexandria.
competition continues until early June, with competitions remaining in bid euchre, contract bridge, bowling, bocce, cribbage, cycling (prediction), ﬂoor shufﬂeboard, golf, lawn bowling, pickleball, walking (prediction), slo-pitch, swimming, tennis and horseshoes.
The lasting beneﬁt of an event “We want to promote an active lifestyle for youth,” said Vickers, like this is in allowing people of all “and we’re hoping they take the ages to see that sport doesn’t have message home to their parents and to be something just for the young. grandparents. Anyone 55+ interested in Locally, the summer games are participating in the local games contact the district already underway to determine should who will represent the district at coordinator, Monique Patenaude, the Regional Games. The local at 613-543-3453.
As we make the switch to summer sports programs, Sports Energy would like to wish all coaches , volunteers , organizers and players a safe, fun, season. Big expectations on the Lax ﬂoor this year. Our Jr B Akwesasne Indians were 1 goal away from a Founders Cup Championship last season and GM Roy Ledoux and Head Coach Garrett Cree have high expectations for this years edition. At the Jr C level, Head Coach Shawn Lauzon and his Celtics will be playing host to the Jim Meredith Jr C Provincial championships Aug 16 - 18 th. All the best to both teams and lets hope you have great crowds of fans at home games to support your efforts. Wildcats Spring Football is under way. Check out the action at Joe St Denis Field (Bob Turner). Here’s hoping a new clubhouse is on the horizon. Congrats also to Taylor Servais on being drafted in the 4th round by the Edmonton Eskimos of the CFL. The former Holy Trinity student is presently a member of the Ottawa Gee Gees.
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Building Self Respect: Youth Boxing Has a Bright Future By Vincent Cama
Jorge Luis will be the ﬁrst to admit that boxing is a hard sell when it comes to youth involvement. When he, an excellent boxer in his day before suffering a career ending motorcycle accident, was working to establish the Champs Eastside Boxing Club he never wanted his son, Tony, to follow in his footsteps. “There’s a misconception in Cornwall that I pushed him into it and that I wanted him to be a ﬁghter,” said Luis of his son. “Actually, when Tony was 9-10 years old I kept telling him no.” It was in no small part thanks to the persuasion of Jorge’s wife Maria that little Tony got the chance to strap on the gloves. “One night she told me ‘Why Maximus Bourgon, 9, is just one of the promising young boxers at Champs Eastside gym. Photo byVincent Cama don’t you let him go?’” said Jorge. Today, entering its 13th year of the Quebec champion for his age and training until he gets his chance. In the “‘He drives me crazy when you go to operation, Champs Eastside gym is weight bracket during an exhibition in meantime, boxing is already showing boxing,’” Maria continued. “’He goes not short on inspirational stories, not Montreal. some of its beneﬁts to him. downstairs watches the old boxing “It makes me proud of myself and the least of which are new prospects “I wanna be the champion of the videos, he imitates the boxers on the Isaac Benedict, 11, and Maximus world,” said Isaac who grew up in gives me conﬁdence that I can do bag and he’s down there doing sit-ups (Max) Bourgon, 9. Akwesasne. things that other people can’t,” said and tossing the dumbbells around.’” Jorge and Tony are excited for the “Isaac fought very well and I thought Max. Soon after, Jorge got Tony’s word two young ﬁghters who they describe he got the better of it,” said Jorge The focus that they employ during that he’d keep his marks up in school if as “naturals”. “They’re the future,” about Isaac’s bout. “This kid sticks training has ripple-down effects for he let him box. Tony did (for the most said Tony. “Isaac is exceptionally with it he’ll be a Canadian champion. the rest of their life as well - Jorge part) and from then on father and son strong for his age and Max has all the He’s falling in love with the sport, he makes sure of that. Like he told his have shared a passion for the sport. tools it takes to be a champion. They studies it, he watches stuff on You own son not too many years ago, if the One look inside at the hard work work hard, they listen, they show the Tube, he’s reading magazines, he’s boys don’t keep up with their school being done at Champs and it’s clear adults how it’s done.” loving it, which is great to see. When work, then they don’t box. If Isaac and that that passion is infectious. The Max is still too young to ﬁght in you blend his talent with work ethic Max can achieve similar results, then discipline that comes with training the Cornwall area will have a bright Ontario (the minimum age is 11) but it’s magical.” can provide a positive outlet for its Isaac has just come back from facing For Max, it is a matter of waiting and boxing future. practitioners of all ages.
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I am only as good as my last game By Diane Hunter
Cornwall native Cory Piche would like to make it to the NHL as an ofﬁcial, but is building a lifetime of memories along the way.
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Shoot for the moon because even if you miss you will be among the stars is a motto that 23 year-old Cory Piche reﬂects on when he is feeling run down or has to battle through an injury. Piche is an Ontario Hockey League (OHL) linesman. Originally from Cornwall, Piche now resides in Toronto. He grew up playing for the Seaway Valley Rapids until he decided he wanted to try something else. In grade eight Piche tried his hand at basketball, but found that
hockey was where he belonged, and went back to the sport when he and his father began ofﬁciating minor hockey in Cornwall. “At the age of 20 I attended the Don Koharski School of Ofﬁciating,” says Piche. Former NHL linesman, Wayne Bonney, Director of Ofﬁcials for the Central Hockey League (CHL), then hired Piche. “After an injury plagued my ﬁrst season, I returned to the CHL as a full time linesman.” With Bonney’s recommendation, Piche was hired by the American Hockey League (AHL) as a part-time linesman. Considered his ultimate achievement so far, Piche was chosen to ofﬁciate the Ray Miron President’s Cup, which are the CHL Finals, in 2011 and 2012. He was then asked to relocate to Toronto to secure a spot on the OHL’s ofﬁcials playoff roster as a rookie for the 2012-2013 season. The biggest challenge for Piche is balancing personal life, work schedule as a personal trainer, and his ofﬁciating schedule. “With support from my family back home, and my wife Kathryn it makes it much easier as everyone truly believes that one day I could be ofﬁciating in the NHL,” says Piche. It’s a long road, in more ways than one. While working for the CHL Piche was located in Corpus Christie, Texas, Little Rock, Arkansas, and Tulsa, Oklahoma. During the 2011-2012 CHL season, Piche spent 200 nights in a hotel and 58 consecutive days away from his home base in Tulsa. Each season Piche would drive roughly 40,000 to
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50,000 kilometres. Piche sets his goals by trying to work every game as if it were his last. “I work every game I receive as hard and the best that I can because you never know who’s watching,” says Piche. “At the end of each season I reﬂect on my season and set ﬁtness goals for the summer, always making sure I attend training camp in better shape than the year before.” Piche says he doesn’t make too many onice goals because it adds too much unnecessary pressure during games. “I am only good as my last game.” Piche was hoping to receive one assignment per week, which would be roughly 25 in total. By the end of the season he had received 37 assignments. “I was hoping to be selected as a playoff linesman, but did not want to get my hopes up as there are many highly qualiﬁed and deserving ofﬁcials on staff with the OHL,” said Piche. “With the willingness to learn from both my peers and my supervisors I was included on the list.” According to Piche, it all comes down to not reaching a point in his life where he has regrets about what might have been.“The key to my success is my drive and determination to be the best linesman I can be,” said Piche who believes in ﬁtness, and work ethic. “If in the end I achieve my goal or I don’t, I want to know that I have put my all into what I can control and tried my best to make the NHL.”
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resolve it quickly. They made it easy for us, especially me who really had no experience with broadcasting equipment---to focus on the game.”…and on their pre-game prep work. Before each game, Gibeau and Thompson would pour over team and player stats---and in a pre-Internet era—would actually talk to coaches and scouts for the inside story. “ We’d look at what had happened the past few games, which players seemed to be the ones to watch that week because it went it cycles and really just get a good feel for things before going on air,” explains Gibeau. Not surprisingly, both Gibeau and Thompson list the Royals playoff games as highlights of their careers. “Those games, especially those with Ottawa and Belleville were some of the best games ever. The all star game was fabulous as well,” says Thompson, ‘It was just great to be part of it.” The colour commentary guy adds his own shadings, “Watching players like Chad Kilger, develop and progress over the years and some of them go on and play professional hockey, that’s deﬁnitely a highlight.” On a personal note, Gibeau recalls being able to bring his then young son down to the dressing room during the junior allstar games, to meet Eric Lindros.
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It was a love of softball, not hockey that spawned one of Cornwall’s most enduring local hockey broadcasting partnerships, starting with the Cornwall Royals in 1986 and moving onto to the Colts in 92. “Gilles (Gibeau) and I both played for the Seaway Slo Pitch League, and often talked about hockey,” explains Wayne Thompson. Thompson had nearly three years local radio broadcasting experience under his belt at the time, and was managing a car rental, gas station and car wash operation in the city’s east end. He was approached by Cornwall Rogers Cable 11 TV program to be the Royals
play-by-play announcer. “They wanted to do their own broadcast of the program instead of simulcasting it through radio so Calvin Killoran asked me if I’d be interested, and I said sure,” recalls Thompson, who now works for Cornwall Toyota and Mix 96.1. It wasn’t long before he “recruited” softball teammate Gilles Gibeau to ﬁll the colour commentator’s spot. “I didn’t hesitate to say yes to Wayne,” says Gibeau. “I didn’t have any broadcast experience but I had done some theatre in high school and I was in sales. And I’m not shy. So it all felt really natural.” Despite that lack of on-air experience, Gibeau, who now works for Benson Automotive says he can’t recall any major embarrassing moments, the likes of which now ﬂood the Internet. “When we were ﬁrst broadcasting out of the Si Miller Arena we were actually broadcasting from right in the crowd. We could never be really sure of what would come out of the fans’ mouths and get picked up by our mics,” laughs Gibeau. As for technical gaffes, they too were few and far between, thanks to the expertise of the cable station’s technical staff. “There were times where we had issues with some of the equipment and they always managed to
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Annual Raisin River Canoe Race a Success By Jentry van Baal
Neither rain, snow, sleet nor hail could come between participants and spectators for the annual Raisin River Canoe Race, held April 14th. Despite the unpredictable weather, over 150 participants took to the waters of the cold, fast Raisin River between St. Andrews and Williamstown, bringing out spectators from all throughout SD&G. After being delayed a week due to icy conditions, participants were still unable to take on the famous Martintown dam, much to the disappointment of many viewers, and were required to portage across town to avoid the dangerous, rough conditions. With various divisions such as the pro class, men’s and women’s recreation, adult/youth, and kayaks, almost all ages were present, whether in it for the
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win, or for the experience. While the majority of competitors hailed from the region, a handful travelled from various other out-of-town locations, such as the Ottawa area, Perth, and Peterborough. Following the races, a gathering was held at the Char-Lan Recreation Centre, where awards were presented to each participant. Gaetan Plourde, of
Perth, accompanied by Ian Mockett of Stittsville were the ﬁrst team to cross the ﬁnish line in Williamstown in a time of two hours and 21 minutes, capturing the pro class category. Bonnie Pankiw and Christoph Weber, both of Chelsea, Quebec followed the ﬁrst place team, claiming ﬁrst for the 17-foot open division.
Benoit Letourneau of Ottawa rowed his way to a ﬁrst in the Kayak division, while Denise Sauve of Summerstown, and Valerie Parent of Coteau du Lac claimed the women’s recreation title. Glen Robertson’s Francois and Eric Decoeur took the men’s recreation title, while Alexander de Wit and Emma Saaltink followed up with the mixed recreation gold. Other winners included Kim and Rob Lapierre for the adults and youth division, Zachary Zwanenburg and Wyatt Brochert claiming student men’s recreation, and Alisha Peeters and Jason Fourney in the student mixed rec. Despite the challenges both the weather and the waters may have presented, it was not nearly enough to prevent the tradition of the Raisin River Canoe Race from once again coming to a safe and successful conclusion.
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Andy Yang Cleans up at Athletic Banquet By Jan Murray
St Lawrence College recently held their annual Athletics Banquet, honoring top athletes for their ability, enthusiasm and dedication throughout the year. Many deserving students were honored for their skills and recognized by friends, team mates and faculty for all their contributions. Welding and Fabrication Technician, Andy Yang cleaned up, taking home three awards including St. Lawrence College student Andy Yang couldn’t contain his Sportsperson of the year. excitement after having his name
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One of the most common and growing injuries that are often seen in our great sport are concussions. Classiﬁed as a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (MTBI) concussions occur when a player receives a signiﬁcant blow to the head. The brain is very sensitive to any movement and therefore can be injured with even little amounts of force. The player may or may not lose consciousness but will display the classic signs/ symptoms of a concussion: Headache, dizziness, nausea and vomiting, lack of motor coordinating and control, loss of balance and lack of sensation. The patient may be sensitive to light or have blurred vision. Ringing in the ears is also common. Some cognitive signs are: disorientation and difﬁculty focusing, post traumatic amnesia, slurred speech and confusion. As a trainer it is crucial to be able to recognise these signs and symptoms and ensure the player receives the best standard of care as quickly and efﬁciently as possible. It is also important to the players safety that he or she be removed immediately from play and be sent to the dressing room. If the concussion appears
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The Inaugural season of Cornwall River Kings hockey
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to be worse or if there is a loss of consciousness or bleeding requiring suture, an ambulance should be called and the player should not be moved. An important detail to remember is your player’s history…if they have had multiple concussions or head injuries in the past there is a greater possibility for a reoccurring injury. Keep the player calm and alert, attend to any bleeding or gross injuries, give ice as needed and activate EMS when appropriate. REMEMBER – any blow to the head that is signiﬁcant enough to render a player unresponsive or cause a concussion has the potential to cause damage to the spinal cord or column. Do not get caught up with the head injury. Always take the appropriate spinal precautions when high speed impact is suspected.
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Being shutout seemed to get the attention of the Sorel players, as they came back in game three with a 4-1 victory, followed by back-to-back 5-2 wins, both of which were in Cornwall.
At the time of this report, The River Kings ﬁnished the Sorel and Saguenay are tied at a regular season with 43 points, game apiece in the league ﬁnal. good enough for third place With the season over, attention on the strength of a 20-17-1-2 now turns to what went right record. and what didn’t. Soon enough In their ﬁrst round matchup, the team will return to the ice to the River Kings faced-off try and build on the success of against St. George, winning the season one. best of ﬁve series three games Support our local businesses.... to one. In round two, the opponent would be The Sorel-Tracy HC Carvena. The two teams split the ﬁrst two games, with Sorel taking the opener 3-1 and the River Kings to bounce back with a 6-0 shutout in game two.
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There are a few new toys out there on the market that people may want to check out. A new type of electric motor that will keep you positioned in a particular spot using a GPS, new tackle, lures, and lots of other new accessories on the market for both the new and experienced ﬁshermen.
If you’re a ﬁsherman, young or old, then you have already been out on the river, trolling along, testing the waters and eager to see what type of season you can expect on the St. Lawrence River this year. Local ﬁsherman, Robin Casgrain was born and raised on the St. Lawrence River and has been ﬁshing for as long as he can remember. Even back into his childhood days, Casgrain can remember living on the river in Summerstown. His family had a huge dock that he would sit on as a young boy, cast out his line and then wait, patiently. Whether it was bass or sunﬁsh, he would sit, as ﬁshermen do, patiently waiting for that nibble. It must be in their blood. Casgrain says he loves the solitude when it comes to ﬁshing. He is a big fan of the live release factor. “It’s always nice to catch a beautiful ﬁsh, release it, and watch as it swims away,” says Casgrain. Casgrain believes the St. Lawrence has a pretty good selection of perch and walleye this year. “When you see a variety of sizes coming in, that usually means the stock is fairy secure.”
One thing to take note of this year, however, might be the decline in Pike. “In the past four to ﬁve years the numbers of pike caught has been decreasing” says Casgrain. “Can’t explain why, just that there seem to be a lot less of them.” For the new and inexperienced ﬁshermen, Casgrain suggests getting involved with an organization that will provide you with an orientation, and a The one that didn’t get away. According to Robin Casgrain, the secret little training. “Pair up with a to success is ﬁnding an experienced ﬁsherman to learn from. Supplied photo more experienced ﬁsherman, that’s very important for people There has already been a couple to offer the new and experienced just coming into the sport.” of ﬁshing derbies in the area and ﬁsherman. It can be challenging, The most important thing will surely be more over the with strong currents, but there is is to just get out there. Enjoy summer. He encourages those lots of room to maneuver around. the weather, the water and the who love to ﬁsh, and also those It is wider and deeper than the solitude. Whether you are trolling who have never tried it, to get average Ontario river and is about down the river, or sitting on the out on the water and test out their 775 miles long. It is chalked-full end of the dock, ﬁshing could be of a variety of species of ﬁsh skills. just the sport you’ve been looking including pike, walleye, trout, The St. Lawrence River has a lot for. muskie, black bass, and rainbow
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Swedish Team Kungälv Comes to Cornwall By Vincent Cama
It’s not everyday Cornwall plays host to guests from halfway around the world. For the seventh straight year, the Seaway Valley Rapids hosted a bantam hockey team, along with 92 family and friends, from Kungälv, Sweden. While a mutual love for hockey may have brought them together, the reason this event has become such a welcome tradition for both sides for the better part of a decade goes much deeper. It began seven years ago, largely on the initiative of Swedish organizer Lars-Ove Haraldsson. Haraldsson was a childhood friend of former Cornwall Ace and Quebec Nordiques Niklas Andersson and would often travel to Cornwall to visit during Andersson’s tenure in Cornwall, getting to know the town and its people. Being involved in minor hockey in Sweden in the intervening years, an opportunity arose to take the Kungälv team overseas. Cornwall was the ﬁrst place he thought of. “It’s not only the local history (in Cornwall),” said Haraldsson of why he felt Cornwall was the right place for Kungälv, “but the overall feeling about the big part that hockey plays in the life of Canada is quite astounding for us to see.” The developmental curve for young players in Sweden is much different than their Canadian counterparts. Unlike the players on Seaway Valley who have been handpicked as the best in their region after a try-out process, the Kungälv team has been together, as a team, since they were seven years old. The trip to Cornwall is the culmination of their time together before they can choose to move on to the more competitive levels. It’s a big deal. As it has been every year since the event began, the Swedish kids were taken in by the Seaway Valley families while the Swedish families made their
For the seventh consecutive year the Seaway Valley Rapids Bantams welcomed a team from Kungälv, Sweden. Following the ﬁnal game, the team’s enjoyed a traditional jersey swap. Photo by Vincent Cama
home at the Ramada Inn. The Swedes had more than one stop on this trip, including going to Toronto to take in a Raptors game and New York to see Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers. According to Haraldsson though, Cornwall has never come up short in providing the most memorable experience. “The experience here in Cornwall with the families, the bonds, the friendship…that’s what counts” said Haraldsson. “I’ve been talking to so many kids years after and nine out of ten, when you ask them what the best part of the trip was, they say the time in Cornwall with the families. That’s comforting and gives you hope for the future. The meeting is still the essential thing of the whole experience. ” Seaway Valley and Kungälv squared off twice over the weekend and a third team from Louisville, NY joined the mix (despite their season ending a month earlier and missing
half their team) to make it a truly international affair. Seaway Valley took the ﬁrst game against Kungälv on Friday March 29 by a score of 7-3. There was a great crowd on hand along with city councilor David Murphy who did the ceremonial puck drop and local author, hockey historian and former police ofﬁcer Thom Racine who did the announcing. Kungälv had a better showing beating the Americans the following afternoon and playing the Rapids close right to the end in the ﬁnal game of the series but still losing 2-1. But for all sides, the games were of secondary importance. “It’s more away from the rink and how similar (the Kungälv kids) are to our kids,” said Seaway Valley head coach Jason Norman. “We’re having more fun at home with the families than they do at the rink. They play hockey year round so hockey is just the same thing but when they come home it’s a unique experience for
everybody.” Kungälv’s head coach Martin Larsson was also impressed and had some parting words for his hosts. “I would like to send a message,” he said. “A thank you to the people of Cornwall and the trainers and Lars from us who keeps the connections, so probably we’ll be back with another team next year.” Kungälv gives back Friendship wasn`t the only thing the Kungälv team brought with them from Sweden. Knowing they`d be on their way to Toronto and New York after their stay in Cornwall, they stuffed their hockey bags full of their old, slightly ill-ﬁtting, but also immensely useable, hockey equipment. The intention? To leave said equipment with local charities leaving plenty of room in their hockey bags for the shopping they’d be doing in Toronto and NY. Now there’s a plan that works for everybody.
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Karate Komments: What is a Kata? By Jim Riddell
The word kata simply translates to mean “form.” Most Japanese and Okinawan martial art systems have kata in their syllabus. As a component of karate it can be explained as a predetermined series of movements, utilizing blocks, punches, kicks, strikes, and grabs, while stepping and turning. Repeated practice of the kata leads to the improvement of form, and development of the attributes. These attributes, - speed, power, timing, balance, coordination, focus, and endurance will all improve thru kata training. This training helps to condition the mind and body to work as a single unit. There are dozens of katas across the various styles of karate. Depending on the style, the learning of anywhere from 12 to twenty katas are required by the time a student tests for Shodan (ﬁrst degree black belt). Learning kata is much more than “something you have to do” to get promoted to your next belt. It is of no use to just memorize a series of movements, without having a complete understanding of the practical application of each move. The breakdown of the movements of a kata is called Bunkai. The student, thru bunkai, learns how each move is used as a self defense technique or a
means of accessing a pressure point or an extreme pain point. Kata’s are taught in a speciﬁc order. They are designed to teach smooth movement and basic coordination initially, progressing along with the student’s development. The performing of a kata is often referred to as “ﬁghting an imaginary opponent.” What this means is that mental imagery or visualization techniques are used to improve performance. These techniques are not unique to karate and are used by athletes in many other sports. Two examples of this – golfer Jack Nicklaus would, before each stroke, envision his swing, the ﬂight of the ball, and the ball ending up exactly where he wanted it. Muhammad Ali, while doing his early morning roadwork, would visualize his opponent passing him. This he used as a motivational tool, to train harder ensuring that he had the required conditioning to get him through the late rounds of a championship ﬁght. The repetitions involved in the practise of kata are necessary to develop coordination and ﬂowing technique.. This learned motor action is often referred to as muscle memory. More on muscle memory in the next issue of Sports Energy. KARATE QUOTE: Practise not until you get it right, but until you can no longer get it wrong.
Colts Season Finally Comes to an End By Sports Energy Staff
After a conﬁdent march through the CJHL playoffs that earned them a spot in the 2013 Fred Page Cup, the Cornwall Colt’s season has come to an end. The Colts opened up the postseason against the Brockville Braves, and while the series went six games, two of which required overtime, the Colts never seemed to be in danger of not advancing. Next up were the Carleton Place Canadians, and a ﬁrst-ever matchup between the two teams. This one went the distance, with Cornwall winning game seven 2-1 in Carleton Place. Offence, rather than defence was the focus in round two. With only the Nepean Raiders standing between them and a ticket to the “Freddy” the Colts tightened-up on defence, and wrapped things up in Six, winning the league championship
and the right to travel to Truro, Nova Scotia to play in the Fred Page Cup tournament. Things didn’t go quite so well for the Colts in Truro, as they ran into extremely strong defensive play. In game number one they were shutout 1-0 against the Summerside Capitals. In their second game the Colts were outscored 6-2 by the host Truro Bearcats, the team that would eventually go on to win the championship. Their third game produced a better result as the Colts picked up their ﬁrst win of the tournament, dropping Le Collège Français de Longueil 5-4. The win moved the Colts into the semi-ﬁnals where they were shutout a second time by the Summerside Capitals, thus ending their season. While the Colts would certainly have liked to add a Fred Page Cup to their list of accomplishments, the 2012-2013 season was one to be proud of and one that will make hockey fans eager for the return to the ice and another season of Colts Hockey.
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(Cornwall, ON) It was a successful weekend in early April for the SLC Sharks hockey coaching staff and St. Lawrence College Athletics staff at the ﬁrst ever Sharks Hockey Alumni Weekend. Over 100 current, former, and Sharks family and friends attended the inaugural event that brought back players to reconnect, reminisce, and to play Sharks hockey once again. Participants and friends arrived on Friday April 5th to receive their tournament package that included SLC swag, a commemorative Sharks t-shirt, a tournament jersey & puck, and most importantly, reconnect with the Sharks hockey program to reminisce and share stories from classic memories. “It was great seeing so many former players tonight. We had a great turnout, and it really builds up for the games and pub night on Saturday,” said Sharks coach Sean Boulerice. Players from several generations enrolled, including a few members from the original Road Runners team from the mid 1970’s.
Past and present members of the St. Lawrence College Sharks and Roadrunners got together for a bit of hockey and reminiscing during the ﬁrst ever Sharks Hockey Alumni Weekend. Supplied photo
Quenneville winning the round robin and the opportunity to win $10,000. Pat had to shoot 16 out of 20 pucks from the far blue line into an empty net within 20 seconds. Pat quickly got all 20 pucks down the ice, but was only able to put seven into the back of Games started bright and early the net. on Saturday morning, with each From there, the event moved of the ﬁve teams playing four 20-minute (run time) games from the Benson Center to the prior to two semi-ﬁnal games, Sharks Pub for a full night of and the championship game. It socializing that included several was clear that games were kept prizes being given away, a live fun and entertaining, but with a band, midnight poutine bar, slight edge with teams wanting to and even more reminiscing and ﬁnish in ﬁrst place. Players were storytelling. spending time between games “We can ﬁnally sit back and catching up with their teammates and friends, reminiscing about say we did it! What a resounding old stories, and meeting other success,” said Boulerice. “I knew former and current Sharks it was going to be good, I just did not visualize it being as awesome players. as it was. Mike (Pettinella) and With team Grey being crowned I may have initiated the idea but winners of the Sharks Hockey the Alumni and Athletics staff Alumni Weekend, the shoot-for- took the ball and ran with it to cash contest took place, with Pat make it a reality.”
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Mike Turcotte ............. 613-933-3837 ............................................................www.kmgs.ca Ladies Fastball Fith Wheel 18 Wheelers, ..... Brian Tardiff ............... 613-938-2950 Navy Club Mens Fastball ............................... David James ............... 613-930-0033 BASKETBALL United Counties Minor Basketball ................. Brad DeRochie ............ 613-938-0533 .............................................................www.cornwallbasketball.com BOWLING Olympia Bowl .................................................................................... 613-932-8421 BOXING East Side Community Boxing Club ................ Jorge Luis................... 613-933-5618 EQUESTRIAN Holly Hill Farm .............................................. Kate/Robbie Mac Intyre ......613-931-2493 St Georges Equestrian .................................. Suzanne Lacroix Whispering Meadows ................................... Allison Blair St Thomas Rose Quarter Horses ..................................... Karen Aitken Sarabeau Stables .......................................... Sandy Marcellus Upper Scotch Farm ....................................... Kelley Ferguson Drogheda Manor ........................................... Garry Meek FIGURE SKATING Skate Cornwall .............................................. Karin Touchette........... 613-936-9290 .............................................................www.skatecornwall.ca Can-Skate Learn to Skate .............................. Karin Touchette........... 613-936-9290 .............................................................www.skatecornwall.ca FOOTBALL Cornwall Men’s Flag Football......................... Jonathan Campeau ..... 613-551-4605 Cornwall Minor Football Association ............. Rod Simpson .............. 613-936-2888 .............................................................www.cornwallwildcats.ca GOLF Archie’s Family Golf Centre ............................................................... 613-932-8255 .............................................................www.archiesgolf.com Cornwall Golf & Country Club ........................................................... 613-931-1122 .............................................................www.cornwallgolf.com Heritage Golf Club ............................................................................ 613-347-3738 Summerheights Golf Links............................ Katie MacLennan Andrews .....613-938-8009 ........ KatieAndrews@summerheightsgolf.com .... www.summerheightsgolf.com Upper Canada Golf Course ................................................................ 613-543-2003 .............................................................www.uppercanadagolf.com GYMNASTICS Cornwall Gymnastics Club ............................ Tammy Mcallister ....... 613-933-4356 .............................................................www.cornwallgymnasticsclub.com HOCKEY ASSOCIATIONS Akwesasne Minor Hockey Association .......... Mark Terrance............. 315-250-0287 ........firstname.lastname@example.org Alexandria Minor Hockey Association ........... Kevin Ctaig ................. 613-551-2698 ........email@example.com CharLan Minor Hockey Association .............. Bruce McRae .............. 613-347-3406 ........firstname.lastname@example.org Cornwall Minor Hockey Association .............. 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Athletics Banquet an Exciting Time for SLC Athletes By Diane Hunter
The excitement was palatable. Athletes from St. Lawrence College (SLC) gathered on Thursday, April 4, to honor their most celebrated athletes and coaches. A banquet dinner was held at the Ramada Inn to celebrate the outstanding individuals who went above and beyond in their individual sport. “The event made me want to join a sports team,” Said Melanie Levesque, nursing student and a member of the Peer Ambassador Committee (PAC team). “From the beautifully decorated room, to the enthusiasm amongst teams, I’m sure it was a night the athletes won’t forget.” The evening began with a buffet dinner followed by the presentation of awards. “Athletics had done a great job in making sure everything was perfect,” said Arham Amir, Student Union president. The awards began with the Varsity Golf awards. The Most Improved Player went to Daniel David with Coaches Recognition to Randal Seymour, and Most Valuable Player to Spencer Vivarais. Varsity Cross Country awards were next on the schedule with Vanessa Ramsey selected Most Improved Runner, and Most Valuable Runner going to Andy Yang. Varsity Indoor Soccer was next. Coaches Recognition went to Vanessa Large, and Sarah McDonald for the women’s team, and Kyle Atwell for the men’s. Most Valuable player was awarded to Lisa Cristiano for the women’s and James Tinker for the men’s. The Extramural Hockey Awards drew a lot of attention. Coaches Recognition went to Pascale Lacroix, and Lauren Kruders for the women’s team, and to Justin Villeneuve, and Joel Marley for the men’s team. The Most Improved Player was awarded to Justin Rutley for the men’s team. The Most Valuable player
Athletes of the year, Jenay Morin, and Connor Primeau hold up one of the awards they each received during the celebration. Photo by Diane Hunter
was given to Jenay Morin, and Amber Lapierre for the women’s team, and to Connor Primeau for the men’s team. The team coaches were also recognized with a Coaches Recognition Award presented to Tanya Deeks, Don Fairweather, Sean Boulerice, Mike Pettinella, Graham Midgley, Dan Desgrosielliers, and Sarah Tyrell. The Graduating Athlete Recognition was awarded to Spencer Vivarais for Golf, Andy Yang, and Stefan Chahley for Cross Country, Jessica Lagden for women’s indoor soccer, Kyle Atwell,
Thomas Fountaine-Mellios, and Paul Crooke for men’s indoor soccer, Ty Perry, Jarrett Racine, Dylan Prendergast, and Nathan Callan for men’s hockey, and Lauren Kruders, Rebecca Dow, Taylor Johnston, Pascale Lacroix, and Jenay Morin for women’s hockey. With the crowd cheering loudly, the Ontario College Athletics Association (OCAA) All-Academic Award as well as the Sportsperson of the Year award was presented to Andy Yang. Academic and Athletic Excellence Awards were presented to Pascale
Lacroix, and Yannick Rochon. The ﬁnal award, the Student Union Female Athlete of the Year award was presented to Jenay Morin with the Student Union Male Athlete of the Year going to Connor Primeau. With so many talented athletes in the room, the feeling was electric. “The atmosphere of the place was very energetic,” said Amir. “I would like to congratulate all the amazing sportsmen and women of SLC for all their achievements, wishing them all the best for the future.”
Scott Girls Give New Meaning To Active Lifestyle
the school basketball team, volleyball team, and soccer team and is currently trying out for the school ball hockey team.
By Jan Murray
Keeping active is not just a ﬁgure of speech in the Scott household. Whether it is soccer, swimming, Celtic-Canadian step dancing, golf, track and ﬁeld, basketball, volleyball, cross country running, or even sword ﬁghting, there is always a sporting event happening to keep these two young ladies active.
Looking ahead, Makenna says “My immediate plans for the future are to work hard in school, stay ﬁt and help my team succeed in OYSL soccer this year.” When they can ﬁnd a spare moment, both girls enjoy playing golf and take lessons at Summer Heights Golf course. Looking ahead both young ladies have solid plans for the future. “My plans for the future are to go to university and hopefully get the opportunity to play university soccer and professional soccer,” says Makenna.
Kensington “Kensie” Scott, 12, and her sister Makenna Scott, 14 could put most people to shame with the rigorous schedules they keep, yet they are invigorated by these schedules and wouldn’t change a thing even if they could. Kenzie Scott is currently in grade seven at Holy Trinity in Cornwall. She began playing minor soccer for Kinsmen at the age of ﬁve and continues to play it now for the Holy Trinity Soccer Team. In the fall she represented Holy Trinity for the cross-country run at Iona Academy, at which she placed 22nd in the two km. run. Kenzie is also currently a Highland and Traditional Celtic-Canadian stepdancing student with MacCulloch School of Highland Dance. With all her “free” time, she is also enjoying her ﬁrst year as a member of the Cornwall Sea Lions competitive team and swims four to ﬁve days a week. Kenzie, fortunately, loves being active. “My immediate plans are to continue swimming competitively and better my times at each competition,” she says. Her older sister, Makenna is just as active. She started playing soccer at age four in the Cornwall Kinsmen League. She continued on and by age eight she was playing for the
Kenzie, for her part, is determined
Makenna Scott is a skillful soccer player who would like to play the game at the “to work hard to achieve my goals in professional level someday. Supplied photo
school, swimming and dance.”
participating as a competitive gymnast as well as competing in Highland Dance for years prior to deciding to concentrate on soccer. She has also enjoyed being an active Makenna also enjoyed two seasons member of her school track and ﬁeld with the Cornwall Blazers and team, placing 3rd in the 60 m., 2nd another season with the Ottawa Fury in the 100 m. and 1st in the 1500 organization. She is now enjoying m. during competition against other her second year with Ottawa South schools in the Catholic Board. United (OSU). She has just returned “She also beat the record in the from a tournament in Texas and will be soon travelling to Niagara Falls 1500 m. for her school,” proclaims at the beginning of May for the next mom Tia. “Her relay team also placed 3rd. At the city-wide meet, Makenna tournament. placed ﬁrst in the 200, ﬁrst in 400 and Skilled enough to play all positions ﬁrst in 1500 metre races. Her relay with OSU, Makenna thrives when on team came in ﬁrst as well.” the ﬁeld. Her team placed ﬁrst overall Makenna works very hard, training in the ERSL League last year and this year won Greater the ERSL cup. Her team three to four times a week and has Cornwall & Areas Community Sports Newspaper has advanced to the semi ﬁnals in the been rewarded for all her hard work Ontario Cup and are ranked 6th in the with a $2000 scholarship. province for their age group. If that’s not enough, she also Makenna has also enjoyed currently runs cross country, plays on Cornwall Coyotes where she earned most improved player in her ﬁrst year and most valuable player in her second.
With so many accomplishments, it is possible to forget just how young the Scott sisters are. Regardless of the skills they still need to develop, time management certainly isn’t one of them.
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Like her older sister, Kensie Scott enjoys many sports, but swimming and dance are two things she really enjoys. Supplied photo
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Elbow injuries are extremely common amongst young baseball players due to the repetitive motion of throwing a baseball but also occur in a variety of throwing movement based sports including tennis, volleyball, water polo, and football. The large majority of elbow in baseball occur on the dominant throwing side with pain localized on the inside part of the elbow. This common presentation for baseball players, but primarily pitchers, tends to involve the ligament on the inside part of the dominant elbow
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Cornwall Optimist Minor Softball League: Featured Player: Mathieu Fontaine Certiﬁcation through the Softball Ontario’s Umpire Program and, for the past few years, they have both acted as umpires for the Cornwall Optimist Minor Softball League. On many nights at the Optimist Park, you can see Mat removing his umpiring equipment in order to quickly get ready to play in the next game. Talk about wearing two hats! He wears both hats very well and he is very efﬁcient at what he does and is always eager to learn. To his teammates and to many parents who have gotten to know Mat for the past 12 years, he is one of the kindest and helpful players you would ever want to meet.
By Monique Sauvé Roy, Co-President, Cornwall Optimist Minor Softball League
Mathieu Fontaine began playing softball at the age of four and has shared the love of the game with his dad since then! Mat likes to pitch, but over the years, his coaches have encouraged him to play other positions including catcher, second base and short stop. It appears that Mat is one of the most versatile players a team can hope for. Mathieu is currently a Grade 11 student at École Secondaire La Citadelle. Though he has played soccer, basketball, golf and badminton, he has always said that softball was by far, his favourite sport! A 12-year veteran, he is extremely dedicated to the sport. In the summer of 2010, Mat and his dad successfully obtained Umpire
provides me with an opportunity to be physically active, to meet some great new friends over the past 12 years and to have a lot of fun!”
Kudos to Mat for showing such dedication to the game and especially for his acts of kindness when encouraging and cheering his team mates which actually won him the ‘Sportsmanship’ trophy last year. He is one of our most dedicated volunteers as he sacriﬁces his Saturday afternoons for three registration sessions every year and is always ready (with a smile) to lend a hand when needed throughout the season. The league recently recognized him for his When asked what he enjoys most many volunteer hours with a trophy about the game, Mat speaks of the for ‘Most Dedicated Volunteer’. relationship with his dad. “I really Nice going, Mat! like the idea of my dad being my To ﬁnd out how you can be a part coach; he is really good at it and we of this recreational league, visit us both love ball,” says Mat. “The game at www.cornwalloptimistsoftball.ca
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Mark Evans: Former Cornwall Royal Looks Back And that was the end of playing with Matt Schneider. We didn’t get paired Mark Evans made his home in the up after that.” Cornwall area following his playing While Evans was a stay-at-home days with the Cornwall Royals. defenceman during his ﬁrst two That’s surprising considering the big years, coach Orval Tessier moved defenceman didn’t know anything him to a winger position and he about the city prior to being drafted scored 11 goals that year. “I loved by the team. it,” he recalls, “because I got to see By Morley Seaver
“I was heading down to the draft with my parents,” he remembers “and my oldest sister asked how many teams there were in the OHL. And I said 15. I started going through them and I could only ﬁgure 14. And the 15th one, I ﬁgured out who it was when I was drafted. I looked her and said, “Hey, it’s Cornwall.” Hailing from Fergus, Ontario, population 6,000 at the time, Cornwall was a different world to a 17 year-old. “When I arrived here, Cornwall was absolutely huge,” he says. “It was massive. My mom and I got lost. I was from a very small town and when I came down here, Cornwall was a big city. We got lost coming out of the parking lot of the Civic Complex. But it was a great experience. I lived out of the hotel for the ﬁrst week with my mom until they made room for me. And I stayed here ever since.”
Evans played for the Royals from 1985 to 1988 and he racked up the memories along the way. “Well, I guess partnering with Mathieu Schneider ranks up there,” he says with a laugh. “In my second year, Orval Tessier came to me in training camp and said, ‘I want that American kid to stay on the ice. Nobody gets at him.’ So we got partnered up right then. From there, we went on a no goals-against streak, something like 12 games of no goals-against when we were on. It all came tumbling down in Belleville when they scored four or ﬁve goals in the ﬁrst period.
both positions. I’m a coach now and I think I’m better able to coach from both a forward’s and defenceman’s perspective and I can understand what each one needs. So it taught me a lot. It was a totally different perspective moving up to right wing.”
Like most players, Evans fondly remembers his ﬁrst goal, even if it’s not the one he had planned on scoring. “My ﬁrst goal as a Royal was in Toronto,” he says. “It was against Sean Burke. I did a rush and ended up in front of the net but the defenceman from the Marlies cross-checked me and I fell down. The puck ended up going back to the point and I don’t know who it was but they shot it and it went off my butt and it ended up going over Burke’s glove and into the net. They awarded me the goal. And I was like ‘Yeah!’ Everybody was laughing on the bench. It was good times.” Two games remain etched in his mind as special. His ﬁrst OHL match at home against the Oshawa Generals featured a bench-clearing brawl. Also, his ﬁrst game near his hometown taught him a valuable lesson. “It was a warm day and there was a lot of fog. I basically sat in the middle of the bench and my parents were there and a lot in attendance were my friends and family. And I didn’t see any ice except to go and clear the fog.
game. Because I liked to hit but the anger part of the game wasn’t necessarily there for me. So it taught me that to get into the lineup and have a regular shift, I was going to have to get a lot more aggressive and work hard. I really took that away from Floyd Crawford, who was the head coach at the time.”
Today, Evans is an OPP ofﬁcer and married with eight kids, seven of whom play hockey. “Last year, we tracked the number of ice sessions we had to get to and it was about 320,” he laughs. “Every year my wife and I say at training camp ‘OK, see you in the spring.’”
The former Cornwall Colts head coach also currently serves as a coach mentor for the South Stormont Minor Hockey Association helping other volunteers with tools to help teach the game. When asked about the inﬂuence hockey has had on his life, he replies, “Hockey is the basis of how I make my decisions. I have most of my life experiences through hockey. Playing hockey. Coaching hockey. Coaching the Colts for two years. That taught me an awful lot about decision making. Restraint. Just the mindset of the game and how coaches do inﬂuence their players. My life is centered around the game of hockey.”
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