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Free concerts start Thursday The fourth year of the free music series Thursday Nights at the Bandstand launches June 7 at Unionville’s Millennium Bandstand, Main Street Unionville and Fred Varley Drive. Organized by communitybased Unionville Presents in cooperation with the Merchants of Main Street Unionville, the series features 13 performances on consecutive Thursday evenings from 7:30 to 9 p.m. The line-up starts with R&B favourites Soul Stew June 7 and continues the following week with Community Soul Project, a 13-piece Canadian band focusing on “rock ‘n soul, funk ‘n roll.”
Juno nominee R&B singer Jeanine Mackie and her band take over June 21 and the month culminates with a return visit by Chicago tribute band Brass Transit June 28. World Music chart-topper and Juno nominee Johannes Linstead returns July 5 with his Latin and Mediterranean repertoire to what he calls “one of my favourite outdoor spaces”. Linstead is followed by Markham-based King of Nothing July 12 and the laid-back fun of the Jimmy Buffet tribute band Northern Harbour July 19. Jazz vocalist June Garber takes the Millennium stage on July 26. August starts with the rock ‘n’ roll sounds of Green River Revival, who resurrect the sound of Credence Clearwater Revival Aug. 2. North of 7 follows Aug. 9 with rock and R&B classics. Also returning is Markham’s The Tone Dogs on Aug. 16 and singer Brian Roman on Aug. 23. The series rounds out with Toronto’s Blackboard Blues Band on Aug. 30.
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Bill Crothers Secondary School catcher Michael Chilvers and St. Joan of Arc baserunner Rob Listi eagerly await the ump’s call in a close play at the plate through a cloud of dust during the York Region Athletic Association high school baseball championship game. As it turns out, Listi was safe on the play. However Bill Crothers went on to win the game, 4-1. See story and more sports coverage, page 12.
Green space meeting gets heated Councillor storms out after unfriendly reception from residents concerned about new technology BY KIM ZARZOUR
Thornhill Councillor Howard Shore stormed out of a meeting after residents who organized the gathering to save their endangered greenspace told him they
did not want him commandeering the podium to defend the town’s plans. The hastily organized meeting, a first by newly formed Settlers Park Residents Association, was arranged to brainstorm ways
to fight Markham’s proposal for a four-year pilot project, abutting Settlers Park, on the former Sabiston landfill — a site that is now laced with walking trails and wildlife and one which the community has come to view as parkland.
The town, along with the Ontario Centres of Excellence, Seneca College and groundwater consulting firm SPL Beatty, wants to install new aerobic technology on the site See COUNCILLOR, page 8.
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Markham firefighters win plane pull challenge for ALS It was a tight race, but Markham firefighters edged out Toronto and Richmond Hill crews to capture the ALS Ontario Plane Pull honours. Last Sunday, 18 teams took part in the second annual awareness event held at Bombardier Aero-
space Downsview Facility in Toronto. The goal was to raise money for those living with ALS, known as Lou Gehrigs disease. Several hundred people came out to see how fast teams could pull a Bombardier Q400 aircraft weighing 17,800 kg along 100 metres, raising $70,000 in the process. ALS hits particularly close to home for firefighters, as instances
of ALS are higher among military personnel and firefighters. Markham firefighters beat last year’s winners, Toronto firefighters, with a time of 46.88 seconds for the firefighters trophy, with the Richmond Hill fire team coming in third place with a time of 51.91 seconds. It was the first time a Richmond Hill team competing at the event, with representatives from five dif-
ferent fire halls. “We had no practice and had never tried it before,” said firefighter David Hawkes. “It is much harder than it looks. By the end, my legs were on fire. Next year, we need to prepare in order to beat what we accomplished this year.” Members ranged in age from 28 to 53.
“We get hundreds of requests a year for fundraising events and we do as many as possible,” said firefighter Derek Hofrichter. “ALS needs to move more to the forefront and gain more exposure to help find a cure.” For more photos and information on the plane pull event visit alsont.ca/alsplanepull/ — Kate Payne
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My daughter Brooke is completing Grade 2 and will soon be saying good bye to her wonderful teacher. It doesn’t seem like a big deal to her yet, but someday she will reflect on the past year as I often find myself doing. She will always remember the interesting, unique values and tid-bits of information that came out of this era of her life. My daughter was taught by a warm, loving and very eco-conscious individual whose in-class discourse prompted some lively discussions around our own dinner table. Brooke always came home with a new view on “Why we should turn out the lights” or “why we should recycle”. It’s this sort of open hearted passion that makes us remember our teachers and the impact they have made on our lives. These same teachers are also the ones who help shape our hopefully positive opinions of the formal education process. THE AMAZING TEACHER CONTEST – Let’s recognize and appreciate the amazing teachers in our lives. Pretty Thingz, Carats Unionville, Old Firehall Confectionery, Blossom Lounge, Mariani’s Clothiers and Ashgrove Spa, have all come together so our kids and the community can show our teachers how much we care. Have your child vote for and briefly describe why their teacher is “so amazing” for a chance to win him/her a $500 gift package from Main Street Unionville’s participating sponsors. Let’s get our kids to show their appreciation to the teachers that have impacted their lives. There’s also something very special for the entire winning class! CONTEST RULES: * Voting can be done online at www.unionvilleinfo.com or with the attached ballot which can be dropped off at any of the participating sponsors on Main Street Unionville. * Voting ends on Monday June 18 at which time ballots will be tallied and the winning teacher/class will be chosen based on the most votes received. * In the event of a tie vote, those names will be randomly drawn to select the winner. * The winning teacher and class will be notiﬁed before the end of the school year. * Voting will be limited to one vote per student. * The contest is open to all schools in the Unionville and Markham area. * Parent / Guardian email and acceptance of terms is mandatory. * All information collected will remain private and used only for the purpose of this contest.
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BY JOE FANTAUZZI
Seneca College, which trains pilots how to fly in Markham, has made several changes to its program in the wake of a fatal crash that killed three students. The Beechcraft Bonanza F33A operated by the college was destroyed when it slammed into a plowed field about 16 km from Buttonville airport, Nov. 18, 2010. In a recent report, the federal Transportation Safety Board identified adverse weather conditions, which resulted in the crew attempting a turn that stalled the plane, and the location of flight instruments, which made it difficult for the instructor to control the plane before it crashed, as contributing factors in the fatal collision. Cynthia Hoi-Mei Tsang and Lloyd Myles Cripps, both 20 and commercially qualified students, were returning to Buttonville airport from a training flight with instructor Azizullah Yoosufani, 26, when Pearson International Airport notified Durham Regional Police they lost the plane on radar at about 7 p.m. All three died in the crash. Seneca immediately grounded its planes and brought in a third-party investigator to conduct a week-long internal investigation, Seneca school of aviation and flight technology chairperson Lynne McMullen said. “Obviously a situation like that is shocking to the system,” she said. “Of course, it’s going to make you stop and take a look.” Seneca monitors and upgrades its safety procedures on a regular basis and had done so before the 2010 crash, she stressed. And while the changes Seneca has made
CHANGES IMPLEMENTED BY THE SENECA SCHOOL OF AVIATION AND FLIGHT TECHNOLOGY All night flying in single-engine aircraft is to be conducted only when the crew can see where the plane is headed— known as visual flight rules or VFR.
Group weather briefings attended by all instructors and students who will be flying on that particular shift. This ensures everyone has looked at the weather prior to their flight. The only exception is if a student is going on a Transport Canada flight test during which he will be graded by an examiner for checking weather.
are outlined in the board’s crash report, Ms McMullen noted they took effect more than a year before that report was released. The school teaches flying standards that greatly exceed the minimum requirements expected of pilots in Canada, she said.
All instructors are to go through upset training in Seneca College flight training devices to assist them in any given circumstances where they need to take control of an aircraft and recover from an unusual attitude.
Seneca made 15 changes and limits, according to the board. Meanwhile, more information about the illfated flight is included in the board’s report. The purpose of the flight was to fly at night under visual flight rules to an airport in Kings-
ton, where instrument flight rule approaches — flying using the plane’s instruments — would be practised. The plane was then to return to Buttonville. One student would fly from the left seat to Kingston while the other was seated in the back. The students would then switch in Kingston and the second student would fly simulated instrument approaches. The students would switch seats again for the flight back to Buttonville. Mr. Yoosufani, the instructor, was the pilot-in-command and in the right seat. East of the Oshawa airport, the flight crew encountered deteriorating weather and decided to return to Buttonville. Weather information from other aircraft and ground observations reveal the rain, snow and freezing rain the trio encountered was quite different than conditions at Buttonville and Oshawa airports. Radar data and voice communications reveal the return flight was normal until the crew tried a climbing right turn. During the turn, the airspeed dropped, which indicates engine power was not increased to maintain a safe speed, the safety board report states. The plane then rolled into a steep left turn and plummeted. Who was actually at the controls when the plane went down is “impossible to ascertain”, according to the report. It is reasonable, however, to believe a student was at the controls while Mr. Yoosufani was requesting an approach clearance, according to the report. Records for the plane reveal it was certified, equipped and maintained in accordance with regulations and procedures.
Two Seneca College students and their instructor were killed following a crash 16 kilometres from Buttonville airport on Nov. 18, 2010, during a night training flight.
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The Source Office Furnishings Grand Opening Celebration The Source Office Furnishings’ recently celebrated the Grand Opening of their newest location in Markham. The special event was in partnership with the Markham Board of Trade’s Business to Business Expo and The Chinese Association of Canadian Entrepreneurs. A great time was had by all. This is their third location opening in two years (also located in Brampton & Burlington). This newest location at 250 Steelcase Rd East, Unit #5 Markham, provides extensive showroom space as well as necessary warehouse capabilities.
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Swan Lake Village, an adult lifestyle community, will celebrate its 15th anniversary this year on the first Swan Lake Day, proclaimed by Markham council Tuesday. Formal celebrations kick off at 4:30 p.m. June 15. Former CTV News chief anchor and senior editor Lloyd Robertson, a Swan Lake resident, will officiate at a presentation to
Brad Warren, the original developer of Swan Lake Village. In recognition of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, Mayor Frank Scarpitti will acknowledge those residents of the village who have been married for 60 years or more and those who are celebrating an 86th birthday. Swan Lake Village has a population of about 1,100. The community features a spring-fed lake setting surrounded by a 28-acre environmental park with walking trails, an interactive water play facility and other amenities. For more information about the celebration, contact Teri LaFlamme at 905-4718974.
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Roberto Vinluan Milliken Mills East Ratepayers’ Association
Don’t run experiment so close to our homes Re: Project worries landfill neighbours, May 24. The world is huge. Every day, a million decisions are made for us and sometimes it feels as if we have absolutely no say. What can one person do to change the world we live in? German Mills Settlers’ Park will be turned into the site of a
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us to re-elect them, maybe we shouldn’t listen.
John Egsgard Markham
Jump to 24 storeys not about long-term care Re: 24-storey seniors building proposed on Steeles Avenue, May 26. It is clear to the Milliken Mills East Ratepayers Association that misleading statements were made at the public meeting on Mon Sheong’s reapplication for a retirement complex in Milliken. The change in one tower from 12 to 24 storeys is an increase in the number of independent living, life-lease units, not an increase in long-term care beds or assisted living units. A total of 813 units are now proposed instead of 720, with 93 extra independent living lifelease units. The number of long-term care beds remains unchanged from the original proposal at 200 beds and the number of assisted living units remains unchanged at 160 units. These long-term care beds and assisted living units have already been approved by council. The council members who support this new proposal are supporting an increase of 93 independent living life-lease units from the original plan of 360 units. These 453 independent living units form the majority of the total 813 units and will be sold to seniors 55 and older with no guarantee they will go to Markham residents. As these residents age in place they stand a good chance of being transferred to the assisted living units and/or the long-term care beds on site. The increase of independent living life-lease units is by far the main reason the tower has doubled in size.
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trial project to remove methane from landfill unless something is done, not by the government, but by us. Many of us have come to love the ravine just off John Street. Personally, it’s one of my favourite spots, a reminder that the whole world isn’t covered in concrete – at least not yet. The new project, while ecofriendly, and I must admit, revolutionary, should not be carried out so close to residential housing. Not only will it seriously decrease the value of all of the houses, but harmful fumes can be emitted and the excess moisture may attract mosquitoes that can carry West Nile virus. The site will also be less than a kilometre away from an elementary school and while I highly doubt small children will manage to make their way there without being spotted, any fumes that escape or leaks that occur could easily make their way to the school on the wind. Fact is, people always say they can’t make a difference, and maybe they’re right, but I am begging you to try. This is our community, our ravine, our health and our right
to green space. I’m not going to lie down and let them take it from me, will you? “Took all the trees and put them in a tree museum and charged the people a dollar and a half just to see them,” Joni Mitchell.
Emma Dillabough Thornhill
Mayor has fingers in his ears on mosque Re: Mosque can’t just start over, Markham mayor says, May 24. The mosque simply doesn’t comply with the town’s architectural guidelines to be “sympathetic” to the existing buildings in the nearby heritage district — and that is it in a nutshell. Thank you, Joyce Ramer, for summing it up perfectly. It would seem our mayor simply doesn’t get that. Yet he will talk out of the other side of his mouth when he is supporting the Markham heritage committee coming down on yet another resident rebuilding a heritage home. The people have spoken, Mr. Scarpitti. They don’t want a huge mosque that will only serve to create an even more
severe traffic problem at Hwy. 48 and 16th Avenue and that esthetically will not suit the area. Our mayor is hiding behind zoning and bylaws and seems to be deaf when it comes to the real issue — that the majority of voters in Markham don’t want it there. Trade this lot for one north on Hwy. 48 where the proper space exists. A good politician has his ear to the ground and his finger on the pulse of his constituency. Mr. Scarpitti seems to have his fingers in his ears where this issue is concerned. I’m certain a good deal of people in this town vote for the mayor and council because they are old familiar faces and people generally like to hold on to familiar things. The Town of Markham, a heritage town, but probably not for much longer. A mosque, massive sports arena, towering condos and endless proposals to change the names of our roads. Soon Hwy. 7 will be renamed, Markham will be a city and piece by piece our history will be lost, all because our politicians won’t listen. Next election, when Frank Scarpitti and his council ask
Re: No such thing as a bad job? (No, not a dye job), column by Bernie O’Neill, May 24. I, too, would be embarrassed to be labelled a Conservative. But a vampire? They’re all the rage right now. Just go with it. We haven’t been given any evidence proving the employment insurance system is unsustainable, but who needs facts when you can load everything into an omnibus bill and ram it down our throats? It doesn’t take an economist to realize more people accepting low-paying work will keep wage levels below the rising cost of living; there’s only so much hockey to referee. They were hoping people would be too apathetic and disinterested to notice yet another example of snubbing the Parliamentary process. I expect nothing less than a maverick approach from a proWest government. That you would simplify a much larger issue with one broad brush stroke must have been an unexpected bonus for them. The unemployed shouldn’t be forced to choose between living where they want and uprooting their lives for parts of the country with labour shortages (read: Alberta and Saskatchewan). At the very least, the government should be upfront about wanting people to move to the West and further an agenda of environmental degradation. Or is it an attempt to prop up secondary education institutions with a flood of applicants whose prior training will now prove a waste of time and money? I’m guessing Finance Minister Jim Flaherty blew a lot of calls in his days as a referee because he has little concept of offside. If we can’t trust him to be honest about his hair colour, how can we trust anything he says?
Justin Bauer Newmarket
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People First Markham Chapter, advocating for people with intellectual disabilities, received a financial boost from United Way York Region this week. The chapter’s healthy and diverse communities project is one of five community initiatives to receive strength investment funding from United Way in 2012. The funds will help the chapter provide opportunities for people
with intellectual disabilities to create their own community connections, take ownership of their goals and help them to generate momentum on the path to advocacy and change, president Samantha Gregory said. “We have worked hard to create environments of acceptance and understanding for people with intellectual disabilities,” she said. “It’s important to promote equality for people who have been labeled with a disability.”
Unique to United Way York Region, strength investments support projects that extend beyond formal programs and services United Way traditionally funds and builds upon the civic muscle that already exists among voluntary, community-based networks of caring across the region. Launched in 2010, this new round of projects supports broad-based community collaborations, coalitions and alliances to assist multiple and diverse stakeholders find simple and inno-
vative solutions to identified community issues. This year, five community projects will receive funding from the United Way York Region’s strength investments program. The forging empower access transformation project from Enterprise Promotion and Innovation Centre in Vaughan will receive $29,000 to strengthen sales and marketing operation of social enterprises, incubated at the collaborative centre.
With $31,000, the young entrepreneurs project of Alliance for a Better Georgina will teach youth insights into the business world and learn life skills. The York Region Food Charter Working Group will receive $40,000 to develop a food chapter and enable community groups, businesses and government to work collaboratively to identify and promote local food priorities, programs and food security across the region.
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The Regional Municipality of York
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NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR APPROVAL TO EXPROPRIATE LAND IN THE MATTER OF an application by The Regional Municipality of York for approval to expropriate the lands described in Schedule A herein being a temporary easement and/or right in the nature of a temporary easement expiring on June 30, 2014 in, under, over, along and upon the lands described herein for the municipal purpose of entering on the lands with all vehicles, machinery, workmen and other material to provide for hard and soft landscaping, grading and re-shaping the lands to the limit of the reconstruction of Highway 7 and works ancillary thereto in association with the purpose of implementing road and intersection improvements along Highway 7, including associated local roads and to provide designated lanes for the Viva transit system and works ancillary thereto. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that application has been made for approval to expropriate a temporary easement expiring on June 30, 2014 in the lands described in Schedule “A” herein. Any owner of lands in respect of which notice is given who desires an inquiry into whether the taking of such land is fair, sound and reasonably necessary in the achievement of the objectives of the expropriating authority shall so notify the approving authority in writing, (a)
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in the case of an owner who is not a registered owner, within thirty (30) days after the ﬁrst publication of the notice.
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and Mayor Frank Scarpitti, Mr. Shore and staff called a meeting to discuss the idea with residents at the Thornhill Community Centre. But as opposition to the plan swelled, less than 48 hours before the meeting was to be held, it was abruptly cancelled. Mr. Shore told some residents the lastminute change was due to the fact the town hoped to include the environment ministry and “external agencies”. But not everyone was aware of the cancellation and residents went ahead with the Wednesday meeting at the community centre. The newly formed residents’ group paid for the venue and as their children drew pictures of the deer, fish and rabbits they’ve seen on the land, the adults talked about why they believe the initiative is a waste of money and harmful to the environment. Organizer and local resident Kimberly Seymour said she invited Mr. Shore to speak earlier, but when he did not respond to her invitation, she removed him from the agenda. When he indicated, as the meeting started, that he would like to make a presentation after all, the group gave him the microphone but appeared to lose patience when he exceeded his allotted time and began
defending the town’s position. As he argued that he was not finished yet, residents shouted him down, telling him that it was their venue, they’d rented the space, and asking him to leave the podium. Mr. Shore exited the room with a door slam. “I don’t think we were rude,” Ms Seymour said later. “He was disrespectful of the time he was using when a tightly approved agenda had to be adhered to. Despite saying he only wanted to speak for a few minutes he probably spoke for over 15 minutes.” Mr. Shore told the group the town’s communication with residents was “not what I would have liked” and said he was disappointed with the decision to reschedule. He offered to “advocate on behalf of the community” to lower assessments — currently at a premium because the land is considered greenspace — to reflect that the homes back onto landfill, but residents told him they do not want the stigma attached to their homes. Mr. Shore also reiterated his desire to have the town re-designate the land as a natural habitat preserve. But even with a “nice name”, he said, the green space is still sitting on top of garbage and it is still a landfill. See RESIDENTS, facing page.
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About 100 residents from the Don Mills and Steeles area attended the one-hour meeting to hear from Bob James, who described himself as a scientist and environmentalist who frequently bikes through the park. Mr. James described a reluctance on the part of town consul-
tants to talk about methane emissions. Instead, he said, residents at a March public meeting have heard a sales pitch for the technology.
Straight facts “We didn’t get the straight scientific facts, we got what might charitably be called a distorted, skewed view of the facts ... statements downright intended to deceive.”
He produced a graph showing that methane emissions from landfills peak at 12 years, then steadily decline. The site has been closed 37 years as a landfill and after numerous attempts, he said he finally received information from the town showing emissions were negligible and declining rapidly. This shows there is no need for the $500,000 pilot test, he said, and
no reason to expand it to include the entire 20-acre site. “There is no environmental benefit in this scheme. This experiment is a total farce,” he said. “Without wanting to be too glib in assigning motives, the only motive I can personally think of is someone’s going to make quite a few bucks out of this.”
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By Simone Joseph
Markham has saved millions of dollars over the past seven years, in part, thanks to a not-for-profit organization called Excellence Canada. Now, the town is hoping to share this expertise with Markham businesses. The town invited Markham’s business community to sign a charter last week containing business excellence principles, set out by Excellence Canada. The charter included agreeing to keep promises, be innovative, engage in fact-based decision-making and creating a safe and healthy workplace for employees.
‘thinking smart, working smart’ Markham’s director of economic development believes businesses that have signed the charter will reap benefits. “They (other businesses) will discover productivity gains, it will generate savings. The old maxim of thinking smart, working smart,” Stephen Chait said. American Express and Delta Hotels and Resorts were among the companies to sign the charter. Excellence Canada has helped Markham tremendously, according to Mr. Chait. The town has saved millions of dollars the past six or seven years thanks to the involvement of Excellence Canada, he said. It did detailed
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Charter offers leg up to business community reviews of the town, which led to improved processes and focus, he said. The town’s move will take Excellence Canada’s principles and make them more widely available to small- and medium-sized companies and not-for-profit organizations, Mr. Chait said. Excellence Canada was founded in 1992 by Industry Canada. It is an independent organization committed to advancing organizational excellence nationally. Formerly called National Quality Institute, Excellence Canada offers business development, such as coaching, mentoring and running seminars. The Town of Markham has made an important move by partnering with Excellence Canada, said David Barnes, vicepresident of communications for American Express. “It is an important first step to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of businesses,” he said. “They (the town) have taken the step of promoting quality management and organizational excellence and promoting that to other businesses in town.” Allan Ebedes is optimistic the town’s initiative will be successful, “The results will be phenomenal,” said Mr. Ebedes, a Thornhill resident who is president and CEO of Excellence Canada. “It is a commitment, we are working together.” Mr. Chait expects more businesses will get involved.
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Colts dominate high school championships Teams from elite sports school in Unionville win York Region Athletic Association high school titles in rugby, lacrosse, baseball BY MICHAEL HAYAKAWA
Boys high school student athletes in three sports are celebrating regional championships this week after Bill Crothers Secondary School Colts teams won titles in baseball, lacrosse and rugby.
Lacrosse The Colts field lacrosse team captured the coveted YRAA title with a 7-6 win over Sir William Mulock Secondary School Ravens (Newmarket) on the Keswick High School field. With the Colts nursing a 5-2 lead at the half, the Ravens cut their deficit to 6-5 just prior to the conclusion of three quarters. With just over two minutes remaining in regulation, the Colts regained the lead for good on a goal by Alex Gilmour. Cole Young delivered a pair of goals while Jesse Oliver, Anthony Sorrentino, Travis Dermott and Auzzy Divitcos added singles. Lucas Sebastyan handled goaltending duties and made some
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Rugby The Bill Crothers Secondary School Colts senior boysâ€™ rugby team did something few other entries have accomplished â€” they
defeated the Stouffville District Secondary School Spartans. The most recent win took place when it mattered most during Thursdayâ€™s York Region Athletic Association tier one final when they dethroned the defending champions 17-10 on the Alexander Mackenzie High School pitch in Richmond Hill. Brian Duncan and Richard Ormrod each had one try while Andrew Coe booted a penalty goal and convert for the Colts, who held a 12-5 lead at the half and padded it to 17-5 early in the second half. The Spartans scored a try to cut the deficit to 17-10, but were thwarted at the two-metre line. â€œOur boys have been working before and after school in the gym and on the field all year,â€? said Colts head coach Andrew McCutcheon. Their training also included a March break trip overseas to England where they had an opportunity to hone their skills against clubs that take the game as seriously as Canadians do with hockey. Having defeated the Spartans earlier in the regular season 50-5,
which ended Stouffville District Secondary Schoolâ€™s 10-year unbeatean regular season winning streak against YRAA teams, the Colts had anticipated the final outcome wouldnâ€™t be as one-sided. â€œEveryone involved in Bill Crothers Rugby Football Club highly respects what Stouffville has done for rugby in our region during the past decade,â€?McCutcheon said. The Colts advance to the OFSAA playdowns in Hamilton Tuesday.
Baseball The Bill Crothers Colts retained their York Region Athletic Association baseball tier one title with a 4-1 win over St. Joan of Arc Catholic High School Thunder at Bishopâ€™s Cross Park in Thornhill Thursday. Spotting the Thunder a 1-0 lead after their first trip to the plate, the Colts countered with two runs in the first, buoyed by a two-run double by designated hitter Shawn Lee, and another two in the second. Coltsâ€™ starting pitcher Wes Siekris tossed his 100-pitch maximum through 5 2/3 innings and allowed just one run and no hits.
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The Thunder, who lost to the Colts 2-1 in last yearâ€™s YRAA final, made the game interesting in their last at-bat in the seventh when they loaded the bases with none out. Coltsâ€™ relief pitcher Geoff Seto came in and got a batter to hit a line drive that right fielder Darcy Moore caught. With the base runner at third base attempting to tag up and score, Moore threw to home plate to catcher Mike Chilvers, who tagged him for the second out. Seto intentionally walked the next batter to load the bases and induced the next Thunder batter to fly out to end the game. Also collecting hits were Chilvers with a triple and middle infielder Noah Kauffman with two singles. Colts head coach Scott Angus said it was all about the players who should get credit. â€œBecause we have a larger roster (25 players), they had to understand their roles and they accepted it and theyâ€™re supportive of each other.â€? The Colts go to the OFSAA regional playdowns starting Wednesday in either Mississauga or Windsor.
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