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Panthers and Falcons Gearing Up for the 10th Annual Charity Bowl By Casey Leger


t’s time for that fall classic of classics: the annual Charity Bowl. This year, Cornwall’s two English Language Secondary Catholic Schools will be squaring off at the Bob Turner on October 12 at 6 pm. Judging by past attendance, it’s a much-anticipated community event. The fact that all proceeds from the game go to The Good Samaritan Trust Fund is what puts the “charity” in Charity Bowl.



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This year is the 10th iteration of the Charity Bowl; the overall record stands 6 wins to 4 in favour of the Panthers, who are the defending champions, having won last year’s contest 9-7 in what was, by all accounts, a nail-biter.

St. Joes is also the defending SD&G league champion, having wrested the title last year from CCVS, so the pressure is on the Panthers and their head coach Mitchel Zappitelli. Zappitelli, however, takes the pressure in stride. He should: He has an impressive football pedigree. The St Joe’s head coach played offensive guard for Wilfrid Laurier University on the 2005 Vanier Cup winning team and

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played semi-pro ball in Bergamo, “This is one of the biggest games Italy, before injuries sidelined him. these kids will ever play,” says If his memory serves him, this Zapp. “It’s under the lights and is Zappitelli’s eighth Charity Bowl the crowd is awesome. There’s appearance, his third with the big support for the players.” A lot Panthers. The other five were in an of that support, according to Zapp, assistant role with his current rivals. comes from the Catholic District In fact, Mitch Zapatelli (often School Board of Eastern Ontario, called Zapp by friends and players) and the administrations of both Saint and Holy Trinity Head Coach Jeff Joseph’s and Holy Trinity; without McAllister are good friends, and that whom the Bowl just wouldn’t be puts the whole thing into perspective. possible.

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Plenty of Curling Action at the 21st Annual AMJ Campbell Shorty Jenkins Curling Classic By Alex MacDougall


and Jonathon King ensured the curlers had great ice to curl on. Crowds were huge all weekend and the Cornwall Curling Centre was a tremendous host again this year.

he 21st edition of the Shorty Jenkins Curling Classic (previously held in Brockville) enjoyed its third consecutive stop at Round-robin action saw the top the Cornwall Curling Centre. The seeded teams rise to the top of the competition held September 14th standings with names such as Mike to 17th saw forty of the top world McEwen, Glenn Howard, Peter curling teams (24 men’s and 16 DeCruz, and Brad Jacobs. DeCruz women’s) converge at the Curling finished atop the standings, with the Centre to challenge for the coveted top eight teams making the playoffs Greater Cornwall & Areas Community Sports Newspaper championship. Shorty Jenkins was a which started on Sunday morning. tremendous ice maker who made ice for numerous curling competitions On the women’s side Jamie around the world. Sinclair from Blaine, Minnesota finished atop the women’s standings, Teams such as Brad Gushue, Greater Cornwall & Areas Community Sports Newspaper with the top six making the playoffs. Brad Jacobs, Mike McEwen, Other women’s teams in the top Thomas Ulsrud, Glenn Howard, six included Eve Belisle, Hollie and Niklas Edin on the men’s side Duncan, and Hannah Flemming from and Krista McCarvelle, Mary Anne Scotland. Arsenault, Hannah Flemming, and Greater Cornwall & Areas Community Sports Newspaper Sylvanna Tirinzoni on the women’s The men’s quarter-finals had Glenn side were here to compete for the Howard playing Mike McEwen. Championship. Howard missed a couple of key draws early which allowed McEwen John Wall, Steve (Bubba) Smith,

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to take an early 7-1 lead. Howard conceded the game early with the teams shaking hands after 4 ends of play. Other quarter-final play saw Stefan Walstad from Norway defeat Kyle Smith of Scotland. Brad Jacobs from Ontario defeated Peter DeCruz from Switzerland, and Greg Drummond of Scotland defeated Sebastion Robillard from Ottawa to advance to the semi-finals.

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On the women’s side, Jamie Sinclair and Krista McCarvelle had byes to the semi-finals. The battle of Quebec saw Laurie St. Georges play Eve Belisle, with Belisle winning a very close quarter-final game 4-3. The other quarter-final saw Hannah Flemming of Scotland play Hollie Duncan of Ontario with Flemming having an open draw in the 8th end for the win, however her draw shot Continued on page 5

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lead heading to the 8th and last end. end and stole a single to win 6-3 and McEwen ran Walstad out of rocks for punch his ticket to the final against was heavy allowing Duncan to steal the 5-3 win and grabbed a spot in the Mike McEwen. a deuce for the 8-6 win. final. The women’s semi-final In men’s semi-final action The other semi-final saw Greg saw Ontario’s Krista McCarvelle Stefan Walstad of Norway squared Drummond of Scotland play Brad play Eve Belisle from Quebec with off against Mike McEwen of Jacobs of Northern Ontario. Jacobs McCarvelle scoring early and often Manitoba with McEwen having a 5-2 carried a 5-3 lead into the 8th and last on the way to a 7-3 win and on to the Continued from page 4

The women’s final had USA’s Jamie Sinclair playing Ontario’s Krista McCarvelle with Sinclair taking a 3 ender in the 1st end and 2 more in the 5th end on the way to a 6-4 win and the Women’s Championship was hers. There were many comments by all the curlers on how good the ice was and how they enjoyed their stay in Cornwall, with many looking forward to the 22nd Annual next year in Cornwall.


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Local Hockey Player Tyler Fitzgerald Goes to Play in Sweden to Further His Career Unfortunately I was the final cut, but it only made me push harder for the next year. My goal was to see my last name on the back of a jersey. The next year I made the Peewee B rep team and continued to climb from there.”

By Molly Kett


ineteen-year-old Tyler Fitzgerald has grown up playing hockey in the Cornwall Minor Hockey Association. Fitzgerald had always played house league hockey until the age of thirteen. He only started playing the position of goaltender at the age of twelve, which is when his hockey career really started to take off. “I loved the position of goaltender the moment I put the pads on, even though I was not very good at it. The first year was a very rough one playing, but I continued to work at the position and loved every second of it,” says Fitzgerald. “I enjoy the position of goaltender because it’s so unpredictable, you can either be the reason your team wins or the reason your team loses, plus you can be weird with a solid excuse. At the age of thirteen, I had my first tryouts with the Peewee B rep team.

This past season, Fitzgerald played CPJHL Junior A league for the Glengarry Highlanders, which are the Smith Falls Settlers now. “I enjoyed my time there playing the majority of the games and it allowed me to get great experience for this year,” says Fitzgerald. Currently, Fitzgerald has been signed to the Kungalv J20 and men’s Kungalv division 2 team. “Playing with both teams will allow me to gain experience with talented prospects my own age and stronger, faster, and highspeed play from both leagues. I feel I’ve Continued on page 29

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BEHIND THE BENCH An Interview with Behind the Bench with Pete Seguin my oldest son started playing at the AA level, I realized I wanted to coach competitive hockey - it was faster, more intense. So, I took the courses needed to be qualified. It’s been nonstop since then!”

By Molly Kett


ocal coach Pete Seguin has always been involved with sports. He played at a competitive level throughout high school and plays even now, when his work schedule allows it. Seguin started with soccer and hockey, and played up until he got married and started a family. As a soccer player, Seguin played for the Cornwall Blazers followed by a local men’s league. In terms of his hockey career, he played AA and AAA from the Atom level on. He even played a few Junior B games for the CharLan Rebels. After this, though, Seguin says he “hung up my competitive skates in order to work full time.” Seguin says he began coaching when his own kids began playing sports. “The first team I helped coach was my oldest son’s first year IP team,

Currently, Seguin is coaching Major Peewee AA in the Seaway Valley Rapids Association.

Photo Submitted he’s 16 years old now,” says Seguin. “My coaching experience grew as he got older and made different teams. I was his head coach, assistant coach, or trainer for the first 6 years that he played and by then, my second and then third sons started playing and I helped out with their teams too. When

love seeing the magic of that moment when everything you’ve been working at during practice comes together in the game situation,” says Seguin. “I love those moments when a kid experiences a first or finally succeeds at something they’ve been working at. I love the emotion of competition.”

In terms of coaching philosophy, Seguin believes in hard work and “Over the last 5 years, I’ve gone commitment, he calls it a “you will between coaching Major Novice A and play like you practise” philosophy. Major “If you don’t put in the effort, don’t Peewee AA,” says Seguin. “Except reflect on what’s going well or right for my first year coaching at the AA and what isn’t and then work on what level, when I coached my oldest son’s has to be worked on, then things will team, I have coached as a non-parent.” fall apart,” says Seguin. “You have to Seguin says he enjoys getting keep ice time relevant and interesting involved year after year because he for the athletes or they won’t engage loves seeing the kids grow in both skill engagement is part of learning. Without it, learning won’t happen. I am always and personality. learning myself, figuring out new ways “I love watching a group of to practise different skills, keeping on individual kids come together and gel, work as a unit, and become a squad. I Continued on page 13



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he Seaway Valley Minor Atom A Rapids just wanted another chance. After an exciting round-robin, the Rapids were looking to avenge their only loss to the Ottawa Valley Silver Seven by meeting them in the final of the Belleville AA Pre-Season Tilt tournament September 22-24. In the way were the Rideau St. Lawrence Kings in the semi-finals, however, and they halted Seaway’s chance at redemption. Seaway stormed out to an early lead against Rideau, leading 2-0 after five minutes, on goals from Sam Pilon and Brady Bell. The tides turned in the second half of the game, though, as Rideau scored three times in the second period and held the Rapids at bay for most of the middle and third periods. Finally Seaway was able to convert as Caleb Grady’s

determined rush down the right side of the ice resulted in a backhand goal to send the game into overtime. Playing under a four-on-four format, the Rapids had the first rush of extra time but were turned away. On the counter-attack Rideau found the back of the net and a spot into the final, where they lost 4-2 to OVSS. “It wasn’t the result we wanted in the end, but our kids played better each game and they showed a lot of character in the way they battled back in their games versus Rideau and Silver Seven,” said Rapids’ head coach Shawn Pilon. “I had the chance to meet all the parents over the weekend and also to interact with the kids. It was amazing to see how well everyone bonded. The coaches look forward to building on the weekend’s success and continuing to build on our reputation that Seaway will be a tough team to play against ... because we never quit.”

To open the tournament, Seaway’s offence was on full display in a 7-1 win over the hometown Belleville Bulls. Bell, with two, AJ Alejandrino, Vinny Anderson, Grady, Nolan Menard, and Carter Rolland all scored in the win while Logan Pyke was nearly flawless in goal. Bell was named player of the game.

Seaway turned it on. The Rapids received goals from Bell and Menard to close the second period and then a tally from Rolland early in the third to cut the OVSS lead to 5-4. That’s as close as they would get, however. As solid as a rock on the blue line, Owen Dickson was named player of the game.

Tied for the tournament lead with OVSS at 12 points each after roundrobin play, Seaway met up with the Ottawa West Golden Knights in the quarter-finals and doubled their opponents 6-3. Anderson and Alejandrino each scored twice while Grady and Houston Johnson each potted singles. Johnson was named In their third game, Seaway ran player of the game. into early trouble against the Ottawa Valley Silver Seven and trailed 3-0 Konnor Bertrand and Evan Lauzon after the first period and 4-0 under a both played smartly on the blue line minute into the second. Alejandrino throughout the event providing steady cut into that deficit midway through defensive awareness and helping the second but OVSS replied under a break up the ice with crisp passes. minute later to go up 5-1. That’s when In game two, Seaway skated to a 6-0 victory over the Belle River Jr. Canadiens. Landon Van Loon was perfect in goal registering the shutout. Menard, with two, Kale Grant, Shayne Gagne, Anderson, and Bell scored in the win. Anderson was named player of the game.

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It was the first action of the 2017-18 season for the Rapids, who were sporting the new-look maroon and white jerseys. Seaway handily defeated six different teams by a total margin of 62-6. In the final, Coach Joe Harty’s troops came out flying, taking a 1-0 lead on an Adam Mailhot marker 3:42 into the contest. The Rapids led 3-0 after the

Maxim Delisle scored four times in the final, while Timothy Walker and Mailhot had two goals apiece. Samuel Harty, Isaac McDougald, and Zachary Wilson chipped in with two assists apiece. Earlier on Sunday, Seaway eliminated the Barrie Colts with a 10-1 victory in the semi-finals. Delisle scored five times, while Mailhot added a pair. Wilson, Kaleb Fogarty, and Walker also scored, while Harty picked up four helpers. On Saturday evening in the quarterfinals, the Rapids disposed of the Pickering Panthers with a 16-2 win. Mailhot led the Seaway attack with a five-goal performance. Delisle added a hat trick while Connor Giroux potted two.

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This team also won first in their U15G Regional division Continued from page 7 which qualifies them to compete in a Regional Championship top of new techniques or information.” tournament next month in Guelph Seguin’s current season is just ON. getting underway, competing in their

Good luck in the tournament pre-season, which he says as a great chance to analyze the team’s strengths girls! and weaknesses and sharpen up for the season.

“Last year I was asked to take over the SVR Major Novice A team, midway through the season - the team was sitting at about the midway point of the division,” recalls Seguin. “We ended up going all the way to the final round of playoffs; losing the championship series in a hard-fought first-to-7 series. I told the team when I met them for the first time that they could shave my hair into a Mohawk if we made it to the playoff round hoping to give them incentive to come together

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Knights of Columbus Senior Golf League a Weekly Tradition at Summerheights By Casey Leger


quick Google search will reveal that golf, in one form or another, has been played since about the mid 1400’s, or for approximately six-hundred years. That is a lot of time to develop traditions. By comparison, the Knights of Columbus Senior Golf League is young; it has been around for some twenty years, according to member Joe Andre, but they have a few traditions of their own.

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has been a benefit to many in the Senior Golf League has roughly On September 6, the Knights community, including some of 30 regular members and quite a senior golfers will be honoured the men in the league. few casual members, according their departed members with to Andre. They hit the links Remi Leger, Bob Leger, Mink a memorial best-ball round at once a week from mid-April to Dewar, Morris Lamarche, Bert Summerheights Golf Links. The mid-November. Membership in Villeneuve, Edgar Mirron, Claude men will be donating $10 each to the Knights is not a requirement Legault, Larry St. Germaine, and the cause, with all proceeds going to golf in the league, but the Bud Gibeaut are members of the to Hospice. “It’s important to organization provides a homeleague who have passed away. honour our founding members,” base for the golfers, a place to The Knights of Columbus post announcements, to meet, and says Andre, adding that Hospice

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nother season of Cornwall Adult Hockey Academy for Beginners (CAHAB) will soon be underway. The CAHAB is for men and women to learn how to skate and play hockey in a fun and safe environment. Mario Laroche started the non-profit hockey school in 2013. He was inspired because at the time, there were no adult hockey programs for beginners in Cornwall. “Most are there to learn how to play hockey so they can reach the minimum level it’s safe to play in a recreational league,” explained Laroche. “Some people don’t know how to skate, and this program is a good way to learn how to skate because you have all the equipment so if you fall, you’re safe.”

Claude Labrecque has participated in the CAHAB programs since they started. He is now league manager for the CAHAB. “The Learn-to-Play hockey program was perfect. We were separated into groups based on our current skill level. There is no pressure whether you could or couldn’t skate,” Labrecque expressed. “If anyone is really on the fence about trying out this program, I highly recommend it. You won’t be disappointed.” As a non-profit organization, CAHAB asks people to register early for the programs so they know if there is enough interest.

Programs start the first week of October. To find out more about these programs or to register, please visit their website or are contact CAHAB at 613-931-9877.

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n Saturday, September 16, Rack-M-Up Billiards in Cornwall, Ontario held the Grand Finale of the Summer Series. Twenty-eight players qualified for this handicap AAA-and-under event, and every single one of them showed up to the Finale. The tournament prize pool was a hefty $2300, as some money from each qualifier was held back for the season ending tournament. Since this was a handicap event there were many players who had a legitimate chance of winning. I had it between 8-10 real contenders and of course there was always a

Because of the number of players who had a chance of winning, the Calcutta was a great success as it went up to $2100. Some of the tournament favourites met up early on and knocked each other to the one loss side. Justin Miller, Jody Roy, Platon Liolios, all suffered early defeats and hurt their chances.

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The last match ended up being a thrill for the spectators to watch as it went down to the wire. Sypes edged out the always hard-to-beat Hall 7-6, to become the 4th Annual Summer Series Grande Finale Champion! Congratulations to all the winners. Honourable mentions go to Joe Herne and Loreen Toutant both on the lower end of the handicaps who matched up against some very good players Continued on page 19  

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orty-two-year-old Yves Struthers grew up at Rogers Marina. Now, Struthers owns the Marina himself. If you’ve been to the marina, you may have noticed the large fish mounted on the wall. Struthers tells us that he’s always hoped to add his very own fish up on that wall. “I’ve always seen the guys come in and bring in these huge fish. Not that I was a fisherman or really enjoyed fishing at that point in my life but in the back of my mind I always wanted one,” says Struthers. “I wanted to catch one and mount one on the wall next to these old fish that have been here since my grandfather’s days. Then, I did. I weighed it in on the very same scale that’s been hanging here since about 1954.” While many fisherman dream of making that big catch, Struthers actually succeeded, demonstrating that you don’t necessarily have to be a fishing master to accomplish a big fishing win. “I just started a few years back. I never had patience to fish as a youngster and I never really had much time to fish, I still don’t! I kind of just find it relaxing now and I kind of really enjoy doing it now. I’m very new at it, not much good at it, I happened to luck out and catch a big fish,” says Struthers. “Some people have fished most of their lives and never got anything like that.” The big catch he’s referring to is a 37 pound, 54 inch long Muskie. “I was actually fishing for pickerel or walleye. I had a worm harness on and I was drifting down stream and there were muskies that were jumping all around me at the time where I was fishing,” says Struthers. “I was thinking that it sure would be nice to catch a fish that size. A few minutes later, I did! I kind of fought with it for approximately a half hour and managed to reel it in.”

Though he was never a big fisherman, he’s grown to appreciate it recently. “I just like how relaxing it is just to be out on the water and you never know what you’re going to catch, obviously,” says Struthers.” Since he is fairly new to the fishing world, he doesn’t have many fishing memories to share as of yet, but one did stand out. “I guess one of my fondest memories is my first walleye ever caught. I was out with my grandfather. I was probably about 15 or 16 years old at that point and I caught a walleye. We hadn’t fished for ten minutes and I caught a fish and it was

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a fairly big fish. That was about it until I started fishing again about two years ago,” says Struthers. “We used to try to fish, my brother and I and that would last about five minutes. If we hadn’t caught a fish then we’d park the fishing boat and the rods and we’d get our water skis and go skiing. I’m a very good at water skiing, I could tell you all about that if you’d like!” In terms of getting people to try fishing, as he eventually did, his advice comes down to having patience.

“I would tell them to just have a little bit of patience and stick to it! Once they do catch a fish, it’s exciting, even small fish are exciting to catch sometimes,” says Struthers.

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Patricia Pichette Talks Multisport By Molly Kett


ince Patricia Pichette was a child, athletics have been a part of her life. Pichette says she was always at home or in the water, even into her teen years when she became a lifeguard. She also played rugby through high school, but began to slow down due to knee pain which intensified with each passing year. “Upon following up with a surgeon it was recommended that I have surgery in both knees, which I did at 19,” says Pichette. “I let fear of pain keep me from sports and activity after that. I gained a lot of weight on my 20’s and was very sedentary. At one point I hit a size 22 and stayed there for over a year. I was pretty miserable and knew I needed to make some changes. I started all wrong with fad diets and the occasional walk. My weight yo-yoed for years and along with it my self-esteem.”

This is Pichette’s second year as a member of the Cornwall Multisport Club. In this year alone, Pichette has participated in 5 km and 10 km races and volunteered at several events with plans of doing even more next year. Aside from staying in shape, her favourite part of the Multisport Club is the members.

Soon, Pichette suffered a shoulder injury, which led her to decide she wanted to feel better and be better. “I wanted, and deserved, to be happy and healthy and only I could make that happen for myself. So after physio I spent about a year with a personal trainer to work on getting healthy and strong. At home I began transitioning my quick and easy carb and preservative filled diet to healthy real food with lots of fruits and vegetables,” says Pichette. “The transformation was surprising. Not only was I losing weight but I slept better, had more energy and was all around happier. This was a great start to a healthier lifestyle. Shortly afterwards my husband, James Allanson, decided he needed to make similar changes and he bought us hybrid bikes. We started going further and faster so after a year or so we made the move to road bikes and joined the Cornwall Cycle Club.”

and that my run still needed a lot of work,” says Pichette. “I decided it was going to be worth putting in all the work because while it went so horribly, I still loved it and I wanted to do so much better. So when the Cornwall MultiSport Club’s ‘Learn to Run’ program started up I was right there. I learned a lot over those months. I also signed up for Triathlon Swimming with Tanya Deeks (Unleash the Beast Multi-Sport Coaching) and saw improvements in my swim. So when the MSC’s run clinic was over I started strength and run training with Tanya to keep things moving forward.”

After this, with the goal of keeping up her momentum, Pichette decided she and her husband should join Dan Contant’s spin class at the Multisport Club. “We learned a lot that winter and the interval training really helped us. The group was so welcoming that we quickly looked forward to seeing everyone at spin,” says Pichette. “The following year I helped a friend improve his swimming so he could complete the Try-a-tri. As soon as swimming became a part of the week I remembered just

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The NHL’s 2017-18 season gets underway in October — so prediction time panel: • What team do you feel will be the most improved in the East and the west and why? • What team will represent the East and West in the Stanley Cup Final and why? • What team will win the Stanley Cup, why?

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Gilles Gaudet - Sports Enthusiast -The esteemed hockey bible “The Hockey News” predicted last year that Tampa would defeat Dallas in the 2016-2017 Stanley Cup finals. With all their wisdom and puck brain-power their forecast was a little off! The Lightning and the Stars didn’t even make the playoffs.  So what chance do we have if THN failed so miserably?  Greater Cornwall & Areas Community Sports Newspaper Well here goes. The aforementioned Bolts will be the most improved team in the East. No challenge for Lord Stanley, however Columbus will spoil the party and represent the East in the cup finals.  They have a very balanced team and are long overdue.  Out West, the Jets should fly high and be the most improved team; they’re deeply stocked with great young talent.  That being said, it’s the year of McDavid, and his high octane Oilers will win the West and have their names inscribed on that famous mug.  The best player in the NHL and a gifted cast of support players will start what should be a decade of domination in the City of Champions. Greater Cornwall & Areas Community Sports Newspaper   Jake Lapierre - Conditioning Coach - Well folks, we’re on the cusp of a new hockey season and there’s a lot of excitement and speculations brewing with the list of high performance rookies brought on board this year. I’m predicting a strong showing from the Dallas Stars with Radulov, Tyler Seguin, and Jamie Benn leading the way in Dallas and Carolina Hurricanes with Williams, Kruger, and van Riemsdyk leading the way. Both teams have made significant acquisitions and are poised for a break out season this year. That said, it’s worth noting the Boston Greater Cornwall & Areas Community Sports Newspaper Bruins are also in line to be a force in the East and are ready for a great season this year. My prediction for 2017 – 2018 Stanley Cup final series; representing the East, the Carolina Hurricanes and representing the West, the Chicago Black Hawks (but by a slim margin). I predict the Carolina Hurricanes will be the 2017 - 2018 Stanley Cup Champions.

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Jim Riddell - Seaway Karate Club - My pick for the most improved team in the east is Tampa Bay, maybe not so much for what they did in the off season but bouncing back from an odd down year. After playing only 17 games last season, hopefully Steven Stamkos will be healthy all season and return to his scoring ways. They have also brought in back to back Stanley Cup winning Chris Kunitz, established defenceman Dan Girardi, and young prospect Mikhail Sergchev. In the west I will go with the Dallas Stars as most improved. They have a solid core of Seguin, Spezza, Benn, and Klingberg. They have addressed the goaltending issue with Ben Bishop now signed long term. Radulav and Hanzal have Greater Cornwall & Areas Community Sports Newspaper been added up front and Mark Methot was acquired from Vegas in an expansion process flip. After several seasons as Erik Karlsson’s partner in Ottawa, Methot could play a similar role with Klingberg. As for the Stanley Cup finals: Tampa Bay vs Nashville. A healthy Stamkos will put up an additional 25-30 goals, and get Tampa Bay back on track. In Nashville the continued development of the younger players along with the free agent signing of Nick Bonino and the return of Scott Hartnell should give them an improvement over last year. Winner: Nashville: The Predators are a very solid team and the experience and confidence gained from last year’s run may just allow them to get it done in 17-18. Greater Cornwall & Areas Community Sports Newspaper

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Beautiful Weekend for Upper Canada Golf Club Championships By Victoria Klassen


he Upper Canada Golf Club Championships brought out 52 members to compete in the annual event. This year the championship was held September 8 and 9. “We don’t have a lot of competitive events, but this is one that the members like and enjoy,” said Allen McNairn, manager of the golf course. “It was a beautiful day. Usually when we do the club championships it’s cooler and not quite as busy. So everyone was really happy with the weather, that’s for sure.” Lance Lepage took home the title of club champion with a two-day score of 150. “The first round was Saturday. I

didn’t play very well but managed to get a decent enough score to keep myself still on the hunt. Then I was fortunate enough to play well on day two and shot one over par and was able to win,” said Lepage. “I definitely didn’t expect to win. As a member, the club championship is important to me. I play a lot of competitive golf so it’s an event I look forward to every year.” Lepage said he is very happy being a member of the Upper Canada Golf Club and is always impressed with the condition of the course. “The green staff have done a fantastic job all year with the conditions we’ve had, with all the rain,” expressed Lepage. “So my hat goes off to those guys because the course is always fantastic.”

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ifty-seven-year-old Kevin Abrams has been deeply involved in athletics for most of his life. Abrams has been the commissioner of the Canadian Central Hockey League (CCHL) for twelve seasons, has coached, managed, and owned a Junior A hockey or above since 1986 including twelve seasons as a GM-Coach in Jr A and ten years in the OHL as an Assistant Coach, General Manager, Player Personnel Director, and three seasons as a Director of Hockey Operations and Head Coach at the minor professional level in the United States. When we said he was deeply involved in athletics, we weren’t kidding. Becoming the chairman of the Canadian Junior Hockey

League (CJHL) seems like the next logical step in Abrams athletic career. “With the resignation of Kirk Lamb as Chairman, the CJHL Board of Governors which consists of the ten Jr A leagues in Canada, opted to have only the current President Brent Ladds as the main point of contact,” says Abrams. “The president’s position is full time and the chairman’s is part time. I was nominated by one of my colleagues.” The role of chairman includes overseeing meetings, calls and committees within the CJHL and liaising with the president, Brent Ladds. In terms of changes being made, Abrams is focusing more on continuing the good work already being done by focusing on “a

continuation of the excellent work done by Kirk Lamb raising the profile of the CJHL.” Abrams says he’s looking forward to “Continuing to work as a member of the CJHL Executive Committee for the sixth year and first as chairman.” Though he isn’t particularly nervous about the new position, he does note that Junior A hockey faces a growing number of challenges. In terms of his favourite memory from his time thus far involved in athletics, Abrams says that “Seeing players advance to the next level is the primary source of satisfaction, particularly if it involves an opportunity to pursue an academic career as well.” We look forward to hearing about all of Abram’s successes as the new chairman of the CJHL.

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Taking Another Kick at Karate By Jim Riddell, Seaway Karate Club


n the last issue of Sports Energy I addressed one of the most frequently asked questions, from those not familiar with the sport, about what we do in class. On the flip side I am often approached by someone who has had previous experience and is interested in coming back to class. Sometimes it is a person who has been with us at Seaway Karate in the past, but often it is someone who has trained at another club or even in different martial art. One of the most memorable calls that I received was from a lady asking if her two children would be able to take a trial class and asked if she would be allowed to observe. She mentioned that she had done “a little bit” of judo many years before and might even consider trying karate herself. The children liked the trial class, joined our club and then their mom inquired about herself. It turned out that she held a Sandan (3rd degree black belt) in Judo, had won several international competitions, and had represented her previous country at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona Spain. The family was with Seaway Karate Club for four years before relocating due to employment. With her many years of Judo experience she realized that a return to the martial arts had to begin at a much lower intensity level and gradually increased over time. People will return to karate when the time is right and this may be a few months or many years since their last training session. Depending on the amount of time away, the body that

you have now may not be the same as the one that you had when you last trained. As we age our endurance and cardiovascular fitness decreases, our metabolism slows, and our muscular strength and endurance declines. A karate program with a moderate intensity level can reverse and slow down the ageing process. Striking drills on focus pads and shields along with kata, self-defence drills, and speciality training provide a full body workout with a good mix of aerobic and anaerobic activity. If your previous training was in a different style of karate the challenges are only minor as there are many more similarities than differences in the various styles. The movements and techniques may not be identical but are very similar in nature and have been performed hundreds or even thousands of times in previous training and remain with you stored in what is referred to as muscle memory. Muscle memory is defined as a learned motor skill stored in the memory portion of the brain. A few examples of muscle memory are riding a bicycle, typing on a keyboard, or entering a pin number. I have seen students returning to karate after several years feeling that they should be starting over at white belt, and then getting right back to where they left off in just a few short months. A few tips for your return:

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MacGregor vs Mayweather - Part II However Floyd’s experience, guile, and talent prevailed. A good big man generally can beat a small good man. This was a case of a good big man boxing a Great little man. There is a huge difference in skill. Floyd Mayweather is one of the most skilled boxers to ever grace the squared circle.

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n August 26th history was made in combat sports. MMA superstar Conner MacGregor challenged boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather. May I add Conner challenged Mayweather on Mayweather’s terms under strictly boxing rules? My prediction and feeling about the outcome turned out to be correct. Conner put up an honest and very respectable effort considering his experience in boxing. Conner had net physical advantages; in age, height, and weight. Once he hydrated Conner came into the ring at least 20 lbs heavier than Floyd Mayweather.

Conner came out shooting hard punches and trying to impose his physical advantages over Floyd. As I predicted in my previous article, Conner’s awkward style and size might cause Floyd some trouble early, but eventually Floyd would figure it out and gain victory. Conner vaunted power proved to no avail. Floyd was very defensive the first couple rounds, in order to pull the big man’s teeth. Conner in point fact had been hitting and facing inferior opponents to Floyd Mayweather. Conner had trouble finding Floyd and hitting the target cleanly due to Floyd’s defensive mastery. Even when Conner connected cleanly, Floyd took it. In my opinion once Floyd realized

that Conner could not hurt him, he was able to walk the bigger stronger man down from the 4th round on and began to connect solidly with his right hand both to the head and body of Conner MacGregor.

In my opinion Floyd, at 40, has slipped and is not the boxer he once was. He no longer put his punches together 3 or 4 at a time in combination. Floyd did not use his jab enough and Conner was wide open for left hooks to the body and Floyd did not capitalize. There was a rumor that Floyd placed a heavy bet on himself that he would stop Conner between the 8th and 10th round. Apparently it was true and it’s not illegal. However despite being in outstanding shape, Floyd does not pull the trigger like he used to and he got hit more frequently than ever before. However it was a calculated risk to take the MacGregor fight and it paid off. Floyd walked the bigger man down, walked through Conner’s best shots and found a home for his right hand. Floyd connected with

at least 50 right hands or more after the 7th round. MMA fans and UFC reps will claim that Floyd can’t punch and could not put Conner down. However the accumulative punishment caused Conner a concussion and minor brain injury. Conner is an exceptionally tough young man. He represented himself and MMA with respect and honour and I give him kudos and respect. So does this prove boxing is better than MMA? NO! They are different combat sports. I once had a debate with a teacher and practitioner of Korean Tae Kwon Do. This fellow claimed his art was superior to boxing or karate and that a properly trained tae kwon do expert would always prevail in combat against a boxer or karate man. Any boxer, any karate man? My response was there is good and bad in every race. Every nation has different dietary habits, yet every nation produces strong men and athletes. My point being the art does not make the man… the man makes the art. Who wins a karate man or boxer? Whomever Continued on page 26  


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Gary Pearson - A Hero in Life By Thom Racine


year ago I wrote a column about Gary Pearson and his battle ahead. (Issue # 45 Sports Energy) He had lung cancer and was given very little time. Friends and family rallied around Gary who seemed to just take it in stride. “I’m sick, very sick, so I’ll just have to make the best of it, its very uncomfortable to have it all about me, but I have to make the best of what I have left and it helps that I am close to my family, daughter Lori and son Scott check in on me daily, you have to have hope.” said Gary. The little time he had left on this earth, lasted, and lasted, through the winter and into the spring and summer. Much more time than he or anyone expected. He travelled, he went out with his pals, he spent time with family and friends and made the Blue Anchor with the boys his signature place on Tuesday afternoon’s (maybe a few more afternoon’s as well). As his extra time lasted, Gary Pearson made the most of it as he said he would, he did have hope and as his musical idol Frank Sinatra sang, “I did it my way.” Gary certainly did that. As we all can all relate, regarding family and friends we have lost, that time has to run out and on September 10th, Gary Pearson died. As a young boy, he watched his idol Gordie Howe as often as he could, which wasn’t that often. He even carried Mr. Hockey’s autograph in his wallet. Gary played a lot of hockey too, was a long time member of Moe Lemieux’s world famous Cornwall Hubs and most of us know that his son Scott, would have a professional hockey career. When Gary Pearson heard his son’s name called in the first round of the 1988 NHL Draft, it was a proud moment. In June (2015) when his grandson Chase was selected by the Detroit Red Wings, well, that was the icing on the cake. “I couldn’t believe it, that it was the Red

Wings, we were all so very happy and Joan was alive to see it” remembered Gary. Gary’s wife Joan died in September of 2015.

As I mentioned a year ago, Gary Pearson was a humble man, he never flaunted his son’s hockey career, and he proudly stood behind his grandson’s hopes and dreams. Gary knows a little about standing by something, he proved that by standing as care giver to his late wife Joan. If there was a remarkable attribute to Gary, it was his dedication to Joan, his passion and his love for Joan who required a lot of care. He renovated their house, installed an elevator in their home, and made sure they travelled to Florida every year in comfort, porta potty included. He really was a true life hero. My wife Karen and I became friends of the Pearson’s shortly after we came to this city. Joan and Gary were like those second parents, nurturing us through Karen’s diagnosis with MS in 1985. I learned that beer was for drinking, not cooking, and if I, like many others had an electrical problem, Gary was a call away. It may take a while, but Gary would drop by. But we also both learned that I would have to be patient and Karen learned never to complain. It would be easy to say that Gary Pearson left his mark, it was not easy caring for Joan and if he moaned about it, he did it quietly, “in sickness and in health” Joan was his life and he made it as comfortable as he could. Even went so far as to enlist a group of Scott’s friends to look in on Joan when he was in Ottawa working. If Joan could not get up to her chair or had fallen, she would press her alarm or call one of those friends and the code “Joan’s down” went out. Within minutes, the caretakers, Joseph, Martelle, et al would be there to right the ship. Gary was not a spiritual man, he did not want a wake or funeral, instead chose to have a true celebration of life at the Blue Anchor. The bar tab

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For his compassionate care giving, Gary was awarded with the Ontario and National Multiple Sclerosis care giver awards. Two of the most prestigious awards the MS Society hands out, he was nominated for the International award and was accepted as a finalist. Lori, Scott, Haylee, Chase, Trinity, and family, your Dad and Poppa was a genuine man who loved you all. Gary, from all of us who knew you and who prayed for you…hopefully we made it “all about you” and made you smile that straight mouthed, sometimes toothless grin, one more time.

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Continued from page 24 drags the bear into the water the is better at their art and whomever croc drowns the bear, my money is on the croc then. Put Floyd makes fewer mistakes. Mayweather in the cage under Wrestlers and boxers are the same MMA rules, Conner MacGregor as MMA and boxing. I love boxing so I am partial. A good boxer on his wins. In a boxing ring under boxing feet is possibly the most formidable rules the boxer wins. Simple. and dangerous opponent on his feet Period. Plus Floyd Mayweather in the striking department. However is not a good boxer, but a GREAT if the MMA man or wrestler takes boxer. Many MMA fighters do not the boxer off his feet and to the respect boxers. Many UFC fans do ground…different fight = different not respect boxers, but almost all results. If a grizzly bear fights a MMA and UFC world champions crocodile on land my money is on have on their team a boxing coach, the grizzly. If however the crocodile a bona fide boxing trainer. So??

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audience. It takes a special person. Many and most boxers and MMA competitors and martial artists never scale the highest mountains as Floyd Mayweather and Conner MacGregor have, but they are warriors in life and they tried and risked and trained and pushed themselves beyond their limits. How many of us can honestly say we did that in our lives? Respect to all arts.

All the combat arts are great and offer much and all are of value and to be respected. This bout was good for boxing and good for MMA. Both Floyd and Conner made a lot of money and rightly deservedly so. Both MMA and boxers, anyone; man, woman, or child who makes the walk down the aisle and climbs into the squared circle or the octagon is a special person, a warrior. Never Yours in Sport, Youth and the mind the training they went through to get to the point where they get Combat Arts Jorge Luis under the hot lights in front of an

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itchel Zappitelli is both a math teacher at St. Joseph’s Catholic Secondary School and the passionate coach of the high school football team. Zappitelli grew up in Ottawa where he played and excelled at numerous sports at high levels. He was captain of the Wilfred Laurier University Golden Hawks National Championship team in 2005 and was selected as the first team OUA All Star in 2005.

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From here, Zappitelli impressively played semi-pro football in Italy for the Bergamo Lions in 2006. Not only did Zappitelli excel at football, but he also played junior Hockey for Le Drakkar de Baie Comeau. He experienced OFSAA for shot put in track and field and also played badminton, baseball, and field lacrosse for St. Matthews High School. It’s safe to say, Zappitelli is extremely athletically inclined.

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he wait is over; on Saturday April 15th at the Civic Complex local sports fans will finally have the opportunity to see Tony Luis fight in his hometown. Luis, a lifelong resident of Cornwall has had great success in the sport of boxing. As an amateur he was a seven time Provincial Champion, defeated ten Canadian Champions, and was awarded as the Top Fighter at the Four Nations Cup where he defeated the champions from Scotland, Ireland, and Wales.

Surprisingly, Zappitelli’s favourite sport to play is badminton. However, Zappitelli’s coaching experience kicked off in university with football as a Powder Puff coach. The Powder Puffs were a girl’s football team which played in the snow. He also coached community football and shot put at a local school in the Kitchener-Waterloo area.

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Zappitelli says his father was a big part of why he decided to coach. “He always coached my brother and I in hockey and that’s what

Turning professional in 2008, Tony fought his first fourteen fights at various Montreal locations such as Uniprix Stadium, the Montreal Casino, and the Bell Centre. At that point, doing what he had to do to advance his career, Luis became a road warrior, fighting “on the B side” in his opponents’ backyard in places like Verona NY; Memphis, Tennessee; Mashantucket, Connecticut; and Sloan, Iowa. Two of his victories on the road were against Wanzell Ellison and Karl Dargan, both undefeated fighters being showcased by ShoBox and ESPN respectively. Following those wins Tony Luis got a shot at the World Title, a fight he took on four Tony Luis headlines the fight card at the complex April 15th Continued on Page 4 Photo Credit: Jason MacDamara

started me wanting to coach. Because of this I try to coach my son whenever I can,” says Zappitelli. “I also would not be the person I am right now or had the opportunities I had in my life if it wasn’t for all of the coaches that gave up their time to help me. I was very lucky to have caring coaches in high school that constantly pushed me to be better. This is one of the reasons I like to coach; to give my athletes the opportunities that I had growing up because I know how beneficial it was in my life.” Currently, Zappitelli is coaching the Cornwall Wildcats OVFL, high school senior

Zappitelli’s current seasons are going well. The Wildcats have been working hard for their first exhibition coming at the end of April. The gymnastics team will be competing in EOSSA followed by OFSAA mid April. For badminton, they have their SDG tournament coming up in a few weeks time.

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hirty-four-year-old Shawn Maloney was born and raised in the Cornwall area. Maloney has a passion for athletics, which he participates in despite his blinding eye disease known as retinitis pigmentosa. “It is a condition I was diagnosed with when I was 5 years old. The disease led to progressive loss of peripheral and night vision during my teens and twenties, and in recent years it has led to loss of central vision as well,” says Maloney. “My right eye is totally blind, while my left eye is legally blind, meaning I have some limited vision, enough to see shapes and shadows and to read large print high contrast text. My left eye will naturally go totally blind like my right eye, most likely within the next 1-2 years.”

In 2001, Maloney went to Queens University to work as the student therapist through the athletic therapy department for the men’s varsity basketball team. Later, Maloney went on to study his own eye disease as a medical researcher for about ten years at McGill University, with some training at Harvard University during his Masters Degree training. During this time, he also launched a small internet-based start-up company that he recently sold. He moved back to Cornwall in April 2016.

Whilst doing all this hard work, for such an event using a treadmill. Maloney also learned how to work Thus, I ended up finding a handful around his disability in order to of running partners through Kijiji, accomplish his athletic goals. and I worked with these partners to get in the training that I needed. “The first thing I need to do is to These individuals were happy to be inform people around me, coaches, my ‘running guides’ in part because team members, and partners about I was frequently available to train, any specific needs I have. It’s also which meant that they had someone important that I realize that there to run with as well.” are millions of people around the world who are afflicted by an array When Maloney moved back to of blinding eye diseases, and that Cornwall, he decided to continue many of these people have learned with his passion for athletics and join how to adapt their lives, including CrossFit. their athletic pursuits, as needed,” “The first thing I did when I started says Maloney. “Thus, I don’t need was to inform my coach, Amanda, to always reinvent the wheel. I can that I was visually impaired. Like any see what is working for someone else good coach, Amanda quickly helped and try that myself.” me adapt specific exercises so that A few years ago, when Maloney they would be safer and feasible,” was training to run a marathon, he shares Maloney. “Similarly, the other put this tactic into action. “I knew members of CrossFit who I frequently that I could not adequately train train with are aware of my condition,

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Though Maloney has to constantly adapt to the world around him due to his eyesight, he remains a force of positivity for everyone who may be struggling. “For anyone who has any form of challenge, physical, mental, emotional, or otherwise, it’s important to keep in mind that everyone has their mountains to climb,” says Maloney. “Life is simply more fun when you view your challenges as minor inconveniences rather than formidable obstacles, and in most cases we have the freedom to choose which perspective we will adopt.”

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existed let alone to be swimming at that hour,” says St. Marseille. “Fast forward a few years, I was thrilled to be recognized as the club’s ‘Multisport Athlete of the Year’ in 2006 and then in 2010, I was on the podium for the ‘Cornwall Nasty’, a morning competition featuring a variety of endurance swim events followed by a 5 km run. The recognition meant a lot to me and I could not have accomplished this without the inspiration and infectious motivation from the club’s members.”

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St. Marseille’s work, though, isn’t the only thing he’s passionate about. Being active is another passion of his; one that he shares with his wife Margaret of nearly 30 years and his three daughters. They have all been members of the Multisport Club in Cornwall since its inception in 2004.

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Brownlee was attentively watching his impressive setup, geared for carp. He was very accommodating to my then six-year-old son inviting him to be his “net man” if a fish would happen to strike. After only a short wait, it happened. After hooking into a carp, Brownlee called Vinny over, encouraged him to pick up his fishing net, and coached him into landing the catch. It was a thrilling experience for my son.


stop,” says St. Marseille. “The City and surrounding area have benefited financially - with various fundraisers - but also with the positive attitude and energy that emanates from these athletes.”

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Island, was such a rush,” says St. Marseille. “The murky water was 52°F and I wondered what sea creatures may be lurking, based on the lore of Alcatraz, and the current was very strong. The San Francisco skyline from the tour boat was incredible. The bike and run were very hilly and took us around and under the Golden Gate Bridge and its namesake state park.”

Through multisport, St. Marseille has had some incredible experiences such as Ironman distance triathlons at Lake Placid and Penticton as well as competing in the Boston and New York City Marathons, but his experience with the Escape from Currently, St. Marseille is Alcatraz Triathlon was one of his training for the Ottawa Marathon. most major accomplishments. He encourages prospective club “The 2.4 km swim, diving off of members to check out the club’s a large tour boat in the middle of website. Talk to current members San Francisco Bay, near Alcatraz and get inspired, too.

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Presently, Maloney’s athletic focus is CrossFit, though he soon plans to get back into distance running. “I was recently challenged by some family members to train for a marathon with them; however, I will likely dial it back to a half-marathon instead. I’m also looking to get into rock climbing, so I will see if that goal materializes in the months ahead,” says Maloney. “Truly, my goals change frequently, and they often depend on challenges that have been put forth by family members or friends. Training for long-distance running events is just one example. At present, I’m just focusing on improving my overall athleticism so that I can be prepared for whatever challenges and crazy fitness bets come my way.”

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St. Marseille was inspired to get active initially after his return to Cornwall following time at university, where he says he maxed out at 204 lbs. “Apart from desiring a regular fitness routine, I was looking for like-minded individuals to train with and in particular to motivate me. Apart from physical fitness, there is a “My introduction to triathlon was positive mental well-being benefit as actually at the ‘Cornwall Games’ in well,” says St. Marseille. 1997. We swam at Mille Roches Since day one, St. Marseille has Beach in Long Sault then cycled to been active in the Cornwall Multisport Cornwall,” says St. Marseille. “I Club, including volunteering as a was new to the sport and understood board member for a handful of years that my running shoes would be as well as taking on the role of club transferred to the Cornwall transition secretary. St. Marseille is a firm zone in time for the run. Well they believer that multisport has a positive didn’t, so I ran barefoot – 7 km – impact on his community. along the bike path. I still managed a “Besides Margaret and the girls, I 4m40s per km pace but I have never owe my sporting accomplishments run barefoot again. I was smitten to the Multisport Club. I was a with triathlons though.” less-than-inspired and sedentary St. Marseille says that “chance person. Members of the Multisport encounters” brought him to the Club, sometimes in very subtle Multisport Club. “I swam at lunch ways, inspire and motivate persons hours at the old Kinsmen Centre of all abilities and ages to challenge in the early 1990’s until some new themselves. I have learned through swim friends and I thought we should various members about the mental move up to a 25 metre pool. The side of training and competing. If you Kinsmen Centre had a 25-yard pool, can train your mind – your muscles so we switched to NavCan and 6 am will follow. The team spirit of group starts. That was a profound change training carries you across the abyss as I didn’t realize that time of day - when you may otherwise want to

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A couple of summers ago I did just that when my son Vincent and I were introduced to Brandon while we were all fishing under the bridge at Hoople Bay.

“The thing I enjoy most about fishing is meeting new anglers,” says Brownlee. “You are never too old, or too young, to start fishing. Fishing is not all about catching fish; it’s more about enjoying nature and making memories.” The graduate of RothwellOsnabruck District High School in Ingleside (in 2015) says some of his best fishing spots are in the Long Sault Parkway. It’s a perfect situation for the 19-year-old having the St. Lawrence River so close by to his home. His favourite memory in the sport is landing the elusive lake trout while fishing the St. Lawrence River in Cornwall. The biggest fish he ever caught was a 43-pound conman

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carp from the Long Sault Parkway. Another highlight in his fishing career was filming with the Fish Finders II crew in 2015. Here’s an excerpt from the Fish Finder’s Facebook page:

“We met Brandon Brownlee while shooting a carp episode two years ago on the Long Sault Parkway. At the time Brandon was 15 years old and spending all of his free time after school fishing on the banks of the St Lawrence River. We were so impressed with this young man that we kept in touch with him through social media and knew that the next time we were going to be filming in the Cornwall area we would invite Brandon to fish with us. Well, that finally happened and what a great couple of days it was! Looking forward to fishing with you again Brandon!”

Brownlee also enjoys learning Long Sault’s Brandon Brownlee poses with one of his impressive catches. Brownlee says his favourite form of fishing is bottom-fishing new techniques and figuring out how for carp and channel catfish. Photo Submitted to get fish to hit when they are not active. “My favourite species to fish for is carp,” he says. “I like bottom-fishing for carp and channel cats. You never know how big the next one will be.” He can be found on the ice of the St. Lawrence and surrounding water bodies two-to-three times a week during the winter ice-fishing season. In the summer, he enjoys the pasttime 5-6 times a week. “I fish 12 months out of the year,” Brandon Brownlee invited Vinny Anderson to be his “net man” during an afternoon of fishing in 2014. Brownlee says his favourite part of he says. Photo Todd Anderson fishing is meeting new friends, young and old. Brownlee was introduced to fishing at the age of three by his younger Brownlee says he still has one I have to thank for introducing me to the love of fishing. He showed father Tim. Father and son have plenty to learn from his father. “The best friend I have in fishing is me everything I know about fishing. been partnering up ever since as they share memories along the way. The my dad,” says Brownlee. “He’s the I still can’t out-fish him.”





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In terms of his favourite coaching memory, Zappitelli has a few things that come to mind. “I have coached a lot of great teams with some amazing athletes and championships. I am still waiting on a big championship to win. An OVFL championship or going to OFSAA with one of my teams would all be major achievements and will top any memory I have to this date,” says Zappitelli. “But if I had to pick a memory, I would have one when I was coaching at Holy Trinity when I was coaching my girls’ hockey team to two EOSSA’s. Those girls had so much heart and dedicated themselves to my system. Both times at EOSSA we missed out playing in the finals because of losing the tiebreaker.”

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ay Miron - a name legendary in these parts. To those of us in our fifties, some may have vivid memories, a little older and Mr. Miron was a coach, mentor, and bonafide local sports icon.

Coach of the Falcons, Calumets, and Colts for ten years; Ray then moved to the states where he would spend the rest of his life in hockey. Ray was GM of the Washington Presidents - Eastern Hockey League in 59-60, then the New Jersey Larks the following season. Miron managed Knoxville in 1962, 63, 64, and 65. In 1964, Miron joined the Toronto Maple Leaf organization, managing its affiliate teams in Tulsa, Okla. then Oklahoma City through 1976. It didn’t end there. An audit of Ray’s life in hockey would fill several Sports Energy pages.

Cornwall Falcons in white, signal a goal vs the Rideaus (Smiths Fall) as the jubilant fans shoehorned into Photo Submitted the community arena celebrate.

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Through the wonders of the internet and social media, I received a message one day last year from a lady named Cindy. She lived in Oklahoma. Thirty more years would follow Now, strange ladies sending me which included being GM of messages is not that unusual, but the Colorado Rockies. Ray was Cindy Hosler had a connection to awarded the NHL’s 2004 Lester this area. Patrick Trophy – an award given Cindy is Ray Miron’s daughter to those who provided outstanding and she had just been home to service to hockey in the United bury her father. Upon returning States. So really, the fact is, you to Oklahoma, she faced the task do not have to be from Cornwall of going through her father’s to remember the Cornwall Sports memories.

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Fortunately, somebody hinted worn by the ’47 Falcons; however that I might be interested in some they did not play against a team of these memories. named Rideaus until 1953. A little over a month ago, a box arrived and it was filled with scrap books and photos that bring to life the late forties and early fifties’ sporting life in Cornwall, a grand era of senior hockey in this area.

I am presently going through the pictures and thought it might be neat to bring back a memory this month from those heady days from a long time ago. The picture attached matches the uniforms

While there are not many action pictures in Ray’s treasures, the community arena was jammed for this game against the Rideaus. Photo was likely taken by a local press photographer that night. Thanks Cindy. The memories you provided will have me searching for more of your dad’s history. When I opened that box, it truly was like Christmas morning.


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Tony Luis to Defend North American Title at Civic Complex By Jim Riddell


n Saturday, October 14th, Tony Luis will climb into the boxing ring at the Cornwall Civic Complex to make the first defence of his North American Lightweight Title. This is a fight that local boxing fans are very fortunate to have right here in Cornwall, as a North American Championship fight is one which many American Casinos would love to be hosting in their venues. Winning the North American Lightweight Title is a very significant accomplishment for any professional fighter, so how did someone growing up in Cornwall ever manage to do this? Tony began boxing at a young age being trained by his father Jorge at Champs Eastside boxing gym on Jarvis Street. It wasn’t long before Tony began a very successful amateur career, winning seven provincial titles along with a New York State Golden Glove title. He fought for Canada in the Four Nation Cup, defeating the champions from Scotland, Ireland, and Wales and was awarded as the best boxer

belt with a first round stoppage of Alejandro Barrera. Then doing what he needed to do to progress, Tony became a road warrior, fighting at various casinos across the USA, often in his opponent’s backyard. In fights televised by Sho Box and ESPN respectively, Tony defeated two unbeaten blue chip prospects in Wanzell Ellison and Karl Dargan. Dargan had been predicted by some boxing insiders as a future world champion. The Dargan win got Luis a top 10 ranking, putting him in contention for a world title shot. A few months later a phone call was received asking Tony was willing to be a last minute substitute in a WBA Championship bout in England. Taking the fight on only Photo Submitted four days’ notice Tony lost a close in the tournament. Rather than wait and controversial decision to Derry around for the next Olympics, Tony Matthews in his hometown of turned pro in 2008 fighting his early Liverpool. fights in Montreal. Finally after almost nine years as a Tony kept winning and moving professional boxer, in his twenty-fifth up, stopping veteran Adrian Valdez fight Tony Luis got the chance to fight on ESPN Friday Night Fights, then in Cornwall. Luis made the most of it four fights later winning the WBC stopping his Mexican opponent Noe Continental Americas lightweight Nunez, setting up a North American


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years ago through the hockey Swedish exchange that happens every year through seaway valley,” says Fitzgerald. “We have kept in contact ever since and continue to be both best friends and roommates now. Even though he has given up playing hockey, he pursues a career in golf and comes to most of my games and practices. I have loved my time here with Samuel and his family as they have made me feel like part of the family from day one. I cannot wait to see what this season has in store for me”

“I hope to continue my career in Sweden for as long as I can or to pursue a scholarship in the states for hockey. Currently I live with Samuel de Oliveira and his family, whom I met six

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I can’t wait to glove up and take care made a massive jump from of business.” In a battle of the undefeated another local fighter also fighting out of Champs Eastside gym, Akwesasne’s Ronnie “Rocket” Robidoux 4-0, will be facing Mexico’s Ernesto Olvera 7-0. Champs’ trainer and Tony’s dad Jorge Luis stated “Tony won’t have to look for this guy. Straffon comes to fight. Tough, strong, durable and a southpaw. There are no easy fights at this point. Ronnie’s opponent is 7-0 and he comes to fight also. The whole card is sizing up to be a great fight night; the quality of boxing is very good. I hope that by defending his belt Tony can get a title shot or a title eliminator. People don’t realize how hard it is to pierce through the world rankings and fight at this level. A kid from a small town – it’s almost unheard of and we may never see this again. I hope the people of Cornwall and Akwesasne come out and get behind Tony and Ronnie. Two local home-grown hard working products, - it’s well worth the price of admission.

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where I was last year and am super excited to be given this opportunity,” says Fitzgerald. “I cannot wait to see the different kind of talent there is and the different style of play there is here in Sweden compared to Canadian hockey, I can already see the difference in practice, as well as the preseason.”

Fitzgerald’s mom, Jennifer Fitzgerald, is also extremely proud of her son’s opportunities.


futures and their post secondary education. I have always been a believer in grasping every opportunity that comes your way, and embracing every life experience that you’re offered. I feel quite certain that future education will be down the road for Tyler at some point, but for now he is pursuing his dreams and making memories that will last a lifetime,” says Jennifer. “We are incredibly proud of Tyler and his resilience and determination over the years to play the sport that he is so passionate about and to take it as far as he possibly can. We are forever indebted to his lovely Swedish host family, the de Olivieras, who have become his second family and made this year possible.”

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Carrie Seguin Williamstown’s Carrie Seguin is busy this winter travelling rink-to-rink watching her sons in action, and her husband Pete, coaching the Seaway Valley Major Peewee AA Rapids. Sixteen-year-old Xandre, a Grade 11 student at Char-Lan District High School was trying out with the Major Midget B Rep Char-Lan Rebels during the time of publication. He also plays soccer in the Glengarry Soccer League. Thirteen-year-old Joab, a Grade 8 student at Char-Lan Intermediate School, will play Char-Lan Bantam B hockey this year. He also plays in the GSL during the summer. Ten-year-old Eli, a Grade 5 student at Williamstown Public School, plays with the Seaway Valley Major Atom AA Rapids and with the GSL and Glengarry Hearts in soccer. Carrie, a teacher, says there is plenty to learn in sports.

“Kids who are involved in sports enjoy a lot of benefits. Obviously there is the physical fitness that comes with the practices and games. They also learn about their own individual strengths and how they help contribute to team success. They learn about perseverance by working on things that need work. They learn how to win and how to lose with grace and respect. They learn about commitment and about giving your all, even when the chips are down. These are all important life skills. And of course, there is the social aspect of playing on sports teams. My kids have made many great friends playing on the teams that they have.” Growing up, Carrie played every sport she could. Her real passion was for soccer and she played with the Seaway Valley Blazers organization. Later on she represented the La Maison Strikers in the Cornwall District Soccer League. “I had great fun with that bunch of girls,” she says. While she says she does miss her playing days at times, there have also been plenty of great memories watching her family in sports. “Tournament wins, playoff nail-biters, big goals that made a difference, huge defensive plays. One great story that just recently happened was during this past spring hockey season with my youngest son’s team. They had a great season, but topped it off with a huge win at the Montreal Meltdown. They made it to the finals after an OT win in the semis and then, they took the finals by storm. You should have seen the smiles on those kids’ faces when they held up that cup.” Carrie says she tries to instill important lessons through sports with her kids. “Always give your all and never just go through the motions,” she says. “When it’s all said and done (whether on the ice, on the field, in school, at work, in life), even if it doesn’t turn out the way you hoped, you can at least say, “I tried my best” and feel good about that.” It’s why she thinks having her children in sports is so important. “I just try to do what I think any good mom does - I love my kids whole-heartedly and I try to give them all of the opportunities I can. I struggle a lot as a mom; always second-guessing myself but it’s being a mom that gets me through many days. Watching my boys and their pals on the ice or on the field is one of my favourite things to do. That’s why I cheer so loud sometimes.”


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very once in a while, an athlete or athletes come along and showcase more than raw ability. They show us the fight in the human spirit.  Think of Jesse Owens who more than 80 years ago looked directly at Nazi Germany and showed them there’s no such thing as superior race.  Think of Michael Sam who became the first publicly gay athlete to be drafted into one of the four major pro sports in North America.  Those are just two examples of athletes who showed us courage, determination and a strength most of us could only hope to have.    This past September I witnessed dozens of these types of athletes/ competitors.    Toronto hosted the Invictus Games.  It’s an international Paralympicstyle multisport event in which wounded, injured, or sick armed

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services men and women take part.   It was the brain child of Prince Harry of Wales.    Watching these competitors who have given so much of themselves and sacrificed their well-being, in the name of ensuring we can continue to live the lives we do, was a true source of inspiration.    And the Invictus Games showed what true sportsmanship is all about.  At one of the track events, one competitor had fallen (he had two prosthetic legs) and two other competitors stopped and together they made it to the finish line.  It wasn’t about winning or losing, it was about finishing the race and ensuring nobody was left behind!!!    There was even a Cornwall connection to the Invictus Games.  Twenty-eight- year-old Krista Seguin won a gold medal in women’s power lifting.  Seguin is a former student at La Citadelle High School who was born and raised in Cornwall but now lives in BC.    The Invictus Games showed us what true heroes look and act like.    To all the Invictus Games athletes and to the men and women who serve in the military in any capacity, thank you and I salute you.  

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orty-three-year-old Rob Lefebvre was born, raised, and still resides in Cornwall with his wife, Lisa and his German Shepherd, Ivan. He’s the general manager at Cornwall’s Wendy’s restaurant and, in his spare time, is very involved in local athletics. His dog Ivan even likes to come along and join in the activity on the local trails, too. Lefebvre grew up playing hockey, played various sports in high school, and even played tennis at one point. Now, he enjoys cycling, running, snowshoe running, duathlon, and alpine (telemark skiing) and crosscountry skiing. “In my early twenties, I started to run more and became competitive in running races and other along with duathlons with our Cornwall Multisport Club,” says Lefebvre. “I was exposed to some local races that I didn’t know existed. As I did more races, I became more involved with other distances, 5 km, 10 km and half marathons” Lefebvre has even been part of marathons in both Ottawa and Boston. Later on, Lefebvre says, he began to focus more on trail running, as he has trails behind his house. In the winter, he snowshoe runs. “Once the Cornwall Multisport Club formed I got back into cycling a bit more and that’s when I started to do a triathlon once a year for a bit, but then decided swimming was not big for me, so I do duathlons instead

Photo Submitted now,” says Lefebvre. “We have weekly events during the summer that I like to attend. It is natural to be doing some kind of activity daily to stay in shape and just to be outside in nature regardless of the season.” Recently, Lefebvre brought his athletic abilities to Europe to participate in the Haute Route Dolomites. “The Haute Route itself is a company based in Europe that has various locations for cycling sportives (races) for 3 to 7 day stage races; Alps, Pyrenees, Dolomites, Ventoux, Alp D’Huez, US Rockies, and possibly next year in Norway. I’ve heard of the Haute Route for alpine touring skiing but I found out about this event through my step-dad and mom who mentioned that this event would be great for me to take part. I researched the web site for more details and it didn’t take me too long to know that I would be in for this

challenge and registered as soon as I and for myself that’s what I was was able to,” says Lefebvre. experiencing, the small towns, the Lefebvre says the best part of beautiful countryside, the beautiful the event was the challenge of the mountains, and jagged peaks,” says Lefebvre. “I was still able to absorb distances each day. all that even though it was a race and “Cycling 7 days in a row, the 2 to 4 at times intense. The culture there is climbs per day, the race setting feeling, quite different in Europe compared the other athletes that share the same to North America.  Everyone seems passion, the support during the event, active in some way.” and professionalism of the entire Many months of training paid off Haute Route event coordination. You for Lefebvre, as he finished 55th out truly feel like a pro everyday,” says Lefebvre. “You just have to ride your of around 300 contestants and 22nd bike and within reason, everything in his age group. else is taken care of.  I also did a In terms of what’s next for trip a couple of years ago, alpine Lefebvre, he hopes to continue to touring in BC for several days that stay active at all times. replicated the event in some ways, as “For now, I’ll continue to cycle there was the whole preparation for when I can and as weather permits,” pacing, nutrition, clothing choices, says Lefebvre. “I’ll be doing some and possible weather related issues club events and the snowshoe season that can arise.” is just around the corner so I’ll most Lefebvre says that the last time likely participate in a couple of he was in Europe was 23 years ago, events. I enjoy Alpine skiing weekly when he backpacked across seven in the Laurentians. I will partake in countries over the course of three another Haute Route most likely in a months, so it was nice to get back, couple of years.” but he knew there wouldn’t be much Lefebvre’s wife has been a huge time for exploration. support system during his athletic “I knew there would be not much endeavors and he’s clear that her downtime as everyday was 4-5 hours efforts don’t go unnoticed. on the bike so it wouldn’t be much “Thanks to my wife Lisa for her of a holiday, I called it a fitness working vacation of a lifetime. The support and understanding during best part of being cycling the Haute the long days for training and being Route Dolomites was the fact that it away along with family support, started in Innsbruck and finished in friends, cycling, and multisport club Venice. I watch the Tour de France for positive vibes during the event,” yearly and you see the scenery of says Lefebvre. “Enjoy life with the areas they cycle through along sports while you can, enjoy nature at with the efforts of the athletes its best.”

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Rangers 2-1. The game was tied 1-1 after the first period after Glengarry received their first goal of the season from Boisvenue assisted by Bacchiochi and Papps. Glengarry controlled most of the play in the second period but the score remained tied after two. Kanata stole the two points, as they potted the game winner midway through the third period.

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Playing Pool is a Family Affair at Rack-Em Up Billiard’s He says they will again be offering various leagues and tournaments going into the winter. Currently, students benefit by getting half-off table time with valid student I.D. and seniors can enjoy 8-ball leagues Wednesday and Thursday mornings as well as 9-ball leagues Monday and Tuesday mornings.

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t’s been twenty-four years and counting since the Disotell family began running Rack-EmUp Billiards in Cornwall, but Doug Disotell’s dedication to the game hasn’t changed one bit over the years. He and his wife have been running the family business since the winter of 2012. They inherited it from his father, Clayton, who had, on a whim, retired from the automotive business and purchased it back in the day.

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Doug grew up in a home where a cue was as important as breakfast. He began playing pool at the age of 14, using their aged Sears plywood table in the basement as his main means of practice.

community as well as keeping Amanda and I set up a table in a the sport alive with his three customer’s home knowing that children. unlike video games the family “Our kids all have cues and can bond with a game for life, Frederik, who’s three, uses a such as my father and I have,” he stool so he can see to play,” said. His father was an avid Doug said. snooker player – a game that With his business, he’s hosted Doug eventually took up in his late teens. I t was during this several fundraisers and events time Doug delved into playing to attract people to the sport he more competitively, travelling grew to love so much throughout to nearly 400 tournaments his childhood. throughout Ontario and Quebec In his teens, he gained expertise playing some of the most elite by helping his parents with billiard players. repairs at the business and now Over the past couple of offers services and installation of years, his interests have been in all brands of pool tables. giving back to the local billiard

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The Importance of Athletics in High School


ike Whelan, the viceprincipal at Saint Joseph’s Catholic Secondary School, knows a thing or two about sports. An athlete himself, he played hockey and soccer in high school in Newfoundland, and he has coached his daughters through both of those sports. He coached high school hockey and soccer before becoming an administrator, and is still involved in local coaching. A Memorial University of Newfoundland graduate with extensive experience in teaching physical education and English,

Whelan believes that sports play a vital role making for happy, involved students. “In many cases, sports can be just as important as academics in school because it allows students to connect with the school and a caring adult in the role of a coach,” he says. He cites studies that show that students involved in athletics and the arts tend to do better academically than those who aren’t.

Although he believes that school sports are important, Whelan insists that being a student-athlete is a privilege: Teens need to find a balance

between studies and sports. He believes that academics shouldn’t be allowed to suffer for the sake of sport, and this policy seems to have served Saint Joe’s well. The school has earned a reputation for both academic and athletic excellence, with several SDG, EOSSAA, and OFSAA appearances in recent years.

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Asked about the school’s success, Whelan credits the hundreds of hours spent working for the cause, not just by teacher-coaches, but also by class room teachers and parent and community volunteers. “It couldn’t be done without them,” he insists.

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avid Cassell is passionate about cars and sports. Cassell is the Dealer Principal of S. G. wells Ford in Ingleside. Cassell began his career in the automotive business in 1979 as a new car salesman working for George Petric at Petric Ford in Vernon Ontario. Cassell is not only ingrained in the

local car scene, he’s also got quite a resume with local sports, too. He likes golf, football, curling and hockey. “I played hockey in the Morrisburg Minor Hockey system and golf at the Morrisburg golf course and Upper Canada golf course.” Cassell also played hockey for the Morrisburg Lions from 1974 to 1976. His fondest athletic memory took place during the 1975/76 season. “We won the Gill Cup and the Citizens Shield,” says Cassell. “The last series we played was against the Hawkesbury Hawks and Yvan Joly, (who played on the Hawks), and later became the number one draft choice of the Montreal Canadians. “We beat them in the seventh game.” Cassell also has a lot to say about his experience with cars. He and his wife Cynthia took over the dealership

on June 15, 2015. The dealership was known for great service and sales, in an effort to carry on this tradition, and improve the sales and service experience for their customers, they immediately implemented an aggressive Ford renovation project. In terms of what’s new and exciting with the dealership, Cassell says there’s one car in particular that’s worth looking into. That car is the 2017 Mustang Convertible. “It’s the last year the V6 is being offered in the Mustang.” Cassell tells us. The first Mustang was actually built in March of 1965. When asked if this car has any great features, Cassell says that the length of time this car has been being made proves that it does. What’s the best part about this car? “When you’re driving a convertible

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Mustang, everybody looks at you.” Cassel says. “It’s an iconic vehicle.” In comparison to older models, Cassell says that of course the 2017 version has a variety of improvements. “The performance is a lot better, the stability is a lot better and with the convertible top off it’s a lot quieter.” he says. “They’re still making them and right now 2017 and 18 orders are pretty much sold out because their such a popular car. If you’re looking for a place to pick up a new sweet ride, S.G. Wells Ford is here to help. In fact, just like the Mustang, this dealership has years of experience to back up its quality work. “We just celebrated the dealerships 80th anniversary. “ We have tripled the business since my wife Cindy and I have taken over,” Cassell shares.

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October 2017 Issue #59

Whistle Stops The “Team” has just completed Issue #59, and as always, I would like to thank Lynn (Graphic Design), Margo (Editor), Bernadette (Website), our writers, Todd, Molly, Victoria, Carrie, Thom, Micaela, Casey; our editorial columnists, Jim, Jorge, Dave, Jordan; The Sports Panel, Gilles, Jake, Jim; our distribution locations, our advertisers and of course the people who are featured in our stories. I hope you enjoy #59.

Congrat’s to manager John Flannigan and the Cornwall River Rats on winning the NCBL Tier 2 Baseball Playoff Championships. Kudo’s to all the local schools that have recently participated in their own versions of The Terry Fox run.

I have attended a few early season Colts games. I give high marks to goaltender Liam Lascelle, who gives them a chance to win every night. This team is young and hard working. Circle Saturday November 4th on your must attend event list. The Cornwall Nationals Home opener at the Ed Lumley Arena. Puck drops at 7:30

Tony “Lightning” Luis will be defending his NABA Lightweight Championship belt at the Ed Lumley Arena Oct. 14th. His opponent is Giovanni Strafton. Also on the card is Akwesasne’s Ronnie “Rocket” Robidoux.

The 37th edition of the Cornwall Terry Fox run is now in the books and organizers are thrilled with $18,759.00 being raised for Cancer Research. What a great tribute to the memory of Terry Fox, a truly inspiring Canadian Hero. Winners never Quit, and Quitters Never Win, Signing out Until next Month Mike Piquette, Publisher

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Home town: Avonmore Age: 9 School: École élémentaire catholique La Source, Grade 4 Mason Anderson enjoys playing a lot of sports but he likes hockey most because he loves skating. Mason is a right-winger with the NGS Atom B Braves. His favourite memory is when his team played well in the 2017 Kingston Tournament. “We had fun and we got to play laser tag, too,” he says. Anderson’s favourite team is the Toronto Maple Leafs and he enjoys watching Auston Matthews, “because he scored four goals against the Senators”. This past summer Anderson was a member of the Maxville U10 Celtics soccer team in the Glengarry Soccer League. He says his role model is his dad who has coached him for years, “because he taught me a lot about hockey and soccer and to play more as a team.” Take Out, Delivery & Call Ahead Available 937-EAST




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Eastern Regional Games held in Pembroke recently

Myrna Murray and Dawn Lalonde Silver for Women’s Darts

Stanley Fraser - Silver for 75+ Ray Contant and Graham Barkley Prediction Walking - Gold for Floor Shuffleboard with Betty and Ted Moran - Silver for Floor Shuffleboard

Dale Swerdfeger - Silver for 55+ Golf and Pam McTeer - Gold for 75+ Golf

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Age: 11 Home town: Maxville School: Roxmore Public School, Grade: 6 “My favourite sports memory is scoring a hat trick for the South Stormont Selects. I also really like fishing and dirt biking. I can’t wait to go ice fishing with Dad again this winter. He puts on a fire so it’s warm in the shack. On nice days I put on my skates and go for a skate down the ice.”

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Sports Energy Hit’s the Ice! Introducing the Cornwall Seaway Blades By Casey Leger

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he Cornwall Seaway Blades won the Canadian Amateur Recreational Hockey Association World Cup in the 60-year-old and over division in 2016. They are looking to repeat that feat when the event is next held. That will be in Richmond, BC, in 2020, and this time the men will be competing in the 65 and over division. Time flies… One of the driving forces behind the team is Dave MacDonald, who will be 67 in 2020. In fact, MacDonald has been a driving force in hockey in Cornwall and the surrounding areas for quite a

while. His list of accomplishments and contributions is a long one and includes such accolades as organizing local hockey teams (like the one sponsored by Cain’s Backhoe Service in the Industrial League in 1973), organizing entire leagues (like the Labatt’s winter and summer leagues), bringing the renowned Flying Fathers to Cornwall (which he did twice, raising over $20 000).

play two or three tournaments per year. In fact, they will be playing in a Montreal tournament in November, along with three other Cornwall based clubs.

The Blades are looking ahead to 2020 and Richmond. MacDonald credits the club’s 2016 championship to the fitness of the players on the team. “They play a lot of hockey,” he said. “And we made quick changes. MacDonald, a true-blue Maple We played 30 to 45 second shifts. Leafs’ fan, is passionate about hockey. The other teams didn’t do that. They He plays Thursday mornings at 7 AM were gassed by the end.” with the Legends, and he plays with MacDonald is enthused that 12 the Blades, which, according to him,

of the 14 players who eked out a 1-0 overtime victory in Windsor in 2016 against the Swedes will be hitting the ice with the team in Richmond 3 years from now, but in the meantime, he is back to his old habits: raising money for charity through hockey. His latest endeavour is the First Annual Memorial Hockey Tournament In Memory of Elizabeth Denis Dessureault, in support of Lung Cancer Canada. The tournament, which will have taken place on September 29 at the Benson Centre, will draw 12 teams, including the Blades, in three divisions.

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October 2017 Issue #59

presents Then and Now:

Cornwall Colts Edition…Jamie Herrington By Carrie Seguin

“Hockey has been an integral part of my journey to where I am today,” states Cornwall Colt alumni, Jamie Herrington.

The now NHL scout recalls playing in the backyard of his childhood home on Pitt Street with his brother Patrick. “For years I dreamed of winning the Stanley Cup. I was never able to make it to the NHL as a player, but now I’m contributing to help an NHL organization chase that dream.” Herrington, who played forward for the Colts from 1994-1998, explains that playing Junior A and Division 1 hockey helped build the foundation he needed to do the job he has today. “Obviously, an extensive knowledge of hockey is a requirement for working in hockey organizations at the NHL level. I feel the years I spent as a player were critical for me to gain that necessary experience.” The former captain of the Cornwall Junior A team actually played in several leagues over the course of his hockey career, suiting up for nine different teams in the CJHL, ECAC, ECHL, and European

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Non-Elite circuits. Herrington’s that certainly contributed to my NCAA career included 124 games preparation for life after hockey.” and 2 captaincies. His life after hockey ironically “I’ve always believed that involves a lot of hockey. The thirtyeducation is a key to success nine-year-old has been scouting in any walk of life, and I feel hockey players for four seasons, extremely fortunate to have had the most recently for the New York opportunity to be a student athlete Rangers. “Being a hockey scout is at Dartmouth College. Navigating a dream job for me! I actually feel a challenging academic like I have been casually preparing environment, while managing the for this job my entire life.  Being responsibility of Division 1 athletics part of a great organization like was a tremendous experience the New York Rangers, with

such an incredible management staff, including Glenn Sather, Jeff Gorton, Chris Drury and Jim Schoenfeld, has made my first two seasons amazing.” Is there a down side to being an NHL scout? “Not really,” says Herrington. “There is a lot of travel in order to watch and evaluate prospect players, but being at the rink has always been a home away from home for me.”  

Issue #59 October 2017

Rafeek Mohamed – A Passion for Running By Jim Riddell


afeek Mohamed learned how to run at a very young age. “Running wasn’t a sport for me as I was growing up, but every sport that I did involved running” said Mohamed. A native of Trinidad, Rafeek spent his early years playing the country’s two most popular sports – cricket and soccer. At noon it would take Rafeek seven minutes to run home from school, approx. two minutes to eat his lunch and another seven minutes to run back to school so the remainder of his lunch break could be spent playing cricket. After school we would have a game of cricket going in the street, just as Canadian kids would be playing street hockey. Rafeek played soccer and cricket “just for fun” in Trinidad, and didn’t start playing competitively until he moved to Canada in 1975. We had some good teams, and every year we ended up playing in a higher division. It was during this time that Rafeek also began participating in some of the charity runs held in the Toronto area. In the late seventy’s Rafeek began working for Kraft Foods and in 1994 he was transferred to the company’s Ingleside location. Living in Cornwall, the family took advantage of the open

space, Rafeek ran more frequently and also biked, often accompanied by children Nadia, Natalie, and Ryan on the bike path. Taking part in some local races, it wasn’t until he joined the Cornwall Multisport Club that Rafeek got more involved. After he retired from Kraft in 2015 there was more time to train. Cross training is a big part of Rafeek and wife Donna’s fitness program. On the “off days” from running they will either bike or go hiking in the Adirondack Region. There are forty-six peaks in this region that are over four thousand feet in height and some can take up to nine hours to make the return trip. The couple have done twelve of the forty-six so far, some of them several times. They choose the ones that are either the most challenging or have the nicest scenery. In the winter Rafeek snowshoes, and snowshoe runs, competing in some of the Dion sponsored events. Two of those are held locally, one is a 7.5 run through the Summerstown Forest, the other Ignite the Night, - a run through a lit up Upper Canada Village, which is the only nighttime run in the Dion Eastern Ontario Snowshoe racing series.


from 34 countries participated. It was an extremely well run event with an opening and closing ceremony complete with a parade of athletes and flags from each country. Rafeek medalled three times at the senior world’s, winning gold in the 10k road race, bronze in the 5k road race, and another bronze in the 3,000 m track race.

Another 2016 highlight was the Somersault Series; an Ottawa based series of races held across eastern Ontario, The Somersault Series named Rafeek Mohamed as their 2016 Runner of the Year. Success continued into 2017 and, at three different events held over two weekends in Toronto, Rafeek came home with eleven medals. At the Ontario Masters he picked up 2 gold and 3 silver, then 2 more gold, 1 silver, and 1 bronze at the Canadian Masters. Photo Submitted At the North and Central America and Caribbean Masters Championships he The 30th anniversary of the event was picked up 1 gold and 1 bronze. He has marked in 2016 and it featured some of entered 60 races in the past year, having the best athletes in the world competing raced a total distance of approx. 500 km. in their respective age groups. The He enjoys competing in races which organizers wanted to mark this milestone benefit a cause, using as an example the by having athletes from at least thirty Army Run which raised over $500,000 countries compete, and also as many for our military. Rafeek also finds time The Huntsman World Senior Games athletes as there were days in those to help out with the multi-sport club held in Saint George, Utah were a 30 yrs. (30x365). Both of these goals events and encourages others to stay fit high point of Rafeek’s running career. were achieved as almost 12,000 athletes and lead a healthy lifestyle.

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