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Scotland, Switzerland, Sweden, the Netherlands, and the USA will converge on Cornwall’s Curling Centre from Sept. 15 – 18, 2015 to participate in the 20th Annual AMJ Campbell Shorty Jenkins Curling Classic, a World Curling Tour event presented by the World Financial Group. This event, the longest running event on the World Curling Tour, will feature the who’s who of the Curling world and will be a chance for everyone in Cornwall to meet and see the greatest curlers in the world in a very personal setting.

This year’s bonspiel boasts one of the most talented Men’s fields ever, which includes 2015 Brier Champ and World Champ Kevin Koe from Alberta, 2014 Olympic gold medalist Brad Jacobs from Northern Ontario, the silver medalist David Murdoch from Scotland, and the bronze medalist, Niklas Edin from Sweden. Additionally, the field will have other world champs and Brier champions such as Ontario’s Glenn Howard, Manitoba’s Reid Carruthers, and Mike McEwen, Quebec’s Jean Michel Menard and Guy Hemmings, as well as other teams from Canada, Scotland, Switzerland, the Netherlands,

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A very strong Women’s side of the event will field Scottie Tournament of Hearts and World Championship teams, such as Ontario’s Rachel Homan, Sherry Middaugh, Allison Flaxey, Jamie Sinclair from USA, Nova Scotia’s MaryAnne Arsenault, Quebec’s Marie-France Larouche, as well as Silvana Tirinzoni from Switzerland. The Men’s and Ladies’ event has one of the highest combined purses of $84,000 and represents valuable points for the Canadian teams looking to qualify for the 2017 Olympic Trials, which are

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n August, Tom and Johneen Everson battled strong wind and uphill pitches during the Ride to End Multiple Sclerosis (MS). This ride raised money for the MS Society of Canada’s Ottawa and Cornwall offices, with funds going towards research and services. “Because I have MS, I’m obviously partial to that charity,” Johneen explained about her involvement in the ride. “But I’m one of the luckier ones that I’m actually able to ride. Because I’m able to ride, I ride for those who can’t. I’ll ride until my body doesn’t let me ride anymore. That’s why I do this.”

The ride was held from Aug. 6-7, cycling from Ottawa to Cornwall on the Saturday, and riding from Cornwall to Ottawa on the Sunday. This was Johneen’s second year participating in the Ride to End MS. Tom decided to join Johneen this year, and the pair said they are definitely going to sign-up again.

They said the ride was extremely well run, and the volunteers were amazing. First-aid and repair vehicles Tom Everson, Johneen Everson, followed the riders to make something that we can both sure everyone got home safely. do together, because it’s not “The opportunity to do some a race. There’s five or so good while doing something rest stops along the way, and that we both enjoy,” Tom we kind of ride 20 km or so, said about why they decided get off, have a bite to eat or a to enter the ride. “And it’s drink.”

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High Jumping History Revisited By Thom Racine


hen Derek Drouin jumped his way to Olympic Gold last month, it didn’t take long for social media to remind everyone that the 1932 Olympic Champion gold medalist in the High Jump was Duncan Anderson McNaughton, from Cornwall. Well, at least he was born here. I even received a call to make sure that he be considered for our Hall of Fame. Duncan McNaughton was inducted in 1968. In fact before our Hall, Duncan was inducted to the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in 1949, Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1955, and the British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame in 1966. Duncan was born in 1910, the only child of a civil engineer and a teacher. The family moved to Vancouver where he was raised and became and became an outstanding track and field athlete. He competed in the first-ever (1930) Empire Games (now Commonwealth Games) and placed fourth in the high jump. While a student at the University of Southern California, at age 21, Duncan competed for Canada, in the men’s high jump at the tenth Olympic Games in Los Angeles. His good friend and fellow student Bob Van Osdel, who was representing the USA,

competed in the same event. As legend has it, Van Osdel gave McNaughton some advice to improve his jumping technique and with the bar set at 6’ 4” McNaughton cleared the bar and won the gold medal with Van Osdel claiming the silver medal. McNaughton’s gold medal was one of two won by Canadians at that Olympics in 1932, the other being Horace Gwynne in Bantamweight Boxing. In 1933, the gold medal was stolen from Duncan’s car, and in the true spirit of friendship Van Osdel created a mould of his silver medal, added gold and gave the replica to Duncan. The two remained friends for life until Van Osdel’s death in 1987. At the United States National Collegiate Track and Field Championships, McNaughton became the high jump champion of 1933 tied with Vincent Murphy of Notre Dame as both cleared 6’ 4” setting a California-record for the high jump. At age 87, Duncan McNaughton died at his home in Austin, Texas in 1998. Eighty-four years later, along came Derek Drouin. In case you were wondering, James Broderick for Lacrosse in 1908 and Lori Dupuis for Women’s hockey in 2002 are the area’s other Olympic Gold medal Champions.

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Zach Zwanenburg Qualifies for 2017 World Championships in Rio

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ornwall’s own Zachary Zwanenburg recently won the Canadian National team trials in C1, OC1 and came in fourth in kayaking, meaning he’ll be representing the country in all three categories at the upcoming 2017 World Championships in Rio. “It’s better results than I expected,” says Zwanenburg, “Two national championship titles and then on the team for all three categories.” The chance to compete in Rio is something he says he’s very much looking forward to. “Always the most exciting part about all the different world championships is you get to go and see new parts of the world every time,” he says. Despite two national championships at the age of 20, Zwanenburg tries to use the world championships as a baseline for success. “I try to use those events to gauge my competitiveness,” he explains. “And last year’s went really, really well for me; I got a bronze medal. Now I’ve just got to keep training and step up my game, so next year I can do even better.” The summer is a bit of a slow time in the area for kayaking competitions, so the team trials were a big deal. Zwanenburg does have

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t is August again and time for another hockey season. That doesn’t sound right to most people as summer is only half over but in Europe that is the way it works. No matter how prepared I am we are always running around last minute trying to get things done before we leave for Austria. This year we were flying out of Montreal and I could have sworn every other Canadian that day was at the airport. It was extremely busy but as we have a 16-month-old daughter, Maely, the airport staff allowed us in a family check-in line. Eight bags, my wife Melissa, daughter Maely, and I made it to the plane. The travelling circus headed off.

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The team started training camp immediately with fitness testing in the form of a V02 max test. For this test you are hooked to an oxygen mask, a heart rate monitor, EKG cables, and a guy pricks your ear for a blood sample each minute. You feel like a lab rat. After they have collected some data, which I’m not sure anyone ever looks at, you can go on your way. On the ice each day our team starts to get use to each other. There are many new faces this year with 11 Austrians, 7 Canadians, 2 Slovenians, 1 American, and 1 Finn. As I stepped back onto the bench for the first exhibition game against the Graz 99ers it feels like I never left. We After two flights and a one hour won the game 5-4 in Overtime. car ride we arrived in Villach, Austria where we will spend the next eight months of the hockey season. I wish I could tell you travelling with a young child is easy but I would be lying. The plane staff were very accommodating and the man in front of us was very patient as Maely shined his head, shook his seat, and gave him the odd wakeup call. By the end of the flight my wife’s shirt had drool, and everything Maely ate, on it. Once we got to Villach we were able to move back into our apartment that we had last year, so that made the transition smoother. I was taken to get our team-sponsored cars which are all standard transmission. You learn how to drive standard or you don’t drive. On a side note one of my teammates this year had never driven standard and did not make it out of the dealership parking lot

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Hockey Town Blues By Thom Racine


e should all be very sad, I am, the River Kings are gone, and we have lost a community feelgood story and a really decent on ice product.

That said; let me crack a few myths. I don’t blame the city for everything, sure a few councillors could have put their support behind the club, but in the end the city must adhere to licensing and liquor laws. In this province you can’t back a pick up truck to the door, full of beer, sell it, and keep the profits. They have to charge rent too, even though some concessions could be given to major tenants, but most importantly, the corporation of the city of Cornwall is not in the hockey business and can’t make 2500 people all of a sudden

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become hockey fans and make them support our two hockey teams, junior or professional. What about the annual ownership nonsense? Agreed, it was difficult for the owners every fall to get started, you could say, four turmoil filled years – it’s a wonder they lasted beyond year one. But thanks must go to Bernie, Dave, and Steve for at least trying. They gave our fans and the LNAH a home for four years. And my personal favourite, to those who thought it a goon league for washed up players - You must have attended a Comets game once, made up your mind that this was the same and never tried a River Kings game. Your ignorance unfortunately is our loss. The players were hardly washed up - it was just good ole fire

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wagon, in your face shinny - the way the game was meant to be played; the way it was played once before all the changes. The hockey was very good, bordered on great many nights, especially in the spring. So, where do we go from here? You could go and support the Junior team; they could use your support too, before they find themselves in the same boat. There is a new Junior A league this year in Akwesasne and Maxville and the Tier 2 junior Rebels and Glens have always been there. Or why not try some local minor hockey, it’s generally free to get in and can be highly entertaining. There will always be those who say another hockey failure in Cornwall. Remember, our greatest hockey times were during simple times, no competition for their leisure dollars.


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It came naturally to this one time “ hockey town” that supporting the historically great senior teams like the famous pre WWII Flyers, the post war Falcons, Calumets, Aces, Chevies, Pontiacs, Colts, Petros, Byron Gordon Royals, and three time Memorial Cup champion Royals came very easily. But, the lustre wore off, the world changed and even having a team playing in the second best league in the world, the AHL Aces showed just how meaningless hockey had become in Cornwall. Sure, Don Derry, the Wagar’s, and presently Ian McInnis salvaged a piece of the pie; all three brought championships, but even now, the Colts must scratch their heads and wonder - where did they (you) all go?

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he Cornwall Colts have donated season passes to all “Littles” in the Big Brother/Big Sister of Cornwall and District program. “We’ve always focused on provided good quality hockey to fans of all ages, especially the youth of Cornwall and area,” said Colts Owner, GM & Head Coach Ian MacInnis. “We have an excellent relationship with Big Brothers/Big Sisters and look forward to having the “Littles” enjoy Colts hockey.” “The Colts have made sure our “Littles” have the opportunity for an exciting evening every Thursday all season,” said Big Brothers/Big Sisters Executive Director Amanda Brisson. “It’s a fun night out for our matches.”


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Target Rifle Shooter Mary Patrick Takes Another Step towards Her Olympic Goals and Makes the Canadian National High Performance Junior Team By Molly Kett


eventeen-year-old Mary Patrick has seen continuous success in a sport that isn’t so popular in Canada: target shooting, otherwise known as marksmanship. Her latest feat has been to earn herself a spot on the Canadian National High Performance Junior Team. Patrick has been involved with the sport for five and a half years with the Royal Canadian Army Cadet Program and has been training outside of the program for a year and a half. As a target shooter, Patrick has already qualified for team Canada three times and has represented Canada in the United States and in England. This year, Patrick aimed to qualify for the Canadian National High Performance Junior Team and succeeded. When she heard the news, Patrick was overcome with emotions. “At first, I did not feel anything. Afterwards, it was a huge mix of emotions,” says Patrick. “I read the rules and thought I had not qualified, but after talking to one of the members of the Canadian National Developmental Team, the team above mine, they said I had actually qualified in January. After finding that out, it was more relieving. Now that I know I have reached my goal for this year, I

am content.”

Patrick qualified for her second national team mid-August while competing at the Canadian Fullbore Rifle Championships 2016, placing as one of the top 18 Canadians which earned her a spot on the Canadian National Rifle Team 2017 to compete in England. “Knowing that I am one step closer to my goal of the Olympics is exciting and motivating. It encourages me and reminds me that I can do it,” says Patrick. What’s next for Patrick includes “shifting full gear into university studies while training twice a day for six days a week,” says Patrick. “I will also be creating my competition schedule, budgeting, and goal setting for next year.” Next year, Patrick plans to make the National Development Team and compete at one location abroad for her air rifle shooting. After this, she will make the Canadian National Team and compete at a minimum of one world cup if all goes according to plan. Keep watching for Mary Patrick’s next feat, as she continues to climb closer to her ultimate goal of representing Canada in target shooting at the Olympic Games.

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Ron Wood

Lawn Bowling Born in Cornwall, Ron Wood began lawn bowling in 1961. One year later, he won the Governor General Award as his team earned the Silver medal at the Ontario/Quebec play downs. In 1963, the team won Gold along with another Governor General Award. From 1978 to 1986, Ron played for the Sunlight Village team in Liverpool, England. He returned to Quebec in 1988 and represented that province five times at the Canadian Nationals, winning Gold in 1991 and Silver in 1990. As a member of the men’s triples team he won the prestigious Western Ontario Open. Ron won Gold again in California at the 2000 US Open and won Silver in 2008 in San Francisco. He was a part of Team Ontario in men’s triples that captured Bronze. Well-travelled and well decorated, Ron Wood is among the Class of 2016 for the Cornwall Sports Hall of Fame – Lawn Bowling.

Rheal Savard

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Rheal “Rollie” Savard is remembered as a gifted hockey player who was tough as nails and had sweet hands. Born in 1922, Rheal began his notable hockey career with the Cornwall Cougars in 1944. Rheal was part of a Canadian contingent that surfaced in Scotland to play hockey in the new Scottish National League in 1946 and scored 7 goals in 10 games for the Paisley Pirates. After returning to play for the Cougars the following season, he ventured back to Scotland and scored 97 goals in 58 games. He would play another four seasons with Paisley, Scotland and Streatham, England finishing his career with 178 goals in 152 games before returning to Eastern Ontario to play for the senior Pembroke Lumber Kings in 1952. Rheal also spent time playing with the Cornwall Calumets of the ECSHL. His goal scoring ability caught the eye of the International League’s Philadelphia Ramblers. Rheal played three more seasons of professional hockey in Philadelphia, Louisville, Toledo, and Johnstown of the EHL and IHL. He wrapped up his career in the early 1960’s after playing for the Cornwall Chevies and Emards. The Class of 2016 of the Cornwall Sports Hall of Fame is pleased to welcome Rheal “Rollie” Savard – Hockey.

Brent Loney Hockey

Brent Loney scored 170 points over four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League with his hometown Cornwall Royals, Hamilton Steelhawks, and Oshawa Generals. He was drafted in the 3rd round, 62nd overall, by the Edmonton Oilers in the 1982 NHL draft. Brent spent parts of two seasons in the American Hockey League playing for the Binghamton Whalers and the Hershey Bears. Brent then began a two season stint as Assistant Coach with his hometown Royals beginning in 1987-88. When Head Coach Orval Tessier took ill during the 1988-89 season, Brent became the youngest Major Junior Hockey coach at 25 years old. He returned to the coaching ranks with the Jr. A Colts for the 1994-95 season and following a year as assistant to Coach Mark Evans, Brent was named head coach and guided the team to the 1995-96 CJHL Championship which earned him the Coach of the Year award. In 1997, Brent became the Eastern Ontario Scout for the OHL’s Brampton Battalion under Stan Butler which eventually led to an assistant coach post in 2000-2001. Brent returned to the Colts in 2002 and remained with the club until 2005. He was named the Eastern Ontario Scout for the OHL’s Windsor Spitfires in 2005 and helped draft the teams that won back-to-back Memorial Cup Championships. Brent was the 2010 recipient of the Benson Friends of the Round Table award for Lifetime Achievement from the Cornwall Lions Club Sports Awards. The Cornwall Sports Hall of Fame, Class of 2016 welcomes Brent Loney – Hockey.

Geoff Trasuk Fastball

Geoff Trasuk’s love of baseball/fastball began at an early age. During his late teens, Geoff played for the Cornwall Cubs where he was named MVP, which led to a spot on the Brockville Bunnies to bolster their pitching staff at the Connie Mack Tournament in New Jersey. In 1979, he played and pitched for the Waterloo Tigers of the Inter County Major Baseball League. After his baseball stops, Geoff returned to Cornwall and joined the Fifth Wheel team in time for the 1982 fastball season. His power earned him starting spots on several tournament teams. In 1988, at the famed AuSable Forks tournament in upstate New York, Geoff hit a pair of 3 run home-runs in leading Laframboise Mechanical to victory. He was one of three players on that team to be named a tournament All-Star. Later that year, Geoff hit the championship winning home run to lead Moviola Café to the John Denneny Fastball League championship. He was the first-ever winner of the Ken Payne Memorial Award for Fastball at the Cornwall Lions Club Sports Awards Dinner. Geoff then spent the next four years patrolling the outfield for Crate Ideas and continuing to hit clutch home runs in game winning situations. Geoff Trasuk, welcome to the Cornwall Sports Hall of Fame, Class of 2016 -Fastball.

Dr. Robert (Bob) W. Robertson Track & Field

Dr. Robert “Bob” Robertson was the first Head Boy at General Vanier Secondary School in 1965. Interested in all sports, track was his specialty. In 1966, Bob was the 880 yd., mile, and two mile champion at both EOSSA and Legion track meets setting a number of track records. He regularly competed at the Maxville Highland Games winning the 880 yard race and medalling in others such as the 100 and 440 yards. In 1967 & 1968, Bob was the Quebec age class champion at the mile distance. In 1968 he was also the Eastern Canadian Cross Country Champion. That winter, Bob was selected to attend the Legion National Training Camp in Edmonton, Alberta. He was selected as the Track Athlete and overall Athlete of the Year at GVSS in 1968 and 1969. Bob received a full athletic scholarship to East Tennessee State University where he lettered in his freshman and sophomore years. After his competition days, Bob served as a provincial middle distance track coach for several years in Nova Scotia. The Cornwall Sports Hall of Fame, Class of 2016 welcomes Dr. Robert “Bob” W. Robertson – Track & Field.

Gerry Lemire Hockey

Gerry Lemire burst onto the Cornwall hockey scene as a defenceman with the Byron Gordon Cornwall Royals in 1963-64, as the team was a new entry into the Ottawa-Hull Junior Hockey League. As a standout on the blueline, Lemire was a key contributor and captained the team in 1966 & 1967, both championship seasons in the CJHL. Gerry’s professional rights were held by the Montreal Canadiens. He left Cornwall in 1967 for Florida and the Eastern Hockey League’s Jacksonville Rockets where he earned 21 points in 72 games. He was named the league’s outstanding defenceman for the 1967-68 season. Gerry was traded to the NHL’s expansion St. Louis Blues farm team in Kansas City of the Central Hockey League. He attended the Blues’ training camp in 1968 before playing in 115 games with Kansas City over the next two seasons, playing alongside future NHL players including the Plager brothers. Gerry retired after the 1969-70 season and returned to Cornwall. He would spend many seasons travelling the world with the Cornwall Hubs for the remainder of his playing days. The Cornwall Sports Hall of Fame welcomes Gerry Lemire – Hockey as part of the Class of 2016.

Linda Tranchemontagne Golf

Linda Tranchemontagne is a lifetime member of the Cornwall Golf & Country Club. Her golf career began in 1970 and by 1974; she was the Kumasi Golf Champion in Ghana. In 1978, Linda defeated the ladies’ champion of India in match play at the Kenyan Ladies’ Open. She returned to Cornwall and became a four-time ladies’ club champion in 1980, 1981, 1982, and 1994. Linda wrote golf articles providing tips on the game as well as promoting the ladies of the sport. Linda served as Cornwall Golf & Country Club Captain and Past President of the Ladies’ section from 2007 to 2009. She was on the board of directors from 2010 to 2014. Linda has an amazing 5 aces in her career. A true humanitarian, Linda co-founded the CANSEE organization with the late Dr. Garth Taylor. As of 2016, the organization has helped more than 6,000 people with their vision. She also became the head nurse of the ORBIS flying hospital, teaching eye surgery techniques throughout the world. Linda Tranchemontagne is welcomed to the Cornwall Sports Hall of Fame, Class of 2016 – Golf.

Claude McIntosh Builder - Media

Claude McIntosh spent forty-four years as a full-time journalist in Cornwall, Windsor, Chatham, and Sarnia. Twenty-eight of those years were as a sports writer, editor, and columnist. Claude provided the newspaper coverage for all three Cornwall Royals Memorial Cup victories in 1972, 1980 and 1981. He’s written an estimated 5,500 sports columns in addition to thousands of sports stories. Claude’s accolades include being honoured by Akwesasne with a bronze lacrosse stick for support of native lacrosse teams in 1974. In 1975, he was honoured by Cornwall Minor Lacrosse Association for his coverage. He has been honoured by the Cornwall Lions Club Sports Awards Dinner twice in 1990 (for dedicated service to local sports) and again in 2010 with Friends of the Round Table award for Lifetime Achievement. He was recognized in 1983 by the Burger King Tournament of Champions for coverage of local softball/fastball. In 1984, Claude was the recipient of the Horovitz Plaque for outstanding local sports coverage. He won the 1986 Canadian Motorcycle Association national media award for a series of stories on the sport of motocross racing. And in 1992, Claude was runner up for the Canada Press award for investigative journalism. The Cornwall Sports Hall of Fame, Class of 2016 welcomes Claude McIntosh – Builder - Media.

Barry Doyle Football

Barry was a star fullback at St. Lawrence High School in the early 1960s. He was a key contributor on two EOSSA Championship teams in 1962 & 1963. In the spring of 1964, Barry was invited to the Ottawa Rough Riders scholarship camp and selected as one of the players for whom the Rough Riders would arrange scholarships at US schools. In the fall of 1964, he enrolled at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. Barry started on both the freshman and varsity team as a running back. The next season, Barry was a starting running back on the Varsity team. In 1967, Barry enrolled at Ottawa University and was a starting linebacker. He’s been described as powerful and fearless. Barry was a slashing, bull-like runner and superb athlete in track and field as well as football. He was a team player and a legendary figure among the players from the era of the 1960’s. Barry Doyle, the Cornwall Sports Hall of Fame, Class of 2016 welcomes you for Football.


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The team celebrating their win at the Ontario Lacrosse Festival: front row L-R Mason Giguere, Campbell McMaster, Noah Blondin, Quincy Houle, Paxton Lauzon, Cooper O’Neil, Logan Pyke, Rylan Shoniker, Beck Palmer, Ethan Shoniker (Players’ Assistant), and Steve Morrow (Trainer). Second row: Elias Ruest (Assistant Coach), Bonnie Ruest (Assistant Coach), Brady Bell, Camden McCuaig, Kai Morrow, Parker Sauve, Trey Lauzon, Alex Roach, Scott McMaster (Head Coach), Ewan McMaster (Team Assistant), and Nathan Wheeler (Assistant Coach).

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he Cornwall Minor Lacrosse Association Tyke Celtics returned from Whitby and the Ontario Lacrosse Festival with the Tyke C Provincial Championship Gold Medal. The Celtics had two tournament wins and a 15-game winning

streak heading into the tournament but knew that the competition in Whitby would be tough. The Celtics tied their opening game against the Brampton Excelsior 4-4 and went on to defeat Hamilton Bengals 6-2 and Markham Thunder 8-3 in round-robin

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Cheryl McGregor: Kayaker By Jordan Todd


hen Cheryl McGregor took her first paddling course with Cornwall Recreational Whitewater Club in 2007, she never could have guessed that nine short years later she would be the Canadian National Freestyle Kayak Champion. “I was terrible when I started,” she recalls with a laugh. “But eventually, I just kept getting more and more into it. I thought, well, if I’m this terrible, I can’t get any worse.” Instead, she got a lot better. McGregor remembers seeing slalom kayaking in the Olympics as a kid, and always wanting to try it. So when she decided to seek out a

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s you enter the Maxville and District Sports Complex lobby, a painted mural on the east wall captures a moment between legendary Boston Bruins coach and Hockey Night in Canada icon Don Cherry and one of his favourite players, John Wensink. In late July, Wensink returned to his home town of Maxville to visit his mother Nellie, family, and friends, and take in the festivities during the Glengarry Highland Games. Sporting dark sunglasses, a Royal Canadian Air Force t-shirt, and an impressive moustache that would make Lanny MacDonald proud, the former NHL heavyweight wasn’t hard to spot sitting amongst the crowd in Maxville. After a strong, heavy handshake as introduction, he spoke with Sports Energy about the enjoyment he was having back home. “This might be the first time I have been here for the Highland Games in 15 years,” he recalls. “We’re all having fun. We try and plan a fishing trip with my senior men’s (hockey team) each year. Maybe we should start coming to the Games weekend instead.” Visiting from his current home near St. Louis, Wensink, 63, was proud to cheer on his grandchildren, Jack Blanckenship, 7, Taylor Wensink, 9, and Jonas Blanckenship, 9, as they competed in the junior heavy weights competition. “This is great for the kids,” Wensink said. “Maybe these (Glengarry Highland Games) events aren’t bigger, but they sure have created more facilities and activities. We’re all having a good time.” Long trips remain the norm for the former NHLer. Wensink continues to travel North America while representing the Boston Bruins and

It’s the way it’s played now. The skill level these players have now is unreal. It’s an exciting game but players don’t have as much time with the puck. I’m not sure about some of the changes, with the stretch passes there’s not as much creativity. They fire the puck in, and the game plan is to go get it back. Everything is geared for speed. Two skates weigh as much as one of my old ones. The composite sticks. Imagine Guy Lafleur with those lighter skates. Imagine Barry Beck or Bobby Hull with the flex on those sticks. Is it all good for the game? I have to say yes.”

As an alumnus in St. Louis, Wensink says he is proud to see five players from Missouri selected in the first round of this summer’s NHL Entry Draft. The former Cornwall Royal has worked with many minor hockey league camps in Missouri, Former NHL legend John Wensink, a native of Maxville, returned to and even hosted a couple in Maxville his home town during the 2016 Glengarry Highland Games in August. years back. There he cheered on his grandchildren, pictured from left Jonas Blanckenship, 9, Taylor Wensink, 9, and Jack Blanckenship, 7, while they competed in the junior heavy weights competition.

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St. Louis Blues alumnae on various little water bug. Jack is a real good hockey tours. Every second year he skater. Jonas is a hack and whack visits Canada’s Maritime Provinces player.” with the Boston Bruins. Sounds like each grandchild has In St. Louis, he skates three times inherited parts of grandad’s talent a week. His passion for hockey that led to 403 NHL games, 70 remains strong, as a fan and player. goals, 138 points, and 840 penalty As an individual who famously minutes with the St. Louis Blues, challenged the entire Minnesota Boston Bruins, Quebec Nordiques, North Stars bench after one of his Colorado Rockies, and New Jersey many bouts on the ice on December Devils. Known primarily for his 1, 1977 (no player responded by fisticuffs, Wensink clearly had a the way – you can find the video on scoring touch in his arsenal as his Youtube), Wensink has a heart of gold 28 goals during the 1978/79 season when it comes to his grandchildren. indicate. He also had a career-high 46 points that season. “We live about two hours from As for the pro game today, St. Louis (in Fredericton, Missouri). My three grand kids are on the ice Wensink says he can’t believe how four times a week, and we don’t fast hockey has become. miss many of those. Two hours both “They pick up the puck behind ways for a one-hour practice. They the net and fire it to the far blue line. all have their own style. Taylor is a The puck moves faster than skating.

“It’s the fruits of your labour. For five (St. Louis-area) kids to go in the top 12, that says a lot to the alumni. Guys like (former St. Louis Blues) Jeff Brown, Keith Tkachuk, Al McInnis, Kelly Chase. You see those guys around at the rink; you’re going to pick something up from them.” In 1971/72 Wensink was part of the Memorial Cup-winning Cornwall Royals team. In three seasons with the Royals he played 169 games, scored 30 goals and 84, and had 562 penalty minutes, including 242 in 1972/73. He was drafted in the seventh round, 104th overall, by the St. Louis Blues in the 1973 NHL Amateur Draft. He was also drafted that summer in the third round, 28th overall, by the New York Golden Blades/Jersey Knights in the WHA (World Hockey Association) Amateur Draft. Wensink was inducted into the Glengarry Sports Hall of Fame in 1990.

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Swimmers Make a Big Splash By Mellissa Dobson


s the 2016 Olympics wind down, we can’t help but think back on the excellent swimming that took place this year. If you were like most members of our club, we were glued to the television watching swimmers like Santo Condorelli, Ryan Cochrane, Hilary Caldwell, and Penny Oleksiak swim the races of their lives and breaking many records in the process. And who would have thought that Penny Oleksiak, at just 16 years of age, would not only win 1 medal but 4 medals (including 1 gold) earning her the title as the Canadian athlete winning the most medals in a summer Olympics, as well as the youngest Canadian to win a gold medal? Events like these are just part of what swimming is all about. It is the same for members of the Cornwall Sea Lions Swim Club. Recently, two of our athletes attended major national swimming events. Gregor MacPherson, at 13 years of age, qualified for, and attended Age Group Championships, the


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highest age group competition in Canada. This year’s competition was held in Calgary from July 27 - 31st. Gregor competed in the 50 and 100 Breaststroke, 50 free, 100 backstroke, and 100 Butterfly.

Results: 100 butterfly 1:06.69 - 20th - best time 50 Backstroke 32.20 - 26th 50 Freestyle 27.64 - 23rd best time 100 Breaststroke 1:18. 26 - 16th Kennady Kilger also qualified for both Senior Nationals, which is the highest swimming competition in Canada, and Age Group Championships. Unlike other swimming competitions, Senior Nationals had no age groups and only had one standard for all swimmers to attain. By qualifying for this prestigious competition, Cornwall Sea Lion, Kennady Kilger ended the club’s 10+ year drought in attending the senior national level. Since the top senior swimmers did not attend Senior Nationals or Age group Championships this year, as they were Rio for the Olympics, Kennady competed at Far Westerns in California. This is a faster competition and Kennady excelled at

Coach Lucie Henderson and Kennady Kilger at recent Nationals.

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this USA swimming event and even brought home the gold.

The entire CSL Club is very proud of the accomplishments of these two athletes and look forward to seeing Results: what they and the whole club will 100 Butterfly Gold Medal 1st - 1:03.71 achieve this upcoming swim season. 50 FreestyleSilver Medal 2nd - .27 best time If you would like to become 400 Backstroke 4th: - 2:27 a Cornwall Sea Lion swimmer, 100 Backstroke 4th - 1:08 please contact our Club Registrar at 200 IM 4th - 2:27 best time

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Father & Son Fastball Duo Take the Win at the Elk Lake Fastball Tournament By Molly Kett


im and Tyler Martell, a local father and son fastball duo, recently played in the Elk Lake Fastball Tournament, located 2 hours west of North Bay. The pair played for the Grimsby Diamond Kings, who ended up winning the tournament, defeating Sudbury in the finals. Jim Martell was playing on first base with Tyler Martell playing right field. “I was very proud to play fastball with my son Tyler at the tournament in Elk Lake,” says Jim Martell. “In my lengthy career, I have had the pleasure of playing with both of my sons in baseball and in fastball. I also played last year with my older son James and I’m hopeful for more tournaments together next season.”

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Tyler went 4 for 8, with 4 runs batted in, and Jim went 12 for 24 with the sport and has his name in the 7 RBIs. The pair played six games local hall of fame. Jim thinks that athleticism can also be seen when his over the course of the weekend. sons play the sport, too. Jim, as many local ball players “It was a great feeling to win the know, is a local legend in terms of

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An Interview with Bonnie and Elias Ruest

Mother and Son Coaching Team See the Cornwall Celtics Tyke Team to a Win at Provincials By Molly Kett


other and son team Elias and Bonnie Ruest are an incredible coaching duo. Elias started playing in minor lacrosse in 2000, with his last playing season in 2007 as a member of the Cornwall Junior B Celtics. He got into coaching soon after. His mother, Bonnie, got involved in Lacrosse in 2000 when both her sons began to play. “Over the past 16 years I have worn many hats,” says Bonnie, “Lacrosse Mom, volunteer, coach, and executive member. My husband Jack and I have helped coach CMLA house league for several years and we also served

as assistant coaches with Elias under Perry Blanchard for the Peewee Rep team in 2012.” Elias says he got involved with coaching to give back. “I had great coaches in my player days and they helped me to learn and love the game. Growing the game is important,” says Elias. Bonnie says her involvement came from a love for the game, though she originally didn’t know all that much about it. “It is so fast and exciting to watch, and it is Canada’s National Summer Sport,” Continued on page 23


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Ken Thompson Talks Golf at Upper Canada By Molly Kett


enneth Thompson Jr has been a member at Upper Canada Golf for 46 years, officially becoming a member in 1970. Being a golfer for such a long time, Thompson has both become an excellent golfer and has accumulated plenty of golf memories. His most memorable moment during his time with Upper Canada Golf is when he once shot a 69, 3 under par. Thompson actually got his start in golf when his brother-in-law took him out to try the sport. Thompson ended up loving it. Though he has never attempted to play the sport professionally, he does truly love to play it recreationally. Aside from golf, Thompson also enjoys hockey and bowling.

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says Bonnie. “More importantly, our family involvement in the game has generated more opportunities for all of us than we ever imagined and great friendships too. My hope is that through coaching I can contribute to others loving and playing the great game of lacrosse.” Bonnie and Elias both just finished their season as assistant coaches with the Cornwall Minor Lacrosse Association Tyke Rep Team. Their coaching team consisted of Head Coach Scott McMaster, another Assistant Coach Nathan Wheeler, and Trainer Steve Morrow. The duo says their 2016 season was “amazing.” Despite a slower start to the season, the team began to pick up more wins including the Ontario Lacrosse Association Provincial Championships. “My favourite coaching memory from this past season was when a first year player, Quincy Houle, scored his first ever goal on his 7th birthday, in the Nepean tournament. It was just a great team moment,” says Elias.

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“I organized, with help from many friends, the Osnabruck Township Golf Tournament for residents, former residents, and employees that work in the township,” says Thompson. “It started with 50 players to well over 200.” Of course, Thompson has also played in quite a few charity golf tournaments during his time with the course. What keeps Thompson coming back to Upper Canada Golf year after year? He says it “feels like you’re playing a different course every day due to being able to place the tees and pin placement in different positions,” and also remarks that the “course is always in excellent condition due to our superintendent/manager Randy Leclair.” And one aspect of the club Thompson enjoys is the fact that you usually get the tee times you want when you book in advance.

Bonnie’s favourite moment, she says, was winning the Provincial Championships. The duo says their coaching philosophies focus, at the Tyke age, on improving basic skills and player confidence, while making sure the game remains fun for players. “Team first and unselfish plays were key components of our coaching strategy and rewarding hard work and player effort. It was also important for all players to gain experience in various game situations and always have positive energy on the bench,” say both Elias and Bonnie. Elias and Bonnie say coaching as a team was “awesome” as they had a shared vision with the rest of the bench. “I am really proud of Elias for giving of his time and energy,” says Bonnie. “He has a great demeanour and the kids like him. It was also a great opportunity to spend some quality time with him on our road trips since he no longer lives at home.”

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Born Juanita Himmelman, she began playing softball in 1978. By 1981, Juanita took on the dual role of playing and organizing the Commercial Softball League which included creating schedules, meeting with new team reps and oversight on rule changes. In 1985, her efforts were recognized in local media as Juanita was identified as being responsible for the growth of women’s softball in Cornwall and area. She teamed with legendary Si Miller to keep the profile of women’s softball in the public eye and tenacity kept the leagues operating and thriving year after year. Juanita branched out to also organize tournaments and began umpiring in 1994 and is recognized by Softball Ontario in this capacity until 2011. Her death in 2013 left a lasting legacy as the Ladies’ Commercial Softball League was renamed the Juanita Courville Softball League. The Class of 2016 of the Cornwall Sports Hall of Fame is pleased to welcome Juanita Courville (posthumously) as a Builder for Softball.


“Big” Dan Begg was a farm boy from Moose Creek who arrived in Cornwall during the late 1940’s and was involved in numerous sports playing and organizing shinny games at King George Park. His involvement with youth sports began with a meeting with Bob Turner. Dan organized minor softball leagues and took upon himself to ensure kids playing got the equipment they needed. He began organizing the City’s lacrosse leagues turning a fledgling endeavor into a success story for the ages, producing several eventual members of the Cornwall Sports Hall of Fame. Dan became President of the Eastern Ontario Lacrosse Association which led to bringing the Mann Cup to the Water Street Arena. He was on the first ever executive of the Cornwall Junior B Hockey League in 1963, becoming Commissioner of the popular league in 1974. Dan held that position until his death in 1976. Dan Begg has been recognized numerous times by the City of Cornwall for his commitments to minor sports and is now a member of the Cornwall Sports Hall of Fame, Class of 2016 as a Builder - Recreation.


Dave Cruickshank’s involvement with the development of youth soccer began in 1967. He began coaching at that time and became coach at General Vanier Secondary School in 1970. In 1975, Dave became the Commissioner of the City Soccer League. He coached his team to the 1985 Men’s Championship. Dave’s 5 year relationship with the Kinsmen Minor Soccer Association as a coach began in 1990 and culminated with a championship his final season. His next coaching stop was the Cornwall Blazers U-14 through U-18 team beginning in 1998 winning championships every year. Dave and his wife Nancee moved to New York City in 2008 where he continued to make his mark. He’s certified as a New York State Soccer Federation referee. Dave and his wife Nancee (Class of 2002) are now both members of the Cornwall Sports Hall of Fame. Dave Cruickshank is part of the Cornwall Sports Hall of Fame, Class of 2016 as a Builder – Soccer.

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nduction chair Thom Racine will follow outgoing president Larry Gabri. Racine who is best known as a sports enthusiast, PA announcer, writer, memorabilia collector, self professed ‘wanna be historian’,

and retired cop is thrilled about the appointment. “I am proud to follow the dedicated Hall of Fame presidents of the past, beginning with Larry. It is so important that when you take over a position, that you pay tribute to the work and accomplishments of the past. Larry was a good leader and I hope I can do the job he was able to do.” Racine believes the hall is important and like many who search the records will attest, “I am


What were you doing 25 years ago? Have you ever been a part of something for 25 years? (Living doesn’t count). Twenty-five year anniversaries don’t happen as often as they should in the new millennium but Cornwall can celebrate one. The Cornwall Colts Jr. A team jumped from Massena in 1992 thanks to Don & Darleen Derry and a slew of supports and volunteers. The Colts played their first game at the Ed Lumley Arena on October 2nd, 1992. There are a number of names that still resonate with local hockey fans that were a part of that 1992-93 season. Chad Kilger is one that stands out. He played only one season (as a 15 year old) in Jr A before moving on to the OHL (Kingston) and, eventually the NHL. Kilger can lay claim to playing more games and scoring more points than any other Cornwall born hockey player. Bill Murphy was the team’s Chief Scout. That’s the same Bill Murphy who was one of the original Flying Fathers as well as a former coach at St. Lawrence College and the OHL’s Cornwall Royals. Until very recently,

amazed at the quality of athletes who graced our ball diamonds, rinks, golf courses, and world of athletics for the last 125 years. In searching out the past and researching the great sports names, Racine hopes to one day find a suitable building to house the Hall of Fame. “We exist in the basement of the Complex and the city was very gracious in giving us the space in 1994. We certainly do not have a budget to buy and operate our own building, but one

day, perhaps the expansion of the Benson Centre will include us. It is after all, a more travelled building than the basement at the Complex.” The CSHOF has a work in progress, a new website, and Racine says it will be more userfriendly and hopes it will include more pictures of the artifacts and history of our rich sporting history. Sports Energy wishes Thom Racine well in this new endeavour.

By David Murphy Murphy was still scouring arenas for the “next big thing”. Mario Vien was the first Goaltending Coach. Aside from playing for his hometown Royals and the WHL, Mario is also known as being one of the visiting goalies in the cult classic hockey movie Slapshot. Since the Colts came to be a few months after the Royals left Cornwall, the team resonated with fans immediately. They became the largest attended games in the CJHL (now CCHL). That trend continues today although Pembroke annually gives Cornwall a good run. Some of the first year volunteers are still with the club including Bob Johnson (who was a key member of the Colts’ Booster Club) and Georges Bougie (who has worked as Education Director but is best known as the PA voice of the Colts). Throw in five Bogart Cups as league champions, two time hosts of the Fred Page Cup (Eastern Canadian Championship), and an RBC Cup (National Championship), as well as hosting two Eastern Canadian Jr. A All Star Challenges, it’s safe to say the Colts have made the most of their 25 years in Cornwall. So pop a top, and have a toast for the longest tenured hockey team in Cornwall. That’s Murphy’s Law.


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he South Stormont Sports Hall of Fame was formed in 2005 to preserve and recognize the athletic achievements of athletes, builders, and volunteers whose sporting roots and residence reach back to the Township of South Stormont. Being honoured at the 2016 Inductees Ceremony is Eric Baker (Standard bred Racing), Guy Lamarche (Basketball), Ellen (Cameron) Maloney (Highland Dancing),

Wayne McNulty (Softball), Clayton Ouderkirk (Broomball), Rosanne Rasenberg (Basketball), St. Andrews Saints Soccer Club (Soccer), Dale Swerdfeger (Hockey, Fastball), and Robert (Bob) Thompson (Basketball). As part of the ceremony, the Hall of Fame also recognizes local students who have reached great athletic accomplishments. Students receiving 2016 Athletic Achievement awards include Ty Celone, Kaelyn Eby, Sarah Gellately, Nathan

Whalley, Shana Krol, Grant Hebert, Alex Douglas, Sarah Whelan, and Brant Woodside. “The Hall of Fame takes pride in recognizing the early success of some very deserving South Stormont student athletes, many of which are preparing to compete at a postsecondary secondary level or even professionally” says Hall of Fame President, Kristie Fetterly-Tate. “As they pursue their athletic dreams, we are confident that a number of them will have the opportunity to

reach achievements worthy of future induction in the Hall of Fame”. The 2016 induction ceremony and dinner is scheduled for Saturday, September 17 at the South Stormont Community Hall in Long Sault. Tickets for the event are currently available for purchase during office hours at the Long Sault Arena. For more information or to nominate an individual for future induction, please visit the official website at or phone 613-534-2419.

Laurier Tranchemontagne, a senior Cornwall Hub and organizer of the event, says he expects it to be a fairly informal gathering to help players reconnect. “We are all getting older, and lose touch with people we haven’t seen in a while,” says Tranchemontagne. “I was surprised to hear Robert Piquette call me about it, I played with him with the Hubs in the 1960’s!”

Tranchemontagne hopes to spread the word and get as many people dropping in and reconnecting as possible. For those who don’t know about the Cornwall Hubs, this hockey team made a lot of ground. Their team saw travels to San Diego, Florida, California, and even Zurich. The Cornwall Hubs had two main teams, the seniors who were 50-and-over and the juniors, 30-andover. The teams had their beginnings

in 1960; so many of the players may have plenty of catching up to do. The Cornwall Hubs remain a large part of Cornwall’s athletic roots and rich sporting history. Hopefully, many of the players will be able to make it to the reunion and reconnect with old friends, retelling tales of the days spent playing the sport of Canada, often known to bring the nation together: hockey.

Cornwall Hubs Old Timers Reunion to Take Place September 20th ByMolly Kett


ornwall’s well-known old-timers hockey organization, the Cornwall Hubs, has an upcoming drop-in reunion, open to all former Hubs. The event will take place at the Army Navy Club on Marlborough on Tuesday, September 20, 2016. Hubs are welcome to drop by from 3 to 6 p.m.

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thletes competing in the Glengarry Highland Games liken the atmosphere to a family reunion. Yes, they are there to compete; however, the encouragement expressed towards one another is what stands out the most.

event, but he didn’t let it ruin his day.

“You still get to hang out on a Friday. There’s something different about the Highland Games. It’s a fun time.”

In the intermediate division, St. Eugene’s Austin Gaspar, 16, captured his second-straight championship. Visiting Maxville “You’re here to better your during Highland Games weekend own score, but we all cheer for is a highlight of his year. each other,” says Alexandria’s “It’s fun to come here and meet Lisa MacDonald, 41, who has competed in the women’s new people. It’s a great feeling professional division since its to finish on top. I hope I can inception in 2004. “Coming here move on (to compete in higher is always a pleasure because it divisions).” is my home town. There’s lots While it’s the athletes putting of fans cheering you on. The on the show, volunteers like community is very supportive.” Joanne MacPherson are essential Apple Hill’s Ron Graham is in keeping things running a veteran of the heavy weights smoothly. competitions. At age 51, he has been competing in Maxville for 17 years. Now in the master’s division, he clearly hasn’t lost the passion to compete.

“I have come here every year since I was a MacCulloch dancer,” she says. “This is incredible. I watch those ladies compete, and I am just in awe at “You see the same guys and how strong they are.” you just pick off from where you The winner of the Professional left off last year. I love it. We Division (unofficially recognized live in Apple Hill but we camp as the Canadian championships) here all weekend. It’s good to get was Matthew Doherty from the old guys together, talk about Antigonish, Nova Scotia who our injuries and the old days.” finished the competition with 79 In the amateur division, points, eight more than Calgary, Maxville’s Travis Austin and Alberta resident Rob Young who Alexandria’s Steve Vanden finished second. Oetelaar have become local regulars participating at the Glengarry Highland Games. Austin echoes the statements of most other athletes interviewed when asked what he finds to be the most challenging event.

The women’s division was won by Victoria, British Columbia’s Susie Lajoie (point totals were not available).

Perth Andover, New Brunswick native Dirk Bishop claimed the Master’s title with 71.5 points, “The weight for height, barely ahead of second place definitely. Why? Because I am Berle Conrad of Harrietsville, short.” Ontario.

Vanden Oetelaar finished In the amateur division, second in the amateur division Padraic Moore of Hillier, Ontario in 2015. He admitted he wasn’t finished in first place. Scores throwing his best during the 2016 were not available.

or second time….I think the countries in the Western hemisphere that are associated with AIBA must stand up and take a stand. A hard stand. AIBA must be totally reformed. The agenda with AIBA, the last few years, has been to turn the sports elite into semipros and to form their own World Pro League. It’s being run predominately by Asian and former Russian countries wanting to form a monopoly. As Michael Conlan stated after his loss: “They are cheats! Amateur boxing stinks from the core to the top.” Sad By Jorge Luis but true in many respects. To the don’t have cable or a dish so I have majority of the boxing world the not been able to keep up with all the credibility of the sport is in jeopardy. boxing and its developments at the The people involved in the sport Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I have an obligation to ensure our sport have picked up bouts on Youtube and is held to its highest of standards. been able to see some good bouts. Where are the values? Hopefully Once again amateur boxing at the AIBA gets the truth it severely needs Olympics has garnered controversy and true change will come. Canada and been ripped by the International and the US must lead the way. They media for “questionable decisions” in must exert all their influence and even bouts being judged at the Olympics. threaten to leave AIBA if necessary This especially came to light in a and start their own organization along bout with Ireland’s Michael Conlan with Western Europe. The IOC must after a very controversial decision; a also wake up once and for all. Much loss to Russia’s Vladimir Nitikin. I to my satisfaction, and to his credit, watched this bout on Youtube three Pat Fiacco the President of CABA times. The Russian came forward the the Canadian Boxing Association whole bout and tried to land heavy issued statements and took a very punches. Michael Conlan showed strong stance, stating “following much more boxing style, aggression questionable decisions and alleged is only effective if your landing corruption claims occurring at the punches. Michael Conlan showed Rio 2016 boxing competition, a much better defence, landed cleaner global strategy is being put in place punches, threw more punches, and to pressure AIBA into addressing seemed to generally win the fight and correcting the situation. Boxing and have a comfortable lead. Then Canada strongly believes that the came the decision….in favor of integrity of our sport and athletes must the Russian!! What good did it do? be protected while faced with injustice The officials looked like monkeys. and we will not tolerate any unfair Vladimir Nitikin was cut and battered judgment. Although small measures so severely he could not continue in have been taken by AIBA, combined the competition anyway. So what efforts with our partners will continue was accomplished and what was to be until the integrity of boxing is restored gained? Remember the no-headgear and has reached a satisfactory level. rule? There was a case in point that in Spoken like a true leader. Not willing amateur settings where boxers have to to tow the line and play nice politics. box 3-4 bouts in less than 2 weeks, the Thank you Pat, you have my support no-headgear rule is stupid and does and the support of all coaches who run not work. Maybe in this case it did clubs and love boxing. We can offer work. Justice was served. our young competitors nothing less To AIBA’s credit the International than doing what’s right. Let’s make body governing amateur boxing, the changes. they immediately suspended the Yours in youth and sport judges of that particular bout and are ….Jorge Luis conducting an internal investigation. But is it enough? This is not the first



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By Tony “The Fighting Writer” Luis


t was November 12, 1982 when boxing fans witnessed one of the greatest fights of all time, between reigning WBA Jr. Welterweight champion, Aaron “The Hawk” Pryor and the late Nicaraguan great Alexis Arguello. On paper, it read Champion Vs Challenger. But everyone knew this was Champion Vs Champion, which made this fight so compelling and an easy sell to the masses tuning in to HBO to watch it. Arguello, 30, at 72-5, 59 KO’s, was coming into this fight seeking to make history by looking to win his fourth world title in as many divisions, after already tearing through a who’s who of contenders and champions

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received little media coverage up to this point. Here was a fighter who had soundly beaten Thomas Hearns in the amateurs, but whose career was being overshadowed by the overwhelming popularity of Sugar Ray Leonard and This fight is a tale of one man, the rest of the ’76 Olympic team who Arguello, looking to make history were also making their mark in the and put the final touches on an pros. already hall of fame-worthy career. One ’76 gold medalist in particular, He was adored by the masses for his graciousness and humbleness the late Howard Davis, who was outside the ring, a brilliant yet savage enjoying much praise and attention, style inside the ring, and a hero and had earned his spot on the US Olympic symbol of pride and freedom to his team by defeating one Aaron Pryor, in people of Nicaragua. Before Juan a very controversial decision; hence Manuel Marquez, before Ricardo where much of Pryor’s bitterness Lopez… there was Alexis Arguello; stemmed from. Another not-so-wella calm, calculating, and effectively kept secret in the boxing community, brutal operator inside the ring, and a was that Pryor and Leonard had engaged in many gym wars and gentleman outside the ring. rumour had it that there were some While Arguello was fighting for sessions in which Pryor was giving history, in the other corner stood Pryor, more then he got. If we want to feed an angry young champion who was into conspiracies, one could say this fighting for respect. He felt shunned was the reason Pryor’s attempts at by the boxing industry. Despite a challenging Sugar Ray to a fight fell stellar record and fan-friendly style, on deaf ears. he had yet to be discovered by the casual fans of the sport and had But, perhaps a more accurate


theory was simple economics. Sugar Ray’s career was headed into a different trajectory, one that was making him the highest paid boxer of his time and he was looking to garner fights that could make him the most money. Pryor, despite his ridiculous talent, didn’t have the popularity or financial upside to entice Leonard to take the fight. This left Pryor, an undefeated young champion, with no career defining fight on his resume, and not one as far as the eye could see in the foreseeable future. In comes Arguello. A proven champion and future hall of famer, announcing his plan to move up to the junior welterweight ranks to challenge the division’s best, Aaron Pryor, in a bid to make history. For Pryor, it was his long awaited chance at proving he deserved to be considered among the best in the sport and finally get the respect he deserved. In the lead-up to the fight, right to the ring introductions, it was evident Continued on page 32

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Canada recently won 4 Gold, 3 Silver and 15 Bronze Medals, finishing 10th at the 2016 Olympics. How do you think our countries Athletes performed on the world stage? Gilles Gaudet - Sports Enthusiast -By all accounts Canada did OK at the Rio Games, the athletes represented us well, and there were many great story lines to follow. Despite some excellent individual performances, we’re a long way from being a Summer Olympics power. Notwithstanding that, we spent 200 million dollars over the last four years preparing for this event. That’s about 9 million per medal, which seems like a totally ridiculous amount of money, because it is a totally ridiculous amount of money. Money is now what the Olympics are primarily about: television rights, bids from countries, lavish spending everywhere! It makes for great entertainment every four years, but it always leaves us a bit empty, wishing that we had done a little better. It could be worse; Brazil is on the hook for 4.6 BILLION dollars for hosting this summer’s event, not counting what they spent on fly swatters! Jake Lapierre - Conditioning Coach - Going into the Rio Olympics, Team Canada’s Chef de Mission Curt Harnett predicted

Canadian athletes would come home with at least 19 medals. Athletes beat Mr Harnett’s prediction winning 22 medals equalling its second best results at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. Canadian athletes performed extremely well in high profile events such as swimming, with Penny Oleksiak leading the way with 4 medals and Taylor Ruck with 2 medals; Meaghan Benfeito with 2 medals in diving; 2 individual gold medals in wrestling and trampoline and medals won in several other sports. In my opinion the highest profile event at the Rio Olympics was the men’s 100m & 200m events and Andre De Grasse. But the Olympics are not merely about the medals; it’s about the stories, the journeys, the athletes, and the memories. It’s easy to forget about the politics, issues, and barriers leading up to the games however the great memories the athletes come home with, will last a lifetime. Our country’s athletes performed very well on the world stage and provided a lot of thrills and excitement for Canadian fans across the country.

Jim Riddell - Seaway Karate Club - The 314 athletes that made up the Canadian team was one of the strongest groups to ever represent our country at the summer games. The 22 medals that they won tied the total from Atlanta in 1996 as the most won by Canada at a non-boycotted Olympic Games. The medal count and tenth place finish only tells part of the story as to how strong the team was, as they had 43 “top 5” finishes. The team exceeded the goal set by the Canadian Olympic Committee of getting into the top twelve with nineteen medals. Swimmers Penny Oleksiak (4 medals) and Taylor Ruck (2 medals) both 16 years old, became the first two medalists born in the 2000’s. Triple medalist, sprinter Andre De Grasse is only 21 years of age. With Oleksiak, Ruck, and De Grasse having won a combined nine medals, expectations for Tokyo in 2020 may be a bit higher.

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Canadian Premier Junior Hockey League Coming to Eastern Ontario By Ashley March


astern Ontario is starting to turn into quite a hub for junior hockey development. In addition to the already glowing Ontario Hockey Academy, the Junior “A” Cornwall Colts, and the numerous junior “B” teams in the region, two new junior teams are setting up shop for next season. The newly crowned Canadian Premier Junior Hockey League is in its start-up year and its main goal is giving players who may have not made it to, or were released by Junior “A” teams a competitive place to play. The CPJHL also allows quite a few imports on each team so that players can learn and grow alongside the world. Our area is gearing up for the inaugural season with two squads, the Akwesasne Chiefs and the Glengarry Highlanders. The Chiefs will call A’nowara’ko:wa Arena on Cornwall Island home while the Highlanders home base is the Maxville Arena, in Maxville Ontario. “Location, affordability, and proximity to the US

and players was our major factor of putting a team on Cornwall Island.” said Phil Defranco, Vice President of the Chiefs. “We are hoping to get some quality junior B players ands possibly a few junior A players, as we started a little late in the process.” The strategic location of the Akwesasne Chiefs on Cornwall Island can give the squad a bit of an advantage in player selection. “We have two US scouts and three Canadian scouts that are pounding the rinks for players,” says DeFranco. “We have several quality native players as well coming out which is really exciting for home-grown fans.” Over in North Glengarry, Ontario, the Highlanders is a homecoming for Frank Morris who not only owns the team but serves as general manager and head coach. “I grew up in Glengarry and it’s my home. I thought about putting the team in Cornwall or possibly Alexandria but there aren’t any junior programs coming out of the Maxville area.” Morris, who has had a lengthy hockey

career, both as player and coach, is the perfect man for the job. Spending his whole professional career playing and coaching with such teams as Ayr Bruins, Ayr Raiders, Fife Flyers, and Braehead Clan out of Scotland, Morris can use that country as another scouting area to give more players a chance. “International players in the league will bolster the lineups and it gives these players a great opportunity to play hockey in Canada.” says Morris, “It also makes our league very unique from the rest and unique for marketing purposes by allowing these players in.” The CPJHL is very spread out, just like any other league; it’s something the players should be used to. From Akwesasne to Burks Falls outside of North Bay, to Seaforth outside of London, back to the Ottawa region, some teams are in for a long trek. Both Morris and DeFranco don’t see it as a problem though. “The travel is the same for everyone in the league so I don’t think that is a big factor,” says Morris.

“The teams will travel by coach to all their games so that the players can be comfortable especially for longer road games,” DeFranco agrees. “It won’t be a factor. Travel is a big part of hockey at this level.” So when can you start to root for the newest hockey teams in SD&G? - This coming October. Phil DeFranco is excited to get the Chiefs season going. “Our first home game for Akwesasne will be October 1st. Fans are invited to the Chiefs Fan Fest from 3pm – 7pm. Puck drop is 7:35pm and we will have a special guest arriving. You’ll have to see who it is for yourself.” As for the Highlanders, Morris is equally as excited. “Our season is going to start on the road around September 15th. Keep your eyes peeled for our opening night events as well.” A new hockey attitude has invaded the area. It will be worth following to see how both teams will fare.

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hen a parent gets a child involved in sport it could very well be one of the best things that they could do for them. Any sport that will get the child used to an active lifestyle is beneficial and can help to develop the skills needed to equip them for life. One of those sports is karate and here are a few ways it will bring positive development to children:

1) Attitude: Attitude is contagious and a good karate instructor will keep every class positive. The positive environment will inspire the child to do their best. 2) Confidence: Confidence is developed through experience and karate will provide numerous experiences where, over time, confidence will be

3) Focus, and 4) Respect go hand in hand and are the two most important techniques in a kids’ karate program – not kicks and punches. They go beyond karate and children are encouraged to make them part of their everyday life. Focus begins with eye contact, - if they make eye contact with their parents, teachers, and karate instructor, they will hear them better. Respect them by making eye contact, paying attention, and doing what is asked of them. Treat siblings and friends with respect by treating them nicely and fairly.

and discipline are all requirements of a leader. A good karate school will groom its students to one day become instructors.

At Seaway Karate we have an instructor development program where, as senior belts, opportunity is provided to achieve a Level 1, and later a Level 2, Karate Coach Designation. Over the years we have had more than a dozen students who have started as children, go through the Instructor development program, and earn internationally recognized Black Belt certification. This provides them with a portable qualification that can be used anywhere and at any time in their future. All 5) Discipline and patience: Karate classes are of these students are either presently having run in a structured and controlled environment. success in post-secondary education or have The progressive belt rank system provides a graduated and gone on to successful careers. disciplined approach to achievements. It will Child development experts say that life skills take several years of steady training to earn a “are taught, not caught”. They begin at home Black Belt. with good parenting, are further developed by 6) Leadership: Karate provides a great the teachers in our school system, and then opportunity for students who are in it for the enhanced by coaches and instructors in the long haul. Attitude, confidence, focus, respect, sporting world.


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Continued from page 30 Pryor was entering this fight with a huge chip on his shoulder. It was his chance to show the boxing establishment it had not given him his due, and his plan was to take out his frustrations on Arguello. For Arguello, it was business as usual and he seemed relatively unfazed by Pryor’s antics and demeanour. When fans reminisce of the best first round in boxing, Hagler-Hearns comes to the minds of many. But if any other first round could give it a run for its money, or even surpass it, it was the first round of ArguelloPryor. Pryor was the hunter, looking to make his point that this was his turf and make Arguello realize it’s a different punch in this new division and was throwing heatseeking missiles, going for an early knockout. Arguello, though typically methodical in the early going, was caught off-guard yet still all the more content with accommodating Pryor’s bum rushes with his own well timed bombs. The result was mayhem, which had fans on their feet all night. One thing Pryor and Arguello can say, that Hagler and Hearns cannot…is that these guys didn’t just keep up this pace for 3 rounds. They repeated Round 1- 13. What ensued was Pryor sweeping the early rounds with his blistering high output attack, forcing Arguello to constantly fight in retreat mode. Arguello was gallantly fighting back and having his moments, he was being overwhelmed by Pryor’s speed and pace. However, by the 7th round, Pryor finally began to slow down, and the punches Arguello was landing in between many of Pryor’s combos, were finally starting to take their toll. The middle rounds began looking like a typical Arguello fight, breaking his opponent down with vicious body punches and well-timed right hands upstairs.

However, unlike previous Arguello fights, Pryor was not wilting from the fists of the great Arguello. He was soaking up the punishment and smiling, asking for more. Then fans saw Pryor begin to box and move, a style no one had seen from him yet. His footwork and boxing ability started to dictate the pace and bring him back into the fight and allow him to find the chin of Arguello all too regularly. Though Arguello was still landing hellacious shots of his own, this fight was becoming a case of not who can dish it out better, but who can take it better. Pryor’s chin was holding up to some vicious punishment, with his legs no worse for wear. Whereas, Arguello was starting to wilt, heading into the championship rounds. It all culminated to a brutal end in round 14. The punches of Pryor finally began to catch up to Arguello, leaving him helpless on the ropes and the referee having to save him from further punishment. Like many great boxing stories, this one does not go without controversy. Before the fight, a man with a weapon, attempted to enter Arguello’s dressing room. He was escorted away by security, and Arguello’s team had Arguello shielded in the shower. The man was later arrested. Playing conspiracy theorist, one must wonder if any of this was linked to Arguello’s refusal to work with the Rebel Army Sandinista, which was attempting

to overthrow the Nicaraguan government at the time. Three years earlier, Arguello was given a Sandinista flag, after his victory over Bazooka Limon, and he draped it over his shoulders while celebrating his victory. However, as time passed, Arguello began to disapprove of the strong-arm tactics of the Sandinista Army, leading him to refuse to help them in their campaign. This resulted in his own mother being evicted from her home, and him having to take his family and flee to Miami, Florida to start a new life. If that weren’t enough, more odd happenings occurred during the fight. Throughout the fight, TV cameras caught Pryor’s trainer Panama Lewis asking for a second water bottle and TV catching him say “the one I mixed”. One could use that as an explanation to Pryor’s unrelenting vigour and energy and tremendous ability to recover from the punches of Arguello. No one will ever know what was in that bottle as the Miami commission was a new commission at the time, and mistakenly never conducted a urine sample for both fighters after the fight. Other boxing insiders will say it wouldn’t have mattered what was in that mysterious bottle, and that Pryor’s mindset that night was in a special place and his desire to prove his worth was not going to be denied on that night. Neither fighter was the same after the night of November 12, 1982. The

controversy surrounding the first fight led to a rematch. The rematch proved to be another exciting fight, but more one-sided and Pryor stopped him even sooner, knocking him down twice before finally stopping him in the tenth round. Pryor would go on to make a few more title defences before suffering his first loss, against an unassuming opponent. It was later revealed that Pryor was battling cocaine addiction which would shorten his career and not allow him to reach the heights his talent called for. He finished with a 39-1, 35 KO’s ledger. Today, he is a minister. Arguello would fight again, but also had his battle with cocaine addiction (hey it was the 80’s). After a couple ill -advised comebacks, he finally retired in 1995 with a 77-8, 62 KO’s record. He entered politics in his native Nicaragua. In 2008, he was elected Mayor in Managua, the nation’s capital. On July 1, 2009, Arguello was found dead. The autopsy concluded it was a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the heart. However, some reports have leaked that foul play was involved and he was killed by the highest echelons of the government. Luis Resto, another fighter trained by Panama Lewis, revealed in a 2009 documentary, that Panama would break apart antihistamine pills, a pharmaceutical drug, and pour the medicine into his water. Resto claimed it gave him greater lung capacity in his fights. One year after Pryor-Arguello 1, Panama Lewis was banned from boxing for life, after being convicted of removing padding from the gloves of Luis Resto in his fight with Billy Collins, which led to the end of Collins’ boxing career. Collins later suffered from depression and would allegedly commit suicide. Ring magazine named PryorArguello 1 the fight of the decade. Aaron Pryor and Alexis Arguello are both in the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

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orty-six-year-old Kim Major truly started to get active only a few years ago. Mother of three who are 20, 17, and 15, Major says she never had time for much else after getting married young and becoming a business owner not long after. “All of our extra time was put into our business, plus we moved around a bit in the last 10 years, making it hard to join anything new,” says Major. “About four years ago while living in Kenora, Ontario, a friend of mine and my own kids suggested I join the local Masters Swim Club. I laughed at the thought of this since I didn’t know how to swim, was terrified of the water, couldn’t dive, and didn’t really know the different strokes. I was a good dog paddler in waist high water though. But, my friend was persistent and my girls swam competitively at the same time as the Masters, so I said why not try it.” Though she thought she would hate it, Major says she ended up loving it. After practice, Major got better and that same summer entered the local triathlon. Two and a half years ago, Major moved back to the Cornwall area, where she immediately joined the Cornwall Sea Lions Masters Swim Club. Through this club, Major joined the Cornwall Multisport Club. Major has both participated and volunteered in the club’s events. “It is so great that Cornwall has this club, their races bring out the young, the old, and everyone in between in a very fun environment,” says Major. “One of the best things I love about the CMC is the encouragement from everyone. There are so many levels of athletes in the club; the most elite athletes are



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very encouraging to the beginners. I never thought I could run a marathon. With the great group we had training this winter, it made it possible for me to do the training and to finish my first marathon. We had trained in temperatures of -25 degrees at times.” Major says the best thing about multisport is the social aspect of training. She says her friends encourage her when she is slacking and teach her how to improve. “I have often encouraged others to join the club; it is the best way to make some new friendships and to help get into shape. Through an active lifestyle anyone can attain almost anything,” says Major. “I am in probably the best shape ever in my life. This has allowed me to participate in other things as well. This summer I was part of a group of twenty-two women through our businesses that raised over $73,000 for Jumpstart, an organization that helps get kids actively into sports. We hiked 80 km within 4 days in Banff, AB. I couldn’t have done this hike without all the extra training through the club.” Next for Major, is the Cornwall Triathlon this summer, followed by the Army Half Marathon this September. Major also says she would like to do a Half Ironman some day, or possibly another marathon with a better time. To accomplish this, though, Major says she would need her friends to do it with her. “I think it is important to add that all of these far away and local events have hundreds of volunteers that contribute and without the support of them we would not be able participate in these races. As well, our spouses and partners are usually our biggest fans and supporters, a big thank you Photo Submitted should go to them,” says Major.


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ne of the more popular events at the Glengarry Highland Games each year is the Highlanders Tug-Of-War tournament. This year a Moose Creek resident, Nick Adam, was part of the team that took home the championship. In an exciting final, Adam’s Cameron Highlanders, out of Ottawa, defeated local SDG Highlanders 2-0 in the best of three final. “I have been with the team for three years now but this year was my first year actually pulling on the team,” says Adam. “This year marked the fifth consecutive year we have won the Highlanders TugOf-War Cup. That made it all the more memorable.”

Adam, 31, says teamwork is the most important aspect that leads teams to victory in the sport. A sense of pride also goes a long way. “Our competitiveness, dedication and regimental culture (led his team to victory). We were actually practising weekly up until the Highland Games for the past few months. Everyone knew the importance of this year and losing was not an option. Everyone was fully committed. I personally had to put on seven pounds if I wanted a chance to be a part of the starting lineup. All that training paid off. We went 14-0 throughout the event. Adam, a former sharp-shooter with the Alexandria Glens junior B team and Maxville Mustangs junior C squad, described the feeling of competing in front of big crowds

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bby Hardy, an avid hockey player, is just as busy during the summer months. This season Hardy represented the U12 SDG Blazers soccer team in Cornwall. One of the season highlights was a tournament held in Quebec City. Last winter, Hardy tended goal for the Cornwall Typhoons Peewee B team. Along with soccer and hockey, she is also involved in basketball, volleyball, track and field, and cross-country. In July, she also competed in the junior heavyweights events at the Glengarry Highland Games.

“It’s fun for the community to get together. This is a little different,” she said during a break in action. Among Hardy’s favourite all-time highlights in sports is winning the inaugural Brian Kilrea Tournament championship with the NGS Atom B Braves.

Moose Creek resident Nick Adam was part of the Cameron Highlanders team that captured the Highlanders Tug-Of-War Cup at the 2016 Submitted photo: Nick Adam Glengarry Highland Games.

during the event. During a few championship runs with the Glens, the home rink Glengarry Sports Palace would hit around 1,000 fans. In Maxville, the grounds are packed with spectators easily exceeding those numbers. “It’s amazing to be honest. The last time I had that experience was during my Glens days. For us, it was even more motivating to win this year because we were going for a fifth straight championship. We knew we weren’t the crowd favourites … as it could be heard echoed throughout the crowd. We actually really enjoyed that. In

the end, it’s about zoning out all the noise, remaining focused on the pull, and applying everything we practiced. One determining factor in our success that is often overlooked is our line coaches. We wouldn’t have had the success we did without them. They play a huge role on the team by calling the commands that make us the unit we are. I give a shout out to the 11 other teams that showed up this year. We had a few teams from out west as well, which is amazing considering how far they have come. We hope to get all sixteen Highland Regiments out next year.”




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Introducing This Year’s Seaway Valley Coaches

A new season of minor hockey is upon us, and the Seaway Valley Minor Hockey Association’s team of coaches couldn’t be more excited. So, in no particular order, let’s meet this year’s coaches by Jordan Todd.


tan Hum, Minor Bantam AA: Hum is a 50-year-old Cornwall native who’s been coaching and instructing minor hockey for the past eight years. He spent six of those years with the Cornwall Colts, and this will be his first season coaching the Rapids. Hum’s focus will be on creating a fun, respectful environment for everyone so that the kids can learn, grow, and reach their potential. He coaches hockey to share his passion and help his players experience joy, success, and camaraderie, just like he did growing up playing the game.


arry Carroll, Major Novice A: Originally from St. John’s, Newfoundland, Carroll has been coaching hockey in some form or another for 33 years. He’s coached all levels of minor hockey in that time, and even spent some time coaching at the Junior A level, but it’s the 52-year-old’s first season with the Rapids. Carroll has two goals for the year: help his players develop, and make sure they have fun. He loves the challenge of helping his kids reach their fullest potential, both individually and collectively. He teaches them to be better, not just as hockey players, but as people.


enis Villeneuve, Minor Peewee AA: Villeneuve is also a Seaway Valley rookie, but he’s been coaching for seven years strong. Originally from Newington, the 41-year-old’s coaching career has been spent mostly with South Stormont. His goals for the year are simple: have fun, compete hard, and get better every game. As a coach, he likes to set goals and see if, as a team, they can accomplish or even exceed them. He enjoys spending time around kids, and loves helping them out in any way that he can.


odd Walker, Major Atom AA: Walker, a native of Ingleside, is entering his second season with the Rapids. The 42-year-old has been coaching since 2000. His philosophy is simple: help each player develop and grow in a fun, competitive environment. He knows he’s done his job when the kids end the season more passionate about the game than when they started. For him coaching is about taking a bunch of individuals and turning them into a team. The challenge of creating a team that shares and together strives to accomplish a common goal is a rewarding experience for him. Continued on page 37

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iguel Delisle, Minor Atom A: Delisle is heading into his third season as a coach for Seaway Valley. At just 34 years old, he’s one of the younger coaches, but he’s been involved in coaching and instructing at hockey camps since he was a teenager. He goes into each season with the same mission: help the kids grow and improve so that they’re better hockey players at the end of the year than they were at the beginning. For Delisle, it ultimately comes down to the relationships he forges with his player. He takes great joy when a young player he taught how to skate years ago comes up and tells him about their team, or the game they just played, or the goal they just scored.


reg Esdale, Major Peewee AA: Esdale, 41, grew up in South Stormont and has been coaching for eight years, ever since his son started playing. Entering his second season as a coach with the Seaway Valley Rapids, his main focus this year is developing individual and team skills while ensuring the players are having as much fun as possible. He emphasizes hard work and dedication to the team. Esdale’s favourite thing about coaching is helping his kids work together to achieve success.


arc Sauvé, Major Bantam AA: Entering his fifth year with the Rapids, Sauvé is a Seaway Valley veteran. The 45-year-old Alexandria native has spent almost 20 years of his life as a coach, all the way up to the Junior B level. Coming off a championship year, Sauvé is waiting to see how the players show up - whether they’re hungry to repeat, or content with last year. Either way, he’s going to follow his program. It’s a proven winner. Sauvé likes to use his passion for hockey to teach his kids life lessons, such as the importance of discipline, hard work, and dedication.


aul Huntley, Major Midget AA: Huntley has been coaching sports ever since he graduated college. His hockey coaching began when he got the desire to teach his son the game. He began in South Stormont MHA system at the IP level and advanced through the ranks with him. He has coached B house through to AAA and has enjoyed every letter of the game. “My coaching philosophy has mostly to do with the desire of players to develop and get better.” Says Huntley. “ I believe that the players come ready to learn and my job is to provide them with the instruction and tools to do that.”

There you have it, your Seaway Valley Rapids coaches for the 2016-2017 hockey season. It should be a good one.

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Rack –Em- Up Billards Sends Three Players to Ontario Senior Games By Markus Noé


ast week August 9-11 three regulars from my home room of Rack-M-Up Billiards located in Cornwall Ontario travelled to Midland Ontario, to participate in the Ontario Senior Games. This event was organized by the Ontario Senior Games Association which boasts over 1000 members and host qualifiers all the over the province. On April 29 2016, Rack-M-Up Billiards hosted a regional qualifier. Three of its regulars got the nod to participate in the Ontario 55+ Provincial Summer Games. The three qualifiers were Loreen Toutant, Henry Barkwell, and Robert Labelle. Once they arrived in Midland there was an opening ceremony feast and then it was time to get into the round-robin. Toutant was in the Women’s 8 Ball division, Labelle was in the Men’s 8 Ball, and Barkwell was in the

Men’s Snooker division. All three survived the round-robin and had a chance at a medal. Robert Labelle, who has very limited 8 Ball experience, especially on Valley Bar Box tables which they were playing on, struggled and did not make the top 3. Barkwell one of the most enthusiastic snooker players at Rack-M-Up whom I believe never competed in anything like this previously took home the bronze. Toutant who could have been considered a “team captain” of sorts because of all her experience in playing tournaments all around North America came away a big winner. Toutant who only lost one match the entire event was able to capture the Gold Medal in convincing fashion. The Ontario Senior Games Association is a very active group with various activities. They play Baseball, Bocce, Pool, Bowling,

Whistle Stops The “Team” has just completed Issue # 46, and as always, I would like to thank Lynn (Graphic Design), Margo (Editor), Gary (Sales), Bernadette (Website); our writers Todd, Molly, Victoria, Jordan, Derrick, and Ashley; our editorial columnists, Brock, Jim, Jorge, Dave and Tony; 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 # 46

Wow, it’s hard to believe 25 years ago Don Derry purchased the Massena Americans and the Cornwall Colts were born. I had the privilege of working with Don over the years and it all seems like yesterday. The Royals had just left town, the local hockey community was in turmoil, and we set up shop with an opening night Laser Show with 2476 new fans showing up. The present day Colts are hosting executives and players from the 1992 team on their home opener, Thursday Sept 8/16, 7:30 pm. Sports Energy has put together a feature on the 1992 team and I must admit, working on this has brought back so many positive memories of Don, the players, coaches, executive, the team of dedicated volunteers, its passionate fans, supportive sponsors, our old bus “Colt 1”, and the day to day operations of a Jr A hockey team. Thanks Colts for the memories.

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Many people have asked me my opinion of the River Kings folding, so here goes. For me, the red flag went up the pole and all the sirens went off back in the spring when owner Steve Moreau said they had to raise $700.000.00 + during the off-season for the team to operate. (I felt that was an impossible goal.) With the exception of a very dedicated core group of fans, interest for the team was not there and Mr. Moreau was faced with another upcoming financial nightmare. I feel for a team to survive in Cornwall, a $10.00 ticket is the norm, ($2.00 for kids), and you would need 3000 paying fans per game to make it work. I do not blame the city in this, all the River Kings’ owners knew the conditions of operating a franchise in the city up front, and all I believe expected greater fan turn out. Mistakes were made by all ownership groups, and you need stability for a franchise to be accepted long term in the community. I could say a lot more, but space is limited… Kudos to Rodney Rivette and his group of passionate fans for trying to save the team. In the end though, there was not enough financial interest to take a chance on operating another season. - Winners never Quit and Quitters Never Win, Signing out Until next month, Mike Piquette, Publisher

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aving a driver that is adjustable will not benefit you if your current driver is already properly fit to you. That being said, most golfers don’t have a club and shaft combination that is properly fit to their swing. The adjustable drivers will give you more options to dial in the starting height of your drives, but what’s more important, as far as new technology goes, is having a lower centre of gravity. This change came about years ago and every golfer should take advantage of it. Drives will come out with lower spin and with a higher launch they result in longer drives. Overall, the simplest solution is to take your current set into a golf store with a launch monitor and compare your clubs against the set you’re interested in; even better if they have a club fitter to guide you along the way.

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ll my friends have new drivers with adjustable heads. Do I need to invest in this technology or is it just a gimmick? It’s not a gimmick. The key is to get properly fitted for an adjustable driver. The golfer needs to understand all the settings on the club. If a golfer is constantly hooking the ball then he or she could adjust the driver by opening the face on the driver and adjusting the weights on the club more towards the toe. And if someone is slicing then moving the weights on the heel of the club and closing the face or adding loft will help turn the toe of the driver over and reducing the amount of sidespin. Once you find a setting that works for you, leave it there. If that doesn’t work, go see your local professional for a golf lesson.

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of us will set it once and leave it like that until we change equipment. However, I always urge my students to try different settings and to try to understand the physics behind the adjustments, as this often leads to a better understand of the swing itself. The more you, as a golfer, understand cause and effect when it comes to your swing, the better your chances of becoming a better player

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