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Success at the Silver Gloves for Champs Eastside Boxers

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Wladimir Kyslenko 14, (Boden’s younger brother) lost in the 42kg novice finals taking the silver medal. Mubeen, Boden and Wladimir have each been boxing for approximately four years now. Mubeen started his boxing career at Champs, with the Kyslenko siblings joining the club when their family moved to Cornwall from New Brunswick in 2018. They are now all looking ahead to the Ontario Golden Gloves in December. Their shared goal is to win at the Golden Gloves and then move on to the Nationals in

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April. Asked about preparation for the Silver Gloves Mubeen replied that, “We had good training in the gym, but had it not been for Jorge Luis putting in as much time as he does, none of this would have been possible. He lined up a good fight for me a month ago in Boston. I won the fight, but he made the trip down there for one fighter”. Elaine Luis, who is part of the instructor team at Champs Eastside Boxing stated that, “They are great kids and all have the warrior spirit. They are also excellent students and each of them are on the honour roll at CCVS”.

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n their first year competing in the OUA (Ontario University Athletics), the Carleton University Ravens men’s baseball team took home silver at this year’s OUA provincial championship tournament as the defending champion; Laurier Golden Hawks captured their second straight title. Entering the championship tournament, the Ravens found themselves seeded 14th, the last spot, and that’s all the motivation the team needed. Carleton started the weekend by facing the number one seed and defending OUA champion Laurier Golden Hawks. The game finished in a 6-6 tie giving the Ravens a much-needed point and plenty of confidence moving forward into the second game of the day where the boys went on to defeat the Western Mustangs 5-0. First year starting pitcher Nathan Van Putten, from Monkland, threw 97 pitches in the win, throwing 5.2 IP, 6K, 3H & 3BB. Nathan would throw again in game three vs. the University of Toronto which resulted in a 3-2 Carleton win. His pitching line was 4 IP, 4K, 3H, 2 BB while throwing 63 pitches. With the win, the Ravens secured themselves a Wild Card game vs. Queen’s University and once again Van Putten would be called upon and he did not disappoint, throwing another pitching gem, 49 pitches in 4 IP, 6K, 1H, 0ER, 1R on route to a 4-3 win and a spot in the semifinals vs. the University of Windsor. After a short 45-minute break, the Ravens coach turned to the team’s hot hand and started Van Putten, who had just thrown 49 pitches. Van Putten led the Carleton Ravens to a 7-6 nail-biting

victory as they punched their ticket to the OUA Finals and a rematch with the number one seed and defending champion Laurier Golden Hawks. Nathan’s pitching line in the semifinals was an impressive 93 pitches thrown, going 5.1 IP, 5K, 5H, 5 BB, 4ER & 5R. The Ravens would fall to Laurier in the Finals and although Nathan would have loved to throw in the final game, the coach could not risk an injury after his pitcher had thrown 142 pitches in a combined 9.1 IP in the previous 6 hours. The 2019 OUA silver medal Ravens entered the tournament at #14 and finished at #2. What a run! First year starting pitcher Nathan Van Putten finished the tournament with 4 GP, going 4-0, 19 IP, 21 K, 10 BB, 11 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 1.89ERA, 1.10 WHIP throwing 302 pitches. Nathan was also named to the 2nd team All-Stars as a starting pitcher. Congratulations to local rugby star Madison Grant who is the 2019 RSEQ Rookie of the Year. Madison now plays rugby for the uOttawa Gee-Gees Women’s Rugby Team. Grant also won a Bronze medal for Canada when she competed at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games. This year’s edition of the Charity Bowl was a defensive battle that saw the St. Joe’s Panthers defeat the Holy Trinity Falcons by a score of 5-0. The Panthers defended their football title and by doing so, have now won this event for a fifth consecutive year. With under a minute left to play, the Falcons Photo Submitted found themselves on the Panthers tell you that Ruffo has taken an early six-yard line in a first and goal the end zone. situation. On their first down, they I’ll have a full update next month lead in the standings. My name is Perry Ruffo & this picked up two yards, but time ran for the 2nd annual Larry’s Hockey out after two incomplete passes into Bonanza office hockey pool. I can has been the RUFFO Report.


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Larry “The Eagle” Edwards Inducted into Salmon River Athletic Hall Of Fame

recognizes individuals who have made special contributions arry “The Eagle” Edwards to the Salmon River Hockey has landed into a Hall of program. Fame again. On Oct 12th, Larry In November of 2015, “The was inducted into the Salmon River High School Athletic Hall Eagle” was also inducted into of Fame. Larry covered Salmon the Akwesasne Lacrosse Hall River varsity Hockey Play by of Fame. He was the voice of Play, covering both boys and many local Lacrosse teams, girls teams from 1992 until his most recently the Akwesasne Jr retirement in 2014. Larry had “A” Indians. “The Eagle” was also the a passionate and exciting radio voice. His love of the game voice of the Cornwall Colts and the Salmon River Hockey Jr “A” Hockey Team. He had program was evident every a distinguished career as the voice of Akwesasne for 22 time he was on the air. “The Eagle” was also years. On top of play-by-play recognized in 2016, as he was duties, Larry could always be The “Eagle” was overwhelmed the recipient of the Wayne heard early the next morning, Castor Sportsmanship Award. often after a late night road trip, when receiving his induction This award, sponsored by as host of “The Eagle in The at the Ceremony; he thanked the induction committee for the Kerry Kane Foundation Morning” show. By Staff Writer

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It’s Bittersweet… A Falcon Football Coach Retires By Casey Leger

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his year’s Charity Bowl was a special one for Holy Trinity’s Jeff McAllister. In fact, the entire high school football season will be remarkable for Coach McAllister: He’s retiring from teaching and from the helm of the Holy Trinity boys’ football team. “I have been coaching football at HT since the inception of the program in 2006,” says McAllister, “when I transferred to HT from St. Andrews to be with my son and daughter who were starting grade nine at the school, and to be involved with the new football program.” McAllister

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in 1991 and spent 15 years with grade 8 students, coaching multiple sports. He first became involved with football as a youngster in 1975 when he played Cornwall Optimist Minor Football. He’s since coached with the Cornwall Mustangs and the Cornwall Wildcats. “My fondest memories of coaching are the lifelong relationships that I have built with my current and former players,” says McAllister. “Back when we began the program, I had four grade nine students play on our first team ever, and those same four boys played for me for five years. The growth that I saw in them as players and young men over those five years is something

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that will stay with me forever. They were all instrumental in our first championship. When it comes to teaching, I would have to say the memories are very similar. There is nothing I enjoy more than meeting former students and hearing about where they are now in their lives. I have been truly blessed to teach so many amazing people over the last thirty years.” Coach McAllister hasn’t ruled out coming back to mentor or to

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‘help out’ at HT, but he’s looking forward to what’s ahead. He says, “My wife Tammy and I are avid golfers and we enjoy travelling, so we are looking forward to the next stage of our lives together as we will both be retiring at the same time. Or as she likes to remind me weekly, she is retiring 10 days before I am.” This teacher and coach will be missed by his students and players alike.


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An Interview with Jeff Carter By Molly Kett

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eff Carter has been a local coach for the last 27 years, and his passion for the game has only grown with every passing year. “The team comradery and passion for the game of hockey got me involved in coaching Junior A and B,” says Carter. “Helping out with my kids in minor hockey has kept me involved for 27 years now. The opportunity to work with young players and see them improve and move to higher levels has been the best part of coaching for me.” Carter’s experience in the world of hockey is a lengthy one. Aside from his near 30 years of coaching, Carter also has many years under his belt playing the sport. “I played minor hockey with South Stormont. From there, I played with Brockville Braves for five seasons and then went on to play at Acadia University with Axemen,” says

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Carter. “My participation in all minor sports, including fastball, golf and lacrosse, has been big part of my life.” Currently, Carter is coaching the Char-lan Rebels in the CCHL2. “We are off to a decent start this season with a 4-4 -1 and are hoping to clinch another play-off position this season,” says Carter. Right now, Carter’s coaching philosophy is to develop a program where players can learn, develop and enjoy coming to the rink. His knowledge of the sport started quite some time ago through watching his dad see success in the sport. “My coaching successes started from my father who played professionally in the Canadiens system for ten seasons,” says Carter. “My brother and I lived and breathed the game of hockey, learning and studying how to play every day. The other successes came from working and learning from other coaches that I

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“I have to say, the best part of had opportunity to work with coming through as a player and a coach such hockey and coaching has been the as Mac Maclean and Jacques Martin friendships and people you meet as a player and Eric Veilleux and Ian along the way,” says Carter. Macinnis in Junior A.” Through his many years of experience with coaching he has, of course, collected a few wonderful memories along the way. “My favorite coaching memory would have to be 2003 Playoff run for Char-lan Rebels when we got beat in Game seven versus Ottawa West Golden Knights,” says Carter. “The next year, Brett Liscomb, Todd Perry, Shane Perry, Brennen Barker, Ryan Major, Jason Lepine, and Max Marion all moved up to play Junior A and were OHL Draft picks and I got opportunity to coach my old team the Brockville Braves the next season. That season was a lot of fun on and off the ice.” As many coaches say, the people involved are what make the photo Icelevel experience worthwhile.

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hat does it take to be a boxing champion? Champions have certain characteristics that other mortal human beings don’t. They have a little more speed, co-ordination, strength, power. They have last minute stamina. But most important they have character! In boxing it takes a special person of character to climb through the ropes inside a ring. You can have all the physical attributes but if you lack in character, you will never be a champion. These character traits can be coached and implanted to a certain degree, but it must be there inside the athlete already. Can the boxer react to adversity? Can the boxer come back and snatch victory from the jaws of defeat? Can the boxer perform under pressure? Can they control their impulse and emotions? Only when they are in the ring, under the hot lights in the frying pan do we really find out. The athlete can look great in the gym and look good on the bag, and with his/her spar mates, but in front of a crowd, under the lights its very different. That’s when true character comes out and is tested in a way most people never face. You’re alone in the squared circle. Crowd is watching your every move. You’re nervous and under pressure. Pressure can burst pipes or it can make coal into diamonds. Extreme heat melts and forges steel. Cold hardens the steel. It’s the same with fear. Fear is your friend. It can make you run faster, avoid a dangerous situation, fight harder. But it must be controlled; it must be harnessed like man harnesses fire, wind and water. Then it can work

for the athlete. But it takes character and mental strength and control. There is no shame in having fear. All boxers and fighters feel fear before competition. It’s how they handle it that many times makes the difference in an evenly matched bout. The boxer can have speed, power, reach, skill, but if the will is weak it can often be to no avail. Will is more important than skill. An inferior fighter can defeat a better skilled fighter by imposing their will. They refuse to lose, and fight harder. It’s like two soldiers in battle. They’ve both been trained, they both feel the same fear, but one soldier forces him/ herself to go forward and do what they have been trained to do. The other soldier runs or hides and gives in to their feelings and the moment passes. The hero and the coward feel the same, the difference is that the hero forces him/herself to do what they have to do. It’s the same in life. Some of us give in to fear…. fear to try something new, fear to risk a business, venture, fear of what others will say. Champions in the ring and out do not care what others think, or fear failure. They get knocked down and get back up. We are all prone to the storms of life. We lose our spouses, our parents, our money, but if we don’t give up and get up and keep trying we may end up succeeding if only we try. Champions are made of such. It’s more important to be a champion outside the ring than in the ring. Who are you? Are you a champion? Do you have what it takes to step in the ring? How about the ring of life? Boxing does this and develops these characteristics. Most young men and woman will never be champions in the ring. By training and trying they get to know themselves in a way they never would have, they find out who they are, and what they are made of. Yours in youth and sport Jorge Luis Champs Eastside Boxing.

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he NKB Fall Invitational is the first swim meet for the Sea Lions of this new swim season. It is a great way for the Sea Lions swimmers to get their feet wet and kick off the start of the season.  During this two-day meet, 27 Sea Lions swimmers from the ages of 8-15 years old attended. Depending on whether the swimmers participated in one or two days, they swam three to six events. The events are divided between 50-meter races, 100-meter races and 200-meter races of the four strokes–butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle, as well as 200 meters of individual medley with each of the four strokes swam– butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle. “It was a very successful meet, and a positive experience to set our swimmers up for the rest of the racing season,” said Sheilagh McNeil. “Swimmers made personal best times, pretty much across the board, which is the first goal for our

swimmers. This is also a challenge in the first swim meet, as they aren’t yet into the flow of racing and their bodies need to relearn how to compete.” Out of the 27 swimmers, there were 80 top ten finishes by Sea Lions athletes: Byron Roche, Jacob Lapointe, Hailey McDonald, Kenley Lindsay, Chloe Carter-Edwards, Emily Pitts, Bree Campbell, Lily MacKenzie, Avery Lauzon, Maddylyn Sarault, Isabelle Dignard, Danika Lafrance, Sophia Christoff, Abby Chadwick, Rori Campbell, Addisyn Ladouceur, Maddyson Kyer, Isabelle Kyer, Alivia Kyer, Emma Eamon, Summer Lariviere, Makayla Duval, Adele Van Loon. Hailey McDonald came in first place in five events: 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 200m freestyle, 100m backstroke and 100m breaststroke. Alivia Kyer also placed first in five events she competed in: 100m freestyle, 200m freestyle, 100m backstroke, 100m butterfly and 200m individual medley. The NKB Fall Invitational was a great way for these athletes to start off their swimming season.

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Seaway Valley Rapids Coaching Profile: Matt Gray

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oaching hockey runs in Matt Gray’s family. “I have a 5-yearold who wants to play hockey,” says Gray. “It was a pretty cool feeling as I thought of the days that my dad coached my brother and me as kids, and how we still talk about those times today.” Coach Gray’s ten years behind the bench isn’t the only experience he brings to the Rapids table. He played minor hockey in Char-Lan until his first year in peewee, and he played for the Rapids until major bantam. Then it was off to the CJHL and eventually to university where he played for Western. “My first experience with coaching came when I was younger and still playing hockey,” says Coach Gray. “We used to work a lot of hockey schools throughout the season and into the summer. My teammates and I would sometimes travel to different cities and live there while we worked different hockey schools as a job to make money. We mainly did a lot of on ice instruction with a little bit

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of coaching in there as well. It was something I really enjoyed and always thought that I would do it in the future,” he says. Currently, Gray is at the helm of the minor peewee AA Rapids, eleven-yearolds who were born in 2008. “This age group is really fun to coach,” says Gray. “They are very keen to learn new things and are now getting old enough and strong enough where we can introduce new skills and systems.” Of course, every group of kids comes with challenges. “At this age our players are becoming young men and ladies who know a lot about everything. We work with them on this and listen to everyone. It can be challenging; however, sometimes they have really good things to say,” says Gray. When it comes to a coaching philosophy, it’s team first as far as Coach Gray is concerned. “We stress the importance of respect, hard work and discipline, both on and off the ice,” says Gray. “No question we want to win, but we need to be a team first, especially if we are going to win the big games.”

“Good Call Ref” Cole Fraser-Dupuis

November’s featured referee is soccer enthusiast Cole Fraser-Dupuis. Cole is a grade twelve student at Saint Joseph’s Catholic Secondary School who hopes to one day attend college to study Police Foundations and to, of course, play soccer. Cole has been refereeing for the Seaway

Valley Soccer Club. Now 17, he started when he was 15 years old. He has done some matches in Ottawa, and refereeing is his summer job. For Cole, the best part of refereeing is being around the sport he loves. “I enjoy the simplicity of the game,” he says. “It’s a great team sport.” Cole has officiated matches for boys and girls teams, from U10 to U15. He prefers to ref at higher levels. “I enjoy the action and the challenge,” he says. As for challenges, Cole says the most challenging aspect of being a young official is dealing with disgruntled parents and coaches.

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Grade: 10 Age: 15 School: Ecole Secondaire la Citadelle Home Town: Cornwall This Colts forward hit the ice at an early age. “I started playing hockey when I was three years old on our backyard rink,” he says. “I love playing hockey because it is a fast-paced game, and I am able to make new friends”. Before joining the Colts, Brayden played AAA hockey for the Eastern Ontario Wild. “We won our league three years in a row,” Brayden says. In his major

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SJCSS math and culinary arts teacher, sports enthusiast, and Clint Eastwood fan Do professional athletes deserve their money? Well, as Clint Eastwood stated, “Deserves has nothing to do with it.” Professional athletes are not paid by merit; they are paid by simple economics. It’s the basic principle of supply and demand. We demand it, and the skills required are in short supply, so we pay for it. In a utopian world the money professional athletes make would get distributed to more “deserving” causes, but that is not the world we live in. One could pose the following question: Would a more “equitable” pay drive the quality players away to different career paths and thus lead to a lesser quality pro sport and in turn lead to a decline in its popularity?

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Beloved football coach, Vanier Cup winner, and math teacher Professional athletes are not overpaid. Many of them are franchise players and economics allows them to make that kind of money. People are willing to pay for tickets and to support their favourite teams. However, the sports world is missing a great opportunity when it comes to women’s sports. Women are not supported equally, and they do not get many of the opportunities their male counterparts get. It’s hard to believe this kind of gap exists in 2019.

Scott McCormick Local trivia and sports enthusiast and cryptic crossword solver My answer is ‘no’. Why blame somebody for taking money for something they’re talented in? People are willing to pay them. Life would be boring without entertainment, and millions of people are entertained by professional sports. The money athletes make isn’t being taken away from the poor. It comes from billionaires and corporations. Sure, it would be nice if some of that money went to helping the poor, but you can’t force anyone. Sports creates its own wealth. If sports disappeared, it’s not like all that money would become available for other things.

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Combat sports instructor and coach, mentor It depends on your definition of ‘over paid’. Should athletes be paid higher than our educators, first responders, medical staff, or our armed forces? As a proud Canadian citizen, I believe the people who serve and protect and risk their own health and well-being should earn the highest salaries. As a coach, I see the countless hours of sacrifice athletes go through, the lonely hours away from friends and family, the never-ending camps, the injuries, the weight management, the highs, the lows. How about team sports versus individual sports? Who should be paid more in that case? I believe all athletes deserve to be paid a fair salary for the sacrifices they make to their craft and to entertain the ticketholders and shareholders. As a fan, I believe many athletes compete for the love of the sport they chose to pursue. A scale should be invoked with a ceiling or a cap in order to keep questions like these from coming up. Do I feel athletes are overpaid? My answer is ‘it depends’. I don’t feel they deserve a better lifestyle than anyone else, but they do deserve compensation.

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It Is What It Is By Peter Collins

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he 2019-20 basketball season is just underway, and most of the experts are picking the Raptors to experience a massive post championship hangover. Yes, the basketball gurus/pundits are picking the Raptors to be a middling performer, with slight chance of making the playoffs, with many stating that there’s a best-case scenario of winning one playoff round. That’s a huge drop off from the championship tear that they went on last year. We all know that the reason for Toronto’s reversal of fortune is down to one word. That word is Kawhi. Yes. No Kawhi, no more championship banners for the Raptors. Well here’s hoping that the prognosticators are wrong and Toronto can make another championship run. Fuelling that hope is the fact that, while the Raptors were loading managing Kawhi last year, the rest of the team had a 17- and

5-win loss record. That record over 82 games would be a plus 60-win season. That’s a contender’s type of win total. The truth is that’s a lot to ask for a team with aging but effective stars such as Lowry, Gasol and Ibaka. If they stay healthy, there’s a chance the team can contend. However, it’s most likely that basketball executive extraordinaire, Masai Ujiri is betting on exceptional seasons from new stars Siakam, VanVleet and Anunoby. These three are the real future of the Raptors, and if they reach their performance ceilings, Toronto could contend for years to come. That’s a big ‘if’ and there are lots of obstacles in the way of Toronto’s basketball team. In the east it’s the Bucks and the 76’ers that provide the Raptor’s biggest challenges. These two teams are young and talented and will be hard to beat in a playoff series. Poetic justice would dictate that the Raptors would make it to the finals and face Kawhi’s Clippers from Los Angeles. That would be a dream scenario, beating the player who spurned you for another team. We can only dream!

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Working mom Chantale Lauzon-Harris appreciates the many benefits of the busy and active lifestyle she and her family lead. Chantale works in the Co-op and Special Education departments at St. Joseph’s Catholic Secondary School in Cornwall. She lives in Summerstown with her husband Frank and their two children. Chantale is mom to two busy athletes that keep the family on the go at all times. Llyr (15) is a grade 10 student at La Citadelle while Angelina (11) attends Marie Tanguay and is in grade six. Together, Llyr and Angelina’s athletic resumes include an impressive variety of local sports. Llyr takes advantage of all athletic opportunities but is most passionate about volleyball and karate. Llyr participates in the Spikes Volleyball program in Cornwall and has secured a spot on the senior volleyball squad as a grade 9 and 10 student at La Citadelle. Llyr couples his size and strength with an innate enthusiasm for the game. All these factors make him a force to be reckoned with on the court. Llyr has been involved with karate since the age of five. He’s remained devoted to the sport for a decade and even continued his training when the family spent time living in Mexico. Llyr has earned his blackbelt and Mom Chantale says her son is always motivated and excited to train each week. Outside of volleyball and karate, Llyr is also involved in basketball, cross country, track and field and biathlon. Llyr’s love of sports also shows in his role as a member of the Cornwall Air Cadets where he coordinates weekly sports nights. The Cadets compete against other squads in a variety of sports like volleyball, basketball and biathlon and have received several awards for sportsmanship, Best Small Squadron, and basketball. Chantale describes her daughter Angelina as extremely creative and artistic. She takes the opportunity to express these traits through the types of sports she enjoys, figure skating and dance. Angelina has developed her skills in several genres of dance, like tap and jazz, with “Studio C’ in Cornwall. For the past two years, Angelina has translated her dance skills to the ice and is a member of the Char Lan Skate Club in Williamstown where she trains each week. Chantale says she has always encouraged her children to live an active and healthy lifestyle but says now their love of sports has become self-directed. Both kids love their chosen sports and are excited about going to competitions and practices whether at 7am, lunch hour, or Friday night. As a mom, Chantale loves that involvement in sport encourages her kids to function as part of a team, develop positive relationships outside of school, and become involved in the local community. Chantale is especially thankful that Llyr and Angelina have encountered countless positive role models along their journey in sports. Although life can be hectic, Chantale will happily continue to juggle her many roles as wife, mom, teacher and chauffeur. She knows her kids are reaping the benefits of their active lifestyle!

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Team Mainville off to a rocking start! By Casey Leger

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eam Mainville, skipped by thirdyear player Sam Mainville, kicked off its season in the Ottawa Colts Curling Series on October 26 with a B Pool Championship at the North Grenville Curling Club in Kemptville. The Ottawa Colts Curling Series is a season-long set of bonspiels for teams of curlers with less than 5 years’ experience. It is played throughout the Ottawa and S.D.&G. Team Mainville finished the bonspiel with a 3-0 record, winning the skins format by a combined score of 173-34. In addition to Mainville, the team includes Sylvain Girard (lead and vice skip), Tyler Benson (second), and Angelo Giovanniello (third). Sylvain Montpetit, who also seconds for the rink, did not play at this particular bonspiel, but together, the men are a perfect 4-0 in the local Competitive Men’s Draw at the Cornwall Curling Centre. According to Girard, the key to

the team’s success is chemistry. “Every player brings a skill set that contributes to the overall team success,” he says. “The sum of the whole is definitely greater than its parts. We get along well, and we understand each other’s strengths and weaknesses. It really makes a difference on the curling sheet.” If sponsorship is any indicator of success, Team Mainville is destined for great things. Their sponsors include Welch LLP, Laframboise Group, Table 21, Truffles Burger Bar, and Benson Auto Parts. The team’s brooms and uniforms are provided by Hardline.

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species to pick from on a daily basis. I also love fishing smaller ince local fisherman Robert area like the Raisin River.” Martin was a young boy, Since his family spends so he’s been spending time fishing much time fishing together, on the water. Martin hopes he will be able to “We used to go perch fishing continue to do so in more exotic when I was maybe five or places. so,” says Martin. “I was then “I am hoping to get away as a quickly introduced to musky fishing in my teenage years and family and go do a fishing trip that’s where my passion really somewhere,” says Martin. “Or short term, maybe try deep-sea started.” fishing on our next trip down Since he started fishing at south. I have been deep-sea such a young age, Martin has fishing so it should be fun.” been able to collect a variety On top of travel, Martin hopes of favourite memories from his time on the water. His favourite to get his family participating in memory, though, is from his some tournaments soon. more recent years of fishing. “We are hoping to start doing “My favourite fishing memory tournaments this year since my is probably catching a 50-inch boys will both be over sixteen, musky with my two boys,” says which is the minimum age for Martin. “It was nice to see the most tournaments,” says Martin. boys’ reaction since they were “We want to try fishing  small and keep still pretty young. It made it tournaments pretty special to all be together. learning before going to larger We get a chance to go out a few competitive tournaments.” times a week, so we have all Generally, Martin enjoys made many memories over the catching all species, but he says years as a family fishing.” his favourite fish to catch are Since they live on the water, musky and bass. He also says the St. Lawrence has become he enjoys fall walleye fishing. one of their favourite waterways. For those families who

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A New Place to Row in Cornwall: The Cornwall Rowing Club By Victoria Klassen

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n 2016, Kevin Donnelly applied to incorporate a non-profit rowing club and asked some friends to help him start the Cornwall Rowing Club. They formed a board and tried to get a site on the canal. City council supported the idea but because the seaway authority was divesting these lands, it was not possible. Instead, Donnelly and the board asked for a site in Guindon Park, off of Trillium Drive, and their request was granted. That was how the Cornwall Rowing Club was born. “We want to provide facilities for people in the area to enjoy rowing,” expressed Donnelly, who is president of the club. “We offer boats and coaching. It is a beautiful sport, it is excellent for fitness and it makes use of our beautiful waterfront.” Donnelly learned to row at university in Galway and fell in

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Luis wins Unanimous Decision in Peterborough By Jim Riddell

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ony Luis (29-3) made his debut in the super lightweight division on October 19th winning a unanimous decision over Ricardo Lara (22-7) in Peterborough. The fight card, held in the Peterborough Memorial Center, drew an estimated crowd of more than three thousand spectators. Most of them were there to watch hometown hero Cody Crowley (18-0), ranked at #9 in the welterweight division by the WBA, score a lopsided ten round decision over Mian Hussain (16-2) of Montreal. The final four fights of the night were streamed live on ufcfightpass which has a reach of 160 countries. The commentators for fightpass were former #1 Heavyweight contender Gerry Cooney and former New York State Athletic Commissioner and editor of Ring magazine, Randy Gordon. When Ricardo Lara’s original opponent, Will Madera of Albany NY, needed to be replaced, Luis stepped up and accepted the bout eleven days prior to the fight. Lara, a native of El Grullo Jalisco Mexico

proved to be a difficult and awkward opponent for Luis. Each round was relatively close and competitive, but Luis was in control throughout the bout, which was arguably the “fight of the night”. The three ringside judges scored it 78-74. 77-75. 7775, a unanimous decision victory for Tony Luis. Following the fight Gerry Cooney left the broadcast booth to congratulate Tony Luis and his father/trainer Jorge on the victory. In a post-fight “in the ring” interview Tony stated “I’ve definitely had better performances, but I stay active in the gym. I wasn’t out of shape and I didn’t want to lose out on this opportunity on a beautiful platform like ufcfightpass. Sometimes that’s what happens when you take on these tough veterans on short notice. Sometimes they can surprise you. I knew that I was leaving it a little too close to call in the early rounds, but from round six on I felt that I imposed my will. It wasn’t pretty. I’ll go back and work on some things and with a full camp you would see a difference, but we got the W today”.

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Baker Rink Wins Opening Spiel By Staff Writer

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he team skipped by Mitch Baker defeated the team skipped by Neil McLean to win the “A” Division of the opening bonspiel for evening curlers. Playing the 3rd position for the Baker team was Susan Fort with Sam Mainville and Gilbert Paquette filling the front end positions. (picture attached) The “A” Consolation was won by the team skipped by Ian Bridger defeating Jim Lamouroux in the final. Bridger had replacement 3rds all week with Donna Cain Spagnola sparing for the final. Ginette Lauzon and Steve Leger took care of the front end. The “B” Division was won by the team skipped by Frank Holiday defeating the Rick Taylor team. The 3rd position was filled by Peter Lindop, with Nicki DiRuvo and Pat Perry filling the front end positions. The “C” Division honours went to the team skipped by Jonothon King foursome defeating the Joanne McIntosh team in the final. The King team consisted of Theresa McAnany at 3rd. Colleen Gilles Viau Pres. Team members lead Duncan McCrimmon, skip Bob Davis, third Bernard Breton, second Photo Submitted Norm St.Pierre. Cracknell at 2nd and Alfred Heim at lead. The “D” flight was won by the team skipped by Dave Cruickshank attached) Finishing second was the and with a very strong field at the curling centre to participate. The defeating Kevin Baker in the Final team skipped by Peter VanLoon and Shorty Jenkins in Cornwall were league is looking for new teams with teammates John Rattray, Helen third place was the team skipped by successful in defending their title. or individuals to join. If your Gilles Viau. Next action for the Epping team will organization or company would Paquette, and Joanne Marion. be the 1st Grand Slam of the season The first senior draw of the like more information contact Dan The next evening bonspiel is the October 24th to the 27th. curling season Astro Storage and Warehousing 2019/2020 Laperle at 613 360-9112 or Richard League play got under way with Bourdeau at 613 932-3656. Christmas Turkey bonspiel taking (Goldhammer Trophy) commenced place from December 9th to the play on Tuesday October 9th with Monday night hosting Ladies and On Sunday afternoon the club 28 teams competing for the trophy. Men’s recreational curling. Tuesday 14th. The playoffs with the top 12 teams October 1st saw the start of Ladies hosts a mixed fun league. Curlers The RBC Senior Men’s competing (after round robin play) competitive. Wednesday is Men’s in this league are not required to be opening Bonspiel, with 18 teams will take place on Friday November competitive. Thursday and Friday a member of the curling centre to participating, commenced on 1st. Results can be found in the next evenings are mixed curling. Sunday participate. New curlers are always Monday September 23rd with the issue of Sports Energy. mornings, the youth program takes welcome. top 12 teams participating in the to the ice. The latter part of Sunday On the professional scene playoffs on Friday October 4th. The afternoon will see the newly formed Saturday mornings the curling winning team was skipped by Bob Cornwall Curling Centre’s Mat Davis with Bernie Breton at the Camm, who now plays second for centre hosts a weekly men’s mixed doubles league with 12 teams 3rd, position. Front end positions the revamped John Epping, has had a industrial league. This is a non- participating. were filled by Norm St. Pierre and Duncan McCrimmon. (Picture

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he host team of the 2019 Cornwall SDG Counties Pan Am Bass Championship came out on top at the four-nation competition edging Team USA by one hundredth of an ounce to win gold at the first-ever Pan Am event held on Canadian water and soil this past week. Team Canada’s weight average during the tournament was 38.98 pounds; Team USA’s average was 38.97 pounds. 

Team USA won silver, Team Mexico took home the bronze medal with 28.62 pounds and Team Akwesasne First Nations placed fourth with 23.79 pounds. The final standings or ‘weight averages’ of each team were determined by dividing a country’s total weight of bass caught during the competition by the number of boats (or duos). 

Team Canada and Team USA each had a full complement of eight boats (two anglers per boat for a total of 16 anglers per country) while Team Mexico entered seven Bob and Darren Izumi  boats (14 anglers) and Team weigh-in show. Weights from Akwesasne fielded three boats (6 both sessions (maximum 10 fish anglers). per boat) were then combined to The 2019 Cornwall SDG Counties determine each team’s total weight Pan Am Bass Championship for the competition.  was to have been held Thursday, “Lake St Francis did not October 18th and Friday, October disappoint as it really showed itself 19th on Lake St. Francis. However, even with the cold front and strong due to high winds and heavy rain winds,” said Bob Izumi, Captain on Thursday, competition was of Team Canada and a tournament cancelled on Day One. Instead, organizer. “I was so happy for Team anglers fished two sessions on Mexico as they had never fished for Friday – 7:30 am to 11:30 am and 1 smallmouth bass. When I saw them pm to 5 pm – with a weigh-in show weigh in the largest 5-fish limit of held at Marina 200 following each the entire event at 25 pounds in session. Each boat was allowed the morning session it showed me a maximum of five bass at each

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what great anglers they are. All competitors are very accomplished anglers, and every nation had bags of 20 pounds or more during the tournament. Team Canada made me proud. It’s a memory that will last a lifetime.” All fish caught during the event were released alive following each session. 

event’s proceeds will go to CSIA’s Keep Canada Fishing program. The event also marked the beginning of the Canadian International Sportfishing Association which is working with similar organizations in other countries to support future Pan American Bass Championships. The ultimate goal of these organizations is to reinstate fishing competition at the Olympics. (Fishing was part of the Olympic games until 1900).

The Canadian Sportfishing Industry Association (CSIA) hosted the 2019 Pan American Bass Championship which was The next Pan American Bass sponsored by the City of Cornwall Championship will be held next and SDG Counties. Some of the year in Mexico.


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A member of the Cornwall Sports Hall of Fame for racquet sports and a provincial squash champion, Nancee tries to hit the links three times weekly. She enjoys golf for the different challenges the sport provides. She also appreciates the social aspect of golf, and of being a member of the Cornwall Golf and Country Club. “Although it is an individual sport, you play in a group setting,” she says. “Besides providing a golf course for play, there are many golf events in which you can participate, as well as off course events. I have made many new friendships through the Cornwall Golf and Country Club.”

Nancee considers herself a ‘so-so’ golfer, and her best round is an 82. Her favourite golf memories are watching her husband win the B event of the Cornwall Open and getting to play the Old Course at St. Andrews.

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Seaway Valley Rapids Coaching Profile: Brad Robertson By Casey Leger “My coaching philosophy is simple,” says Brad Robertson, head coach of the Major Pee Wee AA Rapids. “Be a positive role model and create an environment where all your players want to participate, whether its practice, a game, or office training.” Major pee wee, where the skaters are generally twelve years old and in grade seven, is a great level to be coaching, according to Robertson. “There starts to be more of an emphasis towards game play and tactics while still working constantly on improving technical skills,” he says. One of the main challenges, he finds, is to create a fun environment that pushes players to perform on and off the ice, Coach Robertson, who holds the High-Performance Coaching Certification, has over twenty years’ experience behind the bench. He played hockey competitively until

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switch to have a tired body at the end of the day and not just a tired mind. The running at first involved only a 5k distance but in the decade that followed that developed into 10k’s, 15k’s, (Utica Boilermaker) and eventually my first half marathon in St. John NB (Marathon by the Sea) in 2004. We had a local running group, which we aptly named the Rasin River Ramblers and we kept each other motivated by travelling together both locally and eventually internationally. In 2005, upon my retirement from teaching at the age of 53, I ran my first full marathon in Athens Greece, the home of the marathon. The next year I completed London and then New York City. I guess, at that point I was hooked because the destination was as great an experience as the run”. Since 2005, running has taken Sheila through most of Canada, all 50 states, and 14 countries. She has completed a marathon in each US state and is an official member of the 50 States Marathon Club. Sheila has completed marathons in 12 different

countries and is a member of the Marathon Globetrotters Club. For the past 8 years Sheila has been a member of the Cornwall Multisport Club and was awarded ‘Runner of the year’ for three consecutive years for accumulating the most running points. “A few highlights of my running career are the experiences tied into our travels like the hot air balloon ride and champagne breakfast on the Serengeti before the Kilimanjaro half marathon and a drive through the Jordanian Desert to visit Petra after running the Jerusalem Marathon. In Australia, a guide took me and four other ladies to Ayers Rock for a sunrise run around the rock before the park officially opened. In the US one or my favourite marathons was in Salmon Idaho, where runners are bussed 26.2 miles from town. We ran back through the most gorgeous scenery and at the crossings, the volunteers were locals on horseback looking so natural in that setting. We put our feet into the very cold Salmon River at the finish line.” Sheila mentions that most marathons are memorable because the organizers are able to shut down major city roads to take you on a scenic journey where you can look around and appreciate the sights. Often, she has a camera with her. Some of those cities have been Rome, London, Geneva, Budapest and most recently, Inverness where she completed her 69th full marathon. The friends that she and Wendell meet along the way and re-unite with certainly add to the adventure. From 2008 to 2018 Sheila and Wendell co-directed the Great Rasin River Footrace which raised funds for Cornwall Continued on page 26


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Hospice and many other charitable organizations ‘We were honoured to host such running notables as Bill Rodgers (Boston Billy) of Olympic fame, who enjoyed fishing out of our little Rasin River, Kathrine Switzer and her husband Roger Robinson along with Canadian runner Tania Jones. Our most beloved attendee was Canadian Ed Whitlock, an unassuming and gentle man who had held every record for all distances from 800m to the marathon and was the first 70-year-old to run a marathon in under 3 hours. Ed attended our race five times before he became too ill to travel and sadly, he passed away shortly after his 86th birthday. Last year we passed the race on to Beyond 21, a non-profit organization which supports developmentally challenged young adults. We were very pleased that such a unique and necessary program could benefit from the race”. Sheila mentions that she would like to think that her efforts to stay healthy have inspired their daughter to increase her fitness level and become a coach for Beachbody, helping to change

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the lives of others through good eating habits and exercise. Their grandson, aged 6, enjoys BMXing and both little ones enjoy working out with Mom. Sheila is presently the director of the Chilly Willy Williamstown 5k, 10k and half marathon which is a fundraiser for the Sir John Johnson Manor House. So - what running goals does Sheila have left and where does she go from here? “A most recent goal of mine is to run 70 marathons and 70 halves by age 70 but I’m a few years ahead of schedule with only one full and one half yet to complete. In the spring I will travel to Vienna with some of our Ramblers and will hopefully get my 70th marathon completed. As long as Wendell and I stay healthy, we will continue to march (or run) forward. I still have to run in a few of the provinces but I’m saving that for when we “get old” and want to stay closer to home. I always say that “Wendell travels to run but I run to travel” and as long as running continues to take us to new places and new experiences, I’m willing to lace up the old runners”.

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or years, Soke Mike Bissonette, President and Founder of New World Martial Arts, has been organizing karate seminars in Cornwall, inviting some of the best contenders from the Ontario, Quebec and US regions to share their knowledge. Seminars are different than competitions. They are a forum for high-ranking experts to share their knowledge and techniques with anyone wanting to upgrade their karate skills. They can brush shoulders with famous Karate such as Shihan Lady Sensei 6th dan black belt, Founding President of Women Martial Arts Network USA, Dan Mc Eaddy, 10th dan from New york, as well as Shihan Dominic Brioche, Kioshi Charles A. Agens, Shihan Trevor Tasetano and Shihan Donald William. This last seminar was also the occasion to honour Renshi Diane Vachon, one of Mike Bissonnette’s brilliant students. Lady Sensei said “It

is well known that Soke Mike believes in the advancement of women in martial arts. There are now so many women in high level positions who reach top levels. Children see women in leadership roles, and they want to follow their example. They will always remember the role women have played in their lives. I want my daughters to have a positive female role model and have an image of a person who is strong and competent. We have come so far: our image, our voices, our stories can inspire the next generation. Soke Mike Bissonnette is a pioneer in leading changes and he needs to be recognized”. She added: “Women come to martial arts for two reasons: the first reason is that they may have been victims of violence and they want to learn how to defend and protect themselves; and second, they bring their children to Karate class and they want to share it.” This was what brought Renshi Diane Vachon to Karate. Renshi Diane said that her involvement in Karate began more than ten years ago when she was taking her children to Karate lessons. After a while she started to think that she would rather be active on the floor, than sitting and watching. She

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joined Soke Mike’s New World Arts and it took her ten years to reach the 5th dan black belt level. Her passion for Karate is obvious. She practices 6 times a week and teaches young children as well. Shihan Josée 6th dan has been with Soke Mike Bissonnette for 23 years and on Sunday, she was leading a class of very young children. She says “We don’t teach technique to the very young children, until they are sixteen years old and more mature. The focus is on agility and learning the karate principles of discipline,

respect, perseverance and humility. With the young ones, we show them how to fall, how to avoid injuries, how to look at someone in the eyes. They like to use the chambarra, a three feet foam sword for which they have to use a helmet to protect the head and shin pads. They are taught to avoid hitting the head and the face and which points of the body they can safely aim at.” She also holds lunch time sessions in a few Cornwall elementary schools, bringing in a new approach to fight bullying and teach the kids respectful values trough karate.

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Lacrosse Association president, Beth Pollock looking for players. The Greater Cornwall & Areas Community Sports Newspaper ecently, two local lacrosse reason they reached out to CMLA players suited up to play for the was that former Jr. C Celtics captain, Glasgow Clydesiders at the North Ryan Dewar, has been a valued American Invitational box lacrosse member of the senior Clydesiders tournament held in Onondaga, just club that competes around Europe. By Molly Kett

Greater Cornwall & Areas Community Sports Newspaper south of Syracuse. Although the club hails from Twelve-year-old Lukas Gault Glasgow, the U15 team did not and thirteen-year-old Xavier Gault, include any Scottish players. Most brothers, got the chance to play with were American with the remainder the fifteen and under team in what hailing from Ontario.

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has become one of the premier indoor As the youngest team in the lacrosse events in the world. This tournament, the Clydesiders event is known for attracting dozens struggled for victories throughout the of professional players in the men’s tournament. They dropped their first division andGreater teamsCornwall from as far as three Sports games to The Western Door & Areas Community Newspaper Hungary and Poland. This year was Woodsmen, Six Nations Brotherhood, the first time they included a youth and the Philadelphia Lasersharks. division. They were able to win their final Lukas Gault second from left and Xavier Gault third from the right. Photo Submitted According to the boys’ dad, Thorin game, beating the Pittsburgh Kings Greater Cornwall & Areas Community Sports Newspaper Gault, the opportunity for the Gault three to one to finish tenth in the team and Xavier for the Ontario the fall. Cornwall hopes to maintain a brothers arose when Clydesider division. silver medalist bantams,” says Thorin relationship with the Clydesiders and organizer, Brian Witmer contacted “Lukas spent the summer playing Gault. “They both suit up for the there is already talk of a European their mother and Cornwall Minor for the Cornwall Celtic’s peewee Ottawa Capitals field lacrosse club in tour next summer.”

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the Cornwall Mustangs) until he aged out of the program, the St. ensen Stanley, 27, grew up Lawrence Intermediate School playing sports and has applied Saints football team, and then for many of the lessons he learned the CCVS Raiders. to his academic and professional Stanley was approached to play life. Stanley’s three main sports lacrosse for his high school team the growing up were hockey, football day before a tournament. Despite and lacrosse. having never held a lacrosse stick By Victoria Klassen

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Hockey was his first passion, starting to play with the Cornwall Minor Hockey Association at a young age, transferring to the Akwesasne Minor Hockey Association, and eventually returning to play Rep B with the Cornwall Royals Midget team. It wasn’t until 2015 when Jensen discovered football through the newly formed Cornwall Minor Football Association. He played for the Cornwall Wildcats (formerly

before, a lacrosse coach, Jack Ruest, spotted him and invited Stanley to play for the Bull Dogs. Along with sports, Stanley carved out time for other activities in high school like school band and humanitarian missions to El Salvador. He studied criminology at Wilfrid Laurier University and went on to pursue a career in the RCMP. “This past July, I graduated from RCMP Depot in Regina after a

long six months of training where I was able to put the skills I learned in sports to good use,” expressed Stanley. “I was fortunate to get my top pick of divisions and was posted to Newfoundland.” The sports he played growing up taught him some important life lessons. “Sports taught me to never give up and that if I failed it was not the end of the world, but rather a learning opportunity. It taught me to go back to the drawing board and figure out what I could do differently to improve my skills in order to achieve my goals. Although, I may

not have always been successful, I learned that giving up was not an option. I continued to play and worked on the skills that I needed in order to improve,” said Stanley. “There were times when coaches challenged me, which tapped into my competitive nature and made me work even harder to succeed. I was able to transfer this skill to the classroom setting when teachers would challenge me, as this became an opportunity to improve myself. In this sense, sports proved to be a positive for me which truly benefited me academically and helped create a good balance in my life.”

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t is always poignant at this time of year to remember our war dead and the sacrifices they made throughout the last century and yes, even today. Over the years I have collected historical notes and wrote about Remembrance Day, featuring soldiers who left our fair city and never came home.  Because of their sacrifices, the great athletes we have

come to watch and admire could perform and create these memories. Have a read and when you are finished, think for a minute how insignificant these moments really are in comparison to the date they were achieved. In 1943 while the war was raging in Europe, Clint Smith scored the first ever empty net goal in NHL history at 19:12 of the third as the Blackhawks beat the Bruins 6-4.  Fast forward to the seventies. In 1970 Gary “suitcase” Smith of the Golden Seals shut out the Montreal Canadiens 2-0 in Oakland. I found two notable 1973 moments, Rod Gilbert passed Andy Bathgate as the all-time Rangers goal scoring

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leader with 273. He scored twice in a 5-2 win against the Islanders. Tony Esposito recorded his 40th career shutout in a 3-0 win over the Kings. In 1978 the Minnesota North Stars allowed Marcel Dionne to record his 13th career hat trick as the Kings won 8-1 in LA. A year later in Philadelphia Rick Macleish helped the Flyers edge the Canucks by scoring three times while registering his 550th career point. Montreal’s “big bird” had four points in an 8-2 win over the Rockies in Colorado in 1980. 1981 was the busiest November 11th, starting with the Flyers picking up Mel Bridgeman for Brad Marsh. It was a high scoring night on two fronts. The Habs were in Colorado again and won 9-0 with

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Unique from its inception, skateboarding was known as an activity that rebellious youths took up to escape the boredom and home life laden with rules. Skateboarding (formally known as sidewalk surfing) began in California where young surfers picked up on the idea of slapping a set of wheels on a platform and gliding along on sidewalks or roadways to get around. No guidelines, no rules, skateboarding morphed into a cult all its own and celebrated individuality and its own lifestyle. In 1995, Greater Cornwall & Areas Community Sports Newspaper ESPN’s Extreme Games competition made the sport much more appealing with a more dangerous and adrenalin fueled attitude. Kids were mastering incredible moves and wowing crowds around the world. The IOC has made the decision to introduce park terrain skateboarding into Tokyo’s 2020 Olympics. My question is: what took so long? Yes park terrain skateboarding deserves to be part of the Olympic program. I’m looking forward to it! Jake Lapierre - Conditioning Coach -

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is something that I had never really thought much about until a few years ago when in San Francisco, I had the opportunity to watch several boarders exhibit their expertise doing stunts and “hill bombing” on the very steep Dolores Street. Although I had to question their wisdom, some of these skateboarders were definitely athletes with some high-end skills. Skateboarding has a similar culture to that of snowboarding which made its Olympic debut in 1998 at Nagano Japan and became Greater Cornwall & Areas With Community Sports Newspaper an instant success. the proper format and marketing, skateboarding will appeal to the millennial market and has the potential to become as popular at the summer Olympics as snowboarding has at the Winter Olympics.

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Cornwall Colts: Emerick Nadeau By Victoria Klassen

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merick Nadeau’s father used to be a referee in the NHL, so it was a natural fit that Emerick found a passion for hockey at a young age. By three years old he was already on the ice playing hockey. Before Emerick became a junior player, he played at the prep school Ulysse Académie. Last year he played for the Brockville Braves and was named Rookie Player of the Year. Over the summer he was traded

to Cornwall and said that he has been enjoying his time here. Originally from Blainville, Quebec, Cornwall is a new home for 18-year-old Emerick. “My billet parents, Kevin Kitchener and Krista Day are amazing. They make me feel like I’m home. Living in Cornwall is really nice. It’s really quiet and I enjoy it,” expressed Emerick. In the future, Emerick wants to play in the NCAA and pursue a degree in economics. Right now, he’s focused

on the season ahead. “Our team had a rough start, but I feel like we are on a good way to start winning. Personally, I really had a great start to the season so far. I always try find a way to push my limits and get something going on and off the ice,” said Emerick, who plays forward. “We have a great young group of guys with a lot of energy. Our team chemistry is above what I was expecting.”

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he 2019 edition of that local fall classic between Holy Trinity and Saint Joseph’s Catholic Secondary Schools, the Charity Bowl, marks the twelfth time those rivals have clashed for these particular gridiron bragging rights. This year’s contest was a nail-biter, with the Panthers holding on—barely—to the title by a 5-0 count. “We were disappointed,” says Holy Trinity Falcons’ head coach, Jeff McAllister. “We were first and goal with thirty seconds left… We just didn’t execute.” Despite the

close loss, Coach McAllister is quick to point out the positive: “We enjoyed the game,” he says. “Holy Trinity believes in its team.” This year’s Charity Bowl was especially significant for Coach McAllister. He’s retiring from teaching, and he’s giving up the reins of his beloved Falcon team. St. Joe’s head coach Mitchel Zappitelli is happy with the Panthers’ win. “It’s always a close game,” says Coach Zapitelli. “It doesn’t matter how the teams look on paper.” The contest bears out Coach Zap’s comments. The Panthers’ five points came from a field goal kicked by Cole Frasier-

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Setting a goal

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oal setting is something that most of us do in our everyday lives without even realizing it. The weekend is approaching: the grass needs to be cut, the car should be washed, there are several errands to run and the game plan is to get this all accomplished on Saturday. You set a goal for yourself and maybe on Saturday things may change somewhat and plans may need to be adjusted. Goal setting in martial arts is no different than elsewhere in life. When someone makes the decision to start taking classes it is most often with a goal in mind. A few of the more common ones are to increase fitness level, lose a few pounds, pick up some self-defense skills or to grow ones social circle. Several years ago I received a phone call from a 72 year old man inquiring about earning the first belt level in karate. He had a bucket list and earning a karate belt was one of the things on his list. Several months later he had met the requirements and proudly received his yellow belt and certificate. With this box checked, it was now on to the next thing on his bucket list. One of if not the best ways to goal set is to use the S.M.A.R.T. system which first appeared in a 1981 issue of Management Review as a way for managers to set goals and objectives. This acronym has become the gold standard for goal setting and can be used anywhere. When setting a goal it must be: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely.

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Karate, with its progressive belt ranking is a great model for the SMART system. Each belt level has a specific curriculum and progress can be measured as new techniques are learned. Every belt level will challenge you, but with hard work it is also achievable. Each belt rank will take a certain amount of time to achieve and a timeframe is needed. Without a timeframe, it is no longer a goal. It always helps if you write your goals down and track your progress. Those notes may come in handy later on. Specific: Be as specific as possible about the goal that you would like to achieve. If you are working towards your next belt level you would write – I will earn my (next rank) by (specific date) and specify the needed requirements to attain that rank. Measurable: As each new requirement is learned, progress can be measured. Achievable: A goal should challenge you, but if for some reason you have suffered a setback, things can be tweaked a bit. Better to adjust than to abandon. Realistic: A goal should be something that needs to be reached for but shouldn’t be impossible to grasp. Time Based: Put a timeframe on your goal. On the way to earning your next belt set a date, but also have a few “check-in” points along the way. This is quite helpful when learning the various requirements and still allowing for time to polish them before the grading. Karate Quote: “A Black belt is a White belt that never quit”.

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CAREER Glenna was born and raised in Berwick and area. She married and had three sons. Her career included Deputy Clerk at the Chesterville office, then Clerk at the Mountain office. She now works at the Chesterville Legion. INTERESTS Glenna has been active in broomball, softball, 5 pin bowling and darts in the past. She is presently a member of the pie baking group at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Chesterville. To keep their church open, this group bakes pies weekly as a yearlong fundraiser (1,842 in 2018). OSGA 55+ Since joining District 8, Glenna has won a bronze medal in golf in a Provincial competition, played bid euchre at the Eastern Regional Games and cribbage at the Provincial Games in Midland. This summer Glenna played bid euchre, euchre, cribbage, floor shuffleboard and carpet bowling. After her retirement, Glenna’s plan is to enjoy as many OSGA District 8 events as she can for one membership fee. Follow OSGA District 8 on FB at OSGA55+ District 8 – SD&G, Prescott Russell & Akwesasne or contact Linda Vickers, District Coordinator, at lindav1262@gmail.com

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Cornwall BMX Club Athletes Compete in DK Gold Cup Championship Finals By Victoria Klassen

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ornwall BMX racers Rylan Adams 14, Carter Jackson 14, and Sam Drouin 13, competed in the DK Gold Cup Championship Finals in Long Island, New York, in October. Over 650 athletes from all over the northeastern United States and Canada attended this competition hoping to win a coveted Gold Cup number plate. “That’s one of the things that makes this series so exciting and competitive,” explained Cornwall BMX Club president, Dan Drouin. “The Gold Cup plates are only awarded to the top three riders in each category.” Rylan, who had podium finishes at the Ontario Provincial Championship, had a strong start to the competition. Rylan placed second in Friday’s pre-race and second in Saturday’s finals in the novice class. “I was sitting in first, but then I slipped and crashed hard in the

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second moto,” explained Rylan about his Sunday race. “I didn’t make the main on Sunday, but I finished the season with a #2 Gold Cup plate.”

Carter earned a fifth place ranking in the 14 intermediate class. He was on fire on Sunday with a second place podium finish. Sam was in a competitive group of 13-year-olds in the elite class and finished in third place in Friday’s race. He finished the weekend with a seventh place overall rank. In order to qualify for DK Gold Cup Championship Finals, these young athletes had to compete in at lease two regional qualifying events. Cornwall was selected as one of six Canadian cities to host a regional qualifying event this year. For more information about BMX racing visit the Cornwall BMX Club webpage at cornwallbmx.ca or at www.facebook.com/CBMXClub. The club can also be contacted via e-mail at info@cornwallbmx.ca or Left to right; Expert Class racer Sam “The Skunk” Drouin [13], Novice Class racer Stylin’ Rylan Adams [14] and Intermediate Class racer by phone at 613-662-1790. Carter Jackson [14] showing off their weekend haul.  Photo Submitted

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Alexandria Glens Monthly Update ByMolly Kett

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arc Rousseau, head coach for the Alexandria Glens Tier II team, has updates for how the season has been coming along. Currently, the Glens are 2-9-1 with 5 points. “Although the record doesn’t reflect it, most of our games are one goal losses and could have easily been in our favour,” says Rousseau. “The boys are committed to learning and work hard.” Although the current season may not be going exactly the way the team hopes, they’ve been playing incredibly well. “We have had many good games the game versus Renfrew on October 25th was one of those whereby we executed the game plan for the majority of the game and we were able to capitalize on our opportunities,” says Rousseau. In terms of a standout player, Rousseau says that it’s tough to

identify just one, as all players have seen ups and downs within this short season so far. “To name a few, Nico Pozzebon, Alexim Veilleux and Brendon Watson have been most consistent thus far this season,” says Rousseau. “Our goaltender Nicolas Rousseau has given us a chance to win in every game played.” In terms of practice and game strategy, Rousseau says, the coaching staff stresses good work ethics and hard work. “We occasionally change our strategies based on the teams we are going to play,” says Rousseau. As of the end of October, the team is set to play Arnprior back to back, which will both likely prove to be challenging games with Arnprior coming off a big victory against the Ottawa Jr Canadiens. “We will need to come out with intensity and discipline if we are to be victorious,” says Rousseau.

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Nativity Bowling celebrate its 65th anniversary By Christine Ouellet

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ativity Bowling opened its doors on McConnell street in 1954, next to the church which is now gone. Back then, the bowling was inaugurated by Catholic Church Bishop Brodeur and on November 2nd.

It was the actual Bishop of Cornwall, Terrence Prendergast SJ, who launched the festivities marking its 65th anniversary.

Alain Menard, whose father opened up a bowling in Alexandria in the fifties, has been involved in the sport since he was a young boy and he has been working at Nativity Bowling for seven years. Menard says: “It didn’t cost much money to play and you didn’t need expensive equipment to play, all you needed was a pair of bowling shoes. It was available

to everyone, kids, seniors, new players, people in wheelchairs and people with disabilities. Our oldest player is ninety-sevenyear-old Euclide Proulx, who comes and plays with his eightyyear-old nephew Roland Proulx on Thursdays.” He adds quite proudly that his sister, Johanne Nadeau from Alexandria will be introduced to the Hall of Fame next month. As he’s been involved in bowling all of his life, he knows the business inside out, so much so that he can tell, just by listening to the sound of the ball if it will be a strike or not. According to Menard, in the fifties, each town had his own bowling alley which was, after the church, the hub of the town. Cornwall had seven bowling alleys. Only two have survived. Then, at the end of the sixties, skidoos became

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November’s Athlete of the Month, an impressive young runner who has earned a number of accolades, was nominated by her coach Ashley Savoy. Sydney recently won the grade 8 girls’ 3 000 metre run at the cross-country meet held at Iona Academy in Williamstown. “She showed impressive endurance, sportsmanship, and represented her school in the highest fashion,” says Coach Savoy. “I have always enjoyed playing sports that have a lot of running, like soccer,” says Sydney. “When training, I always do a lot of running and never feel overly exhausted. I decided to try out for the crosscountry team in grade four. Since then I’ve always done really well.” A few of Sydney’s achievements include winning the Cornwall Triathlon girls age 11-12 Duathlon 2016 and 2017; earning 1st place at the grade 8 girls St. Joe’s cross country meet this year and winning 1st place in the 400 and 800 m and relay for grade 6 girls Viscount meet. “She is quite pleased to say she tied for time with the 1st place boy in the 800m,” says Sydney’s mom, Lesley. Sydney is also a striker with the Seaway Valley Blazers. Her team won the league championship this year. When she finishes with school, Sydney would like to work as a border security agent or as an OPP officer.

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Colts Then and Now – Jesse Winchester By David Murphy

 Jesse Winchester is a former Colts captain who showed leadership skills at an early age.  His motivation and work ethic were lauded by his coaches at every level he played.  Winchester’s career began with a three-year run with his hometown Colts where he amassed 184 points in 144 games before moving on to Colgate University on a full scholarship.  After four seasons of NCAA Division 1 hockey (40 goals, 74 assists, 114 points), he signed for one game with the NHL’s Ottawa Senators.  Winchester spent parts of the next six seasons in the NHL with Ottawa, Florida and Colorado.

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guiding the Brockville Braves as head coach. Winchester won back to back CCHL Coach of the Year Awards in 2018 and 2019.  Winchester is now working in Player Development for the NHL’s Ottawa Senators.  Winchester says his favourite memory with the Colts was the buzz in the arena on Thursday nights at the Si saying it felt like the mini NHL.  Winchester recommends the NCAA route for several reasons. “For me college was a no brainer.  I wasn’t good enough at a young age to play in the OHL and make an impact, so the college route gave me the opportunity to continue chasing my dream. It allowed me to blossom at my own pace as far as hockey is concerned and it helped me grow away from the rink in ways that are important now that I no longer play in the NHL.”

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popular and took away a bit of the business, but it came back up and now, changes in our social habits seem to be affecting the popularity of the sport. The number of young players went from seventy thousand in 1985 to approximately five thousand in 2016, which is a significant decrease.

Bowling closes in summer; it is essentially an indoor-winter sport. It’s a great alternative for summertime sports, such as golf and marine sports when the fall comes. Since its opening in 1954, the place went through a lot of changes. The pin boys are long gone, the pin system was replaced and automatic points and statistics systems were introduced in 1990. The wooden floors have all been replaced by synthetic flooring. They expanded to 12 alleys and removed the pool tables. Nativity Bowling has ten leagues with forty to sixty people per league who play regularly.

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erry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Thanksgiving (since I’m an adopted American) and Christmas are my favourite times of the year. Without a doubt being able to spend time with family and friends is special but just the overarching meaning and reason for the season puts a special twist on it. This year, however, is unique and very special to me.

point of an escape of real life, some a way to cope with certain stressors, but ultimately it is a choice to choose one thing over another.

We have been given the gift to choose and have this freespirited choice. So, as we come into the holiday season lets choose each other, choose what is really important to us, choose the ones we love, and ultimately This is the first year in my choose to make memories. thirty years of life, that I do not Until next month stay happy, have to leave early for a hockey game, arrive late because our stay healthy, road trip went through the 24th, Justin Roethlingshoefer miss Thanksgiving because we played that day; it is the first Until next month. glaring moment of what it feels Stay happy and healthy. like to really be outside of the Justin Roethlingshoefer ‘hockey/sports world’…and it Email questions to: feels so good! justinr@ That ‘sports world’ mantra and culture has long been used an excuse to prioritize sports over everyday life; some to the

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Did Someone Say ‘Tournament’? 66 Teams Invade Cornwall By Casey Leger

“We are excited about our House tournament coming up in the next few weeks,” says Bill Allen of the Cornwall Girls Hockey Association. On the weekend of October 25, the Association hosted its Competitive tournament, with 66 teams from Quebec, Ontario and the USA participating. On November 8, the 36th Annual House tournament will take place with 60 teams from Quebec and Ontario vying for wins. According to Allen, approximately 1,000 players participate in each event.

played at the Benson Centre and the Civic Complex in Cornwall, and at various rinks around SD&G. The Competitive tournament included twelve divisions, from novice to midget, and there were four different bantam divisions alone.

The Cornwall Typhoons collected gold medals at the peewee B and midget A levels of the Competitive tournament, and they garnered silver in atom B and peewee AA. However, the big winner of these two tournaments might just be Cornwall’s economy, with a combined roster of approximately 2,000 players and their Both Girls Hockey Association families filling local hotels, eating tournaments have proven extremely at local restaurants, and spending popular over the years, with berths money at local businesses. in each selling out on a regular Allen says,“We encourage you to basis. Teams from as far away as come down and see the young ladies Buffalo, New York, make the trip to in action at the Benson, the Complex, participate. Tournament games are and many other rinks in SD and G!”

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Cornwall Collegiate and Vocational School Participating Sports: Volleyball Basketball Favourite Sport: Basketball Favourite Subject:

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Glengarry District High School Participating Sports: cross country soccer track and field Favourite Sport: Track Favourite Subject: Biology/physics I lookup to this sports personality: I don’t have a “famous” one. But I look up to my track coach, Nana Momoh. Sport achievements: 4 times ofsaa competitor in three years. (Cross and track) 11 provincials and 4-time national competitor for track. Academic achievements: 2-time honour roll student with a 2nd and 3rd place for highest average in my grade.  

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Participating Sports: Basketball Volleyball Badminton Favourite Sport: Basketball Favourite Subject: Biology I look up to this sports personality: Elena Delle Donne Sport achievements: MVP Volleyball Grade 11 EOSSA Basketball grade 10 and 11 Academic achievements: Honour Roll every semester I plan on going to either BYU Utah to study exercise science, BYU Hawaii to major in biology and minor in psychology and chemistry or to Trent University to forensic science

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Cornwall Mazda

Athletics + Academics = A Winning Combination

Genevieve Grigg - Grade 12 École secondaire publique L’Héritage

Participating Sports: Volleyball and Soccer Favourite Sport: Soccer Favourite Subject: Biology I look up to this sports personality: Lionel Messi Sport achievements: Member of 2019 seniors’ A division EOSSAA finalists Member of 2018 junior EOSSAA A division winners Academic achievements: 94 % average Highest overall grade biology Highest overall grade chemistry Continuously on the honour roll/academic merit Academic excellence award grade 6 Member of the student government Member of the parent council Completing the International Baccaleaureat

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Participating Sports: Glengarry Highlanders PeeWee B competitive hockey team GSL Soccer 412 Glengarry Hearts Soccer Favourite Sport: Soccer Favourite Sport: Soccer Favourite Subject: Math I look up to this sports personality: Hayley Wickenheiser Sport achievements: “Best midfielder in the league” award last year for soccer MVP for hockey last year Academic achievements: Character Always awards in elementary school Remembrance Day poster winner, Grades 4 and 5 Student representative for transition team at WPS

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Maths I look up to this sports personality: Odem Beckham Jr. Sport achievements: EOSSAA championship winner for soccer EOSSAA participants for Basketball Academic achievements: Honour roll at ESC La Citadelle

A Cornwall Colt from Day One: Georges Bougie By Victoria Klassen

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ince the Cornwall Colt’s inception in 1992, Georges Bougie has been involved as the announcer. He is also the director of off-ice officials and formerly the director of education. His passion for the game has kept him involved for all of these years. “Hockey is in the blood. I’ve played a lot of hockey, I worked for 35 years at a hockey school that I ran in the final years of it, and I’m still playing hockey,” said Bougie. “I love working with those young men who are playing for the Colts. You have to enjoy doing what you’re doing, otherwise it’s no fun.” Bougie is still having fun 27 years later. A typical game day for Bougie starts with arriving at the arena and making sure the script is in order for the game. He then visits with both coaches to make sure the lineups

are correct before checking to make sure the scheduled refs have arrived. In the penalty box, he checks the microphone and gets ready for the game. After the game, he ensures all the proper statistics are on the score sheet and he makes copies for the referees and coaches. Although it sounds like a busy night, Bougie said that this is a destressor for him. The team he has been working with has been together for the past seven years. “Everything goes so well because of the quality of the crew that works together. The penalty box crew, the office crew—we work as a team. We like each other. We have a good time. Things roll because everybody is watching everybody’s back,” shared Bougie. “Our crew is probably looked upon as the best in the central league, simply because we’ve been together for so long, and the referees have the

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upmost respect and confidence in the “These kids are working hard and way we run things.” carving out a future for themselves. Over the years Bougie has Most of them want to pursue university worked at two Fred Page Cups and studies in the States. They’re working the Royal Bank Cup. In 2020 he is quite hard to achieve their goals and looking forward to working at the the least we can do is back them and World Junior Championship. In show up at the rink,” said Bougie. the meantime, he hopes that more “It’s good, solid entertainment. It’s fans will come out to cheer on the not goon hockey.These kids actually know how to play hockey.” Cornwall Colts.


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Minor Peewee AA Rapids reign in Rochester By Todd Anderson

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he Seaway Valley AA Minor Peewee Rapids came home with the gold medal from the Rochester Invitational AAA Tournament held Oct. 4-6. Seaway claimed the title after a perfect 6-0 performance in the event, including a 4-1 victory over the Grey Bruce Highlanders in the final.

Seaway led 1-0 after the opening frame on a goal from Houston Johnson. The two Ontario-based teams (the Highlanders are from the Owen Sound area) traded goals in the second period with Max Delisle finding the back of the net on the power-play. In the third, the Rapids added two insurance goals and skated away with a determined win. Liam Gray finished off a slick breakaway and AJ Alejandrino cemented the victory with 4:21 remaining. Delisle, Owen Dickson, Nuala Gibbs and Alejandrino all picked up assists while Landon Van Loon stood tall in goal.

“Winning the championship was awesome,” said head coach Matt Gray. “It was not easy, and we had our struggles throughout the weekend. However, the players stuck together and found a way to win. Everybody contributed in their own way and we would not have won without that type of effort. We just missed the finals in Peterborough (a tournament attended in September) and I don’t think the players wanted to go home empty-handed again. The Seaway Valley AA Minor Peewee Rapids captured the gold medal at the Well they didn’t.” To reach the final, the Rapids dispatched the hometown Rochester Monarchs 7-2 in the semi-finals. Seaway led 3-1 after the opening period on goals from Delisle, Gray and Johnson. Vinny Anderson knotched a pair of goals in the second period to increase the lead to 5-1 . Nolan Menard and Alejandrino capped the scoring in the third period. Menard added three assists in the contest and Camden McCuaig and Gray added two each. Anderson and Carter Rolland handed out one assist and Parker Sauve earned the victory in goal.

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Rochester Invitational Oct. 4-6. Pictured front from left are: Max Delisle, Kale Grant and Nolan Menard. Middle row: Landon Van Loon, Houston Johnson, Caleb Grady, Kyan Helmer, Carter Rolland, AJ Alejandrino, Camden McCuaig, Nuala Gibbs, Konnor Bertrand, Vinny Anderson, Liam Gray, Owen Dickson and Parker Sauve. Back row: trainer Danny Menard, trainer James Rolland, assistant coach Tim McCuaig, head coach Matt Gray and assistant coach Photo Submitted Jamie Lepine. Absent from photo is Brady Bell.

Seaway kicked off the event with another 7-2 win over the Monarchs. Delisle and McCuaig each had a pair of goals while singles went to Alejandrino, Caleb Grady and Anderson. Johnson had two assists while Gray, Grady, Konnor Bertrand, Delisle and Anderson each had one. Sauve was the winner in goal.

Next up was a meeting with the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Knights …. and another 7-2 victory. The Rapids rolled out to a 4-0 lead before the Knights could solve Van Loon. Gray and McCuaig each had two goals in the contest with singles going to Grady, Rolland and Anderson. Menard, Kale Grant, Delisle and Alejandrino each had a helper in the win.

The third round robin game was a physical match against the P.A.L. Jr. Islanders coached by former NHLers Peter and Chris Ferraro, the nephews of TSN NHL analyst Ray Ferraro. The match was capped off by a Johnson hat-trick as the winger sent the Seaway crowd home happy scoring the 4-3 game-winner with just 30 seconds remaining. Delisle had the other Seaway goal, assisted by Johnson. Grady and Delisle also had assists in the win with Sauve earning the goal in between the pipes.

To cap off the round robin, the Rapids and Highlanders met to decide who would finish the round robin in first place. The result, another thrilling 4-3 win for Seaway. After having a goal disallowed late in a 2-2 game, the Rapids continued to mount a fierce

attack when McCuaig scored with 3:24 remaining. The Highlanders didn’t give in and tied it up with 52 seconds remaining. The heroics for Seaway went to Delisle this time who managed to beat the Knights goalie from the blue line with 35 seconds left for the winner. Grant opened the scoring for Seaway with a top corner blast from the point and Johnson had the other Rapids goal. Johnson, Kyan Helmer and Anderson picked up assists and Van Loon won in net. Seaway needed to give an extra effort during the tournament as they were playing without the services of injured defenceman Brady Bell, an alternate captain with the team. Seaway lost in the semi-finals of another tournament held in September in Peterborough against a talented pool of AAA teams. The Rapids have started the regular season with a 2-1-1 record including wins over the Ottawa Sting and Nepean Raiders, a tie against the Ottawa Valley Silver Seven and a loss to the Eastern Ontario Cobras. The team is coached by Gray and assistants Tim McCuaig and Jamie Lepine. Danny Menard and James Rolland are the team trainers. “We are very lucky to have the parents we do on our team,” said Gray. “They are very involved and open to helping any way they can. From team breakfasts and lunches to a little go-carting, it all adds up to a great environment for the players. We are very proud of the team and look forward to a great season ahead.”


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