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Celtics round three playoff schedule announced

office Jul 24, 2014 - 12:32pm

Round three of the Ontario junior C lacrosse playoffs will open on the road on Saturday, July 26, with game two booked for Cornwall's multi-sport complex on Sunday, July 27, starting at 3pm.

To see the complete schedule, click here.

The Celtics will be taking on Clarington, after getting past Gloucester and Peterborough in the first and second rounds respectively.


Headlines from our July 23, 2014 edition

office Jul 23, 2014 - 3:18pm
  • Fire destroys home
  • The loss of a 'visionary'
  • Neighbours frustrated by inaction on prom parties
  • Task Force seizes contraband tobacco
  • Lochiel drain improvements divide landowners
  • Movement on lagoon
  • Impatience grows over Elgin Street
  • The shiny legacy of King George Hotel
  • Historic grounds to welcome Foot Race runners
  • Wildcats earn playoff opener bye
  • It's on to round three for Celtics
  • Cruising for a cause on the St. Lawrence
  • So, is this really the government we deserve
  • Why cops hate Facebook

Horse show to make debut Sunday in VKH

office Jul 22, 2014 - 2:46pm

(By Tammy Allen)     A new english horse show will make its debut this Sunday at the Vankleek Hill Fairgrounds.  The Vankleek Hill Summer Horse Show promises to be a friendly and inviting event which gives equestrians, young and old, an opportunity to ride in a supportive environment.  There is something for almost every rider.  

If you are a novice who has just mastered the walk and trot, an intermediate or an advanced rider who can canter and jump, there are a variety or classes to choose from. There are classes for riders with young or green horses in need of experience.   For adults showing for the first time or for those wanting to just dust off their paddock boots and get back in the saddle, there are events for you.  

This new horse show comes on the heels of the final Hilltop Horse Show last year which was retired after 35 successful years.  

“There is a strong need for local riders to come out and ride with other equestrians who share their passion for the sport” says Tammy Allen, one of the key organizers of the Summer Horse Show along with Allison Barton.  “ Many people expressed interest in seeing a new show take its place and we hope they will support this fresh new format”.  

The Vankleek Hill Agricultural Society will play host to this new venture which will begin at 9am on Sunday, July 27.  

“It is important to encourage the future generation of riders, so they will get a chance to show off their talents over the lunch hour” say Allen referring to the leadline class for the youngsters,  and the always entertaining costume class for the young at heart.  There will be ribbons, trophies, special prizes, and a canteen on site.  Riders and supporters are welcome to come out and enjoy the camaraderie and to cheer others on! 


River Kings still looking for a coach

office Jul 21, 2014 - 4:09pm

(By Rodney Wilson)   The Cornwall River Kings of the LNAH continue their hunt for a bench boss. Despite numerous rumours that a head coach has already been chosen, the reality is – the search continues.

“We are not rushing this decision,” said owner Brock Frost. “I know the fans want a coach in place but we are looking for the right fit for the season and are being patient.” There are currently as many as six individuals being interviewed for the top position. One man who won’t be behind the River Kings bench is Rick Lalonde, the team’s General Manager. “Rick is not being considered as head coach,” confirmed Frost. 

In fact, Lalonde has taken a role as head coach for a junior AAA team in Saint-Jerome, under the direction of owner Bill Hattem. Frost and Hattem are both excited at the dual role being played by Lalonde and have absolutely no issue with him working for both teams.

“It truly could not have worked out any better,” said Lalonde. “Not only do I have the opportunity to coach a terrific junior team but I also can continue to work in my home town as GM of the River Kings.” And you can bet Lalonde, who is also the head scout for Cornwall, will be keeping his eyes open for potential future River Kings.

Meanwhile, Cornwall is also being strategic and patient in regards to the signing of players. “We plan to interview each and every player personally next week,” said Lalonde. “We are looking to put the best possible product on the ice this season and need to explore all options.”

Glengarry Connection

For each of the two seasons the Kings have played in Cornwall, Williamstown's Jonathan Jasper has been part of the squad. The punishing, young blueliner has told The News he is looking forward to returning to the region's pro hockey again this year.


Study on head-balling in soccer

office Jul 17, 2014 - 4:45pm

Our July 16 edition features a story about Caitlyn Gallant and her university study about the need for soccer players to be taught proper head-balling technique. Check out the story on page 9 for all the information.

Here is a reprint of her study's abstract:

This paper sought to investigate the neuropsychological consequences of sub-concussive impacts in soccer, in the form of trained, and untrained heading techniques, which are often implemented by recreational players. The two heading techniques were examined to determine if they would affect performance on the Serial Reaction Time Task (SRTT). 51 Participants began the experiment by completing a SRTT pre-test, which served as a baseline measure of neuropsychological functioning. Next, through random assignment, one group of participants (n=25) was trained in proper heading techniques, while the other group (n=26) received an equivalent training session on passing the ball.

Subsequently, participants executed a series of head-balls, and lastly, completed a SSRT post-test. Reaction time improved over time, but the effect size was smaller for the untrained heading condition, demonstrating that improper heading techniques reduced the practice effect that occurred with proper heading techniques. These results suggest that untrained heading techniques should be investigated further, as they appear to produce negative short-term effects on mean reaction time relative to those of trained heading techniques.

Keywords: heading training, purposeful heading, sub-concussive trauma


River Kings announce pre-season schedule

office Jul 17, 2014 - 1:37pm

(By Rodney Wilson)

The LNAH has announced its pre-season schedule, and the River Kings will have home-and-home series with two of their biggest rivals.

Here are Cornwall’s exhibition games:

  • Friday, Sept. 19 at Laval (8 p.m.)
  • Sunday, Sept. 21 vs. Laval (4 p.m.)
  • Friday, Sept. 26 at Sorel-Tracy (8 p.m.)
  • Saturday, Sept. 27 vs. Sorel Tracy (7:30 p.m.)

The River Kings will hold training camp on Friday, Sept. 5 (8-10 p.m.) and Saturday, Sept. 6 (1-3 p.m.) at the Civic Complex. The blue & white intrasquad game is set for Sunday, Sept. 7.


Tips for buying used hockey equipment

office Jul 17, 2014 - 1:19pm



Are you looking to get some new gear for next season? Buying used hockey equipment is a great way to save money, but keep the following tips in mind.

1. Skates: When buying used skates, make sure the blade isn’t worn down or rusted, and that it hasn’t bent or warped out of alignment.  You also want to check the boot to ensure it is firm, supportive and free of cracks.

2. Gloves: Make sure used gloves don’t have any holes or tears and that the lining isn’t thin or worn out. It’s also smart to try holding and maneuvering a hockey stick to ensure you have the correct grip.

3. Pads: Never buy used elbow, shin or shoulder pads without trying them on first to ensure they fit properly and protect the correct areas. If the padding is brittle, thin, worn out, or has any cracks or tears, move on and look elsewhere.

4. Helmet: This is one piece of equipment you don’t want to buy used. When it comes to protecting yourself from concussions or other head injuries, it is worth investing in a new helmet. No matter where you decide to shop, always make sure the helmet you buy has been certified with a valid CSA sticker. 

5. Pants: When buying used pants, make sure they are free of rips or tears, and always try them on with your shin pads.  The pants should sit comfortably above your hips and slightly overlap your shin pads.


GSL senior women's soccer tonight

office Jul 17, 2014 - 12:52pm

The Glengarry Soccer League's senior women's division has a pair of matches on the slate tonight, both scheduled for 8:30pm starts.  In Dunvegan, the host side will entertain Glen Nevis, and in Vankleek Hill, VKH-A will take on Laggan.

Senior men's play will resume on July 23 with games at the arena pitch (Alexandria) and the Lochiel field. These will also be 8:30pm starts.


Headlines from our July 16 edition

office Jul 17, 2014 - 12:04pm


  • Poverty: Shedding light on a forgotten issue
  • Man charged in fatal crash
  • Weed remedy controversy
  • Bishop receptive to group's plans for old Lochiel church
  • Heritage status sought for St. Paul's Chapel
  • New home for Maxville Market
  • New contender for council
  • Governments join efforts to increase efficiency


  • Celtics keep rolling
  • Atlantic nabs a pair
  • Char-Lan takes U14 tourney title on penalty kicks
  • Alexandria U19 girls prevail at Gerald MacDonald tournament
  • VKH girls come back on Alexandria


  • The end of the world, as we know it
  • The man behind the Canadiens' arsenal

Special supplement this week: Salute to Excellence


To get the full story on all things Glengarry, each week be sure to check out The Glengarry News, available by subscription online or in traditional print format.