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Hawkesbury Hawks prepare for new season

sean Jul 28, 2015 - 2:40pm

The Hawkesbury Hawks recently made a pair of trades that add junior experience to their lineup.

In the first deal, the Hawks acquired 97 forward Shane Woolsey from the Kemptville 73's.  Shane is a 5'11" 205lb winger who skated in the NOJHL last season for the Elliot Lake Wildcats playing in a total of 61 games, where he scored 28 goals and 28 assists and added 43 PIMS. The Hawks sent a 4th round pick and a PDF to the 73's.

In the second deal, the Hawks acquired 96 forward Chandler Watson from the Cumberland Grads.  A speedy winger, Watson is 5'10" 165lb. He skated in 59 games for the Grads and Jr Sens last season, scoring 5 goals and 15 assists. He racked up 32 PIMS. Prior to last season, Watson attended Shattuck St. Mary's. Watson was acquired for a 5th rd pick.

The Hawks Jr A training camp will open August 15 in Hawkesbury, and their new U18 AAA program will start August 22, also in Hawkesbury.


River Kings name captain and coach

sean Jul 28, 2015 - 2:23pm

(By Rodney Wilson)    The River Kings have filled two leadership roles from within.

Brennan Barker, the 30-year-old defenceman from Long Sault, has been named the team’s captain.

“Brennan has been with this team since Day 1, and he’s a great leader on and off the ice” states Rick Lalonde, general manager of the River Kings. “He’s a good community guy and well respected in the dressing room.” Barker replaces Steve Simoes, who retired at the conclusion of the 2014-15 campaign.

“I’m very honoured to be named captain and I know I have big shoes to fill,” says Barker, who was fortunate to have Simoes as his stall mate in the locker room the last three years. “I can use him as a blue print because he did such an amazing job.”

The hard-hitting, stay-at-home defenceman had three points and 90 penalty minutes in 31 games for the River Kings last season. He also chipped in three points in Cornwall’s seven-game series with Sorel.

Barker believes the potential the team showed in its post-season play is just the beginning.

“It’s very exciting going forward with the stability in place to build on what we did last year in the playoffs,” adds the captain. “We will have a new swagger and confidence that is only going to help us starting the season.”


Lalonde himself will step behind the bench this season; he will serve as the team’s GM and head coach.

“I’ve been around this league a few years now and I’m ready for the challenge,” explains Lalonde. “I understand the differences between junior and senior Quebec hockey and I’m looking forward to moving this program in the right direction.”

Lalonde resigned from his head coaching duties with St. Jerome (Jr. AAA) and will focus solely on the River Kings in 2015-16.


Meanwhile, Lalonde has come to terms with two key players.

Antony Courcelles, the team’s leading scorer last season, will return to Cornwall. After a season overseas in France, the 23-year-old rookie from Laval led the Kings in goals (21) and points (34) in 2014-15.

“He’s an exciting player to watch and has found a home in the LNAH,” said Lalonde. “We expect big things from Antony now that he knows the league.”

Cornwall has also agreed to terms with local defenceman Ryan Sullivan. The 6-foot-4, 210 lb. defenceman from Cardinal appeared in 23 games with the River Kings last season.


Local athletes to watch in the Glengarry Highland Games heavyweight competitions

sean Jul 28, 2015 - 2:10pm

The Glengarry Highland Games take over Maxville on Friday and Saturday, and, in case you missed it, you can get primed for all the events by reading our Glengarry Highland Games supplement, available for online viewing here.

Each of the heavyweights divisions has local representation amongst the slate of athletes competing.

First up Friday morning, starting at 8:15 a.m. are the amateur heavyweights. Scheduled competitors include Lyndon MacNaughton of Kirkhill, Steve Van Den Oetelaar of Alexandria, rookie Adam Hurtubise of Alexandria, Travis Austin of Maxville, and Dan Allaire from Cornwall.

The professional women's division, which will start at 10 a.m., has in its field local ladies Tiffany DiRico of Dalkeith and Lisa MacDonald of Alexandria, as well as former Glengarrians Laura Reusser and Kristy Kennedy, both of whom now reside in Alberta.

In the masters competition, which is booked for 1 p.m., Alexandria's Ron Graham is scheduled to be the lone county member of the field.

On Saturday for the professional men's event, Dalkeith's Jason Baines will carry the banner for Glengarry.

Also on Saturday, the intermediates competition is expected to feature a number of local teen athletes. Adam Hurtubise is a graduate of this program, making his first foray into the amateur division this year.


Pair of GSL senior women's soccer matches on the sked for tonight

sean Jul 28, 2015 - 2:00pm

In Glengarry Soccer League senior women's division play tonight, there will be matches on the north pitch at Alexandria's Island Park and in North Lancaster. The former will see Laggan and the Alexandria Red Wolves tangle, while the latter will have Glen Nevis and Greenfield battling. Both games are slated to start at 8:30 p.m.


Events for kids at the Glengarry Highland Games

sean Jul 28, 2015 - 1:56pm

There's plenty on tap at the Glengarry Highland Games for kids this year, including the popular junior heavyweights competition. It's a fun, friendly event held Saturday morning that features scaled-down athletics for children ages 3 through 12. Pre-registration is encouraged. Click here for the registration form. The completed form should be e-mailed to organizers of the junior heavyweights at

On Saturday afternoon, track and field competitions for children take place on the infield track.

More information can be found on the Games website here.


Martin Pelletier makes late pass to win third Lussier-Seaway Sportsman Series feature in a row

Administrator Jul 27, 2015 - 3:50pm

(By Martin Belanger)     The Lussier-Seaway Sportsman Series travelled to Mohawk International Raceway last Friday for round four, where Martin Pelletier, who also swept races at his local tracks, made a late pass to capture his third win in a row in the series.

Shane Pecore quickly grabbed the initial lead over Corey Wheeler and Alexandre Salvas. Pecore set the pace in the first portion, with Wheeler following the leader. As the race was running at a good pace, Pelletier made his way up the field from his 11th starting spot. He cracked the top five  by lap 30.

The leaders ran into heavy traffic and positions were changed, as Pelletier was in a great battle with Wheeler for second. The Sorel (Quebec) resident was able to grab second spot for good with a dozen laps left. A lap 41 caution brought the field together, as both Pecore and Pelletier went into battle for the top spot. Pelletier was strong using the top lane to grab the lead with only four laps to go in the feature, on his way to victory. Pecore finished second, while Salvas, Wheeler, and Wyatt Mullin completed the top five.

The Series will take a month off and then return to action in Cornwall, on Sunday, Aug. 23.

Pit notes…

After reaching a high in Drummondville, the series had its lowest car count with 32 drivers in the pits. Larry Welling, Wyatt Mullin, Corey Wheeler, and Shane Pecore won the heat races. With his third win, Martin Pelletier now has extended his lead to 40 points over Shane Pecore and Alex Lajoie. Louie Jackson and Brianna Ladouceur round out the top five. After four rounds, an impressive total of 92 different drivers have taken part in the series, with the expectation of reaching the 100 mark soon. 

Lussier-Seaway Sportsman Series Mohawk International Raceway results (50 laps): Martin Pelletier, Shane Pecore, Alexandre Salvas, Corey Wheeler, Wyatt Mullin (DQ), Louie Jackson, Robert Delormier, Justin Lalancette, Joel Hargrave, Ricky Thompson, Brianna Ladouceur, Zack Arquiett, Moise Page, Gilles Godard, Sebastien Bourque, Larry Welling, Mike Stacey, Kaven Poliquin, Delbert Legrow, Alex Lajoie, Rick Riendeau, Delbert Legrow Jr, Madison Mulder, Kyle Sharp, Billy Cook, Tim Snyder, Gabriel Cyr, Brad Winters, Sid Harmer, Jordan Millar, Bruce Makinson, Joey Ladouceur.


Final inductee biography appears in July 29 edition of The Glengarry News

Administrator Jul 27, 2015 - 3:34pm

The July 29 issue of The Glengarry News features to last of five biographies of the 2015 inductees to the Glengarry Sports Hall of Fame. Tickets for the dinner and ceremony, set for Aug. 19 at the Glengarry Sports Palace in Alexandria, and tickets are available from Scotiabank branches in Maxville and Alexandria.


Glengarry Open set to tee off Sunday

sean Jul 24, 2015 - 3:11pm

The annual Glengarry Open golf tournament at the Glengarry Golf and Country Club in Alexandria is scheduled for Sunday, July 26, starting at 8 a.m. The competition is expected to continue into early afternoon, when the final golf group reaching the clubhouse around 1:30 p.m.

The Glengarry Open is one of the club’s marquee events each summer, open to club members past as present, as well as current and former residents of the county.

Jean Theoret won the 2014 tournament.


North Lancaster's Ghislain Valade sits second in racing series

sean Jul 24, 2015 - 2:30pm

As part of Sunday night racing at the Cornwall Motor Speedway on July 26, the track will host the last two 25-lap legs of the Ultimate Pro-Stock Series.  Entering the competition, Jocelyn Roy leads the way, with a 32-point lead over Valade. Stephane Lemire, Stephane Lebrun, and Dave Bissonnette complete the top five. A good field of Pro-Stock cars is expected, as earlier events attracted a 24-car grid.


Robertson doesn't run, Canada bounced in 4-by-400m semis

sean Jul 24, 2015 - 12:55pm

Today at the Pan-Am Games in Toronto, Williamstown's Michael Robertson was left out of the quartet that ran for Canada in the men's 4-by-400m semifinal. The Canadians sans the Glengarry runner, finished fourth in their semi, after one team was disqualified, but their time of 3:05.40 wasn't enough to secure a berth in the final, losing out on the eighth and last spot by 29/100 of a second to Costa Rica, which set a national record (3:05.11).


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