Sports in the Glens
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Here's what you can find in this week's newspaper...
- Province forcing township picks off hospital board
- Plaque commemorates restoration of SG border marker
- Landfill fees on the rise
- No charges laid in collision that killed local man
- Women's institutes had 'a great run'
- Group formed to save church building
- New roof for fire hall
- Musical summer in store for the Ruins
- Council welcomes new SG CAO
- Incumbent to run in SG
- Glen Walter speed limit lowered
- Problem-less proms
- Busy summer ahead for Alexandria non-profit housing group
- OPP, Macs to the rescue
- Search is on for part-time NG fire chief
- Glengarry football claims trio of titles
- Armwrestling grabs hold of Atlantic Hotel
- Pro soccer player invites girls to local camp
- Ottawa Race Weekend draws Glengarrians
- Bantams complete perfect season at 8-0
- Peewee Gaels win football thriller
- Viewpoint: School's out, ready or not, year-end a transition time for graduating students
- Observations: Independence vote - Do Scots want to remain Brits or is a change in the offing?
The mosquito Gaels football teams started the day off well for Glengarry, winning their championship match in Cornwall. The tyke game is up next, also in Cornwall at CCVS. The peewee and bantam championship games are to be played at GDHS in Alexandria at 2pm and 4pm respectively.
The July 2 editon of The Glengarry News will have a full wrap-up of Glengarry's spring football program.
There's plenty of sports action on tap this weekend, including lacrosse, football, and armwrestling! Here's your handy guide to what's on. For background on Gaels youth football, check out the June 25 print edition of The Glengarry News.
Today (June 28)
- Celtics junior C lacrosse: game originally scheduled for 3pm start, moved to a 7pm start at Cornwall multi-sport complex. This is the last home game of the regular season, with the Celtics set to play Innisfil. The Celtics are among the top teams in the Ontario league this summer, currently sporting a 11-3 record. The squad features several county boys.
- Wildcats OVFL football: The Wildcats, winners of their last two provincial league games, are slated to host Oshawa Haweyes at 4pm. Note, the match will be played on the CCVS field, not at Joe St Denis, their usual home, due to field conditions. Head coach Kirby Camplin invites you to "Come watch the best football players in our community play against the Oshawa Hawkeyes at CCVS High School."
- Eastern Ontario Armwrestling Championships: Tonight, the Atlantic Hotel in Alexandria will host this regional competion for men and women. Entries will be accepted on site, starting at 6pm, with the action slated to begin at 8pm. The event is open to any competitors, and specators are welcome.
- Colts junior A hockey: prospects camp runs throughout the day at the Cornwall multi-sport complex.
Tomorrow (June 29)
- Glengarry Gaels football: All four Gaels youth football teams will be competing on the gridiron in their respective championship matches. Games at CCVS in Cornwall are at 1030am (mosquitos) and 1230pm (tykes). In Alexandria on the GDHS field, the peewees will play for all the marbles at 2pm, and the bantams will battle at 4pm.
- Colts junior A hockey: prospects camp runs throughout the day at the Cornwall multi-sport complex.
(By Martin Bélanger) One of the biggest events of the season is on tap for Sunday at Cornwall Motor Speedway, as the Super DIRTcar Big-Block Series will be in town for the annual visit. It will also be a very emotional evening in the Mini-Stock feature event.
Cornwall will be round #3 of the Super DIRTcar Big-Block Series as Matt Sheppard leads the way in front of defending Series champion Brett Hearn as Billy Decker currently ranks in third spot. Justin Haers, Billy Dunn, Jimmy Phelps, Larry Wight, Mat Williamson, Pete Britten, Danny Johnson and several others will also be at Cornwall as the Series is attracting nearly 20 regulars on the Tour in 2014.
Area drivers such as Carey Terrance, Stephane Lafrance, Chris Raabe, Brian McDonald, Gage Morin and others will try and defend home turf during the 100-lap event paying a cool $6,000 to the winner. We remember last year, a impressive total of 58 cars had attempted to qualify. Along with the Big Block feature, a full program will be presented.
The night will be very emotional in the 12-lap Mini-Stock feature as we will host a small presentation to honour Danny Lefebvre who had a fatal accident at the speedway last Sunday evening.
The night of racing will also include feature events for the Sportsma, Pro-Stock, and Semi-Pro groups.
General admission price will be $28 for adults, $15 for seniors 65 years and over, and $2 for kids under 16. Pits admission will be $38. The pit entrance will be open at 2pm for hauler parking. General admission gates will open at 3pm, with racing starting at 7pm sharp!
A fireworks display will be held to celebrate Canada Day.
(By Rodney Wilson) Since purchasing the River Kings a few short weeks ago, owner Brock Frost has repeatedly sought ways of enhancing the experience and overall interaction that the River Kings fans have with the club.
“Hockey teams at all levels of play support the presence of a booster club all with a similar goal of bringing the team and the community closer together,” said Frost. “The Booster Club will help organize and create community events, BBQs, charity auctions, interactive games with the fans, operation of the River Kings Kids Club and anything and everything in between,” he said.
The Booster Club will be registered with the Province of Ontario and will be operated by a 15-member executive board consisting of the owner, the general manager, a player and 12 members of the community, which will be elected at large. Frost encourages all members of the community, and hockey fans alike, to put their name forward for a position on the board.
The first Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday, July 12 at 10 a.m. at the Civic Complex, where the group as a whole will elect the team’s first executive board.
If interested in serving on the board, please email Mike Crowder at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than July 9.
The Atlantic Hotel in Alexandria will host the Eastern Ontario Armwrestling Championships on Saturday, June 28. This is an Ontario Armwrestling Association sanctioned event.
Registrations and weigh-ins will start at 6pm, with the competition booked to begin at 8pm.
For more information, visit the event webpage here.
Here's the latest press release from the LNAH Cornwall River Kings professional hockey team...
General manager Mitch Gagne continues to tinker with the River Kings lineup. Gagne shipped veteran forward Dominic Chiasson to the Thetford-Mines Isothermic on Tuesday afternoon for a pair of draft picks. Cornwall receives Thetford’s 8th and a 9th round picks in 2015.
“The league has reduced the salary cap and I have a budget to work with,” said Gagne. With a growing number of young forwards competing for roster spots, the 37-year-old became expendable.
“We pick up two draft picks which help us with the CHL Junior/Ontario rule and our plans for the future,” said Gagne.
Chiasson, a 10-year veteran of the LNAH, had 15 goals and 17 assists in 38 games for Cornwall last season. There were other teams interested in the veteran, but ultimately Gagne decided on Thethford-Mines, where Chiasson's girlfriend is from.
“That did come into play,” said Gagne. “We wish nothing but the best for the successful veteran.”
- Midway operator leaves Maxville Fair in the lurch
- Glen Walter kicks off Canada Day celebrations
- Glengarry voters opted for PC candidates
- Learning exercise gives students chance to help the environment
- Algae under control but cause still unclear
- Kids' safety program returns
- NG seniors' homes on the sales block
- A soldier's thank you among W.I. collection donated to new archives
- Alexandria downtown plan on hold
- Councillor urges respect for Alexandria's historic Grotto shrine
- OPP on the hunt for burglar
- More weevils to enter lake
- A brief anatomy of Loch Garry Lake
- Shakespeare makes museum debut
- New South Glen CAO getting to know area
- Principals on move at two schools
- NG provides breakdown of 2014 tax bylaw
- Glengarry bantams, peewees steamroll
- Perspective: An Interesting Scenario - Glengarry voters preferred a much different election outcome
- The Glengarry Mystique: Missing - Strange but true tale
(By Martin Bélanger) The Cornwall Motor Speedway would like to provide clarifications on the events that occurred during the June 22nd Mini-Stock feature race.
Competitor Danny Lefebvre of St-Louis-de-Gonzague, Quebec was in competition for first position with two other competitors when his car went off the speedway in the backstretch and hit the cement wall. After several minutes of care by the rescue team, the driver was transported to the hospital where his death was confirmed during the evening.
Lefebvre was a very competitive driver in the Mini-Stock ranks; it was his first presence this season. In 2013, Danny had a strong season, getting good results on every Sunday night as he finished only 3 points behind track champion Mike Gaucher. Driving his #05 mount, he was also a contender 2 years ago as he finished in 7th place in the championship race.
The Lavergne family (owners of the speedway) along with the entire Cornwall Motor Speedway staff would like extend their deepest condolences to the family and several friends that Danny had around him. Our thoughts and prayers go to everyone related to Danny as the racing community mourns this big loss and will be remembered in fashion at the speedway.
The following is a reprint of a statement from new Cornwall River Kings owner Brock Frost.
If I received a nickel for every comment made about the “Colts advertising dilemma”, I would likely have enough money to pay for the entire upcoming season. The truth of the matter is however that the Colts are not responsible for the previous two seasons of failure. Rather, and quite bluntly, the Cornwall River Kings failed due to top-down mismanagement and lack of vision.
As I have responded on numerous occasions, any business, if run poorly, will fail. The River Kings are not unique to this equation. When I began looking into the acquisition of the River Kings several months ago, I saw enormous potential under the proper structure. My projections in fact predict a substantial profit at the end of the upcoming season. Now, do I wish I had legal rights to the rink board advertising? Absolutely, I do. Do I wish the City of Cornwall would follow the other municipalities in the league by giving financial support to their team? Of course I do. But am I dependent on this support to make the River Kings a success? The answer is simply no.
The advertising contract the Colts have with the City is a mere fraction of my potential revenue stream. Most people believe that without this revenue the River Kings cannot survive. That is purely not true. The River Kings have the support (the highest fan turnout in the league) of the people but like any business or organization, it requires strength and sound leadership from the top. I will be the first to admit that I am not a hockey player by any means - and although I enjoy the game from the comfort of the stands, I am a businessman and my approach to the River Kings is exactly that.
In a short time we have made tremendous progress ranging from a new corporate structure, a new team logo (to be trademarked), a new website, a new GM, a packed press conference, a successful draft in Sorel, Québec and the launch of the Cornwall River Kings Booster Club. This, of course, is in addition to almost $30,000 in ticket sales in the first week alone.
Furthermore, I am fully aware that there are people in the City that want to see me fail; both for business and political reasons. My response to them is that not only is it a mathematical certainty that the River Kings will be a success but this negativity only pushes me harder to succeed. So with that being said, I must thank these individuals for their (lack of) support.
Without any doubt, the River Kings are stronger than ever and my heart goes out to the thousands of fans who continue to support me in this venture. I am truly looking forward to the upcoming season.