Lambton Lions’ basketball coach achieves 100th win

The coach of the Lambton College men’s varsity basketball team has recorded his 100th win. James Grant reached the milestone when he led the Lions to a 104-42 victory over the visiting Sault College Cougars on Nov. 10. “Being able to celebrate something like that in our brand new facility, in front of our fans,… Read more »

Top shooter

Laneigh Shirley, left, scored 15 points to lead Northern Collegiate to a 54-32 victory over St. Patrick’s and help the Vikings claim the LKSSAA senior girl’s basketball championship on Nov. 10 at Lambton College. Shirley went to line after being fouled on the play. Bruce Smith, Special to The Journal

New book documents black footballers who moved north

Troy Shantz Before Charles Chester “Cookie” Gilchrist became the Sarnia Imperials’ MVP in 1953 he signed a $5,000 contract with the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League. But Gilchrist never played a game for the Browns because other teams complained he was too young and missed the mandatory four years in university. But the… Read more »

Basketball thriller

Northern Collegiate and St. Patrick’s were confirmed for an all-Sarnia Lambton-Kent senior girls’ basketball final after Northern knocked off Chatham’s Ursuline College with a thrilling, come-from-behind overtime semi-final victory on Nov. 7. Cassidy Hirtle, seen here, scored all seven points for Northern in the four-minute overtime to seal the deal in the Vikings’ 50-47 win…. Read more »

Local runners finish strong at OFSAA

Journal Staff Sarnia’s high school cross country runners left their mark at the recent all-Ontario finals. Northern Collegiate’s Bryar Fournie finished 12th in the junior girls race held Nov. 3 in Hamilton. Teammate Aidan James was 8th in the junior boys race, followed closely by St. Patrick’s Sebastien Frenette, who finished 17th. Alexander Mackenzie’s Mathew… Read more »

Bluewater boxers score wins in Niagara Falls

Wade Fleming Special to The Journal Two athletes from the Bluewater Boxing Club scored victories in Niagara Falls on Nov. 3. Kaitlyn Clark had a split-decision win over Nikita Abbott of Brantford, the current Ontario Silver Gloves champion. Clark used sharp counter punching attack and durability down the stretch to take her match. It was… Read more »

Teddy Bear Toss

The 21st annual Lambton Ford Teddy Bear Toss returns Dec. 8, when fans will throw a mountain of plush toys to the ice when the Sarnia Sting score at the Progressive Auto Sales Arena. Almost 60,000 toys have been distributed so far by local charitable organizations, said Lambton Ford president Rob Ravensberg, right. “It’s been… Read more »

Local instructor shines at World Cup of knife throwing

Sarnia’s Brett Dewhirst earned top marks at the International Knife Throwing Hall of Fame World Cup in Austin, Texas. The 23-year-old thrower won gold and silver cups in knife and axe throwing, and a 1st in long-distance knife throwing at the 48-competitor meet Oct. 26-29. Dewhirst was also inducted into the IKTHOF hall of fame,… Read more »

Minor hockey associations supporting mental health

Spectators could see lot of hockey sticks wrapped in green tape at local arenas this month. St. Clair Child & Youth Services has partnered with minor hockey associations across Sarnia-Lambton to focus on the issue of child and youth mental health. Throughout the month of November, the agency is offering education sessions to bench staff,… Read more »

No goal off limits for late-blooming marathoner from Camlachie

Tara Jeffrey Running may be an individual sport, but for Aaron Cooper, teamwork is key. “It’s way more fun to have people to endure it with,” said the Camlachie marathoner, currently ranked third in Canada following a bronze Canadian finish at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon last month. “There were three of us working together… Read more »