With sports dead, students find spirited alternative

Troy Shantz An eSports league organized by students at St. Patrick’s High School proved so popular even staff tuned in to watch its matches. Almost 100 students participated in the lunch-hour Rocket League matches run by Grade 11 communications technology students. The live-streamed broadcasts were hosted on a website the students created, complete with game… Read more »

Sting’s Rees tagged to Team Canada tryout camp

A forward with the Sarnia Sting is attending the Canadian National Junior Team selection camp. Jamieson Rees was one of 46 players invited to the camp, which runs from Nov. 16 to Dec. 13 in Red Deer, Alta. Five goalies, 15 defencemen and 26 forwards are competing for spots on the team representing Canada at… Read more »

Perreault sign NHL contract with Anaheim Ducks

Journal Staff One of the Sarnia Sting’s top scorers is headed to the NHL. Right-winger Jacob Perreault has signed a three-year contact with the Anaheim Ducks, the club announced. The 18-year-old Montreal native led the Sting with 39 goals and 31 assists last season. He ranked fifth in points per game, and tied for 10th… Read more »

Innovative lacrosse coaches devise a safe field game

Troy Shantz One local lacrosse program hasn’t broken stride, despite the pandemic shutting down most local sports. The organizers behind the Janie Lax girls’ lacrosse program have modified the game to allow players to keep on playing while observing public health guidelines. “Janie Ball” is a game of three-on-three field lacrosse played on a smaller… Read more »

Jessica Platt sharing her story in new hockey book

Tara Jeffrey Jessica Platt is hoping her latest chapter is a bestseller. That’s because she literally wrote it for a new book. “It’s really exciting for me, to see my story written in words,” Platt, 31, said about being featured in a new book by famed Canadian broadcasters Bob McKenzie and Jim Lang. Platt, a… Read more »

Sarnia Sting and the OHL to return to action in February

The Ontario Hockey League will return to action on Feb. 4, the league says. Teams will play primarily against opponents in their geographic region to reduce travel in a 40-game season, commissioner David Branch said. Training camps are set to begin Jan. 23. Eight teams will qualify for three rounds of playoffs, beginning May 11…. Read more »

New e-sprayers deployed in city arenas

Progressive Auto Sales Arena lead hand Mike Stewart sanitizes the Sarnia Sting dressing room with an electronic mister. The e-sprayers use a non-toxic solution that kills COVID-19 microbes quickly on railings, benches, ice cleaners, hockey nets and other high-touch areas at all Sarnia arena, said supervisor Randy Riley. The new sprayers replace conventional spray bottles… Read more »

Mike Weir playing great golf on the Champions Tour

Journal Staff Bright’s Grove native Mike Weir continued a strong rookie season on the Champions Tour last week, finishing second at the Dominion Energy Charity Classic in Richmond, Virginia. Weir took a three-shot lead after three rounds but was overtaken down the stretch by fellow lefty Phil Michelson. “I felt good, really good, to be… Read more »

Most college varsity sports scrubbed for entire winter

Lambton College’s Esports team defeated Conestoga College 3-0 in a Rocket League match Oct. 16. The Lions lost their season opener to Sault College in the Ontario Post-Secondary Esports league action, and were sitting in a six-way tie for fifth in the 13-team league last week. While Esports are still going, Lambton’s other varsity sports… Read more »

Free WiFi up and running at two city arenas

Free public wireless Internet access is now available at two of Sarnia’s arenas. WiFi was scheduled to come online at Sarnia Arena last week, and a system at the Progressive Auto Sales Arenas has been operational for some time. Internet access will be available at Clearwater Arena in a few weeks, City Hall said. Meanwhile,… Read more »