Sports

Commitment of St. Pat’s junior girls team pays off on the court

Tara Jeffrey This fall’s return to sports was a memorable one for the Junior Girls’ basketball squad at St. Patrick’s high school, who went undefeated for the season and claimed the LKSSAA championship title. “None of them had ever played high school basketball,” coach Kelsie James said of the Grade 9 and 10 students, noting… Read more »

City teen and rising baseball prospect headed to U.S.

Tara Jeffrey Dylan O’Rae has dreamed of baseball for as long as he can remember. “My dad would take me to Detroit Tigers games. That was kind of our ‘thing’ and it really got me interested in baseball in the first place,” said the 17-year-old Northern Collegiate student. “We’d cheer for guys like Miguel Cabrera… Read more »

Local high jump star’s Olympic medal upgraded

Journal Staff Derek Drouin is getting a medal upgrade. The International Olympic Committee announced last week the Corunna native and 2016 Rio gold medalist will have his bronze medal from the London 2012 Games upgraded to silver. The move comes after gold medal winner Ivan Ukhov of Russia was disqualified for doping, the Canadian Olympic… Read more »

Sturgeon football teams end season on high note

Journal Staff Three of four teams from the Sarnia Sturgeon football program emerged as champions at the Ontario Fall Football League playoffs on Nov. 13. The Under 18 Sturgeon squad defeated North Halton 17-14, and the U16 team beat Vaughan 15-7 to each end their respective seasons with league titles. The U18s were 6-0-0 during… Read more »

Davies tops the field at cross country championships

Journal Staff Sarnia’s Andrew Davies tied a course record to win the men’s individual title at the Ontario University Cross Country Championships on Nov. 6 His gold medal performance in a field of 102 runners helped the McMaster Marauders finish second overall at the Thames Valley Golf Club in London. Davies finished seven seconds ahead… Read more »

Family and friends mourn death of local tennis pro

Journal Staff About 200 people attended a candlelight vigil Nov. 2 at the Sarnia Tennis Club to honour the memory Justin Bourassa. The 29-year-old Sarnia man, who died Oct. 28, was a popular head pro at the club and competitive player who appeared often in The Journal after winning tennis tournaments. As a coach, he… Read more »

Referees are quitting, and kids are paying the price

Tara Jeffrey With Sarnia-Lambton facing a dire shortage of referees it’s time parents started giving on-ice officials the respect they deserve, says Kirstin Salisbury. “We need to remember that everyone in these roles is human,” said the mom of two daughters, who are actively involved in minor sports. “I recognize that most parents think they… Read more »

Tournament Champions

The Sarnia Sting MD U12 team won the Early Bird MD Tournament held in Cambridge, Ont. recently. From left are, back row: D.J. Hillier, Matthew Ray, Declan Craievich, Jackson Forbes, Levi Toenders, Eli Odolphy, Alex MacDonald, Carter Macklin, Daniel Guenette and Brody Debrun: front row, kneeling, Nevin Stewardson, Matthew Megeney, Ben Slade, Chase Richard, Gavin… Read more »