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Sarnia Sting captain Ryan McGregor helps teammates gather stuffed animals during the 22nd annual Teddy Bear Toss, which happened Dec. 6. As per tradition, fans hurled plush toys onto the ice surface at the Progressive Auto Sales Arena  after the first Sting goal, which was scored by Sean Josling and assisted by McGregor. The toys… Read more »

City woman studying medicine while playing for Ireland

Troy Shantz A Sarnia woman has landed a spot on the Irish National Rugby Team. Victoria Dabanovich-O’Mahony, who is studying medicine at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, was recently named to the XV Women’s Team “Being able to put on the green jersey is an unexplainable feeling,” she told The Journal. “For me… Read more »

Silver medal for Marinaro and partner in Japan

Journal Staff Sarnia’s Michael Marinaro and pairs partner Kirsten Moore-Towers won figure skating silver in Japan. The 2019 Canadian champions had a score of 208.49 at the ISU Grand Prix on Nov. 23. The second place finish on the final stop of the tour qualified them for their first Grand Prix final since teaming up… Read more »

Fall Invitational

Members of the Sarnia Rapids 1 swim team had a strong showing at the Nothers Fall Invitational Nov. 22-24 in London, a meet featuring more than 700 athletes. From left are, front row: Darius Landon, 13, (gold, silver, bronze), Ian Wallace, 11, (gold), Ali Page, 10, (silver, bronze, fourth), Grace Wallace, 10, (fifth, sixth) and… Read more »

High school curling back for another season

Sarnia’s high school curlers were back on the ice this week. The season kicked off Dec. 3 at the Sarnia Golf and Curling club with six matches featuring boys and girls’ teams. Varsity teams from School Secondary Catholic Saint-François-Xavier faced Northern Collegiate, while St. Patrick’s was up against Wallaceburg. Great Lakes Secondary, which is fielding… Read more »

Volunteer receives builder award from Gymnastics Ontario

Journal Staff A long-time volunteer has been recognized by Gymnastics Ontario for his extraordinary dedication to the Bluewater Gymnastics Club. Curt Bladon received the Club Builder Award at the provincial organization’s 51st annual banquet in Mississauga earlier this month. The award recognizes extraordinary volunteerism at the club level, and Bladon has repeatedly gone above and… Read more »

Pool medalists

Members of the Sarnia Rapids swim team had strong performances at a meet hosted by the Guelph Marlins at the University of Guelph. They included, from left, back row: Daisy Jenkins, 13 (gold and silver), Jack Girardi, 14, (gold, silver, bronze, Kayla Marshall, 16, (three bronze), Cooper Stanford, 14, (bronze), and Gabrielle Jones, 14 (two… Read more »

Northern senior girls win bronze medal at provincials

Troy Shantz Northern Collegiate’s senior girls basketball team won a bronze medal at the all-Ontario championships on Nov. 23. The AAA squad defeated Etobicoke’s Richview Collegiate 52 – 30 to finish third overall at OFSAA. The Vikings went undefeated in league play this season and lost just one game at the three-day round robin in… Read more »

Basketball Champions

The junior girls team from Great Lakes Secondary capped an undefeated season by beating Wallaceburg District 56-48 in the final to win the Lambton Kent high school basketball championship this year. From left are, back row: Launa Rogers, Faith Baker, Paige Bird-Carroll, Maggie Kita, Nylah Hayes, Alex Doornbosch and Ally Greenbird; middle row: Emily Winship,… Read more »

Next up for Sarnia FC alum — island life in the Caribbean

Troy Shantz A globetrotting soccer player from Bright’s Grove is currently back-flipping his way through a season in the Caribbean. Kwin Kensley’s newest club is Old Road FC on the island nation of Antigua and Barbuda. “The league here is very physical — big, fast, and strong (and) similar to the USA and Canada,” the… Read more »