Former Sarnia players to compete at showcase game in Montreal

A trio of Sarnia high school products will compete May 9 at the annual CIS East/West football game at Montreal’s McGill University. Offensive lineman Randy Beardy from the University of Windsor, defensive lineman Paul Kaija of Waterloo and linebacker Anthony Petrucci of Laurier will all suit up for the West team. Beardy and Kaija played… Read more »

Mooretown Flags name new head coach

Doug Slipacoff is the new head coach of the Mooretown Flags of the Great Lakes Junior “C” Hockey League. He replaces Blake Morrison, who took over early in the season after the Flags faltered to a 2-6-1 start under coach Gino Vitella. Slipacoff won a Weir Cup championship with the Petrolia Jets in 2003 and… Read more »

Sarnia’s Virgil Hill named SFU’s new basketball coach

Barry Wright Changing the culture within the men’s basketball program at B.C.’s Simon Fraser University is job number one for new head coach Virgil Hill. After establishing a dominant program at a high school in Vancouver, following seven seasons at the helm of the basketball program at Sudbury’s Laurentian University, the Sarnia native has taken… Read more »

Fraser pulls through for Team Canada

Tara Jeffrey Jamie Fraser just happened to check his phone when the email came in. “It was Jim Nill,” said the Sarnia native, who had just wrapped up his season with the Austrian Hockey League’s Vienna Capitals, and was getting ready to head home last week. Nill, Canada’s GM for the 2015 IIHF World Championship,… Read more »

Planning ahead: Local groups react to Germain closure

Barry Wright The primary user groups at Sarnia’s Germain Park Arena are saddened, but understanding of city council’s recent unanimous decision to close the aging facility. “We’re disappointed we’re losing the arena, but it’s not going to have any negative effects on our program,” said Ron Rivait, spokesperson for the Sarnia Ice Hawks, a provincially… Read more »

Provincial champs

The Sarnia Jr. Lady Sting ‘Novice C’ team went undefeated in five straight games to win the Ontario Women’s Hockey Association provincial championship the weekend of April 11-12. From left are, front row: Ella Ferrera and Krysten Campbell; second row, Tahlia Kelch, Shannon James, Hailey Cox, Paige VanSickle, Marin James, Sara McCahill and Aydra Scott;… Read more »

Sarnia woman weathers the storm at Boston Marathon

Barry Wright Mary Prendiville says her inaugural experience running the Boston Marathon was cold, windy and wet, but something she’ll never forget. “It’s every runners goal or dream to go to Boston,” said the buyer for Nova Chemicals in Sarnia’s Chemical Valley who had previously run in seven other marathons, but never before in what’s… Read more »

Ice Hawks season comes to an end

The Sarnia Ice Hawks sledge hockey team has completed another successful season, finishing second place in their division and third in the province in the Ontario Sledge Hockey Association standings with a record of 7-3, losing to Kawartha in the first round of the playoffs. It’s the first time in three seasons Sarnia has not… Read more »

Flags hand out year-end hardware

Goaltender Brandon Johnson was honoured as the Mooretown Flags Most Valuable Player at the Junior “C” team’s year-end banquet at the Corunna Legion. Matt Brandon was chosen Best Defenceman, Rookie of the Year went to Justin Vanbuskirk, Austin Hewton was named Most Dedicated Player, Dan Lumley was honoured as the Most Sportsmanlike Player, and the… Read more »

Lambton Jr. Sting product gets scholarship

Connor Annett is heading to Pennsylvania to play NCAA hockey in September. The former Lambton Jr. Sting player has committed to the Neumann University Knights, a Division III school near Philadelphia. Annett, 20, played 178 games in the GOJHL over the past four seasons with the Chatham Maroons and Lambton Shores Predators. This past season,… Read more »