Janie Puck introducing non-hockey girls to Canada’s game

Tara Jeffrey When Cleo Halket stepped onto the ice at Yost Arena recently — staring up at a giant ‘M’ backdropped by massive cathedral-style windows — she could barely believe her little seven-year-old eyes. “It was almost emotional, how in awe she was,” said mom, Nikki Dobbelaar. Dobbelaar was one of several local parents who… Read more »

Provincial champs

The Huron Lakers U10 novice boys’ team came back from a 10-point deficit in the final to win gold in their division at the Ontario Basketball Association championships in London on March 24. It was the third straight year the team has won a provincial medal. From left are, front row: Georgios Tsapralis, Evan MacSweeney,… Read more »

Davies top 50 at world cross country championships

Sarnia’s Andrew Davies achieved a personal goal with a top-50 finish at the World Cross Country Championships at Aarhus Denmark on March 30. Competing in the U20 division, the Northern Collegiate grad was second among the six Canadians competing and 48th overall. The Canadian junior men’s team finished 12th in a race dominated by runners… Read more »

Big medal haul for coach and masters’ swimmer

A Sarnia Rapid’s swim coach left the pool deck to strike gold at the Ontario Masters Swimming Championships recently. Competing in the 60-64 age division, Sue Weir won gold in the 100-metre fly, 100m backstroke and 4x50m relay at the Thornhill meet, held March 22-24. She also won silver in the 50m fly, 100m individual… Read more »

Two Sarnia Sting players nominated for OHL awards

Two forwards with the Sarnia Sting were nominated for OHL awards last week. Ryan McGregor was nominated for most outstanding player of the year and for most sportsmanlike, while Jacob Perrault was nominated for rookie of the year. McGregor had 25 goals and 77 assists in the 61 games this season. Perrault, the son of… Read more »

City footballer has line of scrimmage as wide as Europe

Troy Shantz Jason Robert South has made a career out of playing and teaching football, but not in North America. The former St. Clair Secondary student has taken his skills across the pond, where the European market is ripe for Westerners proficient in America’s favourite game, he said. “It’s kind of like (being) a unicorn… Read more »

Ontario champs

The Huron Lakers U10 novice girls’ basketball team nipped Tecumseh 19-18 in the final to win gold in their division at the Ontario Basketball Association championships in Guelph on March 24. From left are, front row: Alivia Dillon and Trisha VanReenan; second row: Ava Nienhuis, Saoirse Steele, Willa Tsiaprailis, Marlowe Cabral, Averie Fines, Rylan Powers… Read more »

High school rugby season begins

High school rugby returns this month. The St. Patrick’s junior and senior girls squads host Great Lakes Secondary on April 11. The senior girls teams take the field at 4 p.m. followed by the junior girls at 5 p.m. Northern Collegiate, which is fielding only a senior girls team this season, kicks off its season… Read more »

Ruck and roll

Coach Chris Hart of the Sarnia Saints gets in some practice kicks with brother Mike at Norm Perry Park last week. The senior men’s team, which celebrated it 60th anniversary last year, will kick off another season of rugby on April 27 with an exhibition game against the University of Michigan Wolverines. Glenn Ogilvie

More accolades for the Bluewater International Granfondo

Journal staff After just three years, the Bluewater International Granfondo is already regarded as one of the top cycling events in Canada. The online Granfondo Guide has ranked the Bright’s Grove event the best granfondo in Ontario, #2 in Canada, and #14 in North America. Ranking is based on each event’s ability to innovate, achieve,… Read more »