“Bianca factor” spurs tennis interest in young players

Troy Shantz Participation in the sport of tennis has spiked locally and it’s all because of one teenager – Bianca Andreescu. “More Canadians watched her beat Serena Williams in the final of the U.S. Open than watched the seventh game of the Stanley Cup finals,” said Brian Clarke, a certified tennis instructor and organizer of… Read more »


The Northern Collegiate’s senior boys basketball team was riding a 5-1 record when play resumed this week. The Vikings defeated the St. Patrick’s Fighting Irish 69-56 in the final game of 2019 for both teams; the 15th annual Rebounds for Rebound fundraiser for Sarnia-Lambton Rebound. Here, Northern’s Chandler Haagsma is fouled by Gavin Bebingh of… Read more »

Residents can vote for Marinaro at ISU awards

Sarnia’s Michael Marinaro and his pairs figure skating partner Kirsten Moore-Towers have been nominated for three international awards. Marinaro and his skate partner of six years are nominees for most valuable skaters, best costumes, and most entertaining program at the ISU Skating Awards They are among 12 Canadian solo and pairs skaters that earned nods…. Read more »

Jeffrey hoists Spengler Cup

Dustin Jeffrey celebrates Team Canada’s Spengler Cup victory in Davos, Switzerland on Dec. 31 with three-year-old son Nash. The Sarnia native, who grew up in Courtright and played with the Lambton Jr. Sting and Mooretown Flags, scored twice in the 4-0 final win over HC Ocelari Trinec. Jeffrey, 31, had three goals and four assists… Read more »

Sarnia to consider providing free WiFi in arenas

City council is expected to take a second look at providing free arena WiFi. The city received bids to provide WiFi in large areas of Progressive Auto Sales Arena, Sarnia Arena, and Clearwater Arena over the next five years. Bluewater Regional Networks had the lowest bid of $68,000 and city staff recommended approval. But when… Read more »

Silver Stick drawing thousands of hockey fans to city

Troy Shantz Organizers are preparing for the annual extravaganza known as Silver Stick, although one elite Sarnia team won’t be taking the ice. The minor hockey tournament returns in January with the girls’ finals in Atom (10 and under), Peewee (14 and under) Bantam (15 and under) and Midget (18 and under) held Jan 10-12…. Read more »

Jacob Perreault to play in annual top prospects game

A forward with the Sarnia Sting forward is one of 17 players from the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) selected to play in the 2020 Kubota Top Prospects Game. Jacob Perreault will suit up for the annual showcase on Jan. 16, joining a roster chosen by NHL teams, the Canadian Hockey League said. “All 31 NHL… Read more »

Emily Schaefer third at Olympic wrestling trials

Sarnia’s Emily Schaefer finished in third place in the women’s 57-kilogram class at the Canadian Olympic wrestling trials in Niagara Falls on Dec. 7 Schaefer, of the Brock Wrestling Club, defeated Tianna Kennett of Saskatchewan in the third-place match but lost to eventual first place winner Linda Morais of the Montreal Wrestling Club. The Northern… Read more »

Final game at SCITS

Austin Cressman of the Great Lakes senior boys basketball team goes up for a shot block Dec. 12 during what was likely the Wolfpack’s final game at the former SCITS building gym on Wellington Street. The league has been awaiting installation of a new scoreboard at the refurbished Great Lakes School on Murphy Road, which… Read more »

Lions trimmed

13It was a duel to the finish with the lead changing 10 times, but the final home game of 2019 ended in a loss for the Lambton Lions, who fell 83-79 to the Conestoga College Condors. Jason Watts, seen here attempting a shot, was Lambton’s top scorer with 18 points. The Lions entered the holiday… Read more »