The Seaway Intermediate Spartans defeated South Grenville 1-0 in the championship game of an all-day tournament on the home field last Tuesday to earn the right to advance to the Intermediate Soccer Championships coming up in Kemptville on Tuesday, October 18. On their way to the local championship the girls defeated St. Mary/St. Cecilia, 5-0, St. Marks, 4-0, and South Grenville 4-0 behind the unbeatable goaltending of Kendra Buter. “It was an outstanding team effort,” said coach Robin Gibbs of the Spartans win. Pictured above members of the team are, kneeling l-r, Sierre Swindells, Abigail Macmillan, Sophia Currier, Brynn Gilmour, Emma Barkley, Emily Hector and Hailey Markell. Goalkeep Kendra Buteer is in front. Back, l-r, are Sierra Dodge, Courtney Casselman, Teisha Mullin, Allison Waytowich, Jessica Ferguson, Mackenzie Whyte, Jane van Moorsel, Taylor Casselman, Sydney Runions and Logan Millward. In the action above, Brynn Gilmour has control of the ball and teammate Emily Hector (back left) is waiting for the pass. Jane van Moorsel is pictured throwing the ball in.
All bets were off when the South Dundas Peewee C Lions and the NGS Braves hit the ice in Morrisburg, Sunday, February 22, for game three of their four-point UCMHLplayoff series.
The seesaw battle got started on Morrisburg ice last Thursday, February 19 with a very decisive Lions 6-0 victory. It resumed in Finch on Saturday, February 21 where the Braves turned it around to score a very decisive 6-0 victory of their own and send the series to a third game.
So when the two teams hit the ice on Sunday, in Morrisburg, it was very much either team’s game to win. And it was a hard fought battle with the Lions coming out on top by a 5-3 score to claim the series four points to two.
Nathen Verhey, unassisted, scored the lone goal of the first period for the Lions, and the 1-0 advantage held until early in the second when he collected his second for a 2-0 Lions lead.
The Braves charged back, with goals from Johnny McAdams at 8:11 of the second and Logan Villeneuve at 10>43 of the 15 minute period. That tied it and that’s the way it stayed through the second period.
Then 2:33 into the third period, Devon Swindells, got help from Ben Wiltshire to put the Lions up 3-2.
That lasted until 10:22 when Verhey scored his third unassisted goal of the game to give the Lions a little space with a 4-2 advantage.
Jordan Evans got one back for the Braves with 44 second left on the clock, but that would be it.
Collin VanHoof, from Scott Brooks, counted the Lions final goal to make it 5-3 and allow the Lions to claim the series.
It was a big game for Nathen Verhey who registered his 25th goal of the season.
The series opened Thursday night, February 19 in Morrisburg, with a 6-0 Lions victory.
The Lions hit the ice fully charged to go up 4-0 in the first period on goals from Devon Swindells (from Nathen Verhey), Mackenzie McKee-Markell (from Maclean Machon), Machon (from Callahan Staye) and Verhey (from Scott Brooks and Swindells).
After a scoreless second period, McKee-Markell set up Jeffrey McPail to make it 5-0 Lions early in the third period.
Swindells counted the final Lions goal with just over a minute left in the game to complete the 6-0 victory.
Derrik Jansen was in net for the Lions shutout.
Then in Finch, on Saturday it was a different hockey game as a charged up Mackinnley MacKillican put the Braves up 3-0 with a hat trick performance. He started it early in the first period and then added his next two counters in the second.
The Braves added another three unanswered third period goals from the sticks of Bryce McCrae, Tristan Leduc and Yannick Vaillancourt for the 6-0 win.
A very healthy Little Rocks Curling program, under the direction of Ian and Kathy Wilson, wrapped up at the Morrisburg Curling Club last Monday, with an evening of fun curling.
“Our object is to keep Little Rocks as fun,” said Ian Wilson. “Hopefully, all of you Little Rockers have enjoyed it this year.”
Wilson thanked Nick Goupil who helped out with the program (and also picked up his high school volunteer hours). He also thanked bantam curlers MacKenzie Whyte and Emily Byers who were in attendance most nights to lend a helping hand.
“Without your help, Little Rocks would have been more difficult,” said Wilson. “Many hands make less work.”
With some of the Little Rocks curlers now having four years of play under their brooms, Wilson advised them, that if they are interested, they can certainly get into some more competitive/bonspiels next year.
“You as athletes, along with your parents can decide to go more competitive or continue club curling next year. Competitive would mean more bonspiels.”
“We had 16 kids this year,” said a very pleased Kathy. “We started our first year with six kids and then went to 12 kids last year. With the bantam curlers out to help, on any given night we had 19 kids on the ice.”
“Several of our curlers are now nine and 10 years old. They started when they were five and six.”
“So we finally have a crew that has grown into the game. They know the game and now they have the stamina to get through an entire game.”
In addition to the actual play, the Wilsons have worked on teaching their young students both the etiquette of curling and the rules.
Through it all, Kathy again stressed that “we made sure they all had fun.”
The Little Rocks Curling program started last fall and ran on Monday night’s throughout the season.
For their year-end party, some parents joined them on the ice.
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