Oh those grandkids….They do keep us young. Such was the case for Olive MacIntosh of Williamsburg, who, with her daughter Marilyn and son-in-law Jim (Adams) visited her granddaughters Kylie and Katherine in British Columbia in September. In addition to a visit to Whistler and a tour of the Olympic site, the family took Olive, who turned 84 just last week, ziplining. Granddaughter Katherine works for Ziptrek Eco Tours, a world leader in the design, development and operation of zipline-based eco adventures. The company’s flagship location is in Whistler. Top left, Olive gives a thumbs up as she is about to take off. Left she is pictured with son-in-law Jim Adams and above she is photographed as she ziplines through the treetops.
Organizer Andy Lee says he is very happy with the response he has had to the Spikes Volleyball program he runs in the Seaway District High School gymnasium on Thursday nights, and he is even happier with the results he is seeing in the participants.
Twenty-two local girls, from grades 8 to 12, signed up for the eight week Spikes program which started in early November.
Developed by the Ontario Volleyball Association, the Spikes Volleyball program is meant to interest and develop players in the game. Drills and games are designed so that everyone has fun while learning volleyball skills.
Although Lee says he capped the number at 32, he wasn’t sure just how much interest there would be.
“It started fairly slow, but we had more girls join along the way, so that is great. It has been good and the kids are really enjoying it.”
Enjoying and improving so much so that Lee says he is considering extending it into February.
“We have a good mix of girls, in age, experience and skills. They all help each other, so it has worked out really well.”
Also working out well, is his volunteer crew of coaches which include his wife Nancy Jordan, former Seaway District High School volleyball player Ryan Douma, current Seaway senior volleyball player Sarah Dickey (who trained in the Ottawa Mavericks program) and longtime player Jamie Thompson who is a co-organizer of an adult league that plays weekly at Seaway.
Lee says the Spikes program is not a strict regiment, and he and Nancy work out their own practise plans. “Through the Spikes program, we have insurance and we received a three hour coaching clinic. In addition, we received some balls and registration T-shirts.”
“The Spikes people are very accommodating and the program is popping up everywhere. It’s a very active program. I’ve learned a lot and am still learning things.”
“Between the school volleyball program at Seaway and our Spikes program, I am seeing improvement in the girls. We want to take it further, and that is why I am thinking of extending it.”
On Thursday night, December 13, the local program benefitted from a clinic hosted by Patrick Corriveau who is a coach in the Maverick’s Volleyball Club out of Ottawa.
Lee says the clinic was well received. “The Mavericks have some highly skilled coaches in their program, some of whom have been to Seaway in the past. It was good Thursday night and Patrick said he is willing to come again. The next time he said it would be more involved as he now knows his audience.”
“It’s gone really well. I think the girls are having fun with it. Seaway has been very cooperative and the staff at night is great.”
After this week’s session, the Spikes program will break for the holidays and return to the Seaway courts on January 20.
“The plan right now is to extend it into February,” says Lee. “Perhaps we will get more girls involved so that we can expand it.”
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Dundas Bantam B Rep Lions collected the East Division Championshipon home ice last Thursday,
March 12, with a 4-1 victory over the Cornwall Colts. The win gave the Lions the
East Division Championship series four points to two.
The regular season first place Lions had all they could handle against the Colts who finished the year with just nine wins and four ties for 22 points and the division’s fifth place standing.
The Lions were 17-3-4 over the regular season to win first place. They earned a first-round playoff bye and then defeated South Stormont in the semi-finals in three games (4-1 win, 5-5 tie, 3-0 win).
The Colts defeated NGS (second place in the regular season) in semi-final play to advance to the
championship against the Lions. The Lions got off to a slow start in the championship series losing the opening game Saturday, March 7, on home ice, 4-1.
They regrouped in Cornwall to stay alive in the series witha 5-1 win March 8, and thenbrought their game home to claimthe championship on ThursdayMarch 12, with the 4-1 win.
Game three in Morrisburg gotstarted with a scoreless first period.The Lions opened the scoringat 4:53 of the second period on agoal by Travis McInnis (assistedby Justin Shay), but that didn’tlast long as the Colts chargedback for a goal at 7:12 to tie it.
The Lions turned it up a coupleof notches in the third to count threeunanswered goals for the 4-1 win.Dean Lapier connected forwhat would be the winner at 9:54with help from Caleb Jaquemetand at 12:07 Justin Shay (assistedby Jonah Bennis and Travis Mc-Innis) stretched it to 3-1.
Lucas Bennis (from AdamLapier and Jaquemet) counted theLions final goal with 4:55 left onthe clock.
The Lions had a dismal showingin the March 7 series opener in Morrisburg. After a scoreless
first period, the Colts took a 2-0 lead before Kasper Furo put the
Lions on the scoreboard in the second period.Dean Lapier and Travis McInnisprovided the assists.
The third period belonged to the Colts who struck for two unanswered goals for the 4-1 win.
The Lions regrouped for game two in Cornwall, on March 8, tocome up with a 5-1 victory and stretch the four-point series to the third game.
Again there was no scoring inthe first period. Lucas Bennis (from Oakley Beavers) put the Lions on the scoreboard, 4:58 into the second period, but the Colts charged back one minute later to tie it.
With two minutes remainingin the second, Jonah Bennis gave the Lions a 2-1 lead.
The Lions momentum continued and resulted in three unanswered third period goals and the 5-1 win.
Scoring were Caleb Jaquemet (from Shay), Oakley Beavers (from Lucas Bennis and AdamLapier), and Shay (from Beavers and Lapier).
Next up for the Lions is theUpper Canada Minor Hockey League’s five-points championship series against the South
Grenville Rangers. Game one will be played in Prescott, Sunday,March 22 beginning at 6 p.m.Game two will be back in Morrisburg on Monday, March 23, startingat 8 p.m.
The Rangers were first in thewest division regular season, with17 wins, just one loss and four
ties They defeated Perth to winthe West Division championship and advance to the UCMHL finalagainst the Lions.