Longtime golfer, Mitch Cassell made it a hat trick on Monday when he dropped a hole in one on the par three, 118 yard, 14th hole at the Morrisburg Golf Course. Playing with buddies Gary Breyer, John Vincent and Ray Baker, Cassell recorded his third ace using an eight iron. “I saw it going towards the hole (back centre of the green), but I turned to my golf bag. The guys saw it go in.” Cassell had his other aces on the fifth and second holes. “The old guy can still do the trick,” he said with a grin when asked if that meant he had won all of the day’s money.
It appears the Seaway District High School Track and Field team is back on track, with a good number of athletes at the midget and junior ages out working hard for the last two to three weeks.
And their work paid off at the annual TISS Track and Field Meet here Saturday, with two athletes, Kaitlyn Stewart and David Swerdfeger picking up first and seconds, Cassie Hummel winning one first, and Sid Sideratos and Shawn Dowson collecting second place finishes.
Several others were not far off the pace, and says Mark Lewis, who is co-coaching the Spartan team with Lindsay Waddell, “They are all improving. It is good. Our team number is better than it’s been in the past, and I would say, looking at the weekend, they are the best results we have had in years.”
The team is heavily weighted at the midget and junior levels, a good sign for the future. There are no athletes competing at the senior level this year.
Top performers Saturday were Stewart and Swerdfeger.
Stewart won the junior girls triple jump with a 10.45m jump, well ahead of the second place finisher at 9.72 m. She was just narrowly edged out of the long jump win with her jump of 4.67m. (The winner jumped just 4.68m). Stewart also ran the 100 meter dash, with a time of 14 seconds to qualify, but finished well back in the final.
David Swerdfeger had big results in the midget boys triple jump, with his winning jump of 12.12m. It was a new personal best, which shattered his previous PB of 11.81m. Swerdfeger, who has been competing since grade 7 and has been undefeated in all that time, said too that the extra pressure was that, “I scratched on my first two jumps.” He backed up his triple jump win with a second place long jump (5.42m). The event was won in 5.48m. Swerdfeger also ran the 100m hurdles and finished fourth with a time of 17.13 seconds.
Cassie Hummel was back in action in junior girls javelin, and absolutely demolished her previous best throw of 22.00m with a first place throw of 27.60m. She was clearly ahead of the pack with the second place competitor throwing 25.52 m. Hummel also threw discuss, but an 11.59m throw place her well back. She expects to concentrate on javelin this season.
Also at the midget age level, Sid Sideratos collected second place in shot put with a 12.14m throw, not far back of the 12.27 winning throw. He ran his 100m heat, in 13.71 seconds.
Shawn Dowson had solid performances in discus and high jump. He placed second in junior boys discus with a 31.30m throw and was fifth in high jump with a 1.50m jump. He finished well back in shot put at 9.30m.
Turning in a solid meet performance was Maggie Wells, who finished the 2014 season ranked sixth in Ontario in midget girls discus. Saturday, Wells threw a third place shot at 10.88m and was fourth in discus at 27.11m. “Maggie will get better as we go,” said Lewis of her early season start.
Finishing out the junior girl athletes are Quinn Horne and Holly Connolly-MacDonald, both of whom did not advance out of their 100m heats. Horne ran her heat at 14.72 and Connolly-MacDonald ran her’s in 18.33. She also ran the 200m in a time of 37.72.
Getting their feet wet at the midget are Kaeghan Lowson, Grant Wells, Jaycie Maville, Julenea Barnhartd, Kaileigh Vautour and Sydney Piquette.
Lowson, in his first time throwing Javelin, placed fifth with a throw of 32.45m. He ran the 400m, finishing well back in the pack at 1:03.27.
Distance runner, Grant Wells, who had some big results for the Spartans Cross-Country team last fall, was fifth in the 1500m (4:44.89) and sixth in the 3000 (10:16.56). He wasn’t far off in the winning mark of either race with the 1500m going in 4:30.95 and the 3000 in 10:00.13.
Maville and Vautour both ran the 100m but did not move out of their qualifiers with times of 15.25 and 15.30 respectively. Maville threw a seventh place finish in shot put with a 9.39m throw.
Barnhartd ran the 200m in 28.94 seconds and finished fourth in long jump with a jump of 4.39m.
Piquette ran the 800m with a time of 3:04.38
This Friday, the Spartans are in Ottawa and next Wednesday, May 13, they head to Cornwall for the SD&G championship. Qualifiers at the SD&G advance to the Eastern Ontario.
At the end of 2010, Luke Whitteker won a scholarship for the Race 101 Program in North Carolina, a scholarship that will culminate in his graduation later this fall.
During the first few months of 2011, he traveled once a month to Charlotte, North Carolina to attend classes and learn about the motorsport industry, from on track skills to chassis set up, and all things technical to the off track skills of marketing and communication.
Throughout the year, the young Iroquois driver participated in online seminars (webinars), as the learning experience continued about the motorsports industry, and all aspects of it.
On the track in 2011, Whitteker posted a season high second place finish at Cornwall Speedway on July 24th, and a season high third at Autodrome Granby on July 22nd.
He began his first season at Granby driving for the Clement Henri team, but posted his best finishes after switching back to his own Whitteker Motorsports ride. He finished the season ninth overall at Granby, and was the track’s top rookie driver this year.
At Cornwall, Whitteker finished the year sixth overall in track points With the last three events of the season falling to rain, he lost any chance he had to make up ground and move into the top five.
He also started the year running the Mr. DIRTcar 358 Modified championship series, but decided to end their season in late September to focus his attention on his first year studies at Carleton University, as well as the end of the Race 101 Program.
Over the course of the year, Whitteker Motorsports proudly supported the CHEO Foundation (Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario) in Ottawa, raising money through t-shirt and merchandise sales.
They donated nearly $1,000 to the CHEO Foundation and with some t-shirts still on hand, that figure could go even higher.
With the 2011 racing season over locally, Whitteker has plans to return to North Carolina to finish up the Race 101 program and graduate.
During the first week of November, he will participate in class seminars, and will be provided the opportunity to turn some laps in a Race 101 prepared pavement Late Model at the famed Hickory Motor Speedway in Hickory, North Carolina.
Currently, all Race 101 students are participating in a social networking contest and Luke is seeking help from everyone to go to the Whitteker Motorsports Facebook page and simply “like” the page.
The more votes Luke gets, the better his chances are of winning the contest. At last glance, Luke is leading the contest, which ends very soon.
Go to HYPERLINK “http://www.facebook.com/whittekermotorsports” www.facebook.com/whittekermotorsports and click on the “like” button at the top.
Whitteker Motorsports had great sponsorship support during the 2011 season from Rust Check, Coldwell Banker, Steve Summers Coburn Realty, Jim’s Performance Plus, Parcoll Products/Napa Auto Parts, Quaker State, Riverside Pontiac, Thompson Tim-Br Mart Iroquois, Toy Storage, Wells and Son Construction, 730 Truck Stop, Lloyd McMillan Equipment Ltd., ERD Engine Research and Development, Cohen and Lord Insurance and Finish Line Web Design.
Luke Whitteker and the Whitteker Motorsports team are currently looking for sponsors for the 2012 racing season.
For more information, please contact Luke Whitteker at HYPERLINK “mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org” email@example.com.
Whitteker also is grateful for the hard work of his pit crew which this year included Dustin Gillard, Travis McMillan, Jeff Whitteker, Kyle Dingwall, Joe Janson, Shawn Nixon, Julie Nixon and Kevin Whitteker.
The Morrisburg Junior B Lions were able to add a stroke in their win column in St. Lawrence Division hockey action on home ice on Sunday afternoon, when they collected a 5-4 shoot-out win over the Char-Lan Rebels.
The Lions were in charge of the first two periods of the game. They led 3-1 at the end of the first period and 4-1 after two.
But as has happened in a number of games this season, they couldn’t hold on.
The Rebels charged back in the third period to nab Lions goaltender, John Gilmer, for three unanswered goals to even it, 4-4 and force the overtime.
Just 50 seconds into the first period, Michael Paquette got it rolling for the Lions with William White providing the assist.
One minute later, the Rebels answered with a Jeremy McFarlane goal to even at 1-1.
That remained until the Lions went on the offensive.
At 9:02 of the first period, Isaac Brownlee counted, unassisted to make it 2-1, and then at 13:37 Curtis Evans put the puck past Rebels goaltender Ryan Cooper to give the Lions a 3-1 advantage at the end of 20 minutes of play.
The lone goal of the second period came from the stick of Steven Savage, assisted by Liam Morrow, at 2:27 for a 4-1 Lions lead.
From then until 4:22 of the third period, the Lions worked to hold on to their lead. That’s when Nick Sanseverino counted for the Rebels to cut the gap to 4-2.
At 8:30 of the third period, Tyler Filion, on the Rebels power play, found the spot to put the Rebels to within one goal of the tie.
That came at 15:18, when Sanseverino counted his second goal to tie it at 5-5.
The scoreless overtime play was followed by the shootout, which was won by the Lions giving them their third win of the 2013/14 season.
The Lions sat out three minor penalties and a 10 minute misconduct, while the Rebels were assessed seven minors and two 10 minute misconducts.
Friday night, the Lions travelled to Westport where they were handed a 4-1 loss by the Rideaus.
The Rideaus led 1-0 after the first period and 3-0 heading into the third. Alex Szabo beat Lions goaltender Brandon Chilton, at 10:27 of the third period for a 4-0 lead.
Michael Paquette spoiled Nicholas Newport’s shutout at 12:07 of the third.
Eight minor penalties were assessed in the game, four to each team.
With the end of the regular season now looming it would be a real horse race if it weren’t for the Casselman Vikings.
The Vikings have pocketed the division championship. They now sit well ahead of the rest of the pack with 58 points on 28 wins.
The remaining teams are well back with the Char-lan Rebels at 39 points, Akwesasne and Alexandria tied with 35 and the Winchester Hawks right on their heels with 34 (and two games in hand).
Coming up this Sunday, January 19, the Lions are at home to the Casselman Vikings. Game time is 2:30 p.m.