Last Wednesday, Dale Adams, representing Ontario Power Generation, stopped in at the Morrisburg Arena to drop off a couple of early Christmas donations to the Morrisburg and District Figure Skating Club and the South Dundas Minor Hockey Association. The two organizations, that are responsible for keeping several hundred South Dundas youngsters busy and active in the winter months, each received $500 from OPG. On hand to accept for the Skating Club was president Julie VanHoof and board member Andy Lee while treasurer Pam Mullin accepted on behalf of minor hockey. The figure skaters will be putting their donation towards their “very important” sound system which this year will get a new microphone and some amplifier upgrades said Lee who expressed his thanks to OPG. Mullin, in thanking OPG on behalf of minor hockey explained the association uses the money to put “kids into hockey who couldn’t afford to play otherwise.”. Pictured above, l-r, are Mullin, Adams, Lee and VanHoof.
The excitement and anticipation was high for Luke Whitteker and the Whitteker Motorsports team last weekend (July 21-22) as they traveled to Kenly, North Carolina for Luke’s pavement racing debut at Southern National Motorsports Park.
Luke arrived in North Carolina on Wednesday, and spent the night settling in, and preparing for a busy weekend.
On Thursday, he went to the Race 101 shop, to scale the car, and load it in the hauler, getting ready for a day of practice on Friday, leading up to Saturday night’s race.
Luke had three sessions on the track on Friday, and was gaining more speed and getting more comfortable in the car each time.
“We made a few practice runs here so far, and the car feels good so far,” says Whitteker. “Hopefully the rain will stay away, and we can have a good day here tomorrow for our debut in the Race 101 car”.
On Saturday, Whitteker was back at Southern National Motorsports Park for some more practice, and then the race later in the day.
Like the previous day, the more laps he ran, the more comfortable he was inside the Race 101 car. While he was focused on the task at hand, Whitteker also kept an eye on the weather that was threatening to play a factor in his debut.
“We were really starting to get some speed, and get comfortable in the car after the second practice session,” said Whitteker. “We just need to make a few tweaks to the setup to get the car a little better. Unfortunately, it looks like rain soon, so we will see what happens here in the next little bit”.
As forecasted, the skies opened up just before final practice, and the race had to be postponed.
Whitteker will return to Southern National Motorsports Park on August 11th for another attempt. He will also race on September 29th.
Named as the top referees in the South Dundas Minor Hockey Program for the 2012-13 hockey season are, l-r, Nash Nesbitt, Steve Martineau and Trevor Flay. Nesbitt was named the Best Rookie Referee and Flay the Most Dedicated. Martineau was honoured with the John Lortie Memorial Trophy for the second time in the seven years he has been refereeing. He was awarded the trophy in his rookie season in 2006-2007. The John Lortie Memorial is awarded annually in memory of John Lortie who passed away in November 2004. John was a 20 year plus veteran of the Morrisburg Fire Department and his second passion was hockey and the local minor hockey association. A lifelong member of the community, John began refereeing in 1985, and worked his way up to a Level 5 Referee. In his more than 20 year involvement with the Minor Hockey Association he refereed, was referee-in-chief and association president in 2000. In addition to his work on the ice, Martineau has been involved with coaching in the South Dundas Association and currently handles the very tough job of Association Ice Scheduler.
Some 36 skaters wearing the Morrisburg and District Figure Skating Club colours on Saturday, February 23, put it together with some big skates to bring home the District 4 Interclub trophy with a team total of 176 points. It was a clear-cut victory for the Morrisburg skaters over second place Athens skaters who posted 72 points.
Along the road to the win, the Morrisburg skaters, as a group, collected 20 gold medals and two gold certificates, 11 silver medals and nine silver certificates, eight bronze medals and one bronze certificate. Points were also added to the team total with six fourth place finishes.
Twelve young skaters represented the club at the Canskate level with each competing in Elements at their respective stages.
Leading their charge were Sarah Stewart and Abigail Smail who both skated to a Gold level certificate in stage 3 Elements.
Silver Certificates: Stage 2-Emma Morrow; Stage 3-Lilly Napier, Olivia Chafe, Miriam Biemond; Stage 4-Marin Morrow, Shianne Johnson; Stage 5-Jesssica Groves, Hannah Biemond, Hannah Warren.
Bronze Certificates: Stage 3-Madison Johnson.
Team Elements: Introductory-Abby Smith, Xandra Furo and Mikaela Furo; Pre-Preliminary Elements–(Flight 3)-Erika Jordan, Cameryn Broad and Ashley Bouwman–(Flight 1) Reagan Belanger, Katie Buter and Olivia Hart.
Pairs (routine): Pre-Preliminary–Erika Jordan & Reagan Belanger; Preliminary (Flight 1)–Kendra Buter & Cameryn Broad, (Flight 2)–Taylor Pilon & Kaitlyn Stewart; Sr. Bronze–Abby MacMillan & Alexis Engwerda.
Team Spins: Pre-Preliminary–Olivia Hart, Reagan Belanger & Katie Buter; Preliminary (Fl 1) Abigail Jordan, Taylor Pilon & Kaitlyn Stewart, (Fl 2) Trina Dykstra-MacPherson & Kendra Buter; Junior Bronze–Abby MacMillan & Alexis Engwerda.
Shadow Skills: Preliminary-Erika Jordan & Reagan Belanger; Jr. Bronze-Abigail Jordan & Kristyn Van Hoof; Sr. Bronze-Kaitlyn Stewart & Alexis Engwerda.
Shadow Dance: Jr. Bronze-Kaitlyn Stewart & Alexis Engwerda; Preliminary-Erika Jordan & Reagan Belanger.
Gold Medals in Solo Spirals: Pre-preliminary-Erika Jordan; Jr. Bronze-Kristyn Van Hoof; Open-Ali Van Hoof; Pre-Prelimminary-Olivia Hart.
Team Elements: Preliminary-Kendra Buter & Trina Dykstra-MacPherson.
Pairs: Intro-Xandra & Mikaela Furo; Pre-preliminary-Olivia Hart &Katie Buter; Sr. Bronze-Kristyn Van Hoof & Abigail Jordan.
Team Spins: Pre-preliminary-Cameryn Broad, Erika Jordan &Ashley Bouwman.
Shadow Dance: Junior Bronze-Abby MacMillan & Taylor Pilon (Fl 2); Kendra Buter & Mackenna Kyle (Fl 1).
Solo Spiral: Mackenna Kyle-Jr. Bronze.
Team Spiral: Intermediate. Tied for first place, two teams. Abby MacMillan, Alexis Engwerda, Taylor Pilon & Kaitlyn Stewart; Kristyn Van Hoof, Mackenna Kyle, Kendra Buter & Trina Dykstra-MacPherson.
Relay: Junior Relay Team-Erika Jordan, Reagan Belanger, Katie Buter, Olivia Hart & Cameryn Broad.
Solo Elements: Madison Hart-Stage 6.
Team Elements: Preliminary-Kaitlyn Stewart, Taylor Pilon, Abigail Jordan; Junior Bronze-Abby MacMillan & Alexis Engwerda (Fl-2), Kristyn Van Hoof & Mackenna Kyle (Fl-3); Open-Gillian Beatson, Ali Van Hoof, Alyssa MacMillan.
Pairs: Intro-Abby Smith & Madison Hart
Solo Spiral: Open-Gillian Beatson
Shadow Dance: Jr. Bronze-Kristyn Van Hoof & Abigail Jordan.
Fourth Place Ribbon
Team Elements: Open-Gillian Beatson, Ali Van Hoof, Alyssa MacMillan.
Pairs: Pre-preliminary-Alice Cameron & Katie McCaffrey.
Team Spins: Jr. Bronze-Kristyn Van Hoof & Mackenna Kyle.
Pre-preliminary Solo Spins: Reagan Belanger (Fl-3), Mikaela Furo (Fl-6), Abby Smith(Fl-5).