In the five years it’s been up and running at Morrisburg Public School, speed/sport stacking has become extremely popular among the students. As a result when the annual tournament at Nationview Public School rolled around two weeks ago, 54 students helped to pack up the cups and off they went. Leading this year’s results for MPS were Bryce Bradford who scored a third place finish overall at the grade 6 level and Gabriel Baker who scored a third place finish overall at the grade 4 level. Stackers from local schools made for a great and very exciting day at Nationview, with generally 100 plus kids stacking at a time. “It’s crazy loud,” says Nancy Beavers who is the coordinator of the MPS Speed Stacking Club. “It’s the one sport we take as many students that want to go,” says Nancy Beavers. Stackers at MPS work on their stacking skills at recess during the winter months. “Sometimes there are so many, we don’t have enough cups…and we have 400 cups,” says Beavers. Speed stacking involves the up-stacking and down-stacking of specially designed cups in pre-determined sequences. “It’s great for working the left and right sides of the brain and for hand and eye coordination,” explained Beavers. “It also helps with other activities and sports. It’s for the athlete as well as the non-athlete, and it’s great for kids with disabilities.” The basic patterns are 3-3-3, 3-6-3, and the cycle, all including the up-stacking and down-stacking of the cups. “It’s all on speed,” says Beavers. “If they stumble they have to go back and fix it. It’s all timed, it’s all electronic.” Pictured above, with their ribbons won at the Nationview Speed Stacking tournament, front left to right, are Austin Gonclaves, Sam Connors, Tyler Shields, Manraj Cheema and Oakley Beavers. Back, l-r, are Gabriel Baker, Katie Perry, Sheetal Sahota (front), Kristyn Van Hoof, coach Nancy Beavers, Abby Smith and Bryce Bradford. Cameryn Broad was absent.
MORRISBURG–Coming off a tough 4-2 loss to the Metcalfe Jets in the Fall Classic played at the Glengarry Sports Palace, the Morrisburg Lions turned it around here Saturday night on home ice, to finally, after 11 games, register their first win of the season.
The 5-4 win was against the visiting Brockville Tikis and was a come from behind effort which saw the Lions trailing 2-0 after the first period.
A strong three-goal, second period got them back on track and put them in the lead, 3-2.
Christian Leger, on the Lions power play, got it rolling just 2:13 into the frame with help from Eric Evans and Chris Pearson.
Liam Morrow (from Pearson and Michael Paquette) tied the game, 2-2, at 4:02 and then at 7:17 Paquette pushed the Lions ahead with help from Pearson and Dallas Blacksmith.
The Lions couldn’t hold on and the Tikis nabbed Lions goaltender John Gilmer for one more to end the second period even at 2-2.
Then 3:04 into the third period, Patrick Rock reclaimed the lead for the Tikis, but the Lions didn’t let up.
Less than one minute later, Liam Morrow tied it 4-4 (Paquette and Alex Kidd assisting), and that is the way it stayed for the next 13 minutes of action.
Then at 17:30 veteran Lion, Michael Paquette collected the winning goal giving the Lions their first win of the season.
Assisting Paquette for the winner was Blacksmith and Eric Evans.
A total of 64 minutes in penalties were handed out. The Tikis counted their two first period goals on their power play.
John Gilmer faced 34 Tikis shots while Mack Frere handled the loss against 40 Lions shots.
Friday night at the Glengarry Sports Palace, the Metcalfe Jets and the Morrisburg Lions opened the annual Fall Classic, the Jets claiming a 4-2 win.
The Jets went up 1-0 in the first period and increased it to 2-0 early in the second.
Taylor Eamon put the Lions on the board at 6:28 of the frame with help from Chris Evans and Robbie Scott, but that was it until the final five minutes.
Chad Robillard restored the Jets’ two goal edge at 15:08 of the second, but Eamon came charging back for his second of the night to close the gap to 3-2.
A highly entertaining third period followed with Joel Cunningham scoring the insurance goal against Lions’ goalie Brandon Chilton at 15:45.
A total of 50 minutes in penalties were assessed. The Jets counted once in five power-play opportunities while the Lions were unsuccessful in seven power plays.
Coming up this weekend, the Lions are in Winchester, Saturday night, October 26 for a 7:30 p.m. start. Sunday they are at home to Akwesasne. Game time is 2:30.
On Monday July 16th the Seaway Kickers U18 girls team travelled to D.A. Moodie park where they gave up a 3-1 loss to the Nepean City soccer club.
The Kickers started out very slow and were losing 2 – 0 after the first half.
They got on board in the second half with a nice pass from Bailey Hass to the top of the box where Kelsey Douglas scored in the bottom left corner but Nepean City charged back to make it 3 – 1.
Sara Gudlaugsson, for Seaway, had a penalty shot but the keeper made the save to maintain the Nepean two-goal edge.
Ashley Smith drew a penalty shot and Leah Wells took the shot to score what would be the Kickers final goal of the game.
In the last minute of the game, the Kickers pull everyone into the attacking zone but they could not score the tying goal and were forced to settle for the 3-2 loss.
Wednesday, July 18th, the Seaway Kickers were home to the Nepean Hotspurs, and after a very slow start they found themselves once again down 2 – 0.
In the second half the girls picked up the pace and some of them spread the field which led to a goal by Lesley Anne Tupper in an individual effort.
The Kickers tied the game, 2-2, on a goal that started from a very nice corner kick play between Michaela Morrow and Kaitlyn Geurkink and resulted with a nice finish by Ashley Smith.
The Kickers took a 3-2 lead on a beautifully timed rush by defender Leah Wells, and put it away off a very strong corner kick by Michaela Morrow with a header by Sarah Gudlaugsson.
To date the Kickers season record is six wins and three losses
Due to the weekend ice storm there wasn’t a whole lot of Eastern Ontario Junior B Hockey action, but before the bad weather arrived, the Morrisburg Lions were able to make the trip to Casselman, on Thursday night, December 19.
Results weren’t good for the St. Lawrence Division’s last place Lions as they were handed a 9-2 by the division’s leading Vikings. The win puts the Vikings’ record this season to 25 wins with just one loss and two losses in overtime.
The Vikings went up 3-0 over the Lions in the first period and then held a way out of reach, 7-0 advantage, after two.
Thierry Gibeault led the Vikings attack with four goals. Sebastien Planted added two, and Mark Hough, Gabriel Laurin and Devin Desnoyers counted singles.
Lions goaltender Brandon Chilton played just over 53 minutes of the game and was relieved by John Gilmer. Gianmarco De Meis was in net for the Vikings.
Scoring for the Lions was Isaac Brownlee with two goals.
The Vikings out shot the Lions 44 to 26.
Coming up on Friday, December 27th the Lions are on the road to Alexandria. Saturday night, December 28 they host the Winchester Hawks. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
They will complete a three-game weekend on the road to take on Akwesasne on Sunday, December 29.