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.
It probably feels like it was just yesterday when we were all dressed up in costumes and had a blast at the Morrisburg and District Figure Skating Club carnival! Now, club members are sharpening their skates and getting ready for another awesome season of skating!
Skaters will head down to the Morrisburg Arena on either Friday, September 9th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. or, Saturday, September 11 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. New skaters are always welcome and members are encouraged to tell friends and family!
Thanks to the Morrisburg Chiropractic, all Stage 1 Skaters will receive a discount on their skating fee! So for anyone who has been thinking about skating, now is a great time to sign up!
When skaters arrive at the rink on September 19th, skating may be a little different from what they remember. For example, Skate Canada now requires that ALL Canskaters stage 5 and under MUST wear a CSA approved hockey helmet. So skaters who are packing up those skates and mitts are reminded to grab helmets too! Also, the canskate program has changed. Everyone stage 2 or over, six years of age gets to skate for 50 minutes–more ice time what could be better than that! They will also get to enjoy many, more exciting activities on the ice this year! All Starskaters, will start their season Monday, September 12. Finally, remember:
Skate great and have fun–Kate
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.
Last Wednesday, October 15, the Morrisburg Junior B Lions were in Brockville where the Tikis nabbed them for a 7-2 win.
Then on Friday, October 17, the Tikis lost to the Westport Rideaus, 6-1.
On Saturday night in Morrisburg, the Lions turned it completely around to defeat the Rideaus, 13-6.
The Brockville Tikis are in second place in the Rideau Division with 13 points, four points behind the Prescott Flyers. The Rideaus are in last place with nine points.
The Lions, thanks to the Saturday night win against the Rideaus, have moved into fifth place in the St. Lawrence Division, two points up on the Char-Lan Rebels.
A betting man might have difficulty deciding where to place his money. A junior B hockey coach might understand anything can happen in any given game.
Wednesday night in Brockville, the Tikis built a 2-0 first period lead and never looked back. They went up 4-0 in the first five minutes of the second period before Eric Evans counted for the Lions with help from Michael Paquette and Justin Lefevbre.
The Tikis got one more late in the frame to carry a 5-1 advantage into the third.
Early in the third period, Paquette counted the Lions third and final goal on a penalty shot.
John Gilmer started in net for the Lions, and was replaced in the second period by Keiran Weir.
The Lions sat out 22 minutes in penalties on seven infractions, and the Tikis were assessed 33 minutes, also on seven infraction. The Tikis scored only one goal on their power play, that at 12:53 of the third period from Ethan York.
Back home on Saturday night, the Lions got off to another shaky start and trailed the visiting Westport Rideaus 2-1 heading into the second period.
Just 3:46 into the second, Jacob Kendrick scored unassisted to tie the game 2-2, and spark the Lions to a scoring exhibition which saw them count five consecutive goals to go up 7-3. The Rideaus finally got them stopped with a Travis Marshall goal with 38 seconds left in the frame.
Peter McGahey got two back for the Rideaus early in the third period to tighten the count to 7-5, but again the Lions went on the offensive. This time they counted three goals for a 10-5 advantage before the Rideaus got them stopped with an Aaron Gregoire player-play goal at 10:10.
This sparked another Lions spree, which resulted in another three goals, and the 13-6 Lions victory.
Jacob Kendry and Eric Evans led the Lions scoring with three goals each, and Landon Veenstra added a pair.
Zach Belaire, Michael Paquette, Ryan Griffin, Jacob Guillot and Justin Rutley all scored single goals.
Veteran Lions, Paquette and Rutley both had big games. Paquette helped out on four goals and Rutley provided the assists on three.
John Gilmer was in net for the Lions win.
The Lions sat out 22 minutes on seven infractions, and the Rideaus were assessed 24 minutes on eight infractions. The Rideaus scored one power-play goal, while the Lions were not successful in their six power-play opportunities.
The Lions now move into the St. Lawrence Division’s fifth place spot with six points on three wins.
The Casselman Vikings remain in first place, undefeated in eight games, while the Alexandria Glens are in second place with 11 points on five wins and one shoot-out loss.
The Winchester Hawks and the Akwesasne Wolves are tied with 10 points.
Coming up this week, the Lions travel to Casselman to take on the Vikings, Thursday, October 23.
Saturday night, October 25, the Brockville Tikis will be in Morrisburg for a 7:30 p.m. start, and Sunday night, the Lions will be on the road for a game against the Wolves.