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.
ATHENS–The Morrisburg Junior B Lions were on the road to Athens on Sunday, December 9 where they were handed a 5-1 loss by the Rideau Division’s first place Aeros.
The two played a scoreless first period. After that it was penalties that did the talking as the Aeros scored twice on their power play in the second period and twice on their power play again in the third.
Brett Costello counted the first power-play goal against Lions goaltender Mikael Dion 1:49 into the second period and Shane Hiley made it 2-0 with 1:19 left on the clock.
Just over three minutes into the third period, Costello counted his second of the game again while the Aeros were on the power play.
They pulled into a 4-0 lead at 12:57 of the third with Hiley’s second counter and Daniel Lacroix finished it off on the Aeros power play at 15:28.
Sylvester Bzdyl, with help from Brandon Chaffe and Taylor Eamon, counted the lone Lions goal, spoiling Dallas Slack’s shut out with 16 seconds left on the clock.
The Lions were out shot 43-22 and were unsuccessful in two power-play opportunities. The Aeros were successful in four out of 10 power-play opportunities.
This past week’s results between the Rideau and St. Lawrence Jr. B Divisions saw mixed results. The first place Aeros had a pair of wins, the first over Char-Lan 7-5 and the second over the Lions.
From the St. Lawrence Division, the first place Casselman Vikings posted a 6-4 win over Westport and followed it with a 10-3 win against South Grenville.
The Vikings continue to lead the St. Lawrence Division with 35 points and are now nine points up on the second place Winchester Hawks.
Char-Lan is third with 25 points and Akwesasne fourth with 21. The Alexandria Glens are right on their heels with 20 points, and the Lions have 12.
Coming up this weekend, the Lions are at home to the Akwesasne Wolves, Friday night, December 14. Game time is 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, the Lions are on the road to the Char-Lan Recreation Centre to take on the Rebels at 8 p.m.
While it will be several weeks before it is decided who is part of the 2013-14 Morrisburg Junior B Lions roster, those standing behind the bench have been determined.
Last week, the Lions team management announced that Andrew Scott of Iroquois, and Mark Evans of Cornwall, will be joining head coach Dan Frawley behind the Lions bench for the coming season.
Former Pittsburgh Penquin captain, Memorial Cup Champion and AHL Calder Cup Champion, Frawley is returning for his second season as the Lions head coach.
In addition to Frawley’s credentials, the two assistants coaches sport some pretty impressive hockey and coaching experience of their own.
Scott, who comes on board as associate coach was the 2010 Eastern Ontario Junior Hockey Metro Division “Coach of the Year”.
Originally from Johnstown, Scott, a defenceman, played Junior B hockey with the Prescott Falcons and Junior A (Tier 2) with the Kingston Voyageurs. He finished his junior hockey career as a 20 year old with South Grenville.
Scott’s coaching career includes stints with the Kemptville 73s (Jr. A.), the Upper Canada Cyclones (AAA minor) and the Metcalfe Jets (Jr. B.). As head coach of the 2010-11 Jets, he was named the Metro Division’s coach of the year.
“I was with the Jets for two years,” says Scott. “I was there to help them get their program up and going again.”
After taking last year off, he says, “I’ve known Dan for a couple of years, and I jumped on board when he asked me if I was interested.”
“I have played against the Lions and coached against the Lions, and I didn’t want to miss this opportunity to work with Dan and the Lions. They are one of the winningest teams in the league. There is a lot of history here.”
Assistant coach Mark Evans originally comes from Fergus, Ontario. “I came down here to play hockey for the Cornwall Royals and played for them for three years (85-88).” Originally a defenceman, Evans guarded the Royals’ blue line for two seasons, until coach Orval Tessier moved him to right wing for season three.
“I was basically a utility player, and so that is what I’ve brought into my coaching. I’ve seen it both ways.”
For many years, Evans has been involved with the Huron Hockey School. In 1991, he started coaching at the bantam level with the Seaway Valley Rapids minor association.
“I started as assistant coach with the Cornwall Colts (Jr. A Tier 2) in 1992-93, when they moved from Massena to Cornwall. In 1994-95, I was the head coach.”
During the 94-95 season, the Colts were the CJHL Champions and Evans was voted Coach of the Year.
After a three-year coaching hiatus, Evans returned to coaching to coach his twin boys’ minor level teams.
Evans became familiar to the Lions organization last season when his son, Eric played for the team.
Evans and Scott are both excited and eager to get the season rolling.
“We are all on the same page,” says Scott of this year’s Lions coaching staff. “It’s all about development for the players with a winning attitude, both on and off the ice.”
Since the Lions skated off the ice with a dismal finish last season, team ownership has changed with newcomers Rick Gilmer (vice-president of operations and assistant general manager) of Morrisburg and Gary Brownlee (vice-president business development) of Ingleside, now on board with veterans Kevin Casselman (president/general manager) and Dale Lewis (vice-president community relations), both of Morrisburg.
Joining the owners on the executive management team are Bonnie Barkley (treasurer) and Lois Casselman (secretary).
Rosanne Brownlee and Patti Laframbois will be putting their experience with the Cornwall Colts to work as a fundraising coordinators, Tracey Mabo returns as music coordinator, Thom Racine is on board as Director of Public Relations and Barry Cooper is the team scout.
The Lions opened their camp Sunday night (August 18) in Spencerville.
They are on the ice in Spencerville again tonight (August 21) and then will host the Brockville Tikis this coming Saturday night, August 24 at 8 p.m.
Organizers are busy preparing for the 10th annual Casey at Bat Memorial Fastball tournament coming up in Williamsburg, May 24-26, and for the 10th annual they have lined up a ‘special’ opening ceremony.
In the 10 years that the Schell family has been hosting Casey at Bat, the popular tournament has raised over $10,000 for a number of local charities including high school bursaries, the Canadian Cancer Society and local hospice care.
To celebrate the 10th anniversary, Lyle Schell and his team have arranged an opening ceremony for Friday night, May 24 at 6 p.m. A highlight of the ceremony will be the first pitch of the tournament thrown out by local, former fastball player, Bert “Knappy” McIntosh.
The tournament, which is the lone yearly venue for longtime fastball fans in this area, is played in memory of Casey Schell, a player and advocate of the sport in this area.
“Bert, who will be throwing out this year’s first pitch, played ball with Grandpa Casey in the 30’s and 40’s,” says Lyle Schell, who in addition to being a tournament organizer, rounds up the players for the local Cigars team, which for the last two years has gone to the championship final, but lost.
This year’s Cigars team will include the Smith brothers, Jamie and Jason, Derek Whitteker, Kevin Williams and Lyle himself. They will be joined by the Alkerton brothers from Spencerville, Dan Loney from Cornwall and two players from Kingston.
In addition to “Knappy’s” first pitch, the Schell family, on behalf of everyone who made the 2012 tournament a huge success, will present a $1,200 cheque to Dundas County Hospice in memory of Lyle’s mother Joan Schell who passed away in 2010.
Following the opening ceremony, the Cigars will play in the first game of the tournament beginning at 6:30 p.m. A total of three games will be played Friday night, with 12 scheduled for Saturday and eight on Sunday.
The semi-final will be played Sunday at 3 p.m. with the final set for 5:30 p.m.
Longtime area fastball fans are invited out to the tournament to see some great action with some impressive teams coming from throughout the area.
The tournament also provides a great opportunity for anyone not familiar with fastball, and in particular local youth, to get a glimpse of this great sport that, with the exception of this tournament, has been missing locally for many years.