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.
The South Dundas Atom B House Lions picked up two victories this past week, and along the way they took time to thank the Morrisburg Legion Branch 48, and its Ladies Auxiliary, for the […]
Sue McIntosh’s first two-person bonspiel went off well last Sunday. The ‘C’ champions were Mahlon Locke and Bud Perry. The ‘B’ champs (one loss) were Andy Patenaude and Paul St. Pierre, and the ‘A’ champs, who won every game, were Jim and Wendy Casselman. Thanks again to Sue, the organizer, to those who arranged for lunch, and to all who helped in any way to make the day a success.
Our curlers were involved in a mixed bonspiel, the Gamble, last Saturday. Wendy and Jim Casselman and Sam and Claire Locke played well, but were not able to win the A or B title. Greta McGann and Paul St. Pierre had to pick up two Russell curlers to flesh out their team, and in spite of good play, could not bring home the A or B trophy either. As usual, the curlers had a good meeting after the dinner and the finals. Better luck next year, folks!
Two teams of senior men entered a Winchester bonspiel. Jack Barkley, Wally Baker, Doug Jarvis and Bud Perry split their games, while Sid Morrell, Andy Patenaude, Neil Williams and Don O’Brien won both of theirs and finished second in their draw.
Last Wednesday our daytime senior mixed curlers hosted Russell in a friendly bonspiel. Sue McIntosh, Len Bellamy, Arnold Barkley and Keith Robinson defeated their Russell counterparts, as did Alice Thompson, Fred Langlotz, Denis Thibault and Lise Steinberg. Andy Patenaude was a friendlier host, letting his guest foursome win. He was abetted by Ted Herriman, Cheryl Thompson and Bob Youmelle.
Four of our senior men played last week in Navan’s over-70 bonspiel. Keith Robinson, Fred Langlotz, Arnold Barkley and Glenn Cougler did battle with Carleton Heights in the morning and Buckingham in the afternoon. The fellows played hard, but dropped both matches. There are some top curlers in this group, with at least one team former Provincial finalists. Keep trying, folks!
The first of the season’s Parnells, the competition for Morrisburg, Prescott, Cornwall and Lancaster men’s teams, was played on Friday. Dave King, Jack Barkley, Doug Jarvis and Sam Locke were our representatives. They defeated Gary Cook’s Prescott team, the eventual Parnell winners, but lost to George Delaney of Lancaster. The food and fellowship were great, but they hope to enjoy things even more in the next Parnell competition.
Last Tuesday, the senior men finished league play in their two-man competition. Winners were Neil Williams and Bob Bechard. Well done, fellows.
We witnessed a great charity bonspiel for the Alzheimer society last Saturday. A tidy sum of money was raised, and while everyone had a good time and received some sort of a prize, there were noteworthy awards for the victors.
In the early draw, Jack Barkley, Ray Benoit and Donna and Jeff Trumble took top honours. It was good to see people out from various leagues, and many curlers from outside the club as well. We’ll have the remaining stats next week.
Our local champs at the Ontario Senior Games curling division the Zone 8 Playdowns are being held at our club. Our two teams include Andy Patenaude, Sue McIntosh, Neil Williams and Betty Locke, and Raymond Benoit, Cheryl Thompson, Pete Zeran and Ruth Kelly. Good curling to all!
The South Dundas Novice B Lions opened their 2014/15 season on the road and on a winning note.
On Wednesday night, October 8, the Lions travelled to Kemptville where they collected a close 4-3 win from the Kemptville B2 Panthers.
The Lions Nick Connors was on top of his game and ready to roar for the Lions as he connected for all four of their goals.
The Panthers were first on the scoreboard with a goal from Cameron McNulty with 5:49 left in the first period. Their advantage lasted just 16 seconds when Connors answered with help from Mason Hummel.
The 1-1 tie held until late in the second period when Connors struck for goals two and three, both assisted by Ben Radley.
The Panthers got one back before the end of the second period from Nate Thompson to narrow the gap to 3-2.
Midway into the third period Graeme Laverance scored, unassisted, for the Panthers to again tie the game, now at 3-3.
With the minutes ticking away, Connors, with help from Drew Laperle and Radley scored his fourth goal to put the Lions up 4-3, and that’s the way it stayed.
Hutt was unbeatable in the net for the remaining 3:49 minutes, and the Lions collected their first win of the new season.
In this year’s Novice B Lions lineup, along with goaltender Hutt, Connors, Hummel, Radley and Laperle are Cooper McCooeye, Addyson Lalonde-Thompson, Logan Tait, Terrence Mudde, Luke Byvelds, Noelle Hatherall, Caleb Machan, Travis Faulkner and Devon Honders.
Matt McCooeye is the coach and the assistant coaches are Shawn Hummel and Dan Byvelds. Also on the coaching staff are Mike Hutt, John Connors and Shellie Spencer.
In exhibition action in Long Sault, the Lions and the Selects played to a 1-1 tie. Both goals were scored in the second period.
Mason Hummel counted for the Lions with help from Cooper McCooeye and John McLeod provided the Selects goal.