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.
We’re into the third week of curling at the Morrisburg Curling Club and things are rounding into shape.
The Swing and Sweep event had to be cancelled this year, as a result of low numbers interested. Instead, the executive organized an opening bonspiel for last Saturday.
Other events scheduled are Glenn Cougler’s stick bonspiel, the women’s Invitational on Tuesday, December 4, the Gamble bonspiel on Saturday November 17, and the OCA Zone 1 Intermediates from December 22-23.
In addition, a lady from Cornwall is trying to organize an Alzheimer’s bonspiel for Saturday, November 10. Club president, Mahlon Locke tells us there’ll be an information sheet in the lounge. Why not put together a team to support this charity? More information on all events is available at the Club or from the organizers.
Over the summer a good deal of work was done by the executive and other volunteers. The new carpet is in, painting (especially interesting is the red door) and upgrading inside has taken place, -washrooms, bar, etc., and feet-cleaning mats are down at entrances to the ice surface.
The ice is fast, and Wally Baker has some other innovations that have much improved the surface and our curling experience. On November 10 our rocks’ running bands will be reconditioned, to bring back the wonderful curling ability they used to have, well back in the last century.
Our membership numbers are down slightly from last year, but there are a number of new curlers, and it is still possible to register for the league of your choice. Those interested can also curl as a spare, or pay for single games if there is an opening on a team.
Dave King is looking after the day men for anyone who would like to join that league. Tuesday night men’s coordinator Joe McCooeye is the person to see about signing up there, Alice Thompson for the Tuesday afternoon ladies, Susan McIntosh and Claire Locke for Wednesday night ladies, Ruth Kelly for daytime mixed, Ian Wilson for the Thursday night competitive league, and Mahlon Locke for the Friday night mixed league.
Also, the little rockers are being looked after by Ian and Kathy Wilson. Hope to see some more people out!
Mahlon and Paula Locke and their committee organized the opening bonspiel, and arranged a delicious lunch for the curlers in the event. In the early draw, there was some mid-season level curling, with Sid Morrell’s foursome emerging victorious. His team included Ron Beaupre, Ted Herriman and Paul Gunther.
In the second draw Mahlon Locke, Wendy Casselman, Dave McIntosh and Claire Locke were victorious. When the total points for the teams were considered, Sid’s foursome finished first, with Mahlon’s warriors ending up second overall. It was a good day, with profits from the event turned over to the club.
A women’s team competed at Kemptville last Saturday. Gretta McGann, Cheryl Thompson, and Paula and Claire Locke played a single eight-end match in the morning, and defeated a foursome from Brockville. When the winners’ scores were tallied, Morrisburg was in second place, while Smiths Falls took the overall total.
Local teams are entered in several bonspiels around eastern Ontario, and we’ll report on those when they occur. There will be friendly competitions with other club teams from various leagues, and we’ll do our best to keep you informed about those. Do keep us posted on your events, so that we can report to your fans.
Good curling, folks!
Shot put specialist Maggie Wells was back in form, and jumper Kaitlyn Stewart was on top of her game at the National Capital High School Track and Field Classic run over two days at the Terry Fox Athletic fields at Mooney Bay Park on Thursday and Friday, May 7-8.
Wells won the midget girls shot put Friday, with a throw of 11.92m, well up from her third place 10.88m throw at the Thousand Island Meet two weeks ago and Stewart won open triple jump with a 10.12m jump, just slightly under her winning jump of 10.45m at TISS. Well’s other specialty, discus, was not offered at the Classic due to renovations being made to the throwing area.
Due to the high volume of athletes (over 1,500 in the last few years), this year’s Classic was run over two days and offered identical competition.
Midget athlete David Swerdfeger had another successful meet with a first in the 300m hurdles (46.14 seconds) and a pair of seconds in long jump (5.35m) and triple jump open (11.75m).
Sid Sideratos took second in high jump with a 1.50m jump (winner jumped 1.55m), and third in shot put with an 11.29m throw (12,88m won it). This was down from his 12.14m throw at TISS.
Kaeghan Lowson picked up ribbons in midget boys javelin and 300m hurdles.
Down just slightly from his fifth place 32.45m throw at Thousands Island, he placed second in javelin at 32.03m. A 39.54m throw won the event.
Lowson was third in the 300m hurdles (50.29 seconds) and ran the 400m ninth at 1:01.40 shaving just under two minutes off his TISS time.
Also at the midget level, Shawn Dowson was fourth in high jump (1.50m). He was ninth in shot put with a 9.83m throw.
Rounding out the boys team was junior athlete, Kyle Ault who ran the 200m in 27.38 seconds and the 400 in 1:00.96 to place 10th and 14th respectively.
On the girls team, Cassie Hummel improved her pb throw of 27.60m thrown at TISS two weeks ago with a 27.67m. This gave her third place in junior javelin. (Winning throw 29.54m).
The junior girls had six athletes competing including Wells and Hummel.
Kaitlyn Stewart, along with her triple jump win, had a fourth place long jump finish at 4.45m down. The win went in 4.64m.
Izzy Burrell jumped 8.71m for a seventh place triple jump finish in the open division and was 11th in long jump with a 3.97m jump.
Quinn Horne and Holly Connolly-MacDonald ran the junior girls 100 and 200m races. Horne was ninth in the 200 with a time of 30.21 seconds and 11th in the 100 at 14.43 seconds. Connolly-MacDonald finished well back with a time of 17.47 in the 100 and 38.67 in the 200m.
Midget high jumper, Taylor Sharpley was fourth at 1.30m. She ran the 200m at 30.47 time.
The lone senior athlete was Ashley Whitteker who ran the 100 (12th at 14.83) and 200m (13th at 32.66).
The Seaway Track Team is in Cornwall today, Wednesday, May 13 for the SD&G Meet.
During a visit to the Morrisburg arena Friday night, the St. Lawrence Division’s second place Casselman Vikings (tied for second with the Hawks) discovered the Morrisburg Lions aren’t pushovers.
Although the Vikings did eventually pick up a 5-4 win, they first had to play 60 minutes of regulation time hockey and five minutes of overtime before they were able to put it away in a shoot out.
It was a big game for the Lions and an exciting game for Lions fans as they watched their Lions hang tough against the powerful Vikings who have lost only three games in 15 starts this season.
“Let’s face it. To get a point against Casselman is an accomplishment, even though I thought we really should have won,” said Lions coach Thom Racine. “I thought we played well. Outshooting the Vikings (40-37) is a rare feat and with some luck around the net it might have been a different story.”
The Vikings were first on the scoreboard with an Adam Wensink goal just 1:24 into the game.
That held until late in the frame when Michael Poapst, assisted by March Antoine, evened it off at 1-1.
The Lions couldn’t hold them off, and the Vikings were able to slip one more past goaltender Mikael Dion, on their power play at 15:14 of the period.
Just 4:39 into the second period the Lions again levelled the playing field this time with a goal from Taylor Wilson assisted by Zach Sequin and Ryan Dunbar.
That held until 18:37 of the second when the Vikings collected another power-play goal to again push ahead as the period ended.
Joel Adam pushed the Viking advantage to 4-2 with an unassisted counter at 8:50 of the third period, but it wasn’t over yet.
The Lions came back and came back strong.
Clark Veenstra (from Taylor Wilson and Ryan Ward) pulled it to within one at 11:05 and then at 15:55 Michael Poapst and Taylor Wilson set up Zach Sequin for the tying marker.
The 4-4 tie held throughout the overtime, although the Lions had their chances thanks to a pair of Casselman penalties that gave them a five on three power play. The Lions were unable to capitalize on the extra man advantage and the 4-4 tie was finally broken in a shootout.
Alex Steingruber, Michael Poapst and Ryan Ward were all unsuccessful against Vikings goaltender Phillippe Quesnel.
Coming up this week the Lions travel to Casselman to taken on the Vikings at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 3.
On Friday night, November 4 they host the Winchester Hawks.
“If we bring the same intensity to these upcoming weekend games, I like our chances at stealing some more points,” says Racine.