The Iroquois Lawn Bowling court is open and the season has started with some lively participation by the club members. Last fall the entire court surface was reconditioned to level it and prepare it for use this year. As a result the court is in excellent shape. The game times are every Monday, Wednesday and Thursdays at 7 p.m. and the court is located at the corner of Elizabeth Drive and the Carman Road in west-end Iroquois. It is a spectacular location with the Iroquois waterfront providing the backdrop to the courts. The club is welcoming new members, and encourages all ages to come and give the game a try. It is a fun sport for young and old and one that allows the participants to determine his/her own level of competition…just for fun or a little more. Above Connie Keeler makes a pitch, while Bert Mudd and Nelly Papenhoven watch and wait for their turn. If you would like to give it a try, drop by the Iroquois Lawn Bowling court on the nights listed.
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.
A very solid six under par 64 landed the golfers representing the Lyell Strader family the Memorial Day tournament silverware at the Cedar Glen Golf Course here on Saturday.
The annual tournament is played in memory of the local families who are forever appreciated for their contributions to the Cedar Glen Golf course and the Williamsburg community.
They include the late Cliff and Agnes Casselman upon whose farm the original nine-hole Cedar Glen course was built, the late Stuart and Ethel Saddlemire whose farmland is home to the Glen’s expanded back nine holes, the late Lyell Strader who was the Glen’s first member and Dr. M.W. Locke who played a big role in the history of Williamsburg.
The tournament is open to all Cedar Glen members, all family members of those being honoured and all area golfers. This year, all but one team played in the mixed scramble format and they were Brandon and Vince Cousineau and Bryden and Peter Van Kessel who posted an impressive 13 under par 59.
Winning by a slim one stroke in the mixed scramble format category with their 64 was the team of Lyle and Kim Schell and Mitch and Laurie Hutt. Laurie and Lyle are grandchildren of the late Lyle Strader.
The mixed championship was highly contested with three teams finishing tied for second place with five under par 65s.
They included the Sam Locke team, the Brian McNairn team and the Cheryl Low team.
Playing for the Locke team were Sam and Claire Locke and and daughter Jane Howe and Wayde Roles.
For the McNairn team were Brian and Bonnie McNairn and Shawn and Lila Lapier and playing for the Lowe team were Cheryl Lowe, John Phillips, Sherri Boyd and Michael Hunt.
The ladies long drive was struck by Lindsay Waddell, and Brandon Cousineau hit the longest ball for the men.
Cheryl Lowe produced the closest to the hole shot on the par three 15th hole and Sam Locke had the closest for the men on the par three 12th.
Tied with 66s were the teams of Garry McMillan and Shaler Hill and the Barry Casselman team was next with a 68.
“We are here today to remember some very special people in our club’s history and in the history of our community,” said Cedar Glen owner Dennis Casselman as he spoke of each of the families being honoured.
Mahlon Locke thanked Dennis and Kathy for doing “ a great job on this tournament year after year. We thank you for hosting the tournament every year and allowing us to have a beer and hoist one for the old days.”
Bruce Whitteker said he remembers how his grandfather and grandmother (Cliff and Agnes Casselman) used to refer to Dennis and Ronnie Casselman and Rex Whitteker as the “three mouseketeers”. “The course is in great shape. I know it is a lot of work, and I’m very proud to be a member of this club.”
His sentiments were echoed by Lyle Schell whose grandfather Lyell Strader was Cedar Glen’s first member and first paid member every year after that. “I am proud to be a member here, and I hold my glass proudly for all these people in their memory.”