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Kurtis Barkley wins UC Open

Cedar Glen golfer, Kurtis Barkley successfully defended his 2010 title at the Upper Canada Men’s Open tournament here Saturday with an even par 72.

In claiming his second consecutive victory in the revamped tournament which was returned last year after an almost 10 year absence, Barkley shaved one stroke off his winning 73 score shot in 2010.

In 2010, he was one of only two players to break the 80 barrier on the challenging 6,332 yard Upper Canada Golf Course.
Claiming the B flight low gross win Saturday was Nationveiw’s Larry Gordon who shot an 81, while C flight went to Tony Theodosiou with a 92.

Net winners were Shawn Selleck of the Brockville Country Club in A flight, Dave Meyers (non-club affiliation) in B flight and Doug Warner of the Morrisburg Golf Club.

The tournament was sponsored by TaylorMade and The Brick.


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Seaway High golfers win SD&G

The Seaway District High School golf team put together a solid team performance at the SD&G tournament held at the Upper Canada Golf Course on Monday, to win the overall golf championship (boys and girls) for 2011.

Leading the Seaway team charge was Dylan Lapier who tied for the low gross of the day with Will Lecky of Char-Lan District High School. The two shot 79s.

For the girls, the individual low gross shooter (nine-holes) was Robyn Campbell of Tagwi with a 49.

It was Seaway’s girls team that led the way in their nine hole play as they posted a three-player team total of 184 on the tough Upper Canada back nine holes.

Jessica Whitteker was the low Seaway shooter with a 51, Vicki VanHoof added a 66 and Megan Van Allen a 67.

Their 184 points put them in first place ahead of La Citadelle, the only other school to field a complete three-player team in the girls category.

For the boys championship, 10 schools were represented. To be eligible, teams had to have a minimum of three players, and the best-three of four 18 hole scores were used for the team totals.

When it was over, it was Char-Lan claiming the win with 241 strokes.

Lecky led the entry with his 79, and Reed Payette and Will Baker were right on his heels with 81s. Team member Ryan Robertson’s score was not used in the total.

Finishing in second spot were the Seaway boys.

Backing Lapier’s low 79 were Jordan St. Louis with an 83 and Brandon St. Louis with an 86 for a 248 team total. Brodie Casselman’s round total was not used.

Third place in the boy’s play went to Tagwi at 276, while Glengarry District High School was fourth with 284.

The top teams/players will now advance to the EOSSAA golf championships being hosted by Napanee District Secondary School at the Loyalist Golf and Country Club on Friday, September 30.


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Strong start for Junior Lions

The Eastern Ontario Junior Hockey season got underway in Kemptville on the weekend, and for the Morrisburg Lions, it wasn’t a bad start.
After losing their opening game in the second annual Fall Classic, 3-1 to the Ottawa West Golden Knights on Friday night, the Lions turned it around Saturday, for a 5-3 win over the Stittsville Royals.

In their opener against the Knights, the two were tied 1-1 after two periods, before the Knights capitalized on a bad Lions’ clearing attempt, to set them up for a late power-play goal to seal the game.

Alex Steingruber scored the lone Lions’ goal in the second period with the assists going to Ryan Ward and goaltender Mikael Dion, who was called upon to make 37 saves during the game.

“I was pleased with our effort against a very good Ottawa West team,” said Lions’ coach Thom Racine. “We showed if we move our feet and skate like we can, shift after shift, we can play with these good teams.”

“We made them earn the win, and we have to take something from that.”

On Saturday night, against the Stittsville Royals, the Lions got off to a slow start, but got out of the first period in a 1-1 tie.

It was a big goal for both the Lions and Drew Veenstra who collected his first Junior B goal after going the entire season without one last year. He was assisted by team captain Matt Ouimet.

Early in the second period, Ouimet put the Lions ahead, 2-1, on a pretty set up from Ty Hodgson on the power play.

Unfortunately, the Lions couldn’t hold on and gave up two late period goals to trail 3-2 after 40 minutes.

A relentless forecheck to begin the third period saw Sylvester Bzdyl tie the game, 3-3, just over a minute in, from a Drew Veenstra rebound.
Brayden Girard then scored on a solo effort to push it to 4-3 at 2:44.

The fifth and final goal, at 7:47 of the third, came on a Clark Veenstra set up to Michel Thurler who rifled a wrist show low to Erik Miksik’s glove side.

Dion was in net for the Lions first win of the 2011/12 regular season.

“Clark Veenstra was huge all night long, as he frustrated the Royals defenders with punishing body checks,” said coach Racine.

As a result Veenstra was named the game star to join goaltender Dion who was the named the Lions’ game star in the loss to Ottawa West.
The Fall Classic was sponsored by the Ottawa Senators who provided 88 home game tickets for the MVPs on both teams of each of the 22 games played, as well as Senator ball caps.

Coach Racine says he was very happy with the weekend split.

“I looked at our division before the second game, and I knew we had to win to keep pace (everyone else that had played had earned a point their first games), and the kids really responded.”

“The win can be enjoyed, but we get the defending champs (Winchester) Sunday in our home opener and that will be another early season test.”

The Alexandria Glens and the Casselman Vikings both won their Fall Classic games for four points each. The Hawks posted a win and a tie for three points, and the Lions are next with two points. Akwesasne produced one tie and Char-Lan lost both games.

The Lions are at home this Sunday, September 25 to the Winchester Hawks at 2:30 p.m.

Their next action is on Friday night, September 30 when the Char-Lan Rebels come to town for an 8:30 p.m. game.


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(To)morrow’s skaters get started

First year skaters in the Morrisburg and District Figure Skating Club’s (MDFSC) CanSkate program got a ‘big lift’ this year thanks to Steven and Trisha Morrow and their belief that “all Canadian children should have the opportunity to learn to skate”.

Steve explained Monday night during the first CanSkate skate night, that due to the costs of ice, coaches and insurance, the cost of skating for kids today is excessive, and he and Trisha wanted to find a way to help out.

“We feel that all kids should be able to learn to skate and finances shouldn’t be the deterrent,” added Trisha.

After discussing how they could help, the Morrows decided they would make a donation through their business, Morrisburg Chiropractic.
“Steven and Trisha have given us a donation to reduce the CanSkate ice fees for all of our first year skaters in the CanSkate Level I program,” explained figure skate club president, Julie VanHoof. “Basically, they came to us with their thoughts that every kid should have the opportunity to learn to skate.”

“What they have done is wonderful for the club and for the skaters,” said VanHoof. “We are hoping more skaters will take advantage of it and register with us over the next couple of weeks.”

According to VanHoof, MDFSC  has 45 youngsters in the CanSkate program and about half of them are first time skaters in the Stage One Level who benefitted from the Morrow’s donation. Another 30 skaters, skate at the Intermediate/Senior level StarSkate program and one skater is in the competitive stream.

Skaters can register through online forms, through registrar Laurie Pilon, or by popping into the arena (figure skate room) on Monday nights or Saturday mornings when the CanSkate program is on the ice.

“It came as such a wonderful surprise that someone would step up and help out our skaters like this,” said VanHoof. “It’s amazing for our club and really says something for our community.”

“We hope that at least this gives more children the chance to try skating, receive some coaching and as a Canadian learn how to skate,” says Trisha. “We are doing this for the first year skaters in the Stage I CanSkate program. Then if they like it (skating) they can make the choice to continue.”

The Morrows have two of their three children enrolled in the CanSkate program, Emma in her second year and Kai as one of this year’s crop of new skaters.

Registration fees for the CanSkaters vary according to the number of times per week they skate and the length of time on each of the nights.

The CanSkate Stage I skaters (3-5 years) can choose to skate either once or twice per week for 30 minutes sessions, while the Stage two (older youngsters) for the first time this year are on the ice for 50 minutes, again either once or twice per week. The CanSkate ice slots are on Monday nights and Saturday mornings.

“The parents can choose to have their child do both or either session, but the more they skate the sooner they will see their goals reached,” says VanHoof.

It is for that reason that Skate Canada is promoting the longer 50-minute CanSkate program available at Level II.

The Morrisburg club has three professional coaches and 17 program assistants on the ice to work with the CanSkaters.

In addition to the longer ice time for the Level 2s, the CanSkate program now includes more circuits so the skaters move more from one station to another.

“This is to make it more fun, to engage the little ones more,” explains VanHoof.


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SMSC celebrates Sports Day in Canada

Students at St. Mary/St. Cecilia’s school out to enjoy Friday’s sunshine as they celebrated National Jersey Day on September 16 and Sports Day in Canada which fell on Saturday, September 17.

To mark the two ‘Days’ the grade 8 students organized an afternoon crammed with activities which include Tug O Wars, a Flag Game, Soccer Race, Alien Tag, and Obstacle Course, a Bean Bag Toss and a rest station where the weary athletes took a break to enjoy the taste of one of this fall’s MacIntosh apples.

“National Sports Day is a celebration of all the sports we play,” said teacher Chris Veltkamp who worked with the students to set up the events. “I thought it would be fun for the kids. It is just the second week back to school and it is good to get outdoors and have some fun.”

The key to the afternoon activities was ‘fun’. There were no prizes, no winners.

Also participating was the teaching staff, which this time out, defeated the Grade 8’s two out of three times, despite some of the Grade 8 students predicting “it would be over in short order and we will win.”

The closest to a win the kids came was in the third round, when the teachers produced an ‘upset’…an upset of the grade 8s that is when they unexpectedly released the tug o war rope.


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Morrisburg Golf Club Report

The men’s section of the Morrisburg Golf Club closed out the 2011 season Saturday, with their annual year-end tournament.

Leading the day was Randy Casselman who shot a 74 for the low gross in A flight. Kirk Barkley won B flight and Bob Youmelle was the winner in C.

This year’s closest to the pin winner, from 100 yards out, was Lee Beaupre who dropped his shot a mere 18 inches from the tough ninth hole pin placement (front slope of the green).

Second place went to Bob Mann who was 42 inches away.

The men’s evening activities wrapped up last Thursday night, September 15. The evening was sponsored by Eldon Horner.

The evening brought to a close the year-long ‘men’s night challenge’ during which the men’s night participants collected selected hole scores over the season. The lowest nine of their scores were calculated to produce the winners: in A flight Brian McNairn, in B  flight Kirk Barkley and in C flight Al Patterson. Each won drivers.

With both the men’s and ladies’ evening activities now ended club members are looking for good weather for some good fall golf, the season of course arriving today, Wednesday, September 28.


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Lions undefeated in pre-season

The Morrisburg Junior B Lions are undefeated in their  pre-season six game schedule, and coach Thom Racine says he likes what he has seen.

“We had an undefeated pre-season which is really encouraging,” says Racine. “And it was actually with split squads. We never had a full squad for any of the games which is really encouraging.”
Racine says with the good pre-season under the Lions’ belts, the team will begin working on getting the season off to a good start with their first practice on Morrisburg ice, last night (Tuesday, September 13).

The Lions are getting ready for their season opening game this Friday night at the Eastern Ontario Junior Hockey League’s show case event being played at the two-pad Kemptville Arena this weekend.

“We have 23 players to start the year,” says Racine who does not plan to go the way of last year, with short benches for every other game. He indicates that all of the players are aware that there will be players sitting out when numbers warrant it.

Returning to the Lions net for his second season is Mikael Dion and he is being joined by Ryan Cooper a 17-year-old from Cornwall.

The Lions this year also boast two local brother combinations. Joining his big brother Sam, is Ty Hodgson, a 16-year-old from Morrisburg who last year played for the Rideau St. Lawrence Kings organization.

“Ty is a good young defenceman, and I expect this will be the only season we will see him play in Morrisburg.”

Also with a family connection is Lance Hodgson from Williamsburg.

Returning for their second season are Drew (last year’s Coaches Award Winner) and Clarke Veenstra (last year’s regular season MVP) of the Ingleside area.

“We are happy with our local flavour, and we have a good mix of imports that we feel we need to stay competitive. They are all returning from last year.”

Racine says the objective is to have a competitive team that people want to come and see. “To be competitive in the league now, you pretty much have to go outside your area for players.”

With this year’s roster set, Racine and his coaching staff of Cody Casselman and Jarrett Racine will now work to “get them all on the same page. We have plans for a two hour practice once a month in order to get as many of them out as possible.”

Signed to overage cards for the season are veteran Lions Matt Ouimette, Alex Steingruber (a top goal scorer last year and winner of the most assists trophy) and Joshua Dunn (last year’s top offensive player award winner).

For the time being the Lions fourth overage card will remain open.

“There are 88, 21-year-old cards in the entire Junior League, and there are 134 eligible kids,” says Racine. “So there will be 21 year olds out there who will be looking for a place to play.”

The Lions open their 2011/12 season this Friday night in Kemptville at 6:30 p.m. against the Ottawa West Golden Knights. Their second game of Showcase Weekend is set for Saturday night at 8 p.m. against Stittsville.

Results of the two games count in this year’s regular season. The showcase is the only time during the regular season that North Conference teams will meet teams from the South Conference (Rideau/St.Lawrence).

The Lions home ice opener is set for next weekend (Sunday, September 25) when the Winchester Hawks come to town for a 2:30 p.m. match.

In their pre-season, the Lions got rolling with a 4-2 victory over Char-Lan on Saturday, September 3. Then on Sunday, they defeated Brockville 7-6. After two days off they were back on the ice to pick up a 5-4 win against Akwesasne on Tuesday, September 6 and a 7-5 win against Brockville on Wednesday, September 7.

On Saturday, September 10 they were held to a 6-6 tie by the Akwesasne Wolves and Monday night of this week they won against Char-Lan 4-2.


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Cedar Glen Golf Course Report

Men’s night action on Thursday, September 8 saw Kurtis Barkley step back into the winner’s circle at the Cedar Glen Golf course.

Barkley posted a 36 to edge out Micheal McAllister who was one stroke back for second spot in A flight.

The B flight win went to Bruce Whitteker with a 37, and Bernard Warner won C flight with a 42. Peter Elliot was the top golfer in D flight with a 49. Net wins for the night went to Wayde Roles in A flight, Jeff Whitteker in B, Larry Barlow in C and Brian Pemberton in D.

Micheal McAllister stepped to the plate for the longest drive on the fifth hole, and Larry Harper won for closest to the hole on the par three fourth.

Neville Vincent and Bruce Kerr were the low net winners of the weekly Tuesday Night Scramble and Wing Night on Tuesday. The two won with a 25.5 net. (Actual score shot was not provided.)

On Saturday, September 10, the Cedar Glen Club ran a Members for Members, Four-Person Scramble Event to raise money to assist member Kurtis Barkley in his bid to advance his golf career.

The winning team in the men’s division with a 10-under-par 60 was the team of Rick Barkley, Francis Barkley, Don McMillan and Duane Young.

The mixed team win went to James Morrell, Billy DeJong, Lindsay Waddell and Meagan Whitteker with a 66.

The closest to the hole winner on the par three sixth hole was Muriel Whitteker. Billy DeJong struck the longest drive for the men and Carrissa Casselman won for the women.


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Morrisburg Golf Club Report

The women’s section of the Morrisburg Golf Club closed out the 2011 season Saturday, with their annual “Scramble Fun Tournament” played in perfect weather conditions.

Club captain, Lori-Anne Davies reports 45 women participated in the event which included golf, dinner and prizes.

The winners of the day of the ‘bragging trophy’ was the four-person team of Davies, Judy Laurin, Shannon Casselman and Barb Sheridan.

The day’s events included a chipping contest from 60 yards out and that was won by Laurie Dillabough who collected a barbecue donated by Jim Annable/Chevron.

Recognized for her Birdie collection for the season was Linda Barclay who canned a very solid nine birdies to win the A/B flight category. In the C/D flight, the lone birdie of the season went to Joan Larocque.

This year’s Ringer Board winner was Linda Barclay who decreased her opening round scores by 32.65 per cent. Anita Cooper was second with a 29.90 per cent improvement and Laurie Dillabough was third at 29 per cent.

On Tuesday, September 6 our senior men’s Intersectional team was at Mont Ste-Marie where they finished second behind the Mont Ste-Marie host team.

Mont Ste-Marie collected 28 points for the win, while we totalled 16. Heritage managed only four points and the Twin Rivers entry did not show up.

Lawrence Larocque and Donnie Mabo swept their matches to collect four points each in their matches (Four points were the max as there were only three teams playing). Two points each were added by Jim Jamieson, Gary Breyer, Dave MacClenaghan and Ron Lapier. Ray Baker and Charlie Moore were blanked. Bob Youmelle and Andy Patenaude, playing in the alternate positions, collected three and two points respectively.

The final men’s night of the season is scheduled for this Thursday, September 15 with Eldon Horner the sponsor. The course will be closed this Saturday for the final Men’s Day Tournament.

This Sunday the seniors will tee off at 1:30 p.m. for their fall final mixed event followed by dinner at 4 p.m.


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Runners bring $1,030 to the finish line

They ranged in age and running ability, and they all had something in common…raising money for the Children’s Playground scheduled to be built in the Earl Baker Park in Morrisburg on Saturday, September 28.

The  ‘Let Them Be Kids’ Fun Run was held this past Sunday morning under perfect weather conditions and when the final runner had crossed the finish line at the Morrisburg dock a total of $1,030 had been raised for the playground build.

“We had a great turnout of runners,” said Isabella Jordan, a volunteer with the playground committe who was the main organizer of the run.

“Our youngest participant was five years old, and we had a variety of runners ranging from five to 65 years.

In addition, the run attracted a number of avid runners, some of whom are training for the Army Run in Ottawa next weekend.

“The race was well-marshalled with the help of many volunteers including OPP Constable John Macpherson who made sure the race course was safe for all.”

Participants were allowed to walk or run their choice of one, two and five km routes.

Jordan expressed her thanks to SDS Beavers Dental for their sponsorship of the run and to everyone who “took the time to participate, be active, and contribute to the success of the new playground.”

“The generous Beavers sponsorship allowed every dollar collected through registration fees to go directly to the playground effort.”
Supporting sponsors, also thanked, included the Morrisburg Lions Club (in kind), Robert Jordan Construction, Cruickshank Construction, South Dundas Recreation and the Cruickshank Amphitheatre committee.

“We had a great network of volunteers who all came out to help and I think that alone was one of the biggest factors in making the event a success.”