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Local riders to compete at provincial level

Four area riders are excited to be saddling up and heading off to the Caledon Equestrian Park at Palgrave, Ontario this week where they will compete from Thursday, September 8 to Sunday, September 11 in the Trillium Championships.

The four, Rayanna Marcellus (Pigeon Island Road resident), Courtney Casselman (Morrisburg), Julie Julien (Cornwall) and Josee Marleau Vallieres (Cornwall) all ride out of the fledgling Sarabeau Stable owned and operated by Sandy Marcellus.

With her stable having less than one year under its belt, Marcellus says that she and trainer Cheryl Levere are thrilled to have four of their riders qualify for the Ontario Championship.

Courtney Casselman, who is heading into Grade 8 at Seaway, is experiencing her first year of riding competitively. She will compete with Piccolini (Picco) in the large pony division.

Rayanna Marcellus, now in her third year of competitive riding, will ride Short Notice in the Small Pony category, Sweet Cherry Wine in Medium and Picco in B Equitation.

Sweet Cherry Wine and Picco are both owned by Sarabeau Stable.

The more experienced rider of the quartet, Julie Julien is from Cornwall and has been riding since she was four years old. This is Julie’s second trip to the championships, the first riding her own horse Palakari. She is riding in the Adult Amateur category.

Seventeen-year-old Josee of Cornwall has been riding competitively for seven years and she will ride Sentimental Journey (barn name Coco) for the championship.

Although Sandy’s daughter Rayanna started in the sport in the Quebec circuit, they switched to the Ontario when they established Sarabeau Stable.

“It’s a bigger circuit and covers all of Ontario which is divided into seven zones,” says Marcellus. “The seven top riders from each of the seven zones will compete in each of the divisions in the championship.”

“In the Quebec Zone, only the top four qualifying horses go to the championship.”

Riders qualify for the championships by accumulating points in zone shows. Sarabeau Stables could have rode in either the Ottawa Zone or the Eastern Zone, but chose the Eastern zone which had fewer shows.

The fewer shows kept the costs down, and also freed up more weekends for other Sarabeau riders to compete at local fairs.

Courtney finished second overall in the Eastern Zone with Picco in Large Hunter to qualify while Raynanna was second overall on Sweet Cherry Wine in Small Pony and sixth with Short Notice in Medium pony. She was first on Picco in B Equitation over fences and 5th in B Equitation on flat.

Julie on Palakari was sixth in Adult Amateur Hunter, third in Adult Equitation over field and sixth in Adult Equitation on Flat.

Josee and Coco were fourth in Children’s hunter, second in A Equitation over Fences and fourth in A Equitation Flat.

A is riders 16-18 years, B is 13-16 years and C is up to 12 years. In Equitation, the rider, rather than the horse is being judged.

“For our first year of being open, having four riders go to the championship is really good,” said Marcellus. “There are a lot of barns out there.”

“We have 10-15 riders out every week which is a good number for a first year stable,” says trainer Cheryl Levere. “Every year you generally grow and expand but you don’t want to get really big as you lose the fun.”

“And we are trying to keep it fun and enjoyable. We want our riders to understand what the horses are all about. It’s not just about competition.”

“I am here most weeks, seven days a week and the show kids are here probably five or six days a week.”

“To compete it takes work,” says Levere. “They are out here riding to improve everyday.”

Levere explains that “we want the riders to help with the chores. It’s just not to get on a horse, ride it and then go away.”

Each visit includes about 30 minutes on the horse and 60-90 minutes to care for the horse (brush, tack etc.)

Not only do the kids learn to ride, but they learn responsibility and benefit from the exercise. “You use every muscle in your body when riding.”

Levere expects that the four Sarabeau riders and their horses should do well this weekend.

Picco in his second year of competitive riding, “has improved over the last year. He’s learned how to relax, and how to take care of somebody.”

“This is Sweet Cherry Wine’s first year showing a full curcuit, and she’s holding her own.

Coco is in her first competitive year and PalaKari is coming off an injury.”

In addition to the success of the four competitive riders, Marcellus is pleased with how well “our Fair Team has done” in Williamstown and Avonmore.

The fair team includes Jeana Lamothe, 13, of Ingleside, Steph Quosdorf, 16, of Cornwall, Troy Webb, 14, of Ingleside and Bryanna.

“It’s all gone well,” says Marcellus of her longtime dream to own a riding stable. “I couldn’t be happier. I couldn’t have asked for a better group of kids and the horses and ponies here are all so quiet.”

“Last fall we started out that we were going to establish a horse/pony club, and here we are.”

Our barn slogan is Dream, Believe, Achieve.

Sarabeau Stable will to run clinics throughout the year and will accept new riders at any time.

“It would be nice to have 30 riders, but you have to start somewhere,” says Marcellus.

For more information call Sandy at  613-543-4561.

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Lions skating into a busy pre-season

The Morrisburg Junior B Lions have hit the ice for their 2011/12 tryouts, and coach Thom Racine, back for his second season at the helm, says he like what he sees, although he has lost a couple of key players that will be tough to replace.

“We have a lot of kids at camp, and we have a real good nucleus of players returning,” says Racine.

“Unfortunately, Mitch Lefebvre, our go to guy, is skating with a Triple A Junior team in Quebec and defenceman Patrick Cyr is in the Cumberland camp (Central Junior).”

“We have 12 others who are back, and we are optimistic about some of the young local talent we are seeing.”

The Lions had their first ice time at the Benson Centre in Cornwall on the weekend of August 27-28. Racine said he ran scrimmages during each of the two, two-hour sessions.

This past weekend the Lions embarked on a schedule that will see them play six games in eight days, as Raccine and his coaching staff, which currently includes Cody Casselman and Jarett Racine, ready the team for their opening game on Friday night, September 16 in Kemptville.

All but two of the pre-season exhibition games will be played in Maxville.

Racine does not expect to skate on home ice until Tuesday, September 13 which will be a practise as the Lions prepare for their opening game to be played at the Eastern Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Showcase event in Kemptville.

“We’ll be playing the Ottawa West Golden Knights,” says Racine with a chuckle adding, “thanks for coming out” as his description of what he expects will be a tough opener against the Knights who are perennial leaders in the Metro Division of the league.

Local skaters (still midget age) at the  Lions opening camp included centreman Marc Beckstead and defenceman Ty Hodgson and Racine is impressed with both.

The two were drafted in May in the Central Hockey League Bantam and Midget-aged Draft (Tier II Junior A).

Beckstead, who played in the Upper Canada Cyclones organization last season, was drafted second overall by the Cumberland Grads and is currently skating at their camp.

Hodgson who played for the St. Lawrence Kings last season was selected in the ninth round of the draft by the Brockville Braves.

While Racine says he is looking at some really talented young players, he is pleased to have goaltender Mikael Dion back. “He’s the kid who carried us into the playoffs last year.”

Racine expects to have his numbers down by the Lions first practise on home ice on the 13th, in order to have a team ready for the opener in Kemptville.

By that time he expects it will be clearer about what is happening with the players who are still skating at Junior A camps.

The Eastern Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Fall Classic will run three days, September 16-18, at Kemptville. Local hockey fans can purchase passes for $25 to take in all of the games which will run on both sheets of ice at the Kemptville complex. Tickets are set at $10 per day.

The Lions kick off their season against the Golden nights at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, night September 16 in Rink B. Another three games will be played Friday night and action resumes Saturday morning at 10 a.m. with the Akwesasne Wolves playing the Almonte Thunder. The Lions will play their second game of the weekend Saturday night at 8 p.m. against Stittsville.

This is the only time during the regular season that teams in the North and South Divisions of the Eastern Ontario Junior Hockey League will meet. The overall EOJHL championship is played between the north and south.

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Local seniors on the podium

A number of local athletes stepped to the podium at the first-ever Eastern Regional Summer Senior Games that attracted 319 participants to Smiths Falls, August 23.

Participants representing the local District 8 which includes Stormont, Dundas, Glengarry, Prescott, Russell and Akwesasne brought home a number of medals in bridge, euchre, golf, cribbage, darts and horseshoes.

Leading the way were Jim and Judy Scott of Morrisburg who claimed the gold medal in darts.

Rene and Rheal Giroux added a gold in horseshoes and Hilda Bouvier and Marlene Neal, a gold in cribbage.

On the links, golfers from South Dundas gave a good showing.

Elise Muir (who plays out of Cedar Glen) won the golf medal in B flight and Joan Findlay (also Cedar Glen) backed her with a bronze. Nancy Warner claimed the silver in A flight, while Monique Patenaude (who plays out of the Morrisburg Golf Club) won bronze. In the Callaway category, Barbara Phifer (Cedar Glen) won silver.

In men’s action, Donald McMillan was third in B flight, and Dale Swerdfeger won the Callaway division.

Pat Durin and Mary McDonald picked up bronze in contract bridge and Clifford Duquette and John Cadieux teamed for a silver medal in euchre.

District 8 will host the Eastern Regional Summer Games in 2013.

The senior games are run seasonally as winter and summer events, and every second year (alternately between the two) qualifiers lead to activities at the provincial and federal levels.

Next year’s summer qualifiers will lead to play at the Ontario 55 plus 2012 Summer Games to be hosted by Brampton in August and the Canadian 55 plus Summer Games in Sydney, Nova Scotia, August 29-September 1st.

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Golf for WDMH

Over 300 area residents have chosen to support Winchester District Memorial Hospital by attending a What’s Your Story golf tournament in the past two months.
 
“The program has truly taken off,” says WDMH Foundation Board Chair, Diane Crummy. “We’re so inspired by the level of dedication and commitment that the hospital’s catchment area has already shown in regards to the What’s Your Story fund raising program.”

What’s Your Story is a program that encourages those with a passion for WDMH to share that passion by organizing a fund raising event. Since its inception, 12 area residents have planned and executed a community fund raiser.

With the beautiful weather, golf tournaments have been one of the more popular What’s Your Story event options!

On July 8, Cloverdale Links hosted a tournament, and raised over $2,000! Shortly thereafter, Cedar Glen played host to the Trevor Barkley Memorial Tournament, and the Russell House Pub Charity Golf Tournament.  The Trevor Barkley Memorial Golf Tournament has been taking place since 2000, and has raised more than $68,000 in that time.

Both Denis Casselman and Gib Patterson have continued to be supportive of these community fund raising golf tournaments, and their support is much appreciated.

Most recently, Lucky 7 Bar & Grill in Embrun organized their 12th annual charity golf tournament at Casselview Golf & Country Club.  The proceeds have been designated to the WDMH Foundation for the past several years, raising over $9,000.

There are also two upcoming golf tournaments to benefit the WDMH Foundation, including one on September 10 at Cedar Glen Golf Course, and another on September 24 at Cloverdale Links Golf Course.

To inquire about attending either of these events, or for more information on organizing a communityfundraising event, please contact the Foundation Office at 613-774-2420 x.6164.

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Cedar Glen Golf Report

Shari Boyd kicked off the week at Cedar Glen with a 42 to win A flight’s first place at the weekly Ladies Night last Wednesday August 31. Three strokes back was Sheila Crowder who posted a 45 for the B flight win, while Donna Casselman claimed C flight with a 49. A 63 gave Sue Alexander the win in D flight.

Net winners for the evening were Muriel Whitteker in A flight, Marlene Faulkner in B, Pat McKay in C and Linda Barkley in D. Closest to the pin shots were made by Norma McIntosh on the par three sixth hole and Lynn Shaw on the par three ninth.

In men’s night action on Thursday, Denis Villeneuve shot a 39 to win the A flight’s low gross while Jeff Whitteker won B with a 42. Mitch Hutt carded a 46 for the win in C flight, and Richard Bingley took D flight with a 54.

Net winners were Darrell Shelp in A flight, Steve Summers in B, Chris Sachs in C and Peter Elliot in D. James Morrell produced the longest drive and Kenny Mills and Denis Villeneuve dropped the closest to the pins shots on the par three 12th and 15th holes respectively.

In Tuesday Night Scramble action, Kevin Duvall and Randy Casselman teamed for the low gross win with a 33, while Greg and Loretta VanDellen were the low net winners.

Eighty-six golfers participated in the annual Cedar Glen Men’s Open on Monday. Congratulations go to Paul Nooyen (Hylands/Ottawa) who shot a 74 in the very wet conditions to win the day. From Cedar Glen, Phil Douglas shot an 83 in B flight for the low net win at 70 and Cedar Glen’s own Dennis Casselman posted a 102 for the low net 76 (retro) win in C flight.

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The Skater’s Edge

It probably feels like it was just yesterday when we were all dressed up in  costumes and had a blast at the Morrisburg and District Figure Skating Club carnival! Now, club members are sharpening their skates and getting ready for another awesome season of skating!

Skaters will head down to the Morrisburg Arena on either Friday, September 9th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. or, Saturday, September 11 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.  New skaters are always welcome and members are encouraged to tell friends and family!

Thanks to the Morrisburg Chiropractic, all Stage 1 Skaters will receive a discount on their skating fee!  So for anyone who has been thinking about skating, now is a great time to sign up!

When skaters arrive at the rink on September 19th, skating may be a little different from what they remember.  For example, Skate Canada now requires that ALL Canskaters stage 5 and under MUST wear a CSA approved hockey helmet.  So skaters who are packing up those skates and mitts are reminded to grab helmets too!  Also, the canskate program has changed.  Everyone stage 2 or over, six years of age gets to skate for 50 minutes–more ice time what could be better than that!  They will also get to enjoy many, more exciting activities on the ice this year! All Starskaters, will start their season Monday, September 12. Finally, remember:

Skate great and have  fun–Kate

 

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Rain cuts Valley League play to nine holes, Summer Heights wins

Hurricane Irene was the big winner at the annual Men's Valley League hosted by the Summer Heights Golf Links here on Sunday.

Play was halted when the rain became too much, and this year's Valley League championship was decided using nine hole rounds.

At the end of nine holes, it was the hosting Summer Heights team that claimed the D. MacLennan Championship trophy with 641 strokes.

Cedar Glen was second with 649 and Morrisburg third with 660. Iroquois posted 680 strokes and Sandy Row had 723.

The Morrisburg team won the tournament on its home turf in 2010.

Successfully defending his title was Cedar Glen golfer Kurtis Barkley who claimed the Millard Trophy for low gross in A flight with a 37. Barkley won the trophy in Morrisburg last year.

The B flight win and the Sports Unlimited Trophy was went to Morrisburg's Kirk Barkley, while Frank Miller of Summer Heights successfully defended his 2010 low gross C flight win with a 47. The win allowed Miller to hang onto the S.H. Fun Night Trophy for another year.

Stepping to the front of the senior category was Morrisburg's Bob Mann who claimed the T. Parker Trophy with a 42 (retro tie-breaker).

The low gross 'junior' Highlands trophy was won by Bradley MacKay of Summer Heights with a 43.

Mike Deschamps of Morrisburg won the A net Julien Trophy, and Darrell Shelp picked up the B net Cedar Glen Trophy. The C net Lorne Barkley Memorial Trophy went to Rob Robinson of Cedar Glen.

The team low net Comrie-Blakely Trophy was won by Morrisburg.

Terry Barkley of Cedar Glen won the Russ Fader Net Trophy in the president's position and Rick Cauvier of Sandy Row picked up the Hugh Hutchinson Memorial Trophy for low net among the club captains.

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Junior Rockets power up for Chesterville hockey

The North Dundas Rockets will be the new kids on the ice when the hockey season resumes this fall.

Coached by Dale Murdoch of Morewood, the new Junior C franchise will be a member of the eight team National Capital Junior Hockey League.

Junior C hockey is not a stranger to the Chesterville area, says Murdoch. “In the early 80s there was a team in Chesterville,” he explained.

“It’s a couple of those players who are involved in the current startup.”

Murdoch says that he and the owners have recognized a need for Junior C hockey in this area.

“We have several Junior B teams surrounding us, but more and more they are using non-local players because of the competitiveness of the Junior B league. There is a need here for local minor hockey players to be able to progress into competitive hockey beyond minor hockey.”

“Many kids end up not playing hockey at all after minor hockey. There isn’t even any juvenile hockey anymore.”

In addition to his coaching responsibilities, Murdoch is the Rockets’ General Manager.

His first steps have been to line up his coaching staff and joining him behind the bench is Brian Downey of Morewood and Nick Pass of Winchester. Both played Junior A hockey after starting out locally at the Junior B level. Downey also experienced university hockey in the United States and played at the pro level in the former Colonial Hockey League.

The Rockets will play their home games on Sundays in Chesterville. They will play a 32 game schedule against teams from Vankleek Hill, St. Isidore, Cumberland, Embrun, Papineauville, Gatineau and Rockland.

“Our intention is to bus to games on the Quebec side of the league,” says Murdoch of the fairly hefty road trips.

The first home game for the Rockets is scheduled for October 2. As ice will not be ready in Chesterville for a number of weeks, the Rockets training camp will open at the Winchester Arena at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 10. A second session has been set for Sunday, September 11 at 8 p.m.

Murdoch explains that the National Capital Junior Hockey League teams are able to protect only those players in their own minor hockey system.

“So we can protect North Dundas Minor Hockey. Embrun protects Embrun Minor Hockey players. Anyone who plays minor hockey in say, South Dundas or Kemptville, are basically free agents.”

Murdoch also explains, that while each team does have one 16 year old card, teams in the league do not use 16 year olds. “We are looking for 17 years olds and above. We are really looking for kids who have graduated from minor hockey. We really aren’t interested in taking players (17 year old midgets) from the local minor hockey systems.”

While walk-ons are welcome to the upcoming Rockets camp in Winchester, Murdoch says, as a time saving measure, he would like everyone to pre-register.

For more information or to register, he can be reached at 613-913-8266 or e-mail dalemurdoch@yahoo.ca.

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Morrisburg tops Jr. Valley League

Led by a three over par 73 shot by Brandon St. Louis here last Wednesday, the 2011 Junior Valley League championship was claimed by the Morrisburg team, with 22 strokes to spare over the defending champs from Summer Heights.

St. Louis posted a big performance for the Morrisburg entry. He kicked it off with a one under par 34 on the front nine which was highlighted by an eagle on the par five sixth hole.

On the back he was coasting along and was even par after five holes when he ran into a string of bogies that pushed him to the four over par 39 finish and the 73.

For his efforts, St. Louis was awarded the Founding Father’s Trophy for low gross in the A flight category (age 14 and up).

St. Louis’ effort capped a big effort from the entire Morrisburg team which counted 516 strokes from its six member team.

Summer Heights was second with 538 and Cedar Glen placed third with 564.

For the first time since the founding of the Junior Valley League 20 plus years ago, the Iroquois Golf Club did not field a team.

Adding to the Morrisburg A flight winning total were Andrew Morrisburg who carded an 86 and Jordan St. Louis who shot an 89.

In B flight (13 years and under), Randy Keller led the locals with an 84. Colin Minish posted a 90 and Drew Minish a 94.

Keller and Colin Minish ended up tied for low net of the flight with 61s and Minish got the nod for the Beaupre Jewellers Trophy with the tie broken using retrogression.

The overall low gross in B flight, for the second consecutive year, was won by Summer Height’s Ty Celone. Twelve-year- old Celone posted a front nine 40 and added a 38 to win the Morrisburg Golf Club Trophy.

Shawn Crook of Cedar Glen won the Summer Heights Fun Night Trophy for low net in A flight for the second straight year.

Crook shot an 86 for a low net 71 for the win.

Also a member of the Morrisburg team was Aaron Smith who played in the spare position. Although his score did not count towards the team total, Smith shot a 95.

Low shooters for the Cedar Glen team were Jack Van Kessel with an 87 in B flight and Shawn Crook with an 86 in A.

No girls competed in this year’s Junior Valley League.

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