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I thank all of you for your continued readership and support as I navigate to working independently to showcase athletes, teams, and recreational opportunities in Glengarry County, the city of Cornwall, and beyond.

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Due to the costs of maintaining a website and generating content for it through my research, writing, and photography, I am exploring ways to make this endeavour sustainable.

I would prefer not to have to seek advertising, especially in the current economic environment, as I know local businesses are under immense pressure. In addition, I would like to ensure you receive the most helpful content, easily and in a pleasant format.

As such, I am currently posting my stories onto the independent publishing platform Substack. At present, the content I am posting is available for free, but in the future, key stories will be available only for paid subscribers. I hope that you will continue to support my work and understand that a small subscription fee is reasonable to keep this project going. Thank you. You can also opt to submit your e-mail address to receive stories directly in your inbox.

You can find my Substack site here.

Here’s hoping that the sports and recreation scene gradually returns to “normal” in the new year. Wishing you all good health. Stay safe.

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XC running meet slated for November 15 (entry deadline November 11)

An open cross-country running meet, billed as the East Ontario Championships, will be held November 15, in Delta.

The Athletics Ontario-sanctioned event is a one-day meet, open to youth and adults. Full event information, and a registration link, are available here.

Age categories are U8, U10, U14, U16, U18, U20, Open, and Masters (30+). The competition takes place in Delta, at Lower Beverly Liar Park, and is hosted, in part, by the Brockville Legion Track Club.

The meet is one of three regional meets in the province.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, spectators will be limited in numbers, and the wearing of face masks will be mandatory (for spectators). Following the race, athletes will be asked to leave the area. There will be no on-site awards ceremony; instead, top finishers will be honoured online. There will be no provincial-level competition this year.

Here is the direct registration link.

Cross-country running stock photo. (Image by 272447 from Pixabay)

Traditionally, cross-country running is a busy fall sport, with numerous meets and high school events. This year, due to COVID-19, there have been no sports hosted by high schools and limited other opportunities.

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Update: NCJHL targets January 8 for modified season

The region’s junior ‘C’ hockey league is looking at a January 8, 2021, start to a modified season that will feature non-contact play, at least under current COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.

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Last night, league and team representatives met to review their plan for a 2020-21 season. The current proposal is for a season of 18 regular-season games followed by playoffs.

As previously announced, play will feature no body contact, in line with current health and safety regulations of Hockey Eastern Ontario, local health units, and the provincial government.

For more background, please see this earlier story.

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CrossFit Cornwall nabs men’s flag football championship

The 2020 Cornwall Men’s Flag Football League season concluded on a cool, rainy November 1 day, with CrossFit Cornwall nabbing the championship.

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It’s a cool, rainy day for the men’s flag football league final. (Costa Zarifi photo)

The title tilt was held at Optimist Park, where CrossFit Cornwall prevailed over Planet Fitness 34-13.

CrossFit Cornwall won the 2020 men’s flag football league title. Standing, from left, are Matt Derouin, Steve Herrington, Jeremy Latour, Derek Michaud, Grant Wilson, Kevin Che, Ryan O’rourke, Sam Hutchingame, Clark Veenstra, and Byron de Witt. In front are Kyle Labelle, Jarret St.John, Nathan Eamer, and Tanner Smith. (Costa Zarifi photo)

Local photographer Costa Zarifi attended the match and shot photos of the action. You can check out his work on Facebook.

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Maxville’s curling club sets 2020 AGM, seeks new board members

The Glengarry Curling Club, in Maxville, has reserved November 20 for its annual general meeting. The event will be held in the clubhouse (limited attendance) and online. As well, the club is seeking expressions of interest for new board members.

Maximum in-person attendance is set at 30, including members of the board, as established by rules from the Eastern Ontario Health Unit, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This number is subject to change. Individuals wishing to attend should e-mail the club to reserve a spot. Start time is set for 7 p.m., and online participation details will be circulated soon.

Potential new board members are also invited to submit an e-mail.

The curling club previously announced a tentative season start date of January 4, 2021.

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Alexandria’s golf course closes for season, acknowledges Desjardins financial support

Through its Facebook page, last week the Glengarry Golf and Country Club officially announced the season end at Alexandria’s golf course.

The facility closed for 2020 on November 2. The board thanks all for their patronage in what was a challenging season, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “We wish you a happy and healthy winter season and hope to see you again next spring.”

One commenter noted the unfortunate timing of the season end, as we have since been experiencing mild weather. However, the season closure was dictated by a number of factors, beyond the weather.

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Desjardins has supported the Glengarry Golf and Country Club through the financial institution’s momentum fund. (Desjardins photo)

In other news, the ‪Glengarry Golf & Country Club‬ was pleased to announce support from Desjardins. The financial institution’s momentum fund is supporting the club’s outdoor kitchen, which will provide a range of food options for golfers without them having to enter the clubhouse.

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Pipers senior hockey team skates in scrimmage, hoping for a 2020-21 season

The Alexandria-based Glengarry Pipers skated in an intra-squad scrimmage last Saturday in Alexandria, where Team White prevailed 5-3.

Glengarry Pipers senior A hockey scrimmage action, November 7. (Pipers photo)

The Pipers are a first-year team in the region’s senior ‘A’ hockey league, the EOSHL. (The ‘S’ stands for Super, not Senior though.)

The team continues to train and prepare for a 2020-21 season, which, to date, has been on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Under current health guidelines, teams are permitted to practise and hold non-contact scrimmages.

Last month, the Pipers held an inter-squad scrimmage with the Maxville Mustangs.

Off the ice, the business of hockey also continues, as the club signs players. Amongst the recent signees is Maxim Lalancette-Fortier, a 21-year-old goaltender from Saint-Constant, Quebec. Last season, he was a member of the Waterloo Maroons of the LHSR, suiting up for 7 games in which he recorded a 6.42 goals-against average.

The team also recently tipped its goalie mask to netminder Bryce Luker, who was recently recognized as one of three best goalies of all-time for the BCHL’s (junior ‘A’) Burnaby Express. The team has since moved to Coquitlam. You can read more about Luker’s honour here.

The Glengarry Pipers acknowledge past Luker’s success on the ice, which includes his win at the RBC Cup, the national championship of junior ‘A’ hockey clubs. In five games at the 2006 tournament, he posted a 2.29 goals-against average. In league play that season, he manned the hemp hut for 42 regular-season games (3.03 GAA) and 20 playoff matches (2.51 GAA).

Luker, now 35, hails from Rigaud, Quebec.

In other EOSHL news, the league previously announced that it has expanded to eight teams for the 2020-21 season.

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Junior C hockey league proposes non-contact season

The National Capital Junior Hockey League (the region’s junior ‘C’ loop) has proposed a 2020-21 season with non-contact play, in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and related restrictions.

In its November 2 announcement, the NCJHL stated it is “in the process of submitting a plan to HEO to allow NCJHL to play hockey again for this season.” HEO (Hockey Eastern Ontario) is the sports governing body in this region, operating as a branch of Hockey Canada.

The plan requires all clubs to commit to play that will feature no body contact, which is expected to result in “extremely fast hockey.”

“NCJHL is working with HEO to provide a safe environment for all to play in and for fans to watch from.”

Current COVID-19 restrictions set by the provincial government and enforced by local health authorities allow only limited hockey, currently with no games and no body contact. Teams are allowed modified scrimmages, with clubs in bubbles or paired. For example, Hawkesbury’s junior ‘A’ team is paired with the squad from Rockland for non-contact scrimmages.

The 10-team NCJHL’s closest teams, geographically, are the Vankleek Hill Cougars (last season’s East Division regular-season champion) and the North Dundas Rockets, based in Chesterville. The NCJHL was established in 1968, formerly known as the Eastern Ontario Junior C Hockey League.

Last year’s play was stopped in March, with playoffs underway, due to Hockey Canada orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Winter preparations at Summerstown Trails include new XC ski racing course for HS students

A new program offering is planned for this winter at the Summerstown Trails, as the facility is launching the Summerstown Coyote Nordiq Club, a cross-country ski program for high school students who wish to train for XC ski racing.

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The program’s cost is set at $62, and rental equipment (if needed, limited availability) is available for an additional $50 for the season.

Dryland training is scheduled to begin November 14, so interested teens should register early.

You can access more information and sign up here.

Support the Trails

Programming in the Summerstown Forest and maintenance of the trails are provided by volunteers from the Friends of the Summerstown Trails. The group is looking for your support to be able to continue to provide these services.

The current membership year runs from November 1, 2020, through October 31, 2021.

Membership options include individual, couple, and family, and there is also an opportunity to become a patron of the trails. Details can be found on the FOTST website here.

Amongst the recent activities that volunteers have completed in the annual trails cleanup, which this year saw 32 individuals brave -4℃ conditions to prepare the 20 km of trails for a winter season of cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and fat bikes.

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OFSAA officially nixes winter sports championships

Following on the heels of last month’s cancellation of national winter sports championships for university teams by U-Sports, provincial championships for high schools, under the auspices of OFSAA, have also been cancelled for the upcoming season, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

OFSAA statement, November 5

Back in August, the provincial governing body announced the cancellation of fall sports championships.

With the ongoing (and escalating) state of the COVID-19 pandemic, the further cancellation of 2020-21 winter championships comes as no surprise.

Schools, operating in a modified environment this fall, have not offered any competitive sports. This is expected to continue through the winter, though no official announcement has yet been made.

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