Sports Hall of Fame honours high school athletes

Each year, thanks to support from the Hill family, the Glengarry Sports Hall of Fame recognizes a contingent of graduating high school athletes for their excellence in their sport (or multiple sports). The teens are welcomed during the induction ceremony, which this year is taking place August 21 in Williamstown, seated at a long table in front of the hundreds of attendees to the county’s biggest sports celebration.

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The 2019 ceremony is the 41st annual for the Hall, which will officially induct Tina Cairncross, the late Hugh Michael MacDonald, the late Campbell “Geeses” MacGillivray, Cathy MacLean, and Kent McDonell.

Here are the young athletes recognized at the youth table, along with their respective sports highlights.

Kurt Alexander (Char-Lan)

  • Winning two SD&G championships with high school teams
  • Being a part of the Char-Lan Rebels major midge rep. hockey team last season as they won UCMHL championship and skated to a record of 26 wins and only 3 losses
  • Graduating in June as an Ontario scholar, while playing on multiple school sports teams

Olivianne Devine (le Relais)

  • Attending OFSAA twice, getting silver and gold medals in soccer
  • Playing in the JWHL’s (hockey league) all-star game
  • Being awarded Student Athlete of the Year two times

Aaron Keurentjes (GDHS)

  • Grade 10 varsity football finalist
  • two-time SD&G cross-country running senior boys and overall school team champions
  • OFSAA soccer gold

Ethan MacDonald (Char-Lan)

  • Winning at EOSSAA and at East Regionals for midget pole vault and placing in the top 15 at OFSSA
  • assistant captain of the Char-Lan major midget rep ‘B’ Rebels Upper Canada Minor Hockey League regular-season and playoff champions
  • member of the EOSSA championship Char-Lan junior boys soccer team

Lochlan MacDonald (GDHS)

  • OFSSA gold medal for senior boys soccer
  • senior male Athlete of the Year at GDHS for 2018-19
  • playing for the Jr. ‘B’ Glens, the team which his grandfather, Gary Shepherd, was a founder, and getting to wear his dad Kennedy’s number 25

Odin Marfurt-Breakenridge (GDHS)

  • GDHS basketball MVP
  • track and field MVP
  • Upper Canada Cup top 10 cross-country runner

Sarah MacGillivray (GDHS)

  • Athlete of the Year at GDHS and recipient of the Brian Filion Memorial Bursary
  • EOSSAA basketball 2019
  • Glengarry Soccer League U16 Best Midfielder

Hamish MacLeod (GDHS)

  • won OFSSA soccer gold with the Glengarry Gaels
  • won silver at EOSSA for volleyball
  • named Male Sportsman of the Year at GDHS

Connor MacMillan (Tagwi)

  • AIA All Star Bowl 2016-2017, Most Outstanding Lineman Award
  • playing at Football North
  • making it to the Eastern Conference final as a member of the OFC Cornwall Wildcats football team

Shayla MacNaughton (GDHS)

  • Going undefeated in the Intermediate Women’s Heavyweight Events at the Glengarry Highland Games
  • EOSSAA basketball and curling 2018-2019
  • SD&G gold two years in a row, women’s doubles tennis

Hunter MacPherson (GDHS)

  • winning a gold medal in soccer at OFSAA (school team was undefeated during the 2019 season)
  • winning the Eastern Ontario Hockey (HEO) championship with the U18 Cornwall Colts ‘AAA’ hockey team in 2017
  • winning a silver medal in volleyball at EOSAA in 2019

Lachlan McDonell (Char-Lan)

  • winning EOSSAA soccer in grade 10
  • winning SD&G hockey in grade 12
  • winning hockey league championship in 2019for the Char-Lan Rebels

Rebecca Oeggerli (Char-Lan)

  • Top Female Athlete of the Year (2018-2019)
  • playing as a call-up in grade 10 for the senior girls EOSSAA soccer team
  • Brian Filion Sports Award in grades 8 and 12

Jeremy Quesnel (le Relais)

  • being drafted into the CCHL at 15 years old
  • named to OHL Gold Cup in 2017
  • winning the 2018 Franco hockey tournament with le Relais

Madison Ruffo (Holy Trinity)

  • winning ‘The Falcon’ award as TopStudent-Athlete during the 15th Annual Holy Trinity CSS Athletic Awards Banquet. The winner of this award is a student athlete who: “Exemplifies the embodiment of a student-athlete by demonstrating the ability to combine the rigours of academic excellence and integrity with outstanding athletic prowess.”
  • competing in the ‘AA’ EOSSAA soccer final in 2019.
  • winning hockey and soccer Most Valuable Player awards in 2019
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