All posts by Sean Bray

OFC Wildcats nab second shut-out win

For the second time in as many weeks, the Cornwall Wildcats OFC football team has scored a shut-out victory. The squad’s most recent triumph came today in Belleville, where the Cats blanked the Quinte Skyhawks 39-0.

The 2019 edition of Wildcats is now 2-1-1 on the season, competing in the province’s premier varsity football league.

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The team is heavy on Glengarry content, on both sides of the ball and amongst the coaches. A number of players are products of the Glengarry Gaels minor football program or the GDHS/VCI high school teams, or both. Others come from Tagwi.

In today’s win, Schuyler Schellenberg (of Tagwi) had a pair of touchdowns, as did Ryan Stevens (Holy Trinity).

Tyler Murray recorded a safety, and Max Sabourin had a key ball recovery.

Looking ahead, the boys will be back on their home gridiron at Joe St. Denis Field, for a Saturday, June 22 game versus the Huronia Stallions. Start time is set for 4 p.m.

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When the World Cup included a Glengarrian

With the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup taking place in France, it got me thinking to the last time we had a Glengarry connection to Team Canada. That was Williamstown’s Christina Julien, who played for Canada from 2009 through 2015.

The graduate of Char-Lan District High School went on to a stellar NCAA career at James Madison University, in Virginia, U.S.A. Her junior collegiate campaign saw “Corky’s” first opportunity with Team Canada, including play at the Cyprus Cup.

Christina Julien
Photo courtesy CanadaSoccer /
Ville Vuorinen

That first year in Red, Julien, as a 20-year-old, played in four matches for Canada, scoring one goal and chalking up one assist. The following season, Julien saw action in 14 games, scoring 4 times. That year, 2010, saw her win gold at the Cyprus Cup and the CONCACAF championship (which served at the World Cup qualifier).

She competed with Team Canada in the 2011 World Cup, in Germany (playing in two matches but was held without a goal).

Julien won gold at the Pan American Games that same year.

At the 2012 Olympic Games, in London, Julien was an alternate but wasn’t activated to the roster.

In all, she had 54 caps for Canada, scoring 10 goals and notching 3 assists. Her final time in Red came in March 2015, at the Cyprus Cup, where Canada earned silver.

For more photos from the Glengarrian’s career, check out this CanadaSoccer gallery.

Julien currently lives in Australia where she is pursuing her other sports passion: hockey.

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Canadian pro sports leagues expand opportunities for our athletes

The Canadian Football League (CFL) officially came into being in 1958, though the history of the Grey Cup stretches back more than a century. Over the years, there have been Glengarry athletes who made the cut, perhaps most notably JT Hay, a 1991 inductee of the Glengarry Sports Hall of Fame. The kicker from Lochiel was signed in 1977 by the Ottawa Rough Riders, going on to join the Calgary Stampers, for whom he played until his CFL retirement in 1989. According to cflapedia.com, Hay booted 308 field goals over his career, with a 69.2 per cent success rate.

This year (2019), two new Canadian professional leagues started up: the Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) and the Canadian Premier League (CPL) for soccer. The goal of both organizations is to encourage the development of the respective sport across the country and provide playing opportunities for Canadians.

Will we one day see Glengarrians playing in either or both of these leagues (and again in the CFL)? With the apparent prowess county athletes have for the beautiful game, in particular (note the OFSAA gold medal just this year won by the GDHS boys team), one would expect that it won’t be long before we see a county soccer player plying his trade on the professional pitch. Here’s hoping!

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OFC Cornwall Wildcats look to build upon home-field win

After kicking off the OFC football season with a 20-9 road loss to the Toronto Thunder, the Cornwall Wildcats went on to tie the Oshawa Hawkeyes 3-3 before scoring a decisive home-field 22-0 victory last Saturday over the Peterborough Wolverines.

The Cats are heavy in Glengarry content this season, both on the field and amongst the coaching staff. This weekend, the squad (1-1-1) will be in Belleville, playing the Quinte Skyhawks (0-3-0). Start time is set for 4 p.m., at the Mary Anne Sills Park. Here’s the roster that is scheduled to hit the gridiron.

OFC Cornwall Wildcats roster

Next home game, at Joe St. Denis Field, in Cornwall, is set for Saturday, June 22, at 4 p.m., versus the Huronia Stallions.

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Quesnel joins the flock

Alexandria’s Jeremy Quesnel has been acquired by the CCHL Hawkesbury Hawks, in a trade with the Cornwall Colts. Hawkesbury’s junior ‘A’ hockey club took to Twitter to make the announcement.

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Twitter screen capture announcing Quesnel trade
Jeremy Quesnel headshot

The 18-year-old from Alexandria was part of the Colts organization for three seasons. In the 2016-17 campaign, Quesnel skated with the U18 team, posting 45 points over 51 games (regular season and playoffs). The following year, with the junior ‘A’ club, the forward had 15 points in 61 games, and last season he recorded 25 points in 59 contests.

The CCHL Colts drafted Quesnel in 2016, 15th overall, in the Bantam Protected Draft. He received the trade news by way of a phone call while at school (Quesnel attends le Relais, in Alexandria) from Hawkesbury’s head coach.

On the move to the Hawks, Quesnel tells me, “I’m very excited to start this year, meet all the staff and teammates.”

To his supporters, he posted this message on Twitter: “I’d like to thank ⁦@CornwallColts⁩ for the last 3 years. I got to meet a lot of good people, teammates, and will miss the fans of Cornwall. That said, I’m very excited to get things started with the Flock. ⁦@hawkesburyhawks⁩!! #FearTheFlock

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It’s been a while since I took time off (but I need this)

In my nearly 15 years working as sports editor at The Glengarry News, I have aimed to take my vacation time during lulls in the county sports scene, largely to make it easier for the rest of the staff of the newspaper. However, recent circumstances have forced me to take a leave of absence. I have already been off for a week and am sad to have missed writing about two high school soccer teams from Alexandria that medalled at OFSAA (The GDHS Gaels senior boys scored gold, while le Relais’ Rapides senior girls nabbed silver), among numerous other things.

This break for me has been much needed. Here’s why.

At a May 31 meeting with ownership (managers and reporters were there too) of The News, I learned that the owner sees the demise of sports coverage in the newspaper, planning to kill off the sports pages, since, in his words, advertisers do not support our sports coverage. (I would argue this is a ridiculous statement as advertisers don’t specifically support numerous sections of the paper, such as the page 4 editorials, letters to the editor, community columns, etc. Businesses and organizations advertise to promote their products/services/promotions and to support, in general, the newspaper’s role in covering events in our communities.) The owner also intends to kill off my job as sports editor. That’s not to say he doesn’t see The News covering sports in some limited way. He claims that he expects the newspaper still will somehow, perhaps “dumping” it to the website.

To say the least, I was upset. I will fight this

Contrary to the owner’s view, I see the sports coverage in The Glengarry News as a key part of the newspaper each and every week. I have worked very hard over the years to provide readers with information on various sports, along with results and photographs. I believe sports are a very important part of our community, and our community newspaper should reflect this.

If you agree, I encourage you to direct messages to ownership of The News. And I thank you. #SaveLocalNews #SaveLocalSports #SaveLocal

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Flashback: Glengarry’s football past

I recently came across this Facebook post from the Glengarry County Archives, showcasing a successful Char-Lan High School football team from 1959.

High school football has had its ups and downs locally over the years, including a stretch of some two decades without the sport.

While some schools, including Tagwi Secondary and Glengarry District, have been able to bring the gridiron game back (and currently field teams), others, such as Char-Lan, have not done so, primarily due to small student populations. They have been replaced by Catholic institutions, such as Holy Trinity and St. Joseph’s.

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OFSAA soccer gold for Gaels boys, silver for Rapides girls

What a final day it was for county high school soccer teams at OFSAA, in the Hamilton area, where, today, the GDHS senior boys captured gold, while Le Relais senior girls scored silver. (Cornwall’s la Citadelle beat les Rapides for the second time, also edging them in the EOSSAA final last week.)

Covering soccer and high school sports in general for The Glengarry News has always been one of the highlights of my work as a sports journalist.

As I write this post, I realize that I made an error in a story I ran in the newspaper’s June 5 edition. To correct the record, Le Relais claimed the PRSSAA championship last fall, while la Citadelle won the SDGAA title this spring. The teams are school board rivals, though they play in different athletic associations.

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County soccer teams at OFSAA

Two high school soccer teams from Glengarry county are currently in the Hamilton area, competing at OFSAA. (I have background stories in the June 5 issue of The Glengarry News.)

The boys from GDHS have joined the girls from le Relais at the ‘A’ tournament, vying for provincial glory. Today saw the squads get off to a solid start, with the Gaels winning both of their games, while les Rapides played to split results. As part of the experience, the players attended the OFSAA banquet (see photo below, courtesy of Marc Seguin).

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Gaels and Rapides at 2019 OFSAA soccer banquet
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