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Lancaster Curling club bids adieu to long-time member

Coleman MacDonald, a long-time member of the Lancaster and District Curling Club, died peacefully at home, surrounded by his loving family, on June 15.

Coleman MacDonald

The 85-year-old Williamstown resident was predeceased by his wife Joan P. The couple were active at the curling club. Among their contributions over the years, they established the Glengarry Cup, an annual curling challenge with rinks from each of the county’s clubs competing in a friendly rivalry for county curling supremacy.

“Coleman was born at home, on the family farm – one of the few remaining bi-centennial farms in Glengarry. He milked cows with his brother, Mickey, until 2002, and continued to work the land until his passing. Coleman is known for having some of the best yielding crops in the area and was among the first to plant soybeans. Coleman made a lasting impression on those in the agricultural world, especially the young people who worked on the farm. Although he died at the house next to the farm where he was raised, Coleman was fortunate to have travelled throughout his life. He had a passion for curling and took every opportunity to sing its praises to those unfamiliar to the game. For this, he was inducted to the Glengarry Sports Hall of Fame. He was proud to tell others of his Scottish heritage and his Glengarry roots. He will be remembered for the sparkle in his eye, the stories and jokes he told, and for his ability to make people smile.”

Except from Coleman MacDonald’s obituary published by Munro & Morris

Mr. MacDonald was inducted into the Glengarry Sports Hall of Fame in 2015 when he was recognized for his 52nd consecutive season of curling.

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The Glengarry Sports Hall of Fame’s painting honouring the induction of Coleman MacDonald in 2015.

In his induction biography, Coleman was recognized for his numerous accomplishments in curling: receiving the 40-year pin (in 2012) for participation in the Moose Bonspiel hosted annually by the Alexandria Curling Club where he won all-star skip in 1986, receiving the 20-year pin for participation in the Monctonian Bonspiel which at its peak hosted over 70 teams from eastern Canada and the United States, skipping his Lancaster team at the prestigious Lord Elgin Bonspiel in Montreal a spiel that once hosted over 80 teams, and winning the 11th Annual Moose Bonspiel in 1975 playing third.

Over the years, he also won numerous awards and trophies at various local clubs, including those in Glengarry, Vankleek Hill, Hawkesbury, Brownsburg, and Morrisburg.

In 1997, the Lancaster and District Curling Club granted Mr. MacDonald a lifetime membership, in recognition to his contribution, which included 29 years serving on the executive board.

In his hall of fame induction, Coleman was described as a “popular skip and an excellent ambassador for the sport he’s so passionate about.”

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a celebration of Coleman MacDonald’s life has been postponed, to be held at some point in the future. A mass of Christian burial was scheduled yesterday, for family and close friends, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, in Williamstown.

Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, Friends of the Ruins, The Bishop’s House St. Raphael’s, or to the Lancaster Curling Club would be appreciated by the family.

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Highlighting a successful GDHS curling season

The 2019-20 high school curling season was a successful one for student-athletes from Glengarry District High School.

Leading the way, was the boys rink of Addison Hay (skip), Braeden Hay (third), Camden Van Loon (second), and Caleb Raymond (lead) captured bronze at the Ontario School Curling Championships, February in Chatham.

While the boys competed at the separate Ontario championships, Glengarry’s mixed and girls rinks battled at EOSSAA, in Pembroke and Eganville.

The mixed team of Virginia Vander Byl (lead), Rowan McPherson (second), Abbey Lowe (third), and Matthew Bill (skip), coached by Lindsey Howes (coach), automatically qualified for EOSSAA, as there was no competition at the SD&G bonspiel. At the regional event, the Gaels nabbed bronze, in a four-team pool.

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Curling on the Glengarry Gaels mixed team were, from left, Virginia Vander Byl (lead), Rowan McPherson (second), Abbey Lowe (third), and Matthew Bill (skip), with Lindsey Howes (coach).

They started round-robin play at the Eganville Curling Club against Holy Cross Catholic School from Kemptville. GD got off to a slow start but came back in the 4th end to score a single, making the score 5-1. The Gaels stole a point in the 5th end, while Holy Cross took 3 in the 6th. The teams shook hands at this point, on a final 8-2 score.

Glengarry’s second game set the Gaels against St. Mary’s Catholic School from Brockville. This game had some great shots. GD opened the match with a 3. St. Mary’s scored 1 in the 2nd and 1 in the 3rd to tighten things up, but the Gaels responded with singles in the 4th and the 5th. St. Mary’s came back to score 2 in the 6th and 3 in the 7th to end the game with the win, 8-4.

In the third round-robin game, Glengarry tangled with Opeongo DHS from Douglas. It was a tough game, where the Gaels conceded after 6 ends, with a final score of 10-1.

Back in Eganville, Glengarry faced Holy Cross again, this time for the bronze medal. It was a back-and-forth game. HC opened with a single. Then GD scored 2 in the second and 1 in the 3rd. HC came back with 4 in the 4th end and 1 in the 5th. Glengarry scored 3 in the 6th to tie the game 6-6. HC was forced to 1 in the 7th, so GD had the hammer for the final end. With a nice draw to the 4-foot, the Gaels scored two for the bronze medal. The final score was 8-7.

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The GDHS girls curling rink that competed at EOSSAA included, from left, Kaisa Este (lead), Brenna MacDonald (second), Madison MacRae (third), Kristen MacRae (skip), and Heidi MacRae (coach).

Meanwhile, the girls, who were undefeated at the SD&G championships held in Cornwall and Morrisburg, competed at EOSSAA, which had two pools of four teams each.

Glengarry opened round-robin action at the Pembroke CC playing Opeongo High School from Douglas. The girls played a great game. GD scored 2 in the first end and a single in the second end. In the third end, OHS scored 1. In the 4th, the Gaels picked up 2 more, going on to add a single in 5th and 3 more in the 6th as the squad extended the lead to 9-1. OHS took 2 in the 7th, and GD finished off the game with 2 more points, winning 11-3.

In their second game, Glengarry’s girls tangled with South Grenville DHS from Prescott. This was a closer contest. GD scored a single in the first, and SG took singles in the 2nd and 3rd. The Gaels came back with 2 points in the 4th, while Prescott nabbed 3 in the 5th. GD rebounded to score 4 in the 6th, and SG took 1 in the 7th. The score was 7-6 for GD coming home with hammer. The Gaels clinched the victory, scoring 2 in the final end to win 9-6.

Their third round-robin game saw the Gaels play Notre Dame Catholic High School from Carleton Place, in Eganville. This was a back-and-forth game. GD made some great shots to tie the game in the 8th end (7-7) and force an extra end. Notre Dame came through to score one with the hammer to hand Glengarry its first loss.

In their semifinal, GD struggled to find their weight and readjust to conditions back in Pembroke. The Gaels lost to North Dundas, in a rematch of the SDG final, with a final score of 8-2 after 6 ends.

Still on the ice in Pembroke to close out the bonspiel, the Gaels had a rematch with Notre Dame. GD opened the scoring with a single. ND scored 2 in the 2nd to take the lead, but Glengarry replied with 2 in 3rd. ND got a single in the 4th to tie the game 3-3. GD scored one in the 5th to take a brief lead until the ND skip made a beautiful tap on her last shot in the 6th to score 5 points. GD scored a single in the 7th to bring the score to 8-5.

Glengarry ended its run with a fourth-place EOSSAA result.

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Alexandria claims inter-club curling championship

The Alexandria Curling Club is the 2019-20 senior men’s inter-club champion, with its rinks clinching the trophy at the March 10 finale hosted by the Vankleek Hill Curling Club.

Morning games saw Lancaster collect 10 points by defeating Vankleek Hill, while Alexandria had winds in their wings defeating Maxville to also pick up 10 points.

The leading contenders, Alexandria and Lancaster, were separated by only six points heading in to the final action.

In the second set of matches at noon, Alexandria was off and running form the first end, which saw the men score five, en route to winning over a team from the host club to collect 10 points in the standings. The other game featuring Maxville and Lancaster seesawed back-and-forth, before Maxville eventually triumphed to snag the valuable 10 points.

Both Alexandria and Lancaster finished with 62 total points, followed by Maxville with 56, and Vankleek Hill with 44. By rule, in order to claim the trophy from the holder the previous year, a club must finish with more points, in other words winning outright. In this case, Lancaster would have needed to end the campaign ahead of Alexandria. As the clubs finished in a tie, the prestigious plaque remains with the previous holder, Alexandria.

The senior men’s inter-club competition is a season-long event, with bonspiels held in each of the local clubs: Lancaster, Glengarry (Maxville), Alexandria, and Vankleek Hill.

Event convenor Claude Cuerrier extends his congratulations to the curlers from the Alexandria Curling Club. Team One was Bob Hayes, Dan Sloan, Denis Barsola, and Pius Schlauri. Team Two included Ian Fraser, Jaques Pilon, Lance Laviolette, and Raffaele Magliocco.

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Among players representing the Alexandria Curling Club were team two members, from left, skip Ian Fraser, lead Jaques Pilon, second Lance Laviolette, and third Raffaele Magliocco. (Claude Cuerrier photo)

Cuerrier adds his thanks to all curlers representing the four clubs for ” a tremendous effort for this season. See you all, God willing, next fall. Cheerio to all, and have a good summer. We shall come out victorious at the end of this coronavirus-19 period.”

The convenor also extends his appreciation to club volunteers, icemen, kitchen workers, and all personnel involved in the senior bonspiels circuit throughout Ontario and Quebec, as well as to those involved in the Parnell and McLellan bonspiels, and a special thanks to president Phillippe Rouleau and secretary Jean-Paul Boily.

with files from Claude Cuerrier

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GDHS girls curl to gold, join mixed rink in qualifying for EOSSAA

Glengarry District High School has qualified two curling teams to compete at EOSSAA, which is scheduled for March 4 and 5 in Pembroke.

The Gaels girls rink garnered SD&G gold in Morrisburg on Tuesday. After qualifying for the day of play from round-one results the previous week in Cornwall, the girls started their playoff action with a game against St. Joseph’s CSS, winning to advance to the championship match.

North Dundas DHS provided the opposition, in what coach Lindsey Howes described as “a really great, back-and-forth game.”

Glengarry prevailed with a “nice heavy draw, tap to sit on the button.” The final score was 7-4 for GDHS, sealing the championship for the Gaels.

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From left are Heidi MacRae (coach), Kaisa Este (lead), Brenna MacDonald (second), Madison MacRae (third), Kristen MacRae (skip), and Lindsey Howes (coach). (submitted photo)

Joining the girls team at EOSSAA will be Glengarry’s mixed rink of Abbey Lowe, Rowan McPherson, Virginia Vander Byl, and Matthew Bill. The quartet automatically qualified for the regional bonspiel, as there were no SD&G opponents.

As for the boys rink of Addison Hay (skip), Braeden Hay (third), Camden Van Loon (second), and Caleb Raymond (lead), they opted to compete in the separate Ontario School Curling Championships, advancing to the provincial event in Chatham where they garnered bronze. Please see this previous story for all the details.

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GDHS boys curling team garners Ontario bronze

Competing in Chatham last week at the Ontario School Curling Championships, the boys rink representing Glengarry District High School garnered bronze, the team’s lone loss coming in the semifinal.

On Saturday morning, the Gaels squared off against Carleton Place High School. Coach Lindsey Howes reports that “it was a very close game and it came down to the last end.” The Glengarry boys were set up to score 1 without the hammer. “On our last shot, the guard was a little shy of where we needed it, and the CP skip capitalized for the win by stealing 3. As you can imagine this was a tough loss.” The final was 7-6.

The defeat sent GDHS on to play a team with home-ice advantage, Ursuline College School, for the bronze medal. Again this one was close. Gaels skip Addison Hay, with the help of precise line calling from third Braeden Hay and intense sweeping from Camden Van Loon and Caleb Raymond, made two beautiful shots in the last end for the 6-5 win.

The Gaels opened the competition with a 5-3 round-robin victory over Kitchener-Waterloo Collegiate. The next morning, This morning, GD played St. John’s College from Brantford, prevailing 9-4, as the opposing team conceded after 6 ends.

In the afternoon, the Gaels tangled with Haliburton Highlands SS. After two blank ends, Haliburton stole 1 in the third. The fourth was another blank. GD scored 1 in the fifth and then stole 1 in the sixth to take the lead, but their opponents scored a single in the seventh to tie.

In the eighth end, the Haliburton skip made a beautiful draw to the button almost completely buried under a centre line guard. Glengarry’s skip responded, though, able to tap out the Haliburton stone to sit one for the win, 3-2.

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Glengarry District High School’s boys curling team won bronze at the Ontario School Curling Championships, in Chatham. Standing, from left, are Lindsey Howes (coach), Braeden Hay (third), and Caleb Raymond (lead). In front holding the trophy are Addison Hay (skip) and Camden Van Loon (second). (submitted photo)

“We played some really close games which helped us gain some great experience playing in high-pressure situations. My team really came together to win the bronze medal, making the long trip to Chatham worthwhile,” says skip Addison Hay.

The GD team was further honoured when two of their team members won positions on the all-star team. These awards are based on player stats during round-robin play. Addison Hay earned the spot of skip on the second all-star team and Braeden Hay was chosen as third on the first all-star team.

The GDHS rink would like to extend thanks to all the organizers, the Chatham Granite Club, and a special thanks to Denis and Jackie Bray who hosted the boys in their home during the tournament.

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GDHS Gaels curlers busy on the sheets

The Glengarry DHS girls curling team had a successful opening day at the SD&G high school championships in Cornwall.

Coached by Heidi MacRae, the Gaels participated in round-robin play on February 12 at the Cornwall Curling Centre. They won their game against Char-Lan DHS, lost their second match to Seaway District High School, and closed out with a victory over St. Lawrence SS. GDHS’ girls advance to the finals, set for February 25 in Morrisburg.

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Members of the GDHS Gaels girls rink are Kaisa Este, Brenna MacDonald, Madison MacRae, and Kristen MacRae,and the coach is Heidi MacRae. (submitted photo)

Glengarry’s mixed team of Abbey Lowe, Rowan McPherson, Virginia Vander Byl, and Matthew Bill has automatically qualified for EOSSAA, scheduled for March 4 and 5 in Pembroke, as there were no opponents to face them at the SD&G bonspiel.

The Gaels boys opted out of the SD&G event to focus on the Ontario School Curling Championships, underway today in Chatham. Their first game is this afternoon.

They qualified for the event after winning the regional round earlier this month in Deep River. The rink includes Liam Filion, Camden Van Loon, Braeden Hay, and Addison Hay, and is coached by Lindsey Howes.

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GDHS Gaels curl to regional bonspiel triumph

The boys rink representing Glengarry District High School curled their way to victory over the weekend at an event in Deep River, earning a berth in the provincial championships.

Competing at the regional Ontario school championships, the Gaels, under the leadership of coach Lindsey Howes, capped off a successful weekend with an 8-5 win over a team from École secondaire catholique Garneau, from Ottawa.

Coach Howes reports that Garneau was up 3-0 after the second end. GD scored 2 in the third to tighten up the match. The Gaels held their opponent to a single point in the fourth, and in the fifth end, Glengarry scored 2 points to tie the game.

Garneau regained the lead in the next end, going ahead 5-4. With the hammer in the seventh, GD drew even at 5-5.

That gave Garneau the hammer for the last end.

“It was a very tense eighth end with great shots and misses from both teams,” says Howes. “On Addison’s [Hay] last shot, he made a beautiful draw that forced Garneau’s skip into attempting a very tough shot for the win. Garneau’s skip missed by a hair, giving GD the win, with a final score of 8-5. Our thanks to Paul Raymond, who convened the event, and to the Deep River Curling Club for hosting the event.”

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Curlers representing GDHS won the regional round of the Ontario school championships. From left are Liam Filion, Camden Van Loon, Braeden Hay, Addison Hay, and coach Lindsey Howes. (submitted photo)

Saturday action saw the Gaels win both round-robin games. The first was against East Northumberland Secondary School, which finished in a 7-0 decision after seven ends. Next, the Gaels topped West Carlton Secondary School 6-2, after running the opponents out of stones in the eighth end.

Gaels curlers in action at the regional Ontario school curling championships. (submitted photo)

With the triumph in Deep River, the boys have qualified for the provincial event, which is scheduled for February 13-15, in Chatham.

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