Last evening, the Eastern Ontario Super Hockey League (senior ‘A’) held an expansion draft for the three new teams to begin play this fall. Among them is the Glengarry Pipers, based at Alexandria’s Glengarry Sports Palace.
With the second overall selection, the Pipers picked Neil Chabot, who last season was a member of the EOSHL-championship-winning Cornwall Prowlers.
Glengarry’s second selection saw Brandon Billie added to the fold. He was with the West Carleton Rivermen for the 2019-20 season, where his now-former team was the playoff runner-up.
Mark Pearl, formerly with the Maxville team, was the Pipers’ third-round selection, and Maxime Bonin, from the Prowlers, was Glengarry’s fourth man added to the roster.
Frontenac Phantoms picks were Matt Wilson, Ryan Carisse, Blade Grigg, and Hayden Ford.
Chosen by the Smiths Falls Rideaus were Greg Harding, Thank you Power, and Joey Driscoll.
The main EOSHL draft is scheduled for Saturday, May 9, and will involve all seven franchises.
This year’s spring season of community youth tackle football has been officially cancelled, as a result of health precautions in the fight with the COVID-19 virus.
The Cornwall Wildcats and Glengarry Gaels football clubs broke the news to their players and families, via social media.
Gaels club president Ian Parent stated, “Our spring program was due to start in the next few weeks, but the Ontario Football Alliance has suspended all activities for the month of May, forcing us to cancel our season.”
The club will be processing refunds in the coming weeks for anyone who had previously registered and paid.
Parent added in his announcement, “We will keep you informed of all further developments and are hopeful to be able to field our Varsity [high school] team in the fall. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for possible club events and fundraising activities.”
The Glengarry organization, based at GDHS in Alexandria, typically fields a spring team at each level, providing gridiron football for boys and girls aged 7 through 15.
The announcement from the Cornwall Wildcats: “Our Seaway Valley Spring House League was due to start playing games in early May. Registration numbers have been strong, but the Ontario Football Alliance, which is the governing body of football in Ontario, has suspended all football activities in May. THIS NOW FORCES US TO CANCEL THE 2020 SPRING SEASON.”
“We are hopeful for a 2020 NCAFA season. Traditionally try-outs begin in late July, with the season starting third week of August. We will continue to look to Football Canada and Ontario Football Alliance for guidance on start dates.”
Cornwall Wildcats announcement
The Wildcats recommend that athletes “continue to be active and to stay in shape,” adding, “We will be back on the field at some point and we want to be ready! Thank you to CROSSFIT CORNWALL and coach KYLE LABELLE for his great workouts on social media.”
Heading into the second season of the Eastern Ontario Super Hockey League, we now know that the region’s senior ‘A’ hockey loop will feature two new franchises, one of them based in Alexandria.
The Glengarry Pipers, as the club will be known, are owned by Ryan McLeod. Jamie Lavigne will serve as general manager and coach. Last season, he was an assistant coach with the championship-winning Cornwall Prowlers.
The Pipers will play out of the Glengarry Sports Palace (Billy Gebbie Arena), in Alexandria.
Lavigne tells me that he has received confirmation from the GSP that they can accommodate the team’s schedule. A future meeting will finalize the details.
The club will be looking for volunteers to help out with ticket sales, provide game-day security, and assist with other tasks to help make competitive senior ‘A’ hockey a success in Alexandria.
“This is my first year acting as a GM for a team so I’m nervous,” Lavigne admits, adding that he is “very confident that we will have a competitive team that will also draw in decent crowds.”
The GM notes that the EOSHL “showcases exceptional hockey,” drawing players with junior hockey experience through to the professional ranks in North America and internationally.
“This is top-calibre hockey, which I found out last year when I was the assistant coach with the championship Cornwall Prowlers. I was given a chance from general manager and head coach Mitch Gagne, and I’m forever grateful.” Lavigne stresses that he gained coaching experience along with an opportunity to learn the ins and outs of how a club at this level operates.
“I’m extremely excited for the season to approach and look forward to seeing the county (Glengarry) come together to support the team and continue to grow the great game.”
In addition to the Pipers, the EOSHL confirms that the North Frontenac Phantoms will join the league for the 2020-21 season. The club will play out of the North Frontenac Community Arena, in Godfrey. The Phantoms are owned and operated by Colton Distefano and his wife, Sydony.
As noted in a separate post, senior ‘A’ hockey will return to Maxville for a second season, under new ownership and with the club renamed the Mustangs.
The Glengarry Trails system remains open during the COVID-19 pandemic, offering an opportunity for you to get some exercise and fresh air during this anxious time.
Four trails collectively cover 13 km through North Glengarry forests, west of Alexandria. Normal spring conditions prevail, so walked should be prepared for varying surfaces, including soft snow, ice, mud, puddles, and flooding.
Access points include the west end of Lochiel Street in Alexandria, County Road 43 just west of the hospital, County Road 45 and Marcoux Road south of County Road 43, and Kenyon Dam Road.
For more information on the trails and current conditions, check out the group’s website and Facebook page.
Note, the Annual General Meeting has been postponed to April 23.
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.
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.
Registration for the summer outdoors season of the Glengarry Soccer League is currently underway, with standard rates available until the end of February.
Players (or parents of players) can register online via the GSL’s website or in-person at the dome in Alexandria, during regular hours of operation. This applies to all divisions offered, from U6/co-ed through tier 2.
All fees increase by $10 effective March 1 through March 21, with further escalations after that. The GSL encourages you to register this month for the best pricing.
A local golfer achieved a rare feat in these parts: firing a hole-in-one. Denis Barsalo accomplished this on hole 17 at Alexandria’s Glengarry Golf and Country Club on Monday, using an 8 iron to cover 128 yards.
As he commented, “After 30+ years of playing golf, I finally have my first hole-in-one.” In response, Barsalo received plenty of congratulations, including young multi-sport athlete Felix Sauve who added, “Welcome to the club!” Perhaps the funniest comment came from Craig Pinhey, who suggested it’s now time to “Throw the clubs in the lake and quit.”
The first 2019 soccer championship has been claimed, as the U14 boys squad prevailed 10-2 over Alexandria on August 12 to win the Glengarry Soccer League title.
In semifinal play the week previous, Vankleek Hill dispatched Maxville 4-3, while Alexandria needed overtime to get past Laggan / Glen Sandfield, 4-3.
Upcoming Final Matches
The U19 girls championship match, featuring Alexandria and Vankleek Hill, is scheduled to be played August 19, at 8:30 p.m., under the lights at Alexandria’s Island Park.
August 15 on the pitch at Laggan Public School, Laggan / Glen Sandfield will battle Maxville for the U17 boys title. Opening kickoff is slated for 6 p.m.
Semifinals in the U16 girls category are booked for August 22, with the championship match seven days later. Vankleek Hill currently sits atop the table, with just one loss in 11 regilar-season games this season.
The U12 boys are in playoffs now. Their championship match is slated for August 28.
U12 girls semifinals are set for tonight, August 14, on fields in Alexandria and Williamstown, with the title tilt booked for August 20.
Due to extreme heat Friday, the Glengarry Soccer League postponed all of its evening matches. Those games have been rescheduled to Sunday, July 7, at the original times and locations.
Following a slate of youth games on various pitches at 6:30 p.m., there are two senior men’s matches booked to start at 8:30 p.m. In Alexandria, at Island Park, Alexandria will take on Alexandria FC, while on the Lochiel Field, Glen Sandfield and Dunvegan will tangle.