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.
The Glengarry Gaels youth football program recently concluded its spring season with two of three teams claiming Seaway Valley Football League titles. The tykes and mosquitoes both prevailed on championship day, June 23, on their home gridiron in Alexandria. For the mosquito Gaels, the triumph capped off a perfect season.
Glengarry bantams reached the semifinal round, where they bowed out the previous week. The Gaels didn’t field a peewee entry this year, due to insufficient numbers; instead, several Glengarry players of that level suited up for one of four Cornwall peewee squads.
Congratulations to the tyke and mosquito Gaels, as well as to the Cornwall Wildcats teams that won the peewee and bantam titles.
This year marked a changing of the guard behind the scenes for Glengarry football, as Ian Parent has taken on the presidency of the club, from former co-presidents Costa Zarifi and Jeff Dorn, who had led the program since its establishment.
The Trails of Glengarry, four trails totalling 15 km, provide a great opportunity for walking in the great outdoors and taking in the natural environment our county has to offer. The four trails are located west of Alexandria, accessible from several points, including Island Park, the hospital, Kenyon Dam Road, and Lakeshore Road. For maps and information, check out this page on the Friends of Glengarry Trails Association website.
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!