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Char-Lan Rebels highlight memorable 1988-89 squad

The 1988-89 edition of the Char-Lan Rebels was a stellar group, highlighted by Kevin Poapst, who led in scoring for a third straight year, with 65 goals and 39 assists.

Competing in the then Eastern Ontario Junior ‘B’ Hockey League, the Rebels were in their heyday, having won their first (and only) league championship banner to cap off the 1985-86 season.

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The Char-Lan Rebels junior ‘B’ hockey team from the 1988-89 season. (submitted photo)

The current club recently shared this photo on social media, as hockey returned to Canada in the form of the restart of the NHL season, with the 2020 playoffs underway in Toronto and Edmonton.

The Rebs, and the rest of the teams in the EOJHL (formerly the CCHL2) are hopeful they will have a season this fall, pending the further loosening of provincial health restrictions.

In case you missed it, Char-Lan’s junior ‘B’ hockey team ended the 2019-20 season by naming its season award winners virtually, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s the story posted at the time.

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Flashback: images from Alexandria high school sports

Recently, Bernie McCormick posted a couple of sports photos on a Facebook group highlighting sports from years gone by in Alexandria.

The Alexandria Ontario in Pictures group post included these images from GDHS football and basketball.

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Bernie McCormick shares this image of Alexandria high school quarterback Bruce Poleet, left, and coach Stanley Fraser. The photograph is from the mid 1960s.
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Blast from the past: a junior boys basketball team from GDHS, shared by Bernie McCormick.
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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 They have been replaced by Catholic institutions, such as Holy Trinity and St. Joseph’s.

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