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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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Wildcats complete regular season on a high

Cornwall’s OFC Wildcats provincial football team completed the regular season with a convincing 35-10 victory over the Quinte Skyhawks, on Saturday afternoon at Joe. St. Denis Field. The win improved the Cats’ record to 5-2-1.

The boys were solid on both sides of the ball. Their defensive prowess included a blocked field goal and an interception returned for a touchdown (by John Davis). Matt Longchamps recorded a TD catch, booted two field goals, and kicked four PATs.

Up next is a playoff date with the Toronto Thunder, on the road.

OFC football action
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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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Canoe race to take to Raisin River on Sunday

The annual Raisin River Canoe Race will take place Sunday, April 14, 2019, running 30+ km downstream from St. Andrew’s West through Martintown to Williamstown.

This is one of the highlights of the local sports calendar (as well as for my job), and once again I will be out shooting photos of the event.

You can check out my online pre-race story for The Glengarry News posted here. There is still time to register to participate, and spectators are encouraged to come out and cheer paddlers on along the route.

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Raisin River Canoe Race (map courtesy of Raisin Region Conservation Authority)
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My latest photos for The Glengarry News

It was a busy sports week for The Glengarry News, as I shot reams of photos, including images of junior boys high school basketball, senior boys high school basketball, peewee girls hockey, and junior ‘B’ hockey.

These galleries, along with my past ones, can be viewed online here. All photos are owned by The Glengarry News. Reprints are available for purchase from the newspaper.

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SDGAA junior boys basketball action between Glengarry (black) and Char-Lan
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