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Curler MacPherson caps off university career with school MVP award

North Glengarry’s Marshall MacPherson completed his university curling career in early March, capping off his time at the University of Western Ontario by being recognized with the MVP award for curling at the school’s athletics banquet, which this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, was held remotely.

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Marshall MacPherson skipped his University of Western Ontario curling team for the 2019-20 season. (submitted photo)

He tells me that the 2019-20 season was a year of transition for the Western curling program. The previous campaign saw the club claim bronze at the OUA Championships, going on to “have a strong showing at the nationals in Fredericton.” Following that year, the skip and third graduated, opening the door for MacPherson’s leadership.

The longtime curler out of the Alexandria Curling Club and graduate of Glengarry District High School stepped in the skip role, whilst throwing third stones.

“Thankfully, the entire curling season was able to be played before the COVID shutdown,” he notes. “We had a few tune-up events in St. Catharine’s and Waterloo, where we had very strong showings. We also had the incredible opportunity to play an exhibition game on arena ice at the Continental Cup (hosted in London this year) side-by-side with the stars of the sport and in front of a crowd of over 1,000.”

The provincial championships (OUA) were held in Guelph, where the Mustangs started 1-4.

“We won our last two games to end the round-robin at 3-4, but we just missed out on the playoffs,” MacPherson recalls.

He admits to me that he and his teammates were disappointed to miss the OUA playoffs and the opportunity to “make a run to qualify at nationals.” On the season as a whole, though, MacPherson says, “We were pretty happy with the successes we were able to create as a first-year team. I’m quite happy with where we left things.”

He graduated recently and believes “the rest of the team is in a really good spot moving forward (providing the season isn’t also cancelled for the upcoming year).”

At the end of the year he was named Male Curling MVP by the Western Mustangs program.

On the academic front, he completed his dental school studies in June.

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Marshall MacPherson, right, with dad Scott. (submitted photo)

On his university curling career he reflects, “Stepping up to skip and being amongst other provincial, national, and world champions was really exciting, and I’m really glad I got to finish off my varsity career as skip.”

MacPherson adds, “I’m really thankful for my teammates, coach, and the entire faculty at the dental school who were all very understanding with my commitment to both finishing up a very busy program all the while leading the curling team. Despite the end of my university days coming to a very abrupt halt, I’m very satisfied with what I’ve been able to accomplish in my years at Western.”

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Seguin works on his pole vaulting form, hoping for season to resume

To stay in top form and in homes of the competitive track and field season resuming from its break due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Martintown’s Brennan Seguin has been working out, along with his University of Guelph teammates, informally, under the guidance of the Gryphons coach.

Back in early March, the Gryphons track and field team, at the U-Sports championships held in Alberta, captured the national men’s and women’s titles. It was the school’s third straight year topping Canadian universities.

2020 Gryphons track and field team celebrates its national championship. (University of Guelph photo)

In the men’s pole vault, Seguin placed fourth overall, clearing 4.73 metres. The winner of the event was Daniel Gleason, of the York Lions, who cleared 5.13 metres.

Seguin is a graduate of Char-Lan DHS and was trained during his high school years by Rory Blackadder. This was the vaulter’s second year at Guelph. In 2019 at nationals, held in Montreal, he earned bronze with a 4.96 m jump.

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Pole vaulter Brennan Seguin striving for higher

Martintown’s Brennan Seguin, a pole vaulter at the University of Guelph, continues to work on his technique and aim for higher results in his second year of U-Sports competition.

Before the Christmas break, he competed at the Varsity Blues Invitational. In the December 14 indoor event, Seguin achieved a best height of 4.91 metres.

He tells me that during this early part of the season he is working on short approach, which means “I run from a shorter approach as it is easier to work on technique.”

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University of Guelph pole vaulter Brennan Seguin

Seguin is a graduate of Char-Lan DHS and was introduced to the sport of pole vaulting by local coach Rory Blackadder.

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Trio of Glengarrians see their university football teams nab victories

U-Sports weekend football action saw the Concordia Stingers and Acadia Axemen score victories, and both teams have connections to Glengarry County.

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Darcy Thibaudeau

In Atlantic Canada, Bainsville’s Darcy Thibaudeau is a student-athlete at Acadia University and a member of the Axemen football team, which beat the Saint Mary’s Huskies 28-18, to remain perfect at 7-0 on the season.

Thibaudeau is studying kinesiology and is an inside linebacker for the football team.

Concordia has two Glengarrians on its football roster. Rylan Duhart is a rookie walk-on lineman. He’s yet to see game action, dressing as a backup as he trains and waits for his opportunity. Alex Zarifi is in his second year with the Stingers, but continues to be sidelined by injury. Currently, he’s serving as a technical assistant to the coaching staff.

The Stingers were on the road this weekend in Sherbrooke where the needed a comeback effort to beat the Vert & Or 27-19. In the process, the win keeps Concordia’s (2-5) playoff hopes alive.

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University sports authority encourages would-be athletes to register

U-sports, formerly CIS and before that CIAU, is the national governing body for university sports. The organization has launched a drive to encourage would-be athletes to register during their high school years. In fact, registration is now a requirement for anyone looking to compete in an official U-Sports discipline during their university years.

For the details and to sign up, visit U-Sports Central.

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