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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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Phillip Veilleux competes at university baseball nationals with Concordia

Lancaster’s Phillip Veilleux, a student-athlete at Concordia University, recently returned from competing at the Canadian University National Invitational Baseball Tournament, where the Stingers went 0 and 3, losing games to McGill (5-3), Wilfred Laurier (13-4), and Guelph (4-1).

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Phillip Veilleux at the plate

On the experience competing at the national level, the 5 ft. 10 in., 200 lb. outfielder tells me, “It was very good calibre, and we got to face some of the best teams in the country.”

Guelph went on to beat Laurier in the final, 2-1. Other universities at the event were McMaster and Acadia.

As for Veilleux, he went 1 for 6 (hitting a single) over the course of the weekend competition in Ajax. He also had 5 walks, stole a base, and scored 3 runs.

During the regular season which ran from late August through early October, Concordia amassed a record of 6 wins and 11 losses.

“I was able to step up this year and start every single game in right or centrefield,” Veilleux notes. “Despite the loss [at nationals], it was still a great way to end my career with the Stingers, as I am graduating this year.”

Veilleux is completing his final year of studies as he works towards graduating next spring with an honours degree in urban planning.

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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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Glengarrians collide in university women’s soccer

On Sunday, October 13, Trent University is scheduled to host Nipissing University’s women’s soccer team, in OUA action that will see a Glengarrian featured on the roster of each squad. Cameron Brodie is a third-year midfielder with the Lakers, while Brooke Lapierre is a rookie midfielder on the Excalibur side.

When the teams met last month in North Bay, the Lakers prevailed 4-0.

Nipissing enters play this week ranked third in the East Division, with a 6-4 record, while Trent is sixth, at 4-6-1, currently holding the final playoff berth.

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Brooke Lapierre, left, and Cameron Brodie are Glengarrians playing university soccer in Ontario. (Jeff Lapierre photo)
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Craig hangs up skates, Sandilands switches to U-Sports hockey

Williamstown’s Grant Craig, formerly goaltender of the junior ‘B’ Char-Lan Rebels, is hanging up his skates and equipment this year to focus on his studies at Carleton University, where he is pursuing a degree in journalism.

The 20-year-old backstop was a workhorse for the Rebs last season, seeing action in 24 regular-season games and 7 more in the playoffs. It was his third winter with the club, as his best statistically, as he recorded a 3.79 goals-against average during the regular season.

This fall, Craig enters his third year of university studies.

Roddie Sandilands, who last season skated as a defenceman with the QMJHL Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, will be attending St. Francis Xavier University this year to study for a B.Sc. (health) degree and skate with the school’s hockey team.

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Glengarrians apply soccer passion to university women’s teams

Two young Glengarry women are first-year members of university soccer teams. Sara Carriere, a graduate of le Relais, is with the Concordia Stingers, while Brooke Lapierre, who graduated from GDHS, has cracked the roster of the Trent Excalibur.

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Sara Carriere

Carriere’s Stingers started their schedule with some exhibition action in Maine last month, beating Fort Kent Maine University 7-0 and Moncton University 4-2. Of the experience living and training in Montreal, she says, “Concordia is definitely my place.”

It’s been a tough start for the ladies in league play. They opened with a 10-0 thrashing at the hands of Laval, then tied UQTR 1-1 before falling to Bishop’s 2-1 on September 6. Next action is set for September 13 at Sherbrooke.

Trent has hit the soccer pitch just twice so far and remains unbeaten in OUA action. The Peterborough-based university tied Carleton 1-1 and beat Laurentian 2-0. The Excalibur are scheduled to play today versus Ottawa.

Lapierre is taking a joint major in forensic science and psychology at Trent. Playing as a midfielder, she saw action in the game versus Laurentian.

The county also has Cameron Brodie as a third-year midfielder with the Nipissing University Lakers who are 2-0 so far this season.

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Alexandria’s Ben Lowe key in Gaiters golf success

Ben Lowe, a second-year student-athlete at Bishop’s University in Lennoxville, Quebec, placed fourth, with rounds of 73, 72, 74 at his school’s invitational golf tournament, helping to pace the Gaiters to a second-place finish, in the first RSEQ tournament of the year, at Milby Golf Club.

The graduate of Glengarry District High School who won the Glengarry Golf Club championship in August says he enjoyed his first university tournament of the season, describing the August 28-29 event in Sherbrooke as a fun one. Lowe’s score of 219 was just one stroke behind teammate Anthony Gosselin. Baptiste Mory, of Laval, won with 215.

In other statistical categories, Lowe tied for second in birdies (13) and second in the par 3 leaderboard (6 pars, 3 birdies).

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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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