Thursday evening soccer at the dome in Alexandria has been cancelled by the Glengarry Soccer League, with all matches moved to Friday night as a result of today’s snowstorm and poor road conditions.
The U11 co-ed division will kick off Friday night play with a match between Team USA and Team Netherlands, starting at 5:30 p.m.
The 6:30 p.m. game will feature U18 boys action, as Team England and Team Canada battle.
Then it will be senior men’s division play. Alexandria FC and McCrimmon are booked for the 7:30 p.m. slot, while the Barflies and Glen Sandfield are set for 8:30 p.m. play.
Alexandria FC and the Barflies remain in a battle for the top of the table as regular-season play winds down, with McCrimmon and Glen Sanfield third and fourth, respectively. The Young Gunners round out the standings.
The regular season in the senior men’s division is set to conclude on March 13, with semifinals for the top four teams booked for March 26.
The Friends of the Summerstown Trails (FOTST) is pleased to announce the addition of two fat bikes at the Summerstown Trails, thanks to a donation by brothers Shawn and Kyle Maloney, co-owners of The Brick in Cornwall.
One of these new fat bikes has a large frame, while the other one has a junior frame. The two new fat bikes will thus complement the two bikes currently owned by FOTST, both of which have a medium frame. This addition will enable the Trails to accommodate people shorter than 5 ft. 6 in. and taller than 5 ft. 10 in.
“The Brick has supported the trails in past years, and it’s great to see them step up to the plate again with this major contribution,” said FOTST president Vic Leroux. “This donation shows how committed The Brick is towards the community and towards a healthy lifestyle.”
Fat biking is a recent and fast-growing sport for those looking for a way to participate in winter activity in a great environment. Fat bike riders are able to access 9 km of snowshoe trails, with signage posted to aid in navigation. These trails are groomed specifically for fat biking thanks to a partnership between FOTST and the Raisin Region Conservation Authority (RRCA). The Summerstown Trails offer a mix of difficulty where both beginner and experienced fat bikers can enjoy this new sport.
The fat bikes are available for rental at the trailhead on weekends only, during our regular rental period (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.). Bikes are rented for one-hour periods at a cost of $15. FOTST recommends that everyone wear a helmet, even if Ontario law stipulates that it is only mandatory for those under the age of 18. A regular bicycle helmet will do (some are available for loan), but many bikers wear their ski helmets.
The winter storm that struck our region over the past two days forced the postponement of two CCHL2 hockey games last night involving the county’s clubs.
Char-Lan was slated to play in Winchester on Friday night. That game has been rescheduled for Friday, February 28.
Alexandria was scheduled to host Athens. Instead, the teams will play Tuesday, February 25, at 8:30 p.m., at the Glengarry Sports Palace.
The Rebels and Glens will both be back in action tonight on home ice. In Alexandria, the Glens (7-25-2-1) have the Winchester Hawks (19-12-5-1). Williamstown will see the Char-Lan (16-18-1-1) tangling with the Casselman Vikings (25-12-2-0). Both contests are 8 p.m. starts.
On January 5, the Summerstown Trails officially opened the 2020 winter season, their 50th year of operations.
Dignitaries were on hand, along with close to 150 people who came out to the trails, enjoying the mild temperature and a walk on the forest trails as their was little snow cover.
Martin Bowman, the first president of the Friends of the Summerstown Trails (FOTST), recalled the work and community spirit of the many volunteers, mostly neighbours of the Summerstown Forest, who kept the trails going for the better part of 35 years. With few resources and often using their own personal snowmobiles, these people groomed and maintained the trails, facing much adversity.
Current FOTST president Vic Leroux thanked the many partners and sponsors of the Summertown Trails, noting recent initiatives, including the addition of skate skiing and fat biking activities, new trails, new grooming equipment to better deal with the changing weather conditions, and the construction of a new parking lot adjacent to County Road 27.
The creation of FOTST 10 years ago changed the destiny of the facility, with 1000s of users now visiting the trails every year, both for winter activities and off-season visits.
In addition to making the trails accessible to the population for year-round use, FOTST offers many community programs, including hosting schoolchildren, weekend rental of equipment, and free events, such as Family Day.
The Summerstown Trails offer 18 km of groomed cross-country ski trails, for both classic and skate skiing, and a separate network of 11 km of snowshoe and groomed fat bike trails.
The trails are located on Summerstown Road (County Road 27), 1.6 km north of exit 804 of the 401 at Summerstown Station, and are open seven days a week. There is no charge to access the trails. Equipment rentals are available on weekends and holidays.
The students and staff from Glengarry District High School are slated to take in some hockey action on Monday, as the Gaels boys hockey team will play members of the Ontario Provincial Police, starting at 1 p.m.
The December 16 game at the Glengarry Sports Palace is an exhibition contest for the Gaels boys, as the school hasn’t iced a hockey team to compete in league play this year.
This is typically an annual event for the kids and the police, providing entertainment for all.
Ryan Winter will stand in as coach for the Gaels boys.
The school’s girls hockey team, under the guidance of Glen Campbell, is scheduled to compete Monday at an SDGAA league tournament in Finch.