TARA FREW Special to The Standard
There was a full slate of action, as the first round of minor hockey playoffs got underway at Blackstock Arena this past Saturday!
In the Tyke Division, Canadian Tire won against W.O. Insurance, 7-4. Canadian Tire goals came from Harrison Probst (2), Brendan Potter (2), Nolan Keith (2) and Andrew Potter, who also earned one assist. W.O. Insurance goals were by Oscian Seguin (3) and Charlotte Frew.
Race Trac beat Shagg's, 9-1 in the other Tyke game. The Race Trac goals were from Brodie Bell (4), Ryan Vernon (4) and Caleb Green. James Adams scored the lone goal for Shagg's.
In the Novice Division, J. F. Construction took the win against Krown Rust, 5-3. J.F.Construction's goals were all by Brandon Parrott (5). It was a hat trick for Kailyn Seguin (3) for Krown Rust.
ChrisMcAuley.ca won over Make-A-Wish by a score of 9-5 in the other Novice match-up. Chris McAuley.ca had goals from Adam Goble (5), Jordan King (3) and Aidan Elvin. Make-A-Wish goals were by Oscian Seguin (2), Cameron Cuzzilla (2) and Ian Barkey.
The action continued with the Atom Division, where Low & Low doubled Port Perry Dental, 4-2. Low & Low's goals were by Aidan Lazure, Zeke Bailey, Jayden Doleweerd and Connor Rogers. Assisting were Bailey, Jacob MacLennan, Lazure and Rogers. Port Perry Dental's goals were by Jacob Buchanan, with assists by Meghan Waller and Cole Stephens.
Eco Water beat Buck's Construx, 8-6 in the other Atom contest. Eco Water's goals were by Brett Hanley (4), Hayden Piney (3), and Dylan Hopmans. Buck's Construx goals came from Lucas Braband (2), Eric Byers (2), Alexander Johnstone and Cameron Yeo.
In the Peewee/Bantam Division, Urban Land-scape slid in for a 7-6 win against Practicar. Urban Landscape's goals were by Kadin Martin (3), Carson Nozdryn (2), and Owen Seguin (2). Practicar's goals were from Troy Larmer (3), Karrah Mulligan (2) and Robbie Boadway.
In the other PeeWee /Bantam tilt, Red Ribbon Restaurant snuck past Cochrane Tree Service, 6-5. Red Ribbon Restaurant's goals came from Nolan Savage (2), Jake LeClair (2), and Dallas King (2). Cochrane Tree Service's goals were from Hunter Scarlett (3), Noah Michel and Cameron Barkey.
In the Midget Division Denault won against Omnific Design, 5-2. Denault's goals were by Michael Grieve (4) and Steven Williams, with assists by Benjamin Sargent and Williams (2). Omnific Design had goals by Eric Kerr and Justin Tobin, with assists from Tyler Schillings and Kerr.
Rounding out the week-end, All Flags Shell took a 9-1 win against Luchka Float Service. All Flags Shell goals were scored by Michael Bos (3), Ryan McCourt (2), Cory Bray (2) and Tieson Wright (2). Assisting were Brandon Abram, Bray, McCourt and Bos. Luchka Float Service's lone goal came from Clarke Keenan.
ROB STEELE Special to The Standard
The Uxbridge Curling Club hosted their annual Brandon Brier Bonspiel on Saturday. The bonspiel is loosely based on the Canadian Brier championship, as club members sign up as individuals and are then placed on teams by the organizing committee. Each team represents a Province or Territory with last year’s winning team, skipped by Bill Harwood, coming back as Team Canada. Then there’s of course Team Uxbridge and Team Brandon Ford, named after the title sponsor, to round out the sixteen team field.
This year the winning team was skipped by David Short, with Peter Holland at Vice, Christian Lauzon at second, and Irena Stansfield as lead. Each team played two, eight end games, and it was a close finish with the winning team beating the second place team by only 1/4 of a point.
The curlers were treated to lunch and dinner prepared by volunteers and then participated in a quiz based on the Canadian citizenship test. After dinner the winners were presented with keeper trophies and all curlers received a prize of their choice donated by many local businesses or pur-chased by the committee. A special thank you to Last Rock Curling and Foxbridge Golf for the raffle prizes.
Thanks go out to all the volunteers and organizing committee, especially Fred and Ann Marie Mills. The day was filled with great curling, great meals, great friends, fun and laughter.
Uxbridge Team Entry League a Success
Back in January, the Uxbridge Curling Club started a trial of its first team entry league. Instead of the club’s typical draft curling formats where players are placed on a team and switch teams during the season, members sign up as a set team and stick with that team all season. Curling on Monday night, a total of ten teams played a round robin and single knock-out playoff. Now only two teams remain for the championship and are skipped by Howard Harper and Jim Bell. The final game will be played at some point over the next two weeks during the club’s busy playoff schedule currently under-way every week night at the club.
Organizer Ray Brauch said the feedback on the league has been extremely positive and has hopes the league will expand next year to at least sixteen teams. Many thanks to Steve Turner and CRM Enterprises for his spon-sorship of the league.
Super League Finals Set
The finals for the Deloitte Curling Super League are set for Thursday Night. The Championship final should be a real great game as Don Beaton and his Gus Brown squad will be vying for their fourth championship in a row. In their way, Spencer Townley has been skipping Nerium International’s team to an amazing string of victories to get them into the final. On the Consolation side of the bracket, Bruce Jefferson’s Len Graphics team will be playing HUB International’s Rob Larmer. Games start this Thursday (March 26) at 7:30 p.m. so come out and watch some great curling action.
OCA Mixed Regional Results
Two local teams qualified for mixed regional play this past weekend at the Weston Golf and Country Club. Uxbridge’s Rob Houston built on his unbeaten run through zones by winning his first two games on Saturday to put him into the A-Final on Sunday afternoon. Unfortunately, the team lost 6-1 to Thornhill’s Mike Anderson, who’s made Provincials four of the past five years. The team would get a second chance in the B-Final against Rob Retchless from the Royals, who Houston beat Saturday afternoon by stealing two in the last end. Unfortunately, Retchless got his revenge, getting the best of the team winning 8-2 and preventing Houston from that coveted Provincial bid.
In the Senior Mixed, Port Perry’s Willie Beaton got out to a great start stealing a single point in the extra end to win 6-5 over Bobcaygeon’s Wayne Shea. In their second game, Rob Harling from Leaside took his two with hammer in the last end to win 6-5 knocking Beaton to the B-side. Unfortunately for Beaton, a rough start in his Sunday morning game lead to a one-sided loss to Scarboro’s Gregg Truscott, knocking him out of the competition.
DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
A sensational sophomore season at Penn State continued for Port Perry’s Christian Elliott last week, as he was named Golfer of the Week by the Big Ten Conference on Wednesday, March 18 for the first time in his collegiate career.
The award came on the heels of Elliott’s recent top-15 finish at the Seminole Intercollegiate tournament in Tallahasse, Florida.
"Christian used a year's experience at Southwood, combined with some key changes in his game to go low for us at the Seminole," Penn State head coach Greg Nye said in a press release. "It was a much deserved result."
At the Seminole Intercollegiate, Elliott fired a 4-under 212 (71-69-72) on the Southwood Golf Course between March 13 and 15, recording an eagle and 12 birdies. The Port Perry H.S. graduate also shot 7-under on par 5 holes, averaging a tally of 4.42 - a statistic that tied for second-best among the 90-player field. He carded a 29 on the back nine of his second round, shooting an incredible seven 3's.
This performance marked the second time that Elliott has placed in the top-15 overall this season, the first time being in October at the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate when he shot a 142 two-round score and finished tied for 12th.
Elliott has grown into a more well-rounded golfer in his second year at the school, after making great strides in the latter half of the 2013-14 season.
“I’m looking for my game to mature and become better rounded over the course of the season. I want to become more of a polished collegiate player,” Elliott said prior to this year’s campaign.
As well, Elliott works hard to balance the demands of Division 1 golf with academics.
“One of my goals here at Penn State is to become an Academic All-American, because I think it really shows that you have the ability to balance success in your work on the course with work in the classroom. Part of the reason I chose to come here was the exceptional academics, as well as our improving golf program,” Elliott told The Standard.
This past weekend, Elliott competed at the Middleburg Bank Intercollegiate in Williamsburg, Virginia. Penn State will compete in two more tournaments before the Big ten Conference Championships, which will be contested from April 24 to 26, in Evansville, Indiana.
Local fans can stay up-to-date with all of the latest news from the Nittany Lions’ golf team by visiting www.gopsusports.com/sports/m-golf/psu-m-golf-body.html.