DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
NORTH DURHAM: The top high school track and field athletes from across the region gathered at Civic Fields in Oshawa for the annual LOSSA Track and Field Meet last week, with strong results achieved by athletes from Uxbridge Secondary School as well as Port Perry High School.
Across two days of competition, on May 16 and 17, the Uxbridge Tigers roared past the competition, dominating girls' events, posting the highest point total in the competition, en route to a third-place overall finish.
Uxbridge swept the girls pole vault with Emma Burns after breaking the record for midget girls, Rachel Dell'Anna soared over the junior girls portion of the competition and Sharon Nanninga took home gold in the senior girls event.
Elsewhere, Carolynn Neville took top spot in the senior girls discus. Jessy Carveth raced past the competition in the junior girls 80m hurdles. Katana Cameron soared over the field in the junior girls triple jump. Gjuady John-Wallace prevailed in the senior girls 200m and Bret Belanger captured the senior girls high jump gold.
In total, 17 individual athletes posted podium finishes for the Tigers, as well as bronze medal showing by the midget girls 4x100m relay team. As a result, Uxbridge will be sending a strong contingent to the OFSAA provincial championships in Windsor, between June 2 and 4.
As well, Port Perry High School had a trio of athletes capture gold medals at the meet, with the Rebels wrapping up the day tied with Brooklin for 14th place.
Port Perry had five athletes on the podium across eight events over the course of the competition, including three gold medalists.
Hannah Russell raced to gold in the junior girls 800m, Lilly Tuck outlasted the field in the midget girls 3,000m and Dreighton Whitmarsh also put on a golden performance in the midget boys discus.
Special To The Standard
NORTH DURHAM: I'm happy to be back and reporting on our local competitive soccer teams playing out of the North Durham United Football Club this season, as the club enters its sixth season.
Going into the 2016 outdoor soccer season there are 14 teams being entered into various leagues that will be representing NDUFC. Over 200 players, along with all the volunteer coaches and managers, will be playing teams from Collingwood to Cobourg to Woodbridge to Toronto. With their distinct gold and black uniforms, the teams stand out strong on the field which compliments the playing style that the teams have shown over the years as being hard-working and relentless on the field, but showing great sportsmanship and class off it.
The North Durham United as a club has been working closer than ever with the established house league clubs in Uxbridge and Scugog, and the hope is that this will make soccer stronger and even more popular in North Durham now and in the future. Despite the limited number of kids the club has in comparison to the larger centres such as Whitby or Oshawa, the teams have achieved a lot over the years including league championships, tournament success and helping the development of a few players that have gone on to the top level of soccer in Ontario for their various age groups.
The season started out with a few of our younger teams participating in the Frank Sobil soccer tournament in Oshawa over the past couple of weekends. The regular season started for the U18 boys team last week with a very close 1-0 loss against Pickering. Coach Mark Cole's always difficult to play against U16 boys, which is actually made up of mostly U15 boys that will be playing a year up this season, begin their campaign on the road in Cavan next Monday with the U13 girls making the same trip the following day. All the other senior teams will be kicking off their respective seasons in the next few days. The club's picture day is set for Saturday May 28th at the Scugog Soccer Fields. This is always a fun time out with all the club's members gathering together for cool events, prizes and laughs.
Toronto FC isn't exactly making it clear what kind of team will end up being this year. Coming off a 0-0 draw at home against Columbus, it moves their record to 4-4-4, which is good for 4th spot in their division. It's time they take it up a notch. Our Women's National Team beat Holland 2-1 in a friendly match last week and will have two games coming up against Brazil with one of them at BMO field on June 4.
Good luck to all our North Durham United Football Club teams and players for the 2016 season, and check out the club's website at www.northdurhamunited.com for more information on what the club does and how to get involved.
The North Durham United Football Club encourages and develops the game of soccer in North Durham. The club aims to help girls and boys develop their character as resourceful and responsible members of their community by providing opportunities through the game of soccer for mental, physical, social and leadership development.
Kem Cehajic’s North Durham Soccer coverage will be appearing in the paper weekly, so stay turned to The Standard for updates throughout the Summer season.
DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
UXBRIDGE: A new long-term plan for the Fields of Uxbridge, the township's recreation hub, were recently unvieled with some slight changes to the original concept from 2010 for the 70-acre property on Main St. North, the long-time site of St. John's Training School.
Among the changes presented to councillors at their meeting on the morning of Monday, May 2 are plans for four lighted tennis courts, a pump park, and a new baseball diamond, which would replace the antiquated Arena Diamond. In addition, the new aquatic centre would be located near the centre of the property.
A proposed community centre has been taken out of the plans, as consultant Richard Moore of Alexander Budrevics and Associates Ltd. informed councillors that it is no longer needed. However, a washroom pavilion is still in the works, and could be built as soon as the property is serviced with sewage and water. Prior to construction of the aquatic centre, the Region's pumping station in Sandy Hook will require upgrades to handle the additional demands on the system.
"One of our first priorities is to put sewage infrastructure in place, which would allow for washrooms to be built," Ward 2 Councillor and Deputy Mayor Pat Molloy told The Standard. "Then, we would be able to build the pool onto that existing structure."
However, Councillor Molloy added that work on the site is heavily dependent on funding partnerships, from the private sector as well as other levels of government.
"This is an exciting new long-term plan, but a lot of what was presented could still be years away from reality, its heavily dependent on funding," explained Councillor Molloy.
The plan will see a slight reconfiguration of the 19 soccer pitches on the property, a plan developed in partnership with the involvement of those involved with soccer in the community. As well, there will be links to Uxbridge's extensive trail network, with 42 acres designated as natural environment, as well as a picnic area in a park at the centre of the property.
Mr. Moore added that the property will include more than 500 parking spaces, with entrances off Main St., as well as Ball Rd., which would require upgrading as part of the new plan.
SCUGOG: After years of fundraising, the new Cesarea Skate Park located in Putsey Park is having it’s official Grand Opening Event at the park on Saturday, May 14. The skate park was built in the downtown core last year. Fundraising was lead by Susie Bollon-Parkinson and the park was designed with help from the local youth.
The Grand Opening will offer a full day of activities. Participants can register for free skateboard and scooter lessons. The lessons will be held from 9 am until 10:30 am. Speeches and ribbon-cutting will commence from 10 am until 10:30 am.
From 10:30 am until 1 pm, skate and scooter demonstration will take place and a you can fill up on a barbeque lunch from 11 am until 1 pm for 2 dollars. At 1pm, a skills competition will take place and will run until 4 pm. In case of inclement weather, the grand opening celebration will be held on Sunday, May 15. For more info, please contact Ms. Bollon-Parkinson at 905-986-4038.
DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
The Superstars of the WWE are returning to Oshawa's General Motors Centre this July as part of the SummerSlam Heatwave Tour.
It was announced this week that the WWE will be returning to Durham Region on Friday, July 8.
Superstars such as Roman Reigns, AJ Styles, Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens, Sheamus, The Usos and many more will jump in the ring for high-flying entertainment unlike any other. This event will be the largest sports entertainment event to ever hit Oshawa, featuring some of the biggest names in sports entertainment.
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m., on Friday, May 13, and start at only $15. Tickets will be available on-line at www.generalmotorscentre.com, by phone at 1-877-436-8811 or at the General Motors Centre Box Office
General Motors Centre Backstage Pass Members will be able to access tickets before the general public, to sign up for the Cyber Club visit www.generalmotorscentre.com/backstagepass.
DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
The Uxbridge S.S. Tigers maintained their top provincial ranking in Senior Boys Rugby this week, ahead of a pivotal LOSSA clash against J. Clarke Richardson (Ajax) on Tuesday, May 3.
The Tigers claimed in the top spot in the most recent Rugby Ontario boys rankings, while the Senior Girls moved up to second place following a 65-5 drubbing of Courtice last week.
The Tigers close out the Senior Girls LOSSA regular season with a busy week. On Tuesday, May 3 (after The Standard's press deadline) they took on Ajax. On Thursday, May 5, the Tigers host GL Roberts (Oshawa) at 3 pm, before closing out the regular season on Monday, May 9, with a 2 p.m. home encounter against Pickering.
Meanwhile, the Port Perry H.S. Rebels are also dominating LOSSA Senior Girls competition, holding down top spot in the East Division.
The Rebels added to their perfect record last week, with a 31-14 victory over St. Stephen (Bowmanville) and close out the regular season on Monday, May 9, at 3 p.m., when they host Clarington Central.
DAN CEARNS The Standard
Port Perry’s Allison Carswell recently made the roster of the Kingston Jr. Ice Wolves of the Provincial Women’s Hockey League after a successful tryout.
After spending the 2015/16 season with the Midget AA Flames, the 17 year-old Port Perry High School student will be competing in a league that some say is comparable to the Ontario Hockey League for the 2016/17 season.
"I was really excited, I was looking forward to it just because it was a lot higher level than I was playing at before and the girls are very good,” Ms. Carswell said.
She also told The Standard that her new coach, Troy Sweet, had asked her to come to the tryouts after being at a few of her games last season and guaranteed her a spot early on.
“He e-mailed me saying that I had a spot, but he still wanted me to come to the tryouts, so I went and competed,” she said. “It was very flattering. It helped with my confidence just because he offered me a spot a couple months ago so I still had some playing time left with my old team so my play got better just because I felt more confident.”
Coach Sweet told The Standard that he was looking for “someone around the 17 to 18 age mark who could bring good leadership and was also a good puck moving defenceman.”
He added that there were many aspects about Ms. Carswell that impressed him.
"She is very positive, her work ethic is very strong and her compete level is very high,” Coach Sweet said. “She carries the puck well, she is a big strong defenceman and a great skater and that skill set is something that you definitely have to have to play in this league."
Ms. Carswell describes herself as a stay-at-home defenseman.
Ms. Carswell has been playing hockey since she was nine years-old. She said she first became interested in the game after being at the rink for figure skating.
"I used to figure skate, so I just remember being at the rink and I was watching a hockey practice and it looked fun and I wanted to try it, so they put me in just for house league and I really loved it, so I kept going with it,” she said.
Ms. Carswell said that as a leader, she tries to simply bring the team together and to help other players get better.
“In the warm up before games I will try and get the girls together and if I notice that a player could have done something better on the ice, I will point it out to them,” she said.
She said that she hopes that this opportunity in the PWHL will lead to scholarships for university. Off the ice, Ms. Carswell hopes to go to school to become a nurse, a dream that was inspired after she spent some time in Oshawa General Hospital.
"Last year I had a really bad injury in hockey and I had to have surgery on it. It was really scary, but just being around the hospital environment and having all the nurses there and the Doctors there, it made me realize that that was what I really wanted to do,” she said.
Ms. Carswell hopes that she has a future in hockey as well, and said that she will consider any opportunities to advance her game, but stated that “there are a lot of good female hockey players.”