CLAUDIA SYTSMA The Standard
SCUGOG: Scott Wilson (age 29) of Nestleton, decided it was time to cross one more item off his bucket list, and took on the challenging task of training for, and then competing in, the Mont Tremblant Ironman Triathlon, on August 19th.
“I've wanted to do this since I was a kid,” said Scott, “this competition always intrigued me, and I felt this was the right time in my life to do it.”
The Ironman Triathlon is a rigorous course, requiring competitors to swim 3.8 kilometers, bicycle 180 kilometers, and finish with a 42.2 kilometer marathon run, all within a 17 hour time limit.
Scott explained, “I trained over a 14 month period working out for 4-7 hours a day, and eating a 5000-6000 calorie diet, consisting of whole foods, and eliminating all alcohol. My grocery bill just went through the roof. I received advice from on-line coaches, and had the full support of my girlfriend, who encouraged me daily during training, and then came with me on the day of the race to provide moral support, snacks on the course, and see to it I had all the provisions I needed.”
The Ironman Triathlon is held over 300 times yearly in locations around the world, and attracts thousands of men and women to compete together, classified by age group and sex. Winners can expect a purse of up to $70,000 for first place. Second and third place winners receive considerably less, usually, only being given about $5000, and $2000 respectively.
The Ironman competitions attract some of the best athletes in the world, with some of them making it a full time job, traveling to multiple events for prize money and corporate sponsorships.
Scott continued, “This was my first time competition, and I was thrilled to be able to participate with these accomplished athletes. I mean, you couldn't play hockey and play alongside the Toronto Maple Leafs, but here I was, racing side by side with some of the most successful, professional Triathlon competitors there are. The whole experience was something I'll never forget, and I'm so glad I was able to accomplish it.”
Scott received the Ironman medal upon completion of his race, engraved on the back with his finish time, at an impressive 14 hours, 57 minutes and 35 seconds. When asked when he will do the competition again, Scott just laughed. “I won't be doing this again... I enjoyed the experience very much, but next on my bucket list is to just settle down, and focus on my life, my girlfriend, my career, and my family.”
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The NDUFC U14 girls team enjoyed huge success in their run to the 2018 DRSL Cup Finals, where they suffered their only loss of the tournament on a late goal against Darlington.
The team played with their usual grit, determination, and class throughout the weekend, and were fully deserving of their spot in the championship game. With regular keeper Erica D out with an injury, Jessica P stepped up and was one of the goalies of the tournament. The always dominant back-line was led by Grace T, along with Jennifer W, Charlotte M and Sally L. Midfield was patrolled and controlled by Emily C, Emily F, Ashley F, Claire S, and Jill M. Up front, Angela W and, one of the league's most dangerous forwards, Alex E, had defenders scrambling all weekend.
Despite missing premier midfielder Lucie C for their Cup run, the girls gave it all they had. The coaches, parents, and club are very proud of your success, effort, and sportsmanship towards each other, the officials, and opponents. Well done!
The team has a had a very strong season this year, and head into the final month of action with three league games and a season ending tournament in Georgina still on the schedule. The NDUFC, which is the rep team branch of soccer in North Durham, will be holding fall tryouts in late September.
For more information, visit the club's website, at northdurhamunited.com or email the Head Coach at firstname.lastname@example.org
CRAIG SCHROTER Special to The Standard
KAWARTHA LAKES: The Lindsay Muskies opened their preseason Friday night, at the Lindsay Recreation Complex, against the Cobourg Cougars, and while the Muskie power play looked good an empty net goal at the end sealed a 6-3 victory for the Cougars.
The opening minutes of the game had some fairly even action but once Cobourg scored the opening goal they turned it on opening up a 4-0 lead.
Coleton Ciani opened the scoring, at 3:33 from Riley McCutcheon, on a wrist shot that beat Muskies starting goaltender Fletcher Bolda.
At 4:27 Ethan Doyle scored, from Noah Hippolyte-Smith, then Jack Graffi scored, at 12:01 on a fluttering slap shot.
Marcelo Pericao rounded out the first period scoring at 13:19, with a screen shot the Bolda never saw, assisted by George Krotiris and Mike Olszewski.
In the second frame the Muskies started to gain some traction, courtesy of the power play. Nick Lund got Lindsay on the board, when he broke in alone at the 7:11 mark, beating Cobourg goalie Dershahn Stewart through the legs. At the midway point of the period each team changed up their goaltenders, with Oliver Webster taking over for Lindsay, while Ethan Robertson stepped in for Cobourg. At 16:35 Greg Arnburg scored for the Muskies, to make it 4-2, from former Cougar Mathieu Hebert. The goal, a nice wrist shot from the faceoff dot, also came on the power play.
The Cougars looked to put things out of reach, at 8:54 of the third, when Colin Elliott sniped a shot over the glove of Webster, from Pericao and Doyle, restoring the three goal cushion, but the Muskies would strike again this time, with a two man advantage to make it 5-3. That goal came at 16:04, and was scored by Joey Campbell, from Lund and Brendan Tomilson. Olszewski would add an empty net goal at 19:15, to round out the scoring.
Next action for the Muskies is Saturday afternoon in Pickering.
SHAWN LACKIE Special to The Standard
SCUGOG: The Scugog Hall of Fame Induction Committee is pleased to announce this year’s keynote speaker. Any fan of the game of hockey will recognize the name Joe Bowen. Mr. Bowen will be this year’s keynote speaker.
After graduating from the University of Windsor, where he developed his broadcasting chops at CJAM, Joe returned to Sudbury where he started his career in radio, covering the Ontario Hockey League's Sudbury Wolves. Bowen started calling games for the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1982, after calling games for the Nova Scotia Voyageurs of the AHL.
His catchphrase is "Holy Mackinaw!”, typically used when an amazing goal is scored or a big save is made. Bowen claims he got the phrase from his dad who said "Holy Mackinaw" instead of swearing. He is also known for his creative alliteration when announcing the starting goaltenders (e.g. technicians of the tangled twine, watchdogs of the webbed wickets, officers of the oblong onion bags, etc.)
Bowen does the radio play-by-play on Sportsnet 590 The Fan or TSN Radio 1050 with Jim Ralph.
Joe Bowen was the Radio Announcer in the 1986 film Youngblood. He has called several lacrosse seasons for the NLL's Toronto Rock, from their inception in Toronto 1999, after one season in Hamilton as the Ontario Raiders. This included the 1999-2002 NLL championship games and is believed to have stopped after the 2007 season.
On March 7th, 2017, Mr. Bowen called his 3,000th game as Voice of the Leafs, a 3-2 home victory over the Detroit Red Wings.
In June 2018, the Hockey Hall of Fame announced that Bowen was named as the 2018 winner of the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award, honouring outstanding contributions by a hockey broadcaster.
Scugog Hall of Fame, Committee Chair Leanne Ashbridge is pleased with the announcement. “The name Joe Bowen resonates with all hockey fans, especially those of the Toronto Maple Leafs. To have Mr. Bowen speak at our event on the eve of his being honoured by the Hockey Hall of Fame is a privilege, indeed. We couldn’t be happier.”
The Scugog Hall of Fame Induction ceremony will be held on Thursday, November 8th, with the festivities beginning at 7 p.m. All are welcome, so come out and support your local athletes on their enshrinement, and have a word with Mr. Bowen.
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There is renewed optimism in Little Britain, with a revamped Merchants junior hockey team busy preparing for their 40th anniversary season in the Provincial Junior Hockey League (PJHL).
After struggling through a winless season in the 2017-18 campaign, the team underwent a dramatic overhaul in the off season, as they look to return to prominence in the Orr Division.
Former player Steve Trumbull took over, behind the bench, with Randy West coming on board as General Manager, along with a host of staffing, and responsibility changes.
Immediately after taking a hiatus near the end of last season, the team sought to improve their on-ice product, and have been busy, just over a week into training camp, announcing several player signings.
Goalie Brett Chandler returns for an overage season between the pipes for the Merchants. The 20 year-old Little Britain native has spent four seasons in junior hockey, including a memorable run to the Cougar Cup division championship, with the Port Perry MoJacks, in 2016. Chandler’s experience will certainly aid the rebuilding Merchants.
As well, the team has brought back defense man Riley Young for a third season with the team. The towering defense man from Fenelon Falls, had career highs in games played, points and assists last year, and will look to take another step forward, in his game this season.
Michael Cox will be among the most experienced players in the Orr Division this season, as the Little Britain resident enters his fifth season with the team. Although he was limited to 11 games last season, he was an offensive force when in the lineup, scoring nearly a point per game.
The team has also signed a pair of newcomers, as they begin to build for the future. Owen Gowanblock and Shayne MacDonald will look to bring youthful energy to the team.
The Merchants will be in pre-season action this weekend, as they trek to Stouffville, on Friday, August 31st, to take on the Uxbridge Bruins at 7:45 p.m.
CASSIDY MCMULLEN The Standard
SCUGOG: Five out of the eight athletes that traveled to this year’s Ontario summer games won medals in Hockey, Rugby and Lacrosse.
“Winning Ontario summer games was a really great feeling.” Lucy Lee, who won gold in Lacrosse, said. “It was a tough game, but my team played amazing and I also feel like I had a good game and helped my team out. The whole week was also a great experience.”
Haley Doyle won gold and Madeline Laird won silver, in Hockey at the games. They facing off against each other in the finals, which was a first for the pair.
“I felt like I played some of my best games.” Ms. Laird said about her experience at the games.
“Most people never reach this,” Ms. Doyle said. “It’s a good experience… to be able to play on the best team you can possible play on, at our age.”
While Ms. Doyle most memorable moment was her gold winning game, Ms. Laird said hers was the semi-finals.
“Before the game, my team and I, we went out and we were playing volley ball and we got really hyped up and excited and then we went out and won,” Ms. Laird said. “It was a lot of fun, we made a lot of memories before that game.”
In order to qualify for the games, they tried out in May against 360 other girls which was narrowed down to 144. From that, they were placed on teams.
“I wanted it a lot,” Haley Doyle said. “But it wasn’t 100 per cent sure.”
Ms. Doyle and Ms. Laird both come from hockey families, both starting off since before middle school.
Kennedy Feasby also won silver in rugby during the games. Like many of the medalist athletes, she has traveled internationally for tournaments, recently having been in Ireland.
Emma Woods, who won silver at the Ontario Summer games on the other hand, started rugby at the end of grade nine.
“I haven’t been playing rugby that long, so to get this opportunity? It was really incredible,” Ms. Woods.
Ms. Woods ended up playing a different position than normal during the tournament because of two girls who normally played that position were injured.
“So about five minutes before the game I had to get a talk down from the player that normally plays it to tell me what I was doing… I actually didn’t play half bad,” Ms. Woods said. “I tackled a girl like four times out of the five scrums we had… I got a big shout out for that.”
Currently, Ms. Woods plays with the Toronto Rugby Union. She plays both rugby and softball competitively, hoping to attend University on a scholarship in either sport.
KAWARTHA: The local Health Unit is strongly urging the Ontario government to reverse course and at least see the Basic Income Guarantee through to the end of its original three-year pilot phase.
A letter containing this message has been sent to the provincial government on behalf of the HKPR (Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit) Board of Health, which in 2016 endorsed a position statement calling for a Basic Income Guarantee pilot program in Ontario. The position statement cited the fact that eliminating poverty is an urgent public health issue, as people on low income are more likely to have health problems and die younger than people with higher income.
The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit (HKPR) considers it ‘extremely concerning’ that the Basic Income Guarantee (BIG) program is being cancelled, only months into what was to have been a three-year pilot phase. Under BIG, more than 4,000 people in Lindsay, Hamilton-Brant and Thunder Bay were taking part in the trial program, with each being guaranteed a minimum level of income.
“The Province’s decision is extremely concerning, because the Basic Income Guarantee was an innovative program that had the potential to pay dividends in the fight against poverty,” says Kristina Nairn, a Social Determinants of Health Nurse with the HKPR District Health Unit. “We are urging the provincial government to reconsider its decision, because the research from Ontario’s pilot program would have been invaluable in seeing if BIG could cut poverty, help people pay their bills, support better health, and improve education and job prospects.”
Ms. Nairn notes that not only the 4,000 people, including hundreds of Lindsay residents enrolled in the BIG pilot, will be negatively affected by the program’s cancellation, but the estimated 1.7 million Ontarians currently living in poverty will be affected as well.
“BIG is a key approach that could help reduce the economic barriers to good health, and ensure low-income individuals and families have sufficient income to meet their basic needs and live with dignity,” she adds. “Without this research from the pilot program, we will never know for sure, and I think all of us in Ontario are poorer because of it.”
“In our own region, we see how poverty takes a human and social toll that hurts the community and leads to higher health care costs,” adds Mary-Lou Mills, a Social Determinants of Health Nurse with the HKPR District Health Unit. “The BIG program had the potential to save taxpayer dollars, by reducing hospital emergency room visits, hospitalizations, work-related injuries, and mental health treatment. Participants in the Lindsay Pilot have already experienced benefits of BIG, in terms of improved housing, ability to further education, to improve employment opportunities, the ability to purchase more nutritious food and reduced reliance on food banks”.
Seeing the three-year pilot program through to the end would have provided a clearer picture of its potential benefits. As Ms. Mills notes: “In many ways, the Basic Income Guarantee approach mirrors other successful policies, like the Guaranteed Income Supplement for seniors.
DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: Fans of the Port Perry MoJacks, and other PJHL teams in the Orr Division, will get to see their team square off with teams in the Tod Division in the regular season, during this coming hockey season.
This season, the two divisions will interlock, with each team in the Orr Division playing games against each team in the Tod Division in the regular season. There are six teams in the Tod Division, including Port Hope, Picton, Napanee, Gananoque, Amherstview and Campbellford.
“The interlock will be interesting, from the standpoint that it will give the coaches and players different opposition to play,” Port Perry MoJacks general manager Murray Parliament told The Standard, noting that previously the two divisions only met in the playoffs.
He added he hopes this interlocking schedule will be interesting for the fans, the players.
“The biggest drawback is obviously the cost of bus travel, but it’s something that hopefully our fan base will come out to watch these different teams,” Mr. Parliament said.
The MoJacks will open training camp next week, on Monday, August 27th, at Scugog Arena. The MoJacks will compete in the Alliston Hornets’ annual tournament from September 7th until September 9th.
The MoJacks will have a couple roster spots to fill, as Josh Dickson and Ian Elkins have both joined the Junior ‘A’ Timmins Rock.
Port Perry will begin the regular season on the road, in North Kawartha, on Saturday, September 15th. The MoJacks’ home opener will be on Sunday, September 23rd against Picton, at 2:20 p.m. at Scugog Arena.
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UXBRIDGE: The Uxbridge Bruins opened Provincial Junior Hockey League pre-season action over the weekend, with a two-game sweep against the Midland Flyers.
In the opening round of the home-and-home encounter, on Friday night in Stouffville, the Bruins shut out the Flyers by a score of 5-0. On Sunday afternoon in Midland, the Bruins skated to a 5-3 victory.
The Bruins have been busy over the summer on the recruiting trail, bringing in several newcomers with experience at the Junior ‘A’ level.
Earlier in the week, Uxbridge announced they had signed three veteran forwards, with multiple years of Junior 'A' experience, to the team.
Justin Bennett joins the team after spending last year in the OJHL with the Markham Waxers. Forward Stefan Palastidis was drafted by the North Bay Battalion, and in the years since, he has spent time in the OJHL with Pickering, Stouffville and Lindsay. Forward Jackson Savery joins the Bruins, after splitting last season between the Maritime Junior Hockey League with the Miramichi Timberwolves and the Newmarket Hurricanes.
As well, the Bruins have added some youth to their lineup, by signing versatile defenceman/forward Daniel Giorgio from the Markham Waxers 'AAA" Midgets. Giorgio joins Uxbridge full-time this season, after appearing in five games last season as an Affiliate Player.
The Bruins have also been busy bringing back familiar faces to The Den.
Hometown favourite Robert ‘Reg’ Freckelton returns to the Bruins for a fourth season. Cameron Moffitt enters his third season with the team. He will be looking to build on a successful 2017-18 season that saw him finish third in Bruins' scoring, with 34 points (19 goals & 15 assists) in 40 games, and leading Uxbridge with 3 shorthanded goals.
Back for a second season in black and gold is Noah Donaghy. The forward from Ajax finished fourth among Uxbridge scorers last year, with 30 points (15 goals & 15 assists).
Defencemen Nolan Kellachan and Adrian Addante came to the Bruins last season midway through the campaign in trades with the Port Hope Panthers and Georgina Ice respectively. Both will look to take on a larger role this season.
This weekend, the Bruins will hit the road for a Sunday afternoon match-up in Wasaga Beach against the Stayner Siskins.
The Bruins will be back in pre-season at “home” action next Friday in Stouffvile, as they take on the revamped Little Britain Merchants
MARLO STANFIELD Special to The Standard
DURHAM: The action continued for the Uxbridge Enforcers at the second week of the Ontario Lacrosse Festival, which draws hundreds of teams to Durham Region over the first two weekends every August.
The Tyke and Novice Enforcers took to the floors this past week, looking to add to their trophy cases after both team recently won Zone Championships.
The Tyke team opened play early last week in the ‘C’ Division. The team showed a lot of spirit throughout their three round robin games, including a tremendous back-and-forth affair against Arthur in their tournament opener.
On Friday, the Novice team took to their floor, as they opened play in a very competitive group in the ‘C’ Division.
A busy day for the Novice Enforcers saw them battle to a tie against Guelph, after coming up just short, in a valiant effort, in the opener against their rivals from West Durham.
The following morning, the Enforcers dominated play against Innisfail, as they scored an 8-5 victory. However, the team would not get the help they needed with other results, and they bowed out of the tournament before the knockout round. But, in a silver lining, they were able to be one of the few teams in the province to say they had won their last game of the season.
Last week, the PeeWee Enforcers made a dramatic run to the quarterfinals, before bowing out to the eventual champions from Hamilton.
As well, as part of this year’s Festival, the Brooklin Redmen hosted the Peterborough Lakers for two games, at Whitby’s Iroquois Park Arena in their Major Series Lacrosse semi-final series.
On Wednesday, August 8th, the Lakers took three-games-to-none, after Peterborough jumped out to a 5-0 first period lead, before hanging onto a 7-6 victory.
With their backs against the wall on Friday night, and a large and energetic crowd on hand, as part of the Festival, the Redmen fought back with a stunning 11-10 overtime win, to stave off elimination, and force the series to continue this week.
The Ontario Lacrosse Festival draws hundreds of teams and thousands of players to South Durham, every year in August, for games at sites primarily in Whitby, but also held in Ajax, Brooklin, Bowmanville, Hampton, Oshawa, and Pickering.