Special to The Standard
DURHAM: The high schools of North Durham owned the podium at last week’s LOSSA Track and Field Championships, at Civic Fields in Oshawa, with Uxbridge Secondary School and Port Perry High School submitting strong performances throughout the two days of competition.
Almost 50 athletes from Uxbridge and more than 20 from Port Perry took part in the meet, on Wednesday, May 23rd and Thursday, May 24th.
Overall, Uxbridge took home fourth place, with 31 podium finishes. As well, Port Perry finished in 12th place overall, with 10 Rebels earning places on the podium.
Port Perry’s Lilly Tuck was outstanding in distance running events for the Rebels, taking home first place in the Senior Girls 1,500 metre and 3,000 metre races.
Teammate Hannah Russell crossed the line in second place in the Senior Girls 1,500 and 800 metre races.
Dalaigh Whitmarsh earned the other Gold Medal for the Rebels, with a superb performance in the Midget Girls Javelin competition.
Uxbridge’s Cole Jennings won double gold in the Midget Boys 1,500 metre and 3,000 metre race.
The Tigers were also outstanding in the pole vault competition, with Alex Burns taking Gold in the Midget Boys division and Gwyneth Jones placing first for Junior Girls.
The North Durham athletes will now move onto the Central Region Championships, taking place this Wednesday and Thursday, May 30th and 31st, at York University’s Pan Am Stadium, which is also the site of this year’s OFSAA Provincial Championships.
DURHAM: In recognition of Bike to Work Day, The Regional Municipality of Durham is encouraging commuters to cycle to work, in an effort to be healthy, save money, and help the environment. Bike to Work Day kick starts Bike Month, a month of cycling events, celebrated across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, to promote cycling as a commuting option.
“According to research conducted by the Region, as part of the Durham Transportation Master Plan, 73 per cent of residents want to see car usage reduced, in order to ease traffic congestion and improve public health,” said Brian Bridgeman, Commissioner of Planning and Economic Development. “Cycling to work is a cost-effective way to ease congestion and improve physical activity levels; and what better day to start cycling to work than on Bike to Work Day!”
Participants are also invited to register for a chance to win one of three prize packs, which include a $500 Mountain Equipment Co-operative (MEC) gift card and a $500 VIA Rail voucher. For more information or to register, visit bikemonth.ca/durham.
“If you live and work in Durham, cycling is a fun commuting option and an effective way to get exercise,” said Prasenjit Roy, Manager of Transportation Planning. “Save time and money, all while burning calories and helping the environment!”
Smart Commute Durham, a program of Metrolinx and the Region of Durham, offers services to help local employers lower their costs, reduce their carbon footprint, and travel to work in sustainable ways. It offers programs and services to help commuters carpool, take transit, cycle, walk, or telework. For more information, visit smartcommute.ca/durham.
CASSIDY MCMULLEN The Standard
SCUGOG: Canoe the Nonquon, originally started in 1969, it is the largest annual fundraiser for the Scugog Shores Museums.
The money raised goes towards upgrades, and developing new exhibits and programming, according to Scugog Shores Museums’ curator, Shannon Kelly.
Right now, they’re in the middle of upgrading their storage facilities for their 4,000 artifacts.
“All the money goes towards supporting the museum,” Ms. Kelly said.
The minimum race entrance fee is $50, but participants are encouraged to raise money through sponsorship, to support the museum and the annual event.
In the past, they have raised $5,000, but this year they are hoping to raise $7,500 and attract 250 participants.
The top fundraiser for the race will be given a gift card to Brock’s department store on Queen’s street.
The original owners of the store helped start the annual race, according to Ms. Kelly. Their daughters, who now own the store, will be providing the gift card as a prize and giving all participants a free t-shirt.
There will be a choice between two routes. One will go through Nonquon River while the second, longer route with go through the river and Lake Scugog to the finish line.
“Usually, the full course takes the fastest around two hours,” Ms. Kelly said.
Participants can start anytime, between 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, to race the clock.
There are classes for both canoe and kayak races for all ages and levels.
Registration opens June 1st, at the Latcham Centre, 121 Queen Street, Port Perry, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and again on June 2nd, 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. You need to complete and bring all the forms that can be found on the website in order to register.
Shuttle vans will be available to take back partcipants to their cars, upon concluding the race, at both Robinglade Park for the river course and Palmer Park for the full course.
The Starting line will be the bridge on Scugog Line 12, between Old Simcoe Road and Simcoe Road North, near the village of Seagrave.
LORILEE MCKELVIE Special to The Standard
SCUGOG: The Port Perry Angels, mites division win their first game of the season, defeating the Aurora Diggers 8-4! It was a great effort by all of the girls. Special mention goes to our pitchers, as Bella got 6Ks and Kaitlyn got 5Ks!
Kaley and Brie made great plays in the field by throwing out two runners at first! When up to bat, we loaded up the bases in the first inning with Kaley hitting a triple and clearing the bases! Kaley also hit a solo home run in the third, and made an awesome bunt, scoring two runners in the second!
The game ended on a high note, with freezies for the girls for a game well played! Three cheers for the Port Perry Angels!
Our next game is Wednesday, May 30th, at 6:30 p.m., at Carolyn Best! See you there!
DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: The organizers of the annual Field of Dreams Slo-Pitch tournament are hoping to build on the success of the tournament’s previous couple years.
The 2018 edition of the tournament will be held, from Friday, June 8th until Sunday, June 10th, in Port Perry. The event’s headquarters will be at the Carolyn Best diamonds.
In 2016, the tournament raised $5,000 and in 2017 the slo-pitch tournament raised $20,000. Organizers are hoping to raise over $20,000 this year.
Tim Myers, one of the organizers of the event, told The Standard what the support from the community has been like for this annual tournament.
“It’s been phenomenal. Last year, half of our efforts were raised by businesses and sports leagues in town,” he said.
In the last couple years, the funds raised from the tournament have been used to install home run fencing at one of the Carolyn Best diamonds and to purchase sunshades for the Joe Fowler diamonds on Water St., in Port Perry.
Mr. Myers called this tournament a “great event for the community” and said the organizers’ ultimate goal for this event is “to be as big or bigger as other events” in Scugog.
For more information on the tournament, and how to register or donate, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Mr. Myers at 416-268-7074.
DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: Community Care Durham is encouraging residents of Durham Region to participate in the annual Walk for Mental Health Awareness being held in Port Perry, on Saturday, June 9th.
This year, the annual walk will begin at the Port Perry Fairgrounds. People can choose to walk or run a one, two or five kilometre course. There will be a complimentary barbeque lunch afterwards. The walk will be held from 9 a.m. until noon.
To pre-register or become a sponsor, call 905-430-8014 or 905-985-7784, go online to communitycaredurham.on.ca/events/walk-for-mental-health, or visit one of Community Care Durham’s offices.
All money raised from the walk will support Community Care Durham’s services. As well, those who raise at least $20 will receive a free Walk t-shirt. There are also top pledge prizes, such as an overnight stay at the Toronto Marriott City Centre Hotel.
Jan Lovelock, Community Resources coordinator for Community Care Durham, stressed the importance of raising awareness of mental health.
“There continues to be a stigma for people who have mental health issues. We are trying to make sure those people don’t feel isolated, and [so we] continue to raise awareness in the community,” she told The Standard.
In addition, Ms. Lovelock said last year’s walk in Port Perry was “really successful”, with about 260 people participating.
“We look forward to the same participation this year, or even more,” she said.
MARLO STANFIELD Special to The Standard
Uxbridge S.S. maintained its dominance over Port Perry H.S. on the rugby pitch last week, as the Tigers mauled the Rebels in LOSSA regular season play.
The Junior and Senior Girls teams squared off in Uxbridge on Wednesday, May 9th in a pair of eagerly-anticipated match-ups.
By the time the afternoon was through, the Tigers would maintain perfect records, with the Senior Girls rolling to a 74-10 victory and the Juniors shutting out their North Durham rivals by a final score of 32-0.
Uxbridge wrapped up the LOSSA Girls Rugby regular season on Monday afternoon with a doubleheader against Ajax.
Elsewhere, Port Perry continued to run roughshod over the competition in Tier 2 LOSSA Senior Boys action with a pair of wins. On Monday afternoon, the Rebels scored a 57-7 win over Courtice, and extended their regular season record to a perfect 4-0 on Thursday by taking down JC Richardson (Ajax) by a final tally of 38-7.
Port Perry wraps up the regular season slate on Thursday afternoon on their home pitch, with a 2 p.m. match-up against St. Mary’s (Pickering).
In other LOSSA play this week, the Co-Ed Ultimate Frisbee regular season wrapped up on Tuesday afternoon at Herrema Fields in Uxbridge, with the Tigers taking on the Rebels in a ‘Battle of North Durham’ as well as games pitting Port Perry against All Saints (Whitby) and Uxbridge against Pickering.
SCUGOG: Cartwright Sports & Recreation (CSR) will be holding their annual fundraising golf tournament, June 2nd, at the Sunny Brae Golf Club.
The money from the fundraiser will go towards maintaining and renovating cartwright fields. It’s one of three fundraisers they put on, along with a comedy night, and Fall Fest when they have a car show.
“It’s a well-used facility,” Crystal King, board chair for CSR said. “We want to keep it beautiful.”
'Cartwright Fields' is one of the biggest parks in the township. It has two baseball diamonds and walking trails through the forest area. This year, Cartwright will also be adding a disco golf course.
They are looking to: update their baseball diamond lighting; add a gazebo to the lower diamond, to provide a shaded area for people to sit; and a pathway, to make the lower diamond more accessible.
While partnered with the Township of Scugog, they still need extra funds to maintain the grounds, for their four leagues, spectators and park goers.
“Budgets are tight for these sorts of things,” Ms. King said.
The event kicks off at noon, with a BBQ lunch, before participants hit the greens for an afternoon of golf. After golfing, a steak dinner will be served.
“There’s still space available if people are interested,” Ms. King said.
CSR encourages participants to register in fours, but single players are allowed. Each player's registration is $120, which includes 18 holes, Power cart, Passport, lunch and dinner.
Typically, the event raises $5,000, but, Ms. King said, last year they made more than that.
To register, contact Wilma Wotten, at (905)986-4602, email@example.com, or Nancy Stinson (705)772-3863, firstname.lastname@example.org.
J. WALLY NESBITT The Standard
In 2001, Uxbridge short track racer Rino Montanari guided his No. 89 Monte Carlo to nine feature race victories, to go along with 18 checkered flags earned during heat races, to be proclaimed the Challenger class champion at the now-defunct Mosport Speedway.
With nothing left to prove on the track, Montanari hung up his helmet and accepted the role of Crew Chief for the Micks Motorsports NASCAR Pinty’s Series racing effort. Over time, reducing his involvement with the Micks team, Montanari found a new release for his motorsport passion and four years ago began working with his sons Nic and Daniel, as they started competing on the 3/8-mile oval of Sunset Speedway.
In 2017, riding a record of three feature and 20 heat race wins, 17-year-old Daniel finished in a frustrating second spot in Sunset’s Mini Stock division, losing the title by a single point to eventual champion Cameron McGlashan.
“One point meant one position. I needed to make up one position over the course of the entire season,” expressed Daniel. “I’ve thought long and hard about where I might have made up that one spot.”
Putting that disappointment behind him, Daniel will return to the Mini Stock class this year, in a refreshed and modified No. 9 Williamson Uxbridge/ Fast Eddie Racewear/ OSSTF District 13 Acura Integra.
“The Mini Stock class at Sunset is really tight, there are at least seven or eight guys who can win on any night,” noted Daniel. “You’ve got to push the limits every lap and take as much as you can, whenever you can. If there’s one thing I learned last year, it’s that you can’t leave any points on the table.”
One of Daniel’s primary rivals in 2017 was his older brother Nic, the driver of the No. 89 Baldwin Sales/ Dr. J. Petroff/ Fast Eddie Racewear Mini Stock.
With four feature and 13 heat race wins, Nic ended the season in third spot overall. However, with a Mini Stock championship already to his credit, Nic felt that “I had done everything I wanted to do in the class” and in 2018 will make his debut in the intensely competitive Late Model division, aboard the No. 98 Raybestos/ Waste Diversion/ Kenzinton Burger Bar Chevrolet.
“The main goal for this year is to keep the car in one piece,” admitted Nic. “It’s just the three of us, my dad, Daniel and me, in the shop. If I tear things up, we got to fix it ourselves.”
19-year-old Nic will be facing a steep learning curve in Sunset’s premiere division, but looks positively at one aspect of his advancement.
“Sunset has a new Crate motor program, and for the first time, we’ll all be running on Hoosier Tires. No one knows what to expect with this new rubber. We’ll all be starting from scratch and writing a new book on set ups.”
As a member of the NASCAR Whelen All American Series tracks, Sunset Speedway competitors are eligible to earn points towards the national championship. Last season, Daniel finished in second place in North American scoring, while Nic was just two positions back in the rankings. Those achievements earned the two an invitation to the NASCAR banquet in Concord, North Carolina, where they shared a table with current NASCAR Xfinity driver Cole Custer.
“That night was so cool, what a great experience! We got to meet racers from all over the continent, guys just like us. And we came home with so much great NASCAR swag,” laughed Daniel.
The Sunset Speedway weekly racing schedule begins on May 5th, weather permitting. Fans can follow the racing results by visiting the track website, www.sunsetspeedway.ca.
The Montanari Motorsports team would like to thank the following sponsors for supporting their racing effort: Williamson’s Uxbridge/ Fast Eddie Racewear/ OSSTF District 13/ Baldwin Sales/ Kenzinton Burger Bar/ Castrol/ DC United Roofing/ Raybestos/ Store Wall/ Fastco/ Dr. J. Petroff Dentistry/ Waste Diversions/ Allen’s Automotive/ Agile Manufacturing and Joey McColm and Canada’s Best Racing Team (CBRT).
MARLO STANFIELD Special to The Standard
NORTH DURHAM: In a pair of thrilling contests last week, the Uxbridge Tigers and Port Perry Rebels both maintained undefeated records in LOSSA Girls Rugby, ahead of this week’s Battle of North Durham on Wednesday, in Uxbridge.
On Wednesday, May 2nd, in Senior Girls action, the Tigers mauled Pickering by a score of 36-7, while the Rebels battled back-and-forth with Ajax before emerging victorious, 31-24.
Meanwhile, the junior squads for both schools were dominant on May 2nd. The Tigers rolled to a 32-0 shutout against Pickering, and Port Perry pummelled Ajax by a final score of 49-14.
In Midget Boys Rugby, both Uxbridge and Port Perry have posted perfect records through their first three match-ups of the season. Last week, the Rebels scored a 25-14 win over Bowmanville's St. Stephen. As well, the Tigers took two wins on back-to-back days, upending Dunbarton and Pine Ridge, both of Pickering.
Uxbridge’s Junior Boys stayed perfect, on Tuesday, May 1st, with a 21-10 win over Dunbarton, while the Senior Boys were stunned in a 57-5 drubbing at the hands of Dunbarton.
Rounding out the action on the rugby pitch, Port Perry continued to run roughshod over the competition, in Tier 2 Senior Boys action, with a 30-0 blanking of Whitby's Henry Street and a 19-7 win over Maxwell Heights from Oshawa.