CEARRA HOWEY The Standard
SCUGOG: We had another great day this year for our annual Cartwright Fields Golf Tournament. With over 70 golfers participating, we were able to raise $8,250 in proceeds from the event.
Like last year, the proceeds from our golf tournament will be going to our current project of upgrading the lights at the North diamond. A project that has now increased in cost, we also want to add, a covered shelter and an accessible walkway to the lower diamond.
We are very grateful to all of our sponsors. The support we have received from our community has meant so much to us. We want to thank our lunch and dinner sponsors, the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation, and our many contest, hole, and event sponsors, prize donators and volunteers; thank you for making our event another success this year.
In addition to this initiative, we are working with the Township of Scugog to open a 9-hole disc (frisbee) golf course, at Cartwright fields, as well.
.We have another upcoming fundraiser. It is our Fall Fest and Classic Car Show, at Cartwright Fields, on September 29th.
MARLO STANFIELD Special to The Standard
SCUGOG: Port Perry’s Ty Dellandrea didn’t have to wait long to hear his name called at this weekend’s NHL Entry Draft in Dallas, with the hometown Stars selecting the 17-year-old centre with the 13th overall selection.
"Hearing the fans, after my name got called. I was speechless," said Dellandrea, a former student at Uxbridge Secondary School. "To hear that roar and be able to walk down to that stage with them cheering.”
Dellandrea spent his first years in minor hockey with the Port Perry Predators house league program. For the 2010-11 season, he made the jump to rep hockey in Atom, helping the Predators to an OMHA Championship.
In the spring of 2016, Dellandrea was selected 5th overall by the OHL’s Flint Firebirds, and this past season led the team with 59 points (27 goals and 32 assists) in 67 games played. As well, Dellandrea has already represented Canada numerous times in international competition, including two appearances at the World Under-18 championships.
Ranked in the mid-20s by most scouting services, it appeared to catch Dellandrea by surprise when his name was called, by Stars captain Jamie Benn and Hall of Fame Mike Modano.
"It was unbelievable, two guys that you look up to in the hockey world," added Dellandrea. "To have your name called by Jamie is something I'll remember for the rest of my life.”
Coming into Friday night’s NHL Draft, Dellandrea was lauded for his intangibles, his hard work, dedication and leadership abilities. Stars GM Jim Nill cited these traits following the pick.
"It's how he competes," Nill said. "We like how he improved during the season. It was his attitude. He went to (Flint) -- it was a mess. And he went there and said, 'I want to be part of this.' [He] helped change the culture and everything else. He became the leader there. He's got great speed, really, really well-rounded skills. We think he's just kind of touching the edge of what he can really become. There’s a lot more to give there, and we think he's going to reach that."
Dellandrea’s next step is attending the Stars development camp next week. Early indications from the Stars are that Dellandrea will return to Flint in the fall for his third season with the Firebirds.
FRED W. PENNEY
Special to The Standard
Baseball is known for its surprises. It's a fascinating game that lets grown men play a kids game. For more than a century of baseball and thousands of games, only 16 men have homered four times in one game. The last was Josh Hamilton, five years ago. Most, like Hamilton; Carlos Delgado, Shawn Green, Mike Cameron and Hall of Famers Mike Schmidt, Lou Gehrig and Willie Mays, were sluggers.
Then along came Scooter Gennett. 5 foot-10, 185 pounds. 38 career home runs. During an ordinary game, between two ordinary teams, on an ordinary Tuesday night, in ordinary Cincinnati, came one of the most extraordinary hitting performances in baseball history.
“Scooter” is a second baseman for the Cincinnati Reds, and just off an 0 for 19 hitless streak.
On Tuesday, June 6, 2017, Gennett hit 4 home runs, including a grand slam, and had a career-high 10 RBI against the St. Louis Cardinals.
In the first inning, he singled to left field, against Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright.
In the third, he hit a grand slam to right field off Wainwright.
In the fourth, he hit a two-run home run to center field, again off Wainwright.
In the sixth, he homered to left, just to the fair side of the foul pole, against reliever John Gant.
3 home runs. But Scoot wasn’t finished.
In the eighth, with two strikes against him, Gennett swung at a high fastball.
“I know that if I try to hit a home run it’s not going to happen. I just tried to relax and put a good swing on the ball.” He said.
One game. 4 home runs. 5 hits. 17 total bases.10 RBI.
“That’s baseball, man, It’s a crazy game. That’s why you never give up. You always try to get better, make adjustments, and I did just that.”
No Reds player, including Ken Griffey Jr., had ever hit four home runs in the same game.
“It’s surreal. Gennett said. “It really is. I’m truly blessed. Being from here. Born here. Watching all those guys play when I was little. I can’t put words on it.
The next day Scooter went 1 for 4. He hit into a double play. Zero home runs. Zero RBI. One strikeout.
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DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: Local inventor Bryan Coughlin is competing in a national competition, to be named the ‘Ultimate Figure It Outer.’
Mr. Coughlin, a Port Perry resident, is one of 20 semi-finalists vying for a spot in the top 3 of the Princess Auto contest. He explained to The Standard why he decided to enter the competition.
"I've always designed and built stuff, and I was walking through Princess Auto and I saw a poster about the Ultimate Figure it Outer, and I thought I might as well give it a try,” he said. “"So, I put in several inventions that I've done and they chose the remote control lawnmower as the one that they wanted to bring forward. There were over 600 entries, it's an across Canada competition, and then as of May 13th, the top 20 were chosen. I was one of the top 20, and at that point the voting period began, which goes until June 22nd. The top 3 in voting are then flown out to Winnipeg, where they participate in a week long reality television show."
The winner of the competition takes home $25,000.
Mr. Coughlin is a retired technology studies teacher, who moved to Port Perry six years ago. He explained how he got the idea for his remote control lawnmower.
"I live right on the lake in town, and my lot is very steep. I had a little riding lawnmower that I'd restored, and I was afraid that it was so steep that one day it would end up in the lake,” he said. “So I said, 'I need something that I can stand back [from] and be safe [with].' So, I decided to build a remote control lawnmower. I've had a fair bit of experience with remote control and robotics before, because I've participated in Battle Bots competitions and I've also mentored the students in FIRST Robotics competitions.”
He created the remote controlled lawnmower about three years ago. He said it took him about two months to build, and added it “works great.”
Mr. Coughlin is asking the community to vote online for his lawnmower invention, to keep him in the top 3. To register and vote, go online to www.ultimatefigureitouter.ca.
Special to The Standard
SCUGOG: The Port Perry Angels, mite division, played in their first tournament over the June 8th-10th weekend, at the Barrie Bash!
Playing a total of 5 games, our mites finished with the bronze medal in the consolation round, with a 2-2-1 record.
Our pitchers, Bella, Kaley and Kaitlyn, threw for a combined 53 strikeouts over 22 innings!!!
Our catchers, Joclynn, Brie and Lauren, were stellar behind the plate, making some fantastic grabs!
Our infielders, Kay, Darcie, Madison, and outfielders, Aleeyah and Sam, made some terrific plays tagging and throwing out runners!
On the bats, we swung hard, resulting in triples, lots of doubles, and singles.
A special shout out goes to Aleeyah, Lauren, Kaitlyn, Bella, and Sam, who all got their first hits of the season this weekend! Congratulations to the mites on a weekend well played!
MARLO STANFIELD Special to The Standard
NORTH DURHAM: The 2018 High School Track and Field season came to a close last week, with the OFSAA Provincial championships, at PanAm Stadium on the campus of York University.
Uxbridge S.S. sent a seven-member team to compete with the top performers from across the province, while a pair of long-distance runners competed for Port Perry H.S., and a single athlete from Brock H.S. took part in the competition.
Joshua Seepersad led the way for Uxbridge, coming home with a pair of podium finishes. He would win silver for the Tigers in the Midget Boys Triple Jump, with a final jump of 13.13 metres. He also took Bronze in the Midget Boys Long Jump, scoring a best result of 6.06 metres.
Rounding out the Uxbridge team were Cole Jennings crossing the finish line in ninth place, in the Midget Boys 1,500 metre run, with a time of 4:20.45.
Lukas Vadieka scored Top-20 finishes, in both the Midget Boys 1,500 metre and 3,000 metre runs. As well, four pole vault athletes competed: Grace Anderson, Emma Burns, Gwyneth Jones and Alex Burns.
For Port Perry, a pair of Senior Girls athletes entered the competition with high hopes, after strong performances at the recent LOSSA and Central Region championships.
Lilly Tuck finished in fourth place in the 3,000 metre run, with a time of 9:46.63, and she took seventh in the 1,500 metre run with a time of 4:36.46.
Her teammate, Hannah Russell, had a strong showing in the 800 metre run, crossing the finish line in 2:14.40, for fifth place in the province. As well, she posted an 11th place finish in the 1,500 metre run.
Brock’s lone entry was Mik Wilson, taking home seventh place in the Junior Boys Shot Put and 17th in the Junior Boys Discus Throw.
MARLO STANFIELD Special to The Standard
UXBRIDGE: The Uxbridge Tigers capped a remarkable rugby season with a bronze medal, at the OFSAA Provincial Championships last week.
Taking on the top teams from across the province at the championships in Mississauga, Uxbridge roared to a 39-19 victory over Mayfield (Caledon) in the Bronze Medal match-up, on Wednesday, June 6th.
The Tigers were seeded third coming into the tournament, after rolling to an undefeated championship season in LOSSA play.
Uxbridge opened play at OFSAA in dominant fashion, on Monday, June 4th, rolling to a 55-12 win against David & Mary Thomson CI (Scarborough).
The following day, the Uxbridge team picked up right where they had left off, taking their quarterfinal match-up against St. Roch (Brampton) by a final score of 55-12.
In their semi-final match, on Tuesday afternoon, the Tigers came up just short, against the eventual silver medalists, second-seeded JF Ross (Guelph), dropping a 17-12 decision to send them to the bronze medal game.
The Tigers appear poised to, once again, challenge for a provincial title in 2019, with just seven Grade 12 players on the roster. As well, Uxbridge had a sizeable youth contingent this season, with six Grade 9 players part of the Bronze Medal winning team.
Team members, in alphabetical order, include: Brianna Arnold, Jessica Bailey, Sabrina Barlow, Carlene Closs, Madison DeNeve, Paige Deneve, Brooklynn Feasby, Kennedy Feasby, Vanessa Genereaux, Brittany Gordon, Alyssa Hall, Caitlin Hollands, Shannon Hollands, Reanne Laroche, Jenna Lawrence, Emma Milne, Kiara Rabe, Riley Rewakoski, Keelin Schmidt, Laura Smith, Nikki Stewart, Kimber Stokes, Bryn Sultana, Macy Taylor, Madi Thompson, Madilynn Underwood, Nicole Webber, Kailey Webster, Ella Weitzman, and Claudia Wilson.
Coaches for the Tigers are Chris McKee, Julie Cockburn and Sarah Hughes.
J. WALLY NESBITT Special to The Standard
Many people recognize Russ Bond, from his ‘Two-Minute Test Drive’ on TSN’s Motoring TV. Bond’s talents behind the wheel are evident and well developed, due to his competitive background in local karting and regional sports car racing, as well as his more gentlemanly activities as a driver in vintage racing circles.
When the Uxbridge driver appears, at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park for the Vintage Auto Racing Association of Canada (VARAC) Vintage Grand Prix, he will be one of over 400 registered entries for the Father’s Day weekend (June 14th-17th) festival.
Determined not to waste any available track time, Bond will be doing double duty, racing his recently restored, barn-find Jonak 86B in the Royale Classic Formula Ford celebration, before switching rides and taking to the track in his recognizable No. 155 Mazda RX3.
Branded ‘Reg’ as a tribute to a brave, bold and boisterous great-uncle, the Mazda is the only model of its kind currently completing in Canada. So far this year, ‘Reg’ has remained undefeated in Vintage/Classic Small Bore competition.
“This car is a whole lot of fun to drive. It’s quick and it’s loud, everything you want in a race car,” laughed Bond.
Although occasionally clumped in a class that features such high-powered machinery as vintage Corvettes, Camaros and Mustangs, the orange-trimmed, blue Mazda is technically more compatible with marques, ranging from Alfa Romeosto the ever-popular Datsun 510.
For the VARAC weekend, Bond will be faced with some incredible, international competition, with over 70 cars pre-registered in the small bore division.
Said Bond, “I like to race hard when I’m behind the wheel, but in a vintage race there is a more sportsmanlike attitude. Nobody is going to bang fenders or rub bumpers to gain an advantage. Most of these are not gazillion dollar vehicles, but replacements parts are getting pretty scarce. Vintage racing is all about the cars, and it’s an honour for the drivers to present something, from the past back where they belong, on the track.”
For the 2018 VARAC Vintage Grand Prix, the entry list is at a record level, with vehicles registered in designations ranging from Vintage/ Classic to Historic and Monoposto (open wheel). Special invited guests tours include: the afore-mentioned Royale Classic; the current version of the class, the Toyo Tires F1600 Championship Series; and the weekend highlight, the Formula 5000 Revival Race Series.
Occasionally described as the ‘poor man’s Grand Prix car,’ the F5000 open wheeled racers reigned from 1969 to 1976 in North America, before being converted into second generation Can Am cars. Especially popular in Great Britain and Australia, the North American version attracted such high profile competitors as Al and Bobby Unser, Mario Andretti, David Hobbs, Sam Posey, and the three-time series champion Brian Redman; who will appear as the Grand Marshall of the VARAC festival.
The premiere vintage racing celebration in Canada, the VARAC Vintage Grand Prix, is an event not to be missed for any classic motorsport fan. Full details regarding scheduling, entrants and side attractions can be found by visiting the VARAC website, at www.varac.ca, or on the Major Events listing on the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park website, at (www.canadiantiremotorsportpark.com).
Come out and enjoy a day by the shores of Lake Scugog, in Port Perry. You can participate in this event or just bring the family and check the classics. This event is open to vehicles made in 1990 and older. Registrations will be accepted up to 11:30 a.m. and judging up until 1 p.m. There will be live entertainment from the musical band Plan B, vendors and awards. Proceeds raised from this event will be donated to Big Brothers/Big Sisters of North Durham and the Lake Scugog Enhancement Project. See you at the lakefront on Water Street in Port Perry on Sunday, June 24th from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information you can go online to www.roarbytheshoresportperry.com or call 905-242-4909 or 905-985-9755.
DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: Port Perry High School students Claudia Hickey and Hannah Cohoon will be heading to Rock Springs, Wyoming next month to compete in the National High School Rodeo Association Finals.
The two girls will be representing Team Ontario at the finals, being held from July 15th until July 21st. Both girls competed in the Ontario High School Rodeo Association, and qualified for the Nationals competition. Ms. Hickey qualified for barrel racing, breakaway roping and pole bending. Ms. Cohoon qualified for barrel racing.
“I think it's something that you really need to sit back and look at, and go, 'how did I get here?' It's really crazy for us, we're coming from a really small town, we aren't in an area where rodeo is big. So for us to have the opportunity to go compete, and see where all the pros got their start, and be the ones that are competing, is really cool for us," Ms. Hickey told The Standard.
Ms. Cohoon said she is “really excited” about the opportunity to go to Wyoming.
“This is something I’ve been kind of looking at for a while now with some of my friends, and we’ve had this in mind as a goal. I think it’s a really big rodeo,” she said. “It’s a really big opportunity for us and I think the experience is going to be a really great part of it.”
Hannah’s sister Kendall qualified for the National Rodeo Junior High finals. Kendall said what she enjoys most about the sport is the speed.
“The community is great, the horses are great, but c’mon, who doesn’t like to go fast,” she said.
Ms. Hickey spoke about her favourite part of the sport.
“I think what I enjoy most is the people that I’m around, and the community I’m put in. It’s one of things where everybody puts in a helping hand no matter what happens. There isn’t really too much negativity coming from anybody. You can be competing against someone and they could also be your best friend,” she said.
Hannah said she likes to have the relationships with the horses.
Claudia and Hannah are looking for local sponsors. For more information on how to sponsor them, email firstname.lastname@example.org