DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: The annual Lake Scugog Regatta is returning to Caesarea for its 89th year, next weekend.
The theme for this year’s event is Canada 150.
The event will begin on Friday, August 4th. There will be a volleyball game between the Caesarea Firefighters and the ‘Town Folks’ at 6 p.m. The annual Surf or Turf dinner will also be held at Beacon Marina, with seatings at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets to the dinner are $40 each and can be bought at the chip truck at Beacon Marina, or by calling Shari at 905-447-3865. People are encouraged to buy their tickets quickly as they are almost sold out.
The action continues on Saturday, August 5th in Putsey Park, with the annual costume parade leaving the Caesarea Fire Station at 10:30 a.m. Saturday’s activities will also include a dog show, running races and the sack hop relay, an egg toss, and the nail driving and watermelon eating competitions. As well, there will be vendors, a dunk tank, face painting, free skateboard and scooter lessons, the horseshoe and volleyball tournaments, and a free movie in the park at dusk on Saturday. The horseshoe tournament will be held at Beacon Marina. New to the event this year is a jousting arena.
On Sunday, August 6th, a pancake breakfast will be held at the Caesarea Fire Hall. The Water Races will take place at 9:30 a.m. and there will be a fishing derby at Beacon Marina. The Volleyball Finals will begin in Putsey Park at 6 p.m.
There will also be a bottle drive being held all weekend, with 100 per cent of the proceeds going to the Lake Scugog Regatta Association. For more information on the drive, contact Susie at 905-986-4038.
Regatta president Shari Bown said last year’s regatta was a big success.
“We did really well last year. We were concerned because of the ribfest being in town for the first year, but it was one of our most successful years,” she said.
She added that the Rotary Club of Port Perry, the organizers of the ribfest, have been “amazing” at helping to promote this year’s regatta.
With this being the 89th year of the three day event, Ms. Bown spoke about what it has been like to have the support of the community over the years.
“Its been great. We’ve been working so hard to rebuild this back up and the community has been amazing, everybody’s been so supportive,” she said.
Those who would like to volunteer at the event are asked to contact Ms. Bown at 905-447-3865.
For the full lineup of events, check out “Lake Scugog Regatta for Family, Friends and Our Community” on Facebook.
KEM CEHAJIC Special to The Standard
Many of the North Durham United Football Club teams have been enjoying successful seasons in league play, with the U13 boys leading the way.
The team hosted Ajax this past week, and the game proved to be another example of free flowing soccer, with the home team coming away with a 5-4 victory.
Mathew Gordon led the way, by finding the back of the net on four separate occasions, with Owen Ferraro providing the other NDUFC goal. Mathew is now tied with fellow team member Ethan Cannon for second in league scoring, as he upped his total to nine of the season. The three points vault the boys into the next to top spot in the standings, just one point behind the leaders and with one game in hand.
The always hard working U17 boys team went to North Scarborough severely short-handed, with only twelve players available for duty. The team overcame a tough first half, to outscore their opponents 2-1 in the second, despite losing a man to injury.
This meant Coach Cole didn't have any subs to make any changes, but despite the heat and lack of numbers, the squad gutted out an impressive performance. Epsom's Jordan Brown was solid in goal in the first half, then played out in the field for the second, and slotted a ball in for his first goal of the regular season.
Utica's Liam Wilks took on five defenders on a solo rush, and managed to get by them all before picking the corner of the net, for his fifth in league play and eight of the season. Young Liam is now the second highest goal getter in the league.
Canada went out of the Gold Cup tournament with a 2-1 loss to Jamaica last week. The men in red were the better team overall, but just fell short, as a very successful run bodes well for the team, as they prepare to begin a new chapter for the National Men's program. One of the highlights, of the four games, the team played was the scoring prowess of 16 year old Alphonso Davies, who scored three goals in three games. With continued success, with the Whitecaps in Major League Soccer play, Davies will most likely be offered a spot on a top team from Europe, in the next few years.
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SHAWN LACKIE Special to The Standard
The Scugog Sports Hall of Fame is celebrating its 11th year in 2017 and is looking forward to the induction ceremony being the best one yet. This from committee chair Leanne Ashbridge: "Every year we set out to stage the best and most memorable induction ceremony yet. To date, we have achieved that year over year. Last year we celebrated our 10th anniversary, and the evening was spectacular for all involved. This year promises to be even better, and we couldn't be more thrilled than to have Mr. Wilson as our guest speaker. We have a lot of great things planned for the event."
Mike Wilson acquired his first piece of memorabilia over 50 years ago. It was a Carl Brewer game used stick, signed by the entire Toronto Maple Leaf Hockey club. A family cousin was friends with Carl, and once he heard about Mike’s early obsession with the Leafs, they acquired a stick for him. The other significant piece was the famous Frank Mahovlich, Libby’s beans colour poster, from Dominion food stores. Mike had two copies and gave one copy to Frank’s dad who was the skate sharpener at Leaside Arena. That poster hung in his shop until the day he retired.
Those early times sent Mike Wilson on his way to accumulating the collection, which is now referred to by ESPN, TSN, Sportsnet and others as The Ultimate Leafs Fan, with over 2,000 pieces. The key ingredient to any piece Mike Wilson collects is that the piece has to have a story. If there is no story, then what’s the point of having it? Anything attached to the Leafs is of interest to the Ultimate Leafs Fan. It’s the moment in history that most fascinates Mike Wilson with collecting. What was Toronto like at the time, how people lived, the music of the day, what daily items cost, these things all factor into his thoughts when the Ultimate Leafs Fan sees a new item.
Mike will be bring a few pieces of his vast collection to the Scugog Hall of Fame induction ceremony, on Thursday, November 9th, and will be the featured guest speaker. Mike has more than a few stories to share, not only about his collection, but also the numerous charities he is involved with, and the large number of ex-Leafs and NHL’ers that he now counts as friends and close associates.
If you are a fan of the Leafs, or any team for that matter, Mike’s stories and collection are a must. Visit his web site, at http://www.ultimateleafsfan.com/, to learn more about this year’s guest speaker.
If you know someone that you believe fits the criteria to be considered for induction into the Sports Hall of Fame, pick up a nomination form, at Scugog Arena, the Scugog Municipal office, or at www.scugog.ca, complete the form and return it to the Scugog Sports Hall of Fame.
KEM CEHAJIC Special to The Standard
NDUFC Annual Soccer Tournament Provides Fun and Smiles throughout the Weekend.
North Durham United Football Club held their Annual Soccer Festival last weekend, and it was a rousing success all around. The fields were in great shape, the weather was perfect, the games were competitive, and the fun was enjoyed by hundreds of visiting players, coaches, and parents. The Scugog Soccer Field grounds were abound with laughs and smiles, as the kids enjoyed getting their shots recorded on radar, kicking for accuracy, enjoying the bbq, and watching the mind-boggling ball juggler who demonstrated skills that left parents and youngsters in awe.
A great job was done by Andrew, Lisa, Brian, Shannan, and all the other volunteers who helped make this the most talked about festival of the soccer season, throughout Durham region. A big thanks goes to all the student volunteers who helped run things over the two days, they worked hard, were polite and helpful, without any complaints. The parents should be proud of all of them, they represented our community in the best light possible.
The U15 girls team won a high scoring affair in Oshawa last week, with a 5-4 result.
Sophie Pritt led the way with a hat-trick, while singles were provided by Catriona Deacetis and Erika Robertson. The three points moves the team into third overall with games in hand.
The team was also busy on the weekend before, as they competed in the Ambassador Cup Tournament, held in Kingston. The squad beat GFC Phoenix 1-0 and the Cumberland Cobras 3-2, before dropping a close 2-0 game to powerhouse Newmarket.
Coach Rob and all the parents were very proud of how the girls performed on and off the field, with a special mention to keeper Emmalise Mahoney who was outstanding in all three matches.
The second from the top U13 boys won big in Darlington, with a 9-0 final.
Ethan Cannon led the way with five goals, which gives the young man 9 for the season and has him as the top goal-getter in the league.
The U14G drew in Cobourg 2-2, as they solidified their second place spot in the league.
Talia S and Isabel B provided the markers for the group.
Coach Cole's U17B dropped a close 4-2 game to Whitby, despite out-chancing their opponents on the night.
Carter Cannon, trying to replicate his younger brother's scoring prowess, and Relentless Ryan Cole, found the back of the net on the night for the NDUFC team. The squad then hosted Peterborough and earned a 2-2 draw. The boys were down 2-0 late in the 2nd half when they turned the tables on their opponents.
Ethan Fehr potted his first of the season and with minutes to go, Liam Wilks found the corner of the net to even the game, as the Utica resident continues his torrid scoring streak.
The boys and parents finished the week with some "friendly" team bonding, as they get together for some paintball action in Georgina.
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SAM ODROWSKI The Standard
KAWARTHA LAKES: Former NHL player and assistant coach to the New York Rangers, Jeff Beukeboom came to Wolf Run golf course, on July 12th, to support a great cause.
The 23rd Annual Jeff Beukeboom Charity Classic Golf Tournament brought over a hundred golfers out, to support Boys and Girls Club of Kawartha Lakes (BGCKL), a non-profit organization committed to serving the youth in this area.
The tournament has raised $507,000 to date, keeping BGCKL programs cost affordable for all families, and subsidizing costs for those who cannot afford the programs otherwise.
“We have a strong subsidy program for families, it is not particularly onerous. Parents come in and fill out a one page form, talk with one of our coordinators, and then we provide the service at a cost they can afford,” said Scott Robertson, executive director at BGCKL.
Mr. Beukeboom has been involved with the tournament for the last 23 years and says he is appreciative of the work BGCKL do. The only thing he asked of BGCKL when the tournament started, was that all the money goes directly into improving the programs, instead of going toward administrative fees.
Mr. Beukeboom is glad the tournament has been so successful in supporting the organization financially over the years.
“I visited the centre in Lindsay a couple times, and to see it grow and prosper over 23 years, to what it is today, and know it has all this support behind it, is so huge,” Mr. Beukeboom said.
The BGCKL executive director, Scott Robertson said fundraisers like this and the Shamrock Sprint are crucial for the organizations financial well-being.
“One of the big keys to all of our fundraiser activities is to generate revenue, that we can use to make sure all kids have an opportunity to take part in sports, no matter what their families financial situation is,” he said. “What this money enables us to do is, really level the playing field for kids who have less.”
A lot of families also depend on the BGCKL licensed child care program to get their kids to and from school. Mr. Robertson says the staff and volunteers don’t only look after the children, they mentor them as well.
“One of the biggest things our organization does, that sets us apart, is that whole relationship that we have with the kids in the programs,” he said. “Many of the kids are [at the club] virtually every day and the more contact they have with our staff and volunteers the better off they are in the long run with increased skill levels, new experiences, and a sense that they belong.”
BGCKL offers a variety of services including summer camps, sport programs, before and after school programs, licensed childcare, and support services.
Anyone interested in registering their children for any of BGCKL’s programs can visit http://www.bgckl.com/register--2/online-registration and sign up online.
Those interested in donating to the organization can visit http://www.bgckl.com/get-involved/donate and do so online. Anyone looking for additional information about donating can contact Heather McCullough, at 705-324-4493 ext. 203, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
KAWARTHA LAKES: The 39th annual Lindsay Milk Run will be taking place early Sunday morning, at the Lindsay recreation complex.
M.P Jamie Schmale, event volunteers, and the City of Kawartha Lakes, have been working hard to make the event possible.
Community support has been phenomenal, according to Lindsay Milk Run Director, Taylor Jones.
“We’ve had more volunteers this year than we’ve ever had in the past,” she said. “There has been great support from the community and we are really grateful for everyone coming out and helping us,”
Around 500 people will participate in the 5, 10, and the brand new 21-kilometer races.
“We have always had great participation in our area.” said Mrs. Jones, “It’s a great event that showcases our town. The run has always been in Lindsay and this is our first year stretching to Cameron, to include more of our communities and see the beauty of the Kawartha Lakes.”
Racers choosing the brand new 21km race option, will, be bused to Cameron and run along a trail that will connect with the 5 and 10km trails, leading them back to the Lindsay recreation complex.
An award ceremony will follow the race, and prizes will be awarded to contestants, who place highest in their gender and age categories. The first-place winner of the 21km race will win a Via Rail Voucher allowing them to travel anywhere across Canada, with a value of $1,250.
All participants will receive a Lindsay Milk Run participation medal, specially crafted for the event. The medal will look like a cowbell with Lindsay Milk Run written across it.
The first 400 people to register for the race will receive a special Lindsay Milk Run athletic shirt. People who register after the first 400 will receive a similar shirt that is made of cotton.
“They are both very comfortable and very light weight,” Mrs. Jones said.
Registration is available online, and weekend registration is available at the Lindsay Recreation Complex, Saturday, July 15th, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Race Day registration will be available for the 5k and 10k divisions, space permitting, at the Lindsay Recreation Complex, between 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.
Weekend registration fees for the 5K race are $40, the 10k is $45, and the 21k is $70.
Mrs. Jones and the City of Kawartha Lakes encourage everyone to come out and participate. “It’s a great way to get active and see the community,” she said.
SAM ODROWSKI The Standard
UXBRIDGE: Jumpstart will be taking over the ground around the Uxbridge arena, and filling them with sports, games, and fun activities, this Friday.
The Second Annual Summer Jumpstart Games will feature, field hockey, volleyball, tennis, wheelchair basketball, and a BBQ along with fun and games.
Participants will be split into 15 different groups and will cycle through 6 to 7 different sports and games
“Its great learning at a young age, for those kids to get exposure to different sports and different activities,” said Pat Higgins, one of the event organizers. “Last summer we had our first outdoor summer games in Elgin Park, and everyone just had a blast,”
The event is 100% volunteer run and free of charge, but parents are asked to pre-register their children, at Uxpool, located at 1 Parkside Drive. After registering, participants will receive a free jumpstart t-shirt and hat to wear to the games.
Mr. Higgins expects over 200 children to attend the event and has 60 to 70 volunteers working hard to make it all happen.
He said, “We have lots of people that want to step up and help.”
The Uxbridge Tennis Club has agreed to come out and help facilitate the tennis section of the games.
“The Uxbridge Tennis Club is looking forward to getting out and exposing kids, at an early age, to the great sport of tennis and what it’s all about,” Mr. Higgins said.
The Ontario Wheelchair Sports Association will be at the event as well, and will be running the wheel chair basketball game station.
“Having the Ontario Wheelchair Sports Association over there will be pretty cool because they’ll be there to help the kids learn how to operate the wheelchair and at the same time have a lot of fun,” Mr. Higgins said.
The Toronto Maple Leafs official mascot, Carlton the Bear, will be making a surprise appearance at the event as well. The 6’4”, 270-pound polar bear will be walking through the grounds, and supporting the participants as they compete.
The event will run from 9:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., with a BBQ in the middle, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Mr. Higgins encourages all families with children to come out and enjoy the games.