UXBRIDGE: A baseball diamond, located on the Uxbridge Arena property, will remain in use but will have a new owner.
The Township of Uxbridge and the Durham District School Board announced, on Monday, July 23rd, an agreement-in-principle exists for the School Board to purchase the property for $1.9 million pending Council approval and successful completion of the legislative requirements to dispose of land.
“The Arena Ball diamond land was identified in the Parks Master Plan as potential surplus property, if and when a replacement diamond was created elsewhere”, explained Mayor Pat Molloy. “Through the Parks Master Planning process we learned that this piece of property was important to Quaker Village Public School and to local residents. So we knew that disposing of this property would present difficulties for some of our residents and Community partners who use this parkland.”
Since the completion of the Parks Master Plan, the Township and the Durham District School Board have been in discussions about the property. The sale of the land represents a win-win situation for both the Township and the School Board. The Township will reserve the funds from the sale to finance further development of the Fields of Uxbridge. The School Board has secured the property for future schoolyard expansion if required.
Residents will be able to continue to use the property for recreational purposes.
“In order to secure this parkland for future use, the Durham District School Board is excited to purchase the property”, explained Trustee Gord Baxter. “This is good news for our School and the Community. The School Board will keep the ball diamond that is there and the Township will continue to have access to it. The Township has agreed to maintain and upkeep the facilities until a replacement facility can be built. So while the property will have new owners, it will remain as the same type of use as before.”
Council declared the Arena Ball Diamond property surplus at the Council meeting on July 23rd. The designation of the land as surplus enables the Township to begin the process to dispose of public property.
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SCUGOG: The Township of Scugog will be well represented in women’s hockey, rugby and field lacrosse at the upcoming Ontario Summer Games, with Port Perry’s Madeline Laird, Ashley Adams, Haley Doyle, Kennedy Feasby, Emma Woods, Kiera Kuebeck and Lucy Lee being selected.
From Thursday, August 2nd to Sunday, August 5th, over 3,500 of the province’s top youth athletes, coaches, officials, and fans will converge on the City of London to watch and compete in the 2018 Ontario Summer Games.
In order to become a participant in the Ontario Summer Games, young athletes must qualify through a regional selection process, carried out by Provincial Sport Organizations.
For example, initial camps for the Ontario Women’s Hockey Association (OWHA) U16 High Performance Program took place in Toronto and Ottawa over three weekends, in May, 2018.
The athletes were placed on teams and participated in a mini tournament over the weekend. From there, the OWHA selection committee notified the successful athletes. Eight teams will participate in the women’s hockey tournament, at Western University’s Thompson Arena.
The three female hockey players selected for Team Ontario include: Madeline Laird, 15, who has been playing hockey since she was six years old. Madeline started playing hockey with the Port Perry Minor Hockey Association “Timbits” program. Since then, she has played competitive girls hockey in the Ontario Women’s Hockey Association. This past season, she played for the Clarington Flames Bantam AA team and will suit up with the Clarington Flames Midget AA team for the 2018-2019 season.
“I am very excited to have earned the chance to participate in the Ontario Summer Games. It means that I will be competing against the best in the province. It will be an experience that I will never forget,” Madeline disclosed.
Next, Ashley Adams, 15, has been playing hockey since she was four years old. Ashley started playing hockey with Port Perry Minor Hockey Association in the representative program, where she played for seven seasons. Ashley moved to the Ontario Women’s Hockey Association in Peewee when she played for the Clarington Flames AA team. This past season, she played for the Clarington Flames Bantam AA team, and will suit up with the Whitby Wolves Midget AA team for the 2018-2019 season.
“I am thrilled with the opportunity to play in the Ontario Summer Games! This is a once and a lifetime opportunity,” Ashley disclosed.
Finally, Haley Doyle, 15, has been playing hockey since she was four years old. Haley started playing hockey with the Port Perry Minor Hockey Association. She moved to the Clarington Girls Hockey Association in in 2015-2016, where she played Peewee AA. This past season, she played for the Clarington Flames Bantam AA team and will suit up with the Whitby Wolves Midget AA team for the 2018-2019 season.
“It means a lot to me to be participating in the Ontario Summer Games, playing the sport that I love. I’m looking forward to this entire experience and the opportunity to meet other athletes from across the province,” Haley disclosed.
The three female rugby players selected for the Elite Reds rugby 7’s include: Kennedy Feasby, 16, who has been named to the Toronto Rugby Elite Reds rugby 7’s team. This will be the second Ontario games for Kennedy in 2018. She also competed and medaled in short track speed skating at the Ontario Winter Games in Orillia. Kennedy will also be busy in August, as she travels to Ireland with the U18 Ontario rugby 15’s team. It can be very challenging trying to keep up with two sports at the elite level, but she has managed to exemplify the true meaning of a “multi- sport athlete.”
Kennedy and her sister Brooklynn were teammates on the Ontario rugby 7’s team that won the Canadian championship, in B.C this March, and bronze medalist at OFFSA with the Uxbridge Secondary School Tigers.
Kennedy seems to be following her sister Brooklynn’s footsteps when it comes to rugby. Brooklynn hopes to represent Canada, this October in Buenos Aires, at the Youth Olympic Games for rugby 7’s.
“I am so excited and honored to represent Toronto Elite Reds. I’m always proud to wear a red jersey,” Kennedy disclosed.
Next, Emma Woods, 17, has been named to the Toronto Rugby Elite Reds rugby 7’s team. Emma started playing rugby in Grade 9 and played her first season with rugby 15’s team. Emma played both rugby 7’s and rugby 15’s the following year, and decided that rugby 7’s was her favorite.
From there, Emma started going to Ontario training sessions twice a month, and was noticed by her Toronto Rugby Union coach just before March of 2018. Emma was invited to attend a tryout, as they were looking for an additional player for a tournament in Florida, in March. Kiera Kuebeck, Emma’s best friend, played on the team and Emma was also selected to participate.
“The Toronto Rugby Union is not only my rugby team but my Rugby family. I’ve never been closer with a team. The Florida tournament has led me to the Ontario Summer Games,” Emma disclosed.
Finally, Kiera Kuebeck, 17, has been named to the Toronto Rugby Elite Reds rugby 7’s team. Kiera started playing Rugby in 2010, with the U10 co-ed Vikings. Kiera’s rugby career is extensive. Over the past seven years, she has been named team captain on various teams, including the U16 Vikings rugby 15’s, and most recently competed with Toronto Rugby Union rugby 7’s and Toronto Elite’s U19. Kiera also competes with her High School program in rugby and wrestling, where she continues to exemplify the true meaning of “multi-sport” athlete.
“Making the Elite Red team isn’t about being the best on the team, it’s about being the best I can be for my teammates,” Kiera disclosed.
Lucy Lee, 15, will be attending the Ontario Summer Games for Field Lacrosse. Lucy started playing field lacrosse when she was eight years old. She has been playing for the past seven years with the Oshawa Lady Blue Knights, within the Ontario Women’s Field Lacrosse. She was part of the 2015 and 2017 Provincial Championship teams and looks forward participating in London.
“I’m really excited to be part of the Ontario Summer Games this year. Being able to play in something like this is big for me because I’ve never done anything like it. Making the Ontario Summer Games has given me a lot more self-confidence with my sports, and I really think it’s going to be a great experience for me,” Lucy disclosed.
Congratulations to our local female athletes as they prepare to compete in London! To keep up to date with our local athletes at the games, visit london2018.ca.
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SCUGOG: ‘Strong alone… Unstoppable together…’ A motto that sums up the grit and determination of this young softball team from Port Perry.
“Where is Port Perry?” many of the fans and other teams were asking during this past weekend’s National (under 14 girls) Softball Qualifier in Windsor, Ontario. But, after four days in the hot sun everyone knew where the town was, that this group of Angels proudly represented.
The National Qualifier brought together eighteen of this provinces top under 14 girls fast pitch softball teams including this year’s Port Perry Angels, coached by: Lesley Pipher and Dave Lightfoot.
“This tournament will truly show us where we stand amongst the top teams in the province and hopefully, open some eyes to what we can do,” explained Coach Lesley (a stand-out softball player in her own right; she represented Canada at the 2017 Masters World Games in Auckland, New Zealand - bringing home the Gold for Canada).
The first day of competition for the Angels had them play three games in a ten hour span. This marathon of softball (in the grueling heat) saw them face three teams: the Barrie Storm, Waterloo Ghosts, and Vaughan Vikings. In the first match and after getting through some of the early tournament jitters the Angels disposed of Barrie, winning 7 – 3. Next they knocked off a tough Waterloo team, coming back to beat them 7 – 6. Finally, the Angels came up firing on all cylinders as they defeated Vaughan 13 – 0. They were now undefeated going into Saturday’s games.
Saturday brought more heat and as well, the Angels arch rival, the Toronto Lady Mets. Port Perry had not beaten the Mets in four tries, so far this season. The Angels came out flying, scoring four runs in the top of the first inning. This opening barrage set the tone as the two teams traded blows in a back and forth battle. In the end, Port Perry’s dedicated fan base erupted as the Angels held on to win 8 – 6.
Finally, their last match of the preliminaries, and a chance to lock up the number one seed heading into the play-offs, was against an equally gritty Chatham Golden Eagle team. After four innings, the Angels saw themselves down 4 – 0 to Chatham, but there was a sense of calm and confidence as the girls knew that the game was far from over. With a quick pep talk from their coaches and some renewed energy, the Port Perry girls started pounding the ball and before they knew it, they had come back to defeat Chatham 5 – 4.
After going 5 – 0 in the preliminary round the Angels were the top seed in the tournament. This meant that they needed only one win in Sunday’s play-offs to secure a spot in this year’s (under 14 girls) Canadian Championship. That win would come early on Sunday morning and in dominant-fashion as they defeated the Windsor Wildcats 13 – 0, clinching their berth into the Nationals. Despite all of their success so far this year, no win was as satisfying as this one.
“We’ve tried to create a championship culture with this team and today all the hard work and hours of preparation have paid off,” a jubilant Coach Lesley stated.
The win against the Wildcats put the young Angels into the medal round where they would have to face the Toronto Lady Mets once again. After a hard fought battle, the Angels came up short losing 5 – 3 to the Mets. This immediately moved them into the Bronze medal game against Waterloo. After fighting through seven games in three days, the heat and exhaustion had finally caught up with this young Angels team and they ended up losing to Waterloo 8 – 2.
The Angels finished with a record of 6 - 2 placing them in fourth out of the top eighteen teams in Ontario. It also allows them to continue their journey, as they travel to Montreal and take on the top softball teams from all across Canada during the week of August 15th – 19th at the 2018 U14 Girls Canadian Championships.
“Strong alone… Unstoppable together…” the motto of a young team from a small proud town. Thirteen girls: Chloe Acoba, Alannah Barron, Avery Bauder, Brooklyn Bremner, Cindy and Julia Crompton, Sydnee Dunlop, Hailee Jenkins, Madison Mahon, Nathalie Mongrain, Chelsea Oke, Shay Pipher, and Rebecca Sawyer. Striving for excellence and making memories that will last a lifetime.
If you’re interested in supporting the Angels’ journey to Nationals please contact Lesley Pipher at LP25@bell.net or visit our GoFundMe Campaign.https://www.gofundme.com/5tkfpx4?
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SCUGOG: The World Junior Hockey Championships are still months away, but the journey for Team Canada starts later this month, with Ty Dellandrea. The recent first-round draft pick of the Dallas Stars from Port Perry will be taking part in a showcase of eligible players.
The Sport Chek World Junior Showcase, in Kamloops, B.C., runs from July 28th to Aug. 4th, featuring 40 of Canada’s top junior hockey players looking to represent Canada on home ice. Team Canada will look to defend their Gold Medals in Vancouver, at the 2019 World Juniors, running from Dec. 26th to Jan. 5th.
“The Sport Chek World Junior Showcase gives us an excellent opportunity to begin the evaluation process, and for the staff to familiarize themselves with the players before the new season kicks off,” said Brad McEwen, head scout for Hockey Canada. “We also get to see the players in competition against the teams who will be returning to Vancouver and Victoria this December. It’s a unique opportunity, and we’re looking forward to making the most of it as we kick off our journey to the 2019 World Juniors later this month.”
The eight-day Sport Chek World Junior Showcase features Canada, Finland, Sweden, and the United States, who will play 11 games at the Sandman Centre, in Kamloops. Canada will dress two squads for games against a split Team USA on July 31st, before combining again as Team Canada to play Finland on Aug. 2nd, Sweden on Aug. 3rd, and close the mini-tournament against the U.S. on Aug. 4th.
Dellandrea is a six-foot, 190-pound forward from Port Perry, who attended Uxbridge Secondary School, and split his minor hockey career between the Port Perry Predators and Central Ontario Wolves. Last month, he became the first Flint Firebird to be selected in the first round of the NHL Draft, when he was tabbed by the Dallas Stars 13th overall, on June 22nd.
Last year, in his second season with the Firebirds, he totalled 59 points (27 goals and 32 assists) in 67 games. Named an assistant captain prior to the season, he recorded five game-winning goals and 14 multi-point games, during the 2017-18 campaign, as well as two goals in the Top Prospects Game and, his second stint representing Canada, at the Under-18 World Championships in Russia, after winning a Gold Medal with Team Canada, at the 2017 Ivan Hlinka Tournament.
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UXBRIDGE: A new sponsor has stepped up to allow Uxbridge’s Austin Riley to run the entire Micra Cup season, in his Racing With Autism ride.
It was announced last week, Bikers for Autism; a B.C.-based organization, had agreed to come on board as a new sponsor, allowing Racing With Autism, led by local teen Austin Riley, to complete the season as originally planned.
In his second season on the tour, Riley has shown tremendous improvement on the track through the first four events of the 2018 campaign. After posting Top-10 finishes, in the first three races of the season, Riley took fifth place in the fourth event of the season, at Calabogie in Eastern Ontario, on June 3rd.
Next weekend, Riley and the team will trek to Quebec for rounds five and six of the season at the Summer Classic, at Circuit Mont-Tremblant, from July 27th to 29th. Riley comes into the weekend ranked seventh in the overall season standings, just six points back of fourth place.
For more information on the Racing With Autism’s program please visit www.racingwithautism.com or www.facebook.com/racingwithautism.
KAWARTHA LAKES: The Jeff Beukeboom Charity Classic Golf tournament will be returning to the Kawartha Lakes in August for a 24th year.
This year, the tournament will be held on Thursday, Aug. 2nd, at Wolf Run Golf Club, located at 51 Golf Course Rd, Janetville. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. An early lunch will be served at 10:30 a.m., and then the shotgun start for the tournament is at 12 p.m.
The tournament annually raises funds for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Kawartha Lakes, over the past 23 years, it has raised over $537,000. Mr. Beukeboom, a former National Hockey League (NHL) defenceman, told The Standard at the golf tournament’s media day, on Tuesday, July 3rd, he is proud this tournament has seen a lot of community support. As well, he spoke about what it means for him to be able to give back to this charity and to his community.
“For me, it’s pretty simple. You are giving back to the place you grew up and to the place you used to call home, and the place my family still calls home. We know so many people, it’s become almost like a family event,” he said, adding, the event has become something people, including members of his family, mark down on their calendar every year.
Mr. Beukeboom also wanted to recognize the sponsors, volunteers and members of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Kawartha Lakes as those who have kept this tournament going throughout the years.
Scott Robertson, executive director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Kawartha Lakes, told The Standard about the importance of this type of fundraiser for the local charity and for the community.
“Families can depend on having services whether they can afford it or not, which is huge when you think about child care and sports programs, we run a lot of youth counselling programs,” he said.
“Without fundraisers like this, we wouldn’t be able to offer those services at low or no cost, and on a subsidized basis for families who have very few resources. I know that is one of the things that Jeff feels really strongly about, that the money that is raised here goes back into the community and helps local families.”
The tournament is still looking for more sponsors. To learn more about how to sponsor the event, email Heather McCullough, at this address: firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about the Boys and Girls Clubs, visit www.bgckl.com.
Members of the Kawartha ATV Association (KATVA) understand the importance of having a full-service hospital close to home.
It’s for that reason they have chosen to donate the proceeds of their annual poker run to the Ross Memorial Hospital Foundation, to be directed to the Defining Care Spring Appeal, for new X-ray equipment.
The event took place Saturday, June 2nd in Burnt River, with 149 registered machines and riders.
KATVA is a community advocate for safe and responsible use of ATVs and trails by all users. Today, KATVA President Carolyn Richards, Board Member Jim LaPorte, Treasurer James McArthur, and volunteers Carolyn LaPorte, Dwayne Kish and Marjorie Kish presented a cheque for $10,000 to Erin Coons, RMHF Executive Director.
From broken bones to pneumonia, the X-ray department (General Radiography) performs 37,500 exams per year, helping patients with injuries and illnesses, 24/7.
“We’re honoured to be selected by the members of the Kawartha ATV Association to receive this generous gift, and we’re touched by their support for local patients,” said Erin Coons. “Their Association is a great example of like-minded people who turn their hobbies into heartfelt support for healthcare.”
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There will be a local connection when the World Lacrosse Championships get underway later this week, in Netanya, Israel, with Port Perry’s Graeme Hossack part of Team Canada.
Coming off another impressive NLL season for the all-star defender, that saw him help lead the Rochester Knighthawks to the Finals, Hossack was recently named part of the 23-player roster, that will represent Canada as defending World Champions at the event, which gets underway on Friday, July 13th, with Canada opening the tournament against England.
“We are really excited with the roster that we have selected and as a coaching staff are honoured to have the chance to lead this team at the 2018 World Championships,” Team Canada head coach, Randy Mearns said in a press release. “Canadian lacrosse talent continues to evolve and excel at the highest levels of the sport. As a group, we spent a lot [of] time working through our selection process and, in the end, obviously had to make some very tough decisions. With so many elite level players in our pool, it was extremely challenging to bring it to the final 23, but now the journey begins.”
The World Championships run from July 12th to 21st, with 46 countries competing across 15 divisions, at the 2018 FIL Men’s Lacrosse World Championships in Netanya, Israel. Canada is among six countries in the Top (Blue) Division, along with the U.S., Haudenosaunee (Iroquois Nationals), Australia, England and Scotland. The U.S. and Canada are the only two countries to ever win the FIL Men’s World Championship, with Canada claiming gold in 1978, 2006 and 2014.
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Canadian Tire sets a national goal for all stores across Canada to raise awareness and funds to give kids a sporting chance. June is known as Jumpstart month.
All funds raised now, and at any time through-out the year, stay in their very own communities. Canadian Tire's Jumpstart helps make sport and play accessible to all Canadian kids, giving them the chance to get off the sidelines and get into the play.
Tracey Hurst stated, “We the staff at Canadian Tire Port Perry would like to thank all of our generous customers who participated in our Jumpstart BBQ raffle for the month of June, and for making other monetary donations at the till. The grand total raised, for just the BBQ, was $1635.00. We could not have done this without the support of the community. The winner of the barbeque was Helen Nolan. Congratulations to Helen, and thank you to all!”
Terry Leitch, associate dealer continued, “Canadian Tire Port Perry raises the funds through fundraisers throughout the year and Corporate Funding as well, and then the money is distributed to organizations such as Boys and Girls Club, Parks and Recreation in Port Perry, Boy Scouts, and other charitable organizations dealing with children who want to participate in organized sports but do not have the money.
Already this year, our store has raised $15,000 that will go to only local children. The BBQ was $1635.00 of that, but we have sold lottery tickets, had a bake sale, held a staff BBQ, and have organized other events to raise the money.”
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With just three NASCAR Pinty’s Series races under his belt, rookie Cole Powell has endured a steep learning curve in Canada’s only professional stock car racing series.
However, the driver of Ed Hakonson’s Team 3 Red Chevrolet has faced all challenges and exceeded expectations, guiding his new ride to a trio of top six finishes, including a career-best runner-up result in the 5/8-mile Jukasa oval.
A veteran of the ARCA and Whelen Modified tour, south of the border, Powell took a two year racing sabbatical before signing with the Stouffville-based E.H.R squad for this year. He has quickly adapted to this new venture.
“A Pinty’s cars is nothing like a modified,” expressed the Mount Brydges, ON resident. “This car is like a big, heavy taxi with a bunch of horsepower and not much in the way of brakes. With the ten-inch tires, the car tends to ‘float’, you have to stay right on top of it. I’ve found that saving your stuff really pays off because the handling falls off a lot.”
Plunging into the deep end of the Pinty’s Series calendar, Powell debuted his No. 3 Kubota/ Choko Authentics/ Fast Eddie Racewear Chevy on the road course of Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Road course racing was another new experience for the just-turned 26-year-old, and he was rewarded with a very credible sixth place finish.
“Canadian Tire Motorsport Park is not as technical as I thought, you just need to have your courage ramped up for the speeds. Fortunately, there’s a ton of room for error with all the runoff areas.”
Feeling more at home for round two at the Jukasa (formerly Cayuga) Motor Speedway, Powell led 67 laps and ultimately crossed the stripe a mere 0.365 seconds in arrears of race winner, Kevin Lacroix.
“We tested at Jukasa prior to the season, so we had the car pretty well dialled in when we unloaded. We made some minor wedge adjustments to keep up with the track and ended up with a strong result. That was a confidence boost for me and the entire E.H.R. team.”
At the opposite end of the oval track spectrum was the following event, on the quarter-mile bullring of Autodrome Chaudiere.
When the contest was halted with 80 laps remaining, due to rain, Powell was running in fourth spot, and looking for more.
“That was a fun race. There were so many grooves, everyone was searching for speed all over the track. Everyone was using different lines.”
Powell also admitted, “To finish in fourth place was disappointing. I was biding my time, waiting for the final 50 (laps) to make a charge. Had we gone full distance, I’m pretty sure that we had something for (race winner, Andrew) Ranger.”
Currently sitting in second place in the scoring, just seven points in arrears of leader LP Dumoulin, Powell recognizes one major challenge to be overcome before he returns to the comfortable confines of the circle tracks.
“Toronto will be a complete unknown for me, a street race like this means I will be thrown into the fire. I’ve never seen the track, and there are no simulator programs for the Indy circuit. The walls are close, the turns are tight. I’ll just have to be careful, race smart and try to keep the corners on the car. After that, we go on the western swing with all three races on ovals. I will need to capitalize there.”
“We’re only three races in, but I’m super excited for the rest of the season.”
Fans can keep up to date with the progress and the Team 3 Red racing effort by going to the website, at www.team3red.com, or on the NASCAR web page,