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NORTH DURHAM: Another week of soccer and another trophy for North Durham United, as the U18 boys team won the Carleton Place Tournament.
The boys went undefeated in the round robin portion of the games, then came up with a thrilling sudden death overtime victory in the finals, against Mississauga. Keegan Mulroy got the winner, as the young men battled stiff competition and a short bench, to end their season on a winning note. This was a great way for the players to end their minor soccer careers. The whole club would like to congratulate coach Neil Menear, who has been coaching most of these kids since 2006.
The U16 girls made it three straight games undefeated, as they drew with Benfica 0-0. The U14 girls continued their strong play, with a 2-2 draw last week. Ericka Vanhezewijk potted both goals, as the team edges towards first place in their division.
The U16 boys came up with a spirited effort in Whitby, coming away with a 1-1 draw. Zachary Harrison scored on a brilliant solo effort, with the whole team playing 90 minutes of quality soccer. Big performances, by Jon Wilson, Owen Hurley, and 'Lindsay import' Nathan DeVos-Dunn, helped the veteran club prove why they are a difficult team to play against. Tryout information for the 2017 soccer season will be soon be available on the club's website, so keep checking it, at northdurhamunited.com
TFC came up with a mediocre effort at home, losing 1-0 to rivals Montreal Impact, despite being up a man for over 45 minutes. They still sit in a good spot, at 2nd place in their division, but need to collect a few more points to ensure a first ever home date in the MLS playoffs.
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SCUGOG: With surprise and happiness Josee Foster, formerly of Port Perry and Uxbridge Skating Clubs, recently received the exciting news, from Robin Belanger, she had received the Marion Cassie Memorial Scholarship Award.
This scholarship is presented annually, by the Uxbridge Skating Alumni, to a local skater who has not only shown skill in skating, but has volunteered his or her services to the community.
Josee Foster has a background extremely strong and vibrant in both of these required qualifications.
As a young skater, Josee was coached by Vyvan Coxworth, from whom she learned the basic skating skills, and later was coached by Trinette Goarley in Oshawa.
She volunteered to coach in the Canskate program, teaching young children skating skills.
At Carnival presentations, in both Uxbridge and Port Perry, Josee was there, once again, to help the young skaters learn their skating routines.
She went on to train to be a qualified Canskate Coach.
The most important and emotional decision for Josee and her skating career, was to move to Barrie to join the prestigious Mariposa Skating Club, in grade 10, after learning that Trinette Goarley, had been hired to coach there. After much discussion with her parents, Rob and Bev, it was decided that Josee needed to train at Mariposa if she was to reach her full potential as a skater. Josee spent the next 2 years at Mariposa, being billeted with several different families, and she very quickly became an elite athlete.
Josee was extremely fortunate to have had as her coaches, world-famous Paul Matheson and Doug Lee, who have coached national, international and Olympic competitors, such as Brian Orser and Elvis Stojko. Under their guidance, Josee was able to obtain all her gold levels in Dance, Freeskate, Interpretive and Skating Skills within two years, while attending Innisdale High School in Barrie.
This is an outstanding feat, which required many hours of dedication, mental focus, and extremely hard work, all done while living away from home.
During her final year at Mariposa Skating Club, seventeen-year-old Josee volunteered to produce "Mariposa Christmas On Ice", which highlighted the skating ability of the Club's elite skaters. The world skating champion, Jeffrey Buttle, performed at this event! The production was a great success, with profits going to Habitat for Humanity.
Josee returned home to attend the final semester of grade 12, at Uxbridge Secondary School. Being physically and emotionally spent, Josee needed to take time to recuperate from her 2 years of extremely exhausting schedules. Taking a year 'off' to readjust and contemplate her future, allowing her body and mind to heal, was the best decision for Josee and her family. Reconnecting with family members and friends helped her to adjust to 'real' life.
She is now ready and enthused to work towards her future goals. Josee starts at Ryerson University in the fall, to major in Journalism, a course which will prove to be less physically demanding than her past skating challenges. She feels well-prepared, both mentally and emotionally to handle this new endeavour. While at Ryerson, Josee is looking forward to trying out for the varsity skating team, where many aspects of skating will be practised, some of them being new to her: synchronized skating, freeskate, dance and freeskate 4, in which 4 skaters are on the ice together performing skills, some in sync. and some not.
Josee has too many favourite memories to list, but those that stand out for her are the one-on-one conversations she has had with her coaches over the years.
Josee feels the ideals and strength she gained from these coaches helped her to be able to transform a bad day into good. In addition, facing and meeting challenges in her competitive career was very rewarding for her, as was seeing her 'long program' progressing towards success. She will carry these positive thoughts and inner strength with her, always!
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SCUGOG: Port Perry’s own Kiera Kuebeck and Griffin Tarasewicz both competed in this year’s Ontario Summer Games (OSG), which took place from August 11th to the14th, at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga.
Kiera won all five of her matches in the 57kg division to capture the Gold medal, which helped the Central-East regional team win the OSG team title for women's wrestling.
Griffin was also very successful, winning 4 of his 5 matches to earn a Silver medal in the mens 52kg division, which also helped the Central-East team win the OSG team title for men's wrestling.
For 15-year old, Kiera Kuebeck, the Gold medal continues her steady rise in wrestling. Last year, Kiera won gold at the Canada East Wrestling Championships, in Niagara Falls. She hopes to one day make the Olympic team and earn a medal for Canada.
Both wrestlers are part of Team Impact Wrestling Club and are coached by Robert Huggins.
The Ontario Summer Games are a showcase for amateur athletes. It first started in 1970 in Etobicoke.
COLLEEN AND CRAIG SHROTER Special to The Standard
KAWARTHA LAKES: The Pickering Panthers scored early and often in preseason action Sunday afternoon, defeating the Lindsay Muskies by a count of 7-3.
The Panthers came out flying, scoring twice in the first four minutes. Anthony Stavrou scored from Mitchell Degray at 1:08, then Degray and Lucas Rogers set up a power play goal by Rizian Mansurov at 3:12, to put the home team up 2-0.
In the second period, there was no scoring until the 12:28 mark, but then the goals came quickly. Brendan Charlton put the Cats up 3-0 on a goal, assisted by Ryan Israel and Rogers.
The Muskies got back into the game with a couple of quick power play goals of their own.
Erich Roeder scored at 14:40 from Ethan Ramsden, then Matt Mcnamara put the Muskies within one at 15:38, with an unassisted goal.
Just over three minutes later though, Stavrou netted his second of the game, on a power play from Cameron Binairis and Adam Wheaton.
The Panthers put the game out of reach, very quickly in the third. Daniel Lowe scored from Davis Teigen-Katsumi at 48 seconds, then Elijah Gonsalves scored a quick pair at 4:12 and 5:55. Assists went to Mansurov on the first goal, and Stavrou and Orie Mainolfi on the second. Matt Wilbee got the final goal of the game at 17:30 from Joe Campbell.
Blake Norman and Nick King split the goaltending duties for Lindsay.
The next preseason action for the Muskies is Friday night, when they host the Aurora Tigers.
KEM CEHAJIC Special to The Standard
NORTH DURHAM: All three girls competitive North Durham United teams, were road warriors this week, and had great results in games away from home.
The ever-improving U16 girls went to Newmarket, and came away with a 2-1 win.
Abigail MacDonald and Sierra Pettipas found the back of the net, and all the players worked hard for the big three points.
The U13 girls journeyed to Richmond Hill, and showed why they sit so high in league standings, as they drubbed the home team from York Region, by a score of 5-0.
A pair of goals, by Paige Deneve, were complimented with singles from Isobel Begg, Nikki Stewart, and Brittany Hackner.
The clean sheet brings the girls overall goals conceded average to just one per game. The club has a plus 25 goal differential in overall league games, which is quite a remarkable testament to the team play and organization of the girls.
After a big Cup win last week, the U14 girls continued their winning ways, with a 1-0 win in Peterborough against the Boom.
Emma Vandinther scored the lone goal of the game, as the NDUFC team, nicknamed the Stingers, vaulted into second place overall in the league table.
The team also competed in the Thornhill Challenge soccer tournament, over the weekend, and had another successful run. The girls went undefeated in group play, with three wins and a draw, before dropping a 2-0 semi-final match against a club from Niagara Falls.
Well done girls, this season has already been the most successful of any North Durham United team in history, and it looks like there is no stopping you, no matter who or where you are playing.
The always fun to watch, U16 boys, played an inspired match against Oshawa last week, and dropped a tough 1-0 result, against a team that has won every game they have played this year.
Top notch goalkeeping, by David Hoover, and hard work, by the players on the field, made for an exciting game.
The boys then had a special exhibition match, against the Uxbridge and Scugog house league players, last Sunday.
Only 11 players were available for the NDUFC rep team, but the boys did a great job, winning 3-0.
The match was very evenly played, with the house league players showing their skills and speed against the boys in gold and black.
Carter "can't miss" Cannon, Jordan Brown and Liam Wilks scored for North Durham, with a strong game played by the three-man-back of Griffin Anderson, Daniel Cehajic and crowd favourite Nathan McLennan.
Congratulations to Canada's National Womens Soccer Team! They beat Brazil 2-1, for the bronze medal at the Olympics. Captain Christine Sinclair, in her 250th team game, scored the winning goal for us, as the team won back-to-back Olympic medals.
TFC is flying high, after beating Philadelphia 3-1 on the road. Team players are all nearly healed, from previous injuries, and see themselves unbeaten in six games, fighting for first place overall.
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CRAIG & COLETTE SCHROTER Special To The Standard
LINDSAY: As we suffer, through record setting heat and humidity, it’s hard to believe that we are on the verge of another Ontario Junior Hockey League Lindsay Muskie season, but indeed, the start is just around the corner.
The main camp opens on August 16th, and unlike last year, there are not as many spots open, meaning competition should be fierce. At the beginning of last season, a lot of spots were open, as there was going to be a lot of rebuilding going on. This year, Head Coach Dan West, expects approximately 10 to 12 players to return, with another year of experience under their belts.
Although last season was not a great one, at least as far as the standings were concerned, there was success, as three players were promoted on to the OHL, and three are also off to school, which has opened up some roster spots.
“We are extremely excited to bring in the new recruits and to fill in the remaining spots on the roster, when camp opens. I anticipate this year’s team to be exciting, with speed, skill, and discipline,” said West, in a recent email.
Fans will have plenty of opportunities to check out those new recruits, with 7 preseason games scheduled this year, three of which are at the Lindsay Recreation Complex. The home dates are Friday Aug. 26th vs Aurora, Tuesday August 30th vs Whitby, and Friday Sept 2nd vs Stouffville. Tickets for each of the preseason games are at a reduced rate, Adults $8, Seniors and Students (13-18) are $5, while children 12 and under are free.
While the team opens up on the road Sept 14th, in Trenton, against last season’s OJHL rep in the RBC Cup, things won’t get much easier when they play two home games, in the opening weekend Friday September 16th vs Oakville, and Sunday afternoon, September 18th, when Markham comes to town.
There will be three free Skate With The Muskies days, on the schedule this year. They will take place on Sunday afternoons immediately following the games on Oct 23rd, Nov 27th, and Jan 29th.
The team looks forward to continuing to work with various community groups this year as well, such as The Boys and Girls Club, Five Counties Children’s Center, Minor Hockey, The Canadian Cancer Society and many others.
On another note, if anyone is looking to help out with the team, they are always looking for volunteers. There are always a variety of positions to be filled, which may contribute to students community hours.
Also, although most of the team is local, there is still a need for a few billet families to take in out-of-town players. Anyone interested in being a billet, or a volunteer should contact Dan West, at 705-324-1010.
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SCUGOG: Port Perry Minor Softball coach, Colleen Rasmussen-Taylor, will be accepting a very prestigious award next month.
The coach recently learned she was selected, by the Coaches Association of Ontario, as the Ontario Coaching Excellence Grassroots Female Coach award winner. The award is annually given out to one coach in the province, and is open to all sports. Rasmussen-Taylor told The Standard she was surprised, when she learned she had won.
“It was a complete surprise. I didn’t think I stood a chance, because it is so big. It is a huge honour,” she said.
Rasmussen-Taylor currently coaches house league and select level teams. She is also a recent mother of twins.
“I’m very lucky that I have had a group of kids and parents around me. We are friends outside of baseball, and my friends watch (the twins) while I coach.” Colleen said.
She started coaching as a way to give back to the sport.
“I played softball all my life, and still do, and I just love the game. I wanted to reciprocate and give back to the game that I love and that gave me so much growing up.”
The coach said she tries to accomplish two things with her players.
“They need to enjoy it, or there is no need to be there, and they also need to learn something,” Rasmussen-Taylor said. “At the end of the season, they should walk away knowing they got better.”
She will receive the award at a gala on Saturday, Sept. 17th , at the Cineplex Varsity Theatre, in Toronto.
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NORTH DURHAM: It has been a few years since a team representing the NDUFC has won a major trophy, but congratulations to the U14 Girls team, for winning the Cup Championship last Saturday.
The team had to win all their Cup matches throughout the season, so they could reach the finals against Peterborough, but the hard work paid off, in a hard fought 4-1 victory. The girls played an excellent all-round game with skill and determination to get the result, and started as strong as they finished the game, exhibiting their trademark team play, to perfection. Two first half goals were equaled by two more in the final half, to go along with a dominant midfield, stifling defense, and a penalty stopped by the North Durham keeper. Coach Rob and all the coaching staff, along with the parents and everyone involved with North Durham United soccer, are very proud of the whole team.
Another successful week was had by the U13 Girls, as they handled the Oak Ridges club by a score of 3-0. Briar Gerard, Ashley Adams, and Nikki Stewart had the goals for North Durham, a clean sheet was earned by the entire team.
The U16 Girls also earned a victory last week, with a 1-0 shutout against Collingwood. Kate Scott was the lone goalscorer, as the team continued their recent improved play, including a fine showing recently, at a tournament in Niagara Falls.
A reminder; the end of season soccer festival, being hosted by NDUFC, is coming up on the weekend of Sept. 10th & 11th, in Port Perry and Uxbridge. There will be teams from all over Ontario going up against the local gold and black, North Durham U8-U12 squads. Some of the highlights will be a barbecue, games/prizes, ball jugglers, magicians, and a Tim Horton's coffee trailer.
You can check out the flyer on the club's website, at www.northdurhamunited.com and feel free to email any questions about the festival, upcoming tryouts for the 2017 outdoor season, or anything else Club related.
DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: 12 year-old S.A. Cawker Public School student Justin Matthews dominated the field at Puslinch Lake Golf Course, on Monday, July 25 and Tuesday, July 26, winning the Golf Ontario Peewee Championship.
“That was probably the biggest tournament that I have won, and that was on the bucket list for our tournaments to win this year, and I was pretty amazed that I won it,” Matthews told The Standard. Matthews finished the opening round of the tournament with a score of one-under 69, and held a one shot advantage coming in to the second day.
He said this was his first time playing with the lead on the second day of a tournament. “I have always been a couple shots behind coming in to day two of a tournament, chasing the lead, so it was definitely a great experience for me on the first day,” Matthews said. On day two of the championship, he notched a score of 70, and finished the two day tournament with a total of 139.
Matthews said there was some pressure on him because this was the biggest tournament in the province for his age group.
Because of this, he said he had to “beat some heavy favourites.” His love of golf began when he was young and his father, Kelly Matthews, would take him to the driving range.
“When I was little, my dad used to take me to the range, and we would go up a couple times a month, and we would just hit balls. Last year I started to take interest in the sport, and I really started to practice every day to get better,” he said. Matthews has one more tournament to go this season, a Canadian Junior Golf Association Championship, and he is hoping for even more success.
KEM CEHAJIC Special To The Standard
NORTH DURHAM: It was another successful week for a couple of the teams representing North Durham with a pair of big wins.
The U13 girls defeated Cavan 3-2 in a hard fought match. NDUFC goals were provided by N Stewart, A Adams and M Kromer, with a variety of players contributing assists and team defense.
In U15 girls play, our U14 girls kept rolling along, with a convincing 3-1 victory over Kawartha, as the team now sits in an impressive third place division spot. A powerful pair of goals, from Emma Vandinther, to go along with a single from Ericka Vanhezewijk, were all the team needed to come away with the big 3 points. The girls are in great form, as they prepare for the Cup Championship game this coming Saturday. The squad will be at the Civic Centre (Lake Simcoe) on field 1, with kickoff scheduled at 9:00 am. They will be going up against a tough Peterborough Boom squad, so best of luck to all the players and coaches, as they attempt to take home the winner's trophy.
The U16 girls were more than equal in their match against Oshawa this past week, losing a close one 2-1. A great effort from the team, with Avery Evans hitting the back of the net to score.
Fantastic to see our Women's National Soccer Team having great success at the Olympics in Rio, as they march toward the medal rounds.
TFC is also having success, never before seen by the club, as they have climbed to 2nd spot i their division, thanks to a great home record, timely goals by the Atomic Ant and contributions from the younger players. Send me your team news at firstname.lastname@example.org.