MARLO STANFIELD Special to The Standard
The spring season for local high school sports is winding down, with several championships to be contested starting this week.
The track and field teams from Uxbridge S.S. and Port Perry H.S. both had strong showings at the Pine Ridge Invitational last week in Pickering, the final tune-up event before the LOSSA Championships this week in Oshawa.
Uxbridge finished in 6th place as a team, with Port Perry close behind in 7th out of the 24 teams competing at Pine Ridge. Several Uxbridge athletes had podium finishes, led by gold medal performances by Cole Jennings in the Junior Boys 1500 metre run and Raymond Luukkoneon in the Midget Boys javelin.
Lilly Tuck finished first for the Rebels in the Senior Girls 800 metre run, with Daliagh Whitmarsh taking home a pair of golds in the Junior Girls discus and javelin events.
The LOSSA championships are slated for Wednesday, May 22nd at Civic Stadium in Oshawa. The top performers will be moving on to compete at the Central Region championships - scheduled for Wednesday, May 29th in Oshawa with the chance to move onto the OFSAA provincial championships in Guelph, from June 6th to 8th.
On Thursday, May 23rd, the top mountain bike riders from across the Region will gather in the Trail Capital of Canada at Durham Forest in Uxbridge for the LOSSA championships. The top performers will advance to the OFSAA championships, which will also be held at Durham Forest, on June 7th.
SCUGOG: The 51st annual Canoe the Nonquon is taking place on Saturday, June 1st in Port Perry. The race is sanctioned by the Ontario Marathon Canoe and Kayak Racing Association (OMCKRA). The race was started by the Lake Scugog Historical Society as a fundraiser for the Scugog Shores Museum Village. 51 years later we are still going strong. Over 40 volunteers help plan and organize the race each year.
The course starts on the twisty Nonquon River. For the first few kilometers there are many tight bends to practice your rudder turns. There are also some dead end channels along the river section (when in doubt always keep right). There is 12 km of river paddling followed by an 8 km sprint along the shores of Lake Scugog to the finish line.
Participants race the clock and can start anytime between 8-10:30 a.m. on Saturday morning. This is a well attended race with a long-standing history in the community. Amateurs and professionals, young and older, may compete in a large number of competitive or recreational categories. Shuttle vans are available to take participants back to their cars upon concluding the race at either Robinglade Park (river only) or Palmer Park (full course).
Registration takes place at the Latcham Centre, 121 Queen Street, Port Perry on Friday, May 31st from 6-9 p.m. and Saturday, June 1st from 7-10 a.m. The registration fee is $60/canoe or kayak or SUP. All participants must bring a completed registration form, signed waiver and emergency contact form to the Latcham Centre before proceeding to the start line. Upon registration at the Latcham Centre you will receive your race number. You will not be permitted to start the race without this number.
Start location is Bridge on Scugog Line 12, between Old Simcoe Road and Simcoe Road North near the village of Seagrave, 10 minutes north of Port Perry.
Finish location is Robinglade Park (if racing river only), or public pier in Port Perry, at the Latcham Centre (if racing full course)
Many local businesses have donated prizes for our Silent Auction which will be open to all during registration on Friday from 6:00 - 9:00 pm and Saturday from 7:00 am - 2:00 pm. Special thanks to Brock’s for donating a gift certificate to be awarded to the individual who raises the most money. Come and support local heritage at our event.
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The Township of Scugog Recreation Department will be kicking off their first annual community challenge event on Saturday June 1st, 2019 in Palmer Park from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Various activities will be held to promote physical activity and physical literacy. Scugog could win the prize of $150,000 and be crowned Canada’s Most Active Community. You need to have your phone in your pocket or on your hip or sync your favourite wearable fitness tracker, such as Garmin, Fitbit or Apple Watch to ensure you are automatically getting credit for all your active minutes. For more information, please, go online to www.participaction.com/en-ca/programs/get-started.
Canoe the Nonquon is the largest annual fundraiser for the Scugog Shores Museum Village. Minimum race entrance fee is $60, but all participants are encouraged to raise more money through sponsorship to support our community and the Museum as we celebrate the 51st running of the race!
MARLO STANFIELD Special to The Standard
It has been a fantastic spring for the Guelph Storm, as the team charted a historic path to an OHL championship, with three Port Perry natives playing roles with the team.
The Storm clinched the OHL title, and a berth in the Memorial Cup championship in Halifax, after an 8-3 comeback win on home ice over the Ottawa 67s, on Sunday, May 12th.
Behind the bench for the Storm was Port Perry’s George Burnett, as he claimed his second OHL championship, the first was with Guelph in 1998, over a storied coaching career, which also included a Calder Cup championship in the AHL. In 2009, Burnett was enshrined in the Scugog Sports Hall of Fame.
Among the deals made by the Storm, to bolster their lineup near the trade deadline, was a swap with Owen Sound for defense-man Markus Phillips, a Port Perry native and member of Team Canada at this year’s World Junior Hockey Championships. Phillips recently signed an Entry Level Contract with the Kings.
Rounding out the local contingent was scout Clair Cornish. The former player and coach of the Port Perry MoJacks, Cornish was named to the Scugog Sports Hall of Fame in 2014, and has been a staff member with the Storm for the past two seasons, in addition to his duties with the Central Ontario Wolves Midget ‘AAA’ team.
The Storm have made history in the postseason, after rallying from 2-0 deficits in three consecutive series.
The Storm swept Kitchener in the opening round, before trailing 3-0 in a series against the London Knights, but came back to reverse sweep, winning the series in seven games.
Then, in the Western Conference Finals, Storm went down 3-1 to the Saginaw Spirit, and rallied back to knock them out in Game 7, too.
But looming in the championship round was the 67s team, who had gone a perfect 12-0 through the first three rounds.
Ottawa kept rolling, and took the first two games against Guelph at home. But, the clock refused to strike midnight on the Storm’s Cinderella season, as they won four straight to claim the championship.
The Memorial Cup championship kicks off in Halifax, on May 17th, and in addition to the Storm, will feature the host Halifax Mooseheads, the QMJHL champion Rouyn-Noranda Huskies and the winner of the WHL championship series between the Prince Albert Raiders and Vancouver Giants.
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UXBRIDGE: The Uxbridge Bruins held their annual awards night banquet, on Monday, April 29th, at Scrambles in Uxbridge.
The Uxbridge Bruins gathered team staff, players, volunteers and family members for an evening of celebration, after one of the most successful seasons in the 42-year history of the franchise.
This past season, the Bruins finished in first place in the Orr Division regular season standings, and won the Cougar Cup as Orr Division playoff champions. Their season came to an end in the provincial quarterfinals, falling to the eventual Clarence Schmalz Cup champion Napanee Raiders.
Over the course of the evening, the Bruins honoured several players with individual awards, as well as saluting their group of graduating players. They were: MVP - Ryan McConkey: Best Defenceman - Matt Hunter; Rookie of the Year - Daniel Giorgio; Coaches Award - Robert Freckelton; Media Award - Aiden Reilly; Most Improved - Cole Bremner; Most Sportsmanlike - Toby Cooper; and the graduating overage players Aiden Reilly, Ryan McConkey, Robert Freckelton and Thomas Sheedy.
KAWARTHA LAKES: Everyone is invited to come aboard the new “White Lightning” free bus service, which officially began its weekly run throughout the communities of Kawartha Lakes, last Tuesday, April 30th.
Michael Bryant and his wife Pauline Kiely, have worked tirelessly on the development of this project, for the last two years, and with the outpouring of support from the community and local business, this unique and exciting new service has come to fruition. Michael Bryant said, “This is good for business, and for economic development, and for giving interaction between people. We are connecting customers to business. It's all about networking without the computer; its just about being face to face. I'm passionate about rural transportation. We want to make this project like family; real people talking to real people.”
The White Lightning Bus Service will provide free transportation, every Tuesday, to about 20 stops, located within Kawartha Lakes, beginning at 7:30 a.m. to 7:20 p.m. Michael Bryant credits the success of the launch of this project to many supporters, but in particular, from his major sponsor Murray Miskin. Michael continued, “Murray, owner of Miskin Law (Injury Lawyers) was one of the first guys to help us, and he is now our major sponsor. He called me up and said, Mike, I love it. I'm a part of the community and I want to help the community. I'm in 100%. Our other supporters are the Lindsay Chamber of Commerce, the Bobcaygeon Chamber, the Fenelon Falls Chamber, and Mike Perry who is Co-chair of the Kawartha Lakes Rural Transportation Committee. Almost every major business knows whats going on, and they want the same thing we want, which is economic development.”
Along with the many stops on the White Lightning schedule, there will also be transportation to Festivals, and Day Tours to exciting locations, such as the Royal Winter Fair and the Wolf Sanctuary, and many more. However, Michael, who is always looking forward, describes future plans in the works. “We are working towards a Coboconk, Haliburton, Kirkfield, Bethany, Uxbridge and Port Perry area expansion. We are going to be approaching the Peterborough Chamber, and we are now talking with the Kawartha Chamber. The glue, for this project is with the chambers.”
Rider Kate Elmer also weighed in stating, “I try to get on the bus every time it runs. I mark it on my calendar. This time, I'm getting my hair cut and doing some shopping. I don't drive and I have to depend on everybody else to get around, so for me this is awesome.”
Ida Ralph, who also used the bus service said,“I don't drive and this is something to look forward to, and it gets me out for the day.”
Michael Bryant said in closing, “Transportation gives people freedom; especially for youth, seniors, those who can't drive, or those individuals who may be isolated, because they live way out in the country. Our riders go shopping, to medical appointments, jobs, and to visit family.
It's a beautiful ride, and this is so good for all the businesses in the communities we pass through. There are so many hidden gems in these communities all over the place, like: theatre and carriage museums, waterfalls, beaches, shops, and Settlers Village, to name a few. How much fun is it to go to a lodge and sit on the porch for tea with a friend or family member. Even people travelling by boat, can dock, then hop on the bus and go for a land tour. This is authentic tourism, and the world is searching for that.”
KEM CEHAJIC Special to The Standard
The outdoor soccer season has finally kicked off for the North Durham United Football Club, with the massive Frank Sobil tournament running this past weekend in Oshawa.
The U15 Girls team, coming off a very successful 2018 campaign, travelled down to Oshawa, missing a good portion of their squad due to other commitments. The team has added a few new players since last year, and has been training over the winter, at the high school in Port Perry.
Although the girls worked on some aspects of the game, teams in our area are at a very big disadvantage compared to their competition, by not having a local sport dome to train in throughout the fall and winter.
Nonetheless, the team had 12 of their 17 rostered players attend the tournament, along with 2 outstanding call-ups from the NDUFC U14 Girls team. North Durham defeated Mooredale, Northumberland, and Ancaster, all via shutouts by tournament all-star goalie Jessica Patterson, on their way to the finals against North Toronto. The girls representing North Durham were in their fifth match of the weekend, and lost the championship game by a narrow 2-1 count, to the tough opponents from the big smoke, to capture the Silver Medal. The girls played with grit, sportsmanship, and team unity throughout the entire tournament, an excellent effort. Congratulations to the players and parents, good luck with the season.
Local soccer really gets going later this month, on a few different fronts. North Durham United (northdurhamunited.com) has approximately a dozen teams competing against the top rep teams in and around the region. The teams play in the Durham Region Soccer League, against teams all the way from Kingston through to Toronto.
We also have the house league teams playing out of Uxbridge (uxbridgesoccerclub.com) and Port Perry (scugogsoccer.ca). Both house league clubs are still accepting registration for the upcoming spring/summer season. Over the past year or so, all three soccer clubs have been working toward amalgamating, similar to how local hockey in Port Perry and Uxbridge did, and are now all under one umbrella. The boards members for all three clubs have been working together on many aspects, to be decided on, for them to unite as one soccer club, representing all. The uniqueness and history of all three communities must be respected, so that a fair and mutually beneficial coming together occurs. Amalgamation is a must, if soccer is to flourish in North Durham, and to provide a clear pathway for our kids to reach their utmost soccer potential.
2019 should be a big year here in Port Perry, Uxbridge, and surrounding areas. With the goal of completing amalgamation of the big three local clubs by the fall, the future of the world's most popular sport looks better than ever for the young athletes in North Durham. Best wishes to all the rep and house league teams this season, and a big thanks to all the soccer volunteers, coaches, sponsors, and board members who give their time so the kids can get a kick out of soccer.
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SCUGOG: The Port Perry MoJacks have reached into their past to help guide their future, with the recent hiring of former player Jeff St. Pierre, as an Assistant Coach for the 2019-20 PJHL season.
A Scugog Island resident, who split his minor hockey between the Port Perry Predators and Central Ontario Wolves, St. Pierre spent three seasons with the MoJacks, appearing in 140 total games and claiming a Cougar Cup championship in 2016.
After his competitive career came to a close, St. Pierre immediately stepped behind the bench, spending time as a coach with the North Durham Warriors Bantam ‘AA’ and Minor PeeWee ‘AA’ teams.
The 23-year-old jumped at the opportunity to graduate to the junior hockey coaching ranks, when recently approached by MoJacks GM Murray Parliament, and feels he brings a unique perspective to the position.
“Because I’m so fresh out of the league, and from Port Perry, I think it gives me a great advantage to relate to our players,” St. Pierre told The Standard. “I know how hard it is just to come out of the Orr Division, and what a grind the playoffs are at this level. And, as far as being a player, I can relate to players balancing work, school and hockey.”
One of the first orders of business for St. Pierre is to cultivate a local connection to the team and increase community involvement.
“When we won in 2016, there were eight players from North Durham that spent time with our team that year, and bringing in and keeping those local players and keeping them involved is something I’ve already been working on. If we can maintain that connection, hopefully it’ll strengthen our bond with the community,” St. Pierre explained. “We have the best fans in the Orr Division, and we want to bring back a culture of full rinks and meaningful games.”
DAN CEARNS The Standard
UXBRIDGE: People are invited to come to Elgin Pond in Uxbridge, on Saturday, April 27th, for the 17th annual Huck Finn Youth Fishing Day.
Participants will have a chance to catch one of the hundreds of brook trout that will call the pond home. The annual parade will kick off the community event, leaving Elgin Park at 9:15 a.m. Children are encouraged to dress up in their best Huck Finn themed outfits and to decorate their wagons and bikes as well, to take part in the parade. Fishing begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m.
If you don’t have any fishing gear, there will be some available which can be loaned to you.
“It’s such a great event. It’s a free family day. It’s a lot of fun,” organizer Pat Higgins told The Standard. “We stock the pond, kids have fun, they go home with a loot bag, they get free lunch. If they don’t have fishing equipment, we lend it to them. It’s just a nice family day.”
As well, Mr. Higgins spoke about what it has been like for him seeing this event grow over the years.
“The neatest part about it, for me, is we’re now starting to see parents bring out their kids that were coming out when they were kids,” he said.
To register, ribbons can be picked up at the Uxbridge Legion, Uxbridge Canadian Tire, Presents, Presents, Presents, Uxpool and Blue Heron Books.
TARA FREW Special to The Standard
W.O. Insurance finished on top beating Canadian Tire, 6-2.
W.O. Insurance’s goals were from Avery Chambers (3), Porter Rehel, Reilly McCarron and Noah Depooter. Earning assists for W.O. Insurance were Reilly McCarron (2), Chloe VanAsten, Noah Depooter and Lucah Depooter.
The Canadian Tire goals came from Brooklyn VanAsten and Dale Kolumbus.
Hunter’s Sports Photography won against Herrington’s Quality Butchers, 4-1.
Hunter’s Sports Photography had goals by Christopher Sternad (3) and Ryker Dyson.
The solo Herrington’s Quality Butchers goals was from Mason Price.
Scugog House Cleaners beat out Krown Rust Control, 6-1.
Scugog House Cleaners goal scorers were Brody Beaveridge (3), Trayson Jewell, Justin Casserly and Bradley Cloutier.
The single Krown Rust goal was by Onyx Kench.
Unifor Local 1090 won against J.F. Construction, 2-0.
Unifor Local 1090’s goals were unassisted by Jesse Piper (2).
Buck’s Construx beat out Eco Water, 7-2.
Buck’s Construx goals were from Carter Scott (3), Noah Babin (2) Alexis Tranter and William Aldridge. Earning assists for Buck’s Construx were Tranter and Korbin Barr-Waudby.
Eco-Water’s goal scorers were Samuel Baxter and Brendan Potter.
Port Perry Dental Associates took the win over Low & Low Funeral Directors, 9-1.
The goals for Port Perry Dental Associates were by Henray Zha (4), Hayden Ratych (3) and Liam Shisko (2). Earning assists for Port Perry Dental Associates were Ratych (2), Shisko (2) and Liam Craigen.
The solo goal from Low & Low Funeral Directors was by Charlotte Frew.
Goble Transport won against All Flags Auto Service, 2-1.
Scoring for Goble Transport were Adam Goble and Jackson Doran, with assists from Lance Miller and Mackenzie McIntyre. Logan Kveton-Roy scored the only goal for All Flags Auto Service, and was assisted by Jacob MacLennan.
Mondo Hair Salon took the win over Cochrane Tree Service, 3-2.
Mondo Hair Salon’s goal scorers were Bradley Hext (2) and Cole Casserly, with an assist from Braedon Byer.
Cochrane Tree Service’s goals were by Dylan Grant and Owen Chaikosky. Earning assists were Nathan Watson and Grant.
Rebecca McGarvey Remax Jazz won over Luchka Float Service, 9-3.
Scoring for Rebecca McGarvey Remax Jazz were Jake Buchanan (4), Aidan Joyce (2), Katie Brown, Jessica Dalziel and Dante Buurman. Assisting were Brown (2), Buchanan, Buurman and Joyce.
Luchka Float Service’s goal scorer was Tim Rudkin (3) and assisting was Shannon Arney (2).
Urban Landscape Solutions took the win over The Comfort Shoppe, 6-1.
Urban Landscape Solutions goals were by Corey VanCamp (3), Robbie Boadway (2) and Cael Williams. Earning assists for Urban Landscape Solutions were Allison Brewster (2), Deanna Shaw and James Shier.
The Comfort Shoppe’s goal scorer was Tyler Moore.
Thanks to the coaches, players and families, for making the Blackstock Minor Hockey League a fun place to learn and grow on the ice. The season wraps up with a fantastic banquet, on April 12th. Registration for the 2019-2020 season will open the following week, online.