Sports – The North Grenville Times http://www.ngtimes.ca The Voice of North Grenville Thu, 12 Jul 2018 22:33:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.7 Competitive Club Volleyball in Kemptville expanding next season http://www.ngtimes.ca/competitive-club-volleyball-in-kemptville-expanding-next-season/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/competitive-club-volleyball-in-kemptville-expanding-next-season/#respond Thu, 05 Jul 2018 18:46:05 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=13442 Submitted by Angus MacDonald Young female athletes in North Grenville and surrounding areas took advantage of a unique opportunity this past season with the Mustang Volleyball club, and next season more students will soon get to participate. Mustang Volleyball Club is an opportunity for kids to play volleyball in a competitive and fun environment, while […]

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Submitted by Angus MacDonald

Young female athletes in North Grenville and surrounding areas took advantage of a unique opportunity this past season with the Mustang Volleyball club, and next season more students will soon get to participate.

Mustang Volleyball Club is an opportunity for kids to play volleyball in a competitive and fun environment, while focusing on skill development. The sport of volleyball is introduced to young athletes by following the outlines of the Long Term Athlete Development model. Certified coaches focus on proper skill development to provide the athletes with the correct techniques to understand the fundamental movements of volleyball. The goal as a club is to promote regular physical activity, to help student athletes achieve their potential inside and outside the gym, and to further their love for volleyball. No prior knowledge of the sport is required, just a positive attitude and a desire to learn.

The plan for the upcoming 2018-19 season is to have a 3 age levels 13U, 14U and a 16U team, consisting of 10-12 athletes per team. Tryouts will occur the second week of September, and once teams are selected, they will practice twice a week at St. Michael Catholic High School in Kemptville. Monthly OVA (Ontario Volleyball Association) tournaments will begin in November, and the season will finish in April when they will participate at the Ontario Provincial championships.

All players interested in this opportunity are asked to please email us at kemptvillemustangvolleyball@gmail.com to obtain more information. For students who are new to the sport and want to learn or refine their skills before tryouts, a summer camp is offered from July 3rd-5th at St. Michael CHS from 9 am-3 pm. Please visit www.minimustangsvolleyball.com to obtain more information and register for the camp.

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Ashton Fry leads 73’s into new season http://www.ngtimes.ca/ashton-fry-leads-73s-into-new-season/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/ashton-fry-leads-73s-into-new-season/#respond Wed, 20 Jun 2018 18:25:26 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=13238 by the sportsguy Last weekend’s main camp for the Kemptville 73’s was filled with the great talent of ice warriors vying for positions on 2018 – 2019 roster, and a strong stopper was signed. During this contest, the 73’s picked their Captain, a young hard charger import from Highlands Ranch, Colorado, to guide them through […]

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Last weekend’s main camp for the Kemptville 73’s was filled with the great talent of ice warriors vying for positions on 2018 – 2019 roster, and a strong stopper was signed.

During this contest, the 73’s picked their Captain, a young hard charger import from Highlands Ranch, Colorado, to guide them through their season.

Ashton Fry joined the 73’s for the 2017-2018 season as a 19 year old. After missing the first 5 games of the season due to an upper body injury it quickly became evident that Fry would be a key contributor to the team putting up 8 points in his first 10 games. His on-ice talent continued to stand out and his off-ice leadership became obvious to the coaches as the season progressed earning him an “A” as one of the team’s assistant captains in November. Fry ended the season with 47 points in 56 games.

Head coach Jeff Jordan expresses his excitement and feeling of pride on Ashton Fry being named next team captain. “I am very proud and excited to see Ashton become the next captain of the Kemptville 73’s. He is a natural leader, a great teammate and he makes everyone around him better. His character, work ethic and dedication sets a perfect example of what it means to be a 73.”

When Ashton was asked about the future schedule, his reply was very simple and positive: “we’ll be coming in HOT!” He plans to lead his warriors by example with his talent, character, work ethic, and dedication.

During the main camp, a strong 1999 stopper 6’5”, 190lb Jarret Fiske, was adopted into the fold for the up coming season.

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Kemptville Black Sox play second home game http://www.ngtimes.ca/kemptville-black-sox-play-second-home-game/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/kemptville-black-sox-play-second-home-game/#respond Wed, 20 Jun 2018 14:24:00 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=13254 The Kemptville Black Sox played their second home game, against the West Carleton Electric, on June 6 at Riverside Park. The game was evenly matched, ending in a tie of 5/5. Dan Thompson and Will Lowe pitched for Kemptville, while Steve Cavanaugh and Andy Barber pitched for West Carleton. The highlights of the game, for […]

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The Kemptville Black Sox played their second home game, against the West Carleton Electric, on June 6 at Riverside Park. The game was evenly matched, ending in a tie of 5/5. Dan Thompson and Will Lowe pitched for Kemptville, while Steve Cavanaugh and Andy Barber pitched for West Carleton.

The highlights of the game, for Kemptville fans, were two doubles and a home run hit by Matt Healey, and a home run hit by Hugh Murray. The next home game will be on June 27 at 8:30pm at Riverside Park against I4C from Ottawa. All are welcome to come out and cheer on the home team.

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Kemptville 73’s hold main camp http://www.ngtimes.ca/kemptville-73s-hold-main-camp/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/kemptville-73s-hold-main-camp/#respond Wed, 13 Jun 2018 18:28:39 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=13120 by the sportsguy Kemptville 73’s held their main camp from Friday until Sunday to establish their starting roster for the upcoming season. 80 young ice warriors made the trek to earn them a spot on the main stage. With a surplus of talent, and no secure positions reserved, the management and staff will have an […]

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Kemptville 73’s held their main camp from Friday until Sunday to establish their starting roster for the upcoming season. 80 young ice warriors made the trek to earn them a spot on the main stage. With a surplus of talent, and no secure positions reserved, the management and staff will have an extremely difficult time weeding out the competitors, and it will all boil down to the final All Star Game to be held on Sunday.

According to Head Coach, Jeff Jordan: “WE are exactly where we want to be after the rebuilding process last season, and now it’s time to move forward in a positive direction and anticipating a great year”.

There are enough power houses to fill a 6-line roster, which is not going to happen…good luck on cutting it down to four strong lines. Will have more on final line up next week.

Golfers: don’t forget the 73’s Annual Golf Tournament on Monday, August 13. Check on line for details.

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Memorial Family Classic Ball Tournament at South Gower Park http://www.ngtimes.ca/memorial-family-classic-ball-tournament-at-south-gower-park/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/memorial-family-classic-ball-tournament-at-south-gower-park/#respond Wed, 13 Jun 2018 18:24:08 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=13117 South Gower Park packed on Saturday, June 9, with enthusiastic ball players, raising money for families dealing with debilitating disease. In it’s 27th year, The Memorial Family Classic Ball Tournament was started by the South Gower Lob Ball League spearheaded by David Valcour in support of Ron Vandentillaart who had been diagnosed with an aggressive […]

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South Gower Park packed on Saturday, June 9, with enthusiastic ball players, raising money for families dealing with debilitating disease.

In it’s 27th year, The Memorial Family Classic Ball Tournament was started by the South Gower Lob Ball League spearheaded by David Valcour in support of Ron Vandentillaart who had been diagnosed with an aggressive form of prostate cancer. After he passed away in February 1992, the tournament lived on, to remember Ron and to raise money for other families in the community who may need financial assistance due to cancer or other debilitating illness.

Ron loved all sports,” says Ron’s wife, Candice Vandentillaart. “He loved the thrill of the game but even more he enjoyed the friendships that developed on and off the field.”

Every year on the second Saturday in June, eighteen teams and many other community members come together to have a fun day of lob ball, complete with a raffle, silent aution, live auction and a hearty beef dinner at the end of the day. In the 27 years of the tournament they have raised over $200,000 for families in need in the community.

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Rideau Glen flourishes into a new season http://www.ngtimes.ca/rideau-glen-flourishes-into-a-new-season/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/rideau-glen-flourishes-into-a-new-season/#respond Wed, 06 Jun 2018 18:59:49 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=12973 Rideau Glen, in its 89th year of existence, flourishes under the wise guidance of the Goss family. The ladies league has surpassed its membership and is hopeful for a bright and prosperous season. Rideau Glen has stood the test of time: from a 2-hole course on a patch of farmland along the Rideau river, it […]

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Rideau Glen, in its 89th year of existence, flourishes under the wise guidance of the Goss family. The ladies league has surpassed its membership and is hopeful for a bright and prosperous season.

Rideau Glen has stood the test of time: from a 2-hole course on a patch of farmland along the Rideau river, it grew to a 6-hole, then a 9-hole regular course that endured for 70 years. It was the gem that attracted many players from the Ottawa Valley and beyond. It was only in 2005 that it progressed to a regular 18-hole course. In this extension, fairways and greens were cut into the forest, where ditches and ponds were created to make it a very attractive and interesting course to play on. A view of the Rideau River is a line of silver between the trees and a few of the cottages. People have commented on how lovely it is to play on a course with no houses surrounding the fairways or greens. It is becoming a rarity in these modern days.

To play in pristine scenery, with the silence and beauty, awes everyone. The fairways are bordered by giant maples, birches, oaks, and a variety of pine trees that intermingle with each other to form a canopy of shade, protecting the players from the intensity of the sun. In the Spring, when the course opens, the trees are bare, but soon buds are sprouting. You admire the difference, from almost nothing to full leaves, in no time at all. The very tender greens against the dark hues of the pine trees is astonishing. As an artist, you notice such changes and fully appreciate the progression of nature from Spring to Summer. On one particular spot on the 3rd fairway is a “Tom Thompson pine”, hovering over the line of other trees and looking down on the players passing through. It seems to be agreeing with every good shot that goes by.

You enjoy the lazy, hazy days of Summer playing leisurely on the course that you love and hate…Many beds of flowers and shrubs intersperse between different holes and augment the beauty of the course.

Then comes the Fall! The shock surprises you with the trees adorned with the most beautiful palette of colours. The yellows, oranges, reds of different hues, are spectacular and, again, amongst the background of the dark greens of the pine trees. Admiring what is in front of you, your concentration is beguiled, and your ball finds a ditch or a pond, then reality brings you back to earth. The trees also play tricks on you and hide the balls under their fallen leaves. Looking for them will exercise your patience. It is not easy to play at Rideau Glen. You must keep your ball in the middle of the fairways if you want to achieve a decent score. Only one great shot will bring you back to play another day.

This all to remind golfers that Rideau Glen is a picturesque course that has survived many changes through its 89 years. In possessing such a beauty, success and joy will follow in the striving to make Rideau Glen a star in their “field of dreams”…

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Mustang Volleyball puts Kemptville on the map http://www.ngtimes.ca/mustang-volleyball-puts-kemptville-on-the-map/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/mustang-volleyball-puts-kemptville-on-the-map/#respond Wed, 06 Jun 2018 18:43:30 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=12982 by Angus MacDonald Five short years ago, a group of Kemptville students decided to try out for the newly-minted Mustang Volleyball club program run out of St. Michael Catholic High School. These Grades 7 and 8 girls walked onto the court with curiosity, optimism, and smiles full of braces. Having limited prior knowledge to the […]

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by Angus MacDonald

Five short years ago, a group of Kemptville students decided to try out for the newly-minted Mustang Volleyball club program run out of St. Michael Catholic High School. These Grades 7 and 8 girls walked onto the court with curiosity, optimism, and smiles full of braces. Having limited prior knowledge to the sport, they worked relentlessly in their first season to learn the game and develop the necessary skills for competition at the 14U level. Little did they know their decision to try a new sport would lead them all across Canada in their graduating year.

The years flew by and, this past Fall, the Mustang 18U athletes started practicing in September for what would be their final year of Ontario Volleyball Association competition. Over the Thanksgiving weekend, they took a flight to Halifax, Nova Scotia, for their first tournament of the season. The St. Michael students embraced the East Coast tour and battled hard, but still had much to learn. After dipping their toes into the Atlantic Ocean, the Mustangs were taught a lesson about resiliency and perseverance, and gained an understanding that nothing worth winning comes easy.

As the season progressed, the girls’ commitment to improving was evident, as they gave up numerous weekends to participate in tournaments in Peterborough, Oshawa, Mississauga, Ottawa, and Casselman. Each tournament sharpened their skills, and game knowledge was acquired. After winning a local LGSSAA championship for their school team, the Mustang Volleyball team travelled to Deep River, where they captured a regional EOSSAA gold medal and punched their ticket to the OFSAA provincial championship in Windsor, Ontario. After finishing fifth at OFSAA in the girls “A” volleyball division, the athletes turned their focus to the Ontario Volleyball Provincial Championships in Waterloo, Ontario. Backed by an explosive offence and steadily improving defense, the Mustang 18U volleyball team competed admirably all weekend, highlighted by a victory over the Kingston Volleyball High Performance 18U club team.

“As a high school team, competing against an all-star club from Kingston who take the best players from numerous schools in the area, says a lot about the dedication, focus, and drive that our students have here in Kemptville,” explains head coach Angus MacDonald.

After playing together for five years, the girls had mixed emotions about heading off to Edmonton for the 18U National Volleyball Championships on May 19-22. The best teams from all across the country would be travelling there, and to be counted amongst them was an accomplishment for this small town team. However, this year’s championship also meant the end of an era, as six players from the starting line-up would all be graduating and moving on to various post-secondary programs.

On May 19, Day One of competition, the Mustang 18U squad ran into two strong Alberta teams, and ended with a record of one win and two losses. Day Two revealed a different story, as the offensive onslaught overpowered their competition from Alberta, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia, and the Mustangs cruised to three straight victories, which propelled them to the quarter finals.

In the playoffs, the Kemptville squad lost the first set 25-23, and then roared back to win 25-13 in the second set; but went on to lose a heart-breaking third set by a score of 15-13. One loss does not define a team and, despite the unfavourable result, Mustang Volleyball went up against some of the best teams in the country, finished with a winning record of four wins and three losses, and represented the town of Kemptville with pride, determination, and heart.

A big congratulations goes out to the graduating players: Grace Besserer, Megan O’Connell, Tatiana Weissflog, Charlotte Black, Sydney Murray, and Vanessa Huels. Tryouts for the 13U, 14U, and 16U teams will take place in September. Please visit www.minimustangsvolleyball.com for more information.

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Men’s fastpitch softball returns to Kemptville http://www.ngtimes.ca/mens-fastpitch-softball-returns-to-kemptville/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/mens-fastpitch-softball-returns-to-kemptville/#respond Wed, 06 Jun 2018 13:35:07 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=12977 Men’s adult fastpitch softball is back in Kemptville after a fourteen-year hiatus. According to team organizer, Hugh Murray, the town was a hotbed for the sport in the 1970s to 1990s. “I think the last game was in 2004, when they were called The Thunder,” Hugh says. The new team, called the Kemptville Black Sox, […]

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Men’s adult fastpitch softball is back in Kemptville after a fourteen-year hiatus. According to team organizer, Hugh Murray, the town was a hotbed for the sport in the 1970s to 1990s. “I think the last game was in 2004, when they were called The Thunder,” Hugh says.

The new team, called the Kemptville Black Sox, sponsored by Shoeless Joes, is part of the Greater Ottawa Fastball League, which has teams in Carp, Stittsville, Fitzroy Harbour, Micksburg, and Quyon. Hugh says that, this year, they are playing a trial schedule, with four games in Kemptville and three in Carp. “We’re just starting to get into the swing of things,” Hugh says, (No pun intended).

The Kemptville Black Sox played their first in Kemptville on May 23 at Riverside Park against Stittsville. The game ended in a tie, with several home runs for the home team. Their next game is on June 6 at 8:30pm at Riverside Park. “We will hopefully get more people watching and playing,” Hugh says.

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Turnout Stables awash in prize ribbons http://www.ngtimes.ca/turnout-stables-awash-in-prize-ribbons/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/turnout-stables-awash-in-prize-ribbons/#respond Thu, 24 May 2018 18:46:06 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=12679 Submitted by Debbie Williams The Turnout Stables Equestrian Team started the show-jumping season in a wave of success. The team from Turnout, a well-known Kemptville equestrian stable, travelled to Wesley Clover Park in Nepean this past weekend for the first Trillium Hunter/Jumper show of the season — and the results were outstanding. Charis Boland rode […]

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The Turnout Stables Equestrian Team started the show-jumping season in a wave of success. The team from Turnout, a well-known Kemptville equestrian stable, travelled to Wesley Clover Park in Nepean this past weekend for the first Trillium Hunter/Jumper show of the season — and the results were outstanding.

Charis Boland rode Pocket Change and Leslie Kittle rode Under Contract, with each earning Reserve Champion in their jumper and hunter events. Lindsay Blakely won two thirds and fifth-place ribbon aboard Conman, and Chelsea Couturier rode Up in Smoke, also to third and fifth-place finishes — all in hunter classes.

Danielle Sayer atop Blues Jeans earned a third-placed prize in the Small/Medium pony division.

Kennedy Ball on Etched in Gold and Allison Patrick on Bullwinkle had great debuts in the Large Pony Division.

“This was a fantastic way to begin the year,” said Debbie Williams, owner and coach at Turnout, “and we’re looking for more great results as our riders and their horses develop throughout the season.”

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Wildcats’ Season Underway Thanks to Local Sponsors http://www.ngtimes.ca/wildcats-season-underway-thanks-to-local-sponsors/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/wildcats-season-underway-thanks-to-local-sponsors/#respond Wed, 16 May 2018 18:17:19 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=12585 by Nadine Pickard The Kemptville Wildcats 2018 season is officially underway! Teams have taken to the diamonds for sorts, followed by games and always accompanied by FUN! Our season would not be possible without financial help from local businesses. A second wave of sponsorship has the executive members feeling very thankful, as well as relieved- […]

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by Nadine Pickard

The Kemptville Wildcats 2018 season is officially underway! Teams have taken to the diamonds for sorts, followed by games and always accompanied by FUN!

Our season would not be possible without financial help from local businesses. A second wave of sponsorship has the executive members feeling very thankful, as well as relieved- costs to replace equipment this season was much higher than usual due to new bat regulations coming into effect. A huge thank you to those who jumped on board with the Wildcats:

Branding Impact
The Kemptville Legion
Classic Graphics
Grenville Mutual Insurance
McGahey insurance
First Aid 4U
DSI Williams Excavating

Sponsors will receive their very own team jersey, and a team photo for their place of business, as well as multiple well-deserved mentions on social media. Follow our Fb page and website for details on our upcoming 2018 tournaments! Until then…PLAY BALL!

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