Cubs, Laurier meet tonight at Connaught Park

Ballantyne brings defending OUA champs to town for exhibition

By Josh Howald

The Cubbies won't see any teams like this at the OBA tournament.

The Cubs score a run against WLU in the 2011 exhibition game between Kincardine and the Golden Hawks. First pitch is tonight at 7:30 p.m. on Tout Field at Connaught Park in Kincardine. (Independent file photo/Howald)


The Kincardine senior baseball team will have its work cut out for them tonight (Wednesday) as they host the Sir Wilfrid Laurier University Golden Hawks for an exhibition contest at Connaught Park.

Bulldogs roster taking shape

By Josh Howald

The Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs won a pair of exhibition preseason games last week, and more importantly, have signed a good portion of their roster for the upcoming season.

New head coach Steve Stepaniak said Monday morning that the team has had a good training camp so far, and that the Bulldogs have signed 16 players to cards for the 2014-15 season, including 11 players returning from last year's squad.

"I would think we will be making decisions on the last few roster spots after Thursday's game against Mount Forest and Monday's game in Dorchester," said Stepaniak.

Cubs go into OBAs hot

By Eric Elliott

The Kincardine Cubs are heating up at the right time.



Jeremy Dinsmore shows the ball to the umpire after tagging out Taylor Jones of the London Area Angels at second base Sunday evening at Connaught Park in Kincardine. Jones tried to take two bases on a fourth inning hit, but a nice throw from left field easily beat him to the bag. Kincardine rode an early lead Sunday and hung on for a 9-7 win over the Angels. (Josh Howald photo)



Bulldogs open with win

Kincardine hosts Hanover Thursday night

The Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs opened the Western Junior C exhibition preseason schedule last night (Tuesday) with a 6-3 win in Ayton over the Hanover Barons.

It was the first exhibition game of the preseason for both clubs. No scoring details were available.

The teams will meet again tomorrow night (Thursday) at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine. Game time is 7:30 p.m.

Keeping hockey fun

Meurs runs annual hockey camp in Kincardine

By Josh Howald

There were so many smiling faces, it almost looked like the last day of school.


Garrett Meurs of the Lake Erie Monsters with some of the young players at his hockey camp in Kincardine last week. From left are Jack and Gray Charbonneau and Madden Walden. (Josh Howald photo)


More than 100 young hockey players were on the ice last week, taking part in the Garrett Meurs Hockey Camp at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine.

Surf's up

Surfing conditions were ideal last Wednesday morning in Kincardine, and more than a dozen surfers were in the water at Station Beach. However, the West Shore Huron Surf Classic presented by Billabong was postponed due to calm lake conditions on the weekend. It has been pushed back, weather pending, to Aug. 23. (Josh Howald photo)

Cubs move ahead of Oakridge

Coming down the stretch

The Kincardine Cubs kicked off a busy final leg of the season Friday night with a big win in London against the Oakridge Reds.


It was an important victory for Kincardine, as the Reds and Cubs entered Friday night's game with identical 8-4 records, tied for second place in the Thames Valley Senior Baseball League.


It was Kincardine's first game of a stretch that will see them play five games in the final 10 days of the TVSBL regular season.


Flying high

Kincardine's Spencer Montgomery catches some air Friday evening at the skate park at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine. (Josh Howald photo)

McKenzie wins Chinook Classic

By Josh Howald

Murray McKenzie of Holstein is the 2014 winner of Lake Huron's largest fishing derby.

McKenzie hung on to win the Chantry Chinook Classic Fishing Derby with a 21.1-pound chinook he reeled in last Sunday, Aug. 3. McKenzie weighed in the biggest salmon of the two-week derby at the Wiarton weigh station. He was in Tiverton on Sunday to collect his prize - a cool $14,000.

The biggest fish of the derby, however, wasn't a salmon. It was a 25.21-pound lake trout caught by Colleen Elliott of Lambton Shores. She gets a $6,000 prize for having the derby's top trout, which was 39 inches long. She brought that monster into the Kincardine weigh station last Monday afternoon.

Safe at first

Ty McQuillin, 6, of Kincardine just reaches first base as Ripley's Colban Liddle catches the ball. The Kincardine Rookie Ball #2 team hosted Ripley Saturday morning at Connaught Park. (Barb McKay photo)