Sports

Local Special Olympians clean up at Provincial Summer Games

By Barb McKay

Kincardine’s Special Olympics athletes returned from this year’s Provincial Summer Games with plenty of confidence and hardware.


Lawn bowls?

Kincardine club looking for players

Linda Snyder throws the bowl during a game of lawn bowling at the Kincardine greens at the bottom of Lambton Street Looking on is opponent Geoff Broom. The Kincardine Lawn Bowls Club is looking for fresh recruits for its 120th season of friendly competition. For the full story, don't miss this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Barb McKay photo)


Cubs win twice, move in to first

The Kincardine Cubs won a pair of games at home Sunday afternoon, and as a result moved into first place overall in the Midwestern Ontario Senior Baseball League.

The Cubs are now 13-1 and sit three points ahead of the Listowel Legionnaires in the MOSBL standings.

The Cubs have just two regular season games remaining on the schedule to be played. Those games are scheduled to be played this weekend on the road. The first is a big tilt in Listowel Saturday night. First pitch is set for 7:30 p.m. as the two top teams in the league meet in Listowel. Sunday, the Cubs will look to wrap up the regular season with a win in Woodstock. The Cubs will take on the Nationals in a 2 p.m. game at Tip O'Neill Field in Woodstock.

Sunday at home, the Cubs shut out the St. Thomas Cardinals 7-0 in the first game of a double-header. The second game was closer, but the Cubs still came out on top winners in a 3-1 decision.


Battling at NARCH

Easton Battler in action Saturday at the North American Roller Hockey Championships at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga. Battler's team, the High Rollers, lost to Buffalo in the Men's Platinum/Gold Division semi-finals Sunday morning. For the full story, don't miss this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Josh Howald photo)


Gold medal for Battler, Canada Inline

By Josh Howald

Easton Battler brought home a gold medal from his international inline hockey debut.

Battler and Canada Inline's under-23 team defeated the United States in the gold medal game of the AAU inline hockey Junior Olympics last week in California.


Three-game weekend cut short for Cubs

What was supposed to be a busy weekend for the Kincardine Cubs turned out to be not so busy after all.

Kincardine was scheduled to play three Midwestern Ontario Senior Baseball League games on the weekend, but ended up just playing a lone Friday night game in Mitchell.

In a game that kept the Cubbies with a share of first place overall in the MOSBL, Kincardine hammered the Mitchell Astros 15-3 Friday night in Mitchell.


Bantams rained out in semi-final

By Josh Howald

The Kincardine bantam Cardinals were holding a 2-0 lead in the second inning of a Sunday morning semi-final when the skies opened up above Connaught Park in Kincardine.

Cameron Klein of the Kincardine OBA bantam Cardinals dives back to first base after a pick-off attempt by Georgina Saturday morning at Connaught Park in Kincardine, (Josh Howald photo)

Heavy rains cut Kincardine's semi-final game, and the second annual Reg Daze Memorial bantam baseball tournament, short.


 Highlanders perfect in Fergus

The Kincardine Highlanders ran table in Fergus on the weekend.

The defending Ontario Lacrosse Association's Junior Masters provincial champs went 4-0 in the team's third tournament this season. That will surely keep Kincardine as the top-seeded team as the OLA provincial tournament approaches in September. The Highlanders currently share the top-seed honours with Six Nations, Bramalea and Brampton, all with 16 points.

Friday night, the Highlanders defeated Oakville 5-3. Kincardine followed that up with a 7-3 win over Windsor early Saturday afternoon and a 9-3 win over the Durham Nomads on Saturday evening.

Kincardine completed the undefeated weekend with a convincing 5-1 win over a strong team from Six Nations.

There is one more tournament on the OLA schedule before the provincial championship tournament in early September. Kincardine will travel to Niagara-on-the-Lake for tournament action on the second weekend in August.


 Sophie Hotchkiss wins 2017 Women’s Triathlon

By Barb McKay

Kincardine’s Sophie Hotchkiss overcame a rough swim to pull out front of her fellow competitors and win the 2017 Kincardine Women’s Triathlon.

Sophie Hotchkiss won Saturday's Women's Triathlon in Kincardine. (Barb McKay photo)

 

A total of 450 women from across Canadatook part in the triathlon, duathlon and relay events in Kincardine on Saturday morning. The triathlon kicked off at 9 a.m. with a 375 metre swim from Station Beach, followed by a 12-kilometre bike ride and a three-kilometre run, ending in Reunion Park. The duathlon event includes the run and cycling portions of the event.

Hotchkiss, 20, had a difficult start in the water but quickly made her way from third place to first on the bike and led the race for the duration. She crossed the finish line with a time of 43:37.


 Scoreless draw for Huron United

A bizarre scoreless draw on the road Sunday ended a very strange week for Huron United.

Kincardine's Southwest Men's Premier Soccer League club started the week with a default win last Monday when Orangeville Athletic B was unable to put a team on the field. Friday, Huron United travelled to Kitchener to play the Predators in Forsyth Cup action and was losing 2-1 after 40 minutes when the game was called due to lightning. That game will be replayed at a future date.

Then Sunday, Huron United completely dominated the Madmen in Shelburne but just couldn't find the back of the net. The visitors had 20 or more opportunities to score but failed to capitalize. Time after time, free headers from six yards out sailed high or wide, 1-on-1's with the keeper were hit straight at the goalie and assorted individual efforts were placed off target or directly at the Shelburne keeper.