Cubs claim TVSBL title

By Josh Howald

The Kincardine Cubs won the Thames Valley Senior Baseball League championship on the weekend in Listowel.

After cruising through Saturday's action at the playoff tournament in Mitchell and Listowel, Kincardine found itself undefeated - meaning that Listowel would have to defeat the Cubs in back-to-back games to win the TVSBL title.

And Listowel did manage to beat the Cubs in the first match-up, though they needed some help from the hometown umpiring crew. With the Legionnaires leading 11-10, Curtis Cobean  hit a solo home run that tied the game. However, it was ruled a foul ball - a decision that even the Legionnaires agreed was questionable.

Infielder Caden Allingham said there were several botched calls in the game.

"Mind you, we booted the ball around in one inning too - four errors in the third inning cost us."

Hockey star Max Domi recalls summers in Kincardine

By Barb McKay

Max Domi has fond memories of summers in Kincardine.

Arizona Coyotes forward Max Domi greets a few fans last week in Kincardine. From left are Zak and Cam Fletcher, Andrew and Jack McKay. (Barb McKay photo)


The 21-year-old Arizona Coyotes forward is a rising star in the NHL and last Monday was in Kincardine to help welcome new Bruce Power president and CEO Michael Rencheck. While in town, he took time out to chat with The Independent.

Domi said while growing up in Toronto, he enjoyed many summer holidays at his best friend’s family cottage on Bruce Beach.

Bulldogs roster starting to take shape

Kincardine to host exhibition tournament this weekend

By Josh Howald

Well, one way to beat the heat is to stay inside the arena.

Grant Stevens, seen here with the Miller Insurance midget Kinucks last season, has signed a card with the Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs. (Independent file photo/Howald)


That is what Kincardine Bulldogs prospects have been doing lately, with even more ice in store soon. Last night (Tuesday) the Bulldogs entertained the Hanover Barons for an exhibition game, and tomorrow night the Wingham Ironmen will be in town for another exhibition contest. Then on Sunday, Kincardine will host the Walkerton Hawks, the Stayner Siskins and the Tavistock Braves for a four-team preseason tournament.

Huron United edges out Walkerton

Huron United travelled to Cargill to take on their Bruce County rivals from Walkerton on Sunday afternoon. Huron United prevailed 2-1 in a physical contest that kept United atop the SWRSA Premier Men’s Soccer League standings.

Huron United took the lead just 13 minutes into this game on a penalty. Peter Stoeckli was brought down in the six-yard box and Ivo Ferreira, the Premier League’s leading scorer, made it a 1-0 match. His goal gave him a league-best 11 goals on the season. Things got worse for Walkerton when they had a player sent off with a red card. Now playing with 10 men, Walkerton hung on to keep things within a goal at the half.

Huron United controlled the play in the second half, and only a series of excellent stops by the Walkerton keeper kept it close. It got much closer when Walkerton’s first shot of the match found its way into the net in the 71st minute.

M-Power move

Mandy Cronin stickhandles around one of her students at the M-Power Hockey Camp last week at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine. The former University of Maine goaltender ran the all-female school in Kincardine with an emphasis on having fun. (Josh Howald photo)

Mission complete for minor bantams

Strong season for young Cardinals

The season came to end on the weekend for the Kincardine minor bantam Cardinals.

The group of first-year players, born in 2002, finished the regular season with a respectable 9-7-1 record and played in the WOBA championship tournament on the weekend.

Highlanders head to provincials as top seed

The Kincardine Highlanders lacrosse team won four straight games in Niagara-on-the-Lake to claim the Ontario Masters Lacrosse League Junior Division regular season championship.

Kincardine went into the tournament in third place overall in the 12-team league with a record of 7-3-2, and needed to win three of four contests in order to finish in one of the top two spots. The top two teams are ranked as top seed in either the A or B pool at the provincial championship tournament.

The Highlanders managed to pull out wins in all four games, including a nail biter against Orangeville that saw them score the game-winning goal with just 15 seconds left on the clock, just after Orangeville had tied the game with the net empty for an extra attacker. The final score in that one was 5-4.

Kincardine also dumped Brampton 8-3, Windsor 11-2 and Durham 9-3.

Listen up...

Garrett McFadden, right, of the Guelph Storm fires up the bench Friday at the Garrett Meurs Hockey Camp at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine. That is Fort Wayne Komets forward Meurs in the background. More than 100 youngsters attended the annual hockey camp, which concluded Friday with game action. (Josh Howald photo)

Huron United clinch top spot

Huron United sewed up top spot in the South Western Regional Soccer Association Men’s Premier League Sunday evening with a convincing 4-0 road win over the Madmen.

In Shelburne, the home team had the first real opportunity at the five-minute mark, but a headed attempt struck the outside of the post and was cleared to safety.

From that point, Huron United seized control of the match and took the lead 12 minutes in. Nick Plagos crossed the ball from the right touch line to Matt Brown at the far post, and his sliding shot found the bottom right corner of the net.

Terron Hyre tested the home keeper with a rising drive that was pushed around the right post and the score was still 1-0 at the half.

Scoring champs

Four Counties Ball Hockey wrapped up the season Sunday with a year-end playoff tournament in Clifford. The league also honoured its division scoring champions. From left are Brody Kleist (11 and under division), Gavyn Eccles (tyke) and Nick Kilpatrick (12 and up division). (Josh Howald photo)