Bulldogs busy building roster

Exhibition tournament in town this Sunday

By Josh Howald

Opening night gets a little closer every day. And every day, the Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs get a little closer to finalizing this year's roster.

"Training camp is going really well," said head coach Steve Stepaniak. "Everyone out now is legitimately competing for a spot."

Thursday night, the Bulldogs dropped a 1-0 decision to Goderich in an exhibition contest at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine. The previous week, the 'Dogs youngsters dropped a 4-2 game to Hanover's rookies. Stepaniak said for both games he put a very young line-up on the ice with a handful of veterans sprinkled in through the rosters.

Thursday, Goderich had all of its top players dressed, and Stepaniak said it was good for his young players to play at that level and really see the physical part of the game in the Western League.

"If it weren't for three or four posts, we would have won," he said.

Tennis Club to host tournaments

Events for men, women and juniors

By Josh Howald

For the first time in recent memory, the Kincardine Tennis Club will host a trio of tournaments in the next month.

First up will be a singles tournament with a men's and a women's division on Saturday, Aug. 29.

That would be followed up by a junior tennis tournament on Saturday, Sept. 12. The junior event will have divisions for girls and boys under-10, under-14 and a high school aged division.

Finally, the Kincardine Tennis Club will host a doubles event to close out the season on Sept. 26. Details and format for that tournament have yet to be hammered out. Preliminary plans call for men's and women's doubles, and perhaps an Open division and a Seniors division.

McBride wins Ainsdale title

Derek McBride is Ainsdale Golf Course's 2015 club champion.

McBride captured the club title Sunday, following a two-round tournament played over the weekend at Ainsdale Golf Course. McBride shot 77 and 19 in his two rounds for a combined score of 156.

He was pushed to the finish. His 156 was just one stroke better than Brayden Secord. Travis McLaughlin, the 2013 club champion, nearly bounced back from a disastrous front nine on Sunday. He did turn in an impressive 36 on the back nine, three back of McBride.

Secord's 77-80 gave him the Men's B Flight title, while McLaughlin's 77-82 earned him the Men's A Flight championship. Dave Wood was C Flight champ with 171 (88-83) and Jim Martin was the class of D Flight with 182 (89-93).

Bulldogs host Flyers tonight

By Josh Howald

Training camp is in full swing for the Nicol Insurance Kincardine Junior C Bulldogs.

The 'Dogs will host the Goderich Flyers tonight (Thursday) at 7 p.m. for an exhibition preseason contest. It will be the first game action for the Bulldogs, of the Western Junior C Hockey League, this season. Some rookie hopefuls faced off against a rookie team from the Hanover Barons last Thursday, but this is the first time any vets will see any game action.

Kincardine will be in action again on Saturday in Ayton against the Barons. That game is a 7:30 p.m. start. Training camp will then continue with practices before Kincardine travels to Tavistock next Wednesday, Aug. 26, for a 7:30 p.m. game.

Back to (hockey) school

Garrett Meurs puts the youngsters through the paces Thursday at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine at the Garrett Meurs Hockey School, which ran all last week. For the full story, see this week's In the Slot... (Josh Howald photo)

Ball hockey tournament this Saturday

By Josh Howald

The Boston Pizza and Canadian Tire parking lots in Kincardine will turn into ball hockey courts on Saturday, for a good a cause.

Doug Kennedy said last week he is hoping to raise enough money with this weekend's ball hockey tournament to register some local youngsters for minor hockey. The money will help out youngsters whose parents otherwise might not be able to afford the cost of hockey registration. Any extra proceeds from the tournament will go to the Canadian Tire JumpStart program. People are also encouraged to bring any old or unused ice hockey equipment to the tournament this weekend so it can be recycled and put to good use with another young player.

Fox Run tradition for Peister family

Susan and Bill Peister have always been active in community events. With two children, they feel it is important to support the community as volunteers. As role models, Bill and Susan, along with children Erin and Cale, they became strong advocates for the Kincardine Terry Fox Run.

The Terry Fox Run provided the perfect opportunity to be involved in something as a family and help an extremely worthwhile cause. Together, the family has supported the community as volunteers, participated and raised money for cancer research.

Crowd pleaser

All eyes were on Steven Moxley as he succesfully completes a flip on his BMX bike Saturday in Ripley as part of the CrazECrew Stunt Team's performance. (Josh Howald photo)

Cubbies host double-header on Sunday

By Josh Howald

The London Area Angels will be in town this Sunday for two games against the league-leading Kincardine Cubs.

Kincardine leads the Thames Valley Senior Baseball League with a 7-2 record, while the Angels are fourth with a record of 6-5. The first game is scheduled to start at 4 p.m. on Tout Field at Connaught Park in Kincardine, with the second contest slated for a 7 p.m. start.

It's a busy weekend for the Cubs, the defending TVSBL and OBA provincial champions. Saturday, Kincardine will be in Tillsonburg for a double-header against the Ingersoll Blue Jays. The Jays are near the bottom of the TVSBL at 3-5.

Bulldogs sign three more players

Training camp opens Sunday

By Josh Howald

The Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs announced the signing of three players over the weekend.

The Western Junior C League Bulldogs will open training camp at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine this Sunday evening.

Kincardine Minor Hockey graduates Brett Burrows and Shane Vollmer were signed by the Bulldogs over the weekend, in addition to Tara's Keegan Angel. Angel is a Tara native who suited up for the Grey-Bruce AAA Highlanders program the past two seasons. Angel also saw action with the Bulldogs last season as an affiliated call-up player.

Last month, Kincardine announced the signing of Kincardine's Gerrit Satosek, and named him captain at the team's beach dance and steak dinner fundraiser.