Sports

Klassics in top 10

 

By Doug Kennedy

 

The Kincardine Klassics gymnastics club qualified four athletes to compete in the Level 3-5 Ontario Championships this past weekend. It was hosted by the Forest City Gymnastics Club at the Western Fair Agriplex in London.

 


Line drive

 

Kincardine’s Cubs played a double header against the Lucan Irish 9 on May 27 at Tout Field and finished victorious in both games. Brad Fraser hit a line drive past first base in the first inning. (Tammy Schneider photo)


A first for Kincardine

 

By Doug Kennedy

 

Garrett McFadden has won the 2017-18 Canadian Hockey League Humanitarian of the Year Award in Junior A hockey.

 

It is unbelievable for a Kincardine resident to win an award like this. It was presented to him this past weekend in Regina at the Memorial Cup. Garrett is in charge of McFadden’s Movement, which is a movement to support mental health. Congrats Garrett, you make Kincardine proud.

 


Hockey adventures

 

By Doug Kennedy

 

Josh Howald’s overseas inline hockey ended in the semi-final with a 7-1 loss to Switzerland. The Swiss lost in the final in overtime to the French team. Josh’s team went 3-0 in round robin, defeating Hungary, Great Britain and the U.S. They beat the U.S. in the quarter final before losing out. Josh said it was an unbelievable experience.

 

“We definitely had some ups and downs, some frustrations and some awesomeness. It’s a trip I’ll never forget, anyways.”

 


Garrett McFadden named OHL Humanitarian of the Year

 

By Doug Kennedy

This is the first time someone has won the Dan Snyder Memorial Trophy twice in their OHL career. Garrett McFadden has raised more than $20,000 for his program, called McFadden’s Movement. He introduced an ambassadors program where the money raised goes to local mental health resources.

 


Kincardine athlete chosen as top 100 ‘Future Olympian’ prospect

 

By Barb McKay

 

A young Kincardine athlete has the opportunity to showcase her skills in front of Canadian Olympic and national sporting scouts next month.

 

Amelia Arciszewski, 16, is an athlete through and through, and when it comes to sports she does not discriminate. In soccer, she has consistently played one year up, first with the Huron United boys rep team in Kincardine for three years and for the past three years girls Waterloo rep L1 team with the Ontario Youth Soccer League.

 


Success stories

 

It was a great night in Listowel last Tuesday night as the Cyclones won the Sutherland Cup with a 4-1 win over Caledonia to sweep them four straight. Kincardine residents Dan Skinner and Bryce McFadden are All-Ontario champions at the Junior B level. It is tough for a small town that is one hour away from colleges or universities to win this title. They did it with the best local players within 90 miles. They also have three really good 20-year-olds from their hometown.

 


Slow start to baseball season

 

Usually around the first of May baseball is starting to get into full swing. Unfortunately, one company out of three that is doing the work at Connaught Park is a couple of months behind. It will cost the local kids and ball players a month of baseball on the back diamond at Connaught Park.

 

To make things worse, Ripley is without its main field until July.

 


Playoffs

 

It is an exciting time of year to be a sports fan. The first round of NHL playoffs is as exciting as hockey can be in the NHL.

 

In the NBA playoffs, the Raptors have such a good team but are having a tough time against Washington.

 

The Blue Jays are getting off to a better start. Toronto FC is one win away from the CONCACAF League Championship.

 


A local connection to Humbolt

 

By Doug Kennedy

Former Ripley Minor Hockey player Art Houghton used to play for the Humbolt Broncos junior team that just had that bus accident a couple weeks ago. He played for Humbolt in 1993-94. Although he only played there for four months, that crash must have brought back many memories about his time in Humbolt and he has had lots of communication with ex-junior teammates. Although most of the calls came from Listowel teammates it just shows you how tight the hockey family is.