Huron United opens with 3-2 win

It wasn't pretty, but Huron United kicked off the 2017 soccer season with a victory on the weekend.

The Kincardine men's soccer team began defending a SWRSA Premier League Championship at the Davidson Centre against Shelburne. And it didn't begin well for the home side.

The Shelburne Madmen took a surprise lead just 27 seconds into this match. Electing to play into a strong wind in the first half, a cross from the right wing into the six-yard box was only partially cleared by David Miller, and a Madmen forward was first to the ball and bundled it over the line.

Perhaps because it was the opening game of the season, or possibly because Shelburne didn't allow Huron United any time or space with the ball, but last year's champs looked decidedly shaky out of the gate.

Dudley Two, right?

Kincardine's Ben Scheel lifts the Dudley Cup Saturday night in Trenton after his Golden Hawks defeated Georgetown 2-1 in the Central Canadian Championship tournament final. The Hawks will now play of a national championship at the RBC Cup in Cobourg. For the full story, don't miss this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (photo courtesy of OJHL Images/Amy Deroche)

 Second Sutherland Cup for Skinner

By Josh Howald

Ethan Skinner lifted the Sutherland Cup for the second time in three years Friday night.

The Kincardine native had two assists in a 4-1 win over the London Nationals in Game 5, which clinched the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League championship at Western Fair in London.

"It's pretty cool," Skinner said Monday morning. "The second (Sutherland Cup championship) was definitely a little tougher to get."

He set up Klayton Hoelscher late in the first period to put Elmira up 2-0. London cut the lead in half early in the third period, Mitch Hoelscher scored to make it 3-1 with 12:44 remaining. Skinner assisted on that goal, as well. The Sugar Kings put it away with a Jake Brown goal with 2:43 to go.

 Four in a row for soccer Knights

BAA Track and Field Championships today in Kincardine

By Josh Howald

The Kincardine District Secondary School boys soccer team took a perfect 4-0 record onto the field yesterday in Walkerton.

Coach Watson Morris was impressed with the two victories by his squad last week, but said Tuesday’s game against the rival Sacred Heart High School Crusaders would be the true indicator of how far the Knights could go this season. Regardless of yesterday’s result, however, KDSS will remain in first place as SHHS went into the game with a 1-1-1 record.

 Twenty years of the indoor beach

The 20th annual Kincardine Bulldogs Indoor Beach Volleyball Tournament was again successful, with more than 100 teams taking part over the weekend. In addition, dozens of user groups, schools teams and physical education classes utilized the volleyball courts during the week.

Friday night action at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine. For more photos, don't miss this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Josh Howald photo)


Although the sand went in last Monday and the floor was in use Tuesday and Wednesday, nobody started keeping score until Wednesday night when the Kincardine Recreational Volleyball League held its annual year-end tournament. The Campfires won the championship tournament, while the Redwoods won the consolation side.

Centennials battle back to win Schmalz Cup

The Ayr Centennials have won a second straight Schmalz Cup.

The Centennials clinched the Provincial Junior Hockey League championship Friday night with a Game 6 win over the Port Hope Panthers.

Keeso added to Wall of Fame

By Josh Howald

Only one person was added to the Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs Wall of Fame this year, and it wasn't for his on-ice contributions. Jared Keeso may one day be on Canada's Walk of Fame, but for now he is happy to settle for a spot on the Kincardine Bulldogs Wall of Fame.

From left, Doug Kennedy, Jared Keeso, Brent Armstrong, Paul Catto and Cathy Alcombrack Saturday night at the Bulldogs annual awards banquet. (Josh Howald photo)


 Burrows wins OMHA award

By Josh Howald

Kincardine's Derrick Burrows will be awarded the OMHA Excellence in Development Award at the WOAA's 75th Anniversary celebrations this summer. He will also accept the award at the OMHA Annual General Meeting in Richmond Hill in June.

Kincardine Bulldogs assistant coach Derrick Burrows handed out the Coach's Award to Grant Stevens, middle, and Keegan Angel Saturday night at the Bulldogs awards banquet. Burrows will be presented with an OMHA award in June. (Josh Howald photo)


The award is for outstanding contributions to hockey development programming in minor hockey.

So far, so good for soccer Knights

By Josh Howald

It's been nothing but goals, goals and more goals for the Kincardine District Secondary School boys soccer team in the early stages of the Bluewater Athletic Association season.

Shane McCarthy, left, challenges a Chesley player Thursday in BAA soccer action in Kincardine. McCarthy scored once in a 7-0 KDSS win over the Cougars. (Josh Howald photo)


WOAA looking for local sports photos

The WOAA appealed to the public last week in search of championship team photos for possible inclusion at the organization's historical 75th Anniversary printed program.

The Kincardine Independent recently provided the WOAA with photographs of Kincardine's championship juvenile, intermediate and midget teams from 1950. Additional photographs from the Kincardine, Ripley and Tiverton area depicting historic Ontario provincial sports championships (OMHA and OASA) would like to be found for publication. The WOAA would also be interested in other vintage sports photographs from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s.

The WOAA also announced some additional details regarding the 75th anniversary celebrations. Gary Gravett of Goderich, chair of the organizing committee, announced Harriston native Neil Aitchison - actor, media personality and sportsman - will act as the Master of Ceremonies for the WOAA 75th Anniversary Celebratory dinner on July 22.