Sports

 Jumps, skills features to be removed from Inverhuron bike park

By Barb McKay

Mountain bike enthusiasts will no longer be able to enjoy the thrills of the jumps and features of the skills area at the Inverhuron Mountain Bike Park after the Municipality of Kincardine was forced to remove it, at least for this season

Council learned during its meeting last Wednesday that the skills and technical area of the park does not comply with industry standards which could leave the municipality open to liability. The park had been inspected by the municipality’s insurer risk management consultant following a decision by the Supreme Court of Canada that found that the County of Bruce was entirely to blame for an accident that left a man quadriplegic. The county appealed the decision in February but lost.


Long jumping

Kali Fischer of Formosa's Immaculate Conception School competes in intermediate girls long jump last Tuesday at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine at the Bruce Grey District Catholic School Board's track and field championship meet. Formosa won the overall school team title, as well as the junior boys division (Josh Howald photo)


 Sunday split at home for Cubs

By Josh Howald

Hitting is rarely an issue for the Kincardine Cubs.

Dane Dunlop steals second base in Sunday's action against L\the London Area Angels.. (Josh Howald photo)

 

But Kincardine struggled at the plate Sunday afternoon against the Mitchell Astros, and as a result, the Cubs are no longer undefeated in Midwestern Ontario Senior Baseball League action.


 Henderson comes home Saturday

By Josh Howald

He scored the most iconic goal in Canadian history, and Kincardine is happy to welcome him home for Canada Day.

Paul Henderson was born Jan. 28, 1943 in a horse-drawn sleigh on the Kincardine Hospital hill. This Saturday morning, he will be honoured with a special plaque dedication from the Kincardine Canada Day Committee. The plaque, noting his birthplace, will be placed at the bottom of the hill on Queen St. and will be unveiled at 9:30 a.m. Henderson and his family will be paraded to the site in a carriage pulled by Mike Geddes' Clydsdale horses, more or less retracing the route travelled the day of his birth.


 Huron United beats Orangeville 4-1

Despite a noticeable lack of finish from Huron United, the team continued an unbeaten run at home in SWRSA Premier League soccer Sunday evening against an understaffed Orangeville Storm.

Huron United used strength in numbers to defeat the Orangeville Storm Sunday afternoon at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine. (Josh Howald photo)

 

The Storm showed up with just seven players – the minimum number of players necessary to play a game. The players they did have put up a plucky effort, and that combined with a lack of attention to detail by the home team led to a much closer game than a 4-1 score indicated.


Cubs smoke Hitmen

The Kincardine Cubs remained undefeated in Midwestern Ontario Senior Baseball League play with a one-sided 14-3 win last Wednesday night at the Hanover Raceway.

Scott Austin had a hot bat for the Cubs. He socked two home runs in this game, which moved Kincardine to 6-0 on the season.

Austin also made a great running catch into centre field from his shortstop position.

Tyler Middleton had his best start of the season on the mound. He struck out the first three batters he faced, and was still tossing a no-hitter heading into the fifth inning.

Former Cub Jimmy Kritz started for the Hitmen, whose roster is dotted with former Kincardine players.

"They are a young, talented team that just needs some experience," said Kincardine's Ryan Fraser on Monday.

"They just don't have the veterans that (we) do."


 Huron United advances with shootout win

It wasn't pretty, but a win is a win.

Huron United's Aiden Calcutt gets a hand on a Madman penalty during a five-man shootout that settled a 2-2 draw Sunday evening at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine. (Josh Howald photo)

 

Huron United choked on a two-goal lead late in Sunday evening's SWRSA League Cup match at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine, but regrouped to advance with a win in a penalty shootout.

Huron United was cruising with 15 minutes remaining and holding a 3-1 lead. But the home side allowed the Shelburne Madmen back in the match with a penalty kick and some defensive indecision that allowed a Madmen striker to waltz in all alone on keeper Aidan Calcutt.


 Tennis court work finally tendered

Work will not be completed this year

By Josh Howald

When you are already years behind schedule, what's another couple of months?

The Harbour Street tennis courts in Kincardine will not be playable in 2017, contrary to claims made last month by municipal staff.

The resurfacing of the tennis courts was finally tendered last week by the municipality. If a company is interested in the job and successfully bids on it (the deadline is June 22) - and there are no unforeseen delays - there could be three playable tennis courts in town again in May, 2018.


 Wingham signs local skaters

But Bulldogs get Gibson, Fair

By Josh Howald

It might not be prime time for junior hockey action, but there is plenty of news coming out of the Provincial Junior Hockey League these days.

The Wingham Ironmen announced last week they had signed Rhys Vollmer and goaltender Jamie Brock. Both played for the Kincardine Miller Insurance midget Kinucks last season. Vollmer captained the International Silver Stick champions, while Brock was rock solid between the pipes all season long.

The Ironmen also got Shane Vollmer and Ethan Long on cards for next season. Shane is the older brother of Rhys, and played for the Bulldogs two seasons ago - but signed with the Ironmen just before the deadline last season. Long started last season with the Kincardine midgets but jumped ship for the PJHL early in the year.


Cubs win pair on the road

A double-header in Byron Satuday didn't change much in the Midwestern Ontario Senior Baseball League.

The Kincardine Cubs are still undefeated and at the top of the standings, while the Byron Storm is still winless and at the bottom of the MOSBL table.

The Cubs cruised to a pair of wins on the road, despite playing some sloppy baseball at times.

Dylan Sayle took to the hill for the first half of this double-header already up three runs courtesy of three straight singles and a wild pitch. A Scott Austin double scored two more runs in the second inning, and then Austin made it 6-0 when he scored on another wild pitch. Sheldon McBride, Dane Dunlop and Austin all had RBI singles in the third, and the Cubs were up 9-0.

Byron got on the board in the third inning. A walk and two singles broke the ice, and the Storm scored three more times in the fourth, two of them unearned, and it was 9-4.