Sports

 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.


 McFadden’s Movement comes home to Kincardine

By Pauline Kerr

Garrett McFadden brought McFadden’s Movement home to Kincardine on Sunday, June 11.

Garrett McFadden with some fans at the Kincadine Library on the weekend. (Pauline Kerr photo)

 

One might ask why the captain of the OHL’s Guelph Storm would be speaking to a group of youngsters, parents and other community members about mental health.

Fortunately, he’s as fearless talking to a group of people in his hometown library as he is on the ice. “A lot of guys think being in the OHL, I’m living the life,” said McFadden. “There’s more to it than free sticks and skates.”


 Big weekend for Bulls

It was a big weekend for the Western Ontario Baseball Association Bulls, and four players from the Kincardine Minor Baseball Association captured AA tournament championships as a result.

Jordan Beisel won a minor bantam championship in London, as the Bulls defeated a solid Chatham team 5-3 in the tournament final.

Rob McGregor, Liam Colhoun and Anthony Travale, meanwhile, won the Brantford major bantam AA tournament as the Bulls beat the two-time defending OBA champions from Barrie 6-5 in that tourney final.

All four players play on the Kincardine bantam Cardinals, but join the Bulls for a league-tournament team. Beisel plays on the 2003 Bulls, while Colhoun, McGregor and Travale are on the 2002 squad.