Skating marks for Wilken, Leppington

The Ripley Huron Skating Club has reason to boast. A couple of skaters ended the season in grand fashion this year.

Bethany Wilken, left, Brenda Hill and Annie Leppington pose for a photo recently. Hill is the coach of the two Ripley Skating Club athletes. (submitted photo)


Bethany Wilken recently reached another figure skating milestone.

The 18-year-old from Ripley completed her final Diamond Dance test. Diamond Dances are considered to be competitive tests within Skate Canada's testing structure. It is a very difficult feat that is rarely achieved by skaters in this region.

Wilken is the first skater from the Ripley Huron Skating Club to pass all four Diamond Dances.

 Sugar Kings will play for Sutherland Cup

Listowel knocked out by London

Sometimes the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League playoffs experience some glitches.

Kincardine native Ethan Skinner, right, faces off against Caledonia's Christian Monachino in Game 2 of the Sutherland Cup semi-finals last week at Dan Snyder Memorial Arena in Elmira. Skinner and the Sugar Kings finished off the Corvairs in Game 5 Sunday afternoon. (photo courtesy of Spencer Smye Photography for The Kincardine Independent)


This would be one of those years.

 Mixed doubles title for KDSS

Kincardine District Secondary School hosted the Bluewater Athletic Association badminton championships last week and captured a BAA mixed doubles title.

Madison Beishuizen and Dax Tompkins won the junior mixed doubles event. The pair defeated Maddie McGilveary and Todd Johnson of Chesley District Community School in the final.

It was the only first place finish of the day for KDSS. Beishuizen and Tompkins advanced to the CWOSSA junior badminton championships, which were also held last week in Kitchener.

KDSS did pick up a couple of third place finishes, however. Jennelle Smeltzer was third in senior girls singles, while the team of Jake Colley and Ronny Blanchard finished third in senior boys doubles.

Those three KDSS athletes advanced to the CWOSSA senior tournament, which was also held last week in Kitchener. Results from the CWOSSA badminton championships were not available as of press time.



Linda and Grant McRae won the Local 55+ shuffleboard event Thursday at the Davdison Centre in the hall. The Senior Games continue this week. For the full story, don't miss this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Josh Howald photo)

 Trenton, Georgetown headed for Game 7

The Buckland Cup will be handed out tonight (Wednesday) one way or another.

The Trenton Golden Hawks and the Georgetown Raiders will play a one-game showdown to determine the best team in the Ontario Junior Hockey League.

Kincardine's Ben Scheel plays for Trenton. Scheel has a goal and three assists in 14 playoff games for the Golden Hawks.

A seventh and final game became necessary as the teams split weekend contests. This series has gone back and forth. Trenton took Game 4 of the series 2-1 in overtime Thursday and Game 5 Friday night 5-2 on the road. The Golden Hawks had a chance to wrap things up on home ice Sunday, but were blanked 5-0 by the Raiders.

 Huron Heights wins Bluewater basketball

Huron Heights Public School won the Bluewater Boys Basketball championship last week in Owen Sound.

The HHPS Lightning Hawks qualified for the tournament by winning the Southwest Regional tournament March 29 at Kincardine District Secondary School. Last Tuesday in Owen Sound, they were joined by other regional champions Syndenham (Owen Sound), GC Huston (Southampton), Hepworth, John Diefenbaker (Hanover), Osprey (Maxwell), Mildmay-Carrick and Georgian Bay (Meaford).

Huron Heights opened the tournament against Hepworth. Mack Beisel and Holden Stevenson each scored eight points, but it was a great team effort that propelled the Lightning Hawks to a 38-16 win.

The second game pitted HHPS against an extremely aggressive team from Hanover. The Lightning Hawks were able to shut down JDSS' offence, however, to come away with a 26-13 victory. Mack Beisel had 10 points for Huron Heights, while Jordan Beisel chipped in with five.

Listowel hosts Game 4 tonight

Caledonia battles back to cut Elmira lead

Game 4 of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League's Sutherland Cup semi-final series between London and Listowel will be played tonight (Wednesday) at Western Fair in London.

The Nationals lead the Listowel Cyclones 2-1 after a 4-1 Game 3 win Monday night in Listowel. Brandon Glover scored twice for London, while Cameron Zanussi made 27 saves in the London goal

Listowel, the Midwestern Conference champions, dropped Game 1 to the Nationals Friday night in overtime at home. The series opener was tied 2-2 after two periods, before Adam Sinclair scored his second goal of the game to give London a 3-2 lead. However, Kincardine native Danny Skinner scored four minutes later to even the score. It remained tied until Glover scored in overtime to give the Western Conference champions a 4-3 lead.

 Soccer season opens Tuesday

The Kincardine District Secondary School soccer teams will kick off another season on Tuesday.

The BAA soccer season will open tomorrow, with KDSS teams in action on Tuesday. (Independent file photo/Howald)


The Bluewater Athletic Association boys and girls soccer regular season schedules were released last week, and both KDSS teams will open the season Tuesday afternoon on the road. The KDSS boys will be up first, with a 2 p.m. game in Walkerton against the Walkerton District Community School Riverhawks. The girls will also take on the WDCS girls in a game that will follow the boys match, or roughly 3:45 p.m.

Plenty of pickleballers

The inaugural Kincardine pickleball tournament can certainly be considered a success.

Things were tense in the B final last Wednesday in the hall at the Davidson Centre. (Josh Howald photo)


A total of 24 doubles teams took part in the two-day event, whcih came to a conclusion last Tuesday afternoon with some exciting pickleball action in the Daivdson Centre hall. The tournament was held on consecutive Wednesdays.

When all the dust had settled, the team of Paul Hamann and Steve Baulch came out as the A Division champions. They swept Les Booth and Linda MacTavish 2-0 in the championship final. The B final, pictured above, saw Terry VanGaver and Don Brisson win a third and deciding match.

Walkerton wins indoor soccer event

A Walkerton team captured the second annual Kincardine Adult Soccer Association Co-Ed Indoor Soccer Tournament April 1.

The second annual KASA Indoor Co-Ed champions. (submitted photo)