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.

 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.