First Skate '08

Tim Dwinnell

Bulldog veteran Tim Dwinnell jokes around at Kincardine's first skate Sunday night. Hard to believe, but this year Dwinnell is returning for a seventh season with the Bulldogs. This will be his last, however, as he is one of four overage players the Dogs are permitted to sign. (Josh Howald photo)

Good Rookie Season!

Good season

Good rookie season!
Eight-year-old Kendrick Shepherd, left, celebrates the season's end with his KMBA rookie ball teammate Zach Wall, 6. They were at the year-end fun day Saturday at Connaught Park, joining rookie teams from Saugeen Shores and Ripley. (Kristen Shane photo)



The Kincardine Independent was one of 20 teams in Sunday's beach volleyball tournament at Station beac. Some of the team members included, left, Josh Howald, Evan Wendt, Kara Robertson and Kiel Edge. (Natasha Zettler photo)


Scott Ballantyne is back

Upon returning from the Czech Republic, Kincardine’s Scott Ballantyne had nothing but good things to say about his experience as an assistant coach at the World University Baseball Championships.
After dropping its first three games of the tournament, Canada hammered Lithuania 25-0, which turned things around for the club.

"We ended up in fifth place," said Ballantyne, also the coach of the Laurier University Baseball program, "which is the best finish ever for Canada at this tournament."

Canada went 2-4 in the round robin portion of the tourney.
"Of our four losses, three were by one run, the fourth by two," he said. "We lost to the Americans and the Japanese in extra innings. With a break or two we could have won both games."
Ballantyne, an accountant in Kitchener, was cheered on by his wife Amy, and his parents Bill and JoAnne, all of whom made the trip to the Czech Republic.

Barbs even record

The Bruce County Barbarians improved to 4-4 as the Senior Men's rugby team won its first road game of the year Sunday afternoon.

In a game that was delayed almost two hours by lightning, the Barbarians claimed a 10-5 win over the Norfolk Harvesters.
Bruce County controlled the early play, and after missing two penalties, it finally got on the board. From just outside the Norfolk 22-yard line, Rhys Jones switched with Keith Colley on a line-out, and Colley slotted over a well-taken drop to give Bruce County a 3-0 lead.

It stayed that way until the half.
Barbarians coach Martin O'Connor said that Norfolk played much better in the second, dominating the early part of the half. Bruce County took a penalty deep in the defensive end, which allowed the Harvesters to run in for a 5-3 lead and the first try of the game. The Harvesters missed the conversion.

Robertson ready for return to South Dakota

Kara Robertson followed her heart to South Dakota.
"I just love the sport of volleyball," she said Thursday. "I love everything about it."
Robertson is back in Kincardine for the summer after having completed her first year at Dakota-Wesleyan University.
She is at the South Dakota school on a volleyball scholarship, her tuition covered by the Tigers Athletic Department.
It isn't the only reason Robertson selected the school. She refused offers from other American universities, choosing Dakota-Wesleyan because of its educational reputation. She is studying biochemistry at the school, which has been around since 1880. She has her sights set on becoming a doctor.

Education and volleyball come first for the 5"11 middle hitter.
"I pretty much quit everything else to focus (on volleyball and school) in about Grade 10," said Robertson, who is also a former provincial Highland Dance champion.

78-year-old triumphs over duathlon

She was the last to finish, but she probably got the most applause.
Cheering crowds lined the orange snow fence at Station Beach to see the oldest participant in the Kincardine Women's Triathlon, Chris Jefferies, finish her duathlon Saturday morning.

Smiling and bright-eyed, Jefferies, 78, high-fived her fans as she walked the last 100 metres. When she arrived at the finish mats, almost two hours after starting, she pumped her fists in the air before hugging her friend Cathy Addison.
"She's an inspiration to everybody at that age," said Addison before the race. "She's 78, but probably at heart she's 50 years old."

After taking a seat in the shade, Jefferies reflected on her race:
"I did it. It was a long time, but I did it," she said. "I feel good. I thought I'd probably collapse when I crossed the line, but I didn't."

Just in case, organizers sent a volunteer to run with Jefferies during the last leg of the race.
"It was really nice to have people with me," she said.

Complete Silver Stick schedule

Twin Centres takes Silver Stick title

Great Kincardine run ends in International Final

An impressive run by the Kincardine Home Hardware novices ended today in the International Silver Stick Final in St. Clair Shores, Michigan.

Kincardine was defeatd 7-4 in today's championship game by Twin Centres, who did not lose a game in Regional or International Silver Stick competition. Coaching staff said they were proud of the team, and how they managed to work together to reach this point. The team played some it's best hockey on this run, and may have played their best game this season yesterday in a 4-3 loss to Twin Centres - the only team to knock off the Kinucks on this journey.

For the full story, see this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent.

Luck? No

Attack skate in Huron-Kinloss

Jordan Binnington of the Owen Sound Attack stops Zach Nastasiuk during a shootout drill at the end of practice last night in Lucknow. The Attack held an open practice at the Lucknow Community Centre, followed by an open free skate. For more photos and the full story, including an exclusive interview with Owen Sound head coach Greg Ireland, don't miss next week's print edition of The Independent. Also, we will be making a draw for Attack tickets today as part of our NHL Hockey Pool! The Attack are in Windsor tonight to play the Spitfires. (Josh Howald photo)