It is an exciting time of year to be a sports fan. The first round of NHL playoffs is as exciting as hockey can be in the NHL.


In the NBA playoffs, the Raptors have such a good team but are having a tough time against Washington.


The Blue Jays are getting off to a better start. Toronto FC is one win away from the CONCACAF League Championship.


A local connection to Humbolt


By Doug Kennedy

Former Ripley Minor Hockey player Art Houghton used to play for the Humbolt Broncos junior team that just had that bus accident a couple weeks ago. He played for Humbolt in 1993-94. Although he only played there for four months, that crash must have brought back many memories about his time in Humbolt and he has had lots of communication with ex-junior teammates. Although most of the calls came from Listowel teammates it just shows you how tight the hockey family is.


Novice Rep boys play on same ice as the Detroit Red Wings


By Chris Bianco


The Kincardine Home Hardware Novice Rep team capped off their season with a once-in-lifetime opportunity to play an exhibition game at the Little Ceasars arena in Detroit, before watching the Detroit Red Wings take to the same rink and play an NHL game.


Municipality seeks inductees for Kincardine Sports Wall of Fame

Nomination deadline is April 30


By Barb McKay


Do you know an athlete or team with Kincardine roots who deserve to be recognized?


The municipality is currently seeking nominations for the Kincardine Sports Wall of Fame. The recognition wall was erected at the Davidson Centre last year and the first inductees were unveiled in June. More than three dozen athletes and teams and five ‘builders’ – individuals who have supported local athletes, teams or organizations – are profiled on the Wall of Fame.


It’s over for the Wolves – Ripley eliminated in game five



The Ripley Wolves came close to coming back from three losses to win game five of the playoff series with Durham, but lost the game by a single point – 5-4. The final few minutes of Saturday night’s game was probably the most exciting hockey seen all season as both teams fought to score. (Pauline Kerr photo)

Synchronized skating

Brianna Pointon and Chloe Shields perform their duo “Sorry” during the Ripley-Huron Skating Club showcase on Saturday. (Chris Bianco Photo)


Wolves face the Thundercats Saturday night in semi-final game five



Shutout for Hamilton – Ripley Wolves’ goalie Jason Hamilton stopped a punishing 37 shots on net as the Wolves claimed a 4-0 victory Friday night. (Pauline Kerr photo)

Playoffs over for Bulldogs… but what a great season!


Sunday’s 4-2 loss to the Walkerton Hawks in game six of the best-of-seven series means the season’s over for the Kincardine Bulldogs. And what a season it was, with plenty of great hockey for fans.


The Bulldogs took the first two games of the series, but the Hawks came back to win four in a row, starting with a narrow 3-2 win in Walkerton on the holiday Monday.


Ripley Wolves take series with Milverton in 6-3 victory


Game five Saturday night in the playoff series with Milverton had a bit of everything – stands filled to the rafters with cheering fans including youngsters in Wolves’ t-shirts, plenty of end-to-end action, a mistake that could have given the opposition a chance to even the score, lightning-fast skating, skilled passes and thrilling saves – a much closer and more exciting game than the 6-3 score would indicate.


From beginning to end, the Wolves showed their determination to win, and will go on to the next round of WOAA Sr. A playoffs, meeting the Durham Thundercats. As of press time, the schedule hadn’t been announced, but will start this coming weekend in Ripley.


Bulldogs lead series with Walkerton


Kincardine started the second round of division playoffs Friday night with a hard-hitting, action-filled 5-2 victory over Walkerton.


Cheered on by a vocal contingent of fans who made the trip east on Highway 9 to Walkerton, the Bulldogs came out determined to stand up to the Hawks’ fast and physical style, which they did, and then some.