Sports

Wolves land in A playoffs

By Josh Howald

Despite winning their final game of the WOAA Senior AA season, the Ripley Wolves will not compete for a AA playoff championship again this season.

The Wolves finished fifth overall in the seven-team North Division, three points back of the fourth place Shallow Lake Crushers. While the Crushers get the unenviable task of taking on the Mapleton-Minto 81's in the opening round of the playoffs, the Wolves will be the top seed in the A playoffs with Lucknow, Shelburne from the North and Tillsonburg and Milverton from the WOAA South Division. The other North Division AA match-up will feature the Saugeen Shores Winterhawks and the Durham Thundercats.

While the Wolves wanted to compete for the AA title, on a positive note they will get a chance to defend the WOAA Senior A playoff championship they won last season in a seven-game series against the Shallow Lake Crushers.


Ravens win girls volleyball tourney

The Ripley Community School Ravens won the championship banner at the Southwest Regional Volleyball Tournament held Jan. 19 at Kincardine District Secondary School.

 

Ripley defeated Huron Heights Public School 25-7, 25-12 and then split 25-17 games with Lucknow. Ripley then swept Elgin Market Public School 25-8, 25-14 to finish first overall in the round robin with a 5-1 record.

 

The finals pitted the Ravens against Lucknow once again, but this time Ripley's serving was too much for Lucknow. Accurate passing and setting lead the way to a straight set win over Lucknow 25-6, 25-10.

 

This week Ripley will be in Sauble Beach to play in the Bluewater championship tournament.


Atoms open International Silver Stick Friday

By Josh Howald

Better hope these kids are morning people.

The Kincardine Canadian Tire atom Kinucks will begin the quest of an International Silver Stick championship bright and early Friday morning.

Kincardine will face Ilderton at 8 a.m., then have a short break before taking on Elmvale at 11:30 a.m. at a different arena. The third and final preliminary round game for Kincardine is scheduled for 8 a.m. on Saturday morning in Thedford. The opponent in that game is a team from Rome, New York.


Weekend sweep for 'Dogs

By Josh Howald

Matthew Mah scored at 3:38 of double overtime to cap off a comeback win for the Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs Saturday night and grab all four possible points that were up for grabs on the weekend.

That means a first place finish in the Western Junior C League is still a possibility for Kincardine, though unlikely. To finish first, Kincardine would have to win all three games that remain while the Walkerton Hawks would have to lose both games they have left on the schedule. Stranger things have happened, certainly, but regardless of how the standings play out it was a big weekend for the 'Dogs.


Capital save

Keaton Bowman of the Walkerton novice LL#1 Capitals makes a big save with his glove during the Arran-Elderslie Ice Dogs novice tournament Sunday morning in Paisley. Bowman had a shutout in this game, which his team won in a shootout. The Caps won three games, two of them in a shootout, before losing to Saugeen Shores in the tournament final. (Josh Howald photo)


KDSS Hockey Day this Saturday

By Josh Howald

This Saturday will be KDSS Hockey Day at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine.

Live entertainment, a silent auction, a licensed bar, an alumni game and a Western Junior C hockey game are all on deck as a fundraiser for the KDSS boys hockey team, which will travel to Europe for a series of exhibition games later this season.


Kincardine games postponed

Two Major Curling League games that were to take place in Kincardine last Wednesday night were postponed due to weather conditions.

Craig Milburn's Penetangear rink was scheduled to face Chesley's Scott Ballantyne, and Wade Walsh was to meet AJ Schumaker at the Kincardine Curling Club. The Major Curling League has yet to detail if and when those games will be played, but it is likely they will - with just two weeks left in the regular season, every team is still in the hunt for a spot in the postseason.

Three other games were played in Hanover last week, however. Al Hutchinson moved into first place overall with a 7-4 win over Steve Gregg. Jeff Thomson needed an extra end to beat Mike Hamer's rink 7-6, while Tom Slumskie handed Don Bartley a 5-3 loss.


Ski loppet this Saturday

Don't hide inside - embrace the season.

A scene from the second annual ski loppet at Stoney Island in 2014. (Independent file photo/Howald)

 

People are encouraged to come back outside to enjoy the fourth annual Kincardine Community Ski Loppet this Saturday afternoon.

As usual, the event will take place at the Stoney Island Conservation Area just north of town on the B-Line (Country Road 23). The loppet will begin at 2 p.m., but there will also be a short race for enthusiasts beginning at 1 p.m. Open to all age groups, there will be a short course for youngsters that avoids hills.


Bulldogs split games with Walkerton

By Josh Howald

The Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs failed to gain any ground on the Walkerton Hawks over the weekend - but they didn't lose any either.

Little changed in the standings as Walkerton and Kincardine, the first and second place teams in the Western Junior C League, respectively, split a home-and-home set on the weekend. Both teams won on the road.

"Obviously four points was the goal, but we're still happy with the win and taking the season series (vs. Walkerton, 3-2-1)," said Kincardine head coach Steve Stepaniak on Sunday.


Wolves still seek first win of 2016

Wall of Fame inductions this Saturday

By Josh Howald

The Ripley Wolves have had a less than ideal start to the New Year.

League leading Mapleton-Minto had little trouble with the Ripley Wolves Sunday afternoon in the village. (Josh Howald photo)

In fact, the Wolves are still looking for their first win of 2016 after dropping two weekend contests on home ice. Ripley lost 6-2 to Saugeen Shores on Saturday and the Minto-Mapleton 81's danced all over the Wolves Sunday afternoon. The Wolves have now dropped four consecutive games and have slipped from third to sixth place in the standings.