Sunday's warm temperature left people in shorts and t-shirts chipping away at snow and ice. Here, Andy Cline serves with some Spring in his step during a game of tennis in Kincardine. The courts had to be cleared of snow before this match. (Josh Howald photo)

Spitfires select Stanley 12th overall

Huber, Lansink also selected

By Josh Howald

Ripley roots run the deepest.

Logan Stanley was Windsor's first round pick in the OHL Priority Selection. Jamie Huber of the Wingham Ironmen and Holdyn Lansink (son of a former Bulldog captain) also went in Saturday's draft. (submitted photo)


The village can't quite claim the rights to Logan Stanley, but many would claim there is a healthy dose of Huron-Kinloss blood in the 6'6", 210-pound defenceman. The 15-year-old was picked 12th overall by the Windsor Spitfires in Saturday's OHL Priority Selection.

Sweet weekend for atoms

The Kincardine Canadian Tire atom Kinucks wrapped up the season with a sweet win at the Elmvale Maple Syrup Festival last weekend. The atom rep Kinucks went undefeated through the annual event, finishing with a perfect 5-0 record topped off by a convincing 5-1 win in the final.

Kincardine opened the round robin portion of the tournament with a game against the South-Huron Sabres Friday morning in Wasaga Beach. Jordan Moulton opened the scoring with a sweet deke before going roof with a backhander. He scored again midway through the period on a high wrist shot from the slot after taking a nice pass from Wilson Shipp. Darcy Scott put this game away after he took a pass from Moulton and made it 3-0 with a five hole tally on a power play. Gordie Reaume had a big game in goal for the Kinucks, blanking the Sabres.

Hockey helps ball, soccer

Bob Surridge, President of the Erie Belle Kincardine Old Stars, right, presents a cheque for $350 to Brent Mutrie, president of the Kincardine Minor Baseball Association. The Old Stars also made a $350 donation to the Kincardine District Minor Soccer Club. The money was raised at the 38th annual Old Stars hockey tournament and dance at the Davidson Centre. (Josh Howald photo)

Sticky success ends season

The Kincardine Home Hardware novice Kinucks closed out the 2013-14 hockey season with a fun, exciting win at the Maple Syrup Festival in Elmvale recently.

Kincardine was out of medal contention early at this tourney, dropping the first two games on the tournament. However, the novices went out on a high note, bouncing back with a 6-0 victory on Saturday.

The novice rep Kinucks ended the season with an overall record of 37-15-5. Kincardine won the Regional Silver Stick championship on home ice over the Christmas holidays to qualify for the International Silver Sick tournament. The team appreciated the support from the Kincardine Legion Branch #183, as well as Kincardine Home Hadrware, official team sponsor.


Ben Scheel of the OJHL Burlington Cougars fires pucks as former Toronto Maple Leaf Nathan Perrott looks on. Both Scheel, representing the Kincardine Fire Department, and Perrott, who suited up for the South-Bruce OPP, scored all five of their pucks to earn money for the food bank. Each team was allowed one ringer Saturday in the 2nd annual Guns 'N Hoses charity hockey game, enter Scheel and Perrott. The KFD came out on top this year, taking a 7-4 win at the Davidson Centre. (Barb McKay photo)

Wingham hosts Game 2 tonight

Essex leads semi-finals 1-0

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Ironmen outlast Penetang, advance to provincial semi-final

Finally, the West has won.

Ripley's Greg Scott, right, and Aaron Armstrong in action against Kincardine in Wingham's final regular season game this year. (Independent file photo/Howald)


For the last half dozen years, the Walkerton Hawks were class of the Western Junior C Hockey League. But Walkerton's playoff hopes were stopped cold six consecutive times by the Alliston Hornets of the Georgian Bay Mid-Ontario League. The Hawks never got past Alliston in the provincial Junior C quarter-finals.

Winning weekend with the Old Stars

By Josh Howald


For the 38th consecutive year, hockey players from all over the province spent the weekend in Kincardine at the Erie Belle Old Stars hockey tournament.


Five teams claimed division championships on Sunday at the Davidson Centre, but many other winners were declared as well, most notably the Kincardine Hospital and the Kincardine Minor Hockey Association. Minor baseball and minor soccer will be getting donations as well, from funds raised over the weekend at the always popular tournament and dance.


Penetang takes Game 4 in OT

Game 5 tomorrow night in Wingham

This series has now become a best-of-three.

The Wingham Ironmen and the Penetang Kings are all even heading into Game 5 tomorrow night. Hayden Cole scored at 4:27 of overtime last night in Game 4 to give his Kings a 3-2 victory and tie Schmalz Cup provincial Junior C quarter-final series at two.

Wingham forced the extra period with a Ryan McNeil goal with six minutes left in the game. The Kings had been holding a one-goal lead after Matt Fischer scored short side with a snapper late in the middle stanza. Jamie Huber had scored earlier in the second, making it 1-1. Michael Paul scored the only goal of the first period for the Kings.