Sooners set record

By Josh Howald

It’s been a superb start to senior year for Taylor Schmidt.

Fresh off a record-setting victory at home, the Oklahoma University women’s golf team garnered its best ever national ranking.

OU was ranked third in the United States, jumping 10 spots after winning the 18-team Susie Maxwell Berning Classic by 29 strokes at the familiar Jimmie Austin OU Golf Course.

Schmidt, a senior from Kincardine, entered the final round of the Berning Classic tied for 28th place. She fired a +1 73 to move into 18th position overall and earn her ninth career top-20 finish.

Fish up next for first-place Wolves

After enjoying a weekend off, the Ripley Wolves are back in action Friday and Saturday with two huge hockey games.

Friday night in WOAA Senior AA action, the Wolves will be in Shelburne facing the rival Muskies.

It was Shelburne that ended Ripley’s playoff run last year, taking a double overtime win in Game 6 in Ripley to clinch an entertaining quarter-final series.

Saturday night, the Wolves will take a tough test as the always strong Elora Rocks come to town for a 7:30 p.m. start.

Loose pucks

Walkerton goaltender Chase Hauck pounced on a loose puck as a Kincardine forward swoops in Friday night in atom local league hockey action at the Tiverton Sports Arena. Hauck stopped all Kincardine shots in this game to backstop his team to a 2-0 win over Kincardine. (Josh Howald photo)

Attack take conference lead

Take 5 of 6 weekend points

Gemel Smith scored his sixth goal of the season Sunday in an entertaining 5-2 win for the Owen Sound Attack over the Windsor Spitfires. The Attack took five of six possible weekend points and moved into first overall in the OHL's Midwestern Division and regained first overall in the Western Conference. Owen Sound visits Erie on Friday and Saturday for a two-game set and visit the Kitchener Rangers Sunday evening. (Richard Lawson photo)

Petter Memorial Friday at Medway

The Leslie Petter Memorial basketball game is Friday night at London's Medway.

The University of Western Ontario Mustangs will host Calgary's Mount Royal for CIS exhibition preseason women's basketball action beginning at 7 p.m in the Leslie Petter Memorial Gymnasium at Medway High School.

The Petter name is a familiar one to those involved in athletics in the Kincardine area. Her father Ted grew up in the area, but Leslie was raised in Stayner. She played for UWO before becoming a coach, teacher and athletic director at Medway High School. Having beaten lieukemia years earlier, she died last May of breast cancer.

MacMillan tourney this weekend

Kincardine hosts eight midget teams

The Archie McMillan Memorial midget hockey tournament kicks off Friday night at the Davidson Centre and continues all weekend long.

There are eight teams competing in the tournament - including the Kincardine Miller Insurance Kinucks. Kincardine is the defending champion, after winning the tournament for the second time, ever, last year.

Kincardine, who claimed a tourney title in Caledonia two weeks ago, will first take the ice Friday night at 9:20 p.m. to face Petrolia. The tournament opens with an 8 p.m. contest between Flesherton and Mildmay. Also taking part in the tourney is Mount Brydges, BCH, Twin Centres and Saugeen Shores.

Bulldogs on a roll

Hammond chased from 'Dogs net - twice

By Josh Howald

Let’s keep ‘em both.

That’s what the Carruthers Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs decided to do with starting goaltenders Gatlin Burt and Maxime Veilleux. To trim down, the Bulldogs decided to send back-up Justin Hammond to the Wingham Ironmen.

Tanner Simpson runs Cody Oehm out of room during Kincardine’s 9-1 pasting of the Hanover Barons Friday night in Western Junior C hockey action. Kincardine will travel to Wingham Friday night. (Richard Lawson photo)


Wolves knock off defending champs

By Josh Howald

Only one team could be perfect following Saturday night’s game, and not many thought it would be the Ripley Wolves.

However, the Wolves are in sole possession of first place overall in the WOAA North Division with a perfect 4-0 record after a weekend upset of the Saugeen Shores Winterhawks.

It was actually the second loss in as many nights for the defending AA champions, who only dropped one regular season game all last season. Friday night, the Minto-Mapleton 81’s pulled off a 2-1 shocker over the Winterhawks and Saturday, it was Ripley’s turn.

Lightning strikes Etobicoke

The Saugeen Maitland AA midget Lightning went 6-0 at the Etobicoke Dolphins Pink in the Rink tournament on the weekend to claim the tourney title. Local skaters, from left, Maddie Duncan, Courtney Surridge, Cassidy Colhoun and Morgan Baker each played a part in the undefeated weekend. For the full story, see this week's print edition of The Independent.

Goaltenders battle it out in Kincardine crease

Two different goalies star in two huge weekend wins

By Josh Howald

The only goaltending “problem” facing the Carruthers Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs today is finding enough minutes to keep everyone happy.

Kincardine used two different goalies in two huge weekend wins. Newcomer Maxime Veilleux posted a 5-4 win over the Walkerton Hawks Friday night, and Gatlin Burt shut down the Hanover Barons on Saturday. Justin Hammond backed up for both those games, and chances are not one of the three is that happy about the situation.