Bulldogs sign next season's starter

Western Junior C teams making moves

By Josh Howald

Despite an entertaining Stanley Cup final in progress, few minds are in the arena these days. It is officially the off-season.

However, the off-season seems to be a bit shorter every season, and Western Junior C Hockey League teams are working all year long in order to win the annual arms race.

Last week, the Carruthers-Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs announced the signing of goaltender Mitch Campbell.

“He is a proven #1 goalie,” said Kincardine head coach Jeff Alcombrack. “He a big kid, takes up a lot of net, he has the right attitude and wants to win. We’re moving in the right direction.”

Lax is back

The Kincardine Highlanders shake hands following a pick-up game last Thursday night at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine. The Highlanders had a rough go in Huntsville on the weekend in tournament action, but are making a marked improvement. Newcomers are welcome at the team's pick-up sessions on Tuesday and Thursday nights at 8 p.m. in Kincardine. (Josh Howald photo)


Smash Wrestling was in town Saturday, marking the first time in 25 years Kincardine has seen a live show. The Bruce Steakhouse sponosred the event at the Davidson Centre Hall, organized by Rob MacLeod. The former ring announcer turned elementary school teacher worked one more night in the ring, and the wrestlers didn't disappoint a sell-out crowd. (Josh Howald photo)

Barbs enjoy Tiverton debut

Shut out win in home opener

By Josh Howald

There is no place like home.

Ian Kershaw of the Bruce County Barbarians bolts away from the pack after winning the ball in a second half scrum Saturday in Niagara Rugby Union A Division action Saturday in Tiverton. This game was all Bruce County, with the Barbarians winning 29-0 following the grand opening of the new Tiverton Sports Field. (Josh Howald photo)

The Bruce County Barbarians celebrated the grand opening of the new Tiverton Sports Field in style, hammering Waterloo 29-0 in their Niagara Rugby Union A Division home opener.

Points, but no wins for Highlanders

Kincardine lacrosse team plays in Fergus

By Josh Howald

It’s been a long time coming.

Kincardine has a lacrosse team for the first time since 1979, and the Kincardine Highlanders took the floor for the first action of the season on the May 31 weekend in Fergus.

“We got killed, but we’re learning,” said Adam Brown on Sunday. “Some of the other teams have told us it took them seven or eight years to get it. We’re getting better, and it is a lot of fun.”

The Highlanders play in the Junior Masters Lacrosse league against centres with longstanding minor lacrosse programs. Kincardine’s team is comprised of players who have just picked up the game in the last couple of years, with some much needed help from imports who grew up playing the game, but now live in the Kincardine area.

Feelin the boos

Sebastien Sauve responds to boos from the Kincardine crowd Saturday evening. (Josh Howald photo)

Hunter 12th fastest in province

30-year record broken in race

By Josh Howald

Count Cheyenne Hunter as one of the dozen fastest girls in the province.

The Tiverton teenager finished 12th overall in the senior girls 1,500m final Friday at OFSAA, the provincial high school track and field championships.

Thursday in the preliminaries, Hunter had her best race of the season as she ran to a new personal best to finish 10th overall in the heat. She covered 1,500m in 4.41.79, which was less than two seconds off the best qualifying time in the race.

The following day in the 1,500 m final, she was behind that pace, finishing in 4.47.95.

It wasn’t really going to matter how quick Hunter was in the final, nobody was going to catch Jennifer Phelan.

Weekend split for Cubs

Kincardine hosts Listowel Friday night

The weather has warmed up, but the bats have not.

The Kincardine Cubs have recently struggled at the plate, and that continued on the weekend during a weekend split on the road.

The Cubs managed just four hits Friday night in Mitchell in an 8-4 loss to the defending Thames Valley Senior Baseball League champions. It was a measure of revenge for the Astros, who were defeated by Kincardine in the season opener. It was actually Mitchell’s first win of the season, as the Astros were also dumped by Listowel.

Kincardine shut out

The ball just didn't bounce Kincardine's way on Sunday evening in adult soccer action, incluiding on this play in the second half. Waterloo defeated Kincardine 3-0 in this contest, played at the Davidson Centre. (Josh Howald photo)

Two top-five finishes for Hunter

KDSS runner back at OFSAA

By Josh Howald

It’s been a long run for Cheyenne Hunter.

Cheyenne Hunter as a Grade 9 student after winning OFSAA gold in 2008. (Independent file photo/Howald)