Junior tennis tourney this Saturday

Registration deadline today

It's all about the kids.

The Kincardine Tennis Club is hosting a Junior Singles Tennis Tournament this Saturday.

It's the first time the club has held a junior event in several years at the Harbour Street courts. It's the second of three tournaments the club has organized this year. On Aug. 29, Dustin Todd captured the inaugural Men's Singles Classic title, besting a field of seven players. A much larger crop of competitors is expected out this weekend for the junior tournament.

There will be three divisions for boys and girls in action on Saturday - under-10, under-14 and players who are of high school age. It is hoped the third division will attract some young talent to the courts, as work-to-rule threatens the Bluewater Athletic Association tennis season.

Todd wins inaugural Kincardine Tennis Classic

By Josh Howald

Dustin Todd outlasted and outplayed the field to make local tennis history on Saturday.

Dustin Todd of the Amberley Beach Tennis Club following his straight set win in the championship final match Saturday at the Kincardine Invitational Singles Classic Tennis Tournament. (Josh Howald photo)


Todd went undefeated through four matches to win the inaugural Kincardine Tennis Club Invitational Singles Classic.

Peewees at OBAs this weekend

The Kincardine OBA Cardinals will travel to Port Dover this weekend to play in the provincial championship tournament.

Kincardine will open the tournament Friday night at 7 p.m. against Port Lambton.

The Cardinals enter the tournament with a 5-5 record, racked up through exhibition games and tournament action. The 11-player roster was selected from Kincardine's two peewee teams that played in the WOBA this season.

Win, tie for 'Dogs at tournament

Fifteen players signed to cards

By Josh Howald

In the big picture, Sunday's Junior C hockey tournament at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine meant very little.

Jordan Bell of the Bulldogs was at the bottom of this heap against Port Stanley Sunday afternoon at the Davidson Centre. Bell actually scored on this play after picking the pocket of a Pirates defender during the exhibition preseason Junior C tournament hosted by the Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs. (Josh Howald photo)


Wolves open hockey season Oct. 10

Volleyball tournament set for Sept. 10

By Josh Howald

The Ripley Wolves will kick off the 2015-16 WOAA Senior AA hockey regular season Oct. 10 at home.

The Wolves, the defending WOAA Senior A champions, will start the season with a game against their regional rivals from Lucknow at home at 7:30 p.m.

However, the Wolves do have one exhibition preseason contest scheduled as well. Ripley will travel to Seaforth to take on the Huron East Centenaries on Sept. 19 at 7:30 p.m. That's one of just two preseason Senior AA hockey games scheduled to take place before the regular season kicks off. The first game of the regular season is set for Oct. 2.

Kincardine boy starts youth running group

 By Barb McKay

When six-year-old Keelan Jacques could not find a running group that would allow him to take part, he decided to take matters into his own hands.

Keelan Jacques, 6, centre, has started a running club for kids - the Kincardine Cheetahs. THe Cheetahs held their first clinic last month. From left are Adelaide Boettinger, 6, Luke Walsh, 5, Mathijs London, 5, Jacques, Cooper Waite, 6, and Madison Ruthven, 6. (Barb McKay photo)


Bulldogs busy building roster

Exhibition tournament in town this Sunday

By Josh Howald

Opening night gets a little closer every day. And every day, the Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs get a little closer to finalizing this year's roster.

"Training camp is going really well," said head coach Steve Stepaniak. "Everyone out now is legitimately competing for a spot."

Thursday night, the Bulldogs dropped a 1-0 decision to Goderich in an exhibition contest at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine. The previous week, the 'Dogs youngsters dropped a 4-2 game to Hanover's rookies. Stepaniak said for both games he put a very young line-up on the ice with a handful of veterans sprinkled in through the rosters.

Thursday, Goderich had all of its top players dressed, and Stepaniak said it was good for his young players to play at that level and really see the physical part of the game in the Western League.

"If it weren't for three or four posts, we would have won," he said.

Tennis Club to host tournaments

Events for men, women and juniors

By Josh Howald

For the first time in recent memory, the Kincardine Tennis Club will host a trio of tournaments in the next month.

First up will be a singles tournament with a men's and a women's division on Saturday, Aug. 29.

That would be followed up by a junior tennis tournament on Saturday, Sept. 12. The junior event will have divisions for girls and boys under-10, under-14 and a high school aged division.

Finally, the Kincardine Tennis Club will host a doubles event to close out the season on Sept. 26. Details and format for that tournament have yet to be hammered out. Preliminary plans call for men's and women's doubles, and perhaps an Open division and a Seniors division.

McBride wins Ainsdale title

Derek McBride is Ainsdale Golf Course's 2015 club champion.

McBride captured the club title Sunday, following a two-round tournament played over the weekend at Ainsdale Golf Course. McBride shot 77 and 19 in his two rounds for a combined score of 156.

He was pushed to the finish. His 156 was just one stroke better than Brayden Secord. Travis McLaughlin, the 2013 club champion, nearly bounced back from a disastrous front nine on Sunday. He did turn in an impressive 36 on the back nine, three back of McBride.

Secord's 77-80 gave him the Men's B Flight title, while McLaughlin's 77-82 earned him the Men's A Flight championship. Dave Wood was C Flight champ with 171 (88-83) and Jim Martin was the class of D Flight with 182 (89-93).

Bulldogs host Flyers tonight

By Josh Howald

Training camp is in full swing for the Nicol Insurance Kincardine Junior C Bulldogs.

The 'Dogs will host the Goderich Flyers tonight (Thursday) at 7 p.m. for an exhibition preseason contest. It will be the first game action for the Bulldogs, of the Western Junior C Hockey League, this season. Some rookie hopefuls faced off against a rookie team from the Hanover Barons last Thursday, but this is the first time any vets will see any game action.

Kincardine will be in action again on Saturday in Ayton against the Barons. That game is a 7:30 p.m. start. Training camp will then continue with practices before Kincardine travels to Tavistock next Wednesday, Aug. 26, for a 7:30 p.m. game.