Sports

 Wingham signs local skaters

But Bulldogs get Gibson, Fair

By Josh Howald

It might not be prime time for junior hockey action, but there is plenty of news coming out of the Provincial Junior Hockey League these days.

The Wingham Ironmen announced last week they had signed Rhys Vollmer and goaltender Jamie Brock. Both played for the Kincardine Miller Insurance midget Kinucks last season. Vollmer captained the International Silver Stick champions, while Brock was rock solid between the pipes all season long.

The Ironmen also got Shane Vollmer and Ethan Long on cards for next season. Shane is the older brother of Rhys, and played for the Bulldogs two seasons ago - but signed with the Ironmen just before the deadline last season. Long started last season with the Kincardine midgets but jumped ship for the PJHL early in the year.


Cubs win pair on the road

A double-header in Byron Satuday didn't change much in the Midwestern Ontario Senior Baseball League.

The Kincardine Cubs are still undefeated and at the top of the standings, while the Byron Storm is still winless and at the bottom of the MOSBL table.

The Cubs cruised to a pair of wins on the road, despite playing some sloppy baseball at times.

Dylan Sayle took to the hill for the first half of this double-header already up three runs courtesy of three straight singles and a wild pitch. A Scott Austin double scored two more runs in the second inning, and then Austin made it 6-0 when he scored on another wild pitch. Sheldon McBride, Dane Dunlop and Austin all had RBI singles in the third, and the Cubs were up 9-0.

Byron got on the board in the third inning. A walk and two singles broke the ice, and the Storm scored three more times in the fourth, two of them unearned, and it was 9-4.


 McFadden’s Movement comes home to Kincardine

By Pauline Kerr

Garrett McFadden brought McFadden’s Movement home to Kincardine on Sunday, June 11.

Garrett McFadden with some fans at the Kincadine Library on the weekend. (Pauline Kerr photo)

 

One might ask why the captain of the OHL’s Guelph Storm would be speaking to a group of youngsters, parents and other community members about mental health.

Fortunately, he’s as fearless talking to a group of people in his hometown library as he is on the ice. “A lot of guys think being in the OHL, I’m living the life,” said McFadden. “There’s more to it than free sticks and skates.”


 Big weekend for Bulls

It was a big weekend for the Western Ontario Baseball Association Bulls, and four players from the Kincardine Minor Baseball Association captured AA tournament championships as a result.

Jordan Beisel won a minor bantam championship in London, as the Bulls defeated a solid Chatham team 5-3 in the tournament final.

Rob McGregor, Liam Colhoun and Anthony Travale, meanwhile, won the Brantford major bantam AA tournament as the Bulls beat the two-time defending OBA champions from Barrie 6-5 in that tourney final.

All four players play on the Kincardine bantam Cardinals, but join the Bulls for a league-tournament team. Beisel plays on the 2003 Bulls, while Colhoun, McGregor and Travale are on the 2002 squad.


 Eybergen sixth in high jump

By Josh Howald

Madelyn Eybergen had an off day, and still ended up sixth in the province.

The Kincardine District Secondary School athlete competed at the OFSAA provincial track and field championship meet in Belleville. She and Liam Fitzgerald were the only two KDSS athletes to advance to both the OFSAA West championship meet and the OFSAA provincial championship event. The junior girls long jump was held on Saturday afternoon.

Eybergen, whose personal best jump this season is 1.66m, passed at the first three heights and entered the mix at 1.5m. She missed her first attempt, but successfully cleared the bar on her second try at it. She did the same thing at 1.55m. She missed all three attempts at clearing 1.6m.

Autumn Biggar from Beamsville handily won the event. Her best jump was 1.76m.


 Cubs win Port Lambton tourney

Also hammer Hanover at home

By Josh Howald

After a couple of false starts, the baseball season has officially arrived for the Kincardine Cubs.

Ryan Fraser drives the ball to left field during a Kincardine rout of the Hanover Hitmen last Wednesday night at Connaught Park. (Josh Howald photo)

 

The Cubs finally got the regular season started last Wednesday with a lopsided win at Connaught Park, and then went 4-0 on the weekend in Port Lambton to capture a tournament championship.


 Huron United, Walkerton FC play to draw

Two weekend matches on deck

Huron United remains in first place in the SWRSA Premier Men's Soccer League after a 2-2 draw in Walkerton on the weekend.

Huron United and Walkerton FC have a history of playing very close games, and Sunday's game was no exception.

Coach Malcolm Godard said his team struggled to find time and space on a smaller pitch at the Bruce Power Regional Soccer Park in Walkerton.

Huron United did have two great chances to take the lead in the early going, but Walkerton FC keeper Tim Quesnel pulled off two brilliant saves to keep the game scoreless. The deadlock was broken in the 19th minute when Walkerton's Robin Taylor unleashed a shot from 30 yards that curled into the top right-hand corner of the net and past the outstretched hand of Aidan Calcutt.


 Belleville bound!

Eybergen and Fitzgerald off to OFSAA

By Josh Howald

Madelyn Eybergen is jumping all over the province.

Eybergen and Liam Fitzgerald were the only two Kincardine District Secondary School athletes to qualify for last week's OFSAA West Regional Track and Field Championships at the University of Western Ontario in London.

And both qualified for the OFSAA provincial championship meet in Belleville, Eybergen with a first place in junior girls high jump at the OFSAA West meet.

"I'm so pumped up," said Eybergen of the OFSAA berth.

A first place finish in high jump is nothing new for Eybergen. She set a new Bluewater Athletic Association record earlier this season before winning a gold medal at the CWOSSA Track and Field Championships. Both those meets were held at the Davidson Centre track in Kincardine.


 5-0 win for Huron United

Huron United remained unbeaten in SWRSA Premier League soccer action with a 5-0 win over Fergus Sunday afternoon at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine.

Peter Stoeckli battles for the ball against a Fergus FEDS midfielder Sunday afternoon at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine. Stoeckli was named man of the match and scored Huron United's fifth goal of the game. (Josh Howald photo)

 


Knights ousted in CWOSSA final

By Josh Howald

The Kincardine District Secondary School boys soccer team made the most out of a second chance last week, but had to settle for second best.

Despite being eliminated in the Bluewater Athletic Association semi-finals, the Knights still qualified for the CWOSSA A soccer championship tournament at RIM Park in Waterloo last week.

Kincardine won the opening game of the four-team event, but ran out of steam in the CWOSSA final.

KDSS first met Waterford, and played a brilliant second half according to head coach Watson Morris.

"(The team) maintained their composure and displayed admirable maturity and control in the face of a Waterford team that came unglued both emotionally and defensively," said Morris in an e-mail Friday afternoon.