Sports

 Battler cracks under-23 squad

By Josh Howald

Kincardine native Easton Battler will represent Canada at the 2017 AAU International inline hockey tournament in California this month.

Easton Battler seen here with the London Fury. (Independent file photo)

 

Battler learned last week that he was selected to Canada Inline's under-23 team that will travel to California next week.

"I'm pretty excited obviously," said Battler. "I didn't think I would ever represent Canada in any sport, so it was pretty cool when I got the call."


Bulldogs sign six

Inking veterans is next priority

By Josh Howald

Believe it or not, hockey season is quickly approaching.

The Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs announced a half-dozen signings last week.

Kincardine General Manager Doug Kennedy confirmed the four signings reported in the June 14 edition of The Kincardine Independent - Jake Fair, Connor Gibson, Justin Marlowe and Kent Ribey.

He also announced that the Bulldogs have signed goaltender Ethan Primeau and Jesse Carnahan of Owen Sound. Primeau is from Kincardine.

"We're excited," said Kennedy. "We think we have signed six of the best local players that were available."

The next priority for Kennedy is to get his returning players to sign cards for the 2017-18 Provincial Junior Hockey League season.


 7th annual McLelland Memorial set for Sunday

By Josh Howald

The seventh annual Mike McLelland Memorial Cubs Classic is set for this Sunday, July 2, at Connaught Park in Kincardine.

Greg Stepaniak singles up the middle Sunday against London Area. (Josh Howald photo)

 

The Classic has taken on a variety of different formats over the years. This year's event will be a mini-tournament featuring some top notch opposition. Greg Stepaniak said that Sunday's action could feature some of the best baseball ever played at Connaught Park.

"There's a ton of work going into the Classic this year," said Stepaniak on Monday.


 Kincardine to light up Bruce Avenue soccer field

By Barb McKay

After 10 years of asking and waiting, Kincardine’s soccer clubs’ wish for lighting at the Bruce Avenue soccer fields will finally be granted.

The Kincardine Adult Soccer association and Kincardine Minor Soccer have been vying for improvements to the fields since 2008. Minor soccer would like to see a canteen and washrooms constructed at the fields while the adult league has been asking for lighting to be installed to allow for later games, but neither request has found its way into the municipal budget.


 Jumps, skills features to be removed from Inverhuron bike park

By Barb McKay

Mountain bike enthusiasts will no longer be able to enjoy the thrills of the jumps and features of the skills area at the Inverhuron Mountain Bike Park after the Municipality of Kincardine was forced to remove it, at least for this season

Council learned during its meeting last Wednesday that the skills and technical area of the park does not comply with industry standards which could leave the municipality open to liability. The park had been inspected by the municipality’s insurer risk management consultant following a decision by the Supreme Court of Canada that found that the County of Bruce was entirely to blame for an accident that left a man quadriplegic. The county appealed the decision in February but lost.


Long jumping

Kali Fischer of Formosa's Immaculate Conception School competes in intermediate girls long jump last Tuesday at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine at the Bruce Grey District Catholic School Board's track and field championship meet. Formosa won the overall school team title, as well as the junior boys division (Josh Howald photo)


 Sunday split at home for Cubs

By Josh Howald

Hitting is rarely an issue for the Kincardine Cubs.

Dane Dunlop steals second base in Sunday's action against L\the London Area Angels.. (Josh Howald photo)

 

But Kincardine struggled at the plate Sunday afternoon against the Mitchell Astros, and as a result, the Cubs are no longer undefeated in Midwestern Ontario Senior Baseball League action.


 Henderson comes home Saturday

By Josh Howald

He scored the most iconic goal in Canadian history, and Kincardine is happy to welcome him home for Canada Day.

Paul Henderson was born Jan. 28, 1943 in a horse-drawn sleigh on the Kincardine Hospital hill. This Saturday morning, he will be honoured with a special plaque dedication from the Kincardine Canada Day Committee. The plaque, noting his birthplace, will be placed at the bottom of the hill on Queen St. and will be unveiled at 9:30 a.m. Henderson and his family will be paraded to the site in a carriage pulled by Mike Geddes' Clydsdale horses, more or less retracing the route travelled the day of his birth.


 Huron United beats Orangeville 4-1

Despite a noticeable lack of finish from Huron United, the team continued an unbeaten run at home in SWRSA Premier League soccer Sunday evening against an understaffed Orangeville Storm.

Huron United used strength in numbers to defeat the Orangeville Storm Sunday afternoon at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine. (Josh Howald photo)

 

The Storm showed up with just seven players – the minimum number of players necessary to play a game. The players they did have put up a plucky effort, and that combined with a lack of attention to detail by the home team led to a much closer game than a 4-1 score indicated.


Cubs smoke Hitmen

The Kincardine Cubs remained undefeated in Midwestern Ontario Senior Baseball League play with a one-sided 14-3 win last Wednesday night at the Hanover Raceway.

Scott Austin had a hot bat for the Cubs. He socked two home runs in this game, which moved Kincardine to 6-0 on the season.

Austin also made a great running catch into centre field from his shortstop position.

Tyler Middleton had his best start of the season on the mound. He struck out the first three batters he faced, and was still tossing a no-hitter heading into the fifth inning.

Former Cub Jimmy Kritz started for the Hitmen, whose roster is dotted with former Kincardine players.

"They are a young, talented team that just needs some experience," said Kincardine's Ryan Fraser on Monday.

"They just don't have the veterans that (we) do."