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Former OVFL Wildcats coach, player connect on CIS gridiron

Heavyweights competitors strut their stuff in strongman events

Members of the Fast family are regulars in the heavyweights competitions at Maxville's Glengarry Highland Games. But you may not know, they also excel in strongman events.

Have a look at this video:

Glengarry Highland Games children's track races results

The Aug. 24 edition of The Glengarry News includes top results from children's track races run as part of the Glengarry Highland Games. Our print and digital editions have results from the 60 m, 200 m, and 800 m distances.

Here are the top finishers in the various divisions of the 400 m race.

U8 girls: 1 Morgan Cork, 2 Annie McDonell, 3 Averi Whitton

U8 boys: 1 Nate Moons, 2 Ewan Mills, 3 Christopher Colon

U12 girls: 1 Erin Kelley, 2 Lea-Maude Lajoie, 3 Zoe McIntosh

U12 boys: 1 Marcus Beckstead, 2 Zaidan Westcott, 3 Liam Campbell & Torin Kelley

U14 girls: 1 Kendra McDonell

U14 boys: 1 Todd McBain

Cornwall junior A Colts move camp to multi-sport complex, announce pre-season schedule

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the CCHL Cornwall junior 'A' Colts training camp will now take place at Cornwall's multi-sport complex, beginning at 8am Monday, Aug. 22. Camp will continue there the next day as well. 

Effective Aug. 24, the club will return to its regular home base at the Civic Complex. That day includes the Colts' traditional Blue/White game, open to fans.

Cornwall's first exhibition game is set for Thursday, Aug. 24, at the Civic Complex, with the OJHL's Trenton Golden Hawks, providing the opposition. Opening puck drop is slated for 7:30pm. A day later, the Colts are booked to take on the Hawks twice in Hawkesbury, with games at 4 and 7pm.

with files from David Murphy

GSL senior men's playoffs kick off tonight in Alexandria, Greenfield

Greenfield finished atop the Glengarry Soccer League senior men's division table, with the Drillers second, Char-Lan third, McCrimmon fourth, and Glen Sandfield fifth.

Playoff semifinals, best-of-three series, kick off tonight, Aug. 19, when Char-Lan and the Drillers play on the south field at Island Park in Alexandria, and Greenfield hosts McCrimmon.

two of the respective series will go on Aug. 22, on the Char-Lan and Lochiel fields.

If needed, third matches will be scheduled.

All games are 8:30pm starts. 

Pro hockey is no more in Cornwall

Citing a lack of community support, the owner of the LNAH Cornwall River Kings, Steven Moreau, has informed the league "of the unfortunate development," that he has had to pull the plug on the Seaway City's pro hockey team.

Over the summer, the club had made a number of significant player signings. As the team's press release notes, "Sadly, the decision comes on the heels of an off-season that has seen general manager Rick Lalonde put together perhaps the most exciting roster the River Kings have ever had."

According to Rodney King, the team's media relations officer, season ticket holders will have three options:

  • To donate the value of their tickets to help cover expenses incurred in the off-season
  • To hold their tickets in the event the River Kings return to the LNAH in 2017-18
  • To receive a full refund, which will be reimbursed throughout the regular season.

Fans will have their options mailed to them.

River Kings ownership and staff would like to thank the loyal local hockey fans who have supported the team since 2012.

Over the years, the Kings had a couple of connections to Glengarry on the roster, including young defenceman Jonathan Jasper and sniper Kurt MacSweyn.The club has also gone through several owners in its brief history in Cornwall. 

GSL senior women's semifinal game three set for Vankleek Hill tonight

It looks like it might be a rainy one tonight at the VCI pitch in Vankleek Hill, where the host Grey Shirts are slated to play Alexandria FC to determine which side advances to play Dunvegan in the Glengarry Soccer League finals and which squad hangs up its cleats for the season.

Game time is set for 8:30pm.

For more soccer news, please see the Aug. 17 edition of The Glengarry News.

Summerstown's Pike off to second-year CIS football camp

Our friends at the Cornwall Wildcats OVFL recently shared this item about Jeremy Pike, who graduated in 2015 from Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School where he excelled in a number of sports, particularly football.

High Five for River Kings

5 Kings

It’s been a great off-season for the River Kings. Now, it’s time for fans to invest in their team. The Cornwall River Kings are pushing to sell 500 tickets in the next five days to kick-start the 2016-17 season, the team's fifth in the LNAH.

Fans purchasing season tickets will have their name entered into a draw to receive their tickets for free. Five lucky fans will have their names drawn. Fans who have previously purchased season tickets will also be entered in the draw. Tickets must be paid in full. 

General manager Rick Lalonde has had a busy summer, signing local sniper Jeff Legue, as well as veterans Lou Dickenson and David Croteau. Lalonde has also signed tough guy Erick Lizon, fan favourite Ryan Hand, and super pests Ahmed Mahfouz and Martin Lariviere. 

On paper, this is easily the most exciting team Cornwall has put together. Now, it’s time for the community to step up.

files from Rodney Wilson, Media Relations, Cornwall River Kings

Raabe races to feature victory at Cornwall Motor Speedway

racerChris Raabe was the big winner on Sunday night at the Cornwall Motor Speedway, where he held off the field for the victory in the 50-lap DIRTcar Regional Series feature.

Corey Wheeler set the tone early on but got passed by Mathieu Boisvert, as Lance Willix brought the first caution on lap 9.

Boisvert led the way on the restart, as Bobby Herrington joined the lead pack. Herrington challenged Boisvert for the lead and was able to pass in lap traffic. While Herrington was leading, Ryan Arbuthnot made his way to second, as Stephane Lafrance slowed on lap 26.

The restart saw Herrington still the leader, with Chris Raabe now running in third. Raabe was quick as he challenged Herrington for the lead with 15 laps to go and then in the latter stages of the race grabbed the lead to win over Mario Clair and Herrington.

Final standings of DIRTcar Regional Series Modified Feature (50 laps): Chris Raabe, Mario Clair, Bobby Herrington, Joey Ladouceur, Ryan Arbuthnot, Corey Wheeler, Kyle Dingwall, Joel Doiron, Mathieu Boisvert, Gage Morin, Carey Terrance, Jordan McCreadie, Brian McDonald, Roy Delormier, Tim O’Brien, Demetrios Drellos, Lance Willix, Gabriel Richer, Stephane Lafrance, Chris Herbison, David Papineau, Roger Levesque, Zach Aubertine, Marc Therrien.

Sportsman feature results (25 laps): Brianna Ladouceur, Shane Pecore, Tyler Givogue, Louie Jackson, Thomas Cook, Jessica Power, Ricky Thompson, Adam Rozon, Ryan Stabler, Emmanuel St-Denis, Tristan Draper, Derek Cryderman, Jessie Hudson, Billy Cook, Justin Lalancette, Gilles Godard, Gabriel Cyr, Lee Ladouceur, Scott McGill, Zach Arquiett, Brian Comeau, Miguel Peterson, Tyler Reynolds, Steve Morris, Jason Shipclark (DNS).

Pro-Stock feature results (20 laps): Stephane Lebrun, Ghislain Valade, Justin Desrosiers, David Seguin, George Renaud, Jocelyn Roy, Dave Bissonnette, CD Beauchamp, Rock Aubin, PJ Peters Marc Lalonde, Kevin Fetterly, Riley McMonagle, Brooks Ayotte.

Novice sportsman results (15 laps): Junior Delormier, Chris Ferguson, Greg Ezard, Dan Christensen, Pascal Racette, Matt Barbour, Eric Gastonguay, Brent Lozo, Dudes Thompson.

Bonus Program
Modified Bonus Award: Bobby Herrington
Halfway Sportsman Bonus Award: Shane Pecore
Halfway Pro-Stock Bonus Award: Stephane Lebrun
6th place finisher Bonus: Jessica Power
Miss the Podium Award: Ghislain Valade
Hard-Luck Award: Jason Shipclark
Hard-Charger Award: Tyler Givogue
Novice Sportsman Halfway: Junior Delormier

files from Martin Bélanger
photo courtesy S. Lauwers

Junior A Colts set for 25th season

What’s old is new again. The Cornwall Colts junior ‘A’ hockey club will drop the puck on the home portion of its 25th season schedule by honouring players, coaches, and staff from the 1992 Colts team.

A number of players, including Rod Pitblado, Cory Maxam, Chad Samson, and Serge Viau, along with the Colts’ first head coach, Jean Payette, and Mario Vien will be in attendance for the home opener. 

The red carpet ceremony will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 8, when the Colts will host the Brockville Braves.

Cornwall’s training camp is set to begin on Aug. 20, with dozens of prospects and returning players vying for spots on the roster.

The Colts will play their Blue - White game on Aug. 24, before skating in an exhibition game versus Trenton of the OJHL the next day. Both contests are set for 7:30 p.m. starts, at Ed Lumley Arena (Cornwall Civic Complex).

files from David Murphy

GSL senior men's results from Aug. 10 and 12, playoff outlook

In Glengarry Soccer League senior men's division play last week, Aug. 10 action saw Char-Lan beat Glen Sandfield 5-3, while Greenfield clipped McCrimmon 3-1.

Two days later, the Drillers blanked Greenfield 2-0. 

The other Aug. 12 match saw McCrimmon spank Char-Lan 4-1. Scoring for the winning side were Sean Burgess 2 and Ben Poirier 2, while Dylan Bonhower found the net the other way.

Monday saw regular-season play conclude, and we have those results in the Aug. 17 edition of The Glengarry News.

Greenfield finished atop the table, with the Drillers second, Char-Lan third, McCrimmon fourth, and Glen Sandfield fifth. Playoff semifinals, best-of-three series, will kick off on Aug. 19, when Char-Lan and the Drillers play on the south field at Island Park in Alexandria, and Greenfield hosts McCrimmon. Games two of the respective series will go on Aug. 22, on the Char-Lan and Lochiel fields. All matches are 8:30pm starts.

soccer action

For more soccer photos, please see our online galleries here or on Flickr.

Senior men's division of GSL regular season wraps up tonight

The Glengarry Soccer League's senior men's division concludes its regular-season play on two fronts tonight.

On the Alexandria Island Park south field, the Drillers will host McCrimmon, and on the Lochiel pitch, Greenfield and Glen Sandfield will play. Both are 8:30pm starts.

Did you know that you can find more Glengarry Sports videos on our YouTube page?

We occasionally post sports videos from around the county onto our YouTube page. You can check them out here.

The latest additions include soccer playoffs and ladies ball hockey.

Video: action from Sunday night's U19 girls Glengarry Soccer League championship game

Be sure to see the Aug. 17 issue of The Glengarry News for photos and details on the U19 girls playoffs in the GSL.

Video: GSL juvenile boys soccer final match in the rain

Be sure to check out the Aug. 17 edition of The Glengarry News for more soccer news. In the meantime, here is a Facebook Live video our sports editor shot on a rainy last Saturday evening in Alexandria.

Alexandria FC, Vankleek Hill A senior women's GSL semifinal series to go the distance

With a 2-0 victory last Thursday night at Island Park, the Alexandria FC senior women's soccer team drew even in their Glengarry Soccer League semifinal series with Vankleek Hill A. The Grey Shirts had won game one on Aug. 9, also on a 2-0 score.

The deciding match is set for the field at VCI on Tuesday, Aug. 16, starting at 8:30pm.

Be sure to check out the Aug. 17 edition of The Glengarry News for more playoff news from this and other divisions. We attended the Aug. 11 match in Alexandria to shoot photos and will have the gallery of images on our website soon.

Drillers beat Greenfield in GSL senior men's soccer last week

The Drillers scored a 2-0 win over league-leading Greenfield last night, while McCrimmon prevailed 4-1 over Char-Lan.

Aug. 10 results saw Char-Lan get past Glen Sandfield 5-3, and Greenfield beat McCrimmon 3-1.

The regular season is slated to wrap up Aug. 15, when the Drillers will play McCrimmon at Alexandria's Island Park (south pitch), and Glen Sandfield and McCrimmon will play on the Lochiel field. Both are 8:30pm starts.

Playoff semifinals (best-of-three) are booked to kick off on Aug. 19.

Former OVFL Cornwall Wildcat ready for CIS career

A former Apple Hill native and graduate of Cornwall's OVFL Wildcats, Jakob Loucks, is making the jump to playing football at the CIS level this fall.

Glengarry Sports Hall of Fame ticket deadline Sunday, dinner ceremony Wednesday

Gibbs The Glengarry Sports Hall of Fame’s annual induction ceremony and dinner is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 17, at the Char-Lan Rec. Centre, in Williamstown.

The deadline to purchase your ticket is Sunday, Aug. 14, at a cost of $50. Tickets are available from the Hall in Maxville or by calling Rodney Shepherd at 613-936-6213.

Frank Morris is booked to be the guest speaker. What follows is the fifth of five bios of this year’s inductees.

World-class powerlifter, Raymond Gibbs, who got his start hoisting car parts and steel pipes, is honoured to be inducted into the Glengarry Sports Hall of Fame this month.

The four-time Canadian and nine-time Ontario champion has lifted in over 30 competitions and credits his sweet success to Alexandria and his many friends, including Ron Pattyn (past owner of Alexandria’s Pattyn’s Gym) and Cameron McCormick, for his successes.

The 57-year-old no longer competes, but claims his love for weightlifting started at the age of 13 while visiting a cousin in Montreal.

According to his wife Lynn, who was also a world-class competitor, he was obsessed.

“He had no weights of his own, so when he got home, he started training with old car parts, steel pipes, and even stones he found on their family farm on the 6th of Kenyon. Once he got to high school, he used the makeshift weights in the furnace room.”

Gibbs attended GDHS (Glengarry District High School) 1973-1977. While going to school, he also played football, hockey, and soccer, but bodybuilding became his passion.

“The turning point happened in 1977 when he was introduced to powerlifting after Ron showed him a magazine,” says Lynn. “They started training together in Ron’s basement gym. After attending a world class powerlifting event in 1979 in Dayton, Ohio, Ray was hooked.”

The strength sport requires contestants to attempt three types of lifts in a set sequence: squat, bench press, and deadlift.

Gibbs moved to Ottawa in 1980, where he and McCormick started seriously training at the YMCA. Interestingly enough, Gibbs met his wife, who was also training, and today they have two boys, Brendan, 29, and Colin, 26.

While they’re very sports-minded, playing hockey and lacrosse, neither have taken up their parents’ passion.
From 1986 through 1995 (except for 1990), Gibbs took home the Ontario powerlifting championship.
He was the winner of the Canadian competition in 1988, ’89, ’92, and ’95.

Before heading to the world level himself, he coached Lynn while she competed in women’s powerlifting at the world championships in Sydney, Australia, in 1987.

He then went on to place 7th in Perth, Australia’s worlds in 1988, 6th in Nova Scotia in 1989, and 13th in Birmingham, England in 1992. 

In 1985, he won top honours at the Can-Am Powerlifting Open Sunday at Tupper Lake, New York and was winner in the 100-kilo class.

He was featured on CTV’s Regional Contact, where he was interviewed and asked about his athletic accomplishments and future goals.

In 1988, Gibbs, along with the Pattyn’s Gym team, took first prize in the 100-kilo class in the men’s Canadian Powerlifting Championships held in Winnipeg.

That same year, he qualified for worlds that would take him back to the country where he coached Lynn the year before. They were being held in Perth, Australia, and as it was so far away and expensive, his friends and colleagues held a benefit dance to raise funds.

Gibbs worked for Ontario Hydro and trained in any gym where his job would take him, even after he climbed power poles all day.

In addition to his platform success, Gibbs founded the Ottawa Strong Powerlifting Club in 1993. He was president of the Ontario Powerlifting Association and, along with Lynn, is a provincially sanctioned powerlifting referee. He’s now retired from the utility company but is dabbling in bee keeping and making organic honey at their Greely home, appropriate since he comes from the Gibbs line of honey makers near Dalkeith.

“I no longer compete but have great memories of those days,” says Gibbs. “The greatest time was in 1994 at the Canadian Championships in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. I travelled there by train with my seven-year-old son, Brendan, and did my personal best of 767.50 kilos.”

Gibbs still works out three to four times a week and continues to be a strong advocate for the sport of powerlifting, while making honey and relishing in the sweet success.

files from Lynn Macnab

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