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He coached young men, not just football players  July 7th, 2016
By CLAUDE SCILLEY It wasn’t supposed to go like this. It was supposed to be a walk in the park, easy as pie. There was no reason to feel intimidated, just because I was covering my first Queen’s football game, everybody told me. They were right. I’d reported about... [Read More]
All done  March 3rd, 2016
It’s not without a little bit of sadness today that I announce that I no longer will be writing for sportkingston.ca. There are a number of reasons for this. Suffice to say that when an endeavor no longer brings you any enjoyment, it’s time to move on. I won’t continue in... [Read More]
Queen's athletes win major volleyball awards  March 3rd, 2016
Mike Tomlinson of the Queen’s Golden Gaels has won the Dale Iwanoczko Sportsman Award for the second consecutive season. The award is presented by Ontario University Athletics to the men’s volleyball player who best displays academic achievement, community involvement and... [Read More]
To buy or not to buy  March 2nd, 2016
I guess we’ll see. When the brochure arrived the other day with information about renewing season tickets for the coming Queen’s University football season, the eye of the Commerce grad cum thrift monger went, as you may expect, directly to the price. People had been wondering... [Read More]
QE splits two games at EOSSAA single-A basketball  March 1st, 2016
Mother Nature was not in the corner of the Queen Elizabeth Raiders. Normally, after winning a game at the Eastern Ontario Secondary Schools Athletic Association single-A basketball tournament, a team is guaranteed a spot in the semifinals. Not so this year, when weather played havoc with... [Read More]
KC downs Frontenac in EOSSAA basketball final  March 1st, 2016
Sayre Powers scored 16 points Tuesday afternoon as the Kingston Blues defeated the Frontenac Falcons 50-47 in the championship game of the Eastern Ontario Secondary Schools Athletic Association senior AA basketball tournament in Brockville. KC was unbeaten in four games of the six-team... [Read More]
Weekend defeats send Gaels to preliminary playoff round  March 1st, 2016
Queen’s Golden Gaels will host the Laurentian Voyageurs in an Ontario University Athletics women’s basketball playoff game Wednesday night at the Athletics and Recreation Centre. Game time is 6 o’clock. The Gaels go into the playoff tournament as the No. 5 seed, missing... [Read More]
Queen's to host men's basketball playoff Wednesday  March 1st, 2016
Queen’s Golden Gaels have popped out of the Ontario University Athletics RPI formula with as the seventh-seeded team for the men’s basketball tournament, and as such, they will host the Toronto Blues in a first-round game Wednesday at the Athletics and Recreation Centre. Game... [Read More]
High school volleyball matches tonight at Regi  March 1st, 2016
Regiopolis Notre Dame will be the site of the annual Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association girls volleyball all-star matches Tuesday night. For purposes of the competition, schools in the association have been split, roughly according to those within the city and those on the... [Read More]
EOSSAA will try again to play basketball Tuesday  March 1st, 2016
The Eastern Ontario Secondary Schools Athletic Association senior basketball tournaments will conclude Tuesday—one way or another. The double-A and single-A events, both being played in Brockville, were postponed yet again Monday, apparently due to inclement weather. The AA... [Read More]
Gaels end season with victory over Toronto  February 28th, 2016
Andrew Mavety scored a season-best 23 points Saturday night, leading the Queen’s Golden Gaels to an 81-73 Ontario University Athletics men’s basketball victory over the Toronto Blues in the Athletics and Recreation Centre. Mavety, who led the nation this year with a .516 shooting... [Read More]
Jenny Wright's final game a 28-point masterpiece  February 28th, 2016
Jenny Wright ended the season in spectacular fashion Saturday night, scoring 28 points for the Queen’s Golden Gaels in a 75-70 loss to the Toronto Blues in an Ontario University Athletics women’s basketball game at the Athletics and Recreation Centre. For Wright, playing the... [Read More]
Gillian Pegg captures CIS wrestling medal  February 28th, 2016
Gillian Pegg of Queen’s won a bronze medal Sunday at the Canadian Interuniversity Sport wrestling championships in St. Catharines. For the fourth-year physical education student from Oro-Medonte, Ont., it was the second medal from a national championship this year. In the fall, Pegg, a... [Read More]
Queen's hockey women ousted from playoffs  February 28th, 2016
The season came to an end for the Queen’s Golden Gaels Friday night when they dropped a 3-2 decision to the visiting Nipissing Lakers in an Ontario University Athletics women’s hockey playoff game at the Memorial Centre. The victory gave the Lakers a two-game sweep of the... [Read More]
Three former Golden Eagles invited to regional CFL combindes  February 28th, 2016
Two graduates of Sydenham High School and four former Kingston Grenadiers juniors are among players selected to participate in three regional Canadian Football League scouting combines next week. Sydenham grads Jay Dearborn, of Holland College, and Hayden Peters, of St. Francis Xavier... [Read More]
Falcons win two at EOSSAA basketball  February 26th, 2016
Frontenac Falcons won both of their games to advance to the semifinals of the Eastern Ontario Secondary Schools Athletic Association senior AA basketball tournament Friday in Brockville. That doesn’t mean they played that well. “We were just lethargic,” Falcons coach Suche... [Read More]
Documentary on hockey's forgotten man debuts Sunday  February 26th, 2016
By CLAUDE SCILLEY As answers to trivia questions go, George Patterson is the solution to a pretty neat one: Who scored the first goal for the Toronto Maple Leafs? Filmmaker Dale Morrisey believes there’s much more to the Kingston man, who not only scored the Leafs’ first goal,... [Read More]
Blair Morgan bound for FISU cross-country championship  February 26th, 2016
Yarker’s Blair Morgan is bound for Italy next month as a member of Canada’s team at the 20th world student cross-country championships. The FISU event, staged every two years, is being held March 12 in Cassino, about 140 kilometres southeast of Rome. A fifth-year chemical and... [Read More]
Girls Mega Tournament takes over city  February 26th, 2016
Fifty-one teams, including clubs from Ottawa, Barrie, Sudbury, Montreal and Toronto, are descending on Kingston Friday for the seventh annual Mega Tournament for girls basketball teams hosted by the Kingston Impact. The visiting teams will be joined in the competition by seven local teams,... [Read More]
Single-A EOSSAA basketball tournament postponed to Monday  February 25th, 2016
Poor weather has forced postponement the start of the Eastern Ontario Secondary Schools Athletic Association single-A basketball tournament in Brockville today. The tournament, where six teams—including the Queen Elizabeth Raiders—will contest a spot in the provincial... [Read More]
Queen's women drop hockey playoff opener  February 24th, 2016
A goal by Bronwyn Bolduc in the ninth minute of overtime gave the Nipissing Lakers a 2-1 win over the Queen’s Golden Gaels in the opening game of their Ontario University Athletics women’s hockey quarter-final Wednesday afternoon. The Lakers will take a 1-0 lead into the second... [Read More]
KC, Frontenac, QE begin play Thursday at EOSSA basketball  February 24th, 2016
Two teams from Kingston are the top seeds for the Eastern Ontario Secondary Schools Athletic Association senior double-A basketball championship tournament, a two-day event that begins Thursday in Brockville. Frontenac Falcons, the Kingston area champions, are the No. 1 seed at the six-team... [Read More]
Sydenham upsets Regi to capture KASSAA girls volleyball title  February 21st, 2016
By CLAUDE SCILLEY There was a very pragmatic reason why the Sydenham Golden Eagles declared themselves a triple-A team for purposes of girls volleyball playoffs beyond the Kingston area. Last year, the trip to the double-A OFSAA tournament in Dryden almost broke the bank, and this... [Read More]
Injuries, Ridgebacks get the best of Gaels  February 21st, 2016
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Ultimately, the Queen’s Golden Gaels’ demise boiled down to two crucial shortcomings. “We ran out of time,” coach Brett Gibson said, “and we ran out of bodies.” Queen’s ran out of time in the sense that there were just two minutes... [Read More]
Falcons capture senior basketball title  February 21st, 2016
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Suche James said his players were so calm at the start of Sunday’s high school senior basketball championship game, it was as if they didn’t realize they’d fallen behind 9-0. They knew. “Looking up there, it was pretty dismal,” Falcons... [Read More]
Falcons 51 Crusaders 46  February 21st, 2016
Frontenac     fg         ft         pts Halladay         2          2-2     ... [Read More]
Queen's men, women split at Algoma  February 21st, 2016
Queen’s Golden Gaels won their fifth game in a row Saturday night, defeating the Algoma Thunderbirds 67-34 in an Ontario University Athletics women’s basketball game in Sault Ste. Marie. The victory allowed the No. 9-raniked Gaels, 14-3, to move back into a first-place tie in the... [Read More]
Queen's beaten in overtime; series to be decided Sunday in Oshawa  February 20th, 2016
Queen’s Golden Gaels are headed back to Oshawa Sunday for the deciding game of their first-round Ontario University Athletics hockey playoff series with the Ontario Tech Ridgebacks. The Gaels failed to put away the best-of-three East division quarter-final at home when they dropped a... [Read More]
Falcons upset Blues, will meet Holy Cross in basketball final  February 18th, 2016
By CLAUDE SCILLEY You almost had to be there. Otherwise, it’s likely difficult to understand how a senior boys high school basketball team could go into a semifinal game and score just seven two-point field goals—and still win it. That’s what the Frontenac Falcons did... [Read More]
Panthers, Eagles will meet to determine volleyball title  February 18th, 2016
Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers will face the Sydenham Golden Eagles in the championship high school senior girls volleyball match Sunday night. The Panthers were 3-0 winners Thursday over the Kingston Blues in one Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association semifinal, while Sydenham... [Read More]
Regi, Sydenham to host volleyball semifinals  February 18th, 2016
Regular-season champion Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers and runner-up Sydenham Golden Eagles will host the Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association senior girls volleyball semifinals Thursday. Each team posted a straight-sets victory in quarter-final play Wednesday, the Panthers... [Read More]
Gaels rookie bags winner in overtime  February 18th, 2016
Going into the opening game of the playoffs without seven regular players is never any hockey team’s dream scenario. Not only did the Queen’s Golden Gaels withstand such hardship Wednesday night in Oshawa, they got a key contribution from one of their spare parts, when little... [Read More]
Panthers post upset at Sydenham; Blues, Falcons and Crusaders advance  February 17th, 2016
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Too many times this year, the Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers have found themselves at a crossroads in a game, and taken the wrong turn. Wednesday afternoon in Sydenham, they stayed on the right path. Though the Panthers watched the host Golden Eagles erase an early... [Read More]
Storm postpones opening round of high school playoffs  February 16th, 2016
Inclement weather has pushed back the start of high school basketball, volleyball and hockey playoffs. As a result of snow fall overnight, school buses serving schools in the Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association have been cancelled Tuesday. As a result, all basketball and... [Read More]
High school basketball playoffs begin Tuesday  February 16th, 2016
Basketball playoffs begin Tuesday in the Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association. A day-long basketball festival begins in the Queen’s University Athletics and Recreation Centre, where the Kingston Blues will play the Queen Elizabeth Raiders at 2:30 p.m. During the regular... [Read More]
Pegasus volleyball club strives to find just the right balance  February 16th, 2016
By CLAUDE SCILLEY It’s a club that formed at a time, Ted Carson recalls, when Kingston “was a hockey and fastball town.” Its current president, Brenda Willis, defines us as a hockey and basketball town. Nobody would ever call Kingston a volleyball town, and yet 30 years... [Read More]
Queen's hockey women settle for weekend split  February 14th, 2016
Queen’s Golden Gaels took 33 shots at Toronto Blues goaltender Valencia Yordanov Sunday afternoon but they couldn’t put anything past her, as they dropped a 2-0 Ontario University Athletics women’s hockey game at the Invista Centre. The defeat cost the Gaels an opportunity... [Read More]
Bid for second straight comeback win fails for Gaels  February 14th, 2016
For the second night in a row, the Queen’s Golden Gaels staged a remarkable comeback but Saturday night in the Athletics and Recreation Centre, it fell short, as the Windsor Lancers pinned a 93-87 Ontario University Athletics men's basketball defeat on the Gaels. The loss left the... [Read More]
Gaels defensive performance worthy of all-star weekend  February 14th, 2016
Queen’s Golden Gaels didn’t have stars in their eyes Saturday. Instead, they had the Windsor Lancers in their sights. With a withering defensive performance and a 25-point fourth quarter, the Gaels defeated the five-time defending national champion Lancers 60-41 in an Ontario... [Read More]
Gaels end season with shutout victory  February 14th, 2016
By CLAUDE SCILLEY With healthy defencemen becoming as scarce for the Queen’s Golden Gaels as palm trees in Whitehorse, you’d think they might be concerned as they prepare for their playoff opener Wednesday in Oshawa. The Gaels went into their hockey game Saturday night at the... [Read More]
Crazy finish propels Gaels past Western  February 13th, 2016
With six points in the final five seconds of regulation time, the Queen’s Golden Gaels sent their Ontario University Athletics men’s basketball game to overtime Friday night, and riding the crest of that momentum, they went on to defeat the Western Mustangs 99-93 at the Athletics... [Read More]
Vikings sweep doubleheader from George Brown  February 13th, 2016
St. Lawrence Vikings took one step closer to clinching direct entry in the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association men’s basketball tournament Friday night with an 89-59 win over the George Brown Huskies in the St. Lawrence Gym. The victory made it impossible for fourth-place Brown,... [Read More]
Hockey Gaels suffer another double-overtime defeat  February 13th, 2016
By CLAUDE SCILLEY The final weekend of the regular season is no time to feel warm and fuzzy about yourself. “That effort is night and day to what we’ve seen in the last couple of games,”  Queen’s Golden Gaels hockey coach Brett Gibson said Friday night, after his... [Read More]
Gaels reward coach's confidence in victory over Western  February 12th, 2016
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Dave Wilson had lots of time to consider what he might do as Friday night’s basketball game went into its final few minutes. “It felt like about three weeks,” he said. In fact, the Queen’s Golden Gaels had gone only six and a half minutes without... [Read More]
Lancers post second-straight upset victory  February 11th, 2016
Despite a valiant late-season push, the Loyalist Lancers weren’t able to improve their playoff lot on the final day of the Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association senior girls volleyball season. The Lancers went into the day 7-4, part of a tie for fifth place with the... [Read More]
Regi heads into basketball playoffs on heels of decisive win  February 11th, 2016
By CLAUDE SCILLEY It took a while for Jacob Gosselin to get used to his new team. It took some time for his new teammates to get used to him. Now that the compatibility issues appear to be nicely resolved, the rest of the league might have to re-think how to deal with the Regiopolis Notre... [Read More]
RMC snags double-overtime win over Queen's  February 11th, 2016
By CLAUDE SCILLEY It was cold Wednesday night in the Constantine Arena. With the heaters not on above the stands, it was about as cold as it used to be when it was just the Constantine Rink, the kind of cold where you have to go outside in the middle of February to get warm. A bystander... [Read More]
Gaels thrilled to be part of NBA all-star weekend  February 10th, 2016
By CLAUDE SCILLEY By their own admission, the Queen’s Golden Gaels are giving up a lot. When Ontario University Athletics wrote the women’s basketball schedule in the summer, it showed the Gaels with a home game against the Windsor Lancers. If you’ve got to play the... [Read More]
Girls volleyball playoff picture remains fuzzy  February 10th, 2016
Marie-Rivier Dragons enhanced their playoff hopes Tuesday, with a 3-1 high school senior girls volleyball win over the Bayridge Blazers. The result was a bit of an upset, in that Bayridge, having won six of its previous seven matches, began the day 6-4, two games better than the Dragons, who... [Read More]
Falcons whip struggling Panthers  February 10th, 2016
In just a week, high school basketball playoffs will begin. From the look of the Frontenac Falcons and Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers Tuesday afternoon, they’ll need every minute between now and then to get ready for them. Of course, these were two teams that were playing their first... [Read More]
Caitlyn Lahonen's fifth shutout leads Gaels to victory  February 8th, 2016
Caitlyn Lahonen posted her fifth shutout of the season Saturday, leading the Queen’s Golden Gaels to a 3-0 Ontario University Athletics women’s hockey victory over the Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury. Lahonen made 30 saves for her second shutout of the year against Laurentian,... [Read More]
Tyler Bark has come a long way, with a long way to go  February 8th, 2016
By CLAUDE SCILLEY He’s a driven young man. He wants to study at Queen’s University. He wants to play basketball at the intercollegiate level. Joanna Belfer has some advice for anyone who doubts Tyler Bark’s ability to achieve those lofty goals: Don’t bet against... [Read More]
Close no longer good enough for frustrated Paladins  February 7th, 2016
By CLAUDE SCILLEY There have been seasons when responding to a shellacking with a credible performance would have been sufficient for the Royal Military College hockey team. Not any more. Richard Lim has had his fill of moral victories. “It’s another game that we were in and... [Read More]
Hockey Gaels beaten in shootout  February 7th, 2016
A shootout goal by Greg Cerilli gave the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks a 4-3 win over the Queen’s Golden Gaels in an Ontario University Athletics hockey game Sunday afternoon in Waterloo. Cerilli, who has six goals this year, was Laurier’s third shooter. In the shootout, neither... [Read More]
Another 30-point performance by Sukhpreet Singh leads Gaels to win  February 7th, 2016
That Sukhpreet Singh would lead the Queen’s Golden Gaels in scoring should not really surprise anyone anymore. He does it routinely. That he would surpass 30 points in a game is starting to get a little familiar, too. Singh did that for the third time this season—and the second... [Read More]
Eric Ming's overtime goal gives Gaels 5-4 win in Waterloo  February 6th, 2016
A goal by Eric Ming in the fourth minute of the second overtime period gave the Queen’s Golden Gaels a 5-4 Ontario University Athletics hockey victory over the Waterloo Warriors Saturday night in Waterloo. Ming assisted on a goal by Ryan Bloom with just 20 seconds left in the third... [Read More]
Gaels overcome dismal start to defeat Lakehead  February 6th, 2016
By CLAUDE SCILLEY It was not the kind of basketball game where anyone will find a lot of material for instructional videos. At least, not the first part of it. The Queen’s Golden Gaels and Lakehead Thunderwolves played a first half Saturday night that Gaels coach Dave Wilson, a man... [Read More]
Paladins suffer doozy of a Carr-Harris hangover  February 6th, 2016
By CLAUDE SCILLEY If it was, perhaps, inevitable, it is also part of the process, Richard Lim believes, in making the Royal Military College Paladins a respectable hockey team. “This one stings a little bit,” the Paladins coach said, after his hockey team was waxed at the... [Read More]
Robyn Pearson delivers for Gaels in victory over Guelph  February 6th, 2016
By CLAUDE SCILLEY They didn’t quite know how it was going to manifest itself, but the members of the Queen’s Golden Gaels were pretty sure it was going to happen. The Canadian Interuniversity Sport athlete of the week two weeks ago, Robyn Pearson didn’t play up to standard... [Read More]
Gaels put brakes on slide to defeat Guelph  February 6th, 2016
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Steph Barrie knew it wasn’t going to last. The collective shooting eye that delivered 36 points in the first 10 minutes of his team’s ball game simply wasn’t sustainable. “We shot 75 per cent in the first quarter,” the coach of the... [Read More]
Carr-Harris history  February 5th, 2016
Results of the annual Carr-Harris Cup hockey game, started in 1986 to ocommemorate the centennial of the first organized game in Kingston between teams from Queen’s University and Royal Military College: Oct. 22, 1986: RMC 8 Queen's 3 (exhibition) Oct. 14, 1987: Queen's 7 RMC 7... [Read More]
Three goals by Eric Ming lead Queen's past RMC  February 5th, 2016
By CLAUDE SCILLEY At the time, it looked as if it might be the spark to propel the Royal Military College Paladins into contention. In the final analysis, though, a goal by RMC’s Owen Gill midway through the first period may have been even more beneficial to the Queen’s Golden... [Read More]
Rob Asselstine named Kingston's amateur athlete of the year  February 4th, 2016
Rob Asselstine, the Canadian champion cross-country runner from St. Lawrence College, is this year’s winner of the Gus Marker Trophy as Kingston’s amateur athlete of 2015. The award was presented at a banquet hosted by the Kiwanis Club Thursday night at the Ambassador Hotel. A... [Read More]
Gaels 6 Paladins 2  February 4th, 2016
First Period 1. Queens’s, Ming 13 (Trojanovic, McGillis) 2:29 (pp) 2. RMC, Gill 3 (Orbinski, Durgey) 9:33 3. Queen’s, McGillis 12 (Abraham, Weibe) 10:23 4. Queen’s, McGillis 13 (Greenaway) 13:32 Penalties—Hornbrook RMC 1:10, Boudreau RMC 13:07, Abraham Qns... [Read More]
Who are they?  February 4th, 2016
For more than 100 years, the name Carr-Harris has been linked to both hockey and academics at Royal Military College and Queen’s University. In 1986, to mark the centennial of the first meeting of the schools’ two hockey teams, the Carr-Harris Cup was presented for annual competition... [Read More]
Carr-Harris by the numbers  February 4th, 2016
First game: Oct. 22, 1986 (RMC 8 Queen’s 3) The series: Queen’s leads 18-9, with two games tied Lately: Queen’s won 5-1 last year; Gaels have won seven of the last eight. RMC's last win: Feb. 2, 2014, Paladins won 2-1 Tough slog: RMC has scored just eight goals in the... [Read More]
Regardless of the motivation, Carr-Harris game is big deal  February 4th, 2016
By CLAUDE SCILLEY For one team, the game represents something very tangible: Two vital points for a closely bunched race for playoff seeding. For the other side, its invitation to the post-season ball long ago dispatched with regrets, the reward is much more esoteric. Victory will be but a... [Read More]
Vikings seal victory in final minute  February 3rd, 2016
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Barry Smith says he’d prefer not to rely so heavily on one player. “I hate to be a one-player team, because I think that hurts you,” the coach of the St. Lawrence Vikings said. If, however, from time to time, that has to be the case, Jaz Bains is a... [Read More]
Gaels decide enough is enough; overturn three-goal deficit in overtime win  January 31st, 2016
It was an inglorious way to start a hockey game. Against a team that came to town nine games below .500, the Queen’s Golden Gaels found themselves trailing 3-0 midway through the second period. It was certainly an undignified place for a team that has won two of the last five Ontario... [Read More]
Registration opens Monday for youth football league  January 31st, 2016
Registration for players returning to play in the Thousand Islands Minor Football League begins online Monday. Registration fee per player is $250, and players may be enrolled at www.timfl.com. New players may register beginning Feb. 8. The developmental tackle football league provides... [Read More]
Queen's women drop second straight basketball game  January 31st, 2016
After having been beaten only once in their first nine games, the Queen’s women’s basketball team limped home from Ottawa Saturday night having just absorbed their second defeat in a little more than 24 hours, 86-66 to the Carleton Ravens. The Ravens scored 25 points and took a... [Read More]
Splendid performance by Sukhpreet Singh goes for naught  January 31st, 2016
Despite a career-best 39-point game by Sukhpreet Singh, the Queen’s Golden Gaels dropped their second Ontario University Athletics men’s basketball game of the weekend Saturday night in Ottawa, 99-81 to the No. 3-ranked Carleton Ravens. Singh, a fourth-year political studies... [Read More]
Hockey Gaels suffer yet another one-goal defeat  January 30th, 2016
McGill Redmen spotted the Queen’s Golden Gaels a two-goal first-period lead before rallying Saturday for a 3-2 Ontario University Athletics hockey victory in Montreal. It was McGill’s 31st consecutive win over Queen’s in a streak that dates to 2004, and this one followed... [Read More]
Jaz Bains scores 37 in Vikings' overtime win over Seneca  January 30th, 2016
By CLAUDE SCILLEY There’s a reasonably straightforward reason, Barry Smith figures, why his team played its best basketball of the game Saturday afternoon in overtime. “The guys felt that we had pissed the game away,” the coach of the St. Lawrence Vikings said, after his... [Read More]
Queen's women suffer two-point loss at Ottawa  January 30th, 2016
Queen’s Golden Gaels saw their five-game winning streak come to an end Friday night as they suffered a 46-44 defeat in an Ontario University Athletics women’s basketball game in Ottawa. It was the first time this year the Gaels have failed to score at least 50 points, but it also... [Read More]
Gaels no match for No. 2 Gee-Gees  January 30th, 2016
Mike L’Africain scored 30 points Friday night to lead the No. 2-ranked Ottawa Gee-Gees to a 76-60 win over the Queen’s Golden Gaels in an Ontario University Athletics men’s basketball game in Ottawa. The win was the 10th in 11 conference games for the North... [Read More]
Kevin Bailie outstanding in Gaels' win over Carleton  January 30th, 2016
By CLAUDE SCILLEY It’s easy, sometimes, to be in the presence of greatness and come to take it for granted. Unlikely as it may be that the Queen’s Golden Gaels ever will fail to appreciate what goaltender Kevin Bailie brings to the hockey team, every now and then he provides a... [Read More]
Eric Ming leading the way for hockey Gaels  January 28th, 2016
By CLAUDE SCILLEY There may yet be some good come from the last time the Queen’s Golden Gaels met the Carleton Ravens for a hockey game. From the Gaels’ point of view, it certainly wasn’t apparent at the time. Ten minutes of sound hockey and some terrific goaltending by... [Read More]
14 finalists named for Kiwanis athlete of the year award  January 27th, 2016
Fourteen athletes have been selected as finalists for the Kingston’s amateur athlete of the year, the local Kiwanis Club has announced. They are: • Rob Asselstine, cross country running • Brittany Benn, rugby • Matt Brash, baseball • Will Crothers,... [Read More]
Hockey Hall of Fame unveils new look  January 26th, 2016
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Lowell Cochrane doesn’t consider himself a hockey fan, but he knows somebody who is. “My son is keen about hockey,” he said, “so I see it through his eyes.” Through those eyes, Cochrane saw something that intrigued him among the old photos... [Read More]
Vanier Cup returning to Hamilton  January 25th, 2016
Eight years after it was last held in the Steel City, the Vanier Cup football game is returning this year to Hamilton. Tim Hortons Field, the 24,000-seat home of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League, will also be the site of the 2017 Vanier Cup game, Canadian... [Read More]
St. Lawrence men gain weekend split; women cop second win in a row  January 24th, 2016
The grind of eight hours on the road and two games in less than 24 hours got the best of the St. Lawrence Vikings Saturday afternoon, as they dropped an 87-63 Ontario Colleges Athletic Association men’s basketball game to the Georgian Grizzlies. The loss left St. Lawrence with a split... [Read More]
Hockey women end losing skid as Gaels gain weekend split  January 24th, 2016
Queen’s Golden Gaels scored three first-period goals Saturday night and that propelled them to a 5-2 Ontario University Athletics women’s hockey victory over the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks at the Memorial Centre. The victory snapped a three-game losing streak for the Gaels,... [Read More]
Eric Ming scores two as Queen's defeats Nipissing  January 24th, 2016
Struggling early in hockey games has become a trademark of the Queen’s Golden Gaels this year and it happened again Saturday night in North Bay. Fortunately for the Gaels, comebacks have been just as customary. This time, the rally resulted in victory. Two goals by Eric Ming sent the... [Read More]
Gaels weather storm to defeat York  January 24th, 2016
Queen’s Golden Gaels withstood a late comeback bid by the York Lions to claim a 62-59 Ontario University Athletics men’s basketball victory Saturday afternoon in Toronto. Sukhpreet Singh scored 22 points to lead the Gaels to their seventh win in 10 games, as they strengthened... [Read More]
Third-period goal gives West Point win in 80th match with RMC  January 24th, 2016
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Too many times over too many years, hockey teams from Royal Military College would be scrapping to stay in a hockey game, only to give up a questionable goal, the kind that causes shoulders on the bench collectively to droop. Saturday night at the Rogers K-Rock Centre, RMC... [Read More]
Queen's women come from behind to beat York  January 23rd, 2016
Queen’s Golden Gaels overcame a 12-point first-quarter deficit before rallying in the fourth quarter to defeat the York Lions 87-75 in an Ontario University Athletics women’s basketball game in Toronto. The win was the fifth in a row for the East division-leading Gaels, now 9-1... [Read More]
Army 4 RMC 3  January 23rd, 2016
First Period 1. Army, Reuschlein (Andrle, Box) 3:34 2. Army, Mansfield, Higgins, Hearn) 8:18 3. RMC, Gill (Livingston, Domenico) 10:53 Penalties—None. Second Period 4. Army, Roberts 7:24 5. RMC, Huber (Giberson) 8:19 6. RMC, Livingston (Domenico) 16:51 Penalties—None. Third... [Read More]
Third-period goal by Darcy Greenaway gives Gaels win in Sudbury  January 22nd, 2016
Queen’s Golden Gaels snapped a three-game losing streak Friday night in Sudbury, where they defeated the Laurentian Voyageurs 3-2 in an Ontario University Athletics hockey game. Darcy Greenaway’s sixth goal of the year, with seven and a half minutes remaining in the third period,... [Read More]
Falcons win battle for third place over Sydenham  January 22nd, 2016
By CLAUDE SCILLEY It’s been missing for most of the month, but Friday afternoon the Frontenac Falcons rediscovered their trademark pressure defence—and the Sydenham Golden Eagles were no match for it. A withering full-court attack had the Eagles on their heels from the opening... [Read More]
After four years, Matthew Beirnes gets another shot at West Point  January 22nd, 2016
By CLAUDE SCILLEY It’s been a long time since Matthew Beirnes played against the U.S. Military Academy Black Knights. It was four years ago, in the first game of the series revival, and it was an inauspicious day for the Royal Military College Paladins. Beirnes shared the goaltending... [Read More]
Army coach revels in tradition of RMC hockey series  January 22nd, 2016
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Two things quickly become apparent, with even just a superficial perusal of the U.S. Military Academy hockey team’s record. For one, the Black Knights play an awful lot of close games. Army has played 22 times this year, and nine times they’ve gone to... [Read More]
RMC-West Point fast facts  January 22nd, 2016
Some things you need to know about the 80th hockey game between the teams from Royal Military College and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point: The game: Saturday, 7:30 p.m., at the Rogers K-Rock Centre Genesis: A conversation more than 90 years ago between the two commandants, Gen.... [Read More]
Paladins eager to show people how much they've improved in Saturday's game with West Point  January 22nd, 2016
By CLAUDE SCILLEY It’s always the same around Royal Military College, every year when the hockey schedule comes out. Immediately people begin to scan it for the date of the annual game with the U.S. Military Academy. “It’s definitely one of the ones the guys circle,”... [Read More]
Senior girls volleyball playoff picture taking shape  January 22nd, 2016
Sydenham Golden Eagles rallied nicely from their first defeat of the Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association season Thursday, defeating the Frontenac Falcons 3-1 in a match played in Sydenham. Unfortunately for the Eagles, they remain second in the league standings, after the... [Read More]
Holy Cross, KC continue winning ways  January 21st, 2016
By CLAUDE SCILLEY If only, Geoff Stewart lamented Thursday, the games weren’t quite so long. “If the game of basketball was a 24-minute game, we would be fairly competitive,” the coach of the senior Bayridge Blazers postulated, with chagrin. In their game with the... [Read More]
Falcons alumni game to support youth mental health services  January 21st, 2016
Frontenac Secondary School will hold its second annual alumni basketball game in support of youth mental health services Friday at 7 p.m. The game will be played as the final contest of a tripleheader that will begin at 3:30 with the regularly scheduled Kingston Area Secondary Schools... [Read More]
Alumni return for final game  January 20th, 2016
By CLAUDE SCILLEY For Sean Deasy, one memory of the gymnasium at Queen Elizabeth Collegiate that remains vivid involves not something he did in it, but being excluded from it. “One time, I had to stand outside the principal’s door for a week’s worth of phys-ed... [Read More]
Raiders bow to Napanee in final game at QE  January 20th, 2016
By CLAUDE SCILLEY It was, undoubtedly, more bitter than sweet. The home team didn’t win the last senior boys basketball game to be played in the gymnasium at Queen Elizabeth Collegiate. A member of the home team didn’t score the final basket in the nameless gym that has been... [Read More]
Gaels continue to struggle; suffer third straight loss  January 20th, 2016
By CLAUDE SCILLEY It took the Queen’s Golden Gaels a long time to acquire the requisite sense of urgency necessary to win their hockey game Tuesday night. Just a wee bit too long. The Gaels were going nowhere in the third period of their Ontario University Athletics game with the... [Read More]
Crusaders prevail over KC in battle of the undefeated  January 19th, 2016
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Three-quarters of the way through the high school basketball season, teams are starting to exhibit particular characteristics. Take the Kingston Blues for example, who fell 11 points behind the Holy Cross Crusaders in the first quarter of Tuesday’s clash of... [Read More]
Queen's men bow to Ryerson  January 17th, 2016
Queen’s Golden Gaels dropped their second Ontario University Athletics men’s basketball game in a row Saturday night, 97-81 to the No. 5-ranked Ryerson Rams in Toronto. The Gaels led by a point, 25-24, after a high scoring first quarter, but the East division-leading Rams, 6-1,... [Read More]
Jenny Wright has milestone game as Gaels upset No. 2 Ryerson  January 17th, 2016
Jenny Wright scored 20 points Saturday night to lead the Queen’s Golden Gaels to an 80-74 upset victory over the No. 2-ranked Ryerson Rams in an Ontario University Athletics women’s basketball game in Toronto. Those 20 points moved Wright, a fifth-year senior from Kingston, into... [Read More]
Gaels comeback falls just short in overtime loss to UQTR  January 17th, 2016
By CLAUDE SCILLEY The stirring comeback staged by his team Saturday night meant more to Brett Gibson than the fact that it ultimately fell short. “You know what?” the coach of the Queen’s Golden Gaels said after his team suffered a 3-2 overtime loss to the Trois-Rivieres... [Read More]
Vikings hand La Citť first loss of the season  January 17th, 2016
By CLAUDE SCILLEY When basketball teams start to see a lead disappear, they don’t always react well. “When it gets tense, everybody’s shot gets a little tighter,” St. Lawrence Vikings coach Barry Smith said. It was a phenomenon his team experienced Sunday afternoon,... [Read More]
Viking women upset Algonquin  January 16th, 2016
St. Lawrence Vikings clearly are no longer in awe of the Algonquin Thunder. Last year, the Vikings ended Algonquin’s four-year-old winning streak in a game at St. Lawrence. Saturday afternoon, the Vikings pinned another blemish on the Thunder’s distinguished record, handing the... [Read More]
Hot shooting Vikings thump visiting Algonquin  January 16th, 2016
By CLAUDE SCILLEY When a team is as shooting the basketball as well as the St. Lawrence Vikings were shooting it Saturday afternoon, the proceeds are plain to see. There’s nothing like a 33-point quarter to put a stamp on a game. What isn’t quite as obvious is the effect on a... [Read More]
Gaels bow to Toronto, retain first place  January 16th, 2016
Queen’s Golden Gaels suffered their first Ontario University Athletics men’s basketball road defeat this year, 85-84 to the Toronto Blues in a game played Friday night at Toronto’s Goldring Centre. It was just the second loss in eight games for the Gaels, who still sit atop... [Read More]
Queen's women dominate boards, defeat Blues in Toronto  January 16th, 2016
Queen’s Golden Gaels were dominant rebounders to a degree seldom seen Friday night, as they defeated the Toronto Blues 57-33 in an Ontario University Athletics women’s basketball game in Toronto. Robyn Pearson led the way with 20 rebounds, as the Gaels held a 61-32 advantage over... [Read More]
Gaels stung with bitter defeat  January 15th, 2016
By CLAUDE SCILLEY For a while there, things were looking pretty good for the Queen’s Golden Gaels. Twice they’d come back from a one-goal deficit to tie their hockey game Friday night, and when they scored twice in a span of 90 seconds in the third period, they went ahead. Then... [Read More]
Hockey Gaels ready to convince the world they're for real  January 15th, 2016
By CLAUDE SCILLEY There’s a distinction that needs to be made about this edition of the Queen’s Golden Gaels from their predecessors, their coach, Brett Gibson, says. It is subtle, but not at all insignificant. “The difference is we’ve gone up against the great teams... [Read More]
Crusaders humble Regi in Memorial basketball game  January 14th, 2016
By CLAUDE SCILLEY In their manhandling of the Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers Thursday night, the Holy Cross Crusaders got a couple of particularly inspiring performances. One came from a source you might expect: Luciano Troiano, a second-year senior who is one of the more gifted players in... [Read More]
Volleyball Panthers put first loss behind them  January 14th, 2016
Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers rebounded nicely from their first defeat of the season with a 3-1 win over the Holy Cross Crusaders Thursday in a Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association senior girls volleyball match at Holy Cross. After dropping a 3-1 decision Tuesday to the... [Read More]
Blues hand Regi its first loss of the season  January 12th, 2016
Kingston Blues withstood a furious comeback attempt by the Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers Tuesday afternoon as they handed Regi its first loss of the high school senior girls volleyball season, 3-1, at Regi. The Blues, who won the first two sets of the match, 28-26 and 25-18, dropped the... [Read More]
Regi suffers first defeat at the hands of league-leading Blues  January 12th, 2016
By CLAUDE SCILLEY As he left the Kingston Collegiate gym Tuesday afternoon, Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers coach Ed Kenney paused by the soda machine in the corridor, but he didn’t find what he was looking for. Which was? “Something to take the taste out of my mouth,” he... [Read More]
Hall of Fame inductees introduced  January 12th, 2016
For the first time in its 21-year history, the women outnumber the men who will be inducted into the Kingston and District Sports Hall of Fame. Three female athletes are among the five 2016 inductees who were introduced Tuesday night at City Hall. Golfer Barbara Allan, basketball player... [Read More]
An evening of baseball for the 'sophisticated' fan coming to Kingston  January 11th, 2016
By CLAUDE SCILLEY With an affinity for baseball and a background in music promotion, perhaps it was inevitable that Kevin Kennedy would strike upon the idea of Pitch Talks. And with a brother who went to university at Queen’s and a panelist who proudly hails from here, perhaps... [Read More]
Top teams all win in senior girls volleyball play  January 7th, 2016
Kingston Blues rode the strong serving and setting of Maddie Love to a 3-0 home-court victory Thursday over the Frontenac Falcons in a Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association senior girls volleyball match. Gabby Anagnostopoulos led the KC attack with 12 kills as the Blues won... [Read More]
Blues prevail in defensive struggle at Frontenac  January 7th, 2016
By CLAUDE SCILLEY From a spectator’s point of view, it was a terrific senior boys high school basketball game. There were athletic plays at both ends of the floor and scrappy rebounding in a contest where each team made enough mistakes to keep things interesting, while they both played... [Read More]
Stirring comeback gives Dragons volleyball win over Napanee  January 6th, 2016
Marie-Rivier Dragons overcame a two-set deficit Tuesday to post a 3-2 victory over the Napanee Golden Hawks as the high school senior girls volleyball season began its post-Christmas segment at Marie-Rivier. The win enabled the Dragons, 3-3, to move two points ahead of both La Salle and... [Read More]
Crusaders hand Frontenac its first loss of the season  January 5th, 2016
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Some wondered how the guards of the Holy Cross Crusaders would deal with the up-tempo game they would surely face Tuesday against the undefeated Frontenac Falcons. Turns out, they did just fine. “Our guards did a really good job of bringing the ball up the floor,... [Read More]
KASSAA season resumes with two key basketball games  January 4th, 2016
Two important games are on the docket Tuesday when the high school senior boys basketball season begins its second session. At Holy Cross Secondary School, the Frontenac Falcons, who share the league lead at 4-0, will visit the Holy Cross Crusaders, also undefeated at 2-0, in a game that... [Read More]
Jordan Carr thrives with change of scenery  December 29th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Nobody expected to see him when the Bayridge Blazers announced tryouts for senior boys basketball in the fall. “He just showed up,” Blazers coach Geoff Stewart said. Halfway through the high school season, Jordan Carr remained the third or fourth man off the... [Read More]
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Gryphons get first win in senior girls volleyball play  December 17th, 2015
Frontenac Falcons moved into a second-place tie in Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association senior girls volleyball play Thursday with a 3-2 home-court win over the Loyalist Lancers. It was the fourth win without defeat in conference play this year for the Falcons, one of three... [Read More]
Blues overcome problem of the slow start  December 17th, 2015
From each of the four games they’ve played this year, the Kingston Blues emerged with the victory. They haven’t, however, always started well. Thursday they did. Playing solidly in all facets of the game from the opening tip, the Blues took a 16-point lead into halftime and they... [Read More]
Height mismatch favours Holy Cross in win at QE  December 16th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY For the Holy Cross Crusaders, this season will be all about the mismatch. Wednesday, in the only Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association senior boys basketball game of the day, the mismatch was clearly in their favour, as the Crusaders defeated the Queen... [Read More]
Blazers no match for three-point barrage  December 15th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY No, Suche James said, that’s not the way the Frontenac Falcons are supposed to win basketball games. “That’s not the intention,” the Falcons coach said, after his team, treating the paint like it was quicksand, nonetheless defeated the Bayridge... [Read More]
Sydenham wins battle of undefeated volleyball teams  December 11th, 2015
Sydenham Golden Eagles claimed sole possession of first place Thursday afternoon, with a 3-0 win over the previously unbeaten Kingston Blues in a Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association senior girls volleyball match. Playing at home, the Golden Eagles improved to 4-0, while the... [Read More]
Blues come alive in fourth quarter  December 10th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Three quarters into their basketball game Thursday, the Kingston Blues were in desperate need of a catalyst, some sort of spark to snap them out of the doldrums that had them trailing with just one period to go. They found it, right under their nose. It was on their bench... [Read More]
Gaels to host Western in maiden game at new stadium  December 10th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY They’re smiling today at the site where the new Richardson Stadium is being built. That’s because the folks who write the Ontario University Athletics football schedule just gave them a three-week cushion for a Christmas present. The schedule, released... [Read More]
Dragons gain second-straight win  December 8th, 2015
Strong serving performances by Zara Quinton and Kayla Chartrand led the Marie-Rivier Dragons to their second high school senior girls volleyball victory in a row Tuesday afternoon, 3-0 over the La Salle Black Knights. The Dragons, 2-1, won the match 25-17, 25-19, 25-7. Middle blocker Megan... [Read More]
Two lengthy runs boost Regi past La Salle  December 8th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Basketball season seems to start early at some schools. When fall sports extend themselves into deep playoff runs, sometimes coaches of the winter sports find themselves playing games a little sooner than they’d prefer. Take the Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers, for... [Read More]
Hockey threads tied together on night to honour Steve Molaski  December 6th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY On the night when Steve Molaski celebrated the pinnacle of his hockey career, he told the story of how it almost never happened at all. At a reception before the most prodigious scorer ever to play hockey at Royal Military College had his uniform number retired Friday... [Read More]
Ceremony marks startóand progressóof stadium project  December 5th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Stu Lang was excited Saturday to see the progress that’s been made on a project he was instrumental in creating. “It’s farther along than I thought,” he said. “It’s great.” Lang, the former Golden Gaels football and hockey player,... [Read More]
Regi begins volleyball title defence with victory  December 3rd, 2015
Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers began defence of their high school senior girls volleyball title with a straight sets victory over the Ernestown Eagles Thursday afternoon in Odessa. The Panthers swept the match 25-21, 25-16, 25-18. Left sides Hailey Wolfgram, Logan Rooks and Emma Maclean... [Read More]
Reluctant player comes through for Golden Eagles  December 3rd, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Aadan Kempe won his first basketball game Thursday. Ever. And he wasn’t just there, basking among teammates after the game, celebrating success vicariously, from the sideline. “He was the motor today, that’s for sure,” Sydenham Golden Eagles coach... [Read More]
Falcons humbled in OFSAA Bowl football game  December 2nd, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY HAMILTON, Dec. 12—When you lose a football game by more than 50 points, there really aren’t many places to hide your transgressions. And in the case of the dismantling the Frontenac Falcons received Wednesday in the National Capital Bowl, there was really no... [Read More]
W.F. Herman 56 Frontenac 3  December 2nd, 2015
First Quarter FSS—FG, Halladay 31 8:59 Second Quarter Her—TD, Beale 1 reun (Goertzen convert) 0:12 Her—TD, Jackson 38 run (Goertzen convert) 1:28 Her—Single, Seguin 62 punt 4:50 Her—TD, Holmes 19 pass from Beale (Goertzen convert) 7:55 Her—TD,... [Read More]
Frontenac in tough for OFSAA bowl match  December 1st, 2015
Two of the most successful high school football programs in the province will put their current editions on the field Wednesday in one of the nine Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations AAA bowl games in Hamilton. The Eastern Ontario champion Frontenac Secondary School Falcons... [Read More]
Rideau Lions capture OFSAA bronze  November 28th, 2015
Rideau District Lions went a long way to face a familiar opponent in the bronze medal game of the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations girls A basketball championship Saturday afternoon in Windsor. The outcome was familiar, too. As they did in the Eastern Ontario final, the... [Read More]
Regi loses twice on final day of OFSAA  November 28th, 2015
Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers lost just two senior boys volleyball matches all season. Unfortunately, they both came on the final day at OFSAA. Losers of just two sets in 19 league and playoff matches going into the semifinals of the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations AAA... [Read More]
Title defence continues for Panthers  November 27th, 2015
Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers have reached the semifinals at the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations AAA boys volleyball championship tournament in Windsor, after they defeated Louis-Riel of Gloucester in straight sets in a quarter-final match Friday night. The Panthers,... [Read More]
Rideau advances to OFSAA basketball semifinals; La Salle ousted  November 27th, 2015
Rideau District Lions will play in the semifinals tomorrow, but the La Salle Black Knights are coming home from their Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations girls basketball championship. The Lions needed overtime to dispose of Timmins O’Gorman, 54-49, in a quarter-final at... [Read More]
Regi, KC advance to OFSAA volleyball quarter-finals  November 27th, 2015
Defending champion Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers begin their bid to retain that Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations boys AAA volleyball title Friday night in a quarter-final match with Louis Riel of Gloucester. The Panthers, seeded ninth, finished the preliminary round of the... [Read More]
La Salle, Rideau reach OFSAA quarter-finals  November 27th, 2015
Two Kingston-area teams have reached the quarter-finals of their respective provincial girls high school basketball championship tournaments, but for the Holy Cross Crusaders, the quest for an Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations title ended Friday. The Rideau District Lions... [Read More]
Curtis Carmichael wins Russ Jackson award  November 27th, 2015
Curtis Carmichael of the Queen’s Golden Gaels has been named winner of the Russ Jackson award, given to the Canadian university football player who best displays athletic ability, academic achievement and citizenship. An academic all-Canadian last year, Carmichael, a fourth-year... [Read More]
Regi, KC each win twice at OFSAA boys volleyball  November 26th, 2015
Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers and Kingston Blues each posted a pair of victories Thursday on the opening day of their respective Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations boys volleyball championships. At the AAA tournament in Windsor, Regi, the defending OFSAA champion and No. 9... [Read More]
Two local teams winners on first day of OFSAA girls basketball  November 26th, 2015
Two of the three Kingston-area teams won their games on the opening day of Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations girls basketball championship tournaments Thursday. At the AAA competition in Windsor, the Holy Cross Crusaders held off a fourth-quarter rally to defeat Sarnia... [Read More]
Shot clocks coming to KASSAA basketball  November 24th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Like the shopper who’s discovered online commerce just in time for Cyber Monday, or the chap who finally decided to get his first cell phone, high school basketball in Ontario has joined the 21st century. When the Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association... [Read More]
Six local teams ready to contest OFSAA championships  November 24th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY They’ve been to the last 10 provincial championship tournaments. They’ve won a medal at each one. They have won four Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations championships in the last 13 years, and they are the defending champions. In the last two... [Read More]
Regi's Branna MacDougall bound for Iowa State University  November 22nd, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Sisters know. That’s why, when Branna MacDougall was agonizing over whose tempting scholarship offer she should accept, she wasn’t about to dismiss a candid observation from her kid sister, Brogan. “She said, ‘I don’t want to spoil your... [Read More]
St. F.X., Guelph both go down to defeat  November 21st, 2015
Montreal and British Columbia will compete for the 51st Vanier Cup next Saturday in Quebec City, after the two visitors both emerged from the national university semifinal football games with victories Saturday. In Guelph, the Quebec and defending Vanier Cup champion Carabins defeated the... [Read More]
Dragons reach EOSSAA single-A final  November 20th, 2015
Marie-Rivier Dragons capped a successful season by reaching the final of the Eastern Ontario Secondary Schools Athletic Association senior boys single-A volleyball tournament Thursday in Renfrew. The Dragons, whose 6-5 season in the Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association... [Read More]
KC advances to OFSAA AA volleyball tournament  November 19th, 2015
Kingston Blues are bound for the provincial boys AA volleyball championship in Kenora, after they emerged from the Eastern Ontario Secondary Schools Athletic Association tournament Thursday in Brockville. The Blues defeated L’Escale of Rockland, the defending eastern Ontario champion... [Read More]
Crusaders capture senior girls basketball crown  November 16th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Not having a young woman who has been called the best university recruit in Canada in the lineup might have been all anybody had to know about the Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers’ defeat Monday night in the high school senior girls basketball final. Panthers coach... [Read More]
Holy Cross 30 Regi 23  November 16th, 2015
Holy Cross    fg         ft         pts Besselink        3          0-0     ... [Read More]
Gaels win consolation final at CIS women's soccer  November 16th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Queen’s Golden Gaels are coming home from the Canadian Interuniversity Sport women’s soccer championship tournament as the fifth-ranked team in the country. The Gaels ended there after they defeated the Atlantic conference champion Cape Breton Capers 2-1 in the... [Read More]
Regi captures 11th straight senior boys volleyball title  November 15th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY There’s a magical appeal to the tale of the underdog, who rises to capture a moment in an athletic competition that people just didn’t foresee. Yeah, well, if you’re talking about a volleyball championship match and the Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers are... [Read More]
Western upset by Guelph; St. F.X. captures first Atlantic title in 19 years  November 14th, 2015
An interception by Hayden Peters in the final minute of the game Saturday punched the ticket of the St. Francis Xavier X-Men to the national university football semifinals. Peters, the former Sydenham Golden Eagle and Kingston Grenadier, picked off a Brandon Leyh pass at the St. F.X. 40-yard... [Read More]
Holy Cross 31 Frontenac 7  November 14th, 2015
First Quarter HCr—TD, Bailey 1 run (O’Brien convert) 2:48 HCr—TD, Bailey 3 run (O’Brien convert) 7:14 Second Quarter No scoring. Third Quarter HCr—TD, Furlan 11 run (O’Brien convert) 2:54 Fourth Quarter HCr—FG, O’Brien 30... [Read More]
Falcons capture AAA football championship  November 14th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY If the guy’s own quarterback doesn’t know what’s going to happen, what hope can an opponent possibly have? “What can I say?” Frontenac Falcons quarterback Brendan Steele said of Harry Robinson, not long after his tailback clinched a 35-14... [Read More]
Frontenac 35 Regi 14  November 14th, 2015
First Quarter No scoring. Second Quarter FSS—TD, Dennee 5 pass from Steele (two-point convert fails) 6:42 Regi—TD, M.Downer 83 pass from Auty (Rego convert) 7:53 Third Quarter FSS—TD, Foley 11 pass from Steele (Halladay convert) 2:20 FSS—TD, Magee 5 pass from... [Read More]
Gaels reach consolation final after shootout victory  November 14th, 2015
Queen’s Golden Gaels will play for fifth place Saturday at the Canadian Interuniversity Sport women’s soccer championship tournament in Vancouver. For the second time in as many days, the Gaels and their opponent, in this case the Calgary Dinos, were deadlocked after regulation... [Read More]
The case of the mysterious scoreboard  November 14th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY BROCKVILLE, Nov. 13—It was very strange. It caused some consternation. In retrospect, it’s certainly embarrassing. One day, it might even be funny. After all, Mark Twain was largely correct when he wrote that humour is tragedy after a suitable interval. For... [Read More]
La Salle loses regional football playoff on final play  November 14th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY BROCKVILLE, Nov. 13—For drama, there’s very little as compelling as a game-tying touchdown drive with less than two minutes to go in a regional playoff game. Unless, of course, it’s a 70-yard drive in the final 80 seconds to kick the game-winning... [Read More]
Thousand Islands 28 La Salle 27  November 14th, 2015
First Quarter LaS—Safety, McNish concedes TISS—TD, McNish 80 pass from Gilbert (Selleck convert) TISS—TD, Gilbert 35 run (Selleck convert fails) LaS—TD, Stephens 10 pass from Dowd (two-point convert fails) Second Quarter LaS—TD, LeGood 9 pass from Dowd... [Read More]
Gaels lose in a shootout at CIS women's soccer tournament  November 13th, 2015
Queen’s Golden Gaels have been relegated to the consolation round of the Canadian Interuniversity Sport women’s soccer championship tournament, after they bowed 2-1 to the Sherbrooke vert et or in a quarter-final game played in a downpour Thursday night in Vancouver. The teams... [Read More]
Regi set to defend senior volleyball title  November 12th, 2015
Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers planned to use a steady outside attack to dispose of the upstart Holy Cross Crusaders in their high school senior boys volleyball semifinal Thursday—and it worked. With left-side hitters Andrew Borschneck and Liam Huntley delivering several decisive... [Read More]
Regi, Holy Cross will meet for senior girls basketball crown  November 12th, 2015
The only team to give the Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers a scare during the regular high school senior girls basketball season gave them another one Thursday. Ultimately, though, the Sydenham Golden Eagles, a team whose “overall hard-nosed play was difficult to stop,” were... [Read More]
Western dominates OUA football all-stars; two Gaels, Mitch O'Connor named to second team  November 11th, 2015
Eight members of the regular-season champion Western Mustangs have been named to the Ontario University Athletics football all-star team, which was announced Wednesday. Quarterback Will Finch, who led the Mustangs as they became the highest-scoring team in the history of Canadian university... [Read More]
Gaels to open CIS tournament Thursday against Sherbrooke  November 11th, 2015
Queen’s Golden Gaels begin play Thursday as the No. 3 seed at the Canadian Interuniversity Sport women’s soccer championship tournament in Vancouver. The Gaels begin the quest for their first national title since 2011 against the sixth-seeded Sherbrooke vert et or, the Quebec... [Read More]
Gaels receiver Chris Osei-Kusi named to all-rookie team  November 11th, 2015
Receiver Chris Osei-Kusi is the only member of the Queen’s Golden Gaels to have been named to the Ontario University Athletics football all-rookie team, which was announced Tuesday. Osei-Kusi, an arts student from Brampton, dressed for five games this year and caught three passes for... [Read More]
Crusaders stymie Sydenham; continue late-season surge  November 10th, 2015
Holy Cross Crusaders continued their late-season surge Tuesday afternoon, upsetting the Sydenham Golden Eagles 3-0 in a high school senior boys volleyball quarter-final at Sydenham. The Eagles finished the regular year in fourth place, with an 8-3 record that included an early season 3-1... [Read More]
Holy Cross, Regi to host senior girls semifinals  November 10th, 2015
The top senior girls basketball teams in the Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association can now get down to business. There were no upsets—and none of the games was even that close—as Tuesday’s quarter-finals left the top four teams from the regular season as the... [Read More]
Falcons advance to AAA football final  November 10th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY It was time. The game was too important not to give Harry Robinson the football—and it didn’t take Robinson long to make the kind of impact his coaches hoped to see. On his team’s second play from scrimmage, Robinson carried up the middle, shedding... [Read More]
Queen's wins OUA women's soccer championship  November 8th, 2015
A goal by Tara Bartram in the game’s 69th minute gave the Queen’s Golden Gaels a 1-0 victory over the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks, and the Ontario University Athletics women’s soccer championship, Sunday afternoon in Ottawa. Queen’s goalkeeper Madison Tyrell made six... [Read More]
Gaels qualify for CIS championship; will play for OUA gold Sunday  November 8th, 2015
Queen’s Golden Gaels found themselves in familiar territory Saturday afternoon, and perhaps because they're comfortable playing there, they’re going back to the Canadian Interuniversity Sport women’s soccer championship tournament. The Gaels, going to overtime for the sixth... [Read More]
Status doubtful for Western QB Will Finch to play in Yates Cup game  November 8th, 2015
Though the games stayed closer than many people expected, for longer than anyone might have suggested, ultimately the teams that were favoured both prevailed Saturday in the Ontario University Athletics football semifinals. The undefeated regular season champion Western Mustangs led the... [Read More]
OFSAA champions  November 8th, 2015
Kingston-area athletes who have won gold medals at the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations cross-country championships: 2015—Cameron Linscott, Kingston, senior boys 2014—Cameron Linscott, Kingston, senior boys; Branna MacDougall, Regiopolis Notre Dame, senior... [Read More]
KC's Cameron Linscott defends OFSAA cross-country championship  November 8th, 2015
In the 57-year history of the provincial high school cross-country running championships, there had never been an athlete from a Kingston-area school win back-to-back titles. Saturday, there were almost two. Cameron Linscott of Kingston Collegiate successfully defended his senior boys... [Read More]
La Salle captures senior AA football title  November 7th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY It didn’t take long for the La Salle Black Knights to assert themselves Saturday afternoon. Once they got the football, three plays and 42 yards later the Knights had their first touchdown. Though the Napanee Golden Hawks had more than 45 minutes left to figure... [Read More]
La Salle 31 Napanee 0  November 7th, 2015
First Quarter LaS—TD, Wight 11 run (Sh. Miller convert) 2:47 LaS—Single, Sh. Miller 80 kickoff 2:52 LaS—TD, Stephens 6 pass from Dowd (Sh. Miller convert) 12:00 Second Quarter LaS—FG, Sh. Miller 19 6:34 LaS—FG, Sh. Miller 26 10:25 LaS—TD, Mace 26 run... [Read More]
Regi eliminated at OFSAA field hockey  November 6th, 2015
Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers bowed from competition at the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations field hockey championship in Peterborough Friday morning, after they were defeated 1-0 by the fourth-seeded Clarkson Chargers of Mississauga at Sir Sandford Fleming College. The... [Read More]
Regi caps perfect season with win over upstart Marie-Rivier  November 5th, 2015
Defending OFSAA champion Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers ended the regular high school senior boys volleyball season Thursday with a 3-0 victory over the Marie-Rivier Dragons. Playing at home, Regi not only won its 11th match in a row, it ended the year without allowing an opponent to win a... [Read More]
Regular season ends with no surprises  November 5th, 2015
Rebecca Huffman scored 10 points to lead the Bayridge Blazers to a 43-13 win over the Napanee Golden Hawks Thursday on the final day of the Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association senior girls basketball season. The win, the second in three days for Bayridge, left the Blazers in... [Read More]
Panthers win, lose at OFSAA field hockey  November 5th, 2015
Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers split their two games Thursday on the opening day of the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations field hockey tournament in Peterborough. In their morning game at Trent University, the Panthers, the fifth-seeded team in the 16-team championship, got... [Read More]
Turnovers kill Crusaders in regular season finale  November 5th, 2015
Among the things the Holy Cross Crusaders have to tidy up before they play their next football game, one thing was clear for all to see Thursday afternoon: the Crusaders have to stop giving away the football. The Crusaders committed seven turnovers and that was undoubtedly the main reason... [Read More]
Volleyball Blues move into second  November 4th, 2015
Kingston Blues took over sole possession of second place in high school senior boys volleyball play Tuesday, with a straight-sets win over the Bayridge Blazers. The Blues triumphed 25-16, 25-8, 25-7, improving their record to 9-2, two points ahead of the idle Sydenham Golden Eagles, and... [Read More]
Bayridge ends losing skid with overtime win  November 3rd, 2015
Alyssa Platt scored 12 points Tuesday afternoon, leading the Bayridge Blazers to a 35-34 overtime victory in one of two Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association senior girls basketball games. Playing at Bayridge, the Blazers climbed into a sixth-place tie with the Blues at 3-5.... [Read More]
Napanee, La Salle earn berths in AA football final  November 3rd, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY NAPANEE, Nov. 3—If they made postcards for high school football games, they’d have made one here today. It was a day with all the traditional trappings: brilliant sunshine, a sky almost as blue as one of the home team’s colours, with leaves on the maple... [Read More]
Queen's women advance; men's season ends with loss at Toronto  November 1st, 2015
Queen’s Golden Gaels peppered Laurentian Voyageurs goalkeeper Richele Greenwood with 16 shots and they emerged from their Ontario University Athletics women’s soccer quarter-final match in Sudbury Sunday afternoon with a 2-1 victory. The win gives Queen’s a berth in the... [Read More]
Laurier upsets McMaster, advances to OUA semifinals  November 1st, 2015
Dillon Campbell rushed for a school-record 295 yards Saturday as the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks upset the defending Yates Cup champion McMaster Marauders 29-15 in an Ontario University Athletics football quarter-final game in Hamilton. The win gives the Hawks a berth in a conference... [Read More]
Requiem for a stadium  November 1st, 2015
 By CLAUDE SCILLEY They came not to celebrate Richardson Stadium Saturday, but to bury it. The last  game at a stadium that, for 44 years, had been home to one of the most storied football teams in the land was attended by 1,234 souls, many of them there to watch their Carleton... [Read More]
Carleton 39 Gaels 8  October 31st, 2015
First Quarter Ctn—TD, Bennett 2 run (Domagala convert) 3:04 Ctn—TD, Birch 45 pass from Mills (Domagala convert) 6:56 Ctn—TD, Behar 42 pass from Mills (Domagala convert) 11:18 Second Quarter Ctn—Single, Domagala 65 punt 7:30 Ctn—Battistelli 2 run (Domagala... [Read More]
Gaels bow meekly from playoffs  October 31st, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Some days, you can analyze and parse and abstract an athletic event to try and understand why what happened, happened. On this day, it’s not necessary. The reason why the visiting Carleton Ravens were allowed to take a 39-8 football playoff victory out of Richardson... [Read More]
Kingston Area runners win three races at EOSSAA cross-country meet  October 31st, 2015
Two teams from Kingston Collegiate, two from Regiopolis Notre Dame and the junior boys from Frontenac are bound for the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations cross-country meet in Duntroon next weekend, after their performances at the eastern Ontario championships... [Read More]
Football novice Tristan Halladay playing like a veteran  October 31st, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY It’s not uncommon for a high school coach to dip into his phys-ed class when he or she is in need of another body for a team, someone to fill a quota, someone to flesh out a lineup. Seldom do they pull out a plum like Tristan Halladay. An accomplished basketball... [Read More]
Matt Lapointe coming back to Queen's seeking one more fond memory  October 31st, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY When Matt Lapointe thinks about today’s football game, it’s not so much in the context that it could be his last. It’s not so much about the fact that the fifth-year lineman for the Carleton Ravens will be coming home, in a way, to play against his former... [Read More]
Today we learn where football Gaels truly stand  October 30th, 2015
It was a catch phrase from a long-ago television game show of which current members of the Queen’s Golden Gaels likely have never heard. On Saturday, though, they’ll be asked to respond to it, nonetheless. Will the real Queen’s Golden Gaels please stand up. The show was... [Read More]
Medeiros, Burtch lead Regi to 10th straight win  October 29th, 2015
Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers played what coach Mark McKenna called the most complete match of their Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association season Thursday, defeating the Granite Ridge Gryphons 3-0 in one of four senior boys volleyball matches. Playing at Regi, the Panthers... [Read More]
Loyalist wins key game in quest for basketball playoff spot  October 29th, 2015
Loyalist Lancers moved into a tie for seventh place Thursday, as they defeated the Ernestown Eagles 46-26 in a game that will do much to determine the final spot in the Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association senior girls basketball playoffs. Both teams went into the game 1-6,... [Read More]
Regi captures fifth-straight field hockey title  October 29th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY A couple of close calls at the end of the year just may have provided the spark the Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers needed Thursday to play their best game of the year. For the Panthers, that’s a good thing, because anything less might not have gotten them the... [Read More]
FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Stadium starts to come down, good news out of X, new appointment for ex-Gael  October 29th, 2015
If only those rascally engineers had known, perhaps the one of the bathrooms at Richardson Stadium might have one day been the subject of an April Fool’s prank. That’s because, it seems, they weren’t tied down. That tidbit emerged from the first day of demolition on the... [Read More]
La Salle completes unbeaten senior football season  October 29th, 2015
It wasn’t necessarily the good start his football team had Thursday afternoon that pleased Holy Cross Crusaders coach Tim Pendergast the most, though a 14-0 lead at the end of the first quarter is nothing to sneer at. It was the way the Crusaders finished their 21-7 victory over the... [Read More]
Gaels bound for men's soccer quarter-finals  October 28th, 2015
Queen’s Golden Gaels rode a five-save goalkeeping performance from Kingston Collegiate grad Taylor Reynolds and two first-half goals to a 2-1 victory over the Ontario Tech Ridgebacks in the opening game of the Ontario University Athletics men’s soccer playoffs Wednesday afternoon... [Read More]
Queen's women gain overtime victory at Toronto  October 28th, 2015
A goal by Tara Bartram with less than five minutes left in the second overtime period gave the Queen’s Golden Gaels a 1-0 victory over the Toronto Blues in an Ontario University Athletics women’s soccer playoff game Wednesday in Toronto. The victory puts the Gaels, who have had... [Read More]
A triumphant return for Ashley Padvaiskis  October 27th, 2015
It was just one point in a game where her team would score almost four dozen, but it was undoubtedly the most significant point of the Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association senior girls basketball season. When the ball went through the hoop for Ashley Padvaiskis of the... [Read More]
Field hockey championship match postponed to Thursday  October 27th, 2015
With the weatherman predicting a severe storm Wednesday, Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association commissioner Frank Halligan has postponed the field hockey championship game. “With the most up-to-date forecast, it is the most prudent decision,” Halligan wrote, in an... [Read More]
Dragons win fourth-straight volleyball match, climb to fifth place  October 27th, 2015
Early this year, it was the Granite Ridge Gryphons who were opening eyes around the senior boys high school volleyball league. Now, it’s the Marie-Rivier Dragons. The Dragons won their fourth match in a row Tuesday, 3-0 over the Bayridge Blazers, clinching a playoff berth, in a... [Read More]
Regi, Holy Cross to meet for field hockey championship  October 27th, 2015
The top two teams from the regular year will meet to decide the Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association field hockey championship. They just don’t know when. Under normal circumstances the Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers and Holy Cross Crusaders, who both won their... [Read More]
Queen's men, women embark on soccer playoffs  October 26th, 2015
Whatever you do, don’t buy Dave McDowell any ties for Christmas. He’s received quite enough of them this fall, thank you. As a result, the Queen’s Golden Gaels coach will take his team to Toronto Wednesday for an Ontario University Athletics first-round women’s... [Read More]
Records fall on final weekend of OUA season  October 25th, 2015
The editors were busy Saturday night, updating the Ontario and Canadian university football record books after play was finished on the final day of the Ontario University Athletics season. Derek Wendel, the former Kingston Grenadiers quarterback, established two national records as his... [Read More]
Gaels beaten by Golden Hawks; will host playoff match vs. Carleton  October 24th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Two things the defensive unit of the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks did Saturday were vital to that team’s victory over the Queen’s Golden Gaels. Most obviously, the Hawks’ defence recovered a fumble for a touchdown, and took an intercepted pass for... [Read More]
Laurier 49 Gaels 26  October 24th, 2015
First Quarter Qns—TD, Pataki 6 run (Wamsley convert) 1:54 WLU—Safety, Wamsley concedes 4:34 WLU—FG, Mesher 25 9:54 WLU—TD, Henry 38 fumble recovery (Mesher convert) 10:52 Second Quarter WLU—FG, Mesher 15 1:46 WLU—FG, Mesher 14 12:45 WLU—TD,... [Read More]
KASSAA cross-country results  October 23rd, 2015
KASSAA cross country Top three individual performances and top three teams in each division of the Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association cross-country championships Thursday at Lemoine Point: BOYS Individual Senior, 7.1 kilometres—Kieran L’Abbe (Kingston) 24... [Read More]
Past champions show they're ready to do business again  October 22nd, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Take note, high school cross-country runners in the rest of Ontario: they’re back. Two of the Kingston runners who won Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations championships last fall appear to be well recovered from injuries that kept them from competing... [Read More]
Granite Ridge climbs into fourth-place tie with win over Loyalist  October 22nd, 2015
Perhaps it shouldn’t be surprising that the only home team to win a senior boys high school volleyball match Thursday is the one that plays in what is proving to be one of the most inhospitable gyms in the county. The Granite Ridge Gryphons once again made the trip back to town a... [Read More]
Bridget Mulholland's 26-point performance leads Regi past La Salle  October 22nd, 2015
Bridget Mulholland exploded for 26 points Thursday afternoon, and the Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers needed just about all of them to defeat the La Salle Black Knights, 54-46, in high school senior girls basketball play at Regi. Not many teams have been able to get that close to the... [Read More]
Regi, La Salle both easy winners in senior football play  October 22nd, 2015
The top two high school senior football teams both strengthened their grip atop Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Associations standings Thursday, each winning with relative ease. At Odessa, the Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers improved to 4-1 and took sole possession of second place... [Read More]
Drama throughout high school field hockey quarter-finals  October 21st, 2015
There was plenty of drama Wednesday in the high school field hockey quarter-finals, and, strangely enough, some of it involved the regular-seaosn champion Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers. The Panthers, who allowed just two goals in winning all of their games during the regular year, needed... [Read More]
Not all of Hailey Wolfgram's contributions measured in points  October 20th, 2015
She may not have scored much Tuesday night, but Hailey Wolfgram made other important contributions on the basketball court. Though she brought just two points to Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers’ 44-29 victory over the Holy Cross Crusaders, Regi coach Lesley Stevenson described... [Read More]
Panthers win seventh straight; Dragons reach .500  October 20th, 2015
Holy Cross Crusaders put an early scare into the Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers Tuesday, but Liam Huntley took care of it. Huntley served the Panthers out of an eight-point deficit in the first set, sparking his team to a 3-0 win over the Crusaders in a Kingston Area Secondary Schools... [Read More]
Regi wins battle of undefeated teams  October 20th, 2015
Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers completed an undefeated regular schedule Monday, when they posted a 1-0 victory over the Holy Cross Crusaders in a battle of unbeaten teams on the final day of the Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association field hockey season at Caraco Field. It was... [Read More]
Queen's women win, tie; climb into fourth place  October 18th, 2015
Queen’s Golden Gaels moved into fourth place in the Ontario University Athletics East division standings Sunday afternoon with a 3-1 over the Trent Excalibur in a women’s soccer game in Peterborough. The win gives Queen’s four points from the weekend, moving them two points... [Read More]
OUA football playoff structure still to be resolved  October 18th, 2015
One wonders what Ontario University Athletics football coaches are thinking anymore. Saturday in London, where the Western Mustangs were putting the finishing touches on a 63-19 rout of the Ottawa Gee-Gees, there was running back Yannick Harou scoring his team’s last touchdown with... [Read More]
Gaels get a scare from lowly Lions, escape with 33-32 victory  October 17th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY TORONTO, Oct. 17—Sure, you came from behind to win the football game. Yeah, you denied the other guy’s last gasp attempt to force overtime. OK, so you clinched a payoff spot. Still, can the Queen’s Golden Gaels possibly feel good about any of those things... [Read More]
Gaels 33 York 32  October 17th, 2015
First Quarter Yrk—TD, Amankwaa 5 run (Naylor convert) 3:03 Qns—TD, Pataki 48 run (two-point convert failed) 4:13 Qns—TD, Corby 103 pass from Hobbs (Wamsley convert) 9:18 Yrk—FG, Naylor 8 14:33 Second Quarter Qns—TD, Pataki 2 run (Wamsley convert)... [Read More]
Playoff berth on the horizon for football Gaels  October 16th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Queen’s Golden Gaels can clinch a playoff berth Saturday afternoon when they visit the York Lions in an Ontario University Athletics football game in Toronto. A win would give the Gaels, 4-2, five victories, and not only put themselves out of reach of the bottom five... [Read More]
Frontenac starting to roll  October 16th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Senior football teams in the Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association beware: the Frontenac Falcons are getting better. The league’s defending AAA champion—and a perennial league power—played close to a flawless game Friday afternoon,... [Read More]
KC, Loyalist set stage for second-place showdown  October 16th, 2015
Kingston Blues and Loyalist Lancers made sure Thursday that none of the drama dissipated from their looming senior boys volleyball match on Tuesday. The Blues and Lancers both won their Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association contests, KC 3-0 (25-11, 25-19, 25-7) over the... [Read More]
Crusaders win battle of undefeated teams  October 16th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY In the standings, they were identical, each team with a perfect 4-0 record as the day dawned Thursday. On the basketball court, however, the La Salle Black Knights and Holy Cross Crusaders are vastly different, and that difference manifested itself Thursday afternoon in a... [Read More]
Emergency kicker gives Sydenham its first win  October 16th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY It was a situation that led to some serious head scratching among the coaches of the Sydenham Golden Eagles Thursday afternoon. When kicker Dylan Hutchinson was hurt—covering one of his own punts, no less—and had to come out of the football game, momentary... [Read More]
Napanee rally a valiant one, but comes up short against Regi  October 16th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Going into the second half of their football game Thursday afternoon, you wouldn’t have thought momentum was something the Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers had to worry about. A 21-point lead, playing at home, having scored a touchdown with 4.6 seconds left in the... [Read More]
Queen's men get tie with Carleton  October 14th, 2015
Queen’s Golden Gaels missed an opportunity to move past the Carleton Ravens in the East division standings Wednesday, as they settled for a 1-1 draw with the Ravens in an Ontario University Athletics men’s soccer game at Miklas-McCarney Field. Now 6-2-4—and with just one... [Read More]
Final-day field hockey showdowns loom  October 14th, 2015
One drought ended Wednesday afternoon for the Bayridge Blazers but another continues to bedevil the Sydenham Golden Eagles. The Blazers ended a four-game winless streak with a 1-0 win over the winless Ernestown Eagles in a Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association field hockey... [Read More]
Balanced attack propels Regi to victory  October 14th, 2015
Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers got scoring from every member of the team Wednesday afternoon as they defeated the Frontenac Falcons 39-22 in the only Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association senior girls basketball game of the day. The win improved the league-leading... [Read More]
Calgary remains first in football poll; Queen's still in at No. 10  October 13th, 2015
With all but two of the nation’s Top 10 university football teams idle last week, there was not much capacity for change in the weekly ranking—and as a result, there was none. For the fifth week in a row the Calgary Dinos are the top-ranked team in Canadian Interuniversity... [Read More]
Regi downs KC in battle of the undefeated  October 13th, 2015
Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers emphatically staked their claim to a share of first place in high school field hockey play Tuesday, pinning a 5-1 defeat on the previously undefeated Kingston Blues in a game played at Tindall Field. The win leaves Regi, unbeaten in seven Kingston Area... [Read More]
Big night for Quinton Auty; Falcons defence, special teams shine  October 10th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY It was not a night for an opponent to do Quinton Auty any favours. So when the Holy Cross Crusaders fumbled the football on consecutive plays in the middle of the second half Friday night, they were bound to pay for them. That they did, as Auty, the Regiopolis Notre Dame... [Read More]
Queen's men, women get best of RMC  October 10th, 2015
Two first-half goals by Rachel Radu sparked the Queen’s Golden Gaels to a 6-0 victory over the Royal Military College Paladins Friday night in an Ontario University Athletics women’s soccer game at Miklas-McCarney Field. The Queen’s attack exploded for four second-half... [Read More]
Re-born Ravens clinch first football playoff berth  October 10th, 2015
Carleton Ravens clinched the first playoff berth of their modern era—and the first since 1996­—when they whipped the York Lions 52-0 Friday night in an Ontario University Athletics football game in Ottawa. The win lifted Carleton’s record to 5-2, and moves them two... [Read More]
Mustangs, Marauders post lopsided wins  October 9th, 2015
It was difficult to tell which football teams had more to be thankful for Thursday night—the Western Mustangs and McMaster Marauders, for the decisive victories they posted, or the Toronto Blues and Waterloo Warriors, that the terrible beatings they were being given finally stopped. In... [Read More]
Regi girls need two overtimes to get past Sydenham  October 9th, 2015
A buzzer-beating three-point basket by Hailey Wolfgram at the end of the second overtime period gave the Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers a 37-34 victory over the Sydenham Golden Eagles Thursday in a Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association senior girls basketball game. It was a... [Read More]
Regi wins again; Loyalist moves into tie for second place  October 9th, 2015
Led by Liam Huntley’s eight kills and four aces, the Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers won their fifth straight high school senior boys volleyball match Thursday, 3-0 over the Sydenham Golden Eagles. Elsewhere in the Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association, the Loyalist... [Read More]
Two goals by Hayley Lambert lead Napanee to win  October 9th, 2015
Hayley Lambert scored both goals for the winners Thursday as the Napanee Golden Hawks defeated the La Salle Black Knights 2-1 in the only Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association field hockey game, at Napanee. The win lifts Napanee to .500 at 3-3, while La Salle falls to... [Read More]
La Salle overcomes familiar nemesis to defeat Sydenham  October 9th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY It’s not supposed to work that way. “It’s supposed to get 10 yards, maybe 11, every time,” Mitch Dowd said. “It’s surprising how well it works.” The La Salle Black Knights quarterback wasn’t at a loss, however, to explain... [Read More]
Napanee comeback stuns Eagles  October 9th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY NAPANEE—Ernestown Eagles were a giving football team Thursday afternoon. They gave and they gave, ultimately until it hurt. On a glorious fall day, the Eagles turned the football over five times. They gave back a kick return for touchdown, thanks to a penalty. At the... [Read More]
The rich get richer in high school field hockey play  October 7th, 2015
The gulf between the haves and have-nots among the high school field hockey teams in the Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association is growing wider by the day. On Wednesday, the three top teams all remained undefeated, while the best of the rest continues to struggle to reach... [Read More]
Dragons get first senior volleyball victory  October 6th, 2015
Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers got their fourth win of the season Tuesday, and the Marie-Rivier Dragons got their first in Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association senior boys volleyball play. The Panthers improved to 4-0 win a straight-sets win over the Blazers at Bayridge, with... [Read More]
Knights, Regi, Crusaders remain unbeaten; Bayridge, Frontenac lose their first  October 6th, 2015
La Salle Black Knights stayed unbeaten Tuesday afternoon, and they did so by handing the Frontenac Falcons their first loss of the high school senior girls basketball season, 45-27, at La Salle. The Knights, 3-0, had three double-digit scoring performances, led by Jamie Mumby, who scored 13... [Read More]
Kingston champ to play South West champion in OFSAA Bowl football game  October 6th, 2015
The AAA champion football team in the Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association will play in an OFSAA Bowl game in Hamilton Wednesday, Dec. 2, at 12:30 p.m., against the top AAA team from the South West Ontario Secondary Schools Athletic Association. That conference comprises... [Read More]
Front-runners all win in high school field hockey play  October 5th, 2015
A goal by Lilly Dixon was the only one of the game as the Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers handed the Bayridge Blazers their first defeat of the Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association field hockey season Monday. Playing at Bayridge, the Panthers capitalized on just one of many... [Read More]
Rob Asselstine tops field at Brockville invitational  October 5th, 2015
Rob Asselstine of St. Lawrence captured his first race of the college cross-country season at an invitational meet Saturday in Brockville. Asselstine, third at the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association championships a year ago and fifth at the subsequent national championship, finished... [Read More]
Weekend bleak for Queen's soccer teams  October 5th, 2015
Not a lot of teams have had difficulty with the Carleton Ravens this year, but the Queen’s Golden Gaels are one of them. Sunday afternoon at Miklas-McCarney Field, the Gaels surrendered a last-minute goal that gave the visiting Ravens a 1-1 draw in an Ontario University Athletics... [Read More]
Another stirring victory for Carleton in the Panda Game  October 4th, 2015
This time, the Carleton Ravens outdid themselves. A year after a 55-yard, last-play touchdown gave them a victory in the annual Panda Game, they overcame an 11-point third-quarter deficit Saturday to defeat the Ottawa Gee-Gees 48-45 in the annual football game between the two teams from the... [Read More]
Gaels stun Guelph with 23-15 victory  October 3rd, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY The seeds of the Queen’s Golden Gaels’ stunning 23-15 victory over the Guelph Gryphons Saturday were sown about 53 weeks ago. To say the memory of the 66-0 whipping they took at Guelph a little more than a year ago lingered as this week’s rematch... [Read More]
Gaels 23 Guelph 15  October 3rd, 2015
First Quarter Qns—Safety, Ferraro concedes 6:14 Qns—TD, Pataki 1 run (N. Dowd convert) 8:36 Second Quarter Gph—TD, Augustine 3 run (Ferraro convert) 12:22 Third Quarter Qns–TD, Del Brocco 108 pass from Hobbs (Wamsley convert) 10:13 Fourth Quarter Gph—TD,... [Read More]
Knights overcome spate of penalties to win battle of unbeaten teams  October 2nd, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY There wasn’t much doubt about what would be the topic of the halftime conversation among the La Salle Black Knights Friday afternoon. It was pleasing to Reuben Brunet that he didn’t have to initiate it. The players knew exactly what was going to be discussed,... [Read More]
Regi wins third straight; Granite Ridge proving to be tough place to play  October 1st, 2015
Sharbot Lake remains an inhospitable place for visiting volleyball teams. The Granite Ridge Gryphons posted their second home-court win of the young high school volleyball season Thursday, defeating the visiting Bayridge Blazers 3-0 in one of four senior matches played in the Kingston Area... [Read More]
Hetherington leads Knights past Loyalist  October 1st, 2015
Abby Hetherington scored 17 points Thursday to lead the La Salle Black Knights to a 60-25 home-court victory over the Loyalist Lancers in high school senior girls basketball play. As they improved to 2-0, the Knights also got 11 points from Jamie Mumby. Clare Way-Brackenbury and Grace Van... [Read More]
Falcons regain winning form; Ernestown wins second straight  October 1st, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Frontenac Falcons had to make adjustments in a couple of different respects Thursday afternoon. First there were technical concerns to correct arising from their season-opening loss last week to the Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers. Then, there was the matter of replacing... [Read More]
Race to the top of the CIS poll getting ugly  October 1st, 2015
It would appear that the prestige of being ranked highly among the university football teams in Canada has begun to trump the sportsmanship that should be implicit in intercollegiate sport. The weekly list of the Top 10 football teams in Canada shows that it’s becoming not just a... [Read More]
Strong second half gives Crusaders victory  September 30th, 2015
A near flawless game plan executed by the Sydenham Golden Eagles led to a low scoring first half, but the Holy Cross Crusaders solved it in the third quarter and they went on to claim a 33-16 home-court victory in the only Kingston Area Secondary Schools senior girls basketball game played... [Read More]
Regi, Holy Cross remain unbeaten in field hockey play  September 30th, 2015
A goal by Kelly-Ann Yuzichuk in the final minute of the first half was all the Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers needed to defeat the Napanee Golden Hawks 1-0 Wednesday in Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association field hockey play at Napanee. Cristina Tavares assisted on the only... [Read More]
Lancers impress in losing effort  September 29th, 2015
Ultimately, the Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers came away with a 24-point victory Tuesday afternoon, but that’s not all Panthers coach Lesley Stevenson left the Loyalist Collegiate gym with.  “This is the best LC team to play in along time,” Stevenson said, after Regi... [Read More]
Granite Ridge posts senior volleyball victory  September 29th, 2015
Granite Ridge Gryphons made the ride home that much longer for the Frontenac Falcons Tuesday afternoon, as they pinned a 3-0 defeat on their opponent from the city in a Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association senior volleyball match in Sharbot Lake. Robert Crawford had eight... [Read More]
Field hockey Blues move into first place  September 29th, 2015
Kingston Blues moved into sole possession of first place Tuesday with a 6-1 victory in the only Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association field hockey game of the day. Playing on Tindall Field, the Blues got two goals apiece from Tiama Cifala and Sid Chard. Maddie Cornelius and... [Read More]
Late touchdown gives GTA Canadian major football crown  September 29th, 2015
A touchdown pass from Tom Denison to Jameek Murray with just 19 seconds left in the game gave the Greater Toronto All-Stars a 39-38 win over the Calgary Gators in the championship game of the Canadian Major Football League Saturday night in Hamilton. It was the first national senior title... [Read More]
Eagles suffer first defeat in high school field hockey play  September 28th, 2015
Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers knocked the Sydenham Golden Eagles from the ranks of the undefeated Monday, handing the Eagles a 2-0 defeat in a Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association field hockey defeat in a rain-soaked game at Regi. Lilly Dixon and Jen Cowan each scored a... [Read More]
Queen's soccer men extend win streak to five games  September 28th, 2015
Queen’s Golden Gaels withstood a second-half rally by the visiting Trent Excalibur Sunday to post a 4-2 Ontario University Athletics men’s soccer victory at Miklas-McCarney Field. For the Gaels, who have lost just one game this year, the victory was the fifth in a row, and it... [Read More]
Guelph, Western remain undefeated; playoff picture coming into focus  September 27th, 2015
The top teams continued to win and the playoff picture came into surprisingly sharp focus for just the fifth week of the Ontario University Athletics football schedule Saturday. The No. 3-ranked Western Mustangs had their way with the Carleton Ravens, sending a Homecoming crowd of 10,291... [Read More]
Gaels 37 Toronto 18  September 27th, 2015
First Quarter No scoring. Second Quarter Qns—Single, Wamsley 46 punt 2:02 Qns—TD, Hannon 6 pass from Hobbs (Wamsley convert) 12:46 Qns—TD, Corby 54 pass from Hobbs (Wamsley convert) 14:51 Third Quarter Tor—TD, Hobbs 1 run (Iafrate convert)... [Read More]
Gaels get a scare, score late to clinch victory over Toronto  September 26th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY TORONTO, Sept. 26—It was not, the Queen’s Golden Gaels seemed to conclude, what they wanted to see: a scoreboard that showed them just four points ahead of the Toronto Blues midway through the fourth quarter of their football game. Two impressive Toronto drives... [Read More]
Blues aim to end 40-year drought against Queen's  September 26th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY It was a long time ago. The price of oil had just cracked $13 per barrel, as North America felt the pinch of its first energy crisis. Pierre Trudeau was prime minister; Gerald Ford was the U.S. president. If your had an average income, $14,100, you could probably afford... [Read More]
Eagles thump Bayridge; Regi edges Frontenac in senior football play  September 24th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY An unfamiliar sight awaited visitors to the football field at Ernestown Secondary School Thursday afternoon: Players, lots and lots of players, on the sideline where the home team usually gathers. It’s not a trick. There are 32 players this fall on the team list of... [Read More]
22-point performance by Mariah Emmons leads Bayridge  September 23rd, 2015
Mariah Emmons scored 22 points Wednesday to spark the Bayridge Blazers to a 55-36 Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association senior girls basketball victory over the Loyalist Lancers. It was the opening game of the season for both teams. Playing at Loyalist, Reagan Hawley added 14... [Read More]
Napanee gains landmark football victory over Sydenham  September 23rd, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Corey Bowen isn’t about to get too far ahead of himself. “To be able to come out against a quality side like Sydenham, and to squeak through with a win, is only going to boost their confidence for the rest of the year,” Bowen, coach of the Napanee Golden... [Read More]
Logjam developing at top of field hockey standings  September 23rd, 2015
A pair of first-half goals by Sydney Stewart sent the Bayridge Blazers on their way to a 6-0 victory over the La Salle Black Knights Wednesday in Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association field hockey play at La Salle. Emily Steele, Chloe Smith, Katelyn Mackey and Riley Wales... [Read More]
Regi, La Salle win girls basketball openers  September 22nd, 2015
The return to a single tier of senior girls basketball in the Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association failed to produce any close games on opening day Tuesday. At La Salle, the Black Knights defeated the Kingston Blues 42-15, while the every member of the visiting Regiopolis... [Read More]
Fall high school season opens with five field hockey games  September 21st, 2015
Five different players—including rookie Alle Arsenault—scored once each Monday as the Holy Cross Crusaders posted a 5-0 victory over the Ernestown Eagles on the opening day of the Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association field hockey season in Odessa. Elsewhere... [Read More]
Queen's soccer teams both on a roll  September 21st, 2015
Queen’s Golden Gaels are proving to be a formidable foe on the road this year, and the latest team to discover that firsthand is the Ryerson Rams. The Rams, the No. 2-ranked men’s soccer team in Canada going into the game, were beaten 4-1 by the Gaels Sunday afternoon. It was... [Read More]
York gains first win, McMaster suffers first loss  September 20th, 2015
In two games where something had to give Saturday, the York Lions won their first game of the season and the ranks of the undefeated fell by one in Ontario University Athletics football play. At Waterloo, the Lions took an 18-point lead in the first half and hung on to defeat the similarly... [Read More]
Silver linings for Queen's in the clouds that hung over Western victory  September 19th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY LONDON, Sept. 19—It was perhaps a measure of the relative maturity of the two teams. Queen’s Golden Gaels, a team that remains among the youngest in Canadian university football, committed two turnovers early in their football game here Saturday, and the... [Read More]
Western 48 Gaels 25  September 19th, 2015
First Quarter Qns—Single, Wamsley missed 30 FG 4:41 Wes—TD, Taylor 6 run (Kelly convert) 6:31 Qns—Safety, Kelly concedes 9:51 Wes—TD, Colerile 63 interception return (Kelly convert) 13:56 Second Quarter Wes—FG, Kelly 11 3:14 Wes—TD, McMaster 3 pass... [Read More]
In Bridget Mulholland, Gaels land ''best available player' in the land  September 17th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY As Bridget Mulholland Thursday prepared to commit herself formally to play basketball for the Queen’s Golden Gaels, among the interested spectators in the back of the room were half a dozen of her future teammates. As Mulholland put pen to paper at the front of the... [Read More]
Despite victory, Laval bounced from top spot  September 16th, 2015
It’s difficult to imagine how winning a football game can hurt a team, but that’s what the deep thinkers of the University Football Reporters of Canada panel collectively did to the Laval rouge et or this week. Laval, which won its game Saturday 27-24 in overtime at Sherbrooke,... [Read More]
Ex-Grenadiers having impact at St. Francis Xavier  September 16th, 2015
It’s not always a good thing when defensive backs are two of the top three tacklers on a football team, but that was the case Saturday when the St. Francis Xavier X-Men dropped a 31-15 decision to Acadia in the opening game of the Atlantic conference university season in Wolfville,... [Read More]
Football league leaders remain undefeated  September 13th, 2015
Western Mustangs served notice Saturday night that it doesn’t matter who you are, or how good you might be—they’ve got an ass-kicking reserved for everyone. This time it was the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks, a .500 team that gave the Guelph Gryphons all they could handle a... [Read More]
Soccer Gaels trample RMC to gain first win  September 13th, 2015
A season’s worth of offensive frustration bubbled over for the Queen’s Golden Gaels Saturday, right into the laps of the Royal Military College Paladins. The Gaels, with but four goals—and no victories—to show for their first four Ontario University Athletics... [Read More]
Gaels stumble along the way, but still gain victory over Waterloo  September 12th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY It was wet, it was chilly and it was windy at Richardson Stadium Saturday afternoon, the kind of stuff to make even the most obedient frosh stay away from a game that is usually one of the best attended of the season. Stay away they did, and the way his team was playing in... [Read More]
Gaels 47 Waterloo 24  September 12th, 2015
First Quarter Qns—TD, Andrews 15 run (Wamsley convert) 14:27 Second Quarter Qns—TD, Andrews 11 run (Wamsley convert) 1:42 Wat—TD, Diing 20 pass from McConnell (Girard convert) 11:22 Qns—TD, Hobbs 1 run (Wamsley convert) 14:37 Wat—TD, Fassulo 39 pass from... [Read More]
Queen's could have done better by its football Hall of Fame inductees  September 11th, 2015
It’s happened very seldom in a career of more than 40 years. I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of times when I was covering an event and was struck by the thought that I didn’t want to be there—not there, as in at the event; but there, as in a press box,... [Read More]
Gaels hope for rebound performance Saturday  September 10th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY In one sense, it’s a football game no one expects the Queen’s Golden Gaels to lose. It's also going to be one that's difficult for them to win, in the sense that even if they prevail, it may be difficult for them to emerge with the euphoria that typically... [Read More]
Laval climbs back into top spot  September 8th, 2015
After one week out of the top spot in the national ranking of university football teams, the Laval rouge et or are back on top of the weekly Canadian Interuniversity Sport football Top 10. Laval began the year ranked No. 2 to defending national champion Montreal, but a 12-9 victory over the... [Read More]
Kingston teams remain winless in OUA soccer play  September 8th, 2015
Four games into their season, the Queen’s Golden Gaels remain winless after they and the Ryerson Rams played to a scoreless draw Sunday in an Ontario University Athletics women’s soccer game at Miklas-McCarney Field. The tie was the second of the weekend for Queen’s, which... [Read More]
Late interceptions preserve Guelph victory over Laurier  September 8th, 2015
Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks scuttled their own comeback attempt as they dropped a 30-19 decision to the Guelph Gryphons in one of three Ontario University Athletics football games played Monday. Playing at Guelph, the Hawks, 1-1, closed to 30-17 early in the fourth quarter when Dillon... [Read More]
Thompson-Willie claims 10th world championship medal  September 7th, 2015
Veteran coxswain Lesley Thompson-Willie of Napanee won yet another medal Sunday, when the Canadian women’s eight claimed the bronze at the world rowing championships at Lac Aiguebelette, France. It’s the 10th world championship medal since 1985 for Thompson-Willie, 56, who has... [Read More]
Gaels falter in decisive defeat at Ottawa  September 7th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY OTTAWA, Sept. 6—In the final six minutes of the first half of their game Sunday afternoon, the Queen’s Golden Gaels ran nine offensive plays, gained yards on two of them, took two penalties, allowed two sacks, shanked a punt, gave up a safety and threw an... [Read More]
Ottawa 41 Gaels 17  September 6th, 2015
First Quarter Qns—FG, Wamsley 18 9:22 Second Quarter Ott—TD, Bailey 13 pass from Wendel (Ward convert) 1:20 Ott—FG, Ward 46 8:19 Ott—TD, Wendel 5 run (Ward convert) 12:00 Ott—Safety, Wamsley concedes 12:44 Ott—TD, Baines 42 pass from Wendel (Ward... [Read More]
Disappointing day for Kingston rowers at world championships  September 5th, 2015
It was a disappointing day for two Kingston athletes Saturday at the world rowing championships on Lac Aiguebelette, near Chambery, France. Will Crothers was in the bow seat of Canada’s men’s four, which finished fourth in the championship final, 1.12 seconds behind the British... [Read More]
Importance of Gaels game belies the time of year  September 5th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Most years, it would be beyond trite to speak of a football game eight days into the season in terms of its potential impact on the playoffs. To overstate the importance of a match about to be played before the student body so much as arrives on campus normally would be an... [Read More]
Quarterback debuts  September 5th, 2015
Performances by quarterbacks since 1989 in their first start for the Queen’s Golden Gaels: Tim Pendergast, Sept. 9, 1989—6-for-17 (.353), 92 yards, 0 touchdowns, 2 interceptions; Queen’s defeated Ottawa 13-9. Steve Othen, Sept. 11, 1993—7-for-14 (.500), 142 yards, 2... [Read More]
High school sports back on the fall calendar  September 4th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY After a threatened job action by secondary school teachers put a cloud over the prospect of fall high school sports for most of the summer, it appears things are back to normal in the Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association. “We’re full steam... [Read More]
Relegated to B final, Kingston rower still has shot at Olympic berth  September 4th, 2015
Canada will have to qualify its men’s lightweight four for next summer’s Olympics Sunday in the B final at the world rowing championships on Lac Aiguebelette, France. On a morning when the sun broke through after two overcast days, the Canadian crew of Maxwell Lattimer, Brendan... [Read More]
Kings look to resume lacrosse operations  September 3rd, 2015
Kingston Kings will hold an organizational meeting Tuesday to discuss plans for the 2016 Ontario Junior C Lacrosse League season. "It's a planning meeting to see if there are any individuals who wish to help out with the team, inject some new blood into the organization," club... [Read More]
Canadian men's four qualifies for Rio Olympics  September 3rd, 2015
Canada will have a men’s four in the Olympics next year, after the Canadian crew at the world rowing championships this week advanced to the final Thursday. Will Crothers, of Kingston, Tim Schrijver, Kai Langerfeld and Conlin McCabe overcame a mishap in the final 500 metres of their... [Read More]
Kingston rowers advance at world championships  August 31st, 2015
Canada’s men’s lightweight four crew, with Kingston’s Nicolas Pratt in the boat, finished third in its first race Monday at the world rowing championships on Lac d’Aiguebelette, in the foothills of the French Alps. Rowing with Maxwell Lattimer, Bendan Hodge and Eric... [Read More]
Local players debut for Ottawa Sooners  August 31st, 2015
Mike Bashall, the former Kingston Grenadier and Sydenham Golden Eagle, made his debut with the junior Ottawa Sooners Saturday, kicking a 37-yard field goal in a losing cause as the Sooners dropped a 44-9 decision to the two-time defending Ontario Football Conference champion Windsor AKO... [Read More]
Women's soccer Gaels winless in Ottawa  August 31st, 2015
Queen’s Golden Gaels will be looking for their first win of the Ontario University Athletics women’s socer season Saturday afternoon, when they host the Toronto Blues at Miklas-McCarney Field. The Gaels failed to gain a victory in Ottawa as the regular schedule began on the... [Read More]
Second-half rally sparks McMaster past Toronto  August 31st, 2015
McMaster Marauders nipped what would have been a stunning upset in the bud Sunday afternoon, scoring 24 points in the third quarter of a 55-33 defeat of the Toronto Varsity Blues on the opening day of the Ontario University Athletics football season. Toronto led the defending Yates Cup... [Read More]
Gaels shine in come-from-behind victory over Carleton  August 30th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY If the Queen’s Golden Gaels displayed anything Sunday afternoon, it was that they seem better equipped to overcome adversity than they were a year ago. Certainly, there were enough occasions where that kind of resiliency was required, even in a game that ultimately... [Read More]
Gaels 34 Carleton 24  August 30th, 2015
First Quarter Ctn—TD, Brown 16 pass from Mills (Domagala convert) 5:21 Ctn—TD, Behar 74 pass from Mills (Domagala convert) 8:50 Qns—TD, Corby 10 pass from Hobbs (Wamsley convert) 11:36 Second Quarter Qns—TD, Andrews 1 run (Wamsley convert) 8:27 Ctn—FG,... [Read More]
Gaels open the season against Ravens Sunday  August 29th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY There are very few secrets in football anymore, and it’s certainly not a secret that the last time they met, the Queen’s Golden Gaels ran the Carleton Ravens into the ground. As they beat Carleton on the final day of the Ontario University Athletics... [Read More]
New quarterback had his eye on Queen's for a long time  August 29th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Sunday afternoon, Pat Sheahan begins to see if the stuff that caught his eye three years ago about a young quarterback from Mississauga was truly the portent of something special. Nate Hobbs, the young man who intrigued the Queen’s Golden Gaels coach that day, will... [Read More]
Guelph, Western the teams to beat this year in OUA football  August 28th, 2015
Typically, when a football team loses its quarterback, it can expect to take a step backwards relative to the pack, no matter how promising the new man may be. In Ontario University Athletics, this is not a typical year. Quarterbacks have graduated at an unprecedented rate, introducing an... [Read More]
New stadium project is on schedule  August 27th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Fans at Sunday’s football game at Richardson Stadium won’t be able to see any of the work that’s been done for the new facility these past six weeks. But they will be able to park on it. All people at the Ontario University Athletics season opener will... [Read More]
Gaels edged by Concordia in preseason test  August 23rd, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY MONTREAL, Aug. 23—They really didn’t look like two rookie quarterbacks. Not quite a rookie—he took a handful of snaps last year, mopping up in a few games as a freshman—Nate Hobbs of the Queen’s Golden Gaels looked terrific in his first... [Read More]
Concordia 21 Gaels 18  August 23rd, 2015
First Quarter Con—FG, Treloar 42 1:21 Second Quarter Con—Safety, Wamsley concedes 0:05 Qns—TD, Del Brocco 25 pass from Hobbs (Wamsley convert) 3:39 Qns—Safety, Johnson tackled 8:18 Qns—FG, Wamsley 41 13:12 Third Quarter Qns—Single, Wamsley 80... [Read More]
Nick Romanchuk eager to play football again  August 21st, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Nick Romanchuk finds himself in an interesting situation. By virtue of it being his fifth year with the Queen’s Golden Gaels, it would be incumbent on him to be a leader among the team’s offensive linemen, and Romanchuk is eager to embrace the role.... [Read More]
Lesley Thompson-Willie, three Pan Am rowers named to world championship team  August 20th, 2015
There are experienced athletes. Then there are athletes who have distinguished themselves over a long period of time who earn the right to be called veterans. Then there’s Lesley Thompson-Willie. And there she is again, listed among competitors who will represent Canada at the world... [Read More]
Denison leads GTA to Northern Football Conference title  August 20th, 2015
Former Queen’s Golden Gaels quarterback Tom Denison threw two touchdown passes Saturday to lead the Greater Toronto All-Stars to a 32-22 victory over the Ottawa Invaders in the championship game of the Northern Football Conference at Centennial Stadium in Etobicoke Saturday. Denison,... [Read More]
Challenges of leadership a magnet for Scott Stevenson  August 20th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Scott Stevenson admits it’s not something that is universally applicable. “You can’t equate rugby as a metaphor for all of life,” he said, “but I think it does work in a lot of leadership situations.” Certainly Stevenson has seen... [Read More]
Gaels camp holds the key to answering many questions  August 17th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY It doesn’t happen very often around the Queen’s Golden Gaels. In fact, this is just the second time in the last 10 years that the football team has gone into a training camp without an incumbent quarterback. A five-year run by Danny Brannagan ended in 2009 with... [Read More]
Napanee done in by old nemesis; Stratford-New Hamburg claims Canadian title  August 16th, 2015
 By CLAUDE SCILLEY NAPANEE, Aug. 15—One day, you suppose, the members of the Napanee Shoeless Joe’s Express will look at their bronze medal performance at this year’s Softball Canada junior men’s championship in a broader context. You can easily imagine that in... [Read More]
Napanee ousted at Canadian junior fastball, settles for bronze medal  August 16th, 2015
NAPANEE—Four runs in the bottom of the third inning broke a 1-1 tie and propelled the Irma, Alta., Tigers to a 6-1 win over Napanee Shoeless Joe’s Express Sunday afternoon in the penultimate game of the Softball Canada junior men’s championship tournament at the... [Read More]
Assured of the bronze medal, Napanee still in hunt for Canadian junior title  August 15th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY NAPANEE, Aug. 15—They’ve been playing with fire all tournament, and three times this week at the Softball Canada junior men’s championship, the members of Napanee Shoeless Joe’s Express were badly burned. Tonight they decided not to let the embers... [Read More]
Canadian junior fastball linescores  August 15th, 2015
NAPANEE—Linescores at the Softball Canada junior men’s fastball championship tournament at the Fairgrounds: FRIDAY Tavistock, Ont.         000     000    ... [Read More]
Napanee advances at Canadian junior fastball  August 15th, 2015
NAPANEE—Both of the top-seeded teams got a scare Saturday morning but they both survived and they will meet at 5 o’clock this afternoon in the playoff round of the Softball Canada junior men’s championship tournament at the Fairgrounds. Napanee Shoeless Joe’s Express,... [Read More]
Canadian junior fastball linescores  August 14th, 2015
NAPANEE— Linescores Friday at the Softball Canada junior men’s championship tournament at the Fairgrounds: Tie-Breakers (for sixth place) Newfoundland-Labrador   021     010    ... [Read More]
Express plays poorly; gets mercied in playoff opener  August 14th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY NAPANEE, Aug. 14—They are, without question, very good. If anyone needed additional proof the Stratford-New Hamburg Cubs are the best team at the Softball Canada junior men’s championship tournament, they provided it in a 12-5 win over the host Napanee Shoeless... [Read More]
Two wins send Napanee into playoff round on a positive note  August 14th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY NAPANEE, Aug. 13—The members of Napanee Shoeless Joe’s Express believe they’re right where they want to be going into the playoff round Friday at the Softball Canada junior men’s championship. After two victories on the final day of the preliminary... [Read More]
For the fourth time, Abi Tripp finishes fourth at the Parapan Am Games  August 14th, 2015
For the fourth time at the Parapan American Games, Kingston swimmer Abi Tripp finished fourth Thursday, this time in the women’s 100-metre freestyle for athletes with an S8 disability. It’s an impressive international debut for Tripp, a 14-year-old member of the Kingston Y... [Read More]
There will be football this fall, Grenadiers pledge  August 13th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY There may not be high school sports in the fall, but there will be football for players of high school age. That’s because the Kingston Grenadiers organization plans to conduct a fall “house league” in the event that there is no game in the scholastic... [Read More]
Abundant Insulation gains first win at national junior fastball  August 13th, 2015
NAPANEE—Napanee Abundant Insulation Express won its first game of the Softball Canada junior men’s championship tournament Thursday night, defeating the Saskatoon Bullets 6-0 in its final game of the preliminary round. Already locked into ninth place, Abundant Insulation, which... [Read More]
Shoeless Joe's clinches fourth place at Canadian junior fastball  August 13th, 2015
NAPANEE, Aug. 13—Napanee Shoeless Joe’s Express goes into the final game tonight at the Softball Canada junior men’s championship tournament at the Fairgrounds having already clinched fourth place, and the coveted double playoff life that comes with it. Napanee ended a... [Read More]
Canadian junior fastball linescores  August 13th, 2015
NAPANEE—Linescores on the final day Thursday of the preliminary round of the Softball Canada junior men’s championship tournament at the Fairgrounds: Saskatoon Diamondbacks 401     303    ... [Read More]
Canadian junior fastball linescores  August 13th, 2015
NAPANEE—Linescores from the third day of play Wednesday at the Softball Canada junior men’s championship tournament at the Fairgrounds: Newfoundland-Labrador   100     021    ... [Read More]
Shoeless Joe's on the ropes at national junior fastball tournament  August 13th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY NAPANEE, Aug. 12—It’s not like the outlook is bleak for Napanee Shoeless Joe’s Express at the Softball Canada junior men’s championship tournament. They’re tied for fourth place in a tournament where the top six teams qualify for the... [Read More]
Three defeats for Napanee teams at Canadian junior fastball championship  August 12th, 2015
NAPANEE, Aug. 12—Overtime does not seem to agree with Napanee Shoeless Joe’s Express. For the second time this week, the Express gave up the game-tying run in the seventh inning, and then lost in extras, this time suffering an 8-2 defeat at the hands of the defending Canadian... [Read More]
Napanee Shoeless Joe's tied for second at Canadian junior fastball  August 12th, 2015
 By CLAUDE SCILLEY NAPANEE, Aug. 11—Napanee Shoeless Joe’s Express moved into a tie for second place at the Softball Canada junior men’s fastball championship Tuesday night with a 9-4 win over the Saskatoon Diamondbacks in the final game of the night at the... [Read More]
Third fourth-place finish for Abi Tripp at Parapan Games  August 11th, 2015
Kingston’s Abi Tripp posted her third fourth-place finish of the Parapan American Games Tuesday night, in the final of the women’s 200-metre medley for swimmers with an SM8 disability. Tripp finished the race in 3 minutes 7.93 seconds, almost five seconds faster than the time she... [Read More]
Napanee rebounds from devastating defeat to beat cross-town rival  August 11th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY NAPANEE, Aug. 11—It’s sometimes said that if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. Napanee Shoeless Joe’s Express turned the old adage on its side for the Softball Canada junior men’s fastball championship: If you let them join you, they... [Read More]
Canadian junior fastball linescores  August 11th, 2015
NAPANEE—Tuesday linescores from the second day of the Softball Canada junior men’s fastball championship tournament at the Fairgrounds complex: Newfoundland-Labrador   001     141    ... [Read More]
Kingston athletes win three medals at national Legion track meet  August 11th, 2015
Cole Horsman of the Kingston Track and Field Club won two medals Sunday at the Royal Canadian Legion national youth track and field championships in Ste-Therese, Que. Horsman, a member of Team Ontario, was one of two medalists from the Kingston club. Hailey Wolfgram won a bronze medal in... [Read More]
Rain sets Napanee teams up for a hectic Day 2 at Canadian junior fastball  August 10th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY NAPANEE, Aug. 10—Evidently, Mother Nature appreciates a bit of irony as much as the next person. On a day when it was so arid that the Softball Canada junior men’s fastball championship was already about 40 minutes behind schedule—as grounds crew took... [Read More]
Canadian junior fastball linescores  August 10th, 2015
NAPANEE—Linescores from the first day of play Monday at the Softball Canada junior men’s fastball championship at the Fairgrounds complex: Quebec           420     030    ... [Read More]
Napanee teams split before rains come to Canadian junior fastball  August 10th, 2015
NAPANEE—Rain has halted play at the Softball Canada junior men’s fastball championship tournament. The skies opened around 6 p.m. and play was suspended in the two games in progress, with Newfoundland and the Saskatoon Diamondbacks just two outs away from completing their game.... [Read More]
Kingston swimmer wins bronze at Parapan Am Games  August 9th, 2015
Christopher Sergeant-Tsonos of Kingston repeated his bronze medal performance in the men’s 50-metre freestyle for S8 swimmers when he finished third in the final of the event Sunday evening at the Parapan American Games in Toronto. Sergeant-Tsonos was also third in the event at the... [Read More]
Ottawa 48 Grenadiers 21  August 9th, 2015
First Quarter Ott—TD, Illoki 35 pass from Spinella (Wendt convert) 2:29 Ott—TD, Robertson 3 pass from Spinella (Wendt convert) 7:12 Kgn—TD, Matheson 14 pass from Fisher (Bashall convert) 10:33 Second Quarter Ott—TD, Ruddy 8 pass from Spinella (Went convert)... [Read More]
Grenadiers ousted in conference final  August 8th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY BECKWITH TOWNSHIP—In any given football game, there are a handful of seminal plays, events that come to define the game and usually have a lot to do with determining its outcome. On a sunny but mild day on the plains of central Lanark County Saturday, there were... [Read More]
Grenadiers face Myers for conference title Saturday  August 7th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Dillon Wisteard this week prepared to play his last football game—for the 10th time this year. “I go in thinking every game is going to be my last game,” Wisteard said. “That gets me get fired up, thinking that I want to win, because I want to keep... [Read More]
Canadian junior fastball schedule  August 7th, 2015
NAPANEE—Schedule of games at the 2015 Softball Canada junior men’s fastball championship, Aug. 10-16 at the Fairgrounds: Monday Games Quebec vs. Newfoundland-Labrador, 9:30 a.m. Alberta vs. Tavistock, 10:30 a.m. Saskatoon Bullets vs. Napanee Shoeless Joe’s, 11:30... [Read More]
A beginner's guide to the Canadian junior fastball championship  August 7th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY There are some things in Lennox and Addington County on which you can rely when the calendar turns to August: the tomatoes are starting to ripen; it soon will be time to harvest the grain—and sure as the ’coons are getting fat on corn, the junior fastball team... [Read More]
Four Grenadiers named conference all-stars  August 4th, 2015
Four members of the Kingston Grenadiers have been named to the Ontario Varsity Football League Wettges conference all-star team. One of them, quarterback Dylan Fisher, is a repeat selection from 2014, one of just four players who was chosen for the second year in a row. The other Grenadiers... [Read More]
Fall high school sports threatened by teachers' job action  August 4th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY It doesn’t look promising that there will be high school sports in September. In an unsigned July memorandum, the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation instructed its members “immediately (to) cease performing any and all extra-curricular... [Read More]
Grenadiers win on the road; advance to conference final  August 2nd, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Kingston Grenadiers will play for the Wettges Conference championship this week, and they can thank their defence for the opportunity. The Grenadiers allowed no touchdowns and a season-low three points Saturday, as Kingston defeated the West Durham Dolphins 14-3 in an... [Read More]
Grenadiers hope to reverse fortunes against Dolphins  July 31st, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY They regretted it the day it happened. The Kingston Grenadiers have regretted it a little bit more every week since. That’s because the last-minute 28-27 defeat the Grenadiers suffered at the hands of the West Durham Dolphins on the opening weekend of the Ontario... [Read More]
Three teams, 18 new members for Queen's football hall  July 30th, 2015
Queen’s Football Hall of Fame will swell by 18 members and three championship teams when it holds its induction ceremony Friday, Sept. 10. The university has announced that 10 new builders and eight players will enter the hall at a banquet at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing... [Read More]
Final tally for Kingston athletes: Twelve Pan Am medals  July 26th, 2015
Canada defeated Puerto Rico 3-1 Sunday to claim the bronze medal in the men’s volleyball tournament on the final day of the XVII Pan American Games in Toronto. It was the second time the Canadians defeated Puerto Rico in the tournament. In all, Canada won four of five matches, with a... [Read More]
Kingston today at the Pan Am Games  July 25th, 2015

Kingston-connected athlete competing today on the last day of the XVII Pan American Games in Toronto:

Sunday

Adam Simac, men’s volleyball: Bronze medal match, vs. Puerto Rico, 11:05 a.m.

 

 

Canada wins silver in Pan Am basketball  July 25th, 2015
Canada won its first men’s basketball medal in the history of the Pan American Games Saturday afternoon, silver, when it dropped an 86-71 decision to Brazil in the championship game of the tournament at the Ryerson Athletic Centre in downtown Toronto. Canada’s previous best... [Read More]
Grenadiers defeat Oshawa, advance to conference semifinals  July 25th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY It truly was, as coach Mark Magee suggested, “an interesting game.” On a hazy and humid Saturday afternoon at Loyalist Collegiate, the Kingston Grenadiers scored four touchdowns in the first half—and they would have had two more but for turnovers inside... [Read More]
Kingston today at the Pan Am Games  July 24th, 2015
Kingston-connected athletes competing today and tomorrow on the final weekend of the XVII Pan American Games in and around Toronto: Saturday Aaron Doornekamp, men’s basketball: Gold medal game, vs. Brazil, 4:30 p.m. Sunday Adam Simac, men’s volleyball: Bronze medal match,... [Read More]
Kate Gillis gives Kingston its 10th Pan Am Games medal  July 24th, 2015
A bronze medal won by Kate Gillis and a berth in the championship men’s basketball game were highlights for athletes with a tie to Kingston Friday at the XVII Pan American Games in Toronto. Gillis, a Regiopolis Notre Dame grad, was with the Canadian women’s field hockey team that... [Read More]
Unfamiliar opponent awaits Grenadiers in playoff opener  July 24th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY So which does a coach prefer to play in a sudden-death playoff game: the devil he knows, or one he doesn’t? “It’s difficult to play a team you haven’t played,” said Kingston Grenadiers coach Mark Magee, whose team Saturday afternoon will do... [Read More]
Kingston today at the Pan Am Games  July 23rd, 2015
Kingston-connected athletes competing today and tomorrow at the XVII Pan American Games in and around Toronto: Friday Aaron Doornekamp, men’s basketball: Semifinal, vs. U.S., 6 p.m. Kate Gillis, women’s field hockey: Bronze medal match, vs. Chile, 5 p.m. Leonora Mackinnon,... [Read More]
Basketball team 3-0 at Pan American Games  July 23rd, 2015
Canada improved to 3-0 Thursday as it concluded the preliminary round of the men’s basketball tournament at the XVII Pan American Games with a 96-76 win over Mexico. Ernestown Secondary School grad Aaron Doornekamp scored five points in 18 minutes of playing time for the Canadians,... [Read More]
Canadian women drop field hockey semifinal; basketball men 2-0  July 22nd, 2015
Canada will play for the bronze medal Friday after suffering a 3-0 loss to the U.S. in the semifinals of the women’s field hockey tournament Wednesday at the XVII Pan American Games in Toronto. The U.S. scored once in the first quarter and twice in the fourth to secure a berth in the... [Read More]
Kingston today at the Pan Am Games  July 22nd, 2015
Kingston-connected athletes competing today and tomorrow at the XVII Pan American Games in and around Toronto: Thursday Aaron Doornekamp, men’s basketball: Preliminary game, vs. Mexico, 6 p.m. Friday Aaron Doornekamp, men’s basketball: Semifinal, time, opponent TBA. Kate... [Read More]
Coach eager to have Nicole Armstrong back for her sophomore season  July 22nd, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY To a young Nicole Armstrong, it was the Emerald City. She had just won a gold medal at OFSAA in her first year of competition and her club coach, Steve Boyd, suggested to her that Villanova would be the kind of university she might want to think about attending one... [Read More]
Kingston today at the Pan Am Games  July 21st, 2015
Kingston-connected athletes competing today and tomorrow at the XVII Pan American Games in and around Toronto: Wednesday Aaron Doornekamp, men’s basketball: Preliminary game, vs. Argentina, 6 p.m. Kate Gillis, women’s field hockey: Semifinal, vs. U.S., 7:05... [Read More]
Basketball team wins opener; volleyball men reach Pan Am semifinals  July 21st, 2015
Canada’s men’s volleyball team advanced to the semifinals and the Canadian men’s basketball team won its opening game Tuesday night at the XVII Pan American Games in Toronto. The volleyball team remains undefeated after closing the preliminary round with a 3-2 victory over... [Read More]
Grenadiers to face Oshawa in playoff opener  July 21st, 2015
Kingston Grenadiers will open the Ontario Varsity Football League playoffs at home Saturday afternoon, hosting the Oshawa Hawkeyes in a 1 o'clock game at Loyalist Collegiate. The Grenadiers, 6-2, finished third in the Wettges Conference, behind Ottawa, 8-0, and West Durham, also 6-2 but... [Read More]
Exhibitions to launch advent of national junior fastball championship  July 21st, 2015
Championship teams from the past will reunite Thursday to help two teams from the present celebrate the advent of the Canadian junior fastball tournament next month in Napanee. In the first game of an exhibition doubleheader at the Fairgrounds, members of the national midget champion Express... [Read More]
Kingston today at the Pan Am Games  July 20th, 2015
Kingston-connected athletes competing today and tomorrow at the XVII Pan American Games in and around Toronto: Tuesday Aaron Doornekamp, men’s basketball: Preliminary game, vs. Dominican Republic, 6 p.m. Leonora Mackinnon, fencing (women’s epee): Elimination rounds in... [Read More]
Canada advances to field hockey semifinals at Pan Am Games  July 20th, 2015
Canada advanced to the semifinals of the women’s field hockey tournament with a 2-0 quarter-final win over Uruguay Monday at the XXVII Pan American Games in Toronto. Kate Gillis, the Regiopolis Notre Dame grad, stared at midfield for the Canadian team, which will face the U.S. in a... [Read More]
Kingston today at the Pan Am Games  July 19th, 2015
Kingston-connected athletes competing today and tomorrow at the XVII Pan American Games, in and around Toronto: Monday Kate Gillis, women’s field hockey: Quarter-final, vs. Uruguay, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday Aaron Doornekamp, men’s basketball: Preliminary game, vs. Dominican Republic,... [Read More]
A silver medal for sailor Terry McLaughlin at Pan Am Games  July 19th, 2015
Terry McLaughlin was fourth in the J-24 medal race Sunday to claim the silver medal on the final day of the sailing regatta at the XVII Pan American Games in Toronto. Sailing on Lake Ontario off Royal Canadian Yacht Club, McLaughlin, a graduate of Queen’s University and silver medalist... [Read More]
Kingston today at the Pan Am Games  July 18th, 2015
Kingston-connected athletes competing today and tomorrow at the XVII Pan American Games in and around Toronto: Sunday Evert McLaughlin, sailing (open Snipe): Medal race, 3:05 p.m. Terry McLaughlin, sailing (open J-24): Medal race, 12:35 p.m. Adam Simac, men’s volleyball: Preliminary... [Read More]
Danielle Boyd finishes sixth in Pan Am sailing regatta  July 18th, 2015
Victoria Travascio of Argentina won the gold medal in women’s 49er FX sailing competition Saturday at the XVII Pan American Games in Toronto. It was largely a formality, as Travascio came last in the medal race on Lake Ontario, off Royal Canadian Yacht Club. She won seven of the first... [Read More]
Kingston today at the Pan Am Games  July 17th, 2015
Kingston-connected athletes competing today and tomorrow at the XVII Pan American Games in and around Toronto: Saturday Danielle Boyd, sailing (women’s 49er FX): Medal race, 4:35 p.m. Sunday Evert McLaughlin, sailing (open Snipe): Medal race, 3:05 p.m. Terry McLaughlin, sailing... [Read More]
Kate Gillis leads Canada to field hockey quarter-finals  July 17th, 2015
Canada’s women’s field hockey team will play a quarter-final match Monday after defeating Mexico 4-0 Friday on the final day of the preliminary round at the XVII Pan American games in Toronto. Canada broke open a scoreless game with three goals in the second... [Read More]
Local lacrosse community loses one of its own  July 17th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Kingston’s lacrosse community was saddened last week to learn of the sudden passing of Dan Wilson, one of the best players the city has ever produced. He was 58. “It’s not debatable,” said Rad Joseph, a former teammate of Wilson on the Kingston... [Read More]
Kingston today at the Pan Am Games  July 17th, 2015
Kingston-connected athletes competing today and tomorrow at the XVII Pan American Games in and around Toronto: Friday Danielle Boyd, sailing (women’s 49er FX): Four races, first race 11:35 a.m. Kate Gillis, women’s field hockey: Preliminary game, vs. Mexico, 7 p.m. Evert... [Read More]
Boyd's third-place finish best so far at the Pan Am Games  July 16th, 2015
Kingston’s Danielle Boyd had her best finish of the Pan American Games sailing regatta Thursday, a third in her first race of the day, but she and skipper Erin Rafuse of Halifax remain sixth overall after 11 races in women’s 49er FX competition. Boyd and Rafuse were also sixth... [Read More]
Kingston today at the Pan Am Games  July 15th, 2015
Kingston-connected athletes competing today and tomorrow at the XVII Pan American Games in and around Toronto: Thursday Danielle Boyd, sailing (women’s 49er FX): Six races, first race 11:35 a.m. Evert McLaughlin, sailing (open Snipe): Three races, first race 11:35 a.m. Terry... [Read More]
Kingston's medal tally swells to eight at Pan Am Games  July 15th, 2015
Brisk winds arrived at the Royal Canadian Henley rowing course in St. Catharines Wednesday, but not even choppy waves that were filling boats with water could steer Kingston’s rowers from the Pan American Games podium. Will Crothers, Rob Gibson and Nicolas Pratt made it five-for-five... [Read More]
Kingston today at the Pan Am Games  July 14th, 2015
What Kingston-connected athletes are doing today at the XVII Pan American Games, in and around Toronto: Wednesday Danielle Boyd, sailing (women’s 49er FX): Six races, first race 11:35 a.m. Will Crothers, rowing (men’s eight): Final, 10:35 a.m. Rob Gibson, rowing (men’s... [Read More]
Rob Gibson joins the gold medal club at Pan Am Games  July 14th, 2015
Canada’s men’s quadruple scull, with Kingston’s Rob Gibson in the stroke seat, won the gold medal Tuesday morning on the Pan American Games rowing course in St. Catharines. The Canadian boat, whose crew also included Matthew Buie of Duntroon, Ont., Julien Bahain of Laval,... [Read More]
Will Crothers wins gold as part of Canadian men's four  July 13th, 2015
Kingston rower Will Crothers claimed the Kingston area’s fourth medal of the XVII Pan American Games Monday, a gold as part of Canada’s championship men’s four in the rowing regatta at St. Catharines. Crothers was in the bow seat of the Canadian boat that finished the race... [Read More]
How Kingston is doing at the Pan Am Games  July 13th, 2015
How Kingston-connected athletes are doing Monday at the XVI Pan American Games in and around Toronto: Danielle Boyd—Sailing with skipper Erin Rafuse of Halifax, had two fifth-place finishes and a sixth in three women’s 49er FX races on Lake Ontario off Royal Canadian Yacht Club.... [Read More]
Kingston today at the Pan Am Games  July 13th, 2015
What Kingston-connected athletes are doing today at the XVII Pan American Games, in and around Toronto: Monday Danielle Boyd, sailing (women’s 49er FX): Three races, first race 11:35 a.m. Will Crothers, rowing (men’s four): Final, 10 a.m. Kate Gillis, women’s field... [Read More]
Gold medals for local athletes at Pan Am Games  July 12th, 2015
Kingston-connected athletes won medals in two sports, and Kingston’s three rowers have finals to race in all five of their events, after competition Sunday, the second day of the XVII Pan American Games, in and around Toronto. Napanee’s Brittany Benn and former Queen’s Gael... [Read More]
What Kingston's doing today at the Pan Am Games  July 12th, 2015
What Kingston-connected athletes are doing today on the second day of the XVII Pan American Games, in and around Toronto: Brittany Benn—Helped Canada finish a sweep of its preliminary games in the women’s rugby tournament, with wins of 45-0 over Argentina and 34-12 over the U.S.,... [Read More]
Riled-up Grenadiers stage remarkable comeback  July 11th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY When Curtis Finkeldey scored a touchdown, giving his team a 14-point lead with less than four minutes to play Saturday afternoon, many people present believed he had provided his team with the score that would clinch a victory. Instead, he could well have provided the... [Read More]
Kingston today at the Pan Am Games  July 11th, 2015
Kingston-connected athletes competing today and tomorrow at the XVII Pan American Games in and around Toronto: Sunday Brittany Benn, Nadia Popov, women’s rugby: Two preliminary matches, vs. Argentina, 10:05 a.m., vs. U.S., 1:33 p.m.; medal matches: bronze, 5:55... [Read More]
How Kingston did at the Pan Am Games  July 11th, 2015
What Kingston-connected athletes did on the first day of the XVII Pan American games, in and around Toronto: Brittany Benn—With former Queen’s varsity player Nadia Popov, was part of the Canadian women’s rugby team that won three games, 55-0 over Colombia, 60-0 over Mexico... [Read More]
How Kingston is doing at the Pan Am Games  July 11th, 2015
What Kingston-connected athletes have done by 2:30 p.m. on the first day of the XVII Pan American games, in and around Toronto: Brittany Benn—With former Queen’s varsity player Nadia Popov, was part of the Canadian women’s rugby team that won its first two games, 55-0 over... [Read More]
Kingston today at the Pan Am Games  July 11th, 2015
Kingston-connected athletes competing today at the XVII Pan American Games in and around Toronto: Saturday Brittany Benn, Nadia Popov, women’s rugby: Three preliminary matches, vs. Colombia, 10:05 a.m., vs. Mexico, 1:33 p.m., vs. Brazil, 5:55 p.m. Will Crothers, rowing (men’s... [Read More]
Team Kingston at the Pan Am Games  July 10th, 2015
Kingston-connected athletes, coaches and officials with the Canadian team at the XVII Pan American Games in and around Toronto, with connection, sport and competition dates: Athletes • Brittany Benn, Napanee, women’s rugby. Saturday, vs. Colombia, 10:05 a.m.; vs. Mexico, 1:33... [Read More]
He once hated the single; now Rob Gibson will race it for Canada  July 10th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY ST. CATHARINES, July 8—For Rob Gibson, there’s not a trace of ambiguity. “I hated it,” he says emphatically, of the early days of trying to row a single scull. After enjoying success as a sweep oarsman at Regiopolis Notre Dame, then Kingston... [Read More]
Grenadiers offensive line slowly gaining respect  July 10th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY If the coaches have done their homework well, they’ve placed a considerable challenge in front of the Kingston Grenadiers’ offensive linemen—again—and those players know it. “They’re big, they’re fast; they’re like any team... [Read More]
Will Crothers happy to be back in a big boat, racing at home  July 9th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY ST. CATHARINES, July 8—It’s good, Will Crothers says, to be back. “It’s fun to be in a big crew again,” Crothers said. “It brings back memories of London, for sure. We’re having a blast being out in it. “There’s a mob... [Read More]
Vocation and passion cross paths at Pan Am Games for rower Nic Pratt  July 9th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY ST. CATHARINES, July 8—Unlikely as it may seem, it may not be that big a stretch to suggest the seed of Nic Pratt’s return to competitive rowing was sewn at a drafting table almost six years ago. A young man who cut his rowing teeth at Kingston Collegiate,... [Read More]
Cole Horsman named to Ontario team for Canadian Legion track championships  July 8th, 2015
Cole Horsman of Kingston Track and Field Club has been named to the Ontario team that will compete next month at the Royal Canadian Legion national track and field meet in Quebec. Horsman turned in a splendid performance on the weekend at the provincial Legion championships in London, where... [Read More]
Resilient Express qualifies for Canadian championship  July 6th, 2015
Not even a lopsided loss in its final game could diminish what the Napanee Express accomplished at the Ontario Amateur Softball Association junior elimination tournament in Owen Sound. “Overall, we had a great weekend,” coach Al Fenwick wrote in an email, after his team was... [Read More]
Aaron Doornekamp on final tryout roster for Pan Am Games basketball  July 6th, 2015
Odessa’s Aaron Doornekamp is among 16 players who have been invited to audition for the Canadian men’s basketball team for the Pan Am Games in Toronto. The group will convene in Toronto Sunday for a six-day camp. A 12-man team will be chosen for the competition, which will... [Read More]
Ex-Gael Matt Mullins named to Pan Am Games rugby team  July 6th, 2015
Former Queen’s University rugby player Matt Mullins has been named to the Canadian team for the men’s sevens tournament at the Pan American Games in Toronto. Mullins and Phil Mack Saturday were selected to replace Pat Kay and Pat Parfrey. The tournament will be Mullins’... [Read More]
Danielle Boyd eager to experience Pan Am Games atmosphere  July 6th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Perhaps Danielle Boyd didn’t realize it yet, but before she got her boat registered, before she checked into the athletes village, before she got downtown to witness the hoopla, by mid-day Monday she was already experiencing part of the Pan Am Games experience:... [Read More]
Napanee beaten in final game of junior elimination tournament  July 5th, 2015
It would seem Greg Hammell wasn’t just resting his arm when he was on the bench with the Napanee juniors at the Canadian championship last summer. Evidently he was making some mental notes. He certainly seemed to know where to find the holes in all the Napanee bats Sunday afternoon,... [Read More]
Shoeless Joe's beaten by New Hamburg  July 4th, 2015
A couple of familiar faces weren’t particularly friendly to their former teammates Saturday night at the Ontario Amateur Softball Association junior elimination tournament in Owen Sound. Greg Hammell and Craig Lyons, two players originally from Owen Sound who joined Napanee for its... [Read More]
Harry Robinson rushes for 238 yards as Grenadiers whip Wildcats  July 4th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Kingston Grenadiers are proving to be a pretty resilient bunch. They ignored a trick play that led to a touchdown on their opponent’s first possession Saturday, scoring the next time they had the ball. They shook off the effects of a turnover that led the Metro... [Read More]
'Other' Napanee team qualifies for national championship  July 4th, 2015
Visiting teams will be seeing double when they come to Napanee for the Canadian junior fastball championship in August. That’s because there will be two teams representing the host town, thanks to a courageous display Saturday by the Napanee Express at the Ontario Amateur Softball... [Read More]
Shoeless Joe's wins second game at junior elimination tourney  July 4th, 2015
Cole Bolton had as many hits as he gave up Saturday afternoon, as he led Napanee Shoeless Joe’s to a 13-3 win over the Owen Sound Selects at the Ontario Amateur Softball Association junior elimination tournament in Owen Sound. The victory, Napanee’s second of the day, sends... [Read More]
Napanee teams win, lose at junior elimination tournament  July 4th, 2015
Eric Morgan struck out 12 and allowed just two singles Saturday morning as Napanee Shoeless Joe’s defeated Chatsworth 4-0 at the Ontario Amateur Softball Association junior elimination tournament in Owen Sound. It was the first game of the tournament for Napanee, which will now play... [Read More]
Napanee opens tournament with easy win  July 3rd, 2015
Napanee Express opened the Ontario Amateur Softball Association junior elimination tournament in Owen Sound Friday night with a 10-0 victory over the Saugeen A’s. The Express—Napanee 2 on the tournament schedule—scored five times in the third inning to take command of the... [Read More]
Grenadiers face key encounter  July 3rd, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY With two games left in the regular year, the stakes of tomorrow’s Ontario Varsity Football League game are pretty clear for the Kingston Grenadiers. Without another victory, four wins probably gets them into the playoffs, but may not. Five wins pretty much... [Read More]
Two Napanee teams bound for junior elimination tournament  July 3rd, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY NAPANEE, July 2—As you approach the ball field at North Fredericksburgh, you see a group of players taking batting practice. To the side, pitchers are getting their work in. Coach Brent Mills is nowhere to be seen. He’s on the infield of an adjacent diamond,... [Read More]
Cole Horsman a two-event winner at District G meet  June 28th, 2015
Ten local athletes won events Sunday at the Royal Canadian Legion District G track and field championships at Caraco Field. Among them, Cole Horsman of the Kingston Track and Field Club was the sole two-event winner, leading the field in both the 100 metres (11.53 seconds) and 200 metres... [Read More]
Express ousted from midget elimination tournament  June 28th, 2015
Napanee Express bowed meekly Sunday morning from the Softball Ontario midget boys elimination tournament in Tavistock. The Express, 1-1 and facing elimination, were thumped 13-0 by Port Perry. “We just didn’t have a good weekend,” coach Scott Mills said.... [Read More]
Final day of peewee tournament rained out  June 28th, 2015
A cranky weatherman was the only winner Sunday, as the final day of the Softball Ontario peewee elimination tournament was rained out at the Napanee Fairgrounds. The remaining games of the 12-team tournament, to determine which team will represent the province at the eastern Canada... [Read More]
Turnovers, injuries doom Grenadiers against Ottawa  June 28th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY No one is likely to dispute it: for the Kingston Grenadiers to defeat the best team in the Ontario Varsity Football League, they’d have to play a near perfect football game. In the first half of their game Saturday, the Grenadiers did just that, and they trailed the... [Read More]
Napanee wins two at peewee elimination tournnament; midget Express splits  June 27th, 2015
The host Napanee Express was undefeated when the rain came early Saturday night at the Softball Ontario peewee elimination tournament in Napanee. The Express opened with a 6-0 win over Shallow Lake and followed that with an 8-3 victory over Cobourg. Twelve teams began play in the event,... [Read More]
Nine ex-Gaels open the season in the CFL; Regi grad Cory Greenwood is with the Argos  June 27th, 2015
Three former members of the Queen’s Golden Gaels will be on the field Saturday night when the Saskatchewan Roughriders host the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the opening game of the Canadian Football League season for both teams. Receiver Rob Bagg and defensive back Matt Webster will be... [Read More]
Kingston to host District G Legion track meet Sunday  June 26th, 2015
Kingston Track and Field Club will hold its first meet Sunday, mostly at Caraco Field. The fledgling club, just over a year old, will host the District G championships, the first step in the Royal Canadian Legion series that leads to a national championship in August. Track events,... [Read More]
Grenadiers brace for most challenging game of the year  June 26th, 2015
Two teams at the top of the conference will put four-game winning streaks on the line Saturday, when the Kingston Grenadiers face the Ottawa Myers Riders in an Ontario Varsity Football League game at the Beckwith Township field near Carleton Place. Game time is 6 p.m. Myers, the two-time... [Read More]
Frank Halligan honored with prestigious OFSAA award  June 25th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Frank Halligan seldom gets ruffled. That’s why it was such a treat for some of his colleagues to see him a tad uncomfortable a while ago at the annual general meeting of the Eastern Ontario Secondary Schools Athletic Association in Perth. “He’s pulled... [Read More]
Al Buchanan was one mischievous cadet  June 23rd, 2015

One of a series of conversations with ex-cadets from Royal Military College, as they reflect on their time at the college, their sporting endeavours and what they've been up to since graduation.

By CLAUDE SCILLEY

Al Buchanan was many things in his days at Royal Military College. He was an accomplished gymnast; he played varsity soccer for four years, and he sang in the choir.

Oh, yeah. He was a bit of a scalawag, too.

“I ended up being one of the most punished cadets in history, they tell me, with some degree of pride, though not on my part,” he said. Through the telephone wire from Kelowna, B.C., you can almost detect an impish grin on the other end.

“I was lucky to squeak through first year, because I was up late at night doing extra military things, up early in the morning being inspected, and because you’re being inspected all the time, the chances were good of getting further punishment, for having boots not properly shined or god knows what else they would dream up.

“I ended up doing a lot of that punishment stuff. University seemed to be almost a sideline during that first year.”

Buchanan, it seems, wasn’t one to let the bear sleep.

“I’ve got a million tales from other misadventures,” he said, many of which he chooses to keep to himself. “We did chuck one guy in the water. One of my tormentors in first year ended up getting rather wet, and though I did pay for that one, it was well worthwhile—and he knows who he is.”

When he arrived at RMC from Shilo, Man., in the fall of 1960, Buchanan was one of the youngest cadets in the history of the college: 16 years of age, about to turn 17 that fall. One incident he recalled from his first year almost led to his not being one of its youngest graduates.

Buchanan lived on the second floor of the Stone Frigate, a clay stone building on Navy Bay through which the wind howled in the fall and winter, and as a first-year cadet, he was forbidden to leave the college grounds for the first few months. “I guess they feared that we might leave and not come back, which was a fear not unfounded.”

One of Buchanan’s classmates was Ken Kennedy, whose father had been heavyweight boxing champion at RMC in the 1930s, and went on to be a group captain who headed the British Commonwealth Air Training Program during the war. “Ken was my good friend,” Buchanan said. “We had kindred spirits.”

One day, tired of being cooped up, the two decided to step out. The lake had just frozen and they hatched a plan to skate across the river, to a pub on the other side of Wolfe Island, and hoist a couple in the name of their momentary freedom. “We had to be inspected at 10 o’clock and they would make sure you were there,” Buchanan said, “but after that we had from then until 6 in the morning when no one was checking on you.

“It was an ideal opportunity.”

It worked fairly well, he said.

“The ice was making alarming sounds, and you could hear these cracks and booms as you went over, which was kind of ominous. We sat in the American pub and had a whole bunch of weak American beer, but enough of it to compensate the lack of strength of the beer. We came out rather over-refreshed; we had trouble finding our skates, but we put them on and jumped on the ice.” With the lighthouse at RMC as their guide, they set out for home.

About 100 yards into their journey, Buchanan fell through the ice. “Just like a bullet,” he said. “I was lucky enough to get my hands on the ice, but there was a current pulling me under.”

Good scamps are ever-resourceful, however. Anticipating this might happen, the two young men—probably not old enough to drink legally in either jurisdiction—had brought with them a broomstick, which Kennedy had in his possession. “Ken thought it was funny,” Buchanan said, “so there I was, yelling at him to extend the broomstick to me, but he was on his back laughing too hard to be of much help.”

Eventually Buchanan got up and they resumed their sojourn. By this time it was about 10 degrees below zero and, of course, his wet clothing froze. Which only served to make him heavier and, yes, about 200 yards later, he fell through the ice again. “We had three and a half miles to go,” he said. “We somehow made it back.”

For reasons he can’t recall, Buchanan decided it would be a nice trick to stand his frozen clothing up in the corner of Kennedy’s room, like a scarecrow. In the morning came the customary inspection and when they got to Kennedy’s room, the second-year cadets discovered not Buchanan’s frozen clothing, but soggy clothing and an inch of dirty river water on the floor. “It immediately became evident that something had happened.”

“Whether they tortured him, he must have given up my name because they came charging up to my room pretty quickly and we were convicted of having been AWOL. We served quite a few months of punishment as a result of that late-night foray.”

Buchanan said it was one of his seminal moments at the college. “I realized that maybe the gods had something for me that they spared my life during that one,” he said. “Although I have had some close calls since, that was probably my closest meeting with my maker.”

Buchanan had been raised in a military household. His father, William Kent Buchanan, had served with the Royal Canadian Artillery in the Second World War, seeing active duty in Sicily and Belgium. He later helped to develop the Beaumark missile, and by the 1950s, he was a technical staff major, stationed in England, where he was Canada’s chief technical expert for the acquisition of heavy weaponry for NATO.

Buchanan’s first four years of high school were spent in England, where his early interest in sports was fostered on the cricket grounds, field hockey pitch and lawn tennis courts. In 1959, his father's posting to Shilo gave him his first exposure to ice hockey. “I played on the high school hockey team,” he said, “and got my head knocked off a few times.”

As one of four children, when it came time for Al to go to university, the family began to cast about for scholarship opportunities. ROTP came up as a possibility, and Buchanan was accepted at RMC. “I wasn’t really prepared for the military part, even though my dad had been an officer in the army and (I’d been) an army brat,” he said. “I’d never taken the military spit and polish that seriously, nor was I aware of it, until RMC made me aware of it.”

Sports became Buchanan’s salvation. He played soccer, he began doing gymnastics and, despite his inexperience, he even spent a year with the hockey team, coached by the legendary Danny McLeod. “I think he was kind of amused by me, because I weighed 120 pounds, I was 5-foot-7—I was dwarfed by all the hockey players. I could barely skate, I could barely hit, but for some reason he got a kick out of me and he kept me on his taxi squad for the first year.”

Gymnastics ultimately became the winter sport of choice. Buchanan won the Martel Shield in his fourth year as the college’s outstanding gymnast. “I was probably not a bad college gymnast, though truth to tell, when you’re compared with all the best gymnasts in the country, I was not at the top level.”

Buchanan spoke of his coaches, Sgt. Lilly—“he was a legend at the college,”— and Cpl. Vondette, a career military man and a gifted athlete who not only coached the cadets but competed with them. “We had him to be our measuring stick, so whatever he could do, we would try to do.” He also recalled teammates such Doug Hindman, Dave Allison and Tony Tucker. “We had some good athletes and they would set the bar high,” Buchanan said. “The first-year boys would have to try to pick the tricks up, trying to catch up to individuals who had been doing gymnastics for four, five or six years.”

His specialty was the parallel bars. “I was hitting pretty good scores, probably competitive with the top guys in Ontario,” he said. “I was not a bad tumbler; pommel horse is a tough animal, and I was a pretty good vaulter, but (the moves) were primitive by today’s standards.”

Buchanan recalled competing against Barry Brooker, who would later represent Canada at the 1968 Olympics, and watching Willie Weiler, an army sergeant who won eight medals at the 1963 Pan American Games. “We would go and watch these guys and realize, holy geez, that’s what you have to do to be competitive.”

Though he realized the military responsibilities of RMC would preclude him from ever quite reaching that level, he still cherishes his time with the team. “It was quite a hotbed of enthusiasm,” he said. Besides, it was also his refuge.

“In first year I was largely being punished, so the only place I could get some peace and quiet was in the gym,” he said. “Because I was representing the college, (the second-years) had to stay away from me during my practice times.”

Buchanan recalled the soccer team of his day was never a championship side, but the Redmen were competitive in the Ottawa-St. Lawrence league. He recalled with particular fondness playing McGill. “They were all West Indians,” he said, “and we had some rather sluggish characters as part of our defence.”

Bob Reid was a name that sprang to mind. “He was our fullback, and he specialized in hitting West Indian players just at the point where both people touch the ball, so it was legal, but they would be laid out.

“The rest of the time all the West Indian players would be looking behind them, wondering whether he was around them. We would be able to snatch the ball from their much more skilled feet, because they were too worried about Bob Reid coming to steamroll them.”

Buchanan said one thing about the college experience that every RMC student will remember is the recruit obstacle race, and he’s no exception. “I remember carrying a heavy rock out into Lake Ontario, for about 100 feet out, to where (the water) was just below your head.

“Then we went up a very steep hill. There was a lattice combat rope that you had to crawl underneath and you had to pull yourself up, while a high-pressure fire hose was coming down to stop you. Then you went into a moat filled with oil and water, then you had to climb up a rope, and you went under a tunnel, like a culvert, and the oil and water mixture came up, because of all the commotion of cadets going through. You could never depend on getting a clear breath. You could quite likely get a mouth full of oil and water during your trip through this culvert, which was a rather claustrophobic part of the event.

“Finally you got to the football field, 100 metres, and they gave you a sack. By this time you couldn’t see, because you had this oil-and-water mixture in your eyes, but they pointed you in the right direction. You were exhausted, and of course you kept falling down, but eventually you would reach the end.”

Buchanan finished second that day, by a foot to future gymnastics teammate Dave Allison.

“For that I got to be the second-ranked cadet in the college for the night. In other words, I could be like a fourth-year guy, No. 2 man, so I got to order people around.”

You can probably guess where this is going.

“(I could) order people in second year or third year or fourth year, make them do pushups, get them to run, make disparaging comments about their mothers or girlfriends, and it was wonderful—for one night.

“Then of course the gloves were off the following day, because all the people I’d bad-mouthed and castigated immediately came to seek their revenge upon me, but it was a very liberating experience, and one which I would highly recommend to anybody who is forced to go through something as primitive as a recruit obstacle race.”

Buchanan left RMC with a history degree and he served three years as an Armoured Corps lieutenant, eventually landing in Calgary with Lord Strathcona’s Horse. “I got out at my earliest opportunity,” he said, “because I wasn’t really suited for the military life. I had that gut feeling, but I sure appreciated the time that I had at the college, the friends that I made and the trips that I took as a college rep all over Ontario, competing against the other athletes. That was a highlight for me.

“It was quite a growing experience in the four years that I spent there.”

After he left the Army, Buchanan was in the first graduating class of the University of Calgary’s new teachers college. He taught junior high school and coached gymnastics and soccer for about eight years, until he got married. That summer, he and his new wife built a cabin on Shushwap Lake in south-central British Columbia. “I decided I wanted to go to B.C. because I wanted to be close enough to use it,” he said.

He and his wife, Mary, moved to Kamloops, where Buchanan taught at Cariboo College before he took a job in 1974 teaching English and social studies to Grade 11 and 12 students at NorKam Secondary School, “a very rough-and-tumble school” in the north end of town. There, Buchanan coached volleyball and rugby, and eventually became head of the English department. After he retired in 2002, he took sessional gigs at Thompson Rivers University, teaching English literature and composition.

Since 2005, he said, “I’ve been primarily singing.”

That’s another avocation that began at RMC.

“I discovered that if you were in the church choir, you didn’t have to go to Sunday morning military parade, so I immediately signed up for the choir,” he said. “One of the advantages was at the break, we could look out the window overlooking the parade square, and make disparaging comments at our classmates who were down there suffering the slings and arrows of the military elite.

“It was wonderful; highly recommended.”

He also joined the Glee Club and traveled across the province, “singing all over the place.”

“That was fun,’ Buchanan recalled. “That’s where I got my love of singing.” It’s a passion he’s expressed in chamber choirs, men’s choirs and jazz choirs ever since. “It’s become a big part of my life since I retired.”

Now 72, Buchanan stays active, playing tennis three or four times a week and skiing “a lot.”

“Things are going well. My poor wife is holding down the fort by working as a nurse. She informs me that she plans to retire, but we’ll see about that.”

Al and Mary have three children: a daughter, Stephanie, is a family physician in Whitehorse; Trevor remodels homes in Victoria, and the youngest, Devin, is a lawyer in Kamloops.

Not a bad legacy for a fellow who couldn’t seem capable of staying out of the doghouse as a young military cadet.

“Sports was good,” Buchanan explained, “What it did was it allowed me to have my meals in a little room behind the main dining hall. In the main dining hall, you’re open season to anybody who’s trying to pick on the first-year people but when you’re in the back room, you’re with all your teammates … and you’re treated as a member of the team. You don’t get inspected, you don’t get given hell, just because you’re a first-year guy. Meal times were my salvation and enabled me to have a little personal space, and that allowed me to develop the defences necessary to survive the heavy-duty hazing that went on in the winter of 1960.”

The punishments were nothing serious, he said, but they were tiresome.

“They were serious because you were deprived of sleep. You were up late at night ironing your uniforms, polishing your boots until you could see your pimples in them, and they would try to belittle you, psychologically, saying you were a disgrace to this and a disgrace to that, and how could you possibly …—that kind of stuff.

“You had to harden yourself to be able to say that you were all right. Unfortunately when you’re in that position and being singled out, you have few allies, even among your own class, because if they associate with you, they could then become targets as well, so you become pariahs. I remember there were a few of the lads that were unfortunate enough to have the full attention of the second-years, who were given pretty free reign over our time.”

Being unable to resist tweaking the bear’s cheek from time to time, knowing full well what would inevitably ensue, surely suggests a person would have an adventuresome spirit.

 “That’s right,” Buchanan said. “I did.”

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Crusaders defeat Regi in final game of the season  May 11th, 2015
Holy Cross Crusaders got a pair of goals from Justin Lafrance, one of them on a penalty kick, as they defeated the Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers 3-1 on the final day of the Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association senior boys soccer season. In the annual Father Stan Kurusumuthu... [Read More]
Juel prep Impact gain first tournament win  May 10th, 2015
Kingston Impact teams split the final games of their respective Juel of Ontario girls basketball championship tournaments Sunday at Queen’s Univeristy. In Juel Prep division, Kingston came from behind to gain its first win in three tournament games, 60-50 over the North Toronto... [Read More]
Doug Corby's record-breaking performance leads East to victory  May 10th, 2015
Queen’s Golden Gaels receiver Doug Corby set an East-West Bowl game record with three touchdown receptions, leading the East to a 29-21 victory over the West in the 13th annual exhibition football game Saturday in Montreal. Corby caught four passes for a game-best 131 yards, and he... [Read More]
Impact comes of age with win over North Toronto  May 9th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY A person’s experiences don’t mean anything, Paul Coulter believes. It’s what you do with them, he says, that shapes us. “My hope is we’re going to be better for that loss yesterday,” the Kingston Impact coach told his players before... [Read More]
Regi, Holy Cross headed for first-place showdown  May 9th, 2015
Holy Cross Crusaders and Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers will meet Monday afternoon to decide first place on the final day of the Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association senior girls soccer season. The Crusaders gained their fifth win of the season Friday, as Marily Doherty and... [Read More]
Kingston-area athletes win 21 events at final pre-season meet  May 9th, 2015
A pair of midget-age competitors from the Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association continued their winning ways Friday at the 16th annual Michelle Foley Bay of Quinte Invitational high school track and field meet in Belleville. Sarah Bell of Kingston Collegiate and Cole Horsman... [Read More]
Fourth-quarter collapse dooms Impact in tournament opener  May 8th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY It didn’t seem like much at the time. A free throw here, a free throw there. Never did the Scarborough Blues so much as hit two foul shots at a time. Slowly, however, the snowball began to build, and by the time it finished rolling, there was the Kingston Impact, at... [Read More]
Zach Masterson stars in first game with new team  May 7th, 2015
Kingston’s Zach Masterson had an auspicious debut with his new team in the Ontario Junior C Lacrosse League Sunday. Masterson, the former Kingston King playing on a one-year release while the Kings take a sabbatical, had three goals—one in each period—and three assists as... [Read More]
Mulholland scores two as Regi stays unbeaten  May 6th, 2015
Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers remained undefeated with a 3-0 win over the La Salle Black Knights in a high school senior girls soccer game Wednesday at La Salle. Bridget Mulholland scored twice for Regi, 5-0, and Jennifer Cowan once for the Panthers, who posted their third consecutive... [Read More]
First place, senior boys playoff teams decided  May 6th, 2015
First place was decided, as were the final playoff teams in the Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association, in senior boys soccer play Wednesday. At the top of the spectrum, the Kingston Blues completed an undefeated regular schedule with a 1-0 win over the previously undefeated... [Read More]
Impact hoping late-season momentum carries team to success  May 6th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Kingston Impact turned a corner in its Juel Ontario basketball season not long ago. How far that new path will take them toward a provincial title will be determined this weekend, when the local club hosts the league championship tournament at Queen’s University.... [Read More]
Steady diet of elite competition stands Impact in good stead  May 5th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Tim Orpin figures his team could easily look better—on paper. Statistically, there’s no question his Kingston Impact team could appear much more impressive playing someplace else. He wouldn’t have it for a moment. “I hate to say it, but part of the... [Read More]
Queen's hosting OUA women's basketball all-star game Saturday  May 5th, 2015
Teammates at Queen’s for four years, Kingston’s Liz Boag and Jenny Wright will be on opposing teams Saturday for the eighth annual Ontario University Athletics women’s basketball all-star game at the Queen’s Athletics and Recreation Centre. Game time is 7:30... [Read More]
Panthers move into first=place tie  May 4th, 2015
Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers moved into a tie for first place in high school senior girls soccer standings Monday with a 7-0 win over the Sydenham Golden Eagles at McLellan Field in Sydenham. Aileen O’Sullivan opened scoring early in the first half and six of her teammates scored one... [Read More]
KC, Regi, Holy Cross atill to taste defeat  May 4th, 2015
Four different players shared the scoring Monday as the Kingston Blues defeated the Granite Ridge Gryphons 4-0 in a Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association senior boys soccer game played at La Salle Secondary School. Isaac MacFayden, Graeme Workman , Mark Lappan and Sam Shore... [Read More]
Brianna Burgess, Cole Horsman each win twice at TISS track meet  May 3rd, 2015
A pair of midget-age athletes were the only two Kingston-area competitors to win two events each at the 39th annual Podium Sports-Hungerford Invitational high school track and field meet, a two-day event that concluded Saturday at Thousand Islands Secondary School in Brockville. Brianna... [Read More]
Lancers gain first victory  May 1st, 2015
Loyalist Lancers gained their first win of the senior boys high school soccer season Friday, a 4-0 decision over the Granite Ridge Gryphons in a game played at Loyalist. Connor Moore, with two, Jeremy Garofalo and Kalid Haider scored for the Lancers, who improved to 1-3 in the only Kingston... [Read More]
Vanier runners win senior divisions of Bayridge Road Race  May 1st, 2015
Runners from Vanier won two of the six divisions Friday at the 37th annual Bayridge Road Race for elementary school competitors, in the neighbourhood surrounding Bayridge Secondary School. Anna Workman won the midget girls race in 10 minutes, 55 seconds, just four seconds ahead of Lily... [Read More]
Football Canada pulls plug on senior national team  April 30th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Canada will not be represented at July’s International Federation of American Football world championship. Football Canada made the call late Wednesday to pull the plug on the team that won the silver medal at the last tournament, four years ago. “We... [Read More]
Goalkeeper turns striker and scores a goal at La Salle  April 30th, 2015
The gulf between the top and lower tiers in senior boys high school soccer became more defined Wednesday, as the Kingston Area Secondary School Athletic Association’s three undefeated teams all won, in each case at the expense of a team aspiring to join the upper echelon. At Tindall... [Read More]
Crusaders, Panthers remain unbeaten  April 30th, 2015
The ranks of the undefeated in high school senior girls soccer was cut in half Wednesday. Holy Cross Crusaders maintained their grip on first place with their fourth straight win, 5-0 over the previously unbeaten Loyalist Lancers. The Kingston Blues, also without a loss before play began,... [Read More]
Big second half propels Regi girls past Frontenac  April 27th, 2015
Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers spotted the Frontenac Falcons a pair of first-half goals, before roaring back to claim a 6-2 win Monday afternoon in a Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association senior girls soccer match at Regi. An early second-half goal by Kaitlyn Balfour, her... [Read More]
Senior Blues take over first place  April 27th, 2015
Kingston Blues took sole possession of first place in Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association senior boys soccer standings Monday with a 4-0 victory over the Frontenac Falcons. In a game of undefeated teams at Frontenac, the Falcons and Blues played a scoreless first half, a... [Read More]
University football at a crossroads: Some things to think about  April 26th, 2015
No one has ever described the leaders of university sport in Canada as adventurous. Cautious, yes; hidebound, even? Perhaps. Progressive? Seldom. Consider the powerhouse Laval football team. At a time when teams across the land were having financial difficulties, along came Laval with a... [Read More]
The best versus the best: The way to grow university football in Canada?  April 25th, 2015
Today, in the second of a three-part series on the future of Canadian university football, Pat Sheahan of the Queen's Golden Gaels, the dean of Ontario football coaches, talks about the proposed Northern 8 conference, a plan to increase interest in the game by creating a format to have... [Read More]
Roster limits come to OUA football  April 24th, 2015
Today, in the first of a three-part series on the future of Canadian university football, Pat Sheahan of the Queen's Golden Gaels, the dean of Ontario football coaches, talks about the implications of soon-to-be-imposed limits on rosters and—of all things, uniforms—in the OUA. By... [Read More]
Canadian university football at a crossroads  April 24th, 2015
Tomorrow we begin a series on the future of Canadian university football, as seen through the eyes of the dean of Ontario University Athletics football coaches, Pat Sheahan of the Queen’s Golden Gaels. Part 1, Friday: A look at the OUA new rules on limiting roster sizes. Part 2,... [Read More]
Holy Cross, Loyalist share first place  April 23rd, 2015
Alison Dodwell scored four goals Thursday afternoon to lead the Holy Cross Crusaders to a 6-0 win over the Ernestown Eagles in a Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association senior girls soccer game at Caraco Field. Marilyn Doherty and Adrianna den Ouden scored the other goals for... [Read More]
Women's World Cup trophy headed for Kingston  April 23rd, 2015
  On the day Canada’s team for the women’s World Cup of soccer is introduced, the prize at the end of the tournament, the World Cup trophy, will be in Kingston Tuesday, as part of a cross-Canada tour in advance of this summer’s tournament, June 6 to July 5 in several... [Read More]
Mark Lappan scores three for KC  April 22nd, 2015
Mark Lappan scored three goals Wednesday to lead the Kingston Blues to a 6-1 win over the Napanee Golden Hawks in a Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association senior boys soccer game at Tindall Field. It was the second straight win of the young season for KC, which got a pair of... [Read More]
Legacy meet to open local track and field season Friday  April 21st, 2015
Brett Babcock will be recognized Friday at the second annual Limestone Legacy Invitational high school track and field meet at Caraco Field. The event, organized by Kingston Area coaches and other volunteers, serves as both a preseason meet and to establish a bursary for past high school... [Read More]
Four teams open senior girls soccer season with shutouts  April 21st, 2015
Danielle Dickson provided the shutout goalkeeping and Sarah Lanteigne and Piper Southward each scored once Tuesday as the La Salle Black Knights opened their Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association senior girls soccer season with a 2-0 win over the Ernestown Eagles. All four of... [Read More]
Surviving rocks, thorns and Bingos so kids can play ball  April 21st, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Don Dennee got his start in youth baseball pretty much like a lot of fathers: his son wanted to play. Unlike most fathers, though, Dennee took it several steps further. Not a lot of dads, for instance, plan their vacations around grass-growing season, so they can water the... [Read More]
Regi scores late to post season-opening soccer win over La Salle  April 21st, 2015
Five teams failed to find the back of the opponent’s net Monday as the Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association senior boys soccer season got underway, but scoring goals wasn’t an issue at Machin Field, where the La Salle Black Knights were facing the Regiopolis Notre... [Read More]
Tim Gillespie leads local runners at Boston Marathon  April 21st, 2015
Tim Gillespie of Kingston posted the best time among local runners at the 119th Boston Marathon Monday. Gillespie, 37, completed the historic 42.195-kilometre course in 2 hours, 53 minutes, 33 seconds, and finished 1,329th in the international field of more than 30,000. Leslie Reade, 44, of... [Read More]
Queen's to host evaluation camp for football recruits  April 18th, 2015
Queen’s University will host the first stop in the Ontario University Athletics Top Recruit Football Combine Series Thursday at Tindall Field. The camp will start at 6 p.m. The nine camps are touted as opportunities for high school students with designs on playing university football... [Read More]
Canada's participation in world football championship in doubt  April 17th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY It appears Canada’s participation in July’s International Federation of American Football world championship is uncertain. In a phone call Friday afternoon, Football Canada technical director Shannon Donovan said she wouldn’t be able to say anything for... [Read More]
Nebraska proving to be a nice fit for Jim Hulton  April 16th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Nebraska, it seems, agrees with Jim Hulton. “I like to describe it as Napanee on steroids,” said Hulton, the Wolfe Island ex-pat hockey coach who plies his trade in the town of Kearney, in the south end of a prairie state where corn is No. 1 and football a... [Read More]
Kings ex-Pats waving the lacrosse flag in the U.S.  April 16th, 2015
There may be no junior lacrosse in Kingston this summer, but four graduates of the Kingston Kings are playing the field lacrosse this spring in programs in the U.S. Kyle Aylesworth, in his third season with the Fighting Scots of Ohio Valley University in Vienna, Va., is second on the team... [Read More]
Ryan Sheahan named offensive co-ordinator at University of Calgary  April 15th, 2015
The search is on for a new offensive co-ordinator for the football team at Queen’s University, after the announcement Wednesday that Ryan Sheahan will be leaving his father’s coaching staff to become the offensive co-ordinator and assistant head coach with the University of... [Read More]
Ex-Gael Scott Valberg returns to Team Canada  April 14th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Ask Scott Valberg what it was like to play football for Canada at the world championship, and he’ll tell you it was terrific—except for one thing. After reaching the gold-medal game, he said, “we got pounded.” “I don’t know what the... [Read More]
Doug Corby, Dillon Wamsley named to play in East-West Bowl  April 13th, 2015
Two members of the Queen’s Golden Gaels have been named to the East team for the 13th annual East-West Bowl football game, May 9 at Molson Stadium in Montreal. Receiver Doug Corby and kicker Dillon Wamsley will play in the game, presented as a showcase for players entering their senior... [Read More]
Kingston runner moves up in final stage of Sahara race  April 10th, 2015
It seems as if Martin Mack’s ultramarathon days may be over. Though he completed the 42.2-kilometre final segment from Oued el Jdaid to Koura Dial Zaid in 6 hours, 32 minutes and 30 seconds—and moved up 69 places to 699th among the 1,240 runners who survived the first four stages... [Read More]
Injuries slow Kingston man at Saharan ultramarathon  April 9th, 2015
A shoe chafing against the ankle of one foot, and blisters on the soles and big toes of both feet, took a toll on Kingston ultramarathon runner Martin Mack Wednesday and Thursday during the fourth stage of the 30th Marathon des Sables in Morocco. It took Mack 25 hours, 24 minutes and 12... [Read More]
Though he had many good ones, for Ryan Slate, competing was never about outcomes  April 9th, 2015
One of a series of stories of conversations with ex-cadets from Royal Military College, as they reflect on their time at the college, their sporting endeavours and what they've been up to since graduation. By CLAUDE SCILLEY The man who was undoubtedly the greatest rower... [Read More]
Martin Mack perseveres through 'tough' third stage of ultramarathon  April 7th, 2015
Kingston ultramarathon runner Martin Mack remains in the top half of the field after three stages of the 30th annual Marathon des Sables in Morocco. Mack stands 519th after Wednesday’s 36.7-kilometre segment through the Sahara Desert, from Jebel el Otfal to Jebel Zireg. He competed the stage... [Read More]
Kingston man third among Canadians at Sahara ultramarathon  April 6th, 2015
A Kingston man is third among Canadians after two stages of the 30th Marathon des Sables, an six-day ultramarathon through the Moroccan Sahara Desert. Martin Mack completed Monday’s second stage, a 31.1-kilometre journey from Oued Tijekht to Jebel el Otfal, in 11 hours, 33 minutes, 26... [Read More]
Rob Asselstine, Lacey Knox named top athletes at St. Lawrence  April 2nd, 2015
Basketball player Lacey Knox and cross-country runner Rob Asselstine were named female and male athletes of the year, respectively, at the annual St. Lawrence College athletics banquet Wednesday night at the Sheraton Four Points hotel. For Knox, who came to St. Lawrence from Frontenac... [Read More]
Receivers high on the list of Gaels football recruits  March 30th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY With the receiving cupboard starting to look a little bare, the Queen’s Golden Gaels went shopping this recruiting season for people who could catch the football. It seems they were successful. Fully one-third of the young men who formally signed their letters of... [Read More]
Chris Osei Kusi eager to get on the field at Queen's  March 30th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Things remain civil in the Osei Kusi household in Brampton. So far, big brother Ricky, the all-conference defensive end of the Western Mustangs, hasn’t made much of a fuss over the fact that kid brother Chris has chosen to cast his football lot with the arch-rival... [Read More]
Ex-quarterback Jeremy Pendergast happy to be a receiver  March 30th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY You might find some people who grow up playing quarterback who regret the day when someone tells them they’re no longer going to be the guy doing the talking in the huddle. Jeremy Pendergast wouldn’t be one of them. “Very happy,” is how the former... [Read More]
Carter Matheson bound for Ottawa Uóto play football  March 27th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Who’d have thought that six months after a restless Grade 13 student decided to play football for the first time in his life, Carter Matheson would be heading to the University of Ottawa to cast his lot, not with the basketball team, but with the football... [Read More]
Fencers claim plenty of siliverware at RMC awards night  March 26th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY It was much different this time. A year ago, Harrison Kelertas came home from the Ontario University Athletics fencing championships empty handed. “I was very close to getting two bronze medals,” he recalled. “I lost both (the individual and team) by one... [Read More]
Liz Boag, Jacob Rumball named top athletes at Queen's  March 25th, 2015
Liz Boag and Jacob Rumball were recognized Wednesday night as the top varsity athletes at Queen’s University at the 79th annual Colour Night in the main gym at the Athletics and Recreation Centre. Boag, the La Salle Secondary School grad from Kingston, was presented with the PHE... [Read More]
Gee-Gees linebacker suspended for doping violation  March 25th, 2015
A linebacker from the Ottawa Gee-Gees football team has been suspended for two years by Canadian Interuniversity Sport. Dylan Auty, who appeared in three games as a rookie in 2014 and made five tackles, has been barred for evading an out-of-competition test Oct. 7, the Canadian Centre for... [Read More]
Lucy Cerantola never planned to become a world-class body builder  March 24th, 2015
One of a series of stories of conversations with ex-cadets from Royal Military College, as they reflect on their time at the college, their sporting endeavours and what they've been up to since graduation. By CLAUDE SCILLEY Interested in sports and fitness since her high... [Read More]
Regi girls complete sweep of Irish rugby tour  March 22nd, 2015
The girls rugby team from Regiopolis Notre Dame completed its March Break tour of Ireland Saturday with a 24-0 win over Wicklow RFC. Playing under the lights on a beautiful, clear night on the east coast town, the Panthers faced their toughest match of the three-game series, according to... [Read More]
Nicole Clarke enjoying her time as Pan Am Games sport manager  March 19th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY TORONTO/March 19—It was, Nicole Clarke recalled, a sobering moment. The day was March 4, a Wednesday, and the premier had stopped by the office of the Pan American Games organizing committee to preside over the ceremony to unveil the medals that will be presented to... [Read More]
Vikings coach Remy Simpson receives national honour  March 19th, 2015
Remy Simpson of St. Lawrence College has been named national women’s college basketball coach of the year. He received the award Wednesday night on the eve of the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association championship tournament in Nanaimo, B.C. Simpson has taken the Vikings to the... [Read More]
Simon Whitfield among first to be named a Pan Am Games torchbearer  March 18th, 2015
Kingston’s Simon Whitfield, a two-time Olympic medalist in triathlon, is among the first 10 people who have been named to run a leg in the Pan American Games torch relay. Whitfield also has a bronze medal from the Pan Am Games in Winnipeg in 1999. Somewhere. “That would be the... [Read More]
Regi gains second win on Irish tour  March 18th, 2015
Neither the prospect of playing a regional champion on its home pitch, nor playing under the lights, bothered the Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers Wednesday as they continued their girls rugby tour of Ireland. The Panthers, with two tries by Courtney Spratt, defeated Railway Union RFC 39-5 in... [Read More]
Ex-Redman Bill Sergeant stays busy as ever  March 16th, 2015
One of a series of stories of conversations with ex-cadets from Royal Military College, as they reflect on their time at the college, their sporting endeavours and what they've been up to since graduation. By CLAUDE SCILLEY Bill Sergeant recalls being skeptical at the... [Read More]
Regi begins Irish tour with a win  March 15th, 2015
The girls rugby team from Regiopolis Notre Dame began its tour of Ireland with a 31-14 victory Saturday over Ballinasloe RFC in Galway. Playing on a field rendered muddy by a week of rain, Regi dominated the first half. Tries by tour captain Hannah Greenwood in the game’s seventh... [Read More]
KASSAA names teams for annual basketball all-star game  March 15th, 2015
Three members of the county and EOSSA champion Sydenham Golden Eagles have been named to the East team for the annual Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association boys basketball all-star game, March 26 at Holy Cross. Tom Withey, Ben Lusk and Steve Kennedy will represent the Eagles,... [Read More]
Novel approach gives Impact girls insight into their sport  March 13th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Assemble half a dozen very keen, very talented 12-year-olds for an evening of basketball, and instead of letting them loose in a gym with a bunch of balls, you stick them in a classroom—for an hour or so. Watch them squirm impatiently, right? Not so, at least, not... [Read More]
Spencer Abraham named national rookie of the year  March 11th, 2015
The pressure is squarely on Queen’s Golden Gaels hockey coach Brett Gibson. If he keeps recruiting Clare Drake Award winners, people are going to start expecting him to find one every year. For the second season in a row, the Gaels have the nation’s top hockey-playing freshman.... [Read More]
Third straight comeback win gives Sydenham consolation title at OFSAA  March 11th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY OTTAWA/March 11—Often, when a player is mired in the kind of lousy shooting luck that befell Thomas Withey in the third quarter of Wednesday afternoon’s basketball game, one of two things happen. Sometimes the player will get discouraged and stop trying;... [Read More]
Consolation title something of which Eagles can be proud  March 11th, 2015
OTTAWA/March 11—It didn’t take long for Shaun Kennedy to articulate what makes the basketball team he coaches special. “The beauty of this team,” Kennedy said after the Sydenham Golden Eagles captured the consolation title at the Ontario Federation of School Athletic... [Read More]
Overtime defeat sidelines Frontenac hockey team at OFSAA  March 11th, 2015
Frontenac Falcons bowed from contention at the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations AAA boys hockey championship in St. Catharines Wednesday night, as they were defeated 4-3 in overtime by Brebeuf of Toroonto. It was the only loss in four games at the tournament for Frontenac,... [Read More]
Falcons reach quarter-final round at OFSAA boys hockey  March 11th, 2015
Frontenac Falcons advanced to the quarter-final round at the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations boys AAA hockey championship Wednesday morning when they gained a 2-2 tie with Denis Morris of St. Catharines. The Falcons, 1-0-2 in preliminary play, finished atop their four-team... [Read More]
Eagles reach OFSAA consolation final  March 11th, 2015
OTTAWA/March 11—Ben Lusk scored 25 points today to lead the Sydenham Golden Eagles into the consolation final at the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations boys AA basketeball tournament. Lusk’s performance paced Sydenham to a 60-43 victory over St. Paul of Ottawa in... [Read More]
OFSAA ROUNDUP: Frontenac close to medal round at boys hockey tournament  March 11th, 2015
Frontenac Falcons can assure themselves of a place in the medal round at the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations boys hockey championship with a victory in their final preliminary game Wednesday morning in St. Catharines. The Falcons, the last remaining unbeaten team in their... [Read More]
Sydenham bows from medal contention at OFSAA basketball  March 10th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY OTTAWA—Would the Sydenham Golden Eagles otherwise have won the ball game? Probably not. Teams that allow 72 points in a high school basketball game can seldom expect to win it. After the Eagles’ 72-62 defeat in the second round of the Ontario Federation of School... [Read More]
Sydenham poised to advance at OFSAA girls volleyball  March 9th, 2015
Sydenham Golden Eagles have assured themselves a spot in the quarter-final round at the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations girls AA volleyball tournament in Dryden. The Eagles won both of their matches on the first day of the three-day tournament, 2-0 over Dryden (25-22,... [Read More]
Kingston-area hockey teams remain alive at OFSAA  March 9th, 2015
Both Kingston-area teams remain in contention at their respective Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations hockey tournaments after Monday’s opening day of play. At the boys championship in St. Catharines, the Frontenac Falcons gained a 2-2 tie with Medway of Arva. The... [Read More]
Sydenham wins opening game at OFSAA basketball  March 9th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY If a team is going to get to the Sydenham Golden Eagles, it had better do so early—because it isn’t likely to happen later. The pattern, one that is becoming all too familiar to coach Shaun Kennedy, played itself out once again Monday in Ottawa, where the... [Read More]
Six Kingston-area teams begin quests for OFSAA titles  March 8th, 2015
The girls hockey team from Holy Cross has the top seed position of the six Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association teams that will begin contesting Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations championships Monday. The Crusaders are the fourth-seeded team at the 20-team... [Read More]
St. Lawrence drops bronze-medal game  March 8th, 2015
The Cinderella run for a medal ended for the St. Lawrence Vikings Sunday afternoon, as they dropped a 66-51 decision to the Durham Lords in the bronze-medal match at the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association men’s basketball championship tournament in Oshawa. “It was clear that... [Read More]
St. Lawrence women again settle for fourth  March 8th, 2015
For the fourth year in a row, the St. Lawrence Vikings came away with a fourth-place finish, after they were beaten 78-45 by the Algonquin Thunder in Saturday’s bronze-medal game at the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association women’s basketball championship tournament in... [Read More]
Vikings playing for bronze medal  March 8th, 2015
One of the only two reserve players the St. Lawrence Vikings had available Sunday afternoon delivered crucial points at the end of the game as St. Lawrence defeated the Lambton Lions 74-73 in a consolation semifinal at the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association men’s basketball... [Read More]
St. Lawrence men reach championship semifinals  March 7th, 2015
St. Lawrence Vikings are one win away from playing for the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association men’s basketball title, as they play the Mohawk Mountaineers Saturday night in a semifinal game at the association’s championship tournament in Oshawa. The Vikings reached that game... [Read More]
Gaels bow to Ryerson at OU basketball championship  March 6th, 2015
A spirited fourth-quarter rally fell short Friday night as the Queen’s Golden Gaels fell 69-60 to the Ryerson Rams in semifinal play at the Ontario University Athletics women’s basketball championship tournament in Windsor. Though they scored 15 of the game’s last 20... [Read More]
Vikings advance to provincial semifinals  March 6th, 2015
St. Lawrence Vikings opened the Ontario Colleges Athletics Association women’s basketball championship tournament in Toronto Thursday night with a 55-41 win over the Fanshawe Falcons. The victory puts St. Lawrence into the semifinals of the eight-team tournament Friday night against... [Read More]
Sydenham's first visit to OFSAA basketball was a memorable one  March 5th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Sydenham Golden Eagles are seeded eighth for the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations AA basketball tournament next week in Ottawa. The Eagles will be making the school’s second appearance at a provincial championship, and the first in a AA... [Read More]
Spencer Abraham named top rookie in the OUA East  March 5th, 2015
For the second year in a row, the Queen’s Golden Gaels have the outstanding freshman hockey player in the East division of Ontario University Athletics. Spencer Abraham, a first-year arts and science student from Campbellville, Ont., has been named not only the division’s top... [Read More]
College, university basketball teams begin title pursuits  March 5th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Three of the city’s four intercollegiate basketball teams will be seeking their respective league championships this weekend. Queen’s Golden Gaels are heading to the Ontario University Athletics women’s Final Four tournament in Windsor, where... [Read More]
Impact teams win two divisions at Mega Tournament  March 2nd, 2015
Kingston Impact teams won medals in four divisions Sunday at its sixth annual Mega Tournament. Two of them, in major atom AA division and major bantam AA division, were poor hosts, winning their respective championships, while the major atom A and major bantam A Impact teams received silver... [Read More]
Vikings bound for championship tournament  March 1st, 2015
St. Lawrence Vikings will play for the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association men’s basketball championship next weekend, after they won one of four qualifying games Saturday, 90-83 over the Redeemer Royals in Ancaster. Making their first appearance in the league championship tournament... [Read More]
Football Gaels introduce new recruits  March 1st, 2015
Three familiar names were among the dozen incoming freshmen introduced by Queen’s Golden Gaels football coach Pat Sheahan at the team’s annual fundraising gala in Toronto Saturday night. Jeremy Pendergast, who Sheahan described as “the outstanding athlete in the local... [Read More]
Queen's women advance to Final Four tournament  March 1st, 2015
Overtime seems to suit the Queen’s Golden Gaels. The Gaels haven’t lost an overtime game since 2011, and Saturday afternoon they made it four in a row in extra time, when they defeated the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks 85-78 in double overtime in an Ontario University Athletics... [Read More]
Golden Eagles win EOSSAA basketball championship; bound for OFSAA  February 27th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY SMITHS FALLS—Sydenham Golden Eagles aren’t just going to the provincial high school AA basketball tournament; they’re going as the eastern Ontario champions. You can’t put too fine a point on that, Eagles coach Shaun Kennedy believes. “There... [Read More]
Sydenham unbeaten at EOSSAA basketball  February 26th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY SMITHS FALLS—The less people know about his basketball team, Shaun Kennedy believes, the better. To that end Thursday, the Sydenham Golden Eagles did some unfamiliar stuff on the first day of the Eastern Ontario Secondary Schools Athletic Association double-A... [Read More]
Sydenham wins opener at EOSSA basketball  February 26th, 2015
SMITHS FALLS—Sydenham Golden Eagles opened the Eastern Ontario Secondary Schools Athletic Association double-A basketball tournament with a decisive 56-21 victory over the St. Michael’s Mustangs of Kemptville here Thursday morning. The Eagles, Kingston Area champions, buried St.... [Read More]
Impact to host girls Mega Tournament this weekend  February 25th, 2015
Forty-four girls basketball teams from across eastern Ontario will converge on Kingston this weekend for the sixth annual Mega Tournament hosted by the Kingston Impact organization. Competition will be held in six divisions at nine venues over three days, beginning Friday at 6 p.m. The... [Read More]
Regi advances to OFSAA girls volleyball tournament  February 25th, 2015
Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers will compete at the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations girls AAA volleyball tournament next month after they defeated L’Escale of Rockland 3-1 Wednesday for the eastern Ontario championship. The match—L’Escale is a double-A... [Read More]
Queen's women advance to basketball quarter-finals  February 25th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Given the circumstance, it was a fairly benign thing. Still, it had Dave Wilson squirming just a bit. A 9-2 run by the Laurentian Voyageurs late in the third quarter had allowed them to cut seven points off a fairly large Queen’s Golden Gaels lead. “We... [Read More]
Regi captures fourth straight senior girls volleyball title  February 23rd, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Like the sales person who works to pique the interest of the potential customer, the Sydenham Golden Eagles twice captured the attention of the Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers Monday night. Neither time, however, could they close the deal. As a result, the Panthers left... [Read More]
Present-day Eagles delighted to share the legacy  February 22nd, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY It was a silent reminder, every time they walked into the gym. “There’s a banner that says ‘1978,’ and every day we’d just look there (and think), ‘We’ve got to put another one up there,’” Steve Kennedy said. Sunday... [Read More]
Sydenham captures first senior basketball title in 37 years  February 22nd, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY There was a time in Sunday afternoon’s high school senior boys basketball final that the Frontenac Falcons had the Sydenham Golden Eagles exactly where they wanted them. Then came halftime, and the Eagles had time to retool. The result was dramatic. From being tied... [Read More]
Late goals doom Gaels to season-ending defeat  February 22nd, 2015
Two goals in the final three minutes of the third period gave the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks a 3-2 victory and ended the Ontario University Athletics women’s hockey season for the Queen’s Golden Gaels Saturday night. The win gave Laurier, the defending league champion, a 2-0... [Read More]
St. Lawrence women clinch first place with 10th straight win  February 21st, 2015
St. Lawrence Vikings clinched first place in the East division Saturday with a 72-54 Ontario Colleges Athletic Association women’s basketball victory over the visiting Centennial Colts. The win, the 10th in a row for St. Lawrence, gave the Vikings a 15-1 record. They haven’t lost... [Read More]
Vikings bow to Centennial; settle for fifth place  February 21st, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY You kind of get it. When a basketball team has a chance to avoid a nine-hour bus trip to Sarnia in February, and comes up eight points short, it’s easy to understand why a coach might be in an ugly mood. Uglier, St. Lawrence Vikings coach Barry Smith said, than... [Read More]
Too bad a referee had such a profound impact on the outcome  February 21st, 2015
Clearly, Brett Gibson is paying a stiff price for his misdeed Friday night. He knows it. “I cost our team a win”—in the deciding game of a playoff series, no less—he solemnly confessed later. A bench penalty he took with less than eight minutes remaining in the third... [Read More]
A 17-second lapse ends hockey season for Gaels  February 21st, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Queen’s Golden Gaels hockey coach Brett Gibson had one word to describe his team’s performance Friday. “Fantastic,” he said, moments after his team was eliminated from the Ontario University Athletics playoffs by a 3-1 loss to the McGill Redmen.... [Read More]
Queen's women suffer overtime defeat  February 19th, 2015
A goal by Tammy Frielburger at 4:23 of the third overtime period gave the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks a 1-0 win over the Queen’s Golden Gaels in the opening game of their Ontario University Athletics women’s hockey playoff Thursday night in Waterloo. The Hawks will take a... [Read More]
Carter Matheson scores 35 to lead Frontenac into Sunday's final against Sydenham  February 19th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY You can talk all you want about tactics and strategy, or systems and momentum, but there’s really only one reason why the Frontenac Falcons won their basketball game Thursday. Carter Matheson. “Carter Matheson was a puzzle we were just never able to... [Read More]
Hockey Gaels drop series opener in Montreal  February 18th, 2015
A power-play goal with less than seven minutes remaining in the third period lifted the McGill Redmen to a 2-1 victory over the Queen’s Golden Gaels in the opening game of their Ontario University Athletics men’s hockey playoff series Wednesday night in Montreal. The... [Read More]
Three medal-winning performances for Kingston athletes  February 18th, 2015
A silver-medal performance by Blaire Dunn in the senior women’s 60-metre hurdles was the highlight among Kingston Track and Field Club athletes at the Athletics Ontario indoor youth and senior championships on the weekend at the Toronto Track and Field Centre. Dunn ran her heat in 9.85... [Read More]
Blazers to face Frontenac in senior basketball semifinal  February 17th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Bayridge Blazers coach Geoff Stewart confessed Tuesday that the La Salle Black Knights were the one team he wasn’t eager to face in the playoffs. “Not that wanted to play Holy Cross or we wanted to play Regi or we wanted to play KC,” Stewart said,... [Read More]
Blues upset Regi with overtime victory  February 17th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY There was a point Tuesday afternoon, when his players may not have been feeling particularly good about themselves, that Kingston Blues coach Pat Powers delivered a message. “Trust in your teammates,” Powers implored, his team rapidly falling out of sight of... [Read More]
Win streak ends for shorthanded Vikings  February 16th, 2015
It really was too much to expect. To think that the St. Lawrence Vikings would sustain their 10-game Ontario Colleges Athletic Association men’s basketball winning streak through the crippling personnel shortage of the last weekend would stretch credulity beyond mythic... [Read More]
Hockey Gaels open against McGill Wednesday  February 16th, 2015
Queen’s Golden Gaels will open their Ontario University Athletics East division hockey quarter-final series with the McGill Redmen Wednesday night in Montreal. The best-of-three set will resume Friday night at the Memorial Centre and return to Montreal, if necessary, Sunday night. The... [Read More]
High school basketball quarter-finals set for Tuesday  February 16th, 2015
It’s surprising that in a season when there were exactly no upsets—zero—during the regular year, on the eve of the playoffs coaches would be touting the likelihood of just such an eventuality. “There are lots of good teams and it’s quite possible that someone in... [Read More]
Overtime victory sends hockey Gaels past Laurentian  February 15th, 2015
A goal by Kelly Jackson in the fourth minute of sudden-death overtime gave the Queen’s Golden Gaels a 2-1 victory over the Laurentian Voyageurs Sunday night in the deciding game of their first-round Ontario University Athletics hockey playoff series. After losing the first game of the... [Read More]
Basketball Gaels complete unsuccessful weekend  February 15th, 2015
Queen’s Golden Gaels regained a measure of respectability Saturday night. A day after they were humbled 114-45 by the No. 1-ranked Carleton Ravens, the Gaels made a better showing in a 91-81 loss to the No. 2-ranked Ottawa Gee-Gees at the Athletics and Recreation Centre. Patrick... [Read More]
Women's hockey Gaels to face Laurier in first playoff round  February 15th, 2015
Queen’s Golden Gaels will play the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks when the Ontario University Athletics women’s hockey playoffs commence this week. The Gaels, the No. 5-ranked team in Canada, finished 16-5-3 after they defeated the Windsor Lancers 5-2 Saturday night in the final... [Read More]
Gaels force third game in hockey quarter-final  February 15th, 2015
With the end of their hockey season looming just 20 minutes away, the Queen’s Golden Gaels came to life Saturday night. Two goals in the opening five minutes of the third period broke a scoreless tie, and sent the Gaels on their way to a 3-1 victory over the Laurentian Voyageurs in an... [Read More]
Season-best performance by Liz Boag leads Gaels  February 13th, 2015
Liz Boag scored 24 points, her best scoring performance of the season by five points, to lead the Queen’s Golden Gaels to an 83-51 win over the Carleton Ravens in an Ontario University Athletics women’s basketball game Friday night at the Athletics and Recretion... [Read More]
WEEKEND PREVIEW; Nation's top university basketball teams coming to town  February 13th, 2015
By the time this weekend is over, the Queen’s Golden Gaels will have endured what is likely the most demanding three weeks in all of Canadian intercollegiate basketball. The nation’s two top-ranked university men’s basketball teams, the Carleton Ravens and Ottawa Gee-Gees,... [Read More]
Picton's Bunnett named Empire league MVP  February 12th, 2015
Scoring champion Brian Bunnett of the Picton Pirates has been named most valuable player in the Empire Junior C Hockey League, the league announced Thursday night. Bunnett, who had 61 points (14 goals and 47 assists in 37 games) was chosen in a poll of the league’s coaches and... [Read More]
Frontenac resumes winning ways with victory at Regi  February 12th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY There’s no doubt, Suche James says, that his team learned something this week. “Tuesday’s game was a good lesson for us,” said the Frontenac Falcons coach, after his basketball team clinched second place with a 64-50 win over the Regiopolis Notre... [Read More]
Two third-period goals doom Gaels to playoff defeat  February 12th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Though his team’s fate was sealed in the third period Wednesday night, Brett Gibson believes the slide began long before that. “I’m more disappointed in the second (period) than the third,” the Queen’s Golden Gaels coach said, after his team... [Read More]
Danielle Boyd qualifies for Pan Am Games regatta  February 11th, 2015
Erin Rafuse and her 49er FX crewmate, Kingston’s Danielle Boyd, have put themselves in position to sail for Canada at the Pan American Games this summer in Toronto. They were the top Canadian team at the North American championship, a nine-race series that ended Sunday in Clearwater,... [Read More]
Raiders eager for next year to come  February 11th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Queen Elizabeth Raiders may be going nowhere this year but, boy or boy, are they eager for the start of next season. If what they showed Tuesday in their 54-47 loss to the La Salle Black Knights gives any clues, the Raiders will be a team deserving of some serious respect... [Read More]
Sydenham wins battle of undefeated teams  February 10th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Among all the scenarios that one might have proposed for the clash of the last two undefeated high school basketball teams in the county, it’s unlikely any would have included the caveat that the defending champion Frontenac Falcons wouldn’t score a point in the... [Read More]
Football Gaels to open at home against Carleton  February 10th, 2015
After two failed drafts—and about two months later than usual—the Queen’s Golden Gaels finally know that they will open the 2015 football season at home on Sunday, Aug. 30, against the Carleton Ravens. Now Queen’s can get down to the more important consideration: When... [Read More]
Gaels open hockey playoffs Wednesday  February 10th, 2015
Queen’s Golden Gaels will open their Ontario University Athletics men's hockey playoff series with the Laurentian Voyageurs Wednesday night at the Memorial Centre. Game time is 7:30. The best-of-three East division quarter-final series moves to Sudbury for games Saturday night and... [Read More]
Paladins complete winless season  February 8th, 2015
A shorthanded goal by the Trois-Rivieres Patriotes midway through the third period Sunday afternoon was the final blow in a disappointing season for the Royal Military College Paladins, who dropped a 5-2 decision at Constantine Arena. The Paladins were still in the hockey game, down two... [Read More]
Waterloo women defeat Queen's  February 8th, 2015
Waterloo Warriors continue to bedevil the Queen’s Golden Gaels. The Warriors got shutout goaltending Sunday afternoon from Stephanie Sluys, who made 26 saves to lead her team to a 2-0 Ontario University Athletics women’s hockey victory at the Memorial Centre. Waterloo won both... [Read More]
Gaels beat Trois-Rivieres in shootout; Laurentian also wins  February 7th, 2015
A goal by Patrick McGillis with seven seconds left in the third period forced overtime, and the Queen’s Golden Gaels got the only goal of a shootout to upset the No. 8-ranked Trois-Rivieres Patroites in an Ontario University Athletics hockey game Saturday night at the Memorial Centre.... [Read More]
McMaster thumps Gaels in women's basketball play  February 7th, 2015
Queen’s Golden Gaels scored just nine points in the second quarter—while surrendering 26—as they fell 74-45 to the McMaster Marauders Saturday afternoon in an Ontario University Athletics women’s basketball game in Hamilton. The teams were tied 12-12 at the end of the... [Read More]
Queen's hockey women defeat Laurier  February 7th, 2015
Queen’s Golden Gaels temporarily, at least, moved into a three-way tie for second place in the Ontario University Athletics women’s hockey standings Saturday afternoon with a 3-1 victory over the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks at the Memorial Centre. The win, their first at home... [Read More]
Gaels benefit from Nipissing's defeat  February 6th, 2015
The first piece of the Queen’s Golden Gaels’ hockey playoff puzzle fell into place Friday night when the Nipissing Lakers fell 8-3 to the Carleton Ravens. By losing, Nipissing squandered the game in hand it held on the Gaels, and the teams are now in a tie for fifth place with 25... [Read More]
Morgan McHaffie scores for Canada at World Student Games  February 6th, 2015
Former Queen’s Golden Gaels forward Morgan McHaffie scored Canada’s first goal Friday, sending her team on its way to a 7-1 victory over Kazakhstan in the opening game of the women’s hockey tournament at the World Student Games in Granada, Spain. Canada scored three times... [Read More]
Sydenham moves into first-place tie with eighth straight win  February 6th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY It was a basketball game in which each team had its moments. “That was the beauty of it,” Sydenham Golden Eagles coach Shaun Kennedy said afterwards. “There were a lot of momentum changes, a lot of fast break, a lot of pushing the ball up the... [Read More]
Gaels move into fifth place with Carr-Harris victory  February 6th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY It was the Royal Military College Paladins’ season in microcosm. Down by a goal after 20 minutes of their hockey game Thursday night, the Paladins played their best period of the night in the second—and came out of it down by two. That, Paladins coach Adam... [Read More]
Golfer Augusta James named Kiwanis athlete of the year  February 5th, 2015
Augusta James Thursday night was named the 35th winner of the Gus Marker Trophy as Kingston’s amateur athlete of 2014, at a ceremony hosted by the Kiwanis Club at the Ambassador Hotel. It's the second time James has won the award, whose winner is selected from among eight finalists by... [Read More]
Gaels 5 Paladins 1  February 5th, 2015
First Period 1. Queen’s, Foy 4 (Bloom, Laflamme) 6:21 2. Queen’s, McGillis 7 (Downe) 11:37 (pp) 3. RMC, Bullen 8 (Domenico, Boudreau) 15:36 Penalties — Livingston RMC 10:21, Bureau Qns, Quinlin RMC 15:28. Second Period 4. Queen’s, Ming 10 (Bureau, Greenaway)... [Read More]
Vikings upset division leaders  February 5th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY It was perhaps his team’s most important victory of the season but Barry Smith just couldn’t bring himself to celebrate it. “It was a big win for us. I should feel euphoric,” said the coach of the St. Lawrence Vikings, after his team posted a... [Read More]
Who are they? The Carr-Harris connections  February 4th, 2015
For more than 100 years, the name Carr-Harris has been linked to both hockey and academics at Royal Military College and Queen’s University. In 1986, to mark the centennial of the first meeting of the schools’ two hockey teams, the Carr-Harris Cup was presented for annual... [Read More]
Carr-Harris hockey game vital to both teamsófor vastly different reasons  February 4th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Not always do such extreme measures work. When a coach, frustrated by losing, makes some radical lineup changes in a bid to roust his players from their slumber, he’s risking that he doesn’t lose the team altogether. Rather than awaken, the team may instead... [Read More]
Knights gain overtime win over Holy Cross  February 4th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Any number of important contributors to the La Salle Black Knights senior high school basketball victory Tuesday afternoon could wear the hero’s mantle. You could start with Dan Walton, whose three-point basket with five seconds left in the game with the Holy Cross... [Read More]
Play resumes in high school senior basketball league  February 3rd, 2015
Eight teams with something to prove take to the floor today as the Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association senior boys basketball season resumes after a two-week break for exams. The Kingston Blues, who begin the final third of the regular schedule 4-3, will be trying to get... [Read More]
Kingston man playing an important role in the Pan Am Games  February 3rd, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY There’s nothing like a car ride to Welland with four strangers to make a fellow feel like he’s right at home. Not that it was exactly what Ryan Koolen had in mind for his first day on the job with the Toronto organizing committee for the Pan American Games this... [Read More]
Jenny Wright's 35-point outburst leads Gaels past Western  February 1st, 2015
Jenny Wright enjoyed a career-best night Saturday, scoring 35 points to lead the Queen’s Golden Gaels to an 86-72 Ontario University Athletics women’s basketball win over the Western Mustangs in London. It was the first time in her four-year career that the nursing student from... [Read More]
Last-second basket gives Queen's men victory  February 1st, 2015
 A basket by Sukhpreet Singh as time expired Saturday night gave the Queen’s Golden Gaels a 75-74 win over the Western Mustangs in an Ontario University Athletics men’s basketball game in London. The score capped a brilliant comeback by the Gaels, who trailed the home team... [Read More]
Hockey Gaels gain win in Sudbury  January 31st, 2015
Queen’s Golden Gaels moved two points closer to fifth place Saturday night as they defeated the Laurentian Voyageurs 4-1 in an Ontario University Athletics hockey game in Sudbury. The win, the Gaels’ third in their last four games, lifted Queen’s within striking distance of... [Read More]
St. Lawrence men, women keep win streaks intact  January 31st, 2015
St. Lawrence Vikings moved into a second-place tie with the Georgian Grizzlies Saturday afternoon, when they defeated the Loyalist Lancers 85-78 in an Ontario Colleges Athletic Association men’s basketball game in Belleville. The Vikings needed overtime to claim their ninth win in a... [Read More]
Queen's suffers two basketball defeats at Windsor  January 30th, 2015
Queen’s Golden Gaels gave the No. 1-ranked team in Canada all it could handle Friday night, but they still dropped an 89-81 decision to the Windsor Lancers in Ontario University Athletics women’s basketball play in Windsor. There were 16 lead changes in the game between last... [Read More]
Momentary lapse spoils RMC comeback  January 30th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY As quickly as the Royal Military College Paladins clawed their way back into Friday night’s hockey game, the Toronto Blues took it away. Actually, it happened quicker than that. Two goals just 15 seconds apart in the fourth minute of the third period broke a tie and... [Read More]
Queen's women seek redemption against No. 1 Lancers  January 30th, 2015
Without a doubt the Queen’s Golden Gaels would like a strong start Friday night to make them forget a truly dreadful opening quarter in their last Ontario University Athletics women’s basketball game. That was Saturday, when the Gaels made just two of 21 attempts from the field... [Read More]
Power play sparks Queen's to victory in Oshawa  January 29th, 2015
Queen’s Golden Gaels jumped to a 3-0 lead and they went on to defeat the Ontario Tech Ridgebacks 5-2 Thursday night in an Ontario University Athletics women’s hockey game in Oshawa. Coach Matt Holmberg registered his 100th regular-season victory at Queen’s, as the Gaels... [Read More]
In or out of the Forces, security still the focus of Leah Sherriff  January 28th, 2015
One of a series of conversations with ex-cadets from Royal Military College, as they reflect on their time at the college, their sporting endeavours and what they've been up to since graduation. By CLAUDE SCILLEY It does seem strange, Leah West Sherriff... [Read More]
Strong third period lifts Gaels past Ontario Tech  January 27th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY For the Queen’s Golden Gaels, it was undoubtedly a refreshing change. A team that has allowed an opponent to score the game-winning goal in the third period or overtime eight times this year, the Gaels instead were the assertive team in the final stanza at the... [Read More]
Queen's men thumped by Ryerson  January 25th, 2015
Ryerson Rams dominated from the opening tip, and the No. 3-ranked team in Canada defeated the Queen’s Golden Gaels 90-65 in an Ontario University Athletics men’s basketball game Saturday night at the Athletics and Recreation Centre. Ryerson scored 24 points in the first quarter... [Read More]
Gaels avoid upset with shootout win over Brock  January 25th, 2015
Queen’s Golden Gaels scored on all three shots in a shootout Saturday night to defeat the lowly Brock Badgers 4-3 in an Ontario University Athletics women’s hockey game at the Memorial Centre. Jessica Wakefield, Taryn Pilon and Fiona Lester all beat Badgers goaltender Stephanie... [Read More]
Army power play leads to RMC's demise  January 25th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Sometimes, the score of a hockey game says all you need to know about what happened in it. Sometimes, there’s more to it than that. Put Saturday’s annual challenge match between the Royal Military College Paladins and U.S. Military Academy Black Knights in the... [Read More]
Win streak ends for basketball Gaels  January 24th, 2015
Atrocious shooting early in the game doomed the Queen’s Golden Gaels to a 79-71 defeat at the hands of the Ryerson Rams in an Ontario University Athletics women’s basketball game Saturday night at the Athletics and Recreation Centre. The Gaels sank only two of 21 attempts from... [Read More]
Vikings continue to win  January 24th, 2015
Both St. Lawrence basketball teams continued their winning ways Saturday afternoon, as the male and female Vikings each posted victories at George Brown in Toronto. The women began the day with their sixth win in a row, an 87-37 decision over Brown. The Vikings improved to 11-1, and stay two... [Read More]
St. Lawrence sweeps doubleheader at Seneca  January 24th, 2015
St. Lawrence Vikings posted their seventh straight victory Friday night, edging the Seneca Sting 73-72 in an Ontario Colleges Athletic Association men’s basketball game in Toronto. The Vikings, 9-5, moved into a fourth-place tie with idle Loyalist, half a game behind third-place... [Read More]
Queen's women, men both suffer hockey defeats  January 24th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY It should have been a hostile environment. The Queen’s Golden Gaels went into the game undefeated at home; they had a score to settle with the visiting Guelph Gryphons, one of just two teams to hand Queen’s a regulation-time defeat this year. Late in a close... [Read More]
Queen's men, women both rally to post basketball victories  January 24th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Clearly, it was not a half of basketball Dave Wilson was proud of. “Good,” he said, when a visitor mentioned he'd missed the early part of his team’s game at the Athletics and Recreation Centre Friday night. Those early troubles, the ones that led to... [Read More]
Kings suspend operation for coming junior lacrosse season  January 22nd, 2015
Citing organizational, financial and player concerns, the Kingston Kings will suspend operations for the 2015 junior lacrosse season. The decision was made by the team’s executive this week to seek a one-year leave of absence from the junior C council of the Ontario Lacrosse... [Read More]
Paladins seek redemption at West Point  January 22nd, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY It has variously been seen as both a curse and a blessing. Having the single most important game of the entire season be, essentially, an exhibition game has been the bane of Royal Military College hockey coaches, especially those whose conference season still has meaning.... [Read More]
Peter Atkinson majored in football, minored in history  January 22nd, 2015

One of a series of stories of conversations with ex-cadets from Royal Military College, as they reflect on their time at the college, their sporting endeavours and what they've been up to since graduation.

By CLAUDE SCILLEY

There’s something about the man that seems to engender confidence.

More than once along the way people were willing to go out on a limb for a military brat from New Brunswick, to take a chance—or extend a second chance—to a fellow whose circumstance would not necessarily have warranted such faith. Fortunately for Peter Atkinson, those opportunities got extended—and he didn’t disappoint.

He talks about them fondly now, one in each of the phases of a lifetime of serving his country, from the cadet corps on a Canadian base in Germany as a teen, as an officer cadet at Royal Military College, through a distinguished career as an armoured officer in the Canadian Forces, and now as a civilian in charge of the Personal Support Programs at bases across the country.

Atkinson tells a story about each episode with a touch of humour that suggests he knows his good fortune, and a note of gratitude to those who were there at those critical moments and saw something in him that instilled the belief they were doing the right thing.

Take, for instance, the fellow in charge of the CFE Pipes and Drums at Lahr, Germany, where Atkinson’s father was posted and a teenage Peter wound up with a job he was not  expecting.

“My girlfriend was a highland dancer,” said Atkinson, recalling how he would often tag along to rehearsals. “In 1974 their drum major got posted home. The pipe major turned to me and said, 'If you’re going to hang around the pipe band, we’re going to give you a job.'”

That’s how Atkinson became a drum major, a position he held with several ceremonial units for the next 40 years.

He’d been a drum major for three years when he arrived at RMC and when he got there, the pipe major, Donnie Kerrigan, knew all about him. “I’m not sure how a first-year got handed the mace on his first day in the door—much to the chagrin of a few of my fourth-year buddies,” Atkinson said, “but I became the drum major on Day One and did it for four years. It was a lot of fun.”

So new to the college was Atkinson that he was oblivious to some of the unwritten cadet codes, which generally require first-years to be seen and not heard while in the presence of upper classmen, and in a well-defined militaristic hierarchy, discourages them from trying to boss seniors around.

“I had a really good teacher in Jack Millen about being a drum major,” Atkinson said over the phone from his office in Ottawa. “What I wasn’t all that attuned to in the first month at RMC was the hurt feelings of fourth-years when you jack them up on the parade square because they weren’t doing the right thing, (but) they gave me the mace and when you’re the drum major, you’re in charge. I didn’t pull any punches about which piper couldn’t stay in step, or play music and walk at the same time or whatever it was, so I bruised a few egos.

“They probably all got back at me in their own way, once they got me off the parade square, but that was all part of the fun about being a first-year cadet at RMC.”

What wasn’t quite so much fun was facing an academic review panel at the end of his first semester. In addition to being the drum major of the RMC band, he was a starting guard on the Redmen football team. “I had a major in football and a minor in history,” is how Atkinson describes his academic career at the college, but no one in the room was amused that winter day.

“I’d had a successful football season,” he said. “I had a great time with the pipe band, (but) my academics were a little bit weak. I don’t remember exactly, but I think I had a 32 in physics and a 24 in chemistry and if the pipe major and the football coach hadn’t gone to bat for me at the little review board they had at Christmastime, I might not have been there in January, but they said, hey, ‘He’s got a lot of potential; we know he’ll pull his socks up,’ and they turned to me and said the same thing: ‘And you WILL pull your socks up.’

“I was struggling, and it’s funny because I was really good with physics and chemistry in high school but trying to mix everything else in with being a first-year cadet, there were a few labs that I might have slept through. You’d get in there and you’d be bone tired. You put your head down inside your brief case and someone would wake you up at the end of the class.”

Getting regular sleep in the second term and buckling down enabled Atkinson to raise his average into the 70s, and his aspiring military career was saved. “I was never in academic trouble again,” he said. “I switched from engineering to military history, and it was a good thing because it actually taught me to write, and that was a skill that stood me in good stead over the years.

“I found that the ability to write and think with your pen was very helpful to me.”

Later in a career that took him around the world—and allowed him to be such things as mayor of Cornwallis, N.S., drum major of a pipe band in Cyprus, and an instructor at the U.S. War College in Carlisle, Pa.—in 1998 Atkinson was appointed commanding officer of the Royal Canadian Dragoons, stationed in Petawawa, Ont. It was the unit with which he began his career fresh out of RMC. “I absolutely loved being a dragoon.”

Eventually the Dragoons had deployed two squadrons to the Balkans and another to Kosova and in 2000, while visiting those troops in Kosovo, Atkinson had what he now calls “a fairly traumatic incident,” when he had an accidental discharge from the coaxial machine gun on a tank.

“I buried three or four rounds into the back of the turret (of the tank ahead of me).”

No one was hurt but as the CO, Atkinson was the subject of a court-martial. “It didn’t matter what had happened in the turret, you’re responsible and I was the guy who made the mistake,” he said. “I was very lucky no one was hurt.” Atkinson received a $5,000 fine.

“The interesting part,” Atkinson said, “is when the judge was going through his judgment and explaining how he came up with the sentence, he said when he went back through all the cases, the only one that was similar, I had been the presiding officer at the summary trial of a crew commander who was preparing to go to Kosovo.”

He’d had an accidental discharge of a Coyote on the range, and Atkinson had given him a $1,500 fine. “Since he was a master corporal, the judge multiplied the fine by three and rounded up.

“Turned out,” Atkinson said, “I was the author of my own sentence.”

The incident led to a change in Canadian Forces policy. Since then, officers visiting troops are no longer allowed to be put in a position where they could accidentally discharge a weapon in a major combat system.

“It was all about accepting responsibility and leadership, taking responsibility for your actions,” Atkinson said.

For a lesser officer, it might have been a career killer, but Atkinson’s record was such that his superiors saw it in a more understanding light. After his “setback” with the court martial, the commander of the army called Atkinson the next day.

“He said, ‘Listen I was really glad that you stepped up and took responsibility for your actions,’” Atkinson recalled. “He said, ‘We still have a lot of faith in you; we’re going to promote you and send you to Kingston as the base commander.’”

Atkinson came home with one other important memory from the trip to Kosovo.

“My soldiers over there—guess what they were doing?” he said, proudly. “ They were playing soccer with the Kosovars.”

To appreciate the significance of this you need to understand the high regard with which Atkinson holds the role of sport in the grand scheme. A varsity football player at RMC, a soccer player of note for most of his life and a soccer referee for more than 20 years—he worked games in the Kingston senior men’s league when he was the base commander at CFB Kingston—Atkinson was well aware of the elements of fitness and camaraderie sport provides. It wasn’t until he was serving as a peacekeeper in Cyprus, however, that deeper benefits started to become apparent to him, as his troops played soccer on both sides of the green line that separated the Greek and Turkish communities.

“Sport has always been a great way to crack open the door on soldiers,” he said. “Whether they’re your soldiers, the soldiers of another country or a conflict zone that you’re in, sport is a great vehicle for doing that. That was my first operational tour and that really opened my eyes to that door and the capability of it.”

Later, while posted to the former Yugoslavia, Atkinson and his soldiers played soccer with Bosnians, Croatians and Serbs. “Football is a common language,” he said.

“Because a good number of the soccer fields had mines on them, we played soccer indoors, on concrete, where we knew there were no mines. It was a great door opener for relationships with other soldiers in a conflict zone.”

Even in intramural athletics, sport gives insight into the soldiers you command, Atkinson said. “That’s where you get to see the leadership side of people in another venue. It’s a great venue for stress relief, a great venue for promoting esprit de corps and teamwork.

“It always opens doors. When you meet somebody on a sports field, when you come to talk afterwards, the ice is already broken. I found that every tour I was on, any time you can deal with people on another level than the end of the gun, you find common ground. Sometimes the games might get a little bit rough, but soldiers being soldiers, they would find the silver lining in what sports really meant. I feel to this day how important sport is to us.”

Coming as he does from a military family—Atkinson’s grandfather served in both the Second World War and the Korean War, in the first with an uncle, and the latter with his father—a military career was perhaps pre-ordained. His father was stationed at Lahr, Germany during Atkinson’s high school years, during which time Atkinson was in the Dragoons’ cadets program.

There was no North American-style football at Lahr, though one day a couple of teachers, who had played some college ball, gathered the boys together for a few scrimmages. “These two profs said, ‘Hey, you’ve got a natural talent for the game, so when you get to college, get yourself onto the practice field and someone’s going to give you a shot.’”

The words stuck with Atkinson, who was already inclined to go to RMC, and he recalls vividly his admissions interview to this day.

“It’s funny the things you do remember,” he said. “When they said, ‘What’s your second choice?’ I said, ‘No, I want to go to the military college, I want to be an armoured officer and I want to play football.’

“They said, ‘Well, you need to give us a second choice.’  I said, ‘No, I want to go to RMC, I want to be an armoured officer and I’m interested in playing for football for them.’ They said OK.

“When I shredded that old personnel file after I retired, I went back and some of those exact words were on this form, which was kind of funny.”

Having arrived with no position to speak of, Atkinson was working as a fullback in his first football training camp, but at an exhibition game at Carleton in the fall of 1977, the starting right guard broke his ankle.

“You know what they say about fullbacks—he’s just a guard with his brains shot out,” Atkinson said. “So when he went down, I got put in as the guard. I knew all the plays, because I knew where the guard was supposed to go, because he was leading the fullback.

“That’s where I stayed for the next four years.” Atkinson was a team captain in his senior year, and he was a member of the Redmen team that won the national small college championship in 1979, the last title an RMC team has ever won.

There were some interesting times in a distinguished career:

• On being the mayor of Cornwallis: “It was an appointment. I think the base commander looked around and saw this one army guy who didn’t have a good excuse for why he shouldn’t be the mayor, so he made me the mayor.” As such, he represented the Town of Cornwallis at the Annapolis Valley Chamber of Commerce and, in his time there, helped to establish a daycare.

• On forming a pipe band on Cyprus: “There were four or five pipers in the unit, me as the drum major, our chief clerk was a base drummer and we had a couple of drummers. We did Canada Day and a bunch of ceremonial stuff. That was fun.” Atkinson remains unsure of what the Cypriots made of it. “I think they ran scared,” he said, “(wondering) what the heck was that sound?”

• On being posted to the Army headquarters in St-Hubert, Que., in July of 1990: “Didn’t I land, and three days after I was there the Oka crisis happened. My poor wife and my son, I bought our first house and dropped them off in downtown St-Bruno and checked into the ops centre. I was there for the next three and a half months.”

• On suspending himself in a broomball league in Petawawa: “I played and was also president of the league. I got in trouble with the referee in the middle of the ice and I just walked right to the penalty box, saying to myself, ‘That was really dumb. This carries a suspension.’ Because I was the discipline guy, I had to suspend myself for two games.”

After his time as base commander in Kingston, Atkinson went back to the Balkans, where he was the task force commander in 2003. On his return he attended the U.S. Army War College in Pennsylvania, and then was asked to stay and teach international security and national policy there. “What an awesome experience to be able to do that,” he said.

At that point, Gen. Rick Hillier, then the Chief of Defence Staff, asked Atkinson to be his executive officer and after about 18 months promoted him to general and a posting to the joint staff. What followed a year later Atkinson calls “what I consider to be the pinnacle of my career”—a posting to be deputy commanding general of 3 U.S. Armored Corps at Fort Hood, Tex.

“All of the things that I had done in my military career came together in a job where I was responsible to train and prepare 12 brigades for combat,” he said. “What a great experience to go down there and represent Canada and be part of that great formation for three years.”

It was a bittersweet experience, however, as it was at the time he was to come back to Canada that Atkinson’s wife, Charlene, was diagnosed with ALS. It was late 2011 and Atkinson retired early to take care of her. “Ten months later, she was gone, ” he said. “I lost my girl.”

“She was from New Brunswick. We’d been childhood sweethearts but we kind of grew apart when I went to high school in Lahr. I found her again in my fourth year at RMC at Christmastime when I went home. We started going out and we got married in 1982, on Grey Cup weekend.”

Atkinson recalls it as a difficult time, but some time later he ran into a woman who had been part of his and Charlene’s life. “She was a great friend of ours in Petawawa, was separated and raised two daughters on her own. She’d moved back to our hometown in New Brunswick, and was best friends with my sister.”

Atkinson and Diana are now married. “Life begins again,” he said. “I’ve got a great gal who’s with me for—I’ll call it the second half of my career.

"I consider myself doubly blessed. I went back to that same small town in New Brunswick to find a girl twice and came away lucky.”

Yet another second opportunity that paid off. “There’s always a glass half full,” he said.

When he retired, “like a lot of military guys,” Atkinson established a consulting company, did some distance teaching with the War College and “a bunch of other unpaid stuff.” He wasn’t looking for anything beyond that when he got a call from the Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services and was asked if he’d be interested in running the Forces’ Personal Support Program—responsible for such things as sports, recreation, fitness, messes and clubs—nation-wide.

“I thought about that for about 10 seconds, and I said, ‘The answer’s yes.’” He applied, got the job and is now the senior vice-president of PSP, based in Ottawa.

“I continue to have an awful lot of fun,” he said. “My time in uniform, I played a lot of sports, I was a tanker, I crashed in a helicopter once, so I did beat my body up a bit over the years.” The resultant wear and tear on his knees has forced him recently to abandon two passions: recreational hockey and the pipe band.

“Two tough decisions, he said, “but I did it with a view to the future, because I want to play golf; I want to walk on the beach with my wife; I love hunting and fishing—and I need these two legs to do that.”

Atkinson remembers well arriving in Kingston for the first time.

“When I got to go to RMC, that was the first step in something I felt I really wanted to do,” he said, and when former classmates gather, the same subject always arises first.

“We talk about the guys,” Atkinson said. “There’s a little cabal of football players and they’re the guys I still talk to regularly: Gerry Moodie, Mark McQuillan, Luiz Araujo, Ken Chadder—that football crowd; we’ve all stayed in touch. The camaraderie that was created through sports while we were there is a huge thing.

“These are friends for life. The friends you met (at RMC), in some cases they’re closer than family. That bond you establish in the time we spent there, and in the case of a bunch of us we spent four years there and then 30 plus years in uniform—that notion of brothers in arms? There’s a lot to that. It’s not a cliché at all.”

The Atkinson family’s military tradition continues, though when Peter joined the armoured corps he ended the line of infantry men. His son, Mitchell, a 2006 graduate of RMC—he played junior B hockey in Gananoque while he was at the college—has followed his father into the Dragoons and served one tour in Afghanistan. He’s now posted to Kuwait.

“The family tradition of serving our country continues,” Atkinson said. “When I go up to Petawawa to regimental dinners, and you lean over and look down the table and see the younger version of you, it’s pretty hard not to be proud.”

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Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers advanced to the quarter-final round before being eliminated Friday afternoon from the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations girls AAA basketball tournament in Windsor. After a 56-32 win over Toronto Henry Carr Friday morning, the No. 4-seeded Panthers... [Read More]
Regi volleyball boys, basketball girls both unbeaten at OFSAA  November 20th, 2014
Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers emerged undefeated from the first day of the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations boys AAA volleyball tournament in Kingston. The Panthers, the third-seeded team at the three-day, 20-team event, defeated Francis Libermann of Scarborough 2-0 (25-14,... [Read More]
Ten area teams bound for OFSAA competition; Holy Cross hosting boys AAA volleyball  November 19th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers are the third-seeded team for the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations boys AAA volleyball championship tournament, a 20-team affair that starts Thursday in Kingston. Regi, 10-0 during the regular year and unbeaten en route to the... [Read More]
Sydenham advances to National Capital Bowl final  November 14th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY One coach made no bones about it. "I feel really lucky to be here," Sydenham Golden Eagles coach Mike Love said Friday, after his team defeated the Almonte Thunderbolds 19-14 to claim the Eastern Ontario Secondary Schools Athletic Association senior AA football championship. "I... [Read More]
Sydenham 19 Almonte 14  November 14th, 2014
First Quarter Alm-TD, Kealey 1 run (White-Brown convert) 9:00 Syd-TD, O'Brien recovers fumble in end zone (Bashall convert) 12:00 Second Quarter Syd-FG, Bashall 23 11:42 Third Quarter Syd-FG, Bashall 28 3:25 Alm-TD, Kealey 25 run (White-Brown convert) 10:18 Fourth Quarter Syd-TD, Latimer 5... [Read More]
Scratch Gaels' poor season and you'll find lots of bon chiffres to celebrate  November 12th, 2014
There's not a lot to suggest that Arthur Balfour knew anything about football. A Scottish aristocrat and Britain's prime minister at the turn of the 20th century, Balfour was apparently something of a tennis player. He's also one of the earliest to be quoted as suggesting there are three kinds... [Read More]
Sydenham to face Almonte in EOSSAA football final Friday  November 11th, 2014
Two undefeated football teams will meet Friday for the Eastern Ontario Secondary Schools Athletic Association senior AA football title at Caraco Field. Sydenham Golden Eagles, the Kingston Area champions, will host the Almonte Thunderbolts, champions of the Lanark-Renfrew league, in a 1 o'clock... [Read More]
Mike Moore, Jason Shamatutu named to OUA all-rookie football team  November 11th, 2014
Though the Queen's Golden Gaels likely started as many freshmen throughout the Ontario University Athletics football season as any team in the league, just two of them found spots on the conference's all-rookie team, announced Tuesday. The two unquestionably deserved the recognition. Linebacker... [Read More]
Mitch O'Connor OUA special teams football player of the week  November 11th, 2014
Rookie Mitch O'Connor of the McMaster Marauders is the Ontario University Athletics special teams football player of the week. O'Connor, the former Frontenac Secondary School star, blocked a punt at a critical point in the Marauders' 42-31 semifinal victory Saturday over the Ottawa... [Read More]
Regi captures senior girls basketball crown  November 10th, 2014
For half the ball game, the Holy Cross Crusaders had the Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers in their sights. Then came the second half. Regi, the defending Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association champion, scored 39 points in the final two periods to defeat the Crusaders 56-28 in the... [Read More]
Falcons capture fourth straight senior football title  November 9th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY At the beginning of the year, he was the guy hanging around the Frontenac Falcons bench, doing practically anything he could to contribute, trying to keep his spirits up despite the hardship he'd been dealt. Saturday afternoon, Dustin Brogaard made the biggest contribution of... [Read More]
Sydenham advances in EOSSAA football playoffs  November 8th, 2014
Sydenham Golden Eagles built an impressive early lead in their football game Friday afternoon, and it turned out that they needed every bit of it. On a cold, grey afternoon on the shores of Sydenham Lake, the Golden Eagles emerged from their Eastern Ontario Secondary Schools Athletic Association... [Read More]
Regi eliminated at OFSAA field hockey tournament  November 8th, 2014
The bloom that was on the Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers at the provincial high school field hockey championship quickly faded Friday. After opening the 16-team Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations tournament in Burlington with back-to-back victories Thursday, the seventh-seeded... [Read More]
Regi, Holy Cross to meet for senior girls basketball title  November 6th, 2014
The top two teams during the regular year will meet for the Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association senior girls basketball championship Monday night. The Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers, undefeated in 12 league and post-season contests, and the Holy Crusaders, whose record is... [Read More]
Regi bound for playoff round at OFSAA field hockey  November 6th, 2014
Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers have assured themselves a berth in the quarter-finals at the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations field hockey championship tournament in Burlington. Regi won both of its games in preliminary play Thursday, 4-2 over North Hastings of Bancroft and 1-0... [Read More]
Top seeds all advance in senior girls basketball playoffs  November 4th, 2014
Regiopolis Notre Dame's senior girls basketball juggernaut continues to roll, as the Panthers began Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association playoffs with a 48-29 quarter-final win Tuesday over the Kingston Blues. Playing at home, the undefeated Panthers started slowly but took control... [Read More]
Three of six OFSAA cross-country races won by Kingston runners  November 2nd, 2014
Kingston-area athletes won three of the six races Saturday at the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations cross-country championships, contested on the campus of the University of Waterloo. In an unprecedented local performance, another local runner won a bronze medal, Kingston... [Read More]
Ottawa posts quarter-final upset; Western narrowly avoids one  November 2nd, 2014
For three quarters of the football game Saturday, the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks had an upset within their grasp. Unfortunately for the Hawks, a splendid defensive performance couldn't be matched by their offence, and they eventually succumbed 25-10 to the Western Mustangs in an Ontario... [Read More]
Sydenham 47 La Salle 0  November 1st, 2014
First Quarter Syd-TD, Bashall 7 pass from Fisher (Bashall convert) 4:43 Syd-TD, Latimer 1 run (Bashall convert) 11:14 Second Quarter Syd-TD, MacComish 6 pass from Fisher (Bashall convert) 4:03 Syd-Single, Bashall 85 kickoff 4:03 Syd-Single, Bashall 67 punt 7:20 Syd-Bashall 41 pass from... [Read More]
Sydenham overwhelms La Salle in senior AA football final  November 1st, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Reuben Brunet said he didn't have much to say. "Sydenham deserves all the (attention)," said the coach of the La Salle Black Knights. "It's their day." Indeed it was. Sydenham Golden Eagles played nearly error-free football, and capitalized on almost every opportunity... [Read More]
Sydenham, Bayridge win qualification basketball games  October 31st, 2014
Both A division teams prevailed in qualification playoff games Thursday-but they didn't find it easy. The Sydenham Golden Eagles edged the Kingston Blues 24-20 and the Bayridge Blazers shaded the Loyalist Lancers 25-23 in games that determined the final four seedings for Kingston Area Secondary... [Read More]
After dubious start, Frontenac will defend its triple-A football title  October 31st, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Mike Doyle paused for a moment as he pondered the question. "They really matured through that," the Frontenac Falcons football coach said, as he considered what his players may have gained from starting the season 1-3. That was certainly evident Thursday, as the Falcons handily... [Read More]
Panthers prevail over pesky Eagles  October 31st, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY People may have been surprised at the performance of the Ernestown Eagles Thursday afternoon. Ryan Poser wasn't one of them. "We had a pretty close game against Ernestown at the beginning of the year," the Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers coach said after his team defeated the... [Read More]
Fulfilling diplomatic career followed Bob Mason's fine athletic days at RMC  October 29th, 2014
One of a series of stories of conversations with ex-cadets from Royal Military College, as they reflect on their time at the college, their sporting endeavours and what they've been up to since graduation. By CLAUDE SCILLEY It seemed a pretty innocuous request at the time. Bob Mason, Royal... [Read More]
Despite scare, Regi completes perfect regular season  October 28th, 2014
La Salle Black Knights did what no team has done this year: They got close to the Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers. Ultimately it didn't much matter-the Panthers prevailed 42-39 over La Salle on the final day of the Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association senior girls AAA basketball... [Read More]
La Salle denies Bayridge comback; qualifies for AA football final  October 28th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY It's probably not surprising that the top two teams in the league during the regular year will meet for the Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association senior AA football championship Saturday at Richardson Stadium. In a game of two halves Tuesday, the La Salle Black... [Read More]
Both Queen's soccer teams eliminated from the playoffs  October 26th, 2014
Ottawa Gee-Gees got a goal from Julia Francki in the game's 30th minute and the flawless play of goalkeeper Cynthia Leblanc made it stand up for a 1-0 home-field victory Sunday afternoon that eliminated the Queen's Golden Gaels from the Ontario University Athletics women's soccer playoffs. For the... [Read More]
Ottawa, Laurier catch final two football playoff berths  October 26th, 2014
As the fog cleared around a complicated playoff picture Saturday afternoon, it revealed that the Ottawa Gee-Gees and Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks had caught the Ontario University Athletics football playoff boat, while the Carleton Ravens were left looking forlorn on the shore. The Gee-Gees... [Read More]
Gaels 37 Carleton 15  October 26th, 2014
First Quarter Qns-FG, Wamsley 27 4:52 Ctn-FG, Domagala 28 8:06 Qns-Safety, Domagala concedes 13:31 Second Quarter Qns-FG, Wamsley 34 7:29 Qns-TD, Wiggan 20 fumble recovery (Wamsley convert) 8:55 Qns-TD, Carmichael 15 pass from McPhee (Wamsley convert) 14:50 Third Quarter Ctn-Safety,... [Read More]
Gaels defence shows signs of promise in season finale  October 26th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY They may not have balanced the ledger, but the Queen's Golden Gaels defence made enough positive entries in it Saturday as they defeated the Carleton Ravens 37-15 to make the books look promising for next year. The Gaels have struggled mightily this year to defend. They gave up... [Read More]
Gaels end season with victory at Carleton  October 26th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY OTTAWA-Jesse Andrews wasn't about to let this one get away. The Queen's Golden Gaels running back was determined that his graduating teammates would end their intercollegiate careers with a victory Saturday against the Carleton Ravens, so at a point in the game when he suspected... [Read More]
Kingston-area runners win five of six races at EOSSAA cross-country  October 25th, 2014
Athletes from Kingston Area schools won five of six individual events and three of the six team titles at the annual Eastern Ontario Secondary Schools Athletic Association cross-country championships Thursday at the Petawawa Golf Club. Regiopolis Notre Dame had two of those individual champions,... [Read More]
Decision to bar Queen's Bands from Carleton game misguided  October 25th, 2014
It used to drive coach Doug Hargreaves nuts. It seemed like every time the Queen's Golden Gaels went on the road in the old Ontario-Quebec conference, it would be the other team's Homecoming game. Queen's would often play against the other team's biggest, most exuberant crowd of the year. It... [Read More]
Senior football teams prepare for playoffs  October 25th, 2014
Frontenac Falcons gave notice Friday that they may be a team not to ignore as the Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association senior football playoffs begin next week. The defending league champions, who began the year 1-3, pulled to .500 with a 27-17 win over the Regiopolis Notre Dame... [Read More]
Holy Cross falls short in bid to catch Regi  October 24th, 2014
Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers asserted their authority Thursday night, defeating the Holy Cross Crusaders 53-27 in a Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association senior A girls basketball game at Regi. The Crusaders, 7-1 going into the contest, were the only team left with a chance to... [Read More]
Gaels treating season finale 'like a playoff game'  October 23rd, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY They don't sound like a bunch that's playing out the string. "It's the last game of the season. You treat it like a playoff game," Queen's Golden Gaels defensive back Colton Ballou was saying yesterday. "After this, the season's over. You want to bring your best effort." Such... [Read More]
Queen's men, women both advance in soccer playoffs  October 23rd, 2014
Both the men's and women's soccer teams from Queen's advanced in Ontario University Athletics playoffs Wednesday, and they both needed extra time to do so. The Gaels bested the Carleton Ravens in a shootout to post a 1-0 win in the women's East division quarter-final. Queen's got an overtime goal... [Read More]
Playoff scenarios abound as OUA heads into final weekend  October 22nd, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Lots remains to be determined Saturday on the final day of the Ontario University Athletics football schedule. Only two teams are locked into playoff positions-the McMaster Marauders, 7-0 going into their game at Ottawa, will finish first; the Guelph Gryphons, 6-1, will finish... [Read More]
Are there still 10 teams that deserve to be ranked?  October 22nd, 2014
There's nothing new going on at the top of the weekly ranking of Canadian university football teams. The only interesting stuff is what's going on-and what's not going on-in the middle. As long as nobody is able to touch Laval, the rouge et or will continue to be ranked No. 1-as it is this week,... [Read More]
Regi continues winning ways  October 22nd, 2014
Playing without their top player, post forward Anne Wagar, the Frontenac Falcons were easy pickings for the Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers Tuesday afternoon, and the Panthers took advantage to claim a 51-19 win in a Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association senior A girls basketball game... [Read More]
Queen's sweeps RMC on final weekend of soccer season  October 20th, 2014
Queen's Golden Gaels came out of their offensive doldrums Sunday afternoon, scoring six times in a 6-3 win over the Royal Military College Paladins in the final game of their Ontario University Athletics women's soccer schedule at Miklas-McCarney Field. The Gaels, who had scored just once in... [Read More]
Gaels have their way with York  October 18th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY As Billy McPhee walked off the Richardson Stadium field for the final time Saturday-after completing the 462nd pass of the second-most prolific career in Queen's football history-those who remained of a Homecoming crowd of 8,151 rose to give him a standing ovation. A tip of the... [Read More]
Gaels 57 York 10  October 18th, 2014
First Quarter Qns­—TD, Carroll 85 pass from McPhee (Wamsley convert) 1:52 Qns—TD, Andrews 3 run (Wamsley convert) 8:24 Qns—FG, Wamsley 10 11:10 Second Quarter Yrk—TD, Ricottone 17 pass from Bennett (Naylor convert) 2:32 Qns—TD, Andrews 13 run (Wamsley... [Read More]
La Salle scores early to defeat Bayridge  October 17th, 2014
La Salle Black Knights scored the first two times they had the football Friday afternoon and they went on to defeat the Bayridge Blazers 22-1 in the only Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association senior game. Playing at O'Connor Field at Bayridge, the Knights scored three touchdowns in... [Read More]
Homecoming primer: What you need to know about the football game  October 17th, 2014
Theories abound for why the Homecoming football game retains its charm, long after football ceased being the focal point for campus spirit at Queen's University. The fact, however, is undeniable. "I've had more requests for tickets in the last 48 hours than any time in my 15 years here," coach... [Read More]
Regi girls still unbeaten  October 16th, 2014
Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers extended their season-long winning streak to seven games Thurdsay with a 43-23 win over the Sydenham Golden Eagles in a Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association girls senior A basketball game in the old gym at Regi. Bridget Mulholland and Hailey Wolfgram... [Read More]
KC, Regi runners dominate county cross-country championships  October 16th, 2014
Cross-country running races, contests that can take more than half an hour to complete, seldom need timing to the precision of hundredths of a second. One did Thursday. After taking a little more than 25 minutes to complete the 7.1-kilometre course at Lemoine Point, Ben Workman ultimately... [Read More]
David Wallace picking up his new game quickly  October 16th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY He may be relatively new to the game-perhaps even too new to appreciate fully the role he just played in winning one-but David Wallace demonstrated Thursday one of football's niceties in the high school senior match at Daniel Field. With his team in the process of blowing its... [Read More]
Combined KC-QE football team folds  October 16th, 2014
For the first month of the Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association season, it looked like the noble experiment was working fine. This week it fell apart. The combined senior football team from Kingston and Queen Elizabeth collegiates has folded, amid a sudden drop in attendance at... [Read More]
Gaels bow to Gee-Gees, fall into fourth place  October 15th, 2014
Queen's Golden Gaels fell into fourth place in the East division Wednesday night when they bowed 3-0 to the division-leading Ottawa Gee-Gees in an Ontario University Athletics women's soccer game at Miklas-McCarney Field. The loss, coupled with Toronto's 2-0 win over Trent, leaves Queen's one... [Read More]
Laurier out, Windsor in latest Top 10 football poll  October 14th, 2014
After a week when four of the nation's top 10 football teams didn't play, it shouldn't be surprising that not a lot has changed in this week's ranking of the country's top university football teams. As they have each week this year, panelists from the Football Reporters of Canada have Laval at the... [Read More]
Queen's women bow to Toronto; 10th-ranked men upset Ryerson  October 13th, 2014
Toronto Blues got a pair of goals from Nicki Parkes as they defeated the Queen's Golden Gaels 2-1 Sunday in an Ontario University Athletics women's soccer match at Miklas-McCarney Field. The win allowed Toronto to move within a point of Queen's in the battle for third place in the East division... [Read More]
Gaels gain first win of the season  October 11th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Never mind that the opponent was a team that Queen's habitually beats. Never mind the circumstance, that the game had no playoff implications for either side. "It feels good to finally win," Queen's Golden Gaels linebacker Mike Moore said Saturday, after the Gaels defeated the... [Read More]
Gaels 48 Toronto 27  October 11th, 2014
First Quarter Qns-TD, Carmichael 42 pass from McPhee (Wamsley convert) 6:26 Qns-FG, Wamsley 18 7:46 Tor-FG, Hewitson 35 10:09 Tor-TD, Isakov 7 pass from Nassar (Hewitson convert) 14:30 Second Quarter Qns-TD, Carroll 23 pass from McPhee (Wamsley convert) 1:26 Third Quarter Qns-TD, Gleben 3... [Read More]
Regi thumps Holy Cross, takes lead among league's AAA teams  October 11th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY It was no surprise to the Holy Cross Crusaders that the Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers would try to pass their way to success Friday night. "We knew that they had scored (through) the air against KC, so we were aware that they were going to throw the ball," Crusaders coach Tim... [Read More]
With a load off their shoulders, Gaels are ready for Varsity Blues  October 11th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY As the Queen's Golden Gaels began to prepare for their first meaningless football game in 10 years-meaningless in that no matter what they do, they can't make the Ontario University Athletics football playoffs-coach Pat Sheahan stood in front of his players early this week and... [Read More]
Last-minute field goal from emergency kicker gives Bayridge victory  October 10th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Thank goodness Warren Sherwood changed his mind. If he hadn't, the Bayridge Blazers might not have won their football game Friday afternoon. Sherwood's 31-yard field goal with 36.7 seconds left in the game gave Bayridge a dramatic 9-8 victory over the Kingston-Queen Elizabeth... [Read More]
Gaels long for a quick start against the Varsity Blues  October 10th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY There's more, Alex Carroll believes, to scoring early in a football game than just the obvious competitive advantages it provides. "It's a huge thing for the offence, to think, 'OK, we can do this,'" the Queen's Golden Gaels veteran receiver said. "It's about belief in... [Read More]
Strong start, finish lead Regi past Bayridge  October 10th, 2014
Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers scored the first 10 points of the game Thursday and they went on to post their sixth straight win of the Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association senior A girls basketball season, 44-23 over the Bayridge Blazers. Playing at Bayridge, the teams were fairly... [Read More]
Sydenham prevails in battle of undefeated teams  October 10th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY SYDENHAM - It's not the traditional deep kickoff, and neither is it the customary short kick that teams often use to keep possession of the football. The Sydenham Golden Eagles employ a bit of a hybrid, somewhere between the two. "It's kind of a medium kick, I'd say," coach Mike... [Read More]
Ernestown subdues Napanee in a game with touchdowns galore  October 9th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Touchdowns came fast and furious Thursday afternoon. On a cool, windy and sometimes rainy afternoon, two teams that collectively scored 22 points in their first four games of the year scored three touchdowns in four plays, in a matter of less than a minute. Eventually the... [Read More]
For two ex-Gaels, Homecoming comes early this year  October 8th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Homecoming comes early this year for a couple of former Queen's Golden Gaels football players. While the banners, tams and paddy wagons won't officially come out for another week, Aaron Gazendam and Boris Isakov will be revisiting Richardson Stadium Saturday, playing against... [Read More]
Regi remains undefeated in senior girls basketball play  October 8th, 2014
Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers used a withering defence Tuesday to defeat the La Salle Black Knights 43-14 in a Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association senior A girls basketball game at Regi. The Panthers held La Salle to less than half the 33 points it had averaged in its first four... [Read More]
Western falls one spot in football Top 10  October 7th, 2014
Members of the national university football ranking panel are still in love with the Laval rouge et or, which tops the weekly Canadian Interuniversity Sport Top 10 list for the sixth week in a row. Laval gained its national intercollegiarte record 23rd victory in a row Sunday, 32-16 over No.... [Read More]
Former Frontenac Warren Steele joins Queen's hockey team  October 6th, 2014
Turns out Warren Steele will be plying his hockey fortunes in Kingston after all. Steele, released last month by the Kingston Frontenacs, has joined the Queen's Golden Gaels for the coming Ontario University Athletics season. "I am thrilled that everything has worked out," Gaels coach Brett... [Read More]
Women's soccer team solidifies spot in third; Queen's men move into second place  October 6th, 2014
Queen's Golden Gaels made strides toward finishing third-and hosting a first-round playoff game-with a pair of Ontario University Athletics women's soccer victories on the weekend in northern Ontario. Sunday in North Bay, Jessie de Boer stretched her consecutive-game scoring streak to five games... [Read More]
McMaster hands Western first defeat; Queen's officially eliminated from playoff picture  October 4th, 2014
As the door opened for the contending football teams in Ontario University Athletics Saturday, it closed for good on the Queen's Golden Gaels. In a match of undefeated teams in London, Marshall Ferguson threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Max Cameron in the final minute of the game to give the... [Read More]
La Salle remains undefeated after error-filled, but dramatic, win over Frontenac  October 3rd, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Despite a series of blunders that would, on most days, make coaches weep, no one produced a handkerchief Friday night on the sidelines at La Salle Secondary School. Ultimately, there was no need. That's because, despite error after error, taking turns giving each other one... [Read More]
Regi defeats Holy Cross in battle of unbeaten basketball teams  October 3rd, 2014
Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers reign today as the only undefeated senior girls basketball team in the Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association, after they defeated the Holy Cross Crusaders 48-37 Thursday afternoon at Holy Cross. The win was the fourth this year without defeat for Regi,... [Read More]
Regi, Holy Cross rebound from defeats for senior football victories  October 2nd, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY It was a pivotal play by a pivotal player. Early in a ball game that was still close, Connor Tobin, the do-anything member of the Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers, took the football near midfield. It was an unassuming off-tackle run to his left, but as would-be tacklers started... [Read More]
Queen's men end four-game winless skid  October 1st, 2014
A goal by Jessie de Boer in the game's 71st minute gave the Queen's Golden Gaels a 1-1 tie with the Carleton Ravens in an Ontario University Athletics women's soccer game Wednesday night in Ottawa. De Boer finished a give-and-go with Tara Bartram with a shot to the top right corner behind Carleton... [Read More]
Bayridge senior girls post first win of the season  October 1st, 2014
Kelsey Boyles hit two free throws in overtime Wednesday and they put the Bayridge Blazers ahead to stay as they defeated the visiting Frontenac Falcons 27-26 in the day's only Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association girls senior A basketball game. The win was the first in four games... [Read More]
In a week of turmoil, football rankings remain unchanged  September 30th, 2014
Amid a week of turmoil off the field, nothing has changed with the Canadian Interuniversity Sport ranking of the country's intercollegiate football teams. In the poll of Football Reporters of Canada, Laval once again appeared at the top of all 30 ballots after they defeated McGill 70-3. It was... [Read More]
Unbeaten Holy Cross hands La Salle its first loss  September 30th, 2014
Holy Cross Crusaders dispatched the La Salle Black Knights from the ranks of the unbeaten Tuesday, as they posted a 33-24 victory in a Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association senior A girls basketball game at La Salle. It was the Crusaders' third victory without defeat this year, as... [Read More]
Queen's women fail to gain ground on league leaders  September 28th, 2014
Jessie de Boer scored two goals in the first 10 minutes of the game to lead the Queen's Golden Gaels to a 4-0 win over the Trent Excalibur in an Ontario University Athletics women's soccer game Sunday afternoon at Miklas-McCarney Field. Her first goal came on a hard shot to the top left corner,... [Read More]
Panda hangover afflicts Carleton as Ravens bow 53-3 to Laurier  September 28th, 2014
Apparently the hangover of winning the Panda Game in dramatic fashion a week ago still lingered with the Carleton Ravens Saturday, as they were whipped 53-3 by the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks in an Ontario University Athletics football game in Waterloo. A week after a last-play touchdown gave... [Read More]
Gaels rebound well in loss to McMaster  September 28th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY HAMILTON-You'd think that shaving 57 points off the margin of defeat, and doing so against the No. 4-ranked team in the nation, would leave the Queen's Golden Gaels feeling a little better about themselves. Not necessarily. "It was close," quarterback Billy McPhee said, after... [Read More]
McMaster 28 Gaels 19  September 28th, 2014
First Quarter McM-TD, Vandervoort 23 pass from Ferguson (Crapigna convert) 10:38 Second Quarter Qns-Safety, Crapigna concedes 4:14 McM-Safety, Wamsley concedes 9:30 McM-FG, Crapigna 41 12:26 Qns-FG, Wamsley 20 15:00 Third Quarter Qns-TD, Carroll 17 pass from McPhee (Wamsley convert)... [Read More]
Next year starts tomorrow for the Golden Gaels  September 26th, 2014
The season began with some apprehension. Almost all of the players who had achieved all-star status the previous year were gone. The one star player who came back ultimately "did neither him nor the team much good." If that sounds familiar to followers of the Queen's Golden Gaels, perhaps it's... [Read More]
Cadet, player, coach and professor: Paul Amyotte did it all at RMC  September 26th, 2014
One of a series of stories of conversations with ex-cadets from Royal Military College, as they reflect on their time at the college, their sporting endeavours and what they've been up to since graduation. By CLAUDE SCILLEY It was more by chance than by design that Paul Amyotte found himself at... [Read More]
Crusaders move into first-place tie in senior A girls basketball  September 26th, 2014
Jennika Lapierre scored 17 points Thursday afternoon to lead the Holy Cross Crusaders to a 45-30 win over the Frontenac Falcons in the only Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association girls senior A basketball game of the day. Playing at Holy Cross, Mary Besselink added eight points to... [Read More]
Frontenac regains winning touch; Sydenham improves to 2-0 with win over Holy Cross  September 25th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY His team is still young, Mike Doyle says. "We're still making mistakes out there." The Frontenac Falcons, however, are back to their winning ways. Capitalizing on some big plays Thursday afternoon, the Falcons defeated the Ernestown Eagles 28-1 in Kingston Area Secondary... [Read More]
Bayridge gains first victory of the season  September 24th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY If you thought there wasn't much going on, and you left the game early Wednesday afternoon, that would have been too bad. That's because you'd have gone home without seeing some of the best football either team had to offer. First, the Bayridge Blazers drove from their own... [Read More]
La Salle withstands late-game Frontenac surge  September 24th, 2014
A late-game rally fell short for the Frontenac Falcons Tuesday afternoon, as they bowed 44-41 to the La Salle Black Knights in a Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association senior girls basketball game at La Salle. Frontenac led 10-8 after the first quarter but the Falcons were overtaken... [Read More]
Record-tying win keeps Laval at No. 1  September 23rd, 2014
A simple victory would have been enough for the Laval rouge et or to maintain its place atop the weekly ranking of Canadian university football teams, but the two-time defending national champion put an exclamation point on it. For the fourth week in a row Laval lives at No. 1, leaving no doubt as... [Read More]
Jackie Tessier the new all-time women's soccer scoring leader at Queen's  September 22nd, 2014
Jackie Tessier scored two goals Sunday afternoon, becoming the school's all-time scoring leader, as she led the Queen's Golden Gaels to a 4-0 Ontario University Athletics women's soccer win over the Toronto Blues. The Gaels scored all four of their goals in the first half, as they snapped a... [Read More]
Dramatic last-minute score gives Carleton victory in Panda Game  September 21st, 2014
A stirring finish has put Pedro the Panda back at Carleton University for the first time since 1994. In perhaps the most dramatic finish in the history of the annual cross-town match between the Ravens and the Ottawa Gee-Gees, Carleton scored on the final play of the game Saturday for a 33-31... [Read More]
Gaels suffer all-time worst defeat at Guelph; fall to 0-4  September 20th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY GUELPH - It's hard to believe that on a campus where they still house dairy cattle, there was something here Saturday that smelled worse than the back of the barn. It was the Queen's Golden Gaels, playing a game that was, by at least one parameter, the biggest stinker in school... [Read More]
Guelph 66 Gaels 0  September 20th, 2014
First Quarter Gph-FG, D. Ferraro 40 4:28 Gph-TD, Lindsey 11 run (D. Ferraro convert) 10:36 Gph-TD, Lindsey, 1 run (D. Ferraro convert) 15:00 Second Quarter Gph-Spagnuolo 27 pass from Lindsey (D. Ferraro convert) 6:50 Gph-Single, D.Ferraro misses 29 FG 10:32 Gph-TD Farquharson 6 run (D.... [Read More]
Regi, Holy Cross win senior football openers  September 19th, 2014
It was one of those games, Ryan Poser said, that coaches endure on the first week of a football season. "It was sloppy," the Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers coach said after his team escaped with a 9-7 win over the Ernestown Eagles in the opening game of the Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic... [Read More]
La Salle, Regi open basketball season with victories  September 19th, 2014
Last year's two county finalists, the La Salle Black Knights and Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers, each opened their Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association senior girls basketball season with a victory Thursday. Regi, the defending KASSAA champion, began the season with a 47-21 win at... [Read More]
Sydenham stuns defending champion Falcons in senior football opener  September 18th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Sometimes, it helps just not to know any better. "It's funny, because as a coaching staff we were just figuring that was about our third win ever with our little group," Sydenham Golden Eagles coach Mike Love said Thursday night, as he and his colleagues reviewed the video of... [Read More]
Gaels already facing a playoff-sensitive football game  September 18th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY It's not that Pat Sheahan necessarily has anything against mathematicians. He just doesn't want them involved when the time comes to determine his football team's fate at the end of the year. "I don't think we're out if we lose this weekend, but I would say if there are any... [Read More]
Brent Johnson 'flattered' and 'floored' to be having his number retired  September 17th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Brent Johnson expresses all the sentiments you'd expect of an athlete who so defined his craft that his old team has decided that, henceforth, no one will be worthy of wearing his uniform number. "Flattered," he says. "Excited and happy and floored. "It gives really nice... [Read More]
After rising to the top of her athletic craft, Sharon Donnelly strives for success in the business world  September 17th, 2014
One of a series of stories of conversations with ex-cadets from Royal Military College, as they reflect on their time at the college, their sporting endeavours and what they've been up to since graduation. By CLAUDE SCILLEY The stars didn't always align for Sharon Donnelly. At the recruiting... [Read More]
Record-breaking win keeps Laval at No. 1  September 16th, 2014
Its school-record 20th victory in a row has kept Laval in its familiar place atop the weekly ranking of Canadian university football teams, released Tuesday. The rouge et or haven't picked on any soft touches, as both of its victories have come against Top 10 teams: Montreal in the first week of... [Read More]
Kingston sailor 14th at world championship  September 16th, 2014
Surviving a bit of misadventure, Kingston's Danielle Boyd and skipper Erin Rafuse of Halifax stand 14th after three races in women's 49erFX division of the International Sailing Federation world championships in Santander, Spain. As they write on their website (www.teamrafuseboyd.com), the women... [Read More]
Queen's soccer men remain undefeated; women's team suddenly struggles  September 14th, 2014
Finding themselves suddenly bereft of their ability to score goals, the Queen's Golden Gaels emerged from the weekend with just a tie to show for a pair of Ontario University Athletics women's soccer games. Playing Sunday on Miklas-McCarney Field, the Gaels were blanked for the second game in a... [Read More]
Decisive wins define league's great divide  September 14th, 2014
With each passing week, the societal lines are becoming more distinct between the haves and the have-nots in Ontario University Athletics football. On a day when four of the five games were decided by a margin of 31 points or more, only the Carleton Ravens were able to muster a credible... [Read More]
Western 43 Gaels 12  September 14th, 2014
First Quarter Qns-FG, Wamsley 10 6:06 Wes-Safety, Wamsley concedes 14:29 Second Quarter Wes-Safety, Wamsley concedes 5:37 Wes-TD, G.Sanvido, 11 pass from Finch (Medeiros convert) 7:07 Wes-Single, Medeiros 74 kickoff 7:07 Wes-TD, G. Sanvido 1 run (Medeiros convert) 13:22 Third... [Read More]
Gaels fail to take advantage of opportunities in 43-12 loss to Western  September 13th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY From the misfortune of the Queen's Golden Gaels Saturday afternoon, the Western Mustangs extracted good fortune for themselves. From the misfortune of the Mustangs, the Gaels managed to extract nothing but more misery. With a performance that was as dreary as the weather,... [Read More]
Gaels hoping youth will serve them well against powerful Western  September 12th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Folks have lamented for weeks about the tremendous turnover in personnel suffered this year by the Queen's Golden Gaels. To be sure, among the 25 departed from the varsity roster, there were some truly fine players. What people may not remember is that, as good as those guys may... [Read More]
Brendan Morgan identified as academically ineligible player at Queen's  September 11th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY The football player declared to be academically ineligible by Queen's University Wednesday is described by his coach as "a model citizen, ever since his arrival at Queen's." Brendan Morgan is a pleasure to work with and a fine young man, Pat Sheahan said. "He just happens to... [Read More]
Championship teams create special bonds, one member fondly recalls  September 11th, 2014
One of a series of stories of conversations with ex-cadets from Royal Military College, as they reflect on their time at the college, their sporting endeavours and what they've been up to since graduation. By CLAUDE SCILLEY Few things can rival the bond that arises from the shared experiences of... [Read More]
University won't be revealing name of football player who was declared ineligible  September 10th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Queen's University won't be disclosing the name of the football player who was found to be academically ineligible to play this year, athletics director Leslie Dal Cin confirmed Wednesday night. "We are not," she said. Even though, it was suggested, the name will become... [Read More]
Football Gaels forfeit victory for using an ineligible player  September 10th, 2014
Queen's Golden Gaels have forfeited their Ontario University Athletics season-opening football victory at Windsor after the university discovered a player who participated in that game was academically ineligible to do so. The violation was verified Wednesday. The university has not identified the... [Read More]
Queen's soccer women, men remain unbeaten  September 7th, 2014
Queen's Golden Gaels improved their record to 3-0 Sunday afternoon, as they gained a 2-0 victory over the Nipissing Lakers in an Ontario University Athletics women's soccer game at Tindall Field. Playing their second game in two days, the Gaels got flawless goalkeeping from Madison Tyrell, who... [Read More]
Late touchdown allows Windsor to subdue Laurier  September 7th, 2014
A touchdown with 30 seconds left in the football game gave the Windsor Lancers a 39-34 win over the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks in an Ontario University Athletics match Saturday in Windsor. The score, on a 58-yard pass from quarterback Austin Kennedy to Evan Pszczonak, completed a dramatic... [Read More]
Gaels succumb to fourth-quarter rally  September 6th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY It happened once, and the Queen's Golden Gaels responded magnificently. It happened again, and the Gaels had no answer at all. A 14-point first-quarter blitz by the Ottawa Gee-Gees was overcome with 30 points in the middle two quarters of the Gaels' Ontario University Athletics... [Read More]
Ottawa 37 Gaels 30  September 6th, 2014
First Quarter Ott-TD, Campbell 37 pass from Wendel (Ward convert) 5:52 Ott-TD, Tommy 11 run (Ward convert) 12:50 Second Quarter Qns-TD, Carmichael 25 pass from McPhee (Wamsley convert) 1:43 Qns-FG, Wamsley 29 7:03 Qns-TD, Pataki 11 pass from McPhee (Wamsley convert) 9:21 Ott-Safety, McPhee... [Read More]
League gets early introduction to Gaels rookie Jason Shamatutu  September 5th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Indeed, Jason Shamatutu confessed, he's had his welcome-to-university-football moment. "Yeah," he said sheepishly. "I did." It came early in the third quarter of last Monday's football game at Windsor, when the Lancers' fifth-year all-star receiver, Evan Pszczonak beat him for... [Read More]
Jesse Andrews may miss Saturday's game  September 4th, 2014
Queen's Golden Gaels running back Jesse Andrews may not be in the team's lineup Saturday when they host the Ottawa Gee-Gees for an Ontario University Athletics football game at Richardson Stadium. Andrews, who rushed for more than 100 yards in each of his first two intercollegiate starts in 2012... [Read More]
It ain't Western, but the Queen's rivalry with Ottawa has had its moments  September 4th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY While the old guard of the Queen's football faithful love to wax nostalgic about the old rivalries with Toronto and McGill, and those who currently reside in Gaels Nation love to hate Western, for generations in between the arch nemesis was none of the above. This bunch loved to... [Read More]
Gaels begin football poll at No. 9  September 3rd, 2014
The panelists went way out on a limb to select the top team in the first Canadian Interuniversity Sport football ranking of 2014. The group of University Football Reporters of Canada collectively chose the defending Vanier Cup champion Laval rouge et or, who have won five of the last six national... [Read More]
Ravens get first victory of their second incarnation  September 1st, 2014
Carleton Ravens version 2.0 got its first win since returning to Ontario University Athletics Monday, defeating the Waterloo Warriors 33-14 in Waterloo. The Ravens, winless in their maiden season last year after a 15-year hiatus, scored the only 10 points of the first quarter and led 12-11 at... [Read More]
Gaels open season with come-from-behind win at Windsor  September 1st, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY WINDSOR-Queen's Golden Gaels didn't score a point in the third quarter Monday afternoon. They lost ground on three of their five running plays and they had just three first downs, never more than one in a series. And yet, that's precisely when they won the football game. Some... [Read More]
Gaels 39 Windsor 30  September 1st, 2014
First Quarter Qns-FG, Wamsley 24 6:09 Qns-Andrews 2 run (Wamsley convert) 9:14 Qns-Safety, Malandruccolo concedes 10:44 Qns-FG, Wamsley 37 13:42 Second Quarter Wsr-TD, Pszczonak 90 pass from Kennedy (Malandruccolo convert) 3:27 Wsr-TD, Whitfield 11 pass from Kennedy (Malandruccolo convert)... [Read More]
Gaels win both soccer season openers  August 31st, 2014
Looking like she'd never been away, Jackie Tessier scored three goals in the first half to lead the Queen's Golden Gaels to a 6-0 win over the Royal Military College Paladins Sunday night in the opening game of the Ontario University Athletics women's soccer season for both teams. Tessier, a... [Read More]
Kingston man scores in losing effort at President's Cup  August 31st, 2014
Tim Bergin scored a goal Sunday but it wasn't enough to help the Kahnawake Mohawks to the bronze medal at the President's Cup lacrosse tournament. The Mohawks spotted the St. Albert Miners a three-goal first-period lead and they could never quite catch up as the Rocky Mountain league champions... [Read More]
Tim Bergin draws assist in losing effort at President's Cup tournament  August 31st, 2014
Kahnawake Mohawks will play for the bronze medal Sunday at the President's Cup national senior B lacrosse championship at Nanaimo, B.C. The Mohawks were defeated 8-4 by the Six Nations Rivermen Saturday in the semifinals of the seven-team tournament. Kingston's Tim Bergin had an assist for the... [Read More]
Gaels happy to end training camp, even if it means going to Windsor  August 30th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY It may be necessary but it doesn't quite fit anyone's definition of fun. "Training camp," Queen's Golden Gaels coach Pat Sheahan said Thursday, "sort of saps the life out of you. "I'm sure the players would reiterate we've just about had enough of training camp. We'd like to... [Read More]
Knocking Western off the top of the mountain won't be easy  August 30th, 2014
In the old schoolyard game, the biggest and the strongest gets to the top of the mountain. A few others may get a hand hold, but most of the players end up clamouring around the base, struggling to get anywhere.That's what it will be like this year in the Ontario University Athletics football... [Read More]
Two former Kingston juniors play in national lacrosse championship events  August 29th, 2014
Former Kingston Cavalier Tim Bergin had a goal and three assists Thursday as the Kahnawake Mohawks defeated the Akwesasne Outlawz 15-8 in the President's Cup lacrosse tournament in Coquitlam, B.C. It's third national senior B championship in a row for Bergin, a member of the Ottawa Axemen who was... [Read More]
Crusade brought rugby program back to life at RMC  August 26th, 2014
One of a series of stories of conversations with ex-cadets from Royal Military College, as they reflect on their time at the college, their sporting endeavours and what they've been up to since graduation. By CLAUDE SCILLEY As campaigns go, this one got pretty intense, Rob Parent recalls. "It... [Read More]
West turf field to be named for two Queen's coaching legends  August 25th, 2014
It took a long time for the tall foreheads at Queen's University to get around to putting a name to the facility, but in the end they wound up exactly where they should be. Many months after the board of trustees approved it, the university announced Monday the upper turf athletic field at west... [Read More]
Young defence shows promise in preseason defeat  August 24th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Does the outcome of an exhibition football game matter? Apparently not. It didn't even matter that much to the guy whose team won Sunday afternoon. "To be honest with you, our goal wasn't to come in and win," Concordia Stingers coach Mickey Donovan said after his team defeated... [Read More]
Concordia 25 Gaels 18  August 24th, 2014
First Quarter Qns-FG, Wamsley 26l 11:11 Second Quarter Con-TD, Asare 21 interception return (Treloar convert) 10:31 Qns-Safety, Green concedes 13:48 Third Quarter Qns-TD, Hannon 17 pass from McPhee (Wamsley convert) 6:01 Con-FG, Treloar 22 12:17 Qns-FG, Wamsley 35 14:24 Fourth... [Read More]
Different kind of year begins Sunday for Gaels  August 23rd, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEYFor sure, Billy McPhee says, it's going to be different this year.Different, in this case, isn't a synonym for bad, the Queen's Golden Gaels quarterback insists, even for a fellow who said good-bye to so many teammates and returns for his final season of intercollegiate ball... [Read More]
Gaels eager for preseason test  August 21st, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY It wasn't done with specific benefit to the Queen's Golden Gaels in mind, but redrafting the Ontario University Athletics football schedule last spring certainly did the Gaels a good turn. What football team preparing for a season without 18 players who started in the Yates Cup... [Read More]
Building new offensive line first order of business for Gaels  August 18th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Can you imagine Ford without the Mustang? Dodge no longer with the Caravan in its line? What if Chevrolet suddenly decided to do without any of its old marques and ushered in five new models, all at once? That's kind of what the Queen's Golden Gaels will do this fall, when they... [Read More]
Late-game rally gives Alberta team Canadian junior fastball title  August 17th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY In the blink of an eye the game turned on the Napanee Express. Nursing a one-run lead in the bottom of the sixth inning Sunday afternoon, it appeared the threat being mounted by the Irma, Alta., Tigers might be stymied when Ty Sebastian got Ambrose Firkus to hit a ground ball up... [Read More]
Ty Sebastian pitches Express into gold-medal game at Canadian junior fastball  August 17th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY There was never much doubt whether the members of the Napanee Express could let bygones be bygones, when it came to Ty Sebastian. "He fits in great," Express coach Brent Mills said, prior to his team's departure for the Canadian junior fastball championship in Alberta. "He's... [Read More]
Ben Cross wins javelin gold at Canadian Legion track and field  August 17th, 2014
Ben Cross of the Kingston Track and Field Club won a gold medal Saturday night at the Canadian Legion Track and Field Championships in Langley, B.C. Cross threw the javelin 55.14 metres with his second attempt and no one could catch him in boys under-18 division. Fifth in June at the Ontario high... [Read More]
Jarrett Williams' three home runs power Napanee to medal  August 17th, 2014
Jarrett Williams hit three home runs - all of them leading off an inning - to propel the Napanee Express to a 9-3 win over the Saskatoon Diamondbacks in a third-round playoff game at the Canadian junior fastball championship in Irma, Alta.Williams was the first man to bat for the Express in the... [Read More]
Napanee still alive at Canadian junior fastball tournament  August 16th, 2014
Napanee remains alive at the Canadian junior fastball championship in Irma, Alta. - barely. The Express defeated the Stratford Cubs 12-11 Saturday afternoon in what was an elimination game for both teams on the penultimate day of the national tournament. It did so despite giving up two runs in the... [Read More]
Napanee on verge of elimination at Canadian junior fastball  August 16th, 2014
Napanee Express is one game away from elimination at the Canadian junior fastball championship, after it was whipped 16-7 Friday night by the Irma, Alta., Tigers in the first game of the playoff round at the tournament in Irma.Napanee must now win three straight games to get back to the final on... [Read More]
Napanee ends preliminary round at Canadian junior fastball with 6-2 defeat  August 14th, 2014
Napanee Express ended the preliminary round of the Canadian junior fastball championship Thursday night with a 6-2 loss to the Alberta entry, the host team from Irma.The defeat left Napanee with a 5-3 record, good for fourth place in the final standings. The Express lost to all three teams that... [Read More]
Napanee whips Saskatchewan team at Canadian junior fastball  August 14th, 2014
Cole Bolton threw a five-hitter and struck out eight in just five innings Thursday morning as the Napanee Express defeated the Saskatoon Bullets 12-2 at the Canadian junior fastball championship in Irma, Alta. Bolton didn't walk a batter in winning his second game of the week-long... [Read More]
Napanee 4-2 going into final day of preliminary play at Canadian junior fastball  August 14th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Napanee Express is awake at the Canadian junior fastball championship, and to the other teams there it surely seems like the Ontario champions got up on the wrong side of the bed. Ever since losing its third game of the tournament Tuesday morning, falling to 1-2, the Express has... [Read More]
Napanee wins second straight at Canadian junior fastball championship  August 13th, 2014
Napanee Express will be seeking its third-straight win tonight when it plays Quebec at the Canadian junior fastball championship tournament in Irma, Alta.The Ontario-champion Express got itself back in the hunt for a double life in the playoff round at the nine-team tournament with a 12-3 win... [Read More]
Napanee back in win column at national junior fastball  August 12th, 2014
It didn't take long for the Napanee Express to overcome its offensive woes at the Canadian midget fastball championship Tuesday afternoon.Held to just five hits in an 11-3 loss to the Saskatoon Diamondbacks Tuesday morning, the Express rebounded with six runs in the first inning on its way to a... [Read More]
Express succumbs to 15-hit Saskatoon attack  August 12th, 2014
Saskatoon Diamondbacks collected 15 hits off three Napanee pitchers Tuesday as they defeated the Express 11-3 at the Canadian junior fastball championship tournament in Irma, Alta. The defeat left Napanee with a 1-2 record going into their afternoon game with the Yorkton, Sask., Blue Jays.... [Read More]
Napanee beaten in high-scoring affair at Canadian junior fastball  August 12th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Napanee Express became re-acquainted with a couple of familiar faces Monday night. It didn't go well. Greg Hammell had three hits and Michael Legace-Root retired the last seven men in a row to clinch a 10-9 victory for the Owen Sound Selects at the Canadian junior fastball... [Read More]
Queen's rowers win three medals at Commonwealth regatta  August 12th, 2014
Lark Davenport Huyer of Queen's University and the Kingston Rowing Club won two medals during the weekend at the Commonwealth Rowing Association championships at Strathclyde Park, Scotland. Davenport Huyer, from Caledon, Ont., teamed with Gabrielle Smith of Montreal to win the 500-metre women's... [Read More]
Napanee wins tournament opener decisively  August 11th, 2014
Napanee Express began the quest for the Canadian junior fastball championship in impressive fashion Monday, with a 13-0 victory over Newfoundland on the first day of the nine-team national tournament in Irma, Alta. The Express exploded for seven runs in the second inning and invoked the mercy rule... [Read More]
Remarkable civic support vital to success of Napanee ball teams  August 11th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY NAPANEE - As he stood between the ball diamonds at the Fairgrounds complex one night not long ago, Roger Mills graciously smiled to a woman who handed him an envelope. He thanked her; she nodded quietly and walked away. Neither of them made a fuss. Mills didn't look at what was... [Read More]
Grenadiers' season ends in 48-41 loss at Ottawa  August 10th, 2014
Kingston Grenadiers' Ontario Varsity Football League schedule ended in the blaze of a shootout Saturday night in Nepean, where the Ottawa Myers Riders edged the Grenadiers 48-41 in the Wettges Conference varsity championship game. Jeremy Pendergast had a spectacular game for Kingston, catching 12... [Read More]
Napanee Express bound for Canadian junior softball championship  August 8th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Comfort in one's surroundings is typically a good precursor of success. A chef who's in command of his kitchen is apt to create a darn good meal every time. Success in any realm, however, breeds the expectation of more of the same. Nobody expects the master chef's souffle to... [Read More]
Kevin Dulude regrets the demise of basketball, but not his time at RMC  August 8th, 2014
One of a series of conversations with ex-cadets from Royal Military College, as they reflect on their time at the college, their sporting endeavours and what they've been up to since graduation. By CLAUDE SCILLEY Kevin Dulude laughed out loud. "Yes," he said, he is aware that nine years after... [Read More]
Grenadiers eager for another crack at Riders  August 8th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Throughout their years together in the Ontario Varsity Football League, the Ottawa Myers Riders have not endeared themselves to the Kingston Grenadiers. Accusations of such unsportsmanlike acts as running up scores and withholding game video have been salt in the wounds of... [Read More]
Local rowers part of Canadian team at Commonwealth championships  August 8th, 2014
Two Queen's University rowers will be on the water tomorrow for the first day of the Commonwealth Rowing Association championships in on the Strathclyde Park course in Scotland, about 30 kilometres south of Glasgow, site of the recently completed Commonwealth Games. Though not officially a part of... [Read More]
Napanee wins gold medal at Western Canada midget fastball  August 4th, 2014
Runs came thick and fast in the championship game of the Western Canada Midget Fastball Championship Monday afternoon, but in a shootout no one at this tournament was going to out-gun the Napanee Express. Sure enough, the Express spotted the Irma, Alta., Tigers a five-run first-inning lead but... [Read More]
Grenadiers defeat Cornwall; advance to conference final  August 4th, 2014
As they have throughout the season, the Kingston Grenadiers capitalized on big defensive plays Sunday as they defeated the Cornwall Wildcats 48-29 in an Ontario Varsity Football League Wettges conference semifinal in Cornwall. Playing at Joe St. Denis Field, the Grenadiers got a pair of touchdowns... [Read More]
Napanee advances to final at Western Canada midget tournament  August 4th, 2014
Napanee Express will play for the gold medal Monday at the Western Canada Midget Fastball Championship tournament in the Battlefords, Sask. The Express gained that opportunity when they defeated the British Columbia champion, the Fraser Valley Vipers, 11-2 in the opening game of the playoff round... [Read More]
Napanee midgets undefeated going into playoff round at Western Canada tournament  August 3rd, 2014
Napanee Express emerged Sunday afternoon from the preliminary round as the only undefeated team at the Western Canada Midget Fastball Tournament in the Battlefords, Sask. The Express won its sixth straight game, 5-4 over the Tigers of Irma, Alta., to earn a berth in Sunday night's playoff opener... [Read More]
Napanee wins both games on first day of Western Canada midget fastball tournament  August 1st, 2014
Napanee Express won both of its games handily Friday at the Western Canada under-18 Fastball Championship in the the Battlefords, Sask. Napanee, the lone team east of Manitoba in the seven-team tournament, defeated the No. 1 British Columbia team, the Fraser Valley Vipers, 16-0 in a game that... [Read More]
Napanee girls bound for national fastball tournament  August 1st, 2014
The first girls team ever to represent Napanee at a Canadian fastball championship will depart Sunday for White Rock, B.C., and the Softball Canada under-14 Tier II tournament, a week-long event that starts Tuesday. Other Napanee teams have competed at eastern Canada events but the novice Express... [Read More]
Reducing mistakes vital for Grenadiers in playoff match Sunday  July 31st, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY You can go on an adventure like a Hobbit - with wide-eyed anticipation. Or you can undertake an adventure like a member of the Kingston Grenadiers football team - with trepidation. The common denominator, of course, is adventurers seldom know what awaits them, which is fine if... [Read More]
Athletes enjoy Games success with coach Paul Ragusa  July 31st, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY No matter how many times a person goes to major Games or world championships - and Paul Ragusa has been to quite a few - they never cease to provide their own magic moments. For Ragusa, the Kingston man on the coaching staff of the Canadian wrestling team at the Commonwealth... [Read More]
Kate Gillis scores as Canada finishes seventh in Commonwealth Games field hockey  July 31st, 2014
Malaysia outscored Canada 3-0 in a shootout Thursday night and claimed a 3-2 win in the game for seventh place at the Commonwealth Games women's field hockey tournament in Glasgow. Malaysia, 0-3-1 in preliminary play, scored with less than five minutes to play in regulation time to tie the game... [Read More]
Canadians to play for seventh place at Commonwealth Games field hockey tournament  July 30th, 2014
Canada suffered its third defeat of the women's field hockey tournament Wednesday in its final preliminary round match at the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. The Canadians, with Kingston's Kate Gillis as captain, trailed 3-0 at halftime and they were outshot 31-2 in the game by the world's... [Read More]
Napanee midgets eager for challenge of western Canadian fastball championship  July 30th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY A unique opportunity presented itself last month at the provincial midget elimination tournament, the annual competition to determine which teams would represent the province at the national midget fastball championship. It's not necessarily one you'd think a softball team from... [Read More]
Many memories of West Point remain vivid for Bob Booth  July 30th, 2014
One of a series of stories of conversations with ex-cadets from Royal Military College, as they reflect on their time at the college, their sporting endeavours and what they've been up to since graduation. By CLAUDE SCILLEY Any Royal Military College cadet who was ever a part of the annual... [Read More]
Field goal in overtime gives varsity Grenadiers playoff win in Toronto  July 28th, 2014
Mike Bashall's 34-yard field goal in overtime gave the Kingston Grenadiers a 31-28 win over the Metro Toronto Wildcats in a first-round Ontario Varsity Football League varsity division playoff game Sunday afternoon in Toronto. The victory, which avenged a 17-13 defeat against the Wildcats a week... [Read More]
Kate Gillis scores as Canada defeats Trinidad at Commonwealth Games  July 27th, 2014
Kingston's Kate Gillis scored Canada's first goal Sunday and the Canadians went on to defeat Trinidad and Tobago 4-1 in women's field hockey competition at the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Gillis, the Canadian team captain and a graduate of Regiopolis Notre Dame, helped Canada to a 2-0... [Read More]
Teeswater captures provincial midget softball crown; Napanee ousted early  July 27th, 2014
It was a painfully short tournament for the home team this weekend at the Softball Ontario midget A championship in Napanee. With a berth already assured in the Canadian championship, the Napanee Express was finished after just three games of the three-day provincial event, eliminated after losing... [Read More]
Canadian women will seek first win Sunday in Commonwealth Games field hockey  July 26th, 2014
Canada is idle Saturday after it they dropped a 2-0 decision to South Africa Friday in the women's field hockey tournament of the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. The game was scoreless before the South Africans, the 11th-ranked team in the world, scored twice in the second half. With the... [Read More]
Canadians bow in Games opener  July 24th, 2014
Canada lost 4-2 to India Thursday in its opening game of the women's field hockey tournament at the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. The Canadians, with Regiopolis Notre Dame grad Kate Gillis as captain, trailed India, the ninth-ranked country in the world, 2-1 at halftime. Brienne Stairs of... [Read More]
Gillis, Ncube represent Canada at Commonwealth Games  July 23rd, 2014
Two Kingston-bred athletes are members of the Canadian team at the 20th Commonwealth Games, which opened Wednesday in Glasgow. Field hockey player Kate Gillis and wrestler Cleopas Ncube are among 265 athletes representing Canada at the Games, which will run through Aug. 3 with competition in... [Read More]
An unlikely vocation awaited the man who scored RMCís last touchdown  July 22nd, 2014
One of a series of stories of conversations with ex-cadets from Royal Military College, as they reflect on their time at the college, their sporting endeavours and what they’ve been up to since graduation. By CLAUDE SCILLEY When he came to Royal Military College in the fall of 1979,... [Read More]
Grenadiers swept in Toronto  July 20th, 2014
With a running game that couldn't get out of its own tracks Saturday, the Kingston Grenadiers closed the regular Ontario Varsity Football League varsity season with a 17-13 defeat at the hands of the Metro Toronto Wildcats. The Grenadiers, with just 56 yards rushing in 21 carries, got no more... [Read More]
Former Gael Scott MacDonell thrilled to be part of history in the making  July 16th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY They'll play the first professional football game in Ottawa since 2006 on Friday night, and in his first professional season, Scott MacDonell is pretty pleased with the idea that he's going to be part of it. "It's starting to get a little crazy," the former... [Read More]
Queen's gets noise-bylaw exemption for west campus athletic fields  July 16th, 2014
Kingston city council Tuesday night unanimously granted an exemption to its noise bylaw to Queen's University, allowing ancillary sound from athletic events played at the school's west campus sports fields. The vote was 12-0. The temporary exemption, running through 2015, allows... [Read More]
West Point memories not just for hockey players, Claire Bramma reveals  July 15th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Claire Bramma thinks back to her fourth year at Royal Military College and ponders the question: Exactly why did she seek a spot on the college's team for the military skills competition at Sandhurst. "Craziness," she said. There was, of course, more to it for... [Read More]
Grenadiers overcome yet another slow start to defeat Oshawa  July 12th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Each time it happens, it becomes more puzzling for Kingston Grenadiers coach Bob Mullen. "We have to find that gear sooner," Mullen said, after his team snapped out of an early funk to pin a 41-7 Ontario Varsity Football League defeat on the visiting Oshawa... [Read More]
So much noise about noise at the stadium  July 11th, 2014
Some might find it a tad ironic that so much noise is being generated in the debate about whether to permit noise at the west-campus athletic fields of Queen's University. Indeed, there's enough disingenuous palaver to float a battleship. In this corner, we have the university, seeking a... [Read More]
Varsity Grenadiers resume play after pesky bye week  July 10th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Summer vacations are fine, Warren Goldie says. They're just not meant for football players. "Hate it," Goldie, offensive co-ordinator of the varsity Kingston Grenadiers, said after practice Thursday night when asked what he thought of having a mid-season break in the... [Read More]
Fifty years later, Rev. Chris Carr looks out his window at the grounds of RMC  July 10th, 2014
One of a series of stories of conversations with ex-cadets from Royal Military College, as they reflect on their time at the college, their sporting endeavours and what they've been up to since graduation. By CLAUDE SCILLEY If you played football against McMaster University in the 1950s,... [Read More]
Kings eliminated in Peterborough  July 8th, 2014
PETERBOROUGH - The Ontario Junior C Lacrosse League season ended for the Kingston Kings Monday night with a 24-3 loss to the Peterborough Lakers, giving the Lakers a 2-0 victory in the best-of-three Far East division semifinal. The Lakers, 14-2 in the regular year, will face the Cornwall Celtics,... [Read More]
Kings drop playoff opener  July 7th, 2014
Peterborough Lakers opened their Ontario Junior C Lacrosse League playoffs with a 10-2 win over the Kingston Kings Sunday night at Centre 70. Game 2 of the best-of-three Far East division semifinal will be played Monday night in Peterborough. Severe underdogs in the series, the Kings, 1-14-1 in... [Read More]
Kings face formidable challenge as playoffs commence  July 6th, 2014
Kingston Kings will open their 2014 Ontario Junior C Lacrosse League playoffs tonight at Centre 70. Game time is 8 o'clock. Their opponent is a formidable one. The Peterborough Lakers finished first during the regular season in the Far East Division with a 14-2 record, ending the campaign with a... [Read More]
Shomari Williams makes his way back into Roughriders lineup  July 4th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY TORONTO - Shomari Williams says that before this year, he would never have described himself as a patient person. "Definitely not," he said. "You always want instant gratification and you always want instant results, so it's tough having to sit back and wait for them." That's... [Read More]
Kings drop regular-season finale  July 4th, 2014
Kingston Kings ended the regular Ontario Junior C Lacrosse League season at Centre 70 Thursday night with a 17-6 loss to the Cornwall Celtics. The Kings finished the season with 13 straight defeats that led to a 1-14-1 record. It's the third time in the six years of the modern junior era in... [Read More]
Loss to Gloucester dooms Kings to last place  July 3rd, 2014
OTTAWA - Kingston Kings will face the Far East division champion Peterborough Lakers in the opening round of Ontario Junior C Lacrosse League playoffs, starting Sunday. The Kings earned that dubious honour Wednesday night when they dropped a 16-12 decision to the Gloucester Griffins. With the win,... [Read More]
Kings face crucial test in Ottawa  July 2nd, 2014
A team that has struggled all season long finds itself with a tangible goal as the regular Ontario Junior C Lacrosse League schedule enters its final week. The Kingston Kings, 1-12-1, can escape the Far East division basement Wednesday night with a win over the Gloucester Griffins in Ottawa.... [Read More]
Varsity Grenadiers improve to 4-2 with win at Newmarket  June 29th, 2014
Cole Goodfellow scored three touchdowns Saturday to lead the Kingston Grenadiers to a 42-0 victory over the York-Simcoe Bucs in an Ontario Varsity Football League varsity game in Newmarket. It was a splendid day for Goodfellow, who had touchdown runs of 42 and 51 yards among 106 rushing yards. He... [Read More]
Dylan Fisher fashioning a superb season for Grenadiers  June 28th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Perhaps not surprisingly, for Dylan Fisher the highlight of the Ontario Varsity Football League season so far was a come-from-behind victory in May over the Cumberland Panthers. The Kingston Grenadiers quarterback was instrumental in that win, as his dramatic 52-yard touchdown... [Read More]
Kings exhibit strong performance in losing effort  June 27th, 2014
PETERBOROUGH - Kingston Kings outscored the Far East division-leading Peterborough Lakers in the third period but they couldn't prevent a 10-4 defeat in an Ontario Junior C Lacrosse League game Friday night at the Kinsmen Civic Centre. For the beleaguered Kings, who have now lost 11 in a row, it... [Read More]
Dorothy Hector: The pussycat turned into a tiger  June 27th, 2014
One of a series of stories of conversations with ex-cadets from Royal Military College, as they reflect on their time at the college, their sporting endeavours and what they've been up to since graduation. By CLAUDE SCILLEY You might not suspect that the first woman to be named an... [Read More]
Bath woman was a member of championship team bound for Laurier sports hall of fame  June 27th, 2014
Lindsay Arbeau is among the members of Wilfrid Laurier University's national championship women's hockey team of 2005 that will be inducted into the Golden Hawk Hall of Fame this fall. Eight individuals and that team will be feted Sept. 26, during Laurier's annual Homecoming weekend. Arbeau,... [Read More]
Kings lose 10th straight game  June 27th, 2014
Kingston Kings continued to struggle with an inexperienced and depleted lineup Thursday night, as they dropped a 17-4 Ontario Junior C Lacrosse League decision to the Mid East division-leading Peterborough Lakers at Centre 70. It was the 10th straight defeat for the Kings, who fell to 1-11-1 and... [Read More]
Ottawa suspends varsity men's hockey team  June 25th, 2014
University of Ottawa has suspended its varsity men's hockey program for the 2014-15 Ontario University Athletics season after an internal investigation into allegations of what the university is calling "excessive drinking and sexual misconduct" by members of the team during a trip to Thunder Bay... [Read More]
Grenadiers sweep tripleheader from visiting Markham  June 22nd, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Kingston Grenadiers were plodding along Saturday afternoon, in rather nondescript fashion for much of the first half of their Ontario Varsity Football League varsity division game. "We didn't come out sharp," said Grenadiers coach Bob Mullen, understating the performance of a... [Read More]
Kings release leading scorer Josh Smith  June 21st, 2014
Kingston Kings Friday released their leading goal scorer, Josh Smith, to the Innisfil Saints. Smith, a civil engineering student at Queen's University in his final junior year, had asked to rejoin the team with which he began his junior career before coming to Kingston for the 2013 season. After... [Read More]
Shorthanded Kings succumb to Shamrox  June 21st, 2014
BOWMANVILLE - Kingston Kings continued to struggle with a depleted lineup Friday night, as they dropped a 25-4 decision to the Clarington Shamrox in an Ontario Junior C Lacrosse League game. Beset by injuries and work commitments, the Kings were able to muster just 12 runners for the game,... [Read More]
Depleted Kings fall to Peterborough  June 20th, 2014
Cole McWilliams, the leading scorer in the Ontario Junior C Lacrosse League, collected a career-best 11 points Thursday night at Centre 70 to lead the Peterborough Lakers to a 20-7 win over the Kingston Kings. The win was the sixth in a row for the Far East division-leading Lakers, who improved to... [Read More]
There was more to RMC than short haircuts and polished boots, Rusty Bassarab discovered  June 18th, 2014
One of a series of stories of conversations with ex-cadets from Royal Military College, as they reflect on their time at the college, their sporting endeavours and what they've been up to since graduation. By CLAUDE SCILLEY Long before he got to Royal Military College, Rusty Bassarab had... [Read More]
Kings host division leaders  June 18th, 2014
Kingston Kings will be trying to put to rest two demons Thursday night when they host the Peterborough Lakers in an Ontario Junior C Lacrosse League game at Centre 70. The Kings, 1-8-1, have lost their last seven games in a row, and they're winless at Centre 70 in their last 11 games. Shedding... [Read More]
Newest hockey Gaels will be familiar faces to some  June 17th, 2014
You don't need six degrees of separation to link two of the Queen's Golden Gaels newest hockey recruits to members of the current varsity team. Take Ryan Bloom, for instance. Bloom, one of four recruits announced Monday by the Gaels, most recently played for the Fort McMurray Oil Barons of the... [Read More]
Kings run out of comebacks in 12-8 loss to Innisfil  June 15th, 2014
NEWMARKET - Kingston Kings gave a more spirited effort Sunday afternoon but they couldn't avoid a 12-8 Ontario Junior C Lacrosse League defeat at the hands of the Innisfil Saints. The Kings fell behind 3-0 in the first period but they battled back, tying the game 3-3 in the first minute of the... [Read More]
Last-minute field goal dooms Grenadiers  June 15th, 2014
A field goal with seven seconds left in the game gave the Cornwall Wildcats a 17-16 win over the Kingston Grenadiers in an Ontario Varsity Football League varsity division game Saturday in Cornwall. The winning kick came not long after the Grenadiers took a 16-14 lead with two and a half minutes... [Read More]
Kings whipped in Peterborough  June 14th, 2014
PETERBOROUGH - Kingston Kings surrendered 11 goals in the second period Friday and they went on to drop a 23-6 decision to the Peterborough Lakers in an Ontario Junior C Lacrosse League game at Kinsmen Civic Centre. For the second game in a row, the Kings wasted a strong start. This time, they... [Read More]
Gloucester ends 39-game winless streak with victory over Kings  June 13th, 2014
Gloucester Griffins spotted the Kingston Kings a four-goal lead Thursday night before coming back to take a 17-10 Ontario Junior C Lacrosse League victory out of Centre 70. The Griffins nursed a one-goal lead into the third period, then scored six unanswered goals to cap the win. It was... [Read More]
Kings embark on busy week  June 11th, 2014
Kingston Kings will begin their busiest week of the Ontario Junior C Lacrosse League season Thursday when they host the Gloucester Griffins, 8 p.m., at Centre 70. The Kings, 1-5-1, are sitting third in the Far East division. They need a win against the Griffins to stay ahead of the Gloucester... [Read More]
Anthony Donnet overcomes hamstring injury to win first OFSAA medal for QE in 42 years  June 7th, 2014
MISSISSAUGA - One of the things that endears coaches, officials and long-time visitors to the OFSAA track and field meet is the story telling, time spent recounting tales of remarkable results, incredible courage and can-you-believe-it episodes. Years from now people will be talking about... [Read More]
OFSAA track and field results, Day 3  June 7th, 2014
MISSISSAUGA - Results of Kingston-area competitors Saturday from Day 3 of the 65th Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations track and field championships, at St. Marcellinus Secondary School: Nick Adams, Sydenham Ran junior boys 800 metres in a season-best 2 minutes 2.72 seconds,... [Read More]
Kingston-area athletes finish OFSAA track and field meet with 11 medals  June 7th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY MISSISSAUGA - Jackie Quesnel could have shared her wish for her first provincial high school track and field championship - but she didn't. "I wanted to get a medal," she confided, but she was intent on keeping that bit of ambitious thinking to herself. "I don't know what... [Read More]
Patience pays silver dividend for Emily Fawcett  June 7th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY MISSISSAUGA - Emily Fawcett wasn't pleased with her first throw Friday afternoon. "My first one was pretty bad," she said, candidly, of her opening toss in the midget girls discus competition at the provincial high school championship, "but I'm not very good at openings." As it... [Read More]
Emily Drouin's pursuit of fun leads her to an OFSAA bronze medal  June 6th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY MISSISSAUGA - As she approached her final year of high school athletics, Emily Drouin recalls casting about for something new to try. The steeplechase, she thought, was an interesting race. "It looked like fun," she said, "and it seemed to work out for me." Indeed it did. On a... [Read More]
Adam Burggraf gets over 'disappointment' of winning bronze medal  June 6th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY MISSISSAUGA - It took a few minutes after his event concluded Friday morning for Adam Burggraf to compose himself. It didn't take too long, however, for him to recognize exactly what he'd accomplished. "I could have thrown further so it's frustrating," he said, a bronze medal... [Read More]
Jaros survives wobbly finish to win second career gold medal  June 6th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY MISSISSAUGA - For a moment, it was one of the more troubling sights of the meet: La Salle's Heather Jaros, with about 40 metres to go in her race and a lead so comfortable it almost defied belief, wobbling, appearing as if she was about to fall, almost coming to a full stop in... [Read More]
OFSAA track and field results, Day 2  June 6th, 2014
MISSISSAUGA: Results of Kingston-area atheltes on the second day Friday of the 65th Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations track and field championships, at St. Marcellinus Secondary School. Danny Amaral, Regiopolis Notre Dame Ran the 100 metres for boys with intellectual disabilities... [Read More]
Kingston-area athletes win six medals on Day 2 of OFSAA track and field meet  June 6th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY MISSISSAUGA - At a meet that manufactures thrilling memories like almost no other athletic competition, she may have been the happiest person in the whole park. "I really, really wanted a medal," Branna MacDougall said, practically jumping out of her skin with delight after her... [Read More]
OFSAA track and field results, Day 1  June 6th, 2014
MISSISSAUGA - Results of Kingston-area athletes Thursday on the first day of the 65th Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations track and field championships at St. Marcellinus Secondary School: Nick Adams, Sydenham Ran junior boys 1,500 metres in 4 minutes 26.85 seconds, finished 11th... [Read More]
Regi's Hailey Wolfgram wins silver medal on Day 1 of OFSAA track and field  June 6th, 2014
A bronze medalist a year ago as a midget, Hailey Wolfgram of Regiopolis Notre Dame won the silver medal in junior girls shot put Thursday on the opening day of the 65th Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations track and field championships in Mississauga. Hers was the only medal-winning... [Read More]
Kings beaten in Cornwall  June 6th, 2014
CORNWALL - Cornwall Celtics extended their four-year-old home-floor winning streak over the Kingston Kings to nine games Thursday night with a 19-5 Ontario Junior C Lacrosse League win over a depleted Kingston team Thursday night at the Benson Centre. The Kings played without four players who had... [Read More]
Familiar feeling brings success to Ben Cross  June 3rd, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Ben Cross doesn't throw baseballs anymore, as he did competitively for years on youth rep teams. When he picks up his new javelin these days, though, the feeling is familiar. "It feels more like a baseball to me," he says. Perhaps, then, it shouldn't be surprising that with a... [Read More]
Varsity Grenadiers gain first victory of the season  June 1st, 2014
Some stout defensive play in the fourth quarter enabled the Kingston Grenadiers to gain a 25-12 Ontario Varsity Football League varsity division victory over the Cumberland Panthers Saturday afternoon at Loyalist Collegiate. The Grenadiers, nursing an 11-7 lead, surrendered a safety early in the... [Read More]
East region track and field results, Day 2  May 31st, 2014
OTTAWA - Top three performances and other Kingston-area athletes who qualified for the 65th Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations track and field championships on the final day Friday at the East region qualifying meet at Terry Fox Athletic Complex: BOYS 100 Metres Senior - Shermar... [Read More]
Local OFSAA qualifiers  May 31st, 2014
OTTAWA - Kingston-area athletes who qualified for the 65th Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations track and field championships at the East region qualifying meet, a two-day event at Terry Fox Athletic Complex that ended Friday: Bayridge (5) Adam Burggraf, midget boys discus,... [Read More]
Record-breaking performance by Anthony Donnet highlights local results at East region track  May 31st, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY OTTAWA - It was carnival day Friday at Queen Elizabeth Collegiate, and before he left to compete at the East region track meet, Anthony Donnet had his face painted with the school colours. On the drive to the competition, he decided to keep red, gold and white markings. "He... [Read More]
Seventeen local athletes qualify for OFSAA  May 30th, 2014
Seventeen Kingston-area athletes qualified for the 65th Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations track and field championships Thursday on the first day of the East region qualifying meet in Ottawa. Among them are four athletes from Kingston Collegiate and La Salle's Heather Jaros, who... [Read More]
East region track and field results, Day 1  May 30th, 2014
OTTAWA - Top three performances in each event and other Kingston-area athletes who have qualified for the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations track and field championships on the first day of the East regional qualifying meet at the Terry Fox Athletic Complex:   BOYS 200... [Read More]
Kings bow to Cornwall  May 30th, 2014
Matt Bourassa and Brandon Labelle each enjoyed five-point games Thursday night to lead the Cornwall Celtics to a 9-4 victory over the Kingston Kings in an Ontario Junior C Lacrosse League game at Centre 70. The teams were tied 2-2 at the end of the first period, a period when Kingston killed all... [Read More]
The 'little kid with the big arm,' Adam Burggraf shows the big boys how it's done  May 29th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY At first glance, you might wonder why that little guy is over there, standing amid the big boys preparing to throw the javelin or discus. Shouldn't he be over with the other officials, getting ready to mark the spots or hold the tape measure? If you stick around long enough to... [Read More]
Young Napanee athlete takes quickly to the hurdles  May 28th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY It isn't always easy to convince young athletes to give hurdling a try. "Most elementary school kids like to do the 100 (metres)," Napanee track coach Tom Worthy says, acknowledging that when they get to high school, there's little incentive to switch from running down a... [Read More]
Ben Trickey inspires young teammates at Sydenham  May 27th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Whether Ben Trickey was happy to take the role - or reluctant - was never an issue. "I kind of told him he didn't really have a choice," Sydenham track coach Leslie Lawlor said. Trickey is the only runner returning this season from last year's provincial silver medal-winning... [Read More]
Kings look to snap three-game winless skid  May 27th, 2014
Unlucky the past two weeks against some of the East division's weaker clubs, the Kingston Kings this week hope the challenge of hosting the division's best team sparks them to new heights Thursday, when the Cornwall Celtics visit Centre 70 for an 8 p.m. Ontario Junior C Lacrosse League game. The... [Read More]
Coaching life not at all like work for Andy Scott  May 27th, 2014
One of a series of stories of conversations with ex-cadets from Royal Military College, as they reflect on their time at the college, their sporting endeavours and what they've been up to since graduation. By CLAUDE SCILLEY When Andy Scott reflects on his time as an athlete and coach at... [Read More]
Kings humbled by Huntsville Hawks  May 25th, 2014
Josh Smith scored six goals, Zach Masterson tied an all-time Kingston junior record for points in a game but it couldn't prebent the Kingston Kings from dropping an 18-17 decision to the Huntsville Hawks in an Ontario Junior C Lacrosse League game Saturday night at Centre 70. The win was the... [Read More]
Impact reaches semifinal round of Ontario Cup basketball tournament  May 24th, 2014
Kingston Impact blew three big leads - including an eight-point advantage in overtime - but the players collected themselves each time and they emerged with a 65-62 victory over the Gloucester Wolverines in second-round play at the Ontario Cup midget boys basketball tournament Saturday... [Read More]
Impact midgets win Ontario Cup opener  May 24th, 2014
Kingston Impact is one win away from advancing to the medal round at the Ontario Basketball midget boys championship tournament. Getting six points or more from seven different players, the Impact defeated the Oakville Venom 61-48 in first-round Division 6 play Friday night in the Queen's... [Read More]
EOSSAA notebook: Not many degrees of separation here  May 24th, 2014
BROCKVILLE - It's funny, sometimes, how things can come full circle. Take Heather Jaros, for example. The first-year senior athlete from La Salle had one of the more remarkable performances Thursday at the Eastern Ontario Secondary Schools Athletic Association track and field championships, when... [Read More]
EOSSAA track and field results  May 24th, 2014
BROCKVILLE - Top three performances and other Kingston-area athletes who qualified for the East Regional meet at the annual Eastern Ontario Secondary Schools track and field championships at Thousand Islands Secondary School. BOYS 100 Metres Senior - Liam Smith (Thousand Islands, Brockville)... [Read More]
Kingston-area athletes set six new records at EOSSAA track and field meet  May 24th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY BROCKVILLE - He won two races here but the one Cameron Linscott wanted to talk about Friday was the one he didn't win. "The focus today was the 800," Linscott said," because I knew Nick Adams would be out for my money after KASSAA." Linscott, the junior athlete from Kingston... [Read More]
Holy Cross captures senior boys soccer title  May 23rd, 2014
Eric Freitas scored both goals Thursday afternoon as the Holy Cross Crusaders defeated the Kingston Blues 2-0 to capture the Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association senior boys soccer championship on the Queen's University west campus field.  
Third-period collapse dooms Kings  May 23rd, 2014
Whitby Warriors scored five goals in the third period Thursday night to defeat the Kingston Kings 9-5 in an Ontario Junior C Lacrosse League game at Centre 70. The win allowed Whitby to remain undefeated all-time against Kingston. The Warriors are now 10-0 versus the Kings in league and playoff... [Read More]
Impact hosting midget boys Ontario Cup basketball tournament  May 22nd, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY There wasn't a lot of experience standing in front of him when Brett Walsh gathered his players together for their first practice as the Kingston Impact. Four of them had never played rep basketball before. A few others had played, but never at this high a level. Most missed all... [Read More]
New track and field club launches in Kingston  May 22nd, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY She competed for Canada at a world junior championship, won six OFSAA medals and got an athletic scholarship to a prestigious American university. None of it would have happened, Darcelle McCutcheon says, without the support of a track club. "Everything I got to do as a result... [Read More]
Crusaders reach both senior soccer finals  May 21st, 2014
Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers are on their way to their seventh consecutive Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association senior girls soccer final Thursday, thanks to a 5-0 semifinal victory Tuesday over the Frontenac Falcons. The Panthers broke open a one-goal game with four goals in the... [Read More]
Kings to renew engagement with playoff foe  May 21st, 2014
Kingston Kings will try for their first win ever over the Whitby Warriors when the teams meet for the only time this Ontario Junior C Lacrosse League season Thursday night at Centre 70.¬† Game time is 8 o'clock. The Kings are 0-6 in the regular season versus Whitby since the Warriors entered the... [Read More]
Fronenacs name Paul McFarland new coach  May 20th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Paul McFarland is no stranger to the hockey team that Tuesday named him its new coach. By his own estimation, in his capacity as assistant coach with the Oshawa Generals last year he saw probably about 40 Kingston Frontenacs games. He comes to the job, therefore, with a... [Read More]
RMC's Darren Cates named chef de mission for Student Games team  May 20th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Darren Cates says he's proud to be following in these footsteps. "I am," he says humbly, when asked about his appointment as chef de mission of the Canadian team at the next winter World Student Games, next February in Granada, Spain. The man of whom Cates speaks is Danny... [Read More]
KASSAA track and field results  May 17th, 2014
Top three performances in the annual Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association track and field championships, a two-day meet that concluded Friday at Caraco Field. BOYS 100 Metres Senior - Darien Leblanc (Holy Cross) 11.1 seconds, Carson Reid (Frontenac) 11.7, Jeff Vanderspank... [Read More]
Sophia Skorenky makes Marie-Rivier proud  May 17th, 2014
(Editor's note: Today sportkingston welcomes Andrew Price to the fold. Andrew is a Frontenac Secondary School grad who just completed his first year in the Journalism program at Carleton University, and I'm pleased that he will be contributing stories throughout the summer. Andrew was at the... [Read More]
Stunning performance results in 3,000-metres record for Branna MacDougall  May 17th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY People who watched the junior girls 3,000 metres Friday afternoon, Steve Boyd suggested, probably had no idea what they just witnessed. Several minutes after the event was done - to call it a race would be a misnomer - Boyd still had a look of wonder on a face that has seen a... [Read More]
Kings settle for tie despite record-tying performance by Zach Masterson  May 16th, 2014
Zach Masterson tied a modern Kingston junior record Thursday night but it wasn't enough to get the Kingston Kings past the Gloucester Griffins in an Ontario Junior C Lacrosse League game at Centre 70. The Kings blew a pair of one-goal leads in the final five minutes of the third period, and a... [Read More]
Old and new dreams come true for Gaels in CFL draft  May 15th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY One man has harbored a dream of playing professional football for years. The other came upon the notion much later in life, oddly enough while setting up props at Montreal Alouettes games last summer. On Tuesday, both Queen's Golden Gaels got their wish when they were selected... [Read More]
Love of competition, not firearms, drove Mike Ashcroft to Olympic heights  May 15th, 2014
One of a series of stories of conversations with ex-cadets from Royal Military College, as they reflect on their time at the college, their sporting endeavours and what they've been up to since graduation. By CLAUDE SCILLEY There's a very good reason, Mike Ashcroft explains, why he no... [Read More]
Holy Cross slays upstart Dragons  May 15th, 2014
The magical run of the Marie-Rivier Dragons ended abruptly Wednesday afternoon, when they were defeated 6-0 by the Holy Cross Crusaders in a Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association senior girls soccer quarter-final match. After winning their last three games on the field by a combined... [Read More]
Crusaders prevail over pesky Lancers  May 15th, 2014
A goal in overtime by Bobby Cummings lifted the Sydenham Golden Eagles to a 2-1 win over the Bayridge Blazers in a Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association senior boys soccer quarter-final Wednesday. Sydenham, fourth in the regular year at 4-1-2, got its other goal from Curtis Reilly.... [Read More]
Kings ready to open at home  May 15th, 2014
Kingston Kings will open the home portion of their 2014 Ontario Junior C Lacrosse League season Thursday night at Centre 70 against the Gloucester Griffins. Game time is 8 o'clock. The Kings split their first two games on the road, losing 10-2 in Cornwall last Thursday and winning 17-11 in... [Read More]
Skate Canada bringing national championships to Kingston  May 14th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY People shouldn't read anything, Mark Halliday says, into the fact that there's barely eight months to go to the competition date and Skate Canada is just now getting around to naming the site where its 2015 national championships will be contested. "We've had a new senior... [Read More]
Elizabeth Manley humbled that people still remember her  May 14th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Elizabeth Manley's thoughts of Kingston are bittersweet. Happy are her memories of coming to town as a teenager, when her brother, Tom, played hockey at Queen's University and she would do skating exhibitions between periods of Golden Gaels games. "I had such a crush on Johnny... [Read More]
Andrew Lue, Scott Macdonell, Max Caron among top 16 players chosen in CFL draft  May 14th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Andrew Lue spent Tuesday evening at home in Markham, hanging out with his family. A few old friends popped over for a visit. "A few guys I used to play football with," Lue said, "so there's going to be a lot of reminiscing on the good times, I'm sure." Doubtless there was some... [Read More]
Regi ends season as only unbeaten senior girls soccer team  May 13th, 2014
Marie-Rivier Dragons will get their crack at the Holy Cross Crusaders after all. The Dragons, who ended their Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association senior girls soccer season Monday with a 5-1 win over the Ernestown Eagles, won the last four games they played, outscoring their... [Read More]
Strong finish gives Lancers final playoff berth  May 13th, 2014
Loyalist Lancers claimed the final senior boys soccer playoff berth Monday afternoon, but it comes with a dubious prize. With their 6-2 home-field win over the Granite Ridge Gryphons, the Lancers ended the regular Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association season with a 3-4 record, and... [Read More]
Three local athletes post record performances at Foley Invitational meet  May 12th, 2014
Three Kingston-area athletes came home from the annual Michelle Foley Invitational high school track and field meet with their names newly inscribed in the meet's record book. Midget-age athletes Marissa Battle of Kingston Collegiate and Clare Millard of Loyalist broke records at the day-long... [Read More]
Record-tying performance by Josh Smith leads Kings to victory  May 10th, 2014
OTTAWA - A record-tying performance by Josh Smith led the Kingston Kings to a 17-11 win over the Gloucester Griffins Friday night in an Ontario Junior C Lacrosse League game at Earl Armstrong Arena. Smith scored seven goals, matching the all-time Kingston junior record set in 1973 by Barrie... [Read More]
Four Gaels in Saturday's East-West Bowl  May 9th, 2014
Four members of the Queen's Golden Gaels will be playing Saturday in the 12th annual East-West Bowl football game in London. Game time at Western's TD Stadium is 1 p.m. The game is a showcase for players from Canadian universities who are entering their CFL draft year who are nominated by their... [Read More]
Kings drop season opener 10-2 in Cornwall  May 8th, 2014
CORNWALL - Kingston Kings dropped the opening game of their Ontario Junior C Lacrosse League season here Thursday night, 10-2 to the three-time defending East divison champion Cornwall Celtics. The Kings scored first, by Zach Masterson, less than two minutes into the game, but the Celtics answered... [Read More]
Regi senior girls remain unbeaten  May 7th, 2014
Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers remained the only undefeated team in the league, and the Marie-Rivier Dragons clinched a playoff spot Wednesday in Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association senior girls soccer play. Regi, 5-0, sent the Kingston Blues to their second defeat in six games... [Read More]
Impact hosting two provincial girls basketball championships  May 7th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY They were young and relatively inexperienced at the beginning of the season, running into opponents who were older, bigger, more savvy on the basketball court. Often, a coach will try to prevent anxiety in such a situation by creating more structure, wrapping the players in a... [Read More]
Loyalist keeps senior soccer playoff hopes alive  May 7th, 2014
Loyalist Lancers climbed back into the playoff picture Wednesday, with a 4-0 Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association senior boys soccer victory over the Marie-Rivier Dragons. With the win, and Granite Ridge's 3-1 loss to the Ernestown Eagles, the Lancers moved into an eighth-place tie... [Read More]
Kings set to begin junior lacrosse season  May 7th, 2014
Kingston Kings will open their Ontario Junior C Lacrosse League season Thursday night in Cornwall, as the guests for the home opener of the three-time defending East division champion Celtics. Game time at the Benson Centre is 8 o'clock. The Kings are coming off a season when they finished 7-8-1,... [Read More]
Fresh from winning the Allan Cup, Jay McKee interested in Frontenacs coaching job  May 6th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Yes, Jay McKee was saying Tuesday morning, he did hear that the Kingston Frontenacs were looking for a new coach. "I actually sent Doug a text earlier this morning," McKee said of his one-time Buffalo Sabres teammate, Doug Gilmour, who is now the general manager of his hometown... [Read More]
A garden party is an unlikely place to start a coaching career  May 6th, 2014
One of a series of stories of conversations with ex-cadets from Royal Military College, as they reflect on their time at the college, their sporting endeavours and what they've been up to since graduation. By CLAUDE SCILLEY People get into coaching for a variety of reasons. For Doug Smith,... [Read More]
Regi prevails in clash of undefeated girls soccer teams  May 6th, 2014
Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers emerged from Monday's battle of the Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association's last two undefeated senior girls soccer teams with sole possession of first place. Regi goalkeeper Kristina Nuvoloni preserved her team's 3-2 victory over the Holy Cross... [Read More]
Holy Cross sits alone atop senior boys soccer standings  May 6th, 2014
Not only did the Holy Cross Crusaders put some distance between themselves and the rest of the pack Monday afternoon, they helped to create a huge logjam in the Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association senior boys soccer standings. With their 2-1 victory over the Regiopolis Notre Dame... [Read More]
Kings deal goaltender for Cornwall veteran  May 5th, 2014
Kingston Kings have acquired defensive specialist Brad Lauzon from the Cornwall Celtics, the Ontario Junior C Lacrosse League club announced Monday. "Brad is a veteran player who will give the Kings an immediate boost," Kings coach Andrew MacKay said. "He will be a defensive role player and a... [Read More]
Liz Boag scores 18 in losing cause at OUA all-star game  May 4th, 2014
Liz Boag of the Queen's Golden Gaels scored 18 points Saturday night but it wasn't enough to prevent the East from being defeated 97-90 in the seventh annual Ontario University Athletics women's basketball all-star game in London. The East led 27-25 after the first quarter but trailed 44-43 at... [Read More]
Adam Burggraf, Hailey Wolfgram each win twice at Hungerford Invitational track meet  May 4th, 2014
Adam Burggraf of Bayridge burst onto the high school track and field scene in impressive style Saturday, winning two events by huge margins at the 38th annual Hungerford Classic track and field meet at Thousand Islands Secondary School in Brockville. Competing in midget boys division, Burggraf won... [Read More]
Riley Filion of Queen's scores for East in women's soccer all-star match  May 4th, 2014
Three goals in the second half - one of them by Riley Filion of Queen's - enabled the East to defeat the West 3-2 in the second annual Ontario University Athletics women's soccer all-star game Saturday in Vaughan. The West got the only goal of the first half, but Royal Military College goalkeeper... [Read More]
Marie-Rivier team claims medal at OFSAA badminton  May 4th, 2014
Paul Briggs and Cole Gillespie of Marie-Rivier won the C Flight silver medal in boys doubles competition Saturday on the final day of the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations badminton championship tournament at Markham. Briggs and Gillespie lost their first two matches of the... [Read More]
Kings end exhibition schedule with 16-10 loss at Gloucester  May 3rd, 2014
OTTAWA - Kingston Kings dropped their second exhibition game of the spring Saturday afternoon, 16-10 to the Gloucester Griffins, as they concluded their preseason junior lacrosse schedule at Earl Armstrong Arena. With players committed to work and Josh Smith injured in Friday night's contest -... [Read More]
Kings drop preseason opener  May 3rd, 2014
Kingston Kings spent the whole game coming back Friday night but ultimately they never made it all the way as they dropped a 12-9 decision to the Gloucester Griffins in exhibition junior lacrosse play at Centre 70. Four times in the first period Gloucester took a one-goal lead and four times the... [Read More]
Regi, Holy Cross set stage for first-place soccer showdown  May 2nd, 2014
Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers and Holy Cross Crusaders set the stage for a first-place battle Monday with victories Thursday in Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association senior girls soccer play. Both teams improved to 3-0, Regi with a 1-0 win over the Frontenac Falcons and Holy Cross... [Read More]
Crusaders move into sole possession of first place; female Dragons gain first win  May 1st, 2014
Holy Cross Crusaders got goals from four different players Wednesday as they handed the Sydenham Golden Eagles their first defeat of the Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Associations senior boys soccer season, a 4-1 decision on a rain-soaked Queen's University West Campus field. Nick... [Read More]
Kings open exhibition schedule at home Friday  April 30th, 2014
Kingston Kings will play their first games of 2014 this weekend in a home-and-home preseason junior lacrosse exchange with the Gloucester Griffins. The Kings will host the Griffins Friday night at 8 p.m. at Centre 70, before travelling to Ottawa for a return engagement Saturday afternoon, 3... [Read More]
Sydenham senior girls move into first-place tie  April 30th, 2014
Sydenham Golden Eagles moved into a first-place tie with the idle Frontenac Falcons Tuesday with a 2-0 win over the La Salle Black Knights in a Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association senior girls soccer game at Caraco Field. Both teams are 3-0; Frontenac has yet to allow a goal while... [Read More]
Unlikely cadet Steve Molaski thrived at RMC  April 29th, 2014
One of a series of stories of conversations with ex-cadets from Royal Military College, as they reflect on their time at the college, their sporting endeavours and what they've been up to since graduation. By CLAUDE SCILLEY In a military career that spans more than 30 years, for Steve... [Read More]
Liz Boag, Jenny Wright bound for university women's all-star game  April 29th, 2014
Three members of the division champion Queen's Golden Gaels will play for the East team Saturday at the seventh annual Ontario University Athletics women's basketball all-star game in London. Kingston high school products Liz Boag (La Salle) and Jenny Wright (Regiopolis Notre Dame) were both... [Read More]
Bayridge, Ernestown gain first wins of boys soccer season  April 29th, 2014
Bayridge Blazers and Ernestown Eagles each gained their first win of the young Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association senior boys soccer season Monday afternoon. Bayridge, 1-0-1, blanked the Loyalist Lancers 3-0 at Machin Field, while Ernestown, 1-2, edged the Napanee Golden Hawks... [Read More]
Kings welcome return of sharpshooter Josh Smith  April 28th, 2014
Josh Smith, who tied for the team lead in goals with 32 last season, is among six players who have signed to play lacrosse for the Kingston Kings this summer. Smith, an engineering student at Queen's University, joined the Kings last season from Innisfil. In his first season in Kingston, Smith,... [Read More]
Valuable lessons learned by Impact players at championship tournament  April 27th, 2014
Kingston Impact may have emerged from the Ontario Basketball bantam boys championship tournament with nary a victory, but that does not mean they did not make great strides, their coach believes. "We played our best basketball of the year for three and a half games but it just wasn't enough for a... [Read More]
Teams feast or endure famine in senior girls soccer play  April 26th, 2014
The rich got a little richer and the poor remained bankrupt, as far as wins are concerned, in Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association senior girls soccer play Friday, as the four winners all remain undefeated and the four losers all left the field still seeking their first win. At the... [Read More]
Gaels introduce 11 more members of freshman football class  April 26th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY In a room full of promising football players, one young man gave Queen's Golden Gaels coach Pat Sheahan reason to pause Friday. "If you watch his highlight tape," Sheahan said, quietly, as he prepared to introduce Nelkas Kwemo, "you'll hold your breath for a second." Kwemo was... [Read More]
'Top defensive back in the city,' Farhan Imtiaz commits to play football at Queen's  April 26th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY As Farhan Imtiaz took a seat Friday before the news conference that would introduce him as one of the latest crop of football freshmen at Queen's University, there was something familiar about the chap beside him. "Coach Sheahan said, 'A Frontenac guy next to a Lorne Park guy? I... [Read More]
New and improved Jeff VanderSpank introduced as new recruit for football Gaels  April 26th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Not so long ago, for Jeff VanderSpank, Queen's University was a place you drove through on the way to the hospital. It was not someplace to hang his academic hat. After he was introduced Friday as one of 11 new recruits for the Golden Gaels football team, VanderSpank explained... [Read More]
Strong comeback falls short as Impact bows in opening game of provincial championship tourney  April 25th, 2014
Kingston Impact played perhaps its most disciplined game of the year Friday night - in all respects but one. Sadly for the Impact, that shortcoming - failure to capitalize from the free-throw line - cost them a victory in the opening round of the Ontario Basketball bantam boys championship... [Read More]
Port Hope athlete has splendid day at Limestone Legacy track meet  April 25th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY It wasn't enough that T.J. Ryan won three events Friday at the first Limestone Legacy invitational track and field meet. Two of those first-place ribbons were won in remarkable fashion, given the cool weather and time of year. Competing in senior boys division, Ryan, from... [Read More]
Limestone Legacy results  April 25th, 2014
Top three performances in each event at the first Limestone Legacy track and field meet Friday at Caraco Field: BOYS 100 Metres Senior - Matt Bedard (St. Michael, Kemptville) 11.44 seconds, Darien Leblanc (Holy Cross) 11.66, Brody Blaskie (Holy Cross) 11.73. Junior - Ben Montgomery (Carleton... [Read More]
Jonathan Besselink a winner in first attempt at the steeplechase  April 25th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY From the time he began to compete on a high school track, Jonathan Besselink was intrigued by the steeplechase. The appeal, he said, lies in "the grit it takes to run it." "It's tough." Friday morning at the first Limestone Legacy track and field meet at Caraco Field,... [Read More]
Late goal gives KC tie in senior boys soccer play  April 24th, 2014
A goal by Emile Flavin in the closing minutes of the game lifted the Kingston Blues into a 2-2 tie with the Bayridge Blazers in a Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association senior boys soccer game Thursday afternoon. Playing on Tindall Field, KC's Mark Lappan scored the only goal before... [Read More]
Impact to host Ontario Basketball bantam championship tournament  April 24th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Mike Chapman probably understands his players' situation a lot better than they realize. A softball player in his youth, Chapman played for Kingston Township teams that routinely got clobbered by teams from Napanee. "It was just excruciating to go to Napanee," he recalled.... [Read More]
Strong second half seals victory for Frontenac  April 24th, 2014
Frontenac Falcons nursed a one-goal lead into halftime but then they exploded for four goals in the second half as they defeated the Napanee Golden Hawks 5-0 in a Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association senior girls soccer game Wednesday at Caraco Field. In the opening game of the... [Read More]
Queen's pledged $5 million more for new stadium  April 23rd, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Queen's University's campaign to rebuild Richardson Stadium got a $5 million boost Wednesday from the Richardson Foundation, the charitable arm of James Richardson and Sons, the company founded by the family of the man who gave $50,000 to build the original Richardson Stadium on... [Read More]
New Legacy meet to establish bursary for track and field athletes  April 23rd, 2014
About 700 athletes from high schools across eastern Ontario are expected to compete Friday in the first Limestone Legacy track and field meet at Caraco Field. "As soon as the new track was open we wanted to revive the old Queen's Invitational," said Laura McDowell, a coach at La Salle Secondary... [Read More]
Soccer season opens with some nasty play  April 22nd, 2014
If the soccer players in the Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association were happy to be back on the field Tuesday, they sure didn't show it, as yellow cards for objectionable conduct were flashed with startling frequency. At Tindall Field, seven of the cautionary cards were presented -... [Read More]
Coaching was the 'juice' for Hall of Fame inductee Dale Huddleston  April 22nd, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY In a coaching career that spawned 20 regional champions and generated 35 OFSAA medals, you might find it odd that, of all those athletes and teams, the one that stands out for Dale Huddleston is a team that didn't win. "That was the Anjela Wilson team in '99," Huddleston said,... [Read More]
Shelby Perry bound to play hockey at Colgate University  April 22nd, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Shelby Perry calls it her adventure. "I don't know what to expect," she says, "but I'm really excited for it." What excites the Holy Cross Secondary School student these days is the prospect of playing hockey next winter at Colgate University, the 195-year-old liberal arts... [Read More]
Randy Zabukovec tops local runners at 118th Boston Marathon  April 21st, 2014
Randy Zabukovec posted the best time among several Kingston-area runners who competed Monday in the 118th Boston Marathon. On a day when the temperature reached 17 degrees under a partly cloudy sky, Zabukovec, 44, the varsity cross-country coach at St. Lawrence College, completed the historic... [Read More]
A year after witnessing tragedy, Sandra and Simon Sukstorf return to the Boston Marathon  April 20th, 2014
One of a series of stories of conversations with ex-cadets from Royal Military College, as they reflect on their time at the college, their sporting endeavours and what they've been up to since graduation. By CLAUDE SCILLEY After he finished running the Boston Marathon a year ago, Simon... [Read More]
Holy Cross, Frontenac both 1-2 at Spring Thaw lacrosse tourney  April 15th, 2014
Holy Cross Crusaders and Frontenac Falcons each finished a win from three games Monday in the annual Spring Thaw high school field lacrosse tournament at the Minto fields in Nepean. Holy Cross got its victory in its first game, 4-1 over Franco Cite of Ottawa. Brothers Bryce and Hunter Drew scored... [Read More]
After sparkling university career, Owen Klassen sets sights on pro ball  April 11th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY When he arrived in Wolfville, N.S., almost five years ago, Owen Klassen wasn't feeling very good about himself. He feels better now. As he prepared to begin kinesiology studies at Acadia University, the basketball-playing Bayridge Secondary School grad couldn't escape the... [Read More]
Kings sign four players for coming lacrosse season  April 11th, 2014
Kingston Kings Friday announced the signing of their first four players for the 2014 Ontario Junior C Lacrosse League season. Returning to the Kings are second-year juniors Zach Masterson, Jonah Lewis, Austin Maracle and Kaleb Bingley. Masterson, 17, is a graduate of the Kingston Lacrosse... [Read More]
Volleyball Gaels announce three recruits  April 11th, 2014
Three players who have already fashioned distinguished athletic resumes have committed to play volleyball and study at Queen's University. Outside hitters Ben Harper and Dylan Hunt and setter Joraver Sanga will join the Gaels for the 2014-15 Ontario University Athletics season. Harper, from... [Read More]
Despite snowy winter, high school sports to proceed on schedule  April 10th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Thanks to the recent investment in artificial turf fields in the past five years by the city and Queen's University, the spring high school sports seasons will start on schedule this month, despite the vast amount of snow that fell this winter. "Here we are in the age of climate... [Read More]
Tim Bergin helps Niagara to Creator's Cup title  April 6th, 2014
Kingston's Tim Bergin had a goal and two assists Friday night, helping the Niagara Lockmonsters to a 10-9 win over the Oshweken Demons in the championship game of the Canadian Lacrosse League at Hagersville, Ont. In capturing the Creator's Cup, Niagara overcame a 9-5 deficit with four goals in the... [Read More]
Kyle Aylesworth bright spot in slow start at Ohio Valley University  March 27th, 2014
Things have not gone well in the first half of the intercollegiate lacrosse season at Ohio Valley University. Having replaced their coach after a 1-10 start, the Fighting Scots go into a pair of weekend games with just one win to show for four Eastern College Athletic Conference Division II... [Read More]
Pegg, Underwood named top athletes at Queen's  March 25th, 2014
Two rugby players were named Tuesday night as this year's top varsity athletes at Queen's University's 78th annual Colour Awards in the Athletics and Recreation Centre gym. Claragh Pegg won the PHE '55 Alumnae Award. The fourth-year kinesiology student from Barrie helped the women's rugby team win... [Read More]
Jesse, Tanner Graham ready for challenge of playing at Queen's  March 24th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Having been part of the process once, Jesse and Tanner Graham thought they'd like to be part of a team rising to prominence once again. To that end, the basketball-playing brothers from La Salle Secondary School have decided to cast their intercollegiate lot with the Queen's... [Read More]
Campaign to replace Richardson Stadium gets $10 million boost  March 22nd, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Work to replace Richardson Stadium could begin as soon as the end of the 2014 season if a $10 million gift from a football alumnus provides the spark for a fundraising campaign that its co-chair believes it will. "It's great to jump-start things," Paul Hand said of the donation... [Read More]
Kingston runners competing at world student cross-country championships  March 21st, 2014
Three Kingston athletes will be competing Saturday at the FISU cross-country championships in Entebbe, Uganda. Blair Morgan of Kingston, captain of the cross-country team at McMaster, is part of the Canadian men's team. Queen's runners Julie-Anne Staehli and Victoria Coates are members of the... [Read More]
Kevin Bailie, Brett Gibson win national hockey awards  March 21st, 2014
Two members of the Queen's Golden Gaels have been honoured by Canadian Interuniversity Sport with individual awards at the University Cup championship tournament in Saskatoon. Queen's goalie Kevin Bailie has received the Clare Drake Award as national rookie of the year and Queen's coach Brett... [Read More]
Holy Cross captures silver medal at OFSAA girls hockey  March 21st, 2014
Mackenzie McCullough stopped all 20 shots she faced Friday afternoon to back Saltfleet to a 1-0 win over the Holy Cross Crusaders in the gold-medal game at the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations girls AAA/AAAA championship in Sudbury. McCullough's goaltending made a goal late in... [Read More]
Holy Cross reaches semifinals at OFSAA girls hockey  March 20th, 2014
Holy Cross Crusaders will play for a medal Friday after they qualified for the semifinals at the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations girls AAA/AAAA hockey championship tournament in Sudbury. The Crusaders, the second-seeded team in the 16-team event, defeated Ursuline of Chatham 3-2... [Read More]
Top athlete relished role as model for much younger teammates  March 20th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Don't make Steve Leknois have this particular conversation with you. It might be a one-sided chat. "He's the best middle blocker in all of Canada, as far as I'm concerned," said the varsity volleyball coach at Royal Military College. "If anyone wants to argue with me on that... [Read More]
Soccer goalie Alex Hogg named top female athlete at RMC  March 20th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Adelaide Fearnley remembers well the moment she realized that the Royal Military College women's soccer team had a keeper for a 'keeper. It was a night game, early in the season, she recalled, and an opposing player had a breakaway down the middle of the field, bearing down on... [Read More]
La Salle, Holy Cross ousted at respective OFSAA boys hockey tournaments  March 19th, 2014
Chris Ciccione scored two goals 14 seconds apart in the game's fourth minute Wednesday afternoon - his first two goals of the tournament - and that propelled St. Elizabeth of Thornhill to a 4-1 win over the Holy Cross Crusaders in the final preliminary game for each team at the Ontario Federation... [Read More]
Holy Cross qualifies for quarter-finals at OFSAA girls hockey  March 19th, 2014
Holy Cross Crusaders and Saltfleet of Stoney Creek will meet at 8 o'clock Thursday morning to determine top spot in their preliminary pool at the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations girls AAA/AAAA hockey tournament in Sudbury. Both teams have already qualified for the quarter-finals... [Read More]
Holy Cross, La Salle each split their first two games at OFSAA boys hockey  March 18th, 2014
Holy Cross Crusaders emerged from the first day of the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations triple-A/quad-A boys hockey tournament Tuesday with a win from their two opening-day games. The Crusaders, the 16th-seeded team at the 20-team championship in Burlington and Oakville, dropped... [Read More]
Frontenacs Darcy Greenaway among six hockey recruits who commit to Queen's  March 18th, 2014
Queen's Golden Gaels hope they've addressed their Achilles heel with the signing of two established goal scorers from the Ontario Hockey League. Darcy Greenaway of the Kingston Frontenacs and Eric Ming of the Niagara Ice Dogs are among six recruits whose signing for the 2014-15 Ontario Hockey... [Read More]
Gaels ousted from CIS women's basketball tourney  March 15th, 2014
Queen's Golden Gaels are coming home from the Canadian Interuniversity Sport women's basketball championship tournament in Windsor after they dropped a 67-55 decision to the Alberta Pandas in a consolation semifinal Saturday afternoon. It was the second loss of the tournament for the Gaels, who... [Read More]
Circuitous route lands recruit not far from home  March 14th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Two years ago, Avery Baker began his pursuit of a dream to play American college football. He uprooted himself from his Oshawa home and headed off to Salisbury, Ct. Friday, Baker's quest for a university football career instead wound up in a town just down the road from where he... [Read More]
Gaels suffer heart-breaking defeat at CIS women's basketball  March 14th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY They did practically everything well. They defended superbly, holding their opponent's all-Canadian to just two points, 17 below her season average. Against a team that more than doubled the score on them in October - winning by 35 points - this time the Queen's Golden Gaels... [Read More]
Gaels introduce seven football recruits  March 14th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Seven new prospects were inducted into the Queen's football freshman class of 2014 Friday, and whether its members yet know it, they're already generating high expectations. "This is a good group," Golden Gaels coach Pat Sheahan said after the recruits - five from Ontario, one... [Read More]
Gemma Bullard wins national award for perseverance  March 14th, 2014
Gemma Bullard of the Queen's Golden Gaels Thursday night was named winner of the Tracy MacLeod Award for determination and perseverance. The award was presented in Windsor on the eve of the Canadian Interuniversity Sport women's basketball tournament, where Bullard's Gaels are the sixth-seeded... [Read More]
Kyle Aylesworth scores two in Ohio Valley loss  March 11th, 2014
Kingston's Kyle Aylesworth scored two goals Monday in the losing effort as the Ohio Valley Fighting Scots were defeated by Wingate in an Eastern College Athletic Conference Division II lacrosse game. It was the fifth game in a row that Ayleworth, a graduate of Frontenac Secondary School and the... [Read More]
Queen's runner wins gold at CIS track championships  March 9th, 2014
Julie-Anne Staehli of Queen's won the women's 3,000 metres Saturday at the Canadian Interuniversity Sport track and field championships in Edmonton. Staehli, a second-year arts and science student from Lucknow, Ont., led the field to the finish line in 9 minutes 32.91 seconds, 1.07 seconds ahead... [Read More]
Time to end the drama about the new defensive co-ordinator at Queen's  March 9th, 2014
It was interesting last week that, at a time when Queen's football players, parents, fans and alumni - not to mention the greater Canadian university football community - were eagerly awaiting news of the Golden Gaels' new defensive co-ordinator, instead we got an announcement of who will be... [Read More]
Gaels drop women's basketball championship game  March 8th, 2014
Queen's Golden Gaels gave up 23 points in the first quarter and that put the Windsor Lancers on their way to a 73-48 victory in the Ontario University Athletics women's basketball championship game in Windsor. The nation's No. 1-ranked team, Windsor - which hasn't lost since dropping the first... [Read More]
Ascension captures OFSAA AA basketball title  March 6th, 2014
Mississauga's Ascension of Our Lord Eagles defeated St. Andrew's of Aurora 64-53 Wednesday night to win the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations boys AA basketball championship in Perth.Ascension, the second-seeded team at the 18-team tournament, trailed 30-27 at halftime but... [Read More]
Kevin Bailie of Queen's named division MVP; Brett Gibson selected coach of the year  March 6th, 2014
Goaltender Kevin Bailie of the Queen's Golden Gaels has been named most valuable player in the East division of Ontario University Athletics.In his rookie season with the Gaels, Bailie had the fourth-best goals-against average in Canada, 1.98 - the four ahead of him all played fewer than Bailie's... [Read More]
Knights bound for OFSAA after winning EOSSAA boys AA hockey tourney  March 5th, 2014
A stirring comeback and some splendid goaltending by Kenton Carmody helped the La Salle Black Knights capture the Eastern Ontario Secondary Schools Athletic Association boys AA hockey championship Tuesday in Rockland. After a 3-0 win over South Grenville in the first game of round-robin play, La... [Read More]
La Salle eliminated from OFSAA AA basketball tournament  March 5th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY PERTH - Two things conspired to doom the La Salle Black Knights Tuesday night - the foul shots that weren't and the three-point shot that wasn't. For the second time in three games at the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations boys AA basketball tournament, the... [Read More]
Local players prominent among OUA basketball all-stars  March 4th, 2014
Three Kingston Area high school products are among those named Tuesday to Ontario University Athletics East division all-star teams. Jenny Wright, from Regiopolis Notre Dame, and Liz Boag, from La Salle, were both named to the first all-star team. Both are members of the East division champion... [Read More]
Holy Cross captures EOSSAA boys hockey championship  March 4th, 2014
Holy Cross Crusaders scored three goals in a 53-second span in the middle of the first period and that set the pace for an 11-1 victory over the Thousand Islands Pirates in the Eastern Ontario Secondary Schools Athletic Association boys AAA hockey championship game Tuesday at the Invista... [Read More]
Falcons ousted from OFSAA triple-A basketball tournament  March 4th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Frontenac Falcons left the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations boys AAA basketball tournament in Welland without a victory Tuesday, but neither did they leave with many regrets. "It was a tough one," Falcons coach Suche James said after his team was eliminated by... [Read More]
Rideau eliminated from single-A OFSAA basketball tourney  March 4th, 2014
Rideau District Lions bowed from the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations single-A boys basketball tournament in Timmins Tuesday when they dropped a 70-42 decision to Kings Christian of Oakville. Caleb Rice scored 11 points for Rideau, which surrendered 30 points in the first... [Read More]
La Salle rides three-point shooting to victory in second round at OFSAA  March 4th, 2014
PERTH¬† - Playing a better game in almost every respect than they did on opening day, the La Salle Black Knights defeated the James Cardinal McGuigan Wolfpack 72-52 Tuesday morning on Day 2 of the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations boys AA basketball tournament. The Knights, 2-0 at... [Read More]
Frontenac bows in first-round game at AAA OFSAA basketball  March 3rd, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Frontenac Falcons were beset by a demon that doesn't typically haunt them Monday and it cost them victory in the opening game of the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations AAA basketball tournament in Welland. The Falcons shot just 50 per cent from the free-throw... [Read More]
La Salle hangs on for 56-55 win in first-round game at OFSAA  March 3rd, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY PERTH - Sometimes, Karen Graham was saying Monday afternoon, a basketball team can quickly forget what it was doing when it was being successful - even within the short time frame of a single game. Such a lapse in excogitation almost cost the La Salle Black Knights their... [Read More]
Justin Chapdelaine signs pro contract with CFL team in Ottawa  March 2nd, 2014
Queen's Golden Gaels receiver Justin Chapdelaine has signed a contract with the CFL's newest team, the Ottawa RedBlacks. After attending the Canadian Football League scouting combine in Toronto last March, Chapdelaine was not drafted. He returned for his fifth and final intercollegiate season and... [Read More]
Second straight shutout gives Laurier OUA women's hockey title  March 2nd, 2014
But for a 45-second span in the middle of the second period Sunday night, the Queen's Golden Gaels were every bit a match for the nation's No. 3-ranked team, the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks. Sadly for the Gaels, what a disastrous 45 seconds it was. Laurier scored twice, and that ultimately gave... [Read More]
Gaels eliminated from men's hockey playoffs  March 2nd, 2014
Carleton Ravens scored twice in the third period Sunday night and the flawless goaltending of Francis Dupuis made them good for a 2-0 victory over the Queen's Golden Gaels in an Ontario University Athletics quarter-final game in Ottawa. The victory gives Carleton a 2-1 win in the best-of-three... [Read More]
Knights, Falcons each have three named to KASSAA all-star team  March 2nd, 2014
Three members of the regular-season Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association champion La Salle Black Knights have been named to the East's first all-star team. Bruce Burns and brothers Tanner and Jesse Graham will represent the East against the West in the KASSAA boys basketball... [Read More]
Frontenac, La Salle, Rideau seek OFSAA basketball championships  March 2nd, 2014
All hands will be on deck for the La Salle Black Knights Monday when they begin play at the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations AA boys basketball championship in Perth. The Knights, who had to play without their two starting guards through the final weeks of the Kingston Area... [Read More]
Gaels capture East division title; qualify for CIS women's basketball tournament  March 2nd, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY As they left their bench after a timeout late in their game Saturday night, the Queen's Golden Gaels were clearly a relaxed bunch. The smiles and high fives belied the fact there were 30 seconds left in a game whose outcome remained in doubt, one that had as its prize a berth in... [Read More]
Holy Cross sweeps KASSAA boys, girls hockey titles  March 1st, 2014
Holy Cross Crusaders completed an undefeated Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association boys hockey season Friday afternoon with a 2-0 win over the La Salle Black Knights in the championship game at the Invista Centre. The Crusaders will advance to their fourth consecutive Eastern... [Read More]
Gaels tie series with 2-1 win over Carleton  March 1st, 2014
Queen's Golden Gaels ended a five-game playoff losing streak against Carleton Friday night, handing the visiting Ravens a 2-1 defeat in an Ontario University Athletics East division semifinal game at the Memorial Centre. The teams go back to Ottawa Sunday to decide the best-of-three series, now... [Read More]
Laurier forces Queen's to deciding game in women's hockey final  March 1st, 2014
Amanda Smith made 39 saves, 16 of them in the third period, as the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks blanked the Queen's Golden Gaels 2-0 in an Ontario University Athletics women's hockey playoff game Friday afternoon at the Memorial Centre. The victory forces a third and deciding game in the... [Read More]
Crusaders advance to KASSAA hockey semifinals  February 26th, 2014
Holy Cross Crusaders began their bid to return to the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations boys hockey championship with a 5-0 win over the Bayridge Blazers in a Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association quarter-final Monday afternoon. Playing at the Invista Centre, Josh... [Read More]
Jessica Wakefield scores in overtime as Gaels upset Laurier 2-1  February 26th, 2014
A power-play goal by Jessica Wakefield in the ninth minute of overtime Wednesday gave the Queen's Golden Gaels a 2-1 win over the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks in the opening game of the Ontario University Athletics women's hockey final in Waterloo. Stationed at the side of the net, Wakefield... [Read More]
Gaels thumped by Carleton in second-round opener  February 26th, 2014
Queen's Golden Gaels' impressive playoff start landed with a thud in Ottawa Wednesday night, when the Carleton Ravens pinned a 6-2 defeat on them in the opening game of their Ontario University Athletics East division semifinal. The second game of the best-of-three series will be held Friday night... [Read More]
Crusaders to contest both KASSAA hockey finals  February 26th, 2014
Holy Cross will compete for both the boys and girls high school hockey championships Friday, after posting impressive victories in Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association semifinals Wednesday. In boys play at the Invista Centre, the Crusaders broke open a one-goal game with five... [Read More]
Kingston man has impact coaching football at an inner city school in Chicago  February 26th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY When a boy from small town, white-bread Joyceville, Ont., transplants himself not only in Chicago but, as Jim Croce wrote, in the baddest part of town, you might suspect there'd be a day or two at the beginning of his adventure when he'd collapse at the end of the day and think,... [Read More]
Regi grad Abbi Finnan top female rookie at Atlantic conference track meet  February 24th, 2014
Regiopolis Notre Dame grad Abbi Finnan was named Atlantic University Sport female athletics rookie of the year after winning three gold medals for St. Francis Xavier at the conference track and field championships, a two-day meet that ended Sunday at Moncton. Finnan had the second-fastest time in... [Read More]
Gaels to face Laurier in OUA women's hockey final  February 23rd, 2014
Queen's Golden Gaels will face the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks in the Ontario University Athletics women's hockey final, beginning this week. Dates for the series have not been announced. The Gaels gained their berth in their third championship series in the last four years Sunday afternoon with... [Read More]
Gaels win in Guelph, advance to women's hockey final for third time in four years  February 23rd, 2014
Queen's Golden Gaels are going to the Ontario University Athletics women's hockey final for the third time in four years, thanks to a 2-1 victory Sunday afternoon over the No. 3-ranked team in Canada, the regular-season OUA champion Guelph Gryphons. The win gives Queen's a 2-1 win in a... [Read More]
Julie-Anne Staehli of Queen's, Sydenham grad Wade Embury double medalists at OUA track championships  February 23rd, 2014
Julie-Anne Staehli of Queen's won her second medal of the meet Saturday, bronze in the women's 1,500 metres, at the Ontario University Athletics track and field championships in Toronto. Staehli finished the race in four minutes 29.85 seconds, just five one-hundredths of a second behind silver... [Read More]
Gaels stifle Toronto, advance to division basketball final  February 22nd, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY When the Toronto Blues were playing the game the way they wanted to play it Saturday night, the Queen's Golden Gaels were in trouble. Defending the fast break is not their forte. When the Gaels prevented them from doing so, it was quite another story, and by the end of the game... [Read More]
Overtime goal sends women's hockey semifinal to deciding game  February 21st, 2014
Queen's Golden Gaels may have had the Guelph Gryphons' number the past few years but the Gryphons aren't going quietly this year. A goal by Christine Grant in the fourth minute of the second overtime Friday night at the Memorial Centre gave Guelph a 2-1 win over Queen's, a victory that tied the... [Read More]
Gaels oust Ottawa with last-minute goal  February 21st, 2014
Queen's Golden Gaels won their first Ontario University Athletics hockey playoff series in five years Friday night when they defeated the Ottawa Gee-Gees 2-1. A goal by Braeden Corbeth with just 23 seconds left in the third period gave Queen's the win and a two-game sweep of the best-of-three... [Read More]
La Salle captures EOSSAA AA basketball tournament  February 21st, 2014
La Salle Black Knights earned a berth in the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations AA boys basketball championship Friday with a 60-46 win over Holy Trinity of Cornwall in the final game of the eastern Ontario tournament in Pembroke. La Salle advanced undefeated through the six-team,... [Read More]
La Salle wins twice, advances to semifinals at EOSSAA double-A basketball tournament  February 20th, 2014
La Salle Black Knights will play in the semifinals Friday morning at the Eastern Ontario Secondary Schools Athletic Association AA basketball championship in Pembroke. The Knights will face Smiths Falls at 10 o'clock after winning their two preliminary games Thursday at the two-day, six-team... [Read More]
Frontenac captures EOSSAA triple-A basketball title  February 20th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY It took about three minutes for all the drama to evaporate from Thursday's eastern Ontario senior AAA basketball game but it remained an important contest for the Frontenac Falcons - and not just for the fact that winning it qualified them to go to OFSAA. It was an opportunity... [Read More]
Shannon Walsh a finalist for national volleyball award  February 20th, 2014
Shannon Walsh of the Queen's Golden Gaels has been named East division winner of the Award of Merit for Ontario University Athletics women's volleyball. The award recognizes outstanding achievement in academics, athletics and community service. A Sydenham High School grad from Perth Road, Walsh... [Read More]
Basketball men eliminated at Ryerson; women to host Toronto Saturday  February 20th, 2014
Queen's Golden Gaels were eliminated from Ontario University Athletics men's basketball playoffs Wednesday night when they dropped an 86-76 decision to the No. 8 Ryerson Rams in Toronto. It's the second year in a row that the Gaels were ousted from the playoffs in the first round. Queen's trailed... [Read More]
Triple overtime goal by Shawna Griffin gives Queen's 2-1 victory at Guelph  February 20th, 2014
A person might get the impression the Queen's Golden Gaels enjoy playing the Guelph Gryphons. When they meet in the playoffs, it's as if they don't want the games to end. Wednesday night, the teams were deep into the third overtime period when Shawna Griffin scored for Queen's to give the Gaels a... [Read More]
Gaels open playoff series with 3-2 win over Ottawa  February 20th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEYNormally, the Queen's Golden Gaels play a very deliberate hockey game. They might not always take the kind of shots that gave them a victory in their opening game of the playoffs.Wednesday night they did.Two goals in the third period by defenceman Chris Van Laren enabled the Gaels... [Read More]
RMC players proud of father who played in 1968 Olympic hockey tournament  February 17th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY An Olympic bronze medal hangs proudly in the living room of the Pinder residence. "Been there, in one spot, our whole lives," Brett Pinder, who plays hockey at Royal Military College, says proudly. Older brother Patrick, the middle of three Pinder brothers to play at RMC, says... [Read More]
Frontenac 55 La Salle 42  February 16th, 2014
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Frontenac captures KASSAA senior basketball title<