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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]
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]
Rob Asselstine named Kingston's amateur athlete of the year  February 5th, 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]
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]
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]
Hall of Fame inductees introduced  January 13th, 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]
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]
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]
Disappointing day for Kingston rowers at world championships  September 6th, 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]
Relegated to B final, Kingston rower still has shot at Olympic berth  September 5th, 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]
Canadian men's four qualifies for Rio Olympics  September 4th, 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]
Lesley Thompson-Willie, three Pan Am rowers named to world championship team  August 21st, 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]
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]
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]
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]
Impact comes of age with win over North Toronto  May 10th, 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]
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]
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 6th, 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]
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]
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]
Surviving rocks, thorns and Bingos so kids can play ball  April 22nd, 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]
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 19th, 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]
Ex-Gael Scott Valberg returns to Team Canada  April 15th, 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]
Kingston runner moves up in final stage of Sahara race  April 11th, 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 10th, 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]
Martin Mack perseveres through 'tough' third stage of ultramarathon  April 8th, 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 7th, 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]
Simon Whitfield among first to be named a Pan Am Games torchbearer  March 19th, 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]
Novel approach gives Impact girls insight into their sport  March 14th, 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]
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]
Impact to host girls Mega Tournament this weekend  February 26th, 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]
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]
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]
Golfer Augusta James named Kiwanis athlete of the year  February 6th, 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]
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]
Finalists named for Kiwanis athlete-of-the-year award  January 15th, 2015
Augusta and Austin James, the golf-playing siblings from Bath, are among eight local athletes who are finalists for the Kiwanis Club’s amateur athlete-of-the-year award. Austin James, the Canadian junior boys champion, and his older sister, Augusta, the Canadian women’s amateur... [Read More]
Hall of Fame introduces five members of the class of 2015  January 7th, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Jenny Ellis has watched friends inducted into the Kingston and District Sports Hall of Fame. “I’ve always sort of thought, ‘Wouldn’t that be wonderful,’ but I never thought it would materialize,” she said. Tuesday night at City Hall, it... [Read More]
Danielle Boyd continues her quest for an Olympic sailing berth  January 3rd, 2015
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Danielle Boyd says she prefers not to think about outcomes. “I’m a person who can’t think too much about results,” Boyd said, “or I become too results-oriented, and I would crack under the pressure. “I just don’t think about it, and... [Read More]
KC to host personalized screenings of running film  December 5th, 2014
Transcend, a film that portrays running in the context of Kenyan politics, will be screened in the auditorium at Kingston Collegiate Tuesday, Dec. 9. There will be two showings; one for students at 9:55 a.m. and another for community members at 7 p.m. Admission will be by donation, with... [Read More]
Branna MacDougall fourth at national cross-country championships, earns spot on national team  December 2nd, 2014
Kingston runner Branna MacDougall has trips to Colombia and China in her future, as a member of Canada’s junior cross-country team, after she finished fourth Saturday at the national championships at Jericho Beach, Vancouver. MacDougall, who earlier last month won the Ontario high... [Read More]
Kingston sailor 14th at world championship  September 17th, 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]
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]
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]
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]
Athletes enjoy Games success with coach Paul Ragusa  August 1st, 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  August 1st, 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 31st, 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]
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]
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 25th, 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 24th, 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]
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]
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]
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]
Skate Canada bringing national championships to Kingston  May 15th, 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]
Impact hosting two provincial girls basketball championships  May 8th, 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]
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]
Strong comeback falls short as Impact bows in opening game of provincial championship tourney  April 26th, 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]
Impact to host Ontario Basketball bantam championship tournament  April 25th, 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]
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]
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]
Genevieve Lacasse is Kingston's athlete of the year  February 14th, 2014
Genevieve Lacasse was named Thursday night as the 34th winner of the Gus Marker Trophy as Kingston's amateur athlete of the year. The announcement was made at a banquet at the Ambassador Hotel, where the Kiwanis Club honoured 11 finalists and three builders. Lacasse, who was not present - since... [Read More]
Finalists named for local amateur athlete-of-the-year award  February 2nd, 2014
Eleven Kingston-area athletes have been selected as finalists for this year's Kiwanis Amateur Athlete of the Year award. The eleven, chosen by a committee of Kiwanians and local sports media representatives, are: * Lacrosse player Kyle Aylesworth * Paddler Isiah Higgs * Fencer Kerr... [Read More]
Father of athletics at RMC, Danny McLeod dead at 92  January 15th, 2014
By CLAUDE SCILLEY The father of athletics at Royal Military College, and a man who continued to embody the spirit of the college long after he retired from the Canadian Forces, Maj. Danny McLeod died early Tuesday morning. He was 92. "Such a huge loss," Earle Morris, a 1967 graduate of RMC who... [Read More]
Brenda Willis teaches her players about more than just volleyball  January 8th, 2014
Half a world away, Michael Amoroso was not surprised Tuesday to learn that his former varsity volleyball coach at Queen's University, Brenda Willis, had been selected to the Kingston and District Sports Hall of Fame. "Many coaches teach the skills and trust that the other things will just sort... [Read More]
Local sports hall of fame names five new members  January 8th, 2014
It took 14 years for the Kingston and District Sports Hall of Fame to get around to the local volleyball community. Tuesday night they recognized two of its members. Brenda Willis, in her 27th year as varsity men's coach at Queen's University, and Dale Huddleston, who took 12 Ernestown Secondary... [Read More]
Physi-Kult wins city's first national cross-country title  December 3rd, 2013
A 13th-place performance by Clara Langley led the Physi-Kult team of Kingston to the junior women's team title Saturday at the Canadian cross-country championships in Vancouver. It is the first title won at a national cross-country meet by a team from Kingston. Langley, 19, completed the... [Read More]
Jim Hulton thrilled to be back coaching junior hockey  November 23rd, 2013
By CLAUDE SCILLEY This isn't the first time Jim Hulton has waded into the breach of a struggling hockey club. In fact, the timing - within a week of Grey Cup Sunday - is eerily similar to the last time it happened. "I hope this one turns out a lot better," Hulton was saying the other day from... [Read More]
Canada eliminated at FIBA Americas tournament  September 9th, 2013
Canada bowed from medal contention at the FIBA Americas men's basketball tournament when they dropped a 73-67 decision to Argentina Sunday on the final day of the second round of the 12-team competition in Caracas, Venezuela. It was the third straight loss for Canada, which as a result missed... [Read More]
Canada in tough situation at FIBA Americas tournament after loss to Dominican Republic  September 8th, 2013
Canada fell to 3-3 Saturday at the FIBA Americas men's basketball tournament in Caracas, Venezuela, when it suffered an 81-74 defeat at the hands of the Dominican Republic. Aaron Doornekamp, an Ernestown Secondary School grad from Odessa, started for Canada but he did not score in 34 minutes of... [Read More]
Canada bows to hosts at FIBA Americas tournament  September 7th, 2013
Odessa's Aaron Doornekamp had his best game of the tournament but it couldn't prevent Canada from absorbing a 64-59 defeat at the hands of the host team at the FIBA Americas championship in Caracas, Venezuela. It was the first loss of the second round for Canada, now one of three teams tied at... [Read More]
Canada beats Mexico to open second round at FIBA Americas tournament  September 6th, 2013
Canada got 21 points from Brady Heslip and 19 more from Andrew Rautins Thursday in an 89-67 win over Mexico in the opening game of the second round at the FIBA Americas basketball tournament in Caracas, Venezuela. Canada is 3-1 at the 10-team event - a victory over Brazil in the first round has... [Read More]
Canadians advance to playoff round at FIBA Americas tournament  September 4th, 2013
Aaron Doornekamp had a three-point basket Tuesday night as Canada defeated Uruguay 93-67 in the FIBA Americas basketball tournament in Caracas, Venezuela. It was Canada's third victory in the four-game preliminary round-robin at the 10-team tournament, from where the four semifinalists will... [Read More]
Aaron Doornekamp scores seven points for Canada in FIBA Americas victory over Brazil  September 1st, 2013
Odessa's Aaron Doornekamp scored seven points Sunday as Canada defeated Brazil 91-62 on the third day of the FIBA Americas basketball tournament in Caracas, Venezeula. It was the second win in three games for Canada, which sits second in its pool at the 10-team tournament behind undefeated Puerto... [Read More]
Kingston-connected athletes end Canada Games with 16 medals  August 18th, 2013
Kingston-connected athletes won six medals Saturday on the final day of competition at the Canada Summer Games in and around Sherbrooke, Que. Cyclist Anne Foreman-Mackey won her second gold medal of the Games in the women's criterium. With 15 points she finished ahead of Quebec's Adriane... [Read More]
Queen's rowers win seven medals at Canada Summer Games  August 17th, 2013
Kingston's Matthew Christie won a silver medal Friday in the men's single sculls at the Canada Summer Games rowing venue on Lake Magog, Que. Christie completed the course in 7 minutes 24.45 seconds, a little less than five seconds behind the winner, Taylor Perry of New Brunswick. Will Bryden of... [Read More]
Rowers go for gold Friday at Canada Games  August 16th, 2013
Bath golfer Austin James slipped Thursday in the second round of the Canada Summer Games golf tournament at Milby Golf Club near Sherbrooke, Que. James, tied for 10th after the opening round, carded a five-over-par round of 78, for a 36-hole total of 152, six over par. That leaves James in a tie... [Read More]
Kingston cyclist fourth at Canada Games  August 14th, 2013
Kingston cyclist Anne Foreman-Mackey missed a medal by the narrowest of margins Wednesday at the Canada Summer Games in Sherbrooke, Que. Foreman-Mackey was one of four riders who finished the women's road race in 2 hours 23 minutes 30 seconds, placing them in a tie for third place. Review of the... [Read More]
Matt Christie wins heat at Canada Games rowing  August 13th, 2013
Kingston's Matthew Christie won his heat this moring in the men's single sculls as the Canada Games rowing competition in Sherbrooke got under way on Lake Magog. Christie, 17th last month at the world under-23 championships in the men's lightweight single, advances directly to Friday's final. His... [Read More]
Kingston cyclist wins gold at Canada Summer Games  August 12th, 2013
Kingston cyclist Anne Foreman-Mackey won the gold medal Monday morning in the women's time trial at the Canada Summer Games road course at Ste-Catherine-de-Hatley, Que. A final-year health sciences student at McMaster University, Foreman-Mackey, 22, led the 33-rider field in 21 minutes 46.42... [Read More]
Cassidy Tran fifth in swim final at Canada Games  August 9th, 2013
Though she dropped almost a tenth of a second off her time in the morning heats, Cassidy Tran of the Kingston Y Penguins missed the podium on the last night of competition in the pool at the Canada Summer Games Thursday at Sherbrooke, Que. Tran finished fifth in the final of the women's Special... [Read More]
Cassidy Tran sixth in the pool at Canada Summer Games  August 8th, 2013
Ontario will play for the bronze medal in women's volleyball today at the Canada Summer Games in Sherbrooke, Que. The Ontario team, which includes Queen's University varsity players Brett Hagarty and Niki Slikboer, lost 3-1 to undefeated British Columbia last night, 25-20, 25-16, 21-25,... [Read More]
Ontario reaches women's volleyball semifinals at Canada Games  August 7th, 2013
Two members of the Queen's Golden Gaels Tuesday night helped Ontario into the semifinals of the women's volleyball tournament tomorrow at the Canada Summer Games in Sherbrooke, Que. Niki Slikboer had two kills and she and Queen's teammate Brett Hagarty played in all four sets as Ontario defeated... [Read More]
Two medals for Kingston athletes at Canada Summer Games  August 6th, 2013
Cassidy Tran of Kingston won a gold medal in the University of Sherbrooke pool Monday night at the Canada Summer Games in Sherbrooke, Que. Tran topped the field in the A final of women's Special Olympics 50-metre breaststroke. She had the fastest time in qualifying, 51.15 seconds, and she won the... [Read More]
Queen's players help Ontario to 3-0 mark at Canada Games  August 5th, 2013
Ontario remains undefeated after two days of the women's volleyball competition at the Canada Summer Games in Sherbrooke, Que. Niki Slikboer of the Queen's Golden Gaels led Ontario with 10 kills in its opening-round 3-0 victory over the Yukon Saturday. Ontario won handily 25-6, 25-2, 25-5.... [Read More]
Queen's athletes, coach win silver at Maccabiah Games  July 30th, 2013
Two members of the Queen's Golden Gaels and varsity men's coach Brenda Willis are returning home from Jerusalem with silver medals from the volleyball competition at the 19th Maccabiah Games. The 13-day event for Jewish athletes from around the world and Israeli athletes of any faith ends today.... [Read More]
Local athletes bound for Canada Games  July 30th, 2013
Several local athletes are bound for Sherbrooke, Que., this week for the beginning of the Canada Summer Games. The opening ceremony will be held Friday and competition in 19 different sports will run through Saturday, Aug. 17. Rower Matt Christie, just back from the world under-23 championships -... [Read More]
Queen's rowers fifth at world under-23 championships  July 29th, 2013
Rowers from Queen's University were part of two Canadian crews that finished fifth at the world under-23 rowing championships, a five-day regatta in Linz-Ottensheim, Austria, that concluded Sunday. Meghan Robinson, a Queen's athlete from Bowen Island, B.C., was part of the Canadian women's eight... [Read More]
Heather Jaros 12th in heat at world youth track and field  July 11th, 2013
Kingston's Heather Jaros had a disappointing day at the IAAF world youth track and field championships Wednesday in Donetsk, Ukraine. On the opening day of the meet, Jaros finished 12th in her heat of the women's 1,500 metres and did not qualify to advance. After a bout of asthma interfered with... [Read More]
Three Gaels to play for Canada at women's under-20 Nations Cup rugby tournament  July 4th, 2013
Three members of the Queen's Golden Gaels will be part of the Canadian team at the women's under-20 Nations Cup rugby tournament, an 11-day event that begins July 11 in London, England. Jordyn Rowntree, Lauren McEwen and Nadia Popov were selected from a tryout camp in Toronto last month after a... [Read More]
Napanee Express bound for national junior fastball tournament  June 30th, 2013
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Napanee Express is bound to play for the Canadian junior men's fastball championship in August, after finishing second on the weekend at the Ontario junior elimination tournament in Owen Sound. Napanee played eight games in three days, and won six of them before being edged 9-8... [Read More]
Teeswater wins midget elimination fastball tournament  June 30th, 2013
NAPANEE - Teeswater Otters scored two runs in the top of the seventh inning to claim a 3-2 win over the Port Perry Lumberjacks Sunday afternoon in the final game of the Ontario midget fastball elimination tournament. Teeswater was undefeated in four games in winning the 12-team, three-day event... [Read More]
Napanee ousted from midget fastball elimination tournament  June 29th, 2013
By CLAUDE SCILLEY NAPANEE - A bases-loaded walk with nobody out in the bottom of the eighth inning sent the Napanee Absolute Insulation Express to a 4-3 defeat Saturday night at the hands of the Kitchener-Waterloo Kolts, one that knocked the host team out of the Ontario midget fastball elimination... [Read More]
Napanee opens midget elimination tournament with win  June 29th, 2013
By CLAUDE SCILLEY NORTH FREDERICKSBURGH - Just as the rain washed the first day of the Ontario midget elimination fastball tournament out of the Napanee Fairgrounds Friday, the Domville Aces rained on the hopes of the home team in the early part of their first-round game Friday night. Then, as... [Read More]
Express confident going into this weekend's midget elimination tournament in Napanee  June 27th, 2013
By CLAUDE SCILLEY As final tuneups go, it was a tad off-key. Two days before opening the Ontario midget elimination fastball tournament, the Napanee Absolute Insulation Express did just about everything you wouldn't expect a team with designs on a championship to do. In losing a Kingston Men's... [Read More]
Aaron Nusbaum of Queen's helps Canada to silver medal at world u-21 beach volleyball  June 24th, 2013
Queen's University varsity volleyball player Aaron Nusbaum teamed with Grant O'Gorman to give Canada the silver medal at the world under-21 beach volleyball championship in Umag, Crotia, Sunday. The Canadians were defeated 2-0 (21-12, 23-21) by Brazil in the gold-medal match of the three-day... [Read More]
Owen Klassen helps Canada sweep Four Nations basketball tournament  June 19th, 2013
Kingston's Owen Klassen was a double-digit scorer in three of Canada's nine games as they emerged undefeated from the Four Nations Invitational men's basketball tournament in China. The three-city, 11-day event ended Tuesday. Coached by senior men's national team coach Jay Triano, with Carleton... [Read More]
Queen's players help Ontario to bronze medal at national field hockey tournament  June 17th, 2013
Two members of the Queen's Golden Gaels were on the Ontario team that won the bronze medal on the weekend at the national women's field hockey championship tournament in Brampton. Kara Pogue scored once and had an assist in Ontario's 7-2 win over the Ontario under-23 team in the bronze medal... [Read More]
Queen's rugby player Liam Underwood to dress for Canada Saturday against Tonga  June 7th, 2013
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Queen's University varsity rugby player Liam Underwood will be in the lineup Saturday when Canada hosts Tonga in its third game of the Pacific Nations Cup tournament at Richardson Stadium. Underwood impressed observers in his first international start Wednesday in Ottawa, a... [Read More]
Provincial Parasport Games coming to Kingston this weekend  May 27th, 2013
By CLAUDE SCILLEYThe path to success is not a lot different for an athlete with a disability than it is for an able-bodied competitor, Karen Blachford believes."It's about trying a sport, finding one you like, having the right support behind you," said Blachford, a gold medalist in curling at the... [Read More]
International rugby game proceeding as planned  May 9th, 2013
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Except for not being able to sell as many tickets as they would have liked, organizers are proceeding apace with plans for the international rugby game scheduled for June 8 at Richardson Stadium. John Phelan, speaking for the local committee presenting the game on behalf of... [Read More]
Queen's to host international volleyball match  May 6th, 2013
Kingston will be the site of an exhibition international men's volleyball match Saturday, May 18, in the main gym of the Queen's University Athletics and Recreation Centre. Canada's national team will play Turkey in a match that will commence at 4 p.m. It's the final fixture of a three-match... [Read More]
Kingston runners in Boston Marathon rocked by explosions  April 15th, 2013
Kingston's Randy Zabukovec was the top local finisher today in a Boston Marathon that was rocked by two explosions at the finish line. Three people are dead and upwards of 200 people were injured - many with severed limbs - by bombs that went off at about 2:45 p.m. Zabukovec, 43, went off in the... [Read More]
Kingston ultramarathon runner finishes Sahara race 325th  April 14th, 2013
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Kingston ultramarathon runner Martin Mack successfully completed the 28th annual Marathon des Sables Friday, crossing the finish line of the fifth and final stage 325th in an international field that began six days earlier with 1,198 runners. Mack, a building contractor... [Read More]
Ultramarathon runner survives 75.7-kilometre leg  April 11th, 2013
Martin Mack moved up 120 places Wednesday in the fourth stage of the 28th Marathon des Sables, a mammoth 75.7-kilometre run across the Moroccan Sahara Desert from Taourirt Mouchanne to Jebel el Mraier. The Kingston man now stands 365th in a field of 1,146 remaining competitors. Fifty-two runners... [Read More]
Ultramarathon runners begin 75.7-kilometre stage  April 10th, 2013
Day 3 of the 28th Marathon des Sables was going just fine Tuesday for Kingston ultramarathon runner Martin Mack. "The weather was not hot and the terrain was somewhat flat," he wrote. Then, just before the day's first checkpoint, "they stuck another mountain in the trail." Mack ended the third... [Read More]
Kingston runner 477th in Sahara ultramarathon  April 9th, 2013
Kingston's Martin Mack climbed 35 places Monday in the second stage of the 28th annual Marathon des Sables, a six-day ultramarathon across the Moroccan Saraha Desert. Though he described the day as "insanely hard," Mack covered 30.7-kilometre stage from Oued Tijekht to Jebel el Otfal better than... [Read More]
Kingston man runnning in Sahara ultramarathon  April 8th, 2013
A Kingston man engaging in what the Discovery Channel describes as the toughest footrace on earth says the first stage of this year's race was the hardest and longest first day in the 28-year history of the Marathon des Sables. "The desert and the difficult course were a shock to me," wrote Martin... [Read More]
Impact ready to host weekend basketball games  March 20th, 2013
CLAUDE SCILLEY Paul Coulter has lofty expectations of his basketball team this weekend. The coach believes the Kingston Impact is capable of winning two of the three games it will host as part of a Juel league weekend of play at Queen's University. The greatest expectation, however, concerns the... [Read More]
Athlete enjoys sharing experience of his sport  February 23rd, 2013
By CLAUDE SCILLEY There were lots of smiles the other day when students at Lancaster Drive Public School tried their hand at playing wheelchair basketball. Clearly, they were intrigued by the challenges of dribbling, passing and shooting a ball while seated in a device that wouldn't necessarily do... [Read More]
ParaSport Games will feature wide spectrum of athletes  February 20th, 2013
By CLAUDE SCILLEY Athletes coming to Kingston for the Ontario ParaSport Games in May will leave with a range of experiences as diverse as the variety of sports they'll contest. "There will be grassroots athletes, where it's their first time coming to these Games, up to high level athletes," Corey... [Read More]
Wrestling too fundamental to leave Olympics, coach says  February 19th, 2013
By CLAUDE SCILLEY You needn't be a sociologist or an expert in the technical elements of the sport to understand the essence of wrestling, Paul Ragusa believes. "Anyone who has kids, what do your kids do? They grab each other and they wrestle," said Ragusa, the Kingston man who has competed or... [Read More]


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