Sports

First time golfer gets hole in one

 

By Barb McKay

 

First time was a charm for one Kincardine man who sunk a hole in one at Somerhill Golf Course on Saturday after never having played the sport before.

 

Bob St. Jean joined his co-workers from Lakeside Chevrolet Buick GMC for the third annual company golf tournament. While many of his colleagues are avid golfers, the 32-year-old had never held a club before, let alone played a round.

 

“I had to tell him which hand he was,” joked parts manager Ben Jones.

 


Gearing up for a competitive season

 

By Doug Kennedy

 

The Pollock Division regular season starts this weekend with the Bulldogs playing two road games. On Friday night, they travel to Hanover for an 8 p.m. start and on Saturday they will travel to Mitchell for a 7 p.m. start.

 


All-Ontario champs

 

By Doug Kennedy

 

The last weekend of baseball ended with three Kincardine teams trying to win an All-Ontario championship. Our mosquitoes and bantams both came home with championships. Our mosquito team travelled to Chatham and won all five games to win the All-Ontario championship. Art Houghton, Jeremy McQuillin and Travis Vangaver are the three coaches that led the way for this young team. The tournament was played at Saint Claire College in Chatham.

 


Team building

 

By Doug Kennedy

 

The Kincardine Bulldogs had a couple home wins this week in exhibition play against Goderich and Hanover. Both teams had a lot of rookies playing so it was not a fair indicator of how these teams will be this year. Shawn Burrows is back as head coach and Derrick Burrows is back as an assistant. The Bulldogs have added two new assistant coaches in Mike Fair and Derrick Reiger.

 


Moore wins gold at Special Olympics Canada Summer Games

 

By Barb McKay

 

Kincardine’s Allan Moore returned home from the 2018 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games this month a champion.

 


Big weekend in baseball

 

By Doug Kennedy

 

It is hard to believe but baseball season is getting close to the end. Our midgets were in Belle River this past weekend playing in the provincial championships. Tanner Reid pitched a strong game in the opener which Kincardine won 6-4 over Amherstburg.

 


Bright future for Kincardine hockey player

 

By Doug Kennedy

 

Ryker Killins is about to start his final season playing hockey for the Division 1 Ferris State Bulldogs. During his first year they had a great play-off run and made it to the top eight in the country. The last couple years they were defeated in the first round of play-offs. Ryker is excited about this year as they have only lost six seniors and he thinks they have a strong rookie class.

 


Kinloss teen lighting up the stock car track at Varney

 

By Barb McKay

 

At 15 years old, Dawson Urbanek is already a stock car racing veteran.

 

In his fourth season at Varney Speedway, Dawson has more experience on the track than racers many years his senior and he is currently leading his class in points this season with nearly 20 wins under his belt.

 

“This year has been the best year so far in my career,” Dawson said from his home in Kinloss on Friday. “I’m far more improved from last year.”

 


KIPP Trail close to reaching fundraising goal

by Barb McKay

 

Work on the long-awaited Kincardine to Inverhuron Provincial Park (KIPP) Trail could begin next spring.

 

Kincardine Trails Association (KTA) president Brad Kirkconnell said the committee has raised more than $200,000 of its $240,000 fundraising goal.

 

“We’ll be putting the push on in the new year because the natural gas project will be getting underway,” he said.

 


Celebrity slo-pitch game this Saturday

 

By Doug Kennedy

 

There will be a lot of tall tales told at the Connaught ball park this Saturday. It starts with the Kincardine Cubs playing against some alumni players. That starts at 2 p.m. and goes until 4 p.m. From 4-5 p.m., General Gist plays besides the ball field to entertain fans between games.

 

At 5:30 p.m., there will be a celebrity slo-pitch game. Kincardine Minor Baseball President Jay Bell has done a good job of organizing this event. Scott McKay has lined up some ex-NHLers to come to Kincardine for the day. Todd Harvey and Todd Warriner are two who will play on Saturday.