The Nipissing Lakers take their 3 and 5 record on the road this evening against the Queen’s University Gaels. This follows a 5-1 loss last night against the Western Mustangs at Memorial Gardens. Laker’s coach Mike McParland says he expects a real battle.
The Nipissing Lakers men’s soccer team split their final pair of home games on the weekend — dropping a 2-nothing decision to Queen’s and beating RMC 3-1. The Lakers secured a playoff berth with the win yesterday. Meantime, the Lady Lakers lost 6-0 to Queens and tied RMC 3-all.
The Nipissing Lakers womens volleyball team picked up a silver at a weekend tourney in Oakville. The Lakers defeated Seneca Colege and Sheridan Colege on Friday, On Saturday, the Lakers had mixed results beating Durham but losing to Humber. In the playoffs, they beat Mohawk and Trent to reach the final before falling to Humber in the final.
Canadore’s basketball team took part in the Fleming College Invitational this past weekend. After dropping their first two games, the Panthers closed out the tournament with a 92-57 win over a Gatineau college. Shayne Kux scored 30 points for Canadore. The Panther’s open the regular season in two weeks in the Soo.
The 11th annual Ray Hamilton Classic weightlifting contest was held on the weekend in North Bay. Jesse Burman of the Norsemen won a gold while three others won silver. Valkyries Tikva Tigannelli and Bronwynn Sheppard also won gold medals in their classes.
In OUA men’s hockey, Nipissing lost 5-2 in Toronto Sunday with the Blues scoring three goals on the powerplay. Jeff Leaist and Grant Toulmin scored for the Lakers. Nipissing lost 3-2 to Trois Rivieres on home ice on Friday night and is now 1 and 3 on the season.
The North Bay Junior A Trappers lost 5-4 in overtime against the Soo Thunderbirds Sunday afternoon. They picked up 4 points on the weekend, after the overtime loss, a tie Saturday in Blind River and a win over Elliot Lake on Friday. The Trappers are 2nd in the standings, one point back of the Soo.
It was like two different games Friday night at the Steve Omischl Sports Complex. The Widdifield Wildcats and West Ferris Trojans finished the first half with the Wildcats up 2-0. Then a crazy sequence unfolded in the second half. Their were blocked punts for touchdowns, missed field goals, interceptions, fumbles returned for touchdowns and a lead change twice within the last three minutes. When the smoke cleared the Wildcats (1-4) had sealed their first victory of the year with a 21-16 win. The Trojans have now lost three straight and fall to 2-3 on the year. Also on Friday night, the St. Joseph-Scollard Hall Bears (5-0) defeated the Algonquin Barons 26-7 (2-3).
In NDA junior football on Thursday, St.Joseph-Scollard Hall won 24-13 at Northern. Four different Bears scored first half touchdowns. On Friday in senior play, in addition to the Friday night game, the 4-0 Bears play 2-2 Algonquin at 5:45 .
At the OFSSA boys golf championship this week, Mike Gorda from West Ferris carded at two-day 184. Meantime, Scollard had two student entered in the girls provincial championship. Jennifer Sheehan shot a 109 while Jamiee Reynolds carded a 115.
37 male and female lifters took part in the first ever Northern Ontario Open powerlifting event hosted by the newly formed Canadore Panthers Powerlifting team recently. Tyler Wareham was the lone gold medalist from North Bay.
The Canadore Panthers Men’s Basketball team picked up a 65-47 pre-season win over Cambrian College recently. Head Coach Leo Bechard says they were down 6-0 after the first minute and it was an eye opener for the young guys on the team. He says John Gore, who has some OCAA experience, calmed them down and that changed the whole momentum of the game. He says they went on a 24-14 run and there was no looking back after that. Bechard says they dressed 16 players and 14 of them scored. None of them hit double digits, but he says that shows how much depth they have and how reliable they will be off the bench. The roster was finalized the day before the game. Bechard says the players that made the final cut brought the speed, size and strength the coaching staff was looking for. He says speed is what will carry them throughout this season. The teams first regular season game is Saturday, October 20, against Algonquin College.
The founder of the North Bay North Stars, a sledge-hockey team for the special needs community, has been awarded a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. Sharon Fung received her medal from MPP Vic Fedeli over the weekend at North Stars practice.
The national championship of university ringette will be at Nipissing University for the next two years. 16 teams from across the country will compete over five days next January and again in 2014. Games will be played at Memorial Gardens and the Sam Jacks complex. Nipissing’s team is about to enter its third year and tryouts will be held next Friday and the following Friday from 3-4 pm at the Gardens.
Former NHL player Darren Turcotte has been named head coach of Nipissing University’s new varsity women’s hockey team. Turcotte, who most recently co-coached the Ontario Under-18 women’s team while serving as head coach for the North Bay Compuware Ice Boltz Midget AA girls team, brings a impressive resume to the team. In addition to playing 12 years in the NHL, he played four years of OHL hockey for the North Bay Centennials from 1984-1988.
The North Bay Sports Hall of Fame class of 2012 has been honoured. They include fromer NHL referee the late Lou Farelli, professional hockey coach and coach4Food’s Tom Hedican, longtime multi-sport coach Garry Payne, university football all-star and football coach Claude Riopelle and judo athlete and builder Rolph Tipler. Meantime, the 2011 Sports Awards winners have also been honoured. Here’s the list of winners:
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