Crocker re­turn­ing as head coach

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The club had a great day to get out and drive some balls around the fair­ways as the sun was shin­ing and the weather was warm.

Ge­orge said the talk around the club­house was great, con­cern­ing the tour­na­ment.

“We got all pos­i­tive feedback about it, and every­one is ex­cited to start the sea­son,” said Ge­orge. “We’re get­ting a lot of sup­port. We’re happy about that for sure.”

The idea for the golf tour­na­ment was con­ceived in March when CeeBees of­fi­cials got to­gether to de­cide on an plan of ac­tion sur­round­ing fundrais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties for the club.

“We de­cided we wanted to put to­gether a cou­ple of more fundrais­ing events and this was one of them,” said Ge­orge.

It is un­known as to the amount of profit.

A re­newed fo­cus

The golf clas­sic is ev­i­dence of the CeeBees re­newed fo­cus on the fundrais­ing as­pect of com­pet­ing in the pro­vin­cial league.

As it moves into the 2012-2013 sea­son, the team will again run into the Grand Falls-Wind­sor Cataracts and the Clarenville Cari­bous, two clubs that op­er­ate with huge bud­gets and are con­stantly putting off fundrais­ing events to help off­set travel costs, etc.

In the past, the Cari­bous have sold 50-50 tick­ets dur­ing the sum­mer and tick­ets on a newly-built house.

Barry Manuel, di­rec­tor of hockey op­er­a­tions for the Cataracts, said fundrais­ing makes up a big chunk of the team’s bud­get.

“We al­ways have some­thing on the go and it’s huge for us,” he said. It’s a play that back­ers of the CeeBees plan to copy. “We saw that fundrais­ing is a year-round thing,” said Ge­orge.

Money raised dur­ing the events will go into the ev­ery­day op­er­a­tion of the team and help al­le­vi­ate some of the costs put on spon­sors.

Plans go­ing for­ward

Ge­orge said that the golf clas­sic is not the only big event the CeeBees had planned for the sum­mer.

There are plans to roll out a mas­sive ticket draw later this sum­mer with the grand prize be­ing tick­ets to the 2013 Na­tional Hockey League Win­ter Clas­sic, be­ing held at the Michi­gan Sta­dium in Ann Ar­bour, Michi­gan and will pit Orig­i­nal 6 teams, the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs against each other.

The Alumni game will fea­ture past play­ers from both fran­chises and could in­clude stars like Wen­del Clark, Mats Sundin and Nick­las Lid­strom.

Crocker back as head coach

While the new sea­son is still four months away, one big ques­tion sur­round­ing the club has been an­swered.

Corey Crocker will stay on as head coach. Crocker came on board dur­ing the sec­ond half of the sea­son, re­plac­ing Steve Power. Crocker man­aged to right a sink­ing ship, and the team man­aged to snag the fourth and fi­nal play­off spot late in the sea­son.

Ge­orge said Crocker has been mak­ing some phone calls to play­ers on be­half of the club and “just keep­ing every­one in the loop on what’s go­ing with the team and the league.”

The as­sis­tant coach also had great things to say about the pos­si­bil­ity of a sixth team en­ter­ing the league.

“The fact that Gan­der wants to come in and join the league … will only strengthen the league down the road,” said Ge­orge.

It was an­nounced late last week that Gan­der’s ap­pli­ca­tion for en­trance into the league had been granted.

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Butt’s Esso put on an offe­sive dis­play last week in Car­bon­ear men’s slo-pitch ac­tion af­ter thump­ing West Side Char­lie’s 14-5 at the Car­bon­ear Recreation Com­plex, June 28.

Chad Par­sons and Charl Clarke paced the of­fen­sive ex­plo­sion with four hits apiece. Stephen Peach and Blair Par­sons con­trib­uted three hits and Den­nis King had two hits.

Tops at the plate for West Side was Frank Fin­layson and Kevin Pen­ney who had three hits each. Tim Burke and Grant Tobin each con­trib­uted two hits while Roy Flight, Bradley Har­ris and Ce­cil Tay­lor belted out one hit apiece.

Ger­ard Grif­fin had the win on the rub­ber and Sam White pitched the loss.

In the sec­ond game of the evening, West Side found its of­fense, more than tripling East Coast Con­crete by a score of 10-3.

Fin­layson and Burke had three hits for the win­ners. White and Tobin had two hits each.

Mat Pow­ell led the losers with three hits. Brad Gal­lant had two hits, while Peter Tuck, Nick Ros­siter, Jim King, Gord King, Bran­don Hynes and Brian Tuck had sin­gles.

Sam White picked up the win and Jim King suf­fered the loss.

Butt’s edged East Coat by a score of 8-7 in the first of two games, June 25.

Lead­ing the charge for Butt’s was Jeff Par­sons. He picked up three hits in vic­tory, while Charl Clarke and Stephen Peach had two hits apiece.

Jim King and Bran­don Hynes paced the losers pick­ing up three hits each. Gord King, Mike Squires, Nick Ros­siter, Har­ris Cor­nick and Chris Par­sons reached base twice with two hits apiece.

Ger­ard Grif­fin toed the rub­ber in vic­tory, and Gord King took the loss.

In its sec­ond game of the evening, Buttt’s stomped op­po­nent West Side by a score of 8-1.

Charl Clarke was pounded out four hits to lead the of­fen­sive at­tack for Butt’s. Stephen Peach, Den­nis King and Jody Doyle had tow hits for the win­ners.

Pac­ing the losers were Roy Flight and Sam White, who picked up two hits apiece. Mike White­way, Scott Cleary and Alf Bourne had one hit each.

Grf­fin again picked up the pitch­ing win and Sam White picked up the loss.

Photo by Terry Roberts/the Com­pass

GET­TING DUNKED FOR CAN­CER RE­SEARCH — Grade 6 stu­dent Bran­don Pet­ten of All Hal­lows Ele­men­tary in North River raises his arms in cel­e­bra­tion af­ter be­ing dunked in a tank of wa­ter on Thurs­day, June 20. Pet­ten ini­ti­ated a fundraiser for can­cer re­search at his school re­cently, which cli­maxed with the wildly pop­u­lar dunk tank event. The North River youth was in­spired by a fam­ily mem­ber, who is dealing with the dis­ease. The school raised more than $1,500 in this end-of­school-year un­der­tak­ing.

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