Cu­ri­ous case in Har­bour Grace

Where­abouts of town’s ath­letic team award an un­solved mys­tery

The Compass - - NEWS - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON THE COMPASS edi­tor@CB­N­com­pass.ca

Don Regular hopes some­one in Har­bour Grace or one of the neigh­bour­ing com­mu­ni­ties might have a large plaque col­lect­ing dust in­side a home, garage, or shed.

That’s be­cause for a num­ber of years now, vol­un­teers with the Har­bour Grace Hall of Fame Com­mit­tee have scratched their heads over the where­abouts of its ath­letic team of the year tro­phy.

“We sus­pect that it has prob­a­bly been passed on to other team mem­bers, and it has a greater chance of be­ing lost or mis­placed — be­ing placed be­hind a ch­ester­field or hang­ing on some­one’s wall and not re­al­iz­ing it has to be re­turned,” said Regular, one of the com­mit­tee’s mem­bers.

“We’d just like to have it back, be­cause it would be re­ally help­ful to us for his­toric pur­poses and for in­for­ma­tion pur­poses.”

The for­mer CHVO ra­dio sta­tion spon­sored the tro­phy when it was first awarded in the 1980s. Ac­cord­ing to Regular, just about all of the spots to list win­ners have been filled.

Of par­tic­u­lar in­ter­est to the com­mit­tee are the names of the win­ning teams on the plaque — it oth­er­wise has no record of past re- cip­i­ents for those years. Regular has re­cently been comb­ing through The Compass’ ar­chives with his brother Dave in an ef­fort to track down the names of past win­ners. Over the course of a few vis­its, they’ve man­aged to iden­tify the win­ning teams for 20 out of the 25 or 26 years the plaque was handed out.

Regular reck­ons the plaque was last pre­sented about three years ago. The com­mit­tee has since started to use a new tro­phy to hon­our Har­bour Grace’s team of the year.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion to share about where the tro­phy might be can con­tact Dave Regular at 596-8206.

“You can leave in­for­ma­tion with him as to how we can get it back, and we’d ap­pre­ci­ate any co-op­er­a­tion in get­ting it re­turned,” said Don Regular.

The nom­i­na­tion dead­line for this year’s Hall of Fame Awards was last week. A ban­quet will be held in Har­bour Grace April 23 to rec­og­nize 2014’s best ath­letes at the Knights of Colum­bus build­ing.

COMPASS FILE PHOTO

The St. Fran­cis Cru­saders bas­ket­ball team was de­clared team of the year in Har­bour Grace for 1995. The plaque shown in this Compass file photo went miss­ing a few years ago. Pic­tured here are; back row (l-r), Garry McCarthy (coach), Kerry Ma­her, Stephen Sul­li­van, Stephen Fa­hey, Jamie Korab, Peter White, Bren­dan Chafe and Cy Sim­mons (coach); front row (l-r), Teddy Whe­lan, Trevor Gear, Philip Reynolds, John Har­vey of CHVO, Dar­ryl Whe­lan, Grant Rose and Nel­son Stone.

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