Clash of un­beat­ens

Ravens meet Bull­dogs to­day

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The Es­sex Ju­nior Ravens will get a chance to prove their worth in the On­tario Var­sity Foot­ball League with a much-an­tic­i­pated clash against the Bramp­ton Bull­dogs Satur­day.

The Ju­nior Ravens and the Bull­dogs are each un­beaten and own­ers of first place in their re­spec­tive di­vi­sions.

“We re­ally haven’t been tested yet so this is a big one for us,” Ravens head coach Chris Church said.

“The guys are pretty jacked. They re­ally want to go out there and prove some­thing.”

The team has al­ready sur­passed last year’s win to­tal when a young, in­ex­pe­ri­enced lineup went 3-5.

“I re­ally think this is our year,” Church said. “Our of­fence can dom­i­nate and our defence has been great too.”

Quar­ter­back Austin Kennedy di­rects the of­fence with po­tent weapons avail­able in run­ning backs Dar­nell Wal­cott and Mitch Den­der and re­ceiver Dakota Ste­wart. The de­fen­sive tone is set by Kaille Camp­bell and Kyle Fratar­can­gelli.

“The next three games are all huge,” said Church of a clos­ing sched­ule that in­cludes Went­worth and Lon­don.

Game time is 4 p.m. in Bramp­ton All hands on deck Head coach Glen Mills is look­ing for­ward to fi­nally hav­ing his full ros­ter avail­able for the Es­sex Ravens’ OVFL road game Satur­day against the win­less Cam­bridge Li­ons.

“It will be the first time in a long time that we have ev­ery­body back,” he said.

In­juries have yet to nick the Ravens in the win col­umn where they’re un­beaten at 4-0 to lead the Adam Di­vi­sion West.

At 0-4, the Li­ons will likely see ev­ery­body in a Ravens’ uni­form get on the field at some point.

Game time is 8 p.m. Key games for Frat­men The AKO Frat­men have a lot rid­ing on a cou­ple of week­end ju­nior B lacrosse games at For­est Glade Arena.

Their next vic­tory will es­tab­lish a new fran­chise record af­ter they tied the ex­ist­ing mark of 13 with a mid-week win over Sar­nia.

A pair of vic­to­ries over Owen Sound (tonight, 7 p.m.) and Wal­lace­burg (Sun­day, 7 p.m.) would clinch first place and home floor ad­van­tage in the OLA’s Far West di­vi­sion for the play­offs.

“We could end up first, sec­ond or third, it’s that close,” AKO gen­eral man­ager Mike Soul­liere said.

Three of the league’s most pro­fi­cient scor­ers will see ac­tion at For­est Glade in Wal­lace­burg’s Ben Reaume (fourth in the league with 32 goals, 43 as­sists), Owen Sound’s Travis Gib­bons (fifth with 32 goals, 42 as­sists) and AKO’s An­dre Ry­ck­man (sixth with 27 goals, 40 as­sists).

AKO leads the Far West at 13-5 with Wal­lace­burg in hot pur­suit at 11-6. Look­ing to re­bound The Border Stars will be look­ing to re­bound tonight from a mid-week 2-1 loss to St. Catharines in the Cana­dian Soc­cer League.

The de­feat knocked the Stars (3-4) out of first in the Na­tional Di­vi­sion. They can right the ship at the ex­pense of Por­tuguese Supra (1-4-2).

Game time tonight is 7 p.m. at Wind­sor Sta­dium. Bren­nan awards Erica Bor­tolin and Dejo Olag­begi are the 2007 win­ners of the Jim Hoff­man Me­mo­rial Ath­letic Schol­ar­ship given each year to out­stand­ing stu­dent-ath­letes from Bren­nan.

“Both stu­dents demon­strated ex­cel­lence in the class­room and in their ath­letic en­deav­ours,” a fam­ily state­ment said.

The ninth an­nual awards give each stu­dent a $1,000 prize in me­mory of Hoff­man, a re­spected teacher coach and ath­letic di­rec­tor at Bren­nan from 1969-1988. Ste. Ce­cile awards Frances Hoehne and Till Schoofs were the ma­jor award win­ners at Ste. Ce­cile’s an­nual ath­letic ban­quet.

Hoehne was named fe­male ath­lete of the year with Schoofs tak­ing the male award.

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