Pan­thers claim AAA hockey ti­tle

Windsor Star - - SPORTS - JIM PARKER OHF CHAM­PI­ONSHIP VALIANTS’ TI­TLES LAROCQUE RECORD jp­parker@post­media.com twit­ter.com/win­starparker

The host Sun County Pan­thers emerged as the cham­pion at the All- On­tario Pee Wee AAA Hockey Cham­pi­onship at the Es­sex Cen­tre Sports Com­plex.

Sun County, which was the ALLIANCE cham­pion, cap­tured the ti­tle with a 2-0 win over Ot­tawa in the fi­nal.

“I think it’s big for ev­ery small town AAA or AA pro­gram,” Pan­thers head coach Danny Anger said.

“We’re the first-ever host team to win the (Pee Wee) All- On­tario and just the sec­ond ALLIANCE team to win it.”

Af­ter fin­ish­ing third in pool play, Sun County beat Oakville 8-6 in the semis to reach the fi­nal while Ot­tawa up­set Mis­sis­sauga. “I think the big­gest shock was beat­ing Oakville,” Anger said. “Last year, we had 30 kids at try­outs and five goals and you go up against a team like Oakville that had 400 kids at try­outs and that’s pretty amazing.”

In the fi­nal against Ot­tawa, De­clan Wad­dick gave the Pan­thers an early lead and the club rode the shutout goal­tend­ing of Jaxon Drys­dale be­fore Johnny Lopez sealed the win with an empty-net goal.

The Erie North Shore Storm cap­tured the OHF Pee Wee A cham­pi­onship on Sun­day in Kingsville. The Storm beat the Quinte West Hawks 1-0 in dou­ble over­time in the fi­nal to cap­ture the cham­pi­onship.

Nicholas Shaften scored the lone goal of the game at 4:16 of the sec­ond over­time with Ar­i­ana Quen­neville earn­ing the shutout. The club went 3-2 in pool play to fin­ish sec­ond over­all and beat the Hearst Lum­ber Kings 3-1 in the semi­fi­nals to reach the fi­nal.

The Wind­sor Valiants pro­gram has cap­tured the gold medal in three dif­fer­ent On­tario Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion girls’ age cat­e­gories at Pro­vin­cial Cup com­pe­ti­tion. The U10 novice girls’ team won the ti­tle in Lon­don, the U13 ban­tam team won the cham­pi­onship in New­mar­ket while the U14 ma­jor ban­tam squad cap­tured the ti­tle in Bramp­ton. All three teams went 4-0 in pool play.

For­mer Wind­sor Clip­pers at­tack­man Bryan Larocque set a new Men’s Col­le­giate Lacrosse As­so­ci­a­tion scor­ing record. Larocque, who com­petes for Daven­port Univer­sity in Grand Rapids, Mich., had seven goals in a 13-6 win over Pitts­burgh on Fri­day. That pushed his ca­reer to­tal to 341 points, which put him past Brigham Young ’s Ted Fer­rin, who pre­vi­ously held the record with 337 points set in 2012.

STEEN WINS BRONZE

Te­cum­seh’s Jor­dan Steen earned a bronze medal in the men’s 97kg freestyle wrestling com­pe­ti­tion at the Com­mon­wealth Games in Aus­tralia.

Steen beat New Zealand’s Samuel Belkin by tech­ni­cal su­pe­ri­or­ity af­ter build­ing a 10-0 lead in the bronze-medal match.

Steen started the com­pe­ti­tion with an­other tech­ni­cal su­pe­ri­or­ity win by a 10-0 count over Eng­land’s Leon Rat­ti­gan and an 11-0 tech­ni­cal su­pe­ri­or­ity win over Pak­istan’s Umair Ah­mad. A 12-2 loss to South Africa’s Mar­tin Eras­mus, who went on to win the gold medal, sent Steen to the bronzemedal match with Belkin.

BEARDY NAMED COACH

For­mer Univer­sity of Wind­sor Lancers of­fen­sive tackle Randy Beardy is the new head coach of the Es­sex Ju­nior Ravens foot­ball squad.

Beardy, who was a for­mer CFL draft pick of the Ot­tawa Red­blacks, added Alex Bor­nais as his of­fen­sive co-or­di­na­tor/re­ceivers coach, Jeremy Rogers as de­fen­sive co-or­di­na­tor, Travis Durocher as of­fen­sive line coach, Al Fazio as run­ning backs coach, Brandon Dob­son as de­fen­sive line coach, and Kevin Lim­bombe as de­fen­sive backs coach.

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