Many coaches al­ready look­ing ahead to 2019 af­ter fin­ish­ing suc­cess­ful sea­sons

Sackville Tribune - - SPORTS - Wal­lie Sears Write Call

We at The Write Call must apol­o­gize for not wish­ing all our read­ers a very Merry Christ­mas.

But there is an ex­cuse – ac­tu­ally a very good one. It all re­sulted from a ma­jor glitz in tech­nol­ogy – our com­puter gave up and now has been re­placed with an­other and it is re­quir­ing some time to be­come ac­cus­tomed to all the changes. So, again, sorry for any glitches.

We do trust all read­ers of the Tri­bune-post were nice through­out the year and none be­came naughty – at least not too se­ri­ously.

Our wish list would have in­cluded some­thing for ev­ery­body – espe­cially those who have been so kind since this col­umn be­gan many years ago. We have had a good many read­ers re­late how they en­joy keep­ing abreast of the lo­cal sport­ing pic­ture. And some of th­ese folks were those one might think would be least likely in­ter­ested in this type of col­umn.

Right off the bat we would have called on Santa to con­tinue to smile on the youth­ful ath­letes at Tantra­mar Re­gional High School. The coaches have all been do­ing a great job in the var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties.

It seems that Scott O’neal is an an­nual re­cip­i­ent of some good tidings as his foot­ball Ti­tans have been lit­er­ally un­beat­able for the past four sea­sons, but he may need some help from the elves if the team is to con­tinue its re­mark­able ac­com­plish­ments.

Nev Gar­rity and Matt Wheaton could use some help from Santa as they guide the soc­cer teams, and Ernie Austin might re­quire some help if he is to re­tain the pro­vin­cial cham­pi­onship his hockey Ti­tans brought to Sackville last year.

The Lady Ti­tans hockey pro­gram has opted to re­main at the AAA level and face hand­i­caps each time out as they at­tempt to match up with much larger schools, many of which place a ma­jor em­pha­sis on the game. How­ever, they are show­ing signs of mov­ing up and per­haps Santa did man­age to leave a lit­tle some­thing in the dress­ing room.

The other two ma­jor win­ter sea­son pro­grams – men’s and women’s bas­ket­ball – ap­pear to be in the mid­dle of the pack – and a lit­tle boost from Santa could go a long way. For Ben Brown, the sports com­man­der at TRHS, we would hope he re­ceived some tips in his sock and that 2019 will again prove pro­duc­tive.

We must never for­get the won­der­ful mi­nor sports pro­grams that are pro­fes­sion­ally run by an out­stand­ing band of vol­un­teers. Mi­nor foot­ball, bas­ket­ball, hockey, soc­cer and swim­ming to name just a few. Th­ese peo­ple have earned the ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the pub­lic and may they have been vis­ited from the red man from the north.

And of course, it’s al­ways im­por­tant that Santa visit those on the hill where a rookie – pres­i­dent Jean Paul Boudreau – di­rects the big­gest busi­ness in town.

For the foot­ball Moun­ties, we would hope that Santa and his helpers might have de­posited some “studs” – like a dy­namic quar­ter­back, a few glue-handed re­ceivers and some stop­pers so coach Peter Fraser may find a few smiles af­ter a dif­fi­cult rookie cam­paign.

It might re­quire more than even Santa could de­liver, but any help that could be pro­vided for the soc­cer teams would be espe­cially wel­comed by Gene Ouel­lette.

The lady Moun­ties hockey team ap­pears to be gain­ing mo­men­tum and a lit­tle boost from Santa could cat­a­pult them into con­tention. And the bas­ket­ball pro­grams run by Ryan Chase and Steve Chap­man are in the mix in their leagues so a lit­tle help here and there from Santa would mean a lot.

And then there are the hun­dreds of good peo­ple who con­trib­ute in mak­ing Sackville a bet­ter place – we first think of mayor John Higham and the vast amount of time he has in­vested in help­ing de­velop new busi­ness to the com­mu­nity. To folks like Matt Estabrooks and Tasha Gal­lant, to Tim and Stacy Cormier and Tim Cormier, and to so many oth­ers we wish a be­lated Merry Christ­mas and Happy 2019.

Of course, one may never for­get our co­horts Katie and Scott, who strug­gle might­ily to en­sure read­ers re­ceive the best qual­ity Tri­bune pos­si­ble each week.

And to all of the peo­ple of this re­gion and be­yond, we at The Write Call ex­tend our most sin­cere wish for a happy 2019 – one that may see an im­me­di­ate re­duc­tion in ter­ror­ism and vi­o­lence around the world and an eas­ing of ten­sions be­tween our two great abut­ting na­tions.

May it be so!

SCOTT DO­HERTY – SACKVILLE TRI­BUNE- POST

Foot­ball is just one of the lo­cal mi­nor sports pro­grams to ben­e­fit from the on­go­ing com­mit­ment of a strong group of vol­un­teers. Above, lo­cal play­ers are put through the paces by coach Isaac Cormier dur­ing the 2018 spring train­ing camp.

CON­TRIB­UTED

Tantra­mar Re­gional High School’s sports pro­grams have en­joyed a great deal of suc­cess in re­cent year’s thanks in part to the hard work put in by the school’s ath­let­ics di­rec­tor Ben Brown.

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