Many coaches already looking ahead to 2019 after finishing successful seasons
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!
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.
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.