KINGSVILLE LOSES SWOSSAA FINAL I N O T.
Cavs drop SWOSSAA final in OT
Ultimate Fighting Championship president Dana White can’t wait to tap into Canada’s largest market.
White, who is in Detroit to promote Saturday’s UFC 123 card at the Palace of Auburn Hills (7 p.m., pay per view US$44.99) can’t believe that his organization is finally permitted to contest bouts in Ontario.
“It’s huge,” White said of the August decision by the Ontario Liberal government to legalize mixed martial arts fighting in the province, admitting he thought the roadblocks his organization faced from Ontario at times seemed insurmountable.
“For the longest time, it was like, ‘Oh God, are we ever going to get this done?’ We actually thought that Ontario would happen for us later, not sooner.”
Now that it has happened, White indicated that plans are full steam ahead to host a UFC card in Toronto sometime next year.
“As soon as all the logistics are in place and we get the goahead, we’ll be announcing the date,” he said.
“We know what a big market Canada is for us. We recognize the following there is for our sport in Ontario, both in Toronto and beyond. There definitely will be a fight (in Toronto) next year.”
The organization opened a Toronto office last May, installing former Canadian Football League commissioner Tom Wright to oversee UFC operations in Canada.
Now that he’s conquered the largest province in Canada, White has sets his sights on bringing down the one major obstacle he still faces on the American side of the border.
MMA remains illegal in the state of New York.
“We’re still working on that,” White said. “We thought we might get that one done before Ontario.”
Two other markets also intrigue White – China and India.
“We’re looking at staging bouts in both of those countries either next year or the year after,” White said.
“We’ve got to continue to work hard to keep growing our sport.”
Cavs fall short
The senior girls basketball team at Kingsville lost 63-61 in overtime to Sarnia St. Clair Thursday in the SWOSSAA AA senior girls basketball final.
Zoe Booth scored 16 points, Kaitland Longmuir had 12 points and Ashley Kuzmik added 10 points for the Cavaliers, who were up 42-39 going into the fourth quarter.
Kingsville hosts Chatham John McGregor in a challenge game today at 7 p.m. for the second OFSAA spot.
In other action, the junior boys volleyball team lost 3-1 (27-25, 22-25, 25-21, 25-14) to Ursuline in a SWOSSAA AAAA championship game.
The Windsor Spitfires will pay tribute to Ryan Ellis for setting the team’s all-time career scoring record for points by a defenceman prior to the Spits’ home game against the Oshawa Generals Nov. 26 at 7 p.m.
Ellis registered his 230th career point and broke the Spits team record in a 5-4 overtime win against the London Knights Nov. 10 at the WFCU Centre.
He surpassed the former total of 229 points held by Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville, a defenceman with the Spitfires from 1975-1978.
Lancers in action
Minor league hockey players who wear their team jersey to a Windsor Lancers men’s hockey game this weekend will get in free.
The Lancers (6-5-1) will host the UQTR Patroits (7-4 OUA East) tonight at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. at Windsor Arena.
Also this weekend, the Lancers’ basketball programs will be accepting donations during Saturday’s doubleheader against Carlton at the St. Denis Centre.
The women play at 6 p.m., and men play at 8 p.m.
Fans who donate an unwrapped toy will get into the game for free.
The Lancers are also accepting non-perishable food items that will go to the downtown mission.
The Leamington Flyers beat the Waterloo Siskins 5-4 at the Heinz Arena in junior B hockey Thursday in Leamington.
Matt Ogden and Brett Babkirk scored two goals each, Ryan Crevatin added a goal and two assists and goalies Colin Greeley and Zakk Olvin combined for the victory.
The Flyers (11-10-2) are in St. Thomas (15-6-1) Sunday at 7 p.m.
Brecka on top
The volleyball teams at St. Clair College will host a doubleheader tonight against Mohawk.
Massey grad Alee Brecka will lead the Saints women’s team (2-4) as it vies for a third consecutive win against the third-ranked Mountaineers (6-1) at 6 p.m.
Brecka is fourth in the OCAA West in points per game with a 3.65 average.
On the men’s side, team points leader Gabriel Bruzzese (3 PPG) and the Saints (1-3) take on the Mountaineers (3-2) at 8 p.m.
The men’s team will wear OCAA purple prostate cancer T-shirts during warmup as part of prostate cancer awareness month.
Knights on court
The senior boys volleyball team at Holy Names is at Chatham Ursuline today in a bid for the SWOSSAA AAAA title at 6 p.m.
In junior AAA action, Riverside will host Chatham-Kent at 7 p.m.
The AA senior boys team at Walkerville is at Chatham John McGregor at 7 p.m.
WECSSAA girls and boys hockey action starts Monday.
In the boys division, St. Anne plays Riverside at the WFCU Centre at 2:30 p.m., and Massey faces Herman at Forest Glade Arena at 3 p.m.
In girls hockey, Amherstburg and L’Essor meet at Tecumseh Arena at 3 p.m., Lajeunesse and Brennan are at the WFCU Centre at 3 p.m. and Leamington plays at Essex at 3:30 p.m.
At the Vollmer Complex, Massey and Sandwich square off at 3:15 p.m., and St. Joseph plays Villanova at 3 p.m.
Rode takes bronze
Aaron Rode of the Windsor Essex Swim Team won a bronze medal in the 50-metre freestyle event last week at the 35th Swim International in Brantford.
Rode qualified for the Eastern Canadian Championships in February in London.