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Skate Amherstburg partnering with Admirals as part of busy summer

 

Special to the RTT

Summer is here! The sun is shining; the pools are open; ice cream trucks cruise the streets. There are plenty of ways to stay cool in the summer, but did you know that going skating is one of them? That’s right, the Libro Centre is putting the ice back in for the summer and Skate Amherstburg has numerous programs to offer!

From July 20 to August 31, Pre-StarSkate and StarSkate sessions will be running Mondays and Thursdays. CanSkate will be running on Thursdays along with our new CanPower program!

CanSkate Parachute

Skate Amherstburg and the Amherstburg Admirals are teaming up this summer to help get you ready for the hockey season! Skaters will learn proper technique going forwards and backwards, stopping, and turning. They will focus on producing speed and power, as well as improving balance and agility. Skaters must be able to skate forwards and backwards as a prerequisite, and full hockey gear is required.

Want to play hockey but not quite ready for CanPower? That’s what CanSkate is for! Skaters learn the fundamentals of skating through exciting circuits and games. CanSkate is the best start for any skater because it prepares you for hockey, figure skating, speed skating, and ringette. CanSkate can take you anywhere!

Registration for all Summer and Fall programs is open online now on our website at www.skateamherstburg.ca. Don’t forget to like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter @Sk8Amherstburg and Instagram @skateamherstburg. If you have any questions about our programs, email us at info@skateamherstburg.ca.

Golfers hit the links in support of The House Youth Centre

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The House Youth Centre held its annual golf tournament Saturday and organizers report things went well.

Activities director Rebecca Vander Vaart said 20 foursomes signed up for the tournament with teams including the town of Amherstburg, G&S Party Rentals, Aalbers Tool & Mold and Convenient Trailers.

“It’s the first time we’ve had the tournament in June,” she said. “We usually have it in May so we’re used to freezing rain.”

The winning team at the June 17 golf tournament for The House Youth Centre was made up of T.J. McWhinnie, Teddy Jacob, Johnny McLelland and Brian Laramie.

The winning team at the June 17 golf tournament for The House Youth Centre was made up of T.J. McWhinnie, Teddy Jacob, Johnny McLelland and Brian Laramie.

The event raised over $8,000. Vander Vaart said half of the proceeds raised will go toward programming at the House while the other half will be designated for building maintenance, with Vander Vaart pointing out the age of the building as the reason for the latter.

“We’ve been growing our programming in the last year or so,” she added.

The number of golfers was attributed to not only people just wanting to support The House, but also the fact that many graduates of their program want to continue to help out. There were a number of peer mentors and parents that helped support the tournament, Vander Vaart stated.

“Once you see the effect The House has on youth, people want to help and do what they can,” she stated. “It’s a fun way to come out and help the House.”

The winning team was made up of T.J. McWhinnie, Teddy Jacob, Johnny McLelland and Brian Laramie.

Memorial Cup down, NHL draft to go for DiPietro

 

 

By Jolene Perron

 

“You’re at a loss for words at that point. I think you do so much throughout your whole career and you’re never guaranteed winning. Very few times do you have the privilege to win in a season and to be able to do that especially from around here is something special that I hold dear and that I never will take for granted.”

When Michael DiPietro started out on the ice as a young boy, he never imagined he’d go pro, but at the end of the week he will be in Chicago, waited to get drafted by an NHL team. The six-foot tall, 193 pound goalie is relying on his compete level, momentum, work ethic and ability to make the right save at the right time to get him through.

“I think going in with an open mind, a clear mind, you don’t want to get your hopes too high or too low,” said DiPietro, who made the Memorial Cup all-star team during the Spitfires’ recent triumph. “If I hear my name called in the first round I’ll be ecstatic, if I hear my name called in the second round I’ll be pumped, I do recognize goalie is a unique position and not everyone is going to draft a six foot goalie. I think the teams that do believe in me and know what I can do will fall in the right place.”

Peter Leardi, owner of 67 Richmond, dressed Michael DiPietro for his NHL draft. He has known DiPietro since he was in diapers, and said, “for Michael to come back and give me the honor of doing his suit for his NHL draft, it’s a big honor for me.”

Peter Leardi, owner of 67 Richmond, dressed Michael DiPietro for his NHL draft. He has known DiPietro since he was in diapers, and said, “for Michael to come back and give me the honor of doing his suit for his NHL draft, it’s a big honor for me.”

When it came to his OHL draft day, family and friends surrounded DiPietro. He said he had two TVs on in the house.

“It’s a feeling out process,” said DiPietro. “I had team Ontario where I won gold there during the Canadian Winter Games so I felt pretty confident going into the draft but anything can happen with trading picks and so on, so I knew Windsor had the first pick in the second but I really wasn’t sure coming into it. I kept an open mind.”

One of the obstacles DiPietro has had to overcome as a goalie is certainly his size, but he has adjusted his gameplay and often plays more aggressively outside of the paint and gets into spots where he can cut down the angle, especially in upper portions of the net the way taller goalies would. DiPietro explains he just has to move an extra couple inches and his speed, agility and quickness allow him to do just that.

During the NHL scouting combine May 29 through June 3 in Buffalo, DiPietro explained he met with 16 teams.
“I’m not naïve to the fact that, if a team I was talking to throughout the year didn’t want to interview me, it was because they already knew so much about me,” said DiPietro. “It was a time for teams who really didn’t know me to get to know me and have the opportunity to meet with me face to face. I went in with the approach that I only have one chance to make a good first impression and that was my mindset going into it. With the testing at the end, the teams were aware how long my season was, they weren’t really too worried about the testing aspect, but I told them I wanted to test and show them my work ethic.”

This past regular season, DiPietro had a .971 save percentage and 2.35 goals against average with the Windsor Spitfires. He showed similar numbers in their seven-game series against defending OHL champs, the London Knights, with a .917 save percentage and 2.48 goals against.

In DiPietro’s first year with the Windsor Spitfires, he played 29 games, which he said is pretty good for a rookie goalie and this allowed him to build his momentum and bring it forward into this season. He said while not every game goes the way you want it to, it’s all about the way you rebound and his rookie season allowed him to learn from his mistakes and continue improving.

Amherstburg native Michael DiPietro will be in Chicago this weekend for the NHL draft. The Windsor Spitfires goalie hopes to be selected by a National Hockey League team.

Amherstburg native Michael DiPietro will be in Chicago this weekend for the NHL draft. The Windsor Spitfires goalie hopes to be selected by a National Hockey League team.

“I think my consistency definitely changed, my whole overall lookout, the way you approach games day in and day out,” said DiPietro. “Your body is your number one priority throughout the season because if it’s feeling good then that translates onto the ice and I think that was the biggest change and allowed me to play the games I did this year and have the success I did.”

As he heads off to Chicago at the end of the week, dressed for success in a suit by Peter Leardi at 67 Richmond, DiPietro said even making it this far was something he had only hoped for, but it was a one in a million chance and never truly believed it would come true.

“I think back then you have a dream,” said DiPietro. “You want to play in the NHL, you want to be a part of an organization and to be honest I never really thought it would happen. You believe it, you hope one day, and that’s why you play the game and one day you hope to make a career out of it. But I don’t play the game because of a job, I play because it’s something I love to do.”

Record number attend annual Bob Meloche Memorial Fishing Derby

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

It was another big year for the Bob Meloche Memorial Fishing Derby.

This year’s Father’s Day event saw nearly 260 kids enter, which was up from last year. AMA Sportsmen Club president Luc Tremblay said they believe it is a record.

Winners of the annual Bob Meloche Memorial Fishing Tournament were crowned Sunday at the AMA Sportsmen Association.

Winners of the annual Bob Meloche Memorial Fishing Tournament were crowned Sunday at the AMA Sportsmen Association.

“It’s a good day,” said Tremblay. “It’s a tradition we’ve been doing in Amherstburg for a very long time.”

The tournament was started by Meloche at his home for neighbourhood children. It became an AMA Sportsmen Club event when the event became too large to be at Meloche’s home and was named after Meloche after he was killed in an auto accident in 2009.

“We’re extremely proud to keep it going. It’s a great event for everyone,” said Tremblay. “It’s an event we couldn’t do without the support of our sponsors and the community.”

The derby is designed to get fathers and their children out together fishing. The town allowed use of Navy Yard Park Sunday morning with kids and their parents having to be back at the club by 1 p.m. to have their fish measured. There were also games for children and a free lunch.

Tremblay said Thrasher Sales and Leasing donated t-shirts with Canadian Tire also assisting with prizes. The Ministry of Natural Resources’ “Learn to Fish” program also donated prizes and assisted with the day.

“It’s a great success every year,” stated Tremblay.

 

Winners included:

0-4 age category

1st – Grayson Landon 23-1/2” catfish

2nd – Zack Collin 23” catfish

3rd – Andrew Coppola 20” catfish

 

5-8

1st – Kayla Deschaine 23-1/4” catfish

2nd – Carolyn Wistuba 22-5/8” catfish

3rd – Allie Bridges 21-3/4” pickerel

 

9-12

1st – Kyle Fregoe 26” catfish

2nd – Carson Wistuba 23-1/4” catfish

3rd – Gavin Kovac 23” sheephead

Parents and children were granted permission to fish off an expanded area in King’s Navy Yard Park to accommodate the Bob Meloche Memorial Fishing Tournament. Nearly 260 participants took part in this year’s event, presented by the AMA Sportsmen Club. (Photo contributed by Bob Wilson)

Parents and children were granted permission to fish off an expanded area in King’s Navy Yard Park to accommodate the Bob Meloche Memorial Fishing Tournament. Nearly 260 participants took part in this year’s event, presented by the AMA Sportsmen Club. (Photo contributed by Bob Wilson)

 

“It just keeps getting bigger and better every year,” said Bob’s son Gord Meloche, who was joined by Bob’s grandchildren Luke and Megan Meloche. “There’s a lot of people who put a lot of effort into this. It’s really become a community thing.”

General Amherst High School recognizes top student athletes

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

General Amherst High School has paid tribute to its top athletes from the 2016-17 school year.

The school’s annual athletic banquet was held last Thursday evening at the Ciociaro Club in Oldcastle with athletes from their individual sports honoured as well as the top athletes overall.

The biggest two awards of the evening were the top female and top male athlete of the year awards. Megan Wismer was named General Amherst’s top female athlete and it was an award she was somewhat surprised to receive.

“I wasn’t really expecting it,” she admitted after the banquet.

That said, Wismer was happy to be named this year’s recipient.

“It feels really good to know all of the hard work that I’ve been putting in over the years has been noticed and has paid off,” she stated.

Brock Beaudoin was named the school’s top male athlete.

“I feel pretty good,” said Beaudoin. “I’m kind of surprised I got it.”

Beaudoin said he worked hard and was also pleased to receive his award.

“It’s an honour to be chosen top male athlete,” said Beaudoin. “I feel proud of my accomplishment.”

General Amherst High School held its 2016-17 athletic awards banquet last Thursday evening at the Ciociaro Club. Major award winners included (top row, from left): Shayne Purdy, Ruben Tar, Cole Zelle, Brock Beaudoin, Ethan Hamelin and Abby Orchard. Bottom row (from left): Danielle Brindley, Emma Blanchette, Jackie Wismer, Megan Wismer and Vanessa Pidutti.

General Amherst High School held its 2016-17 athletic awards banquet last Thursday evening at the Ciociaro Club. Major award winners included (top row, from left): Shayne Purdy, Ruben Tar, Cole Zelle, Brock Beaudoin, Ethan Hamelin and Abby Orchard. Bottom row (from left): Danielle Brindley, Emma Blanchette, Jackie Wismer, Megan Wismer and Vanessa Pidutti.

 

OTHER MAJOR AWARD WINNERS:

 

SPIRIT AWARD – Jackie Wismer

SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD – Mitchell Wright

ATHLETE-PLUS AWARD – Ruben Tar

MOST DEDICATED ATHLETE – Shayne Purdy and Nia Holmes

TOP FEMALE STUDENT-ATHLETE – Emma Blanchette

TOP MALE STUDENT-ATHLETE – Cole Zelle

TOP MALE JUNIOR ATHLETES – Josh DiCarlo, Lee Sinasac, Brayden LeClerc, Tyler Bratt, Ethan Hamelin

TOP FEMALE JUNIOR ATHLETES – Ramie Tytgat, Abbey Gibb, Vanessa Pidutti, Danielle Brindley, Abby Orchard

 

Megan Wismer was named top female athlete while Brock Beaudoin was named top male athlete at General Amherst’s athletic award banquet.

Megan Wismer was named top female athlete while Brock Beaudoin was named top male athlete at General Amherst’s athletic award banquet.

INDIVIDUAL SPORT AWARDS

GOLF

Lowest Scoring Average – Marcus Slipchuk

 

CROSS-COUNTRY

Most Dedicated Male – Tyler Tofflemire

Most Dedicated Female – Mya Palumbo

 

TENNIS

Most Valuable Player – Reese Jones

Rookie of the Year – Matteo Palumbo

 

BOYS FOOTBALL

Offensive Player of the Year – Mitchell Wright

Defensive Player of the Year – Spencer Hawkins

Coaches’ Award – Ellis Rosati

Most Valuable Player – Shayne Purdy

 

BOYS VOLLEYBALL

Award of Excellence – Ruben Tar

 

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Most Valuable Player – Gracie Clifford

Most Improved – Nia Holmes

 

BOYS BASKETBALL

Most Valuable Player – Darius Wilson

Outstanding Leadership – Nate Lovell

 

BOYS HOCKEY

Rookie of the Year – Jacob Fields

Most Valuable Player – Reid Stieler

 

GIRLS HOCKEY

Most Valuable Player – Megan Wismer

Corey Meloche Leadership Award – Emily Hamelin

 

CURLING

Most Dedicated – Aliyah Allard

 

WRESTLING

Most Dedicated – Nathan Charron

Most Improved – Katie McEvoy

 

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

Award of Excellence – Jackie Wismer, Emma Blanchette

 

GIRLS SLO-PITCH

Most Valuable Player – Megan Wismer

Rookie of the Year – Danielle Brindley

 

BADMINTON

Top Male – Colton Renaud

Top Female – Reese Jones

 

GIRLS SOCCER

Coaches’ Award – Emma Blanchette

Most Valuable Player – Vanessa Pidutti

 

BOYS SOCCER

Offensive MVP – Michael Nasello

Defensive MVP – Nathan Salvati

 

BOYS BASEBALL

Most Valuable Player – Mitchell Wright

Rookie of the Year – Trent Kelly

 

TRACK & FIELD

Top Performer – Abbey Gibb

Award of Excellence – Nia Holmes

 

General Amherst principal Hazel Keefner thanked the coaches and teachers who helped guide the athletes through the years, noting there wouldn’t be sports teams without them. Parents were also thanked for driving players to practices and games and supporting their children.

Keefner also thanked the athletes themselves and said while some were recognized, all were winners for taking part in athletics.

“You are smart for figuring out that participating in sports are a wonderful thing, not just for physical well-being but for mental well-being,” said Keefner.

Greg Scott, head of General Amherst’s athletic department, also thanked the coaches, parents and teachers.

“It’s because of these people that you have these sports teams,” Scott told the audience.