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General Amherst now 2-0-1 after tie against Cardinal Carter

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The General Amherst Lady Gens settled for a 1-1 tie against Cardinal Carter last Tuesday but it was a tie they were happy to get.

The Lady Gens got a late goal from Madison Salvati to salvage the tie. Coach Mark Sweet said Cardinal Carter was a tough team and that the Lady Gens used a 2-4-2 formation for much of the game.

Sweet said he switched the formation to having three players in the back, five across the middle and two up top late in the game and it resulted in the goal.

Emma Blanchette carries the ball upfield for the General Amherst Lady Gens in recent game action (RTT File Photo)

Emma Blanchette carries the ball upfield for the General Amherst Lady Gens in recent game action (RTT File Photo)

“Taking a chance paid off,” said Sweet.

Cardinal Carter plays at a high level and scores a lot of goals, Sweet added. He noted that it was tough to get a rhythm going against the Cougars.

“The girls played absolutely fantastic,” said Sweet. “I was more than happy to take the draw.”

Sweet added that the Lady Gens play with a strong effort every time they take the field.

“They always play with a lot of heart and determination and I can’t ask more than that,” said Sweet.

The 2-0-1 start has pleased the team and they hope to build on it this week. According to the WECSSAA website, they were scheduled to have a home game Tuesday against the Leamington Lions. General Amherst will also host the Kingsville Cavaliers Thursday. Both games are scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. at the Libro Centre.

Bulldogs hit the road for a pair of boys soccer games

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The General Amherst Bulldogs finished the regular season on the road over the past week.

The first game was Wednesday afternoon at the University of Windsor’s Alumni Field against the Assumption Purple Raiders. Amherst started slow and improved as the game went on but had to settle for a 0-0 tie.

The tie snapped a four-game winning streak for the Bulldogs.

Donald LaChance heads the ball upfield during WECSSAA boys soccer action last Wednesday. General Amherst tied Assumption 0-0.

Donald LaChance heads the ball upfield during WECSSAA boys soccer action last Wednesday. General Amherst tied Assumption 0-0.

Both teams had to contend with poor weather at points, with pouring rain and a lightning delay arising at different moments in the game.

Head coach Gavin Blunt pointed out that the scoreless tie was “not the ideal result” and pointed out they didn’t have a good first half.

“We were looking to win,” said Blunt. “We played down to their level in the first half. In the second half, the boys played well. The boys started running.”

“We got caught watching the ball early on,” added assistant coach

Blunt said the Bulldogs had their chances in the second half.

General Amherst's Michael Nasello sprints towards a loose ball during second half action against Assumpton April 19.

General Amherst’s Michael Nasello (right, yellow jersey) sprints towards a loose ball during second half action against Assumpton April 19.

“We definitely outshot them and out-chanced them,” he said. “We didn’t get the bounces.”

The game was called with about three minutes to play. The referee blew play dead for the second time due to lightning and after a huddle with coaches from both teams, the game ended though some on the Bulldogs wanted to have another 30-minute delay and finish the game.

“In my mind, I still think we’re the best team in the tier,” Blunt said after Wednesday’s game.

The Bulldogs concluded the regular season Monday afternoon with a 6-1 win at Belle River. The win meant General Amherst finished the 2017 WECESSAA Tier 2 regular season with a 5-0-1 record.

 

The Ed Jovanovski Charity Golf Classic coming to Pointe West July 13

 

By Jonathan Martin

National Hockey League (NHL) all-star and Olympic gold medal winner Ed Jovanovski is trading in his hockey stick for a golf club in the name of charity.

The Windsor native and former NHL defenseman met with press last Tuesday at Pointe West Golf Club to announce his partnership with Amherstburg Chevrolet Buick GMC in the development of a new golf tournament.

The Ed Jovanovski Charity Golf Classic will raise funds for the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) to support its breast cancer research. Jovanovski said he knows firsthand what the disease can do.

NHL all-star and Olympic gold medalist Ed Jovanovski scrums with the press at Pointe West Golf Club Tuesday, April 18.  Jovanovski announced his partnership with Amherstburg Chevrolet Buick GMC to bring about the first annual Ed Jovanovski charity golf tournament.

NHL all-star and Olympic gold medalist Ed Jovanovski scrums with the press at Pointe West Golf Club Tuesday, April 18. Jovanovski announced his partnership with Amherstburg Chevrolet Buick GMC to bring about the first annual Ed Jovanovski charity golf tournament. (RTT Photo by Jonathan Martin)

“A couple years ago my mother went through a pretty good battle with breast cancer,” he said. “We’re grateful for anything we can do to further (CCS research) along.”

Jovanovski said his mother is doing well, though her time in the hospital was difficult for his whole family. Now that she’s doing better, he said the timing seems right.

“It has always been a dream of mine to hold a golf tournament,” he said. “Obviously, growing up (around here), this area is very important to me.”

According to Scott Elliott, dealer principal for Amherstburg Chevrolet Buick GMC, the tournament, which is set to be held at Pointe West Golf Club, will include a deli-style luncheon, hole-in-one prizes, a putting contest, auctions and dinner.

Jovanovski said he’s doing his best to convince as many of his NHL friends as possible to stop by. He did warn them, though, that no matter who shows up, he will be the best player on the green.

The tournament will be held July 13.

AMHA hands out awards in both travel and house league divisions

 

 

The Amherstburg Minor Hockey Association (AMHA) recently made its annual award presentations in both the house league and travel divisions.

The organization also took the time to thank the many volunteers and coaches who helped make the 2016-17 hockey season happen.

The winners were, as follows:

 

NOVICE TRAVEL – Bruno Cassanova Award

“Outstanding Effort Throughout the Playing Season”

Novice AE – TREVOR PAQUETTE

Novice Major – CODY LAVIGNE

 

ATOM TRAVEL – Kevin McDonough Award

“Outstanding Effort Throughout the Playing Season”

Atom Minor – BRAYDEN SALES

Atom Major – MAXINE BLUNT

 

PEEWEE TRAVEL – Mark Whitehead Award

“Outstanding Effort Throughout the Playing Season”

Pee Wee Minor – CODY BISSONETTE

Pee Wee Major – TONY ISSHAK

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BANTAM MINOR TRAVEL – Danny Pietrangelo Award

“Outstanding Effort Throughout the Playing Season”

KAI DECARLO

 

BANTAM MAJOR TRAVEL – Bill Jones Award

“Positive attitude and has given 100% in practices and games”

ADAM CHARETTE

 

MIDGET TRAVEL – Jimmy Brooks Award

“Outstanding Defensive Play Throughout the Playing Season”

Midget Minor – JORDON MEYER

Midget Major – REID STIELER

 

MIDGET MINOR TRAVEL – Michael Bastien Award

“Outstanding Dedication to Hockey Throughout the Playing Season”

BRANDEN LAPORTE

 

MIDGET MJOR TRAVEL – Randy Oakes Award

“Outstanding Dedication to Hockey Throughout the Playing Season”

JACOB DELUCA

 

MIDGET MJOR TRAVEL – Randy Oakes Award

“Outstanding Dedication to Hockey Throughout the Playing Season”

JACOB DELUCA

 

JUVENILE TRAVEL -Award

“Outstanding Dedication to Hockey Throughout the Playing Season”

ERIC VANDENHAM

 

HOUSE LEAGUE AWARD WINNERS

Novice – Jeremy Bailey Award – outstanding effort throughout the playing season

JONAH BENOIT

 

Atom – Murry Dufour Award – outstanding effort throughout the playing season

BRAYDEN BEATTIE

 

Pee Wee – Robert St Pierre Award – outstanding effort throughout the playing season

BEN TODD

 

Bantam – Danny Hallock Award – outstanding effort throughout the playing season

RYAN “BUZZ” WHARRAM

 

Midget – Keith Berard Award – Outstanding Sportsmanship through out the playing season

LINDEN CRAIN

 

 

AMHA VOLUNTEER AWARDS

 

YOUTH VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR – Gavin Colledge

 

ADULT VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR – J.P. Lowrie/Sid Doe

 

TRAVEL MANAGER OF THE YEAR Brandy Peddie Award – Julie Skov

 

TRAVEL TEAM TRAINER OF THE YEAR – Chad Mailloux

 

TRAVEL TEAM COACH OF THE YEAR – Chris Hayes

 

HOUSE LEAGUE COACH OF THE YEAR – Steve Duquette

 

HOUSE LEAGUE TRAINER OF THE YEAR – Justin Rusenstrom

AMA Sportsmen Association gives update on recent activity

 

 

Special to the RTT

 

Sunday, April 9 was a beautiful day to get out and take a walk in the bush and 89 shooters did just that.

They came to the AMA Sportsmen Club for the second of five 3-D shoots scheduled for this year. This shoot was called the “Rubber Boot Shoot” and as the name says, boots were needed. The 3-D shoots are open to all ages from children to seniors and, as always, kids under 12 shoot free and must be accompanied by an adult.

At each shot, there are 30 full-size 3-D targets, from a rabbit to a moose. Hopefully, if your interests include archery, you will come out May 28 for our next shoot named the “Warm Day Shoot.”

The 2017 indoor archery program ended Monday, April 10. It was a free night for the 40-plus kids who shoot on a regular basis. All shooters enjoyed a special night with balloons to shoot instead of paper targets. There were no shooting fees and free pop and chips for all.

The Monday night shooting is for the kids and their parents as well as any man or woman from the community. This year saw an increasing number of children and women take a serious interest in the sport of archery. During this season, the AMA Sportsmen archer coaches held clinics on various Tuesdays and Saturdays to teach local groups of Boy Scouts, Sparks, Brownies and Squires the basics of archery.

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The 2017 indoor air rifle program came to an end April 12. It wrapped up with 30-plus shooters shooting for free and, of course, free pop and chips for all. Earlier this year, the air rifle group held a “turkey shoot” with a large turnout. Everyone present had to shoot and compete for nice prizes, including an air rifle for the top youth shooter. Prize winners must be a fair shot, but more importantly, they must be very lucky! Come out next year and see what I mean.

The AMA Sportsmen Association would like to thank the adults that brought the kids out every Monday and Wednesday since October. A very special thank you to the volunteers and coaches who gave their time and used their knowledge to teach the kids the enjoyment and the rewarding feeling when you hit a “bulls eye” in the sports of archery and rifle.

Starting in mid-October, the AMA Sportsmen plan to open the clubhouse at 468 Lowes Side Road for archery every Monday at 7 p.m. for kids and 8 p.m. for adults and every Wednesday at 7 p.m. for air rifle. Everyone is welcome to come out and join us in either of these sports. Watch this paper or call the club in the fall for exact dates.

The annual Bob Meloche Fishing Derby is coming up on Father’s Day June 18. This is a free event for all children up to age 12. Pre-registration is required. You can register at the Sportsmen Club anytime it is open from June 1-June 10. This year, all kids that participate will receive a free T-shirt thanks to Thrasher Sales & Leasing Ltd.

The AMA Sportsmen Association’s 34th annual walleye tournament is also coming up. This year’s derby runs from June 23-July 1, with the awards party being July 2. As in the past, there are many prizes. There are only 1,000 tickets and they are now on sale. The first 500 buyers will receive a free hat. Follow this paper for times and dates or check out our web page at www.amasportsmen.com.

 

—Prepared by Brian Beattie