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“Lights Out at the Libro” coming this Saturday

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

A full night of amateur boxing is coming to Amherstburg this Saturday.

The Fighting Island Boxing Club is hosting “Lights Out at the Libro” with a full card of fighters scheduled to compete in Rink A at the Libro Centre. As of press time, there were 16 boxing matches on the card.

“We’ve got six local kids fighting on the show,” said FIBC owner/coach Joe LeBlanc. “We’ve got gyms coming in from Brampton, Brantford, Toronto, Sarnia, Burlington, Windsor and Michigan. We’ve got several fighters coming from Detroit.”

Among the local fighters will be Brandon French (88 lbs. weight class), Jesse Carter (130 lbs.), Eric Leardi (200 lbs.), Tyson Whalen (165 lbs.), Carter White (117 lbs.) and Nate DiPasquale (150 lbs.).

“It will be a good show,” said LeBlanc.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and the fights begin at 7 p.m. Seating will be on a first come, first served basis. Tickets are $20 and will be available at the door.

There will be a 50/50 draw, door prizes, food and a cash bar as well.

“Come early, get seated and enjoy a beer,” said LeBlanc.

LeBlanc added that it is a chance to highlight local talent. He said everyone is excited and looking forward to Saturday night’s show.

“It’s to showcase kids from our community,” he said.

Any money raised will go right back into the Fighting Island Boxing Club, LeBlanc added. Money is used to help fund out-of-town trips to tournaments and other fights.

One such out-of-town trip was last weekend when French fought the Irish national champion in Toronto. Though he didn’t win, French was happy for the experience.

“I lost my fight to the best in Europe,” said French. “I thought I did really well. It was a good experience overall. I got to meet a lot of people from a different country.”

French said he was proud of how he fought and “I’m proud of the end result.”

Whether it be in Amherstburg or elsewhere, French added he enjoys getting into the ring.

“I happy to just fight,” he said. “A fight is a fight. Win or lose, I’ll take it.”

Sr. Cards now 7-5 on Essex County Senior League season

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Amherstburg Cardinals senior baseball team now has seven wins and five losses on the 2018 Essex County Senior League season after a win and a loss last week.

The most recent game was Sunday afternoon at the Libro Centre, a 4-0 loss to the Woodslee Orioles senior team. Woodslee scored one run in the first inning and three more in the second while Amherstburg could only muster one hit on the afternoon, a fourth inning single by Matt Bassingthwaighte. The Cardinals did draw several walks but couldn’t push any of their base runners across the plate.

“Their pitching really shut us down,” said second baseman Nick Price. “Our defense wasn’t bad. When you only get one hit, you can’t expect to win.”

Price said the Cardinals’ pitching was solid, with starter Josh Sikich going six innings while Mitch Lepine pitched the seventh.

“They had a couple of good innings. We just couldn’t hit their pitching today,” said Price.

The Amherstburg Cardinals senior team played at The Corner Ballpark July 2. It is the former Tiger Stadium site. (Special to the RTT)

Price added that “you get a few of those games” during the season but they will try to put it behind them as quickly as possible.

Their previous game was a 9-1 win over the Tecumseh 35+ last Monday night. The game was played on the Willie Horton Field of Dreams at The Corner Ballpark, which is located at the former Tiger Stadium site in Detroit.

“That was a pretty great experience with all the history that’s there,” said Price. “It was pretty neat to step on to that field.”
Price joked that “I hope didn’t use all of our runs in that game.”

The next game for the senior Cardinals is Wednesday night at home against Harrow starting at 7:30 p.m. They follow that up with a 7 p.m. game Friday in Woodslee versus the Woodslee 35+ team.

Mission golf tournament raises approximately $6,500

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The organizer of the 11th annual Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission golf tournament is pleased with how this year’s event played out.

“This year, we did really well,” said Winston McAllister. “It was amazing weather and we had great support as always.”

There were 136 golfers this year, McAllister stated.

The tournament was held at Dominion Golf Course in LaSalle.

“We were up 40 golfers from last year’s tournament,” he said. “We had a lot of great support from a lot of great sponsors as they really helped us out.”

McAllister, son of mission board of directors president Tim McAllister, said he couldn’t put a finger on exactly why so many people came out this year, but added they have a good core group of golfers that attend with newcomers joining them.

The Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Misson’s golf tournament was Saturday at Dominion Golf Course in LaSalle. The winning foursome this year included (from left): Kyle Booker, Jesse Carter, Bruce Bratt and Mark Bondy.

“Hopefully people had fun and continue to come back,” said McAllister, who stated the tournament topped the $6,500 mark.

“Our eleven-year total to date is $62,600,” he said.

All proceeds will go directly back into the Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission, he added.

“The mission is run 100 per cent by volunteers,” said McAllister. “Whatever their greatest need is, the money will be used to support that.”

McAllister added he thanks all the volunteers, sponsors, golfers and all who supported the July 7 tournament.

“There’s so many people who made this happen,” he said. “Without them, we wouldn’t have had the success we’ve had with this golf tournament.”

People understand why the mission is needed, he added.

“I th ink the need for the mission is clear,” said McAllister. “Some people fall on hard times. ‘People Helping People’ is their motto and they are here to help the community.”

The Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission is located at 298 Victoria St. S. and their phone number is 519-736-9140. For more information, visit www.aburgmission.ca or “like” them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AmherstburgMission.

More than 2,000 participants participate in Canada D’Eh Run

 

By Jonathan Martin

 

More than 2,000 runners braved the blistering heat this past Sunday to compete in the nation’s largest five kilometre Canada Day (or Canada D’Eh) run.

The heat soared to 43 degrees with humidex, which earned a warning from Environment Canada and the declaration of an “extreme heat event.”

Runners were sprayed down by Amherstburg firefighters as they passed and 1,700 free bottles of water were available, according to race director Chris Uszynski.

Over 2,000 people participated in the Canada D’Eh 5K run/walk. Runners return to the finish line down Laird Ave.

The Canada D’Eh Run/Walk was broken up into four divisions: the kids’ 500 metre race, the kids’ one kilometre race, the five kilometre walk and the five kilometre run.  Each participant who finished their respective race earned themselves a finishers’ medal depicting an influential Canadian chosen by participant vote.  This year, the medal featured the Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie.

Uszynski said he conceived of the race as a Canadian response to the American Independence Day run. His company, RunningFlat, also organizes runs across the border and in multiple cities throughout Canada.

“When I first came up with the idea, it was sort of like the fourth of July without the blue,” he said.  “It was supposed to be red and white and all patriotic, because as Canadians, we’re really (bad) at that.”

As a show of his Canuck patriotism, Uszynski also organized what he says Costco Wholesale Corporation described as “the largest and most patriotic purchase of the day in Canada,” by providing 4,000 maple leaf cookies and 1,700 butter tarts to Canada D’Eh runners.

The Canada D’Eh kids dash makes its way through Fort Malden National Historic Site of Canada.

Uszynski said both Amherstburg residents and municipal employees also showed their love of the country.  Several town councilors and Mayor Aldo DiCarlo himself handed out the runners’ medals and Uszynski thanked residents who live by Fort Malden National Historic Site of Canada, where the race kicked off and ended, for being so accepting of the noise level.

“We started blasting music pretty early on a holiday,” Uszynski joked.  The town’s bylaw governing noise levels was lifted for the day.

In all, Uszynski said the day was “a great success,” though he added that he wishes Amherstburg had more hotels.

“Hotels! Hotels! Hotels!” he chanted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sr. Cards in action twice last week

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Amherstburg Cardinals senior team was in action twice over the past week.

In their first game of the week, the Sr. Cardinals knocked off the Harrow Blues senior team 8-6 at the Libro Centre.

The Cardinals appeared to be in fine shape early, taking a 4-0 lead in the first inning with the big blow being a Brendan Seguin two-run double. However, the home team wouldn’t score in the next four innings, which allowed Harrow to take the lead after the Blues scored two in the third inning and three more in the sixth.

However, the Cardinals would tack on four more runs in their half of the sixth inning to pull ahead 8-5. Harrow added one more run in the seventh, but Amherstburg held on for the victory.

Amherstburg’s Mac Ouellette slides into third base during last Wednesday night’s game against Harrow at the Libro Centre.

Catcher Matt Bassingthwaighte had two RBI’s in the game and said they got a lead early but weren’t able to score in the middle portion of the game. When Harrow fought back and took the lead, “it gave us the motivation to get our heads back in the game.”

Bassingthwaighte said this year has been a struggle for him.

“I’m glad to finally get out of my slump with a couple of hits tonight,” he said after last Wednesday’s game.

The Cardinals have been “hit and miss” this season, he added, with some games seeing them play well and other games have numerous errors.
“It’s been a little bit of a roller coaster this year,” he said.

With the win, Amherstburg improved to 6-4 on the 2018 Essex County Senior League season.

The Cardinals were in Detroit Monday night for a game against the Tecumseh 35+ team. It was scheduled to be at the Willie Horton Field of Dreams at the Corner Ballpark, located on the former Tiger Stadium site. No result was available as of press time.

(UPDATE July 4/18 – The senior Cardinals won Monday night’s game 9-1 to improve their record to 7-4.)

The lone game on the schedule for the senior Cardinals this week is Sunday at home against the Woodslee senior team. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.