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General Amherst coaching legend Dave Scott passes away

 

General Amherst teaching and coaching legend Dave Scott has died.

News of Scott’s passing was learned Thursday. Scott spent approximately 43 years coaching at General Amherst.

Scott was also a student at Amherst, starting in 1959 and was a key component of the newly created football program, founded by Jack Wilson and George Pringle in 1961. Scott, the team’s quarterback, scored the football program’s first-ever touchdown.

The team went undefeated the next two years and General Amherst won the SWOSSAA “B” championship in 1963. Scott was the quarterback the first three years of the program and was named the school’s top male athlete in 1964, the first time that award had been given.

Scott was captain of both the football and basketball teams from 1959-64. In 1961, the junior basketball team won the ECSSA title and travelled to London for the WOSSAA championship, where they lost by one point in the final.

Dave Scott poses with his track team shortly after the team surprised him with a cake to celebration his 40 years of coaching. This photo was taken in 2012. (RTT File Photo).

After obtaining an honours in physical education, he returned to General Amherst in 1968 and started his teaching and coaching career. In his first year, he coached football, basketball and started the track and field team. He became health and physical education department head in 1971.

Scott coached the senior football team to ECSSAA championships in 1972 and 1974 and began junior football in 1980. From 1980-85, Amherst won five straight junior football ECSSA championships. In 1993, the senior team had a perfect 8-0 record with the junior team winning that year as well. The juniors also won in 1999.

After retiring from teaching in 2000, Scott returned to the sidelines in 2004 and resumed coaching track and field as well. His track and field coaching credentials are impressive as well, as he led the team to 19 straight ECSSAA championships from 1971-94 with the team also winning SWOSSAA the first 16 years of that streak as well. The team has also achieved significant success at the provincial level, winning 14 gold medals at OFSAA.

Not only did he help lead General Amherst to success on the track, he helped build the local track and football complex. In 1984, Scott formed a committee with Dave Bailey and Mike Nedin to study the feasibility of building a track and field/football complex. They worked with the town in creating Centennial Park, and received help from then-mayor Bill Gibb and administrator Tom Kilgallin in obtaining the government funding required.

On the basketball court, he coached at the senior level from 1968 until his retirement in 2000 and continued to coach juniors after his retirement. The senior boys ended a 28-year dry spell in 1975 by winning the ECSSA championship, a feat they also accomplished in 1978. Teams led by Scott also won WECSSAA “AA” and SWOSSAA “AA” titles in the late 1990’s. Scott also has an Ontario District High School championship in 1998.

Scott has also won a variety of awards during his career. He was a recipient of the Ontario Bicentennial Volunteer Award, given by then-Premier Bill Davis. He was awarded a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013, won a Watson Hallock award for contributions to General Amherst, has been recognized by the town of Amherstburg, was awarded a WECSSAA plaque in 2000 for three decades of dedication to youth in track and field and won the Honourary Bulldog Award from General Amherst in 2009. Scott also won the Labatts Award from the Kinsmen Club of Windsor as their “Sports Person of the Year” June 6, 1983.

Scott also recalled the events he helped plan, from parades and hay rides to homecoming events and dances. He said the town would shut down in the early 1970’s for some of the homecoming parades that were held.

“It’s always been a great experience. I’ve never had a bad experience,” Scott said in a September 2016 interview with the River Town Times.

(NOTE: This story contains excerpts from a story the RTT published on Scott last year, when he was forced to step away from coaching due to his battle with ALS.)

Three former St. Peter’s ACHS students sign Jr. A contracts

Special to the RTT

This was another banner month for St. Peter’s ACHS College School as three more former students landed Jr. “A” hockey contracts. Nicholas Aromatario (Toronto Patriots), Myles Cook (Elliot Lake Wild Cats) and Christian Monachino (Aurora Tigers) are looking forward to playing this upcoming hockey season.

“Our school family could not be happier and proud of their accomplishments” said Peter Thyrring headmaster at St. Peter’s ACHS. The hockey success rate for the small school here in Amherstburg continues to grow. Other former ACHS alumni also landed some sweet hockey opportunities as well such as Connor Cruickshank (Trenton Golden Hawks) a former ACHS camper and staff who also signed an OJHL contract. Former St. Peter’s ACHS student

Reggie Traccitto with the Brampton Beast (ECHL – Farm Team of the Montreal Canadiens) renewed his contract for this upcoming season.

Justin Peca (right) is working his way up the coaching ranks. Jean-Paul Iaboni is at left.

Justin Peca former ACHS teacher/staff (Former Pro-Player, Team Canada and Jr. Coach) also just signed a contract to be the new assistant coach for the Brampton Beast. Justin is also regarded as one of the top developmental coaches for minor players in all of Canada and at present time is preparing the North York Rangers Minor Midget “AAA” hockey team for their upcoming draft year.

“It takes a lot of hard work, determination and perseverance to go this far. I am fortunate that St. Peter’s ACHS College School was there for me.” said Nicholas Aromatario.”They really pushed me and prepared me for what could possibly lay ahead.”

“Attending  ACHS benefited me tremendously and has contributed to my growth as a student athlete. As an ACHS student, I learned the importance of discipline, time management, and independence.” said Myles Cook.

Several weeks ago numerous high calibre minor players from the GTHL came to prepare for their training camps. Matteo Morettin an OHF finalist last year stated “I really love these ACHS camps. I have attended here for the last four years and so have many of my friends. It really prepared me for my team training camp this year. When I got back our coach was really happy with my progress.” (St. Peter’s student Deven Bastien is happy to practice with Matteo Morettin and Joseph Rotilio just two of the elite GTHL hockey players who players who stayed at St. Peter’s ACHS School this past summer.)

Sr. Cards’ season ends with loss in Harrow

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The end of the 2017 baseball season has come for the Amherstburg Cardinals senior team.

The Cardinals were eliminated Sunday afternoon in Harrow, as the Blues downed the Cardinals 6-2. Harrow had already won the first game of the best-of-three Essex County Senior League semi-final 4-1 in Amherstburg Aug. 23 and Labour Day OBA tournaments delayed the series until Sunday.

Cole Lepine is tagged out at home plate while trying to score in the fourth inning.

Harrow took a 2-0 lead in the first inning but the Cardinals quickly tied it with two runs in the top of the second inning. Cole Lepine and Brad Lepine both scored on the same error to knot the game at two.

The Cardinals nearly took the lead in the fourth inning but Cole Lepine was tagged out at the plate as he attempted to score with two outs after a double by Matt Lepine.

Harrow would cash in during their half of the fourth inning with three runs, two of them scoring on a double by former Cardinal Matt Spargalo. The Blues left runners on second and third in the fifth but tacked on an insurance run in the sixth to round out the scoring.

Amherstburg’s Brady Levack (12, left) throws
to first base for an out during last Sunday
afternoon’s loss in Harrow.

“We didn’t get timely hitting,” said first baseman Mac Ouellette. “I don’t think we had any hitting at all.”

Ouellette said they made costly errors while crediting the Blues for making good plays in the field in their own right.

It was “an up-and-down year,” he added, but said the Cardinals still have a good core of players.

“It’s a good group of guys,” said Ouellette. “We’ll start recruiting for next year.”

The Cardinals were in Port Lambton for their OBA tournament but finished with one win and two losses. Ouellette said they played similar in the OBA tournament to how they played Sunday afternoon, where they had trouble getting timely hits and made defensive mistakes. That said, Ouellette said they had a good time at the tournament and said he and Mitch Lepine won the Cardinals’ golf outing.

Admirals golf tournament features highest number of golfers yet

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Organizers of the annual Amherstburg Integrity Admirals golf tournament were pleased with the results.

While a final total is not available yet, organizer Mary Ewer and team co-owner Wes Ewer were happy with how things turned out Sunday at Sutton Creek Golf Club.

“We had such a great response from the community and the parents for our door prizes,” said Mary. “It was the best we’ve ever had. The community came together. It was unbelievable.”

Eighty golfers hit the links, with Mary adding “it’s the best we’ve had.” There were 26 additional people that joined them for dinner.

“These are families that couldn’t join us for golf but could for dinner,” she said.

T.J. McWhinnie (left) and Ted Jacob were two of the members of the winning team in the Admirals’ golf tournament Sunday at Sutton Creek Golf Club. Mike Souligny (not pictured) was the other member of the winning team.

With friends, friends of friends and members of the community joining the team and their families, Wes believes the early results will be positive.

“It will be one of the more profitable years, for sure,” he said.

Mary said a strong local contingent on the team helped, with Wes noting that all proceeds will go towards the general operation of doing business.

Head coach/general manager Paul Bortignon said they have got the roster down to the 23 player limit. He added the team is appreciative of all the support from the families and the community as a whole.

“We’re all looking forward to a great year,” said Bortignon. “We are extremely excited. Hopefully we can finally deliver the championship to Amherstburg that we’ve been desperately seeking the last five years.”

T.J. McWhinnie, Ted Jacob and Mike Souligny were the winning team. Susan Campbell was the closest to the pin for the women while Mary Ewer had the longest drive for the women. In those same two categories, Cory Burns and Souligny won the honours among the men.

Skins were won by Mary Ewer, Kieth Ewer, Brett Corey and Doug Middleton.

Amherstburg concluded the pre-season with a 2-1 win in Essex last Tuesday and a 5-4 overtime loss in Lakeshore last Friday night. The Admirals open the 2017-18 regular season at home Sunday night with a 7 p.m. game against the visiting Petrolia Flyers.

WETRA hosts third annual “Strides for Stability” horse show

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Billed as “equestrians making a difference,” the Windsor-Essex Therapeutic Riding Association held a horse show over Labour Day weekend with a fun and fundraising twist to it.

WETRA presented the third annual “Strides for Stability” horse show Sept. 2-3 with executive director Becky Mills stating “local equestrians thought it would be nice to host a fun horse show” with friends helping to sponsor the divisions the riders participated in.

Jacob O’Neill and his horse Peak My Curiosity jump over an obstacle during the “Strides for Stability” horse show at the Windsor-Essex Therapeutic Riding Association (WETRA) over the Labour Day weekend.

Jacob O’Neill and his horse Peak My Curiosity jump over an obstacle during the “Strides for Stability” horse show at the Windsor-Essex Therapeutic Riding Association (WETRA) over the Labour Day weekend.

The event was held as a fundraiser for WETRA, which helps offer therapeutic riding lessons for those with disabilities. The weekend show allowed riders of all ages and abilities a chance to have fun and showcase their skills.

“They raise over $12,000 every year and they hope to do it again this year,” said Mills.

Jacqueline Chevalier, co-ordinator of the “Strides for Stability” horse show, believed the event actually surpassed the $12,000 mark this year. Noting she grew up around WETRA since she was younger as her mother was a board member, Chevalier said the idea was created a few years ago to have local barns from around Windsor-Essex County come together for a fun event.

Those who are part of WETRA’s program get to participate, Chevalier added, as it can be difficult for them to travel to other barns to compete. At “Strides for Stability,” the WETRA riders are on their own ring and familiar with the surroundings.

Tamara Kryway and her horse R. Kallisto compete at the third annual Strides for Stability horse show at WETRA last Saturday.

Tamara Kryway and her horse R. Kallisto compete at the third annual Strides for Stability horse show at WETRA last Saturday.

Horse barns from around the area are great in supporting WETRA, Chevalier said, as “WETRA is a huge part of the community.”

“We’re happy to have people support it,” she added. “It’s competitive but we want people to come out and have fun.”

The Border City Barkers were also on hand with the agility dog team competing with and against jumper horses in competitions. There were also awards, raffles and a chance to visit the therapy horses offered as part of the weekend.

WETRA is located at 3323 North Malden Road, just south of McGregor, and more information can be found at www.wetra.ca.