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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.)

Four Amherst track athletes qualify for OFSAA Western Regionals


The SWOSSAA track and field meet was held last week with athletes from General Amherst High School having four qualify for the OFSAA Western Regionals. Those that qualified for regionals have an asterisk by their name.

Abbey Gibb* (2nd in Junior Girls Long Jump and Triple Jump)
Sydney Gosselin (7th in Junior Girls Javelin)
Ethan Hamelin* (4th in Midget Boys 300 m hurdles and 7th in triple jump)
Nia Holmes* (4th in Senior Girls 110m hurdles, 7th in 400 m hurdles)
Taja Holmes (6th in junior girls 80 m hurdles)
Marisa Levy (12th in midget girls 800m)
Owen Martin* (3rd in midget boys 1500m, 4th in 3000m)
Mya Palumbo (7th in junior girls 3000m)
Tyler Rowles (6th in midget boys 3000m)
James Shaw (7th in senior boys 110m hurdles)


Bulldogs do well at WECSSAA track and field meet

The General Amherst Bulldogs did well at last week’s WECSSAA track and field meet.

The results are as follows:


James Abson – 19th in 800, 18th in 100 (midget boys)

Gabriel Beaudoin – 18th in both discus and javelin (junior boys)

Abbey Gibb – 1st in junior girls long jump and triple jump

Sydney Gosselin – 3rd in javelin, 19th in 100 (junior girls)

Autumn Guthrie – 10th in shot put, 15th in javelin (junior girls)

Ethan Hamelin – 3rd in 300m hurdles, 6th in triple jump (midget boys)

Alyssa Herd – 13th in long jump, 15th in 80 m hurdles, 17th in 300m hurdles (junior girls)

Nia Holmes – 3rd in 100m hurdles, 7th in 300 m hurdles, 12th in the 400 (senior girls)

Taja Holmes – 4th in 80 m hurdles, 10th in 300 m hurdles, 9th in long jump (junior girls)


Marisa Levy – 5th in 800m, 31st in 100m (midget girls)

Katie McEvoy – 15th in shot put, 12th in javelin (junior girls)

Owen Martin – 3rd in 1500m, 4th in 3000m, 7th in 800m (midget boys)

Lily Monforton – 27th in long jump, 46th in 100m (midget girls)

Lexi Newhook – 7th in 300m hurdles (junior girls)

Mya Palumbo – 6th in 3000m, 10th in 1500m (junior girls)

Ethan Richard – 29th in 1500m, 39th 100m (midget boys)

Tyler Rowles – 9th in 1500m, 6th in 3000m (midget boys)

James Shaw – 5th in 110m hurdles, 10th in 400m hurdles, 19th in 200m (senior boys)

Seth Shaw – 12th in javelin, 11th in discus (junior boys)

Lee Sinasac – 17th in discus, 16th in shot put (junior boys)

Senior Girls 4x100m relay team was 7th (Taja Holmes, Abbey Gibb, Lexi Newhook, Nia Holmes)

Midget Boys 4x100m relay team was 11th (James Abson, Owen Martin, Ethan Richard, Ethan Hamelin)

Open Girls 4 x 400m relay team was 9th (Nia Holmes, Taja Holmes, Mya Palumbo, Marisa Levy)

Open Boys 4 x 400m relay team was 10th (James Abson, Owen Martin, Tyler Tofflemire, James Shaw)


The Junior Girls placed second overall as a team too!

General Amherst’s Abbey Gibb captures gold and bronze at OFSAA track and field meet



By RTT Staff


General Amherst sent two track athletes to OFSAA last week in Windsor with one bringing home a gold and bronze.

Abbey Gibb won the bronze medal last Thursday in midget girls long jump with a jump of 5.05m.  She won the gold medal on Saturday morning in midget girls triple jump with a jump of 10.99m

Lance Tofflemire qualified for the finals in the 2000m steeplechase and finished 10th with a time of 6:19.71.

Abbey’s winning jump of 10.99 meters on Saturday also broke the school record.

The week previous in Cambridge at the OFSAA West regional meet, Gibb jumped 5.21 meters in long jump which established a new school record as well.

Silver medalist Sydney Campbell from Kingston CVI, gold medalist Abbey Gibb from General Amherst and bronze medalist Mila Puseljic from R.H. King Academy accept their medals Saturday after the OFSAA triple jump competition. (Special to the RTT)

Silver medalist Sydney Campbell from Kingston CVI, gold medalist Abbey Gibb from General Amherst and bronze medalist Mila Puseljic from R.H. King Academy accept their medals Saturday after the OFSAA triple jump competition. (Special to the RTT)

Gibb’s season was almost cut short April 30 at the annual Lancer Prep meet held at the University of Windsor. After competing in the long jump she dislocated her knee in the high jump and the injury could have wiped out any hopes of progressing through the series of meets which further qualify athletes to the next level of competition. But miraculously she was hopping around a few days after and by the following week was strong enough to compete (with the blessings of her coach Kristi Ryan and physiotherapist Anna Fiorito) at the WECSAA meet while wearing a brace. She continued to regain her strength as she qualified through the SWOSSAA and OFSAA West meets which finally led her to the OFSAA provincial championships last weekend.

Tofflemire was the only other athlete representing General Amherst at OFSAA and qualified for the final in the open men’s 2000 meter steeplechase. Lance clocked the fourth best time in the heats, but finished in tenth spot in the finals.

The OFSAA track and field championships were held in Windsor at the University of Windsor stadium and ran from Thursday, June 2 to Saturday, June 4. Over 2,300 athletes from across Ontario competed in this province-wide championships.

General Amherst strikes gold at SWOSSAA


Special to the RTT


The General Amherst track and field team attended the SWOSSAA championships in Chatham and Windsor May 17-18.

SWOSSAA competition consists of eight competitors from WECSSAA and eight from Kent and Lambton counties. The top five in each event qualified for the OFSAA West Regional in Hespeler.



Jaiden Mulder – senior girls 100m hurdles

Abbey Gibb – midget girls long jump



Lance Tofflemire – Open boys 2000m steeplechase

Keely Gibb – Senior girls triple jump

Abbey Gibb – Midget girls triple jump



Taya Holmes – Midget girls 80m hurdles

Jared Capaldi – Senior boys 200m

Lance Tofflemire – Senior boys 3000m

Jaiden Mulder – Senior girls 400m hurdles




Alexie Newhook – Midget girls 300m hurdles

Mike Nasello – Junior boys 800m

Alexie Newhook – Midget girls 80m hurdles

Mike Nasello – Junior boys 1500m

Abbey Gibb, Alexie Newhook, Alyssia Herd, Taya Holmes – Midget girls 4x100m relay



Nia Holmes


Not qualifying but having great performances were:

Zach Riddell – 6th, senior boys discus

Mya Palumbo – 7th, midget girls 3000m

Shayne Purdie – 9th, senior boys javelin

Jessica Dennison – 9th, midget girls 80m hurdles

Tracey Stanek – midget girls 800m

James Shaw – senior boys 100m hurdles

Lee Sinasac – 9th, midget boys discus

Darby Roland – open girls 4x400m relay