“Birdies and Bogies for Belle Vue” raises money for restoration



By Ron Giofu


Golfers hit the links Friday evening for the second annual “Birdies and Bogies for Belle Vue” fundraiser.

Approximately 41 golfers turned out for the event at Sutton Creek Golf Course, which was scaled back this year from the full tournament the Belle Vue Conservancy held in 2017. This year’s event was a “nine and dine” format” with the meal and prizes awarded after the golfers came back off the course.

“It went really well,” said Meg Reiner, the conservancy member who organized the event. “I think people really liked the nine and dine format, which we tried for the first time this year.”

The switch allowed the conservancy to see which format the golfers prefer.

“Birdies and Bogies for Belle Vue” golf tournament
organizer Meg Reiner (centre) stands with winners Wes Stewart (left) and Walter Stewart (right).

“It sounds like this is what people like,” she said, after Friday night’s event.

A fundraising total wasn’t available immediately after the event but should be finalized in the coming weeks.

The Belle Vue Conservancy has fundraised for the roof replacement and are hopeful to have windows replaced later this year. The exterior face of the building is the next goal, with the hope of havingwork started on that next spring.

Early reviews were positive, with Maria Goggin saying “I loved it” though joking she was part of the “worst team” in the 11-team tournament.

“We were the first ones back, so we were number one,” she joked.

Mallory Reiner, Meg’s sister, was on the same team as Goggin and praised her sister’s efforts.

“This was so much fun,” said Mallory. “The weather was really good. I think doing it in the evening was a really good idea.”

Amherstburg Soccer Club presents “Day of Champions”


By Jonathan Martin


The Larry Bauer Park soccer fields have drawn local champions in to play.

Saturday saw LaSalle, South Windsor and Amherstburg’s interlocked U18 divisions compete in the first round, quarter-finals and semi-finals of 2018’s Day of Champions.  LaSalle hosted the championship game Sunday.

At press time, the official final results have not been released.

Players show what they’re made of at 2018’s Day of Champions, held at the Libro Centre’s soccer fields in Amherstburg last Saturday. The championship finals were held in LaSalle Sunday.

The semi-finals went into overtime, with Amherstburg getting knocked out by a penalty kick.  LaSalle suffered the same fate.  South Windsor came out ahead.

This was South Windsor’s first year participating in the interlock.  According to Amherstburg Soccer Club (ASC) president Terry Sawchuk, the organization’s growth can be attributed to the sport’s capacity for teambuilding, healthy living and, most importantly, its affordability.

“Every year we have more players join,” he said.  “This year, membership is up by about 75.  We also started a new girls-only league this year.”

The tournament also enjoyed a healthy turnout.  Soccer-lovers lined the fields, hiding from the heat in the shade of sapling trees while the players laughed and ran and kicked and leaped.

“The Town of Amherstburg, as always, has been fantastic,” Sawchuk said.  “They keep the fields well-maintained and I’ve received compliments on the quality of the facilities.”

AMBA hosts girls softball tournament at Centennial Park


By Jonathan Martin


Centennial Park has seen its last girls’ softball tournament.

Last weekend marked the park’s final girls’ select tournament.  With the new high school set to erect on the site, the baseball diamonds will be demolished and the Amherstburg Minor Baseball Association (AMBA) will have to find a new home.

Mary Lippert is AMBA’s president and the girls’ house league convener.  She said the weekend’s weather cooperated, the girls enjoyed themselves and the tournament went off without a hitch.

The senior girls’ division of the select tournament bat it out last Sunday. Leamington hit its way to victory over Essex in the Juniors with a final score of 13-5. Kingsville caught the Intermediate title over Essex, 19-11. Leamington won over Essex with a score of 19-5 in the Senior Division. Last weekend marks the final time the Centennial Park baseball diamonds will be used for the tournament.

“I’m proud of the girls and I’m happy with how everything turned out,” she said.  “Personally, I am a little bit sad to say goodbye to these facilities after all this time.”

Amherstburg, Leamington, Harrow, Essex and Kingsville all played in the tournament.

Leamington hit its way to victory over Essex in the Juniors with a final score of 13-5.  Kingsville caught the Intermediate title over Essex, 19-11.  Leamington won over Essex with a score of 19-5 in the Senior Division.

Lippert said she has received reassurances from the Town of Amherstburg officials that new baseball diamonds will be constructed, but neither Lippert nor RTT has received any details regarding new facilities.

Sr. Cards lose a pair of weekend games



By Ron Giofu


The Amherstburg Cardinals senior baseball team dropped a pair of weekend games but were plagued again by a depleted roster for both.

The Cardinals were missing several regular players for both games, particularly Saturday night when coach Dennis Ouellette had to play right field for an inning until another player showed up. Fill-in players suited up for the Cardinals, some of whom have been playing softball in recent seasons.

The most recent game was an 8-2 loss Sunday afternoon in Tecumseh to their senior team. The Thunder scored four in an error-filled first inning, three more in the fifth and one in the sixth while the Cardinals managed two runs in the top of the seventh thanks to a Carl Guthrie RBI single and a Josh Slaney sacrifice fly.

Brady Levack connects with a pitch during Aug. 12 action at Lacasse Park in Tecumseh.

“We lost but I’m disappointed with the way we played,” said Ouellette. “Cole (Lepine) pitched great. We have a good player possible for next year (Guthrie).”

Ouellette said the absent players would have made a difference, as the Cardinals had to use players in different positions and that caused some errors and defensive plays that wouldn’t usually happen.

“There were a lot of balls that fell that wouldn’t usually fall,” said Ouellette.

Ouellette said he is still excited about this year’s team, stating no shows at this time of year is normal as players have other commitments.

“Once we get everyone back, we’ll be playing like we did at the beginning of the year,” said Ouellette.

The Cardinals were in action Saturday night against the Tecumseh 35+ team and lost 7-1. Amherstburg’s lone run came in the sixth inning on an RBI single by Austin Price. Mac Ouellette said Saturday they were short staffed but noted they still didn’t play well enough.

Amherstburg shortstop John Freer makes a catch during Saturday night action at Mic Mac Park. The Sr. Cardinals lost games both Saturday and Sunday, though they were missing regular players both days.

“The name of the game is hitting the ball and we didn’t hit the ball,” he said.

The Saturday night game did not count in the Essex County Senior League standings.

The senior Cardinals (9-10) are in Essex Wednesday night for an 8:30 p.m. game and face the Woodslee Sr. team in Woodslee Sunday at 1 p.m.

Admirals schedule for 2018-19 PJHL Stobbs Division season released



The 2018-19 schedule for the Amherstburg Admirals has been released.

The local Jr. C hockey team plays in the Provincial Junior Hockey League (PJHL) Stobbs Division and they open the regular season Sept. 11 at Essex, two days after the team hosts its annual golf tournament at Sutton Creek Golf Club. Their home opener is Sept. 23 versus Dresden.

The Admirals’ annual Christmas raffle game is Dec. 23 against Essex. They will also be involved in one of three outdoor games in January at Lanspeary Park in Windsor in early January. Amherstburg will play their outdoor game against Wallaceburg Jan. 12 at 2 p.m.

The entire 2018-19 40-game schedule is as follows:



Tuesday, Sept. 11 — at Essex, 7 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 16 — at Blenheim, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 22 — at Mooretown, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 23 — vs. Dresden, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 27 — at Petrolia, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 30 — vs. Wallaceburg, 7 p.m.



Sunday, Oct. 7 — vs. Dresden, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 10 — at Wallaceburg, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 14 — vs. Mooretown, 7 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 19 — at Lakeshore, 7:05 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 21 — vs. Petrolia, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 25 — at Blenheim, 7 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 28 — vs. Essex, 7 p.m.


Saturday, Nov. 3 — at Mooretown, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 9 — at Dresden, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 10 — vs. Blenheim, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 11 — vs. Lakeshore, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 13 — at Essex, 7 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 18 — vs. Mooretown, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 22 — at Petrolia, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 25 — vs. Blenheim, 7 p.m.



Sunday, Dec. 2 — vs. Lakeshore, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 5 — at Wallaceburg, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 7 — at Dresden, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 9 — vs. Wheatley, 7 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 16 — vs. Mooretown, 7 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 21 — at Lakeshore, 7:05 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 23 — vs. Essex, 7 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 30 — vs. Petrolia, 7 p.m.



Wednesday, Jan. 2 — at Wheatley, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 4 — at Lakeshore 7:05 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 5 — vs. Blenheim, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 6 — vs. Dresden, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 12 — vs. Wallaceburg (at Lanspeary Park), 2 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 13 — vs. Wheatley, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 16 — at Wheatley, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 17 — at Petrolia, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 20 — vs. Wallaceburg, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 22 — at Essex, 7 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 27 — vs. Wheatley, 7 p.m.