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Bulldogs volleyball season ends, though coach happy with progress

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The General Amherst Bulldogs senior boys volleyball season has ended, but the team’s coach was happy with how they progressed this season.

The Bulldogs didn’t put a senior team on the court last season, so this year’s team re-entered WECSSAA Tier 1 play with a young lineup. Their final regular season game was last Tuesday night at home versus the visiting Sandwich Sabres and the Bulldogs lost two sets to one. The Bulldogs lost the first set 25-18, and got down 9-0 in the second set before making it close though they lost 25-19. The Bulldogs won the third set 25-21.

Mason Foreman (15) tips the ball over the net during General Amherst’s match with Sandwich Oct. 30.

“We did pretty well,” said General Amherst coach Craig Lohnes. “They played well. We did a great job. I think the key for our players is passing. If we can pass, we can get set up in the middle and be a better team.”

The Bulldogs played well defensively, he believed, and Lohnes noted the Bulldogs players take pride in not letting the ball hit the floor.

“I’d say it is steady progress,” he said last Wednesday of his team’s performance this season.

Lohnes said the goal was to “finish better than we started” and believes they have done that. He noted the Bulldogs are a group of Grade 11 players who are improving.

“We look pretty good for next year,” said Lohnes. “Hopefully they have learned from this year and get better.”

General Amherst’s Riley Sesto (11) goes up for a block during last Tuesday’s game against Sandwich.

There are also some good junior-aged players that could also infuse more talent into the Bulldogs.

General Amherst started the playoffs last Thursday at Brennan, but the host Cardinals put an end to the Bulldogs’ season. The Cardinals defeated the Bulldogs 25-22, 25-22 and 25-19 in the first round of the WECSSAA “AA” playoffs.

 

Admirals lose overtime decision in Mooretown

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The only game of the week for the Amherstburg Admirals didn’t go the way they had hoped.

The Admirals were on the road last Saturday night in Mooretown but dropped a 4-3 overtime decision to the Flags. Amherstburg had built a 3-1 lead after two periods on goals by Max Clifford, Josh Jacobs and Dean DeLuca but the Flags got third period goals by Brock Perry and Cameron Rannie, the latter scoring his second of the game at the 16:27 mark of the third period.

Perry would add his second of the game 3:28 into the extra period to give Mooretown the victory.

Amherstburg outshot Mooretown 34-32 on the night.

The Admirals are now 9-3-0-2 on the season, good for 20 points, but they are fifth in the PJHL Stobbs Division behind Dresden, Essex, Lakeshore and Mooretown. However, Amherstburg has games in hand on all four teams ahead of them in the standings.

It will be a busy weekend for the Admirals as they have three games in three days coming up. Amherstburg heads to Dresden Friday night for a 7:30 p.m. game against the Jr. Kings. After that, the Admirals return home where they are thus far undefeated this season for a pair of games. The Blenheim Blades comes to the Libro Centre Saturday night while the defending division champion Lakeshore Canadiens come to town Sunday night.

Both of this weekend’s home games start at 7 p.m.

The schedule doesn’t get any easier the following week, with a Nov. 13 tilt in Essex and a Nov. 18 home game versus Mooretown Nov. 18.

Lady Gens narrowly lose final game of regular season

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The General Amherst Lady Gens ended the WECSSAA Tier 1 regular season end last Tuesday night with a loss.

Poor shooting from the free throw line was cited as one of the main reasons the Lady Gens fell 39-36 to the Sandwich Sabres in a game played last Tuesday night in LaSalle. The Lady Gens shot only 3-for-19 from the free throw line.

“That definitely didn’t help matters,” said General Amherst head coach Dom Silvaggio. “If we shoot 50 per cent from the free throw line, we win easily. You can’t go 3-for-19 and expect to win at senior basketball.”

Lexi Dodds was in foul trouble most of the game and would eventually foul out, he stated. Dani Brindley played well, Silvaggio added as she his crucial three-point shots in the game. Brynlee Ammonite led the Lady Gens in scoring against the Sabres with 12 points while Emma Pillon, who was called up from junior, had seven points in limited playing time.

Despite the loss, Silvaggio said the game meant little in the Tier 1 standings. He pointed out that he played most of the players equally in order to get everyone in the game.

Silvaggio didn’t know what to expect from his team come playoff time. The first game is Nov. 6 at 4:30 p.m. at General Amherst against the visiting Catholic Central Comets.

“It’s hard to say because we’re so inconsistent,” he said of his team’s chances. The Comets were undefeated in Tier 2 while the Lady Gens were 2-8 in Tier 1 playing against larger schools.

If the Lady Gens advance past the Comets, they would run into a young and athletic team that already has beaten the Lady Gens this season.

Local woman captures “Community Champion” award

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

A local woman has been recognized for her efforts in trying to keep the town healthy and active.

Kristen Saunders, recreation planning co-ordinator at the Libro Centre, was honoured recently as a Southwestern Ontario Communities in Motion “Community Champion” at a reception at the Libro Centre. Cristy McNorton, another recreation staff member, was honoured as an “All-Star” from the organization.

“Actually, I was kind of shocked,” said Saunders. “I didn’t have any idea I was getting the award.”

The “Community Champion” award goes to members of the community that promote and educate people on healthy eating and staying active.

“My position with the town allows me to do that,” she explained.

Kristen Saunders, the recreation planning co-ordinator at the Libro Centre, was honoured recently as a Southwestern Ontario Communities in Motion “Community Champion.”

Among the programs Saunders has brought in include “Turf Tots,” a program where toddlers and infants and enjoy sport balls, tunnels and more inside the Libro Centre’s turf field. Other things Saunders was recognized for were art classes, mentoring psychology and social work students, tai chi programs, and enhancing other programs such as the Healthy Kids Community Challenge.

“Some of the programs we’re already offering and we’re trying to boost them or change them around,” she said.

There are also walking challenges and summer camps among the list of programs Saunders is involved with. The latter is open to other municipalities as well.

It was “Communities in Motion” Week recently12 and that also included the 12 O’Clock Walk where people could take the “Couch Potato Pledge” to try and stay active.

McNorton was also credited for her efforts in trying to get people to stay active and for her efforts to promote healthy lifestyles. Saunders said McNorton is “a go-getter” who is always active and upbeat.

 

Admirals down 73’s on penalty shot in OT

 

 

By Christian Bouchard

 

The Amherstburg Admirals avenged their season opening loss to the Essex 73’s with a thrilling overtime win on Sunday.

Amherstburg got the scoring started as Dean Deluca scored in the dying minutes of the first period. Essex would score the next two goals before Austin Jennings would tie the game on the powerplay. Cory Burns would give the Admirals the lead in the third, but Josh Pope-Ferguson would score with 1:40 remaining in regulation to force overtime.

After getting tripped on a breakaway, Michael Hatch was awarded a penalty shot, which would be the game winning goal.

Essex goalie Jax Dhont breaks his stick in frustration as the Amherstburg Admirals celebrate Michael Hatch’s penalty shot goal in overtime to defeat the 73’s 4-3 in overtime Sunday night.

“We all knew it was a big game after losing to Essex in the season opener but when we had to step up, we rose to the challenge,” said Hatch.

A total of 18 penalties were called for 71 minutes. With 673 in attendance, Hatch said the game had a playoff atmosphere.

“The fans were around the glass cheering loud and penalties were getting called everywhere,” said Hatch. “The pace of the game just kept picking up as it progressed, and we were able to get a quality team win to win in overtime”.

With the win, the Admirals are now 9-3-0-1 on the season and 5-0-0-1 on home ice.

Caleb Paqutte takes a shot on Essex goalie Jax Dhont in the Admirals 4-3 victory in overtime Sunday night at the Libro Centre.

The Admirals are off until Nov. 3 when they visit the Mooretown Flags and the Dresden Jr. Kings on Nov. 9. The Admirals will return to home ice for a home-and-home series when they host the Blenheim Blades Saturday, Nov. 10 and the Lakeshore Canadiens Nov. 11.

“We’re on a roll right now. We just have to continue defending home ice and we’ll see what happens as we move forward in the season.”