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AMBA welcomes mosquito and bantam players for house league tournament

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Amherstburg Minor Baseball Association (AMBA) kept local diamonds busy on the weekend.

A total of 22 mosquito and bantam house league teams came to Amherstburg from across Windsor-Essex County on the weekend for a wrap-up tournament. Games went Thursday through Sunday with games being played at Centennial Park, Malden Centre Park and the Libro Centre.

This particular tournament was organized by boys house league convenor Dan Hebert, but AMBA president Mary Lippert said it was one of six tournaments the association has hosted this year.

“We’ve hosted it the last few years,” she said, of the mosquito and bantam wrap-up tournaments.

Amherstburg’s Ryan “Buzz” Wharram crosses the plate with a run during a bantam house league game Saturday morning at the Libro Centre.

The girls select tournament goes this upcoming weekend at Centennial Park.

“We are hosting the OBA’s for the bantam division Labour Day weekend,” she added.

In all, Amherstburg had two teams in last weekend’s tournament – one in the mosquito division and one in the bantam division.

The Amherstburg Minor Baseball Assocation (AMBA) held a wrap-up tournament for the bantam and mosquito age groups. A total of 22 teams from around the area came out to compete.

The results from the weekend saw Kingsville-4 beat Leamington-1 12-1 for the mosquito championship while Essex downed Leamington-3 for the mosquito consolation crown.

The Windsor South Canadians beat Forest Glade 12-0 to win the bantam division title while the consolation division saw another Windsor South win, this being a 12-5 over Harrow.

AMHA hosts house league “Day of Champions”

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The season is wrapping up for players in the Amherstburg Minor Hockey Association and it is time to celebrate.

The house league division held its annual “Day of Champions” Sunday at the Libro Centre with age groups from tyke to bantam playing for championships in AMHA’s house league division. After games, each division crowned award winners and saw players chosen to receive individual honours.

“It’s been a great season,” said AMHA president Marc Renaud.

The “Day of Champions” produced its moments as well.

“We’ve had a lot of exciting hockey since 9 a.m.,” Renaud stated. “It’s been some good hockey.”

There were about 540 players enrolled in the Amherstburg Minor Hockey Association this season, Renaud added, with about 350 players being in the house league division.

“That’s about where we’ve been (in recent years),” Renaud said of the enrolment.

The AMHA’s “Day of Champions” for the travel division is April 10.

“It’s been a great year for us,” said Renaud.

Renaud said the organization expresses its thanks to all of the volunteers, coaches and sponsors. Registration for the 2018-19 hockey season is expected to begin April 1. For further information, visit www.amherstburghockey.com.

The bantam Unifor 200 team was one of the victorious teams at Sunday’s house league “Day of Champions.” Back row (from left): David Wharram (Trainer), Ewan Mitchell, Ryan Wharram, Nolan Crain, Evan Sesto, Brayden Greenhalf, Cody Drouillard, Jason Hodgson (Coach)
Front row: Matt Connel, Andrew DiGiovanni, Louis Casey, Nick Grimaldi, Trevor Hebert, Ben Hodgson.
Absent was Thomas Vanlaerhoven-Overton and head coach Jeremy Drouillard. (RTT Photo by Jonathan Martin)

The 2018 House league Day of Champs are:

 

Novice: Midway Appliances

 

Atom: Gabriel’s Deli

 

Pee Wee: Gibb Insurance

 

Bantam: Unifor 200

 

 

The Memorial Award winners are as follows:

 

Novice – The Jeremy Bailey Award for Outstanding effort throughout the playing season. – Ben Meloche

 

Atom – The Murry Dufour Award for Outstanding effort throughout the playing season. – Nick Favrin

 

Pee wee – The Robert St Pierre Award for Outstanding effort throughout the playing season. – Sam Lojewski

 

Bantam – The Danny Hallock Award for Outstanding effort throughout the playing season.- Brendan Argoselo

 

The AMHA’s Day of Champions saw action all day Sunday at the Libro Centre. Novice house league action is pictured.

 

The House league Coach of the Year is- Tony Loggie

 

The House league Trainer of the Year is Kevin Owen

Local house league baseball teams converge on Amherstburg

 

 

By RTT Staff

 

House league baseball teams from around Essex County and Windsor converged on Amherstburg for a weekend tournament earlier this month.

The wrap-up tournament saw eight teams in the pee wee division with teams coming from Kingsville, Forest Glade, Turtle Club (LaSalle), Leamington, Belle River, Tecumseh, Windsor Central and Riverside. That division played primarily at Centennial Park.

Amherstburg was represented in the bantam tournament held recently at the Libro Centre. (Back row): coaches Rob Faraday, Mike Bergeron , players Ed Laroye, Kain McDonald, Coach Brian McDonald, players Nolan Crain, Andrew Pickle, Andy Beneteau, head coach Dave Wharram. Bottom row: Jake Hamilton , Jacob Kelterborn, Matthew Pickle, Devon D'Alimonte, Ryan (Buzz) Wharram. Laying in front is Josh Bergeron. (Special to the RTT)

Amherstburg was represented in the bantam tournament held recently at the Libro Centre. (Back row): coaches Rob Faraday, Mike Bergeron , players Ed Laroye, Kain McDonald, Coach Brian McDonald, players Nolan Crain, Andrew Pickle, Andy Beneteau, head coach Dave Wharram. Bottom row: Jake Hamilton , Jacob Kelterborn, Matthew Pickle, Devon D’Alimonte, Ryan (Buzz) Wharram. Laying in front is Josh Bergeron. Frankie Jariett is absent. (Special to the RTT)

The bantam division saw five teams compete. Action was mainly at the Libro Centre, though one game was at Centennial Park. Teams from Amherstburg, Turtle Club, Riverside, Windsor South and Forest Glade took to the field with Amherstburg being eliminated with a 15-5 loss Saturday night to Forest Glade.

This was the second straight tournament in Amherstburg in successive weekends, with the South Shore Interlock Tournament the previous weekend for the pee wee players. That was at Centennial Park.

Ed Laroye pitches to the plate  during the recent bantam  tournament held in Amherstburg. Most of the games in the bantam division were at the Libro Centre while pee wee teams  competed at Centennial Park.

Ed Laroye pitches to the plate during the recent bantam tournament held in Amherstburg. Most of the games in the bantam division were at the Libro Centre while pee wee teams competed at Centennial Park.

“This team being put together in a very short period of time to represent Amherstburg in the tourney we were hosting. This team really worked hard and although didn’t make the finals on Sunday we still walked away winners. I couldn’t be more proud of the dedication these 12 guys showed the past month or so while preparing for this tournament,” said bantam head coach Dave Wharram.

AMHA hands out awards in both travel and house league divisions

 

 

The Amherstburg Minor Hockey Association (AMHA) recently made its annual award presentations in both the house league and travel divisions.

The organization also took the time to thank the many volunteers and coaches who helped make the 2016-17 hockey season happen.

The winners were, as follows:

 

NOVICE TRAVEL – Bruno Cassanova Award

“Outstanding Effort Throughout the Playing Season”

Novice AE – TREVOR PAQUETTE

Novice Major – CODY LAVIGNE

 

ATOM TRAVEL – Kevin McDonough Award

“Outstanding Effort Throughout the Playing Season”

Atom Minor – BRAYDEN SALES

Atom Major – MAXINE BLUNT

 

PEEWEE TRAVEL – Mark Whitehead Award

“Outstanding Effort Throughout the Playing Season”

Pee Wee Minor – CODY BISSONETTE

Pee Wee Major – TONY ISSHAK

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BANTAM MINOR TRAVEL – Danny Pietrangelo Award

“Outstanding Effort Throughout the Playing Season”

KAI DECARLO

 

BANTAM MAJOR TRAVEL – Bill Jones Award

“Positive attitude and has given 100% in practices and games”

ADAM CHARETTE

 

MIDGET TRAVEL – Jimmy Brooks Award

“Outstanding Defensive Play Throughout the Playing Season”

Midget Minor – JORDON MEYER

Midget Major – REID STIELER

 

MIDGET MINOR TRAVEL – Michael Bastien Award

“Outstanding Dedication to Hockey Throughout the Playing Season”

BRANDEN LAPORTE

 

MIDGET MJOR TRAVEL – Randy Oakes Award

“Outstanding Dedication to Hockey Throughout the Playing Season”

JACOB DELUCA

 

MIDGET MJOR TRAVEL – Randy Oakes Award

“Outstanding Dedication to Hockey Throughout the Playing Season”

JACOB DELUCA

 

JUVENILE TRAVEL -Award

“Outstanding Dedication to Hockey Throughout the Playing Season”

ERIC VANDENHAM

 

HOUSE LEAGUE AWARD WINNERS

Novice – Jeremy Bailey Award – outstanding effort throughout the playing season

JONAH BENOIT

 

Atom – Murry Dufour Award – outstanding effort throughout the playing season

BRAYDEN BEATTIE

 

Pee Wee – Robert St Pierre Award – outstanding effort throughout the playing season

BEN TODD

 

Bantam – Danny Hallock Award – outstanding effort throughout the playing season

RYAN “BUZZ” WHARRAM

 

Midget – Keith Berard Award – Outstanding Sportsmanship through out the playing season

LINDEN CRAIN

 

 

AMHA VOLUNTEER AWARDS

 

YOUTH VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR – Gavin Colledge

 

ADULT VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR – J.P. Lowrie/Sid Doe

 

TRAVEL MANAGER OF THE YEAR Brandy Peddie Award – Julie Skov

 

TRAVEL TEAM TRAINER OF THE YEAR – Chad Mailloux

 

TRAVEL TEAM COACH OF THE YEAR – Chris Hayes

 

HOUSE LEAGUE COACH OF THE YEAR – Steve Duquette

 

HOUSE LEAGUE TRAINER OF THE YEAR – Justin Rusenstrom

Pee Wee house league playoffs come to Centennial Park

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Top pee wee baseball teams from across Essex County came to Amherstburg over the weekend to see which team was the best.

The Amherstburg Minor Baseball Association (AMBA) hosted the pee wee house league playoff tournament at Centennial Park over the weekend, with games starting Friday night and running through Sunday. There were 13 teams in all with three each coming from Leamington and Kingsville, two from Harrow and Essex and one from Cottam.

Amherstburg also had two teams in the tournament.

Will Thompson makes a catch in the outfield for the Amherstburg Audiology team during last weekend’s pee wee baseball tournament at Centennial Park. Amherstburg had two teams in the tournament.

Will Thompson makes a catch in the outfield for the Amherstburg Audiology team during last weekend’s pee wee baseball tournament at Centennial Park. Amherstburg had two teams in the tournament.

Each municipality across the county takes a turn hosting a playoff tournament, explained umpire-in-chief Dan Hebert. He added AMBA will also be hosting a house league selects tournament – which is a tournament of all-star players – this coming weekend at both Centennial Park and the Libro Centre.

Hebert added the umpires in last weekend’s pee wee tournament were youth volunteers from the community.

“All of my umpires are between 13-15-years-old and volunteered their time out there,” said Hebert.

In The “A” division, Kingsville Knights of Columbus completed a perfect 4-0 record in the tournament by defeating Leamington Primo.

In the “B” division, the underdog team from Harrow won their final three games, including beating the previously unbeaten Kingsville Delta Power team twice in the finals to win the division.