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Amherstburg South County Predators win pee wee championship

 

The Amherstburg South County Predators won the Pee Wee Championship earlier this spring.

It was a hard fought game against the Kingsville South County Predators  but the Amherstburg team was able to pull off an overtime victory. The championship game  reflected the season that the Amherstburg South County Predators had in that they always worked together as a team to bring out the best in each other and they never gave up on a game. This team was comprised of a wonderful group of girls that always supported each other and displayed a genuine love of the game.

Team Roster: Mia Mitchell, Hanna Coulson, Carly Palumbo, Mackenzie Benoit, Sofia Kulik, Allison Gailitis, Justine Gorham, Julia Rufo, Kira McCurdy, Morgan Tweedell, Claire Shipper, Santi Dewan, Bianca Goncalves, Emma Burke, Alexis Robson. Coaches: Head Coach, Jamie McCurdy, Assistant Coaches: Kevin Mitchell and Shaun Tweedell. Trainer: Tara Penny. Team Manager: Nancy Gorham.

The players and parents would like to thank the coaches for their dedication and commitment to the team. A special thanks to our team manager Nancy Gorham for the countless hours spent organizing our lives! Also, to a great group of parents that always were positive and cheered on our girls! Looking forward to next year.

—Submitted by Crystal Palumbo

AMBA hosts pee wee travel baseball tournament

By Jonathan Martin

 

The Amherstburg Minor Baseball Association peewee travel tournament’s final game has been postponed due to inclement weather.

The game, which was originally scheduled for this past Sunday, hadn’t been given a new time at time of writing.

It will see the Amherstburg Cardinals mixed major take on the Essex Yellow Jackets.  Convener Bert Schipper said the baseball diamonds had been completely saturated with rainwater, so there was no choice but to pull the plug and try again later.

Over the weekend, peewee players from across Essex County and up to Richmond Hill took to Centennial Park’s fields.  Participating teams included LaSalle, Amherstburg Major, Amherstburg Minor, Essex and Richmond Hill.

The Amherstburg Cardinals pee wee baseball team were one of the participants in the recent tournament the Amherstburg Minor Baseball Association hosted.

According to convener Bert Schipper, this is the first time in around a decade Amherstburg has hosted a Baseball Ontario-sanctioned travel tournament.

“This is an opportunity for me to learn and get good at it,” he said.  “We have the provincial championships for Bantam C coming to the Libro (Centre) on Labour Day weekend.”

Schipper said hosting tournaments in the town benefits everyone.

“It brings people in and it brings business in,” he said.  “Especially for the teams’ sponsors, who are all local businesses.”

He added that this is the first time in more than a decade that Amherstburg will host the Bantams.  “I’m glad I have this tournament to warm up,” he said.

Unfortunately, no amount of practice can hold off rain.

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.

Pee Wee Interlock teams come to Amherstburg for playoff tournament

 

 

By RTT Staff

 

Teams from around Essex County converged on Centennial Park for a playoff wrap-up tournament for the South Shore Interlock Baseball Association (SSIBA).

Delaney Gillis makes a play at shortstop.

Delaney Gillis makes a play at shortstop.

Nine pee wee teams (ages 12-13) from around the county, including one from Amherstburg, competed in the tournament. Convener Dan Hebert said the three-day tournament was conducted with a round-robin format with each baseball team guaranteed at least three games.

“We bid for it at the beginning of the year,” said Hebert. “Amherstburg has had it the last few years.”

Tyler Jenkins get a hit for Amherstburg in the Aug. 11-13 South Shore Interlock Baseball Association tournament at Centennial Park.

Tyler Jenkins get a hit for Amherstburg in the Aug. 11-13 South Shore Interlock Baseball Association tournament at Centennial Park.

There will be another playoff baseball tournament in Amherstburg this weekend, as nine house league teams and four bantam teams (ages 14-15) will use both Centennial Park and the Libro Centre to decide their championships.

Amherstburg team takes home top spot in recent Hockey for Hospice tournament

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

A local pee wee house league team hit its stride in the recent Hockey for Hospice tournament.

The tournament, held at four arenas including the Libro Centre from Dec. 27-29, saw the Gyori Farms team from Amherstburg take home the gold medal in the pee wee “C” division. The team is coached by Mike Van Essen and Jeff Colledge with Keith Lauzon being the trainer.

“We’ve been struggling in house league but they are always in sync and playing well,” said Frank Cleminson, a parent and volunteer with the team.

The Amherstburg Gyori Farms hockey team celebrates after winning the pee wee “C” division championship at the Libro Centre as part of the 21st annual Hockey for Hospice tournament. The tournament raised over $301,000 for Hospice with the Libro Centre being one of four arenas that was used. (Submitted photo)

The Amherstburg Gyori Farms hockey team celebrates after winning the pee wee “C” division championship at the Libro Centre as part of the 21st annual Hockey for Hospice tournament. The tournament raised over $301,000 for Hospice with the Libro Centre being one of four arenas that was used. (Submitted photo)

In the first game of the Hockey for Hospice tournament, they were up against LaSalle Sports Zone and Cleminson said that the Amherstburg team was down 2-0 heading into the third period and came back to tie the game.

“In every other game, we never had the lead and came to win it in the third period,” said Cleminson.

In the finals, the Gyori Farms team met up with the LaSalle Sports Zone team again. Gavin Colledge gave the Amherstburg team the lead but LaSalle came back to tie it then went up 2-1 with three minutes left in the third, Cleminson said. Amherstburg then scored with six seconds left in the third period and again approximately 30 seconds into overtime with Ben Godin getting the tying and winning goals.

“In the first 30 seconds, we won the game and the championship,” Cleminson recalled.

The team’s MVP was goalie Ben Todd.

“He just had an outstanding tournament,” said Cleminson.

By winning the tournament, the Amherstburg Gyori Farms pee wee team gained a lot of confidence as they returned to their house league schedule, he added.

“It was a big team building tournament for them,” said Cleminson. “It was really good for the kids.”