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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.

Golf for Kyle tournament helps Special Olympian heading to Florida

 

 

By Adam D’Andrea

 

Essex County golfers teed off on Sunday afternoon to help one local Special Olympian get closer to achieving his goals.

Over 60 participants headed to Sutton Creek Golf Club last Sunday for the “Golf for Kyle” tournament. Proceeds from the day will help Kyle Spearing, 24, travel to the Special Olympics North America Golf Invitational Tournament in Port St. Lucie, Florida at the end of September.

“Everybody who plays at Sutton Creek has become very familiar with Kyle and has embraced him over the years,” said Cory Lajeunesse, who has coached Spearing for five years. “Their support is tremendous. There are people who aren’t playing today who have paid entry fees because they can’t be here but they want to support him.”

Spearing was selected as one of 22 athletes to play with Team Canada in this year’s tournament. Last year’s “Golf for Kyle” fundraiser drew in 48 participants who helped Spearing get to South Carolina for the 2015 Golf Invitational. Lajeunesse estimated that the tournament would raise around $5,000 for Kyle, with any additional funds going back to the LaSalle Windsor Special Olympics golf program.

Kyle Spearing (right) prepares to hit the links with his coach Cory Lajeunesse before the 2016 Golf for Kyle tournament at Sutton Creek Golf Club on Sept. 11. Photo by: Adam D’Andrea

Kyle Spearing (right) prepares to hit the links with his coach Cory Lajeunesse before the 2016 Golf for Kyle tournament at Sutton Creek Golf Club on Sept. 11. Photo by: Adam D’Andrea

“For us to go down to Florida obviously there are travel arrangements, hotels,” he said. “This year’s going to be a little bit better because we rented a condo instead of a hotel room so we can all stay together and save some costs.”

According to Lajeunesse, Spearing will have to overcome “a bit of a curveball” this year. While Spearing generally competes at the nine-hole level, he has been asked to move up to the 18-hole level due to the tournament’s quota restrictions.

“We took on that challenge this year to go down, so he’s currently training how to walk 18 holes, and we’ve got to go down and play 18 holes three days in a row. So it’s going to be a task in itself and a challenge but I think we’re more than prepared,” said Lajeunesse. “He shoots the scores to be there, so why not get your feet wet and try it out?”

Spearing said he feels good about seeing people come together to help him achieve his goals and is excited to head to Florida. The Special Olympics North America Golf Invitational Tournament runs from September 29 until October 2.

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.

Mission golf tournament attracts nearly 100 golfers, raises over $6,000

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Nearly 100 golfers hit the links on Saturday all in support of the Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission.

The mission’s annual golf tournament was held at Dominion Golf & Country Club with the tournament being branded a success, according to its organizer.

“We had 98 for golf and we had 135 for dinner,” said Winston McAllister, tournament organizer and son of board of directors president Tim McAllister.

Winston McAllister said they raised over $6,000 at Saturday’s golf tournament.

“It was a good day. It wasn’t very hot. Everyone came out and supported us. We always have a ton of supporters and helpers,” he said.

Erin Lambros, Leanne Lambros, Torey Gault and Erin Murphy were the winning team at the July 9 golf tournament at Dominion Golf Course that benefited the Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission.

Erin Lambros, Leanne Lambros, Torey Gault and Erin Murphy were the winning team at the July 9 golf tournament at Dominion Golf Course that benefited the Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission.

All proceeds go back into the operations of the Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission, McAllister added, and is earmarked towards whatever programs or projects they need funding for that particular year. In its first nine years, the golf tournament has raised over $50,000.

“I’m always humbled by the support of the people. It’s nice to see everyone come out year after year,” said McAllister.

McAllister stressed that there are no paid staff at the mission and that everyone there gives freely of their time.

“They are operating fully on volunteers,” he said. “No one gets paid.”

The tournament celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2017 but McAllister said he hopes it lasts a lot longer than that.

“Hopefully we’ll be doing this for 50 years to come,” he said.

26th annual Charity Golf Classic welcomes participants

 

Special to the RTT

Community Living Essex County is pleased to announce that its 26th Annual Charity Golf Classic will be held at Sutton Creek Golf Club Thursday, July 14 with an 11 a.m. shotgun start.

All proceeds from the annual golf tournament benefit Community Living Essex County in support of people with an intellectual disability and their families across Essex County.

Highlights of the best ball scramble tournament will include a live and silent auction for items including Detroit Tiger tickets. Prizes will be awarded to teams with the best overall low gross and best mixed foursome and best ladies team low scores prizes will also be awarded for the longest drive, closest to the pin and more.

All participants will receive a prize.

CLEC golf

As part of tournament, Community Living Essex County has again invited municipalities from across Essex County to participate in the 8th Annual Municipal Golf Challenge. Municipalities will again be vying for both the “Municipal Cup” and bragging rights for the municipality with the lowest overall team score. The town of LaSalle will again attempt to defend their 2015 title.

Community Living Essex County welcomes the community to join in the fun and golf for a great cause.

To register for the tournament, or to find out more about outstanding sponsorship opportunities call Tony DeSantis Manager of Community Relations at 519-776-6483, ext 246, or e-mail him at tony@communitylivingessex.org.

Details’, including registration information is also available online at www.communitylivingessex.org. Go to Charity Golf Classic under the “Events” section of the website.

Last year nearly $15,000 was raised for Community Living largely in part due to the generous support of local corporate sponsors from across Essex County.