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Area bantam and pee wee baseball players converge on Amherstburg

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The baseball diamonds at the Libro Centre and Centennial Park were busy on the weekend.

The Amherstburg Minor Baseball Association (AMBA) hosted pee wee select teams at Centennial Park and bantam select teams at the Libro Centre over the weekend. Tournament convener Dan Hebert explained that Amherstburg had one team in each division unlike other centres that were able to combine teams into an all-star team and enter them.

Amherstburg and Leamington squared off in bantam select tournament action at the Libro Centre last Saturday.

There were six teams in the pee wee division with the Cardinals being joined by Windsor Central, Harrow, Forest Glade, Riverside and Tecumseh. Hebert said those teams are likely going to be playing in the last organized baseball games at Centennial Park as that park is now property of the Greater Essex County District School Board and will have the new public high school built on top of it.

“There’s nothing else scheduled after that,” said Hebert.

The bantams featured teams from Amherstburg, Belle River, Leamington and LaSalle.

Hebert said while younger age divisions are played elsewhere in Essex County, he wanted to keep the older age groups in Amherstburg. He said the premier diamond at the Libro Centre is “the best diamond in the county.”

The Amherstburg Cardinals bantam select team finished third
in the tournament held in town over the weekend.

Hebert also credited the volunteers and the local youth that umpired the games. The latter, he said, put in a ten-hour day Saturday umpiring four games.

In the bantam select tournament, Leamington defeated LaSalle in the final with Amherstburg placing third. In the pee wee select tournament, Forest Glade won by defeating Windsor Central in the final while Amherstburg placed fifth.

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.

Ed Jovanovski Charity Golf Classic held at Pointe West

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

A group of local golfers joined former, current and future NHL stars and some football talent as well in raising money for breast cancer research.

The second annual Ed Jovanovski Charity Golf Classic was held at Pointe West Golf Club last Friday with well-known athletes attending including the likes of Jose Theodore, Darren Banks, Aaron Ekblad, Michael DiPietro, Todd Warriner, Brett Romberg, Matt Puempel, Zack Kassian not to mention Jovanovski himself.

Jovanovski said they received “great” support again this year, reporting that it was a sell-out with 144 golfers.

“This year, the support has been unbelievable,” said Jovanovski. “There has been a great carry-over effect from last year.”

Among the athletes at the Ed Jovanovski Charity Golf Classic were (from left): Jose Theodore, Brett Romberg, Jovanovski, Aaron Ekblad and Darren Banks.

The retired NHL star and former Windsor Spitfire said they learned things from last year on what to add and what to change so that “made the tournament much better.” The reason for the donation to the Canadian Cancer Society for breast cancer awareness stems from Jovanovski’s mother being a breast cancer survivor and the impact such diagnoses has on friends and family.

“You never think it would be happening to you,” he said.

The first annual tournament raised $50,000 and Jovanovski said they were hopeful to match, if not exceed, that amount this year. He said the organizing committee plans on continuing holding the tournament as long as possible, adding it is also an opportunity to come home and visit with friends and family.

“It’s a great community here at Pointe West. They’ve been very accommodating,” added Jovanovski.

Jovanovski said they just want to give back and that they are fortunate to be in a position to do so.

Scott Elliott, one of the tournament organizers and co-owner of Amherstburg GM, said it was a great day. Amherstburg GM was one of the many tournament sponsors.

Scott Elliott and Mike Bezzoubkin from Amherstburg GM stand with Ed and Deni Jovanovski during last Friday’s Ed Jovanovski Charity Golf Classic held at Pointe West Golf Club. It was the second annual event with proceeds going to the Canadian Cancer Society for breast cancer research.

“It’s great for the community. It’s great for Pointe West,” he said.

Elliott pointed out that he has known Jovanovski and his family for about 30 years as he coached him in minor hockey.

“He wants to give back to the community now that he is retired,” said Elliott. “Good for him and (his brother) Deni (Jovanovski) to do that.”

Elliott also pointed out there were a number of former and current NHL players that flew in for the tournament to support the cause.

Mission golf tournament raises approximately $6,500

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The organizer of the 11th annual Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission golf tournament is pleased with how this year’s event played out.

“This year, we did really well,” said Winston McAllister. “It was amazing weather and we had great support as always.”

There were 136 golfers this year, McAllister stated.

The tournament was held at Dominion Golf Course in LaSalle.

“We were up 40 golfers from last year’s tournament,” he said. “We had a lot of great support from a lot of great sponsors as they really helped us out.”

McAllister, son of mission board of directors president Tim McAllister, said he couldn’t put a finger on exactly why so many people came out this year, but added they have a good core group of golfers that attend with newcomers joining them.

The Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Misson’s golf tournament was Saturday at Dominion Golf Course in LaSalle. The winning foursome this year included (from left): Kyle Booker, Jesse Carter, Bruce Bratt and Mark Bondy.

“Hopefully people had fun and continue to come back,” said McAllister, who stated the tournament topped the $6,500 mark.

“Our eleven-year total to date is $62,600,” he said.

All proceeds will go directly back into the Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission, he added.

“The mission is run 100 per cent by volunteers,” said McAllister. “Whatever their greatest need is, the money will be used to support that.”

McAllister added he thanks all the volunteers, sponsors, golfers and all who supported the July 7 tournament.

“There’s so many people who made this happen,” he said. “Without them, we wouldn’t have had the success we’ve had with this golf tournament.”

People understand why the mission is needed, he added.

“I th ink the need for the mission is clear,” said McAllister. “Some people fall on hard times. ‘People Helping People’ is their motto and they are here to help the community.”

The Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission is located at 298 Victoria St. S. and their phone number is 519-736-9140. For more information, visit www.aburgmission.ca or “like” them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AmherstburgMission.

Amherstburg Oldtimers tournament draws team from this area and Michigan

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Amherstburg Oldtimers Hockey Tournament returned again this year with over two dozen teams hitting the ice.

The tournament ran last Friday through Sunday at the Libro Centre with 26 teams participating on both ice pads over the three days. That number was down slightly from last year, when 28 teams participated, but tournament manager Jim Rousseau indicated that was due to some of the players being banged up.

“I’ve got five teams from Michigan and the rest are from Essex County and Windsor,” said Rousseau. “There are seven teams from Amherstburg alone.”

The Amherstburg Oldtimers Hockey Tournament was held last Friday through Sunday at the Libro Centre with action on both pads. A total of 26 teams came out for this year’s tournament. with teams coming from around Windsor-Essex County and Michigan.

Rousseau said three of the Amherstburg teams were in the open division with four coming from the Tri-Community Men’s Hockey League that play Sunday mornings. There were six divisions and various age groups with most divisions having four teams with the other having six.

The Amherstburg Oldtimers Hockey Tournament has been running for nearly four decades and continues to thrive because people locally want it to succeed.

“It’s the commitment,” said Rousseau. “It’s a tradition. We don’t let it die.”

The tournament also benefits the community. The Amherstburg Oldtimers purchase whatever they need locally and also make donations to Canadian Tire Jumpstart and the Miracle League of Amherstburg.

The Amherstburg Oldtimers Hockey Tournament was held last Friday through Sunday at the Libro Centre with action on both pads. A total of 26 teams came out for this year’s tournament. with teams coming from around Windsor-Essex County and Michigan.

“I took the approach that we are from the town and we should support the town,” said Rousseau.

The Amherstburg Oldtimers, who scrimmage Thursday nights at the Libro Centre, also travel to tournaments throughout the hockey season. They won a recent tournament in Tillsonburg and will be travelling to St. Catharines in a few weeks.