Pickleball - fastest growing sport

Pickleball is a paddle sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis. Two (singles) or four (doubles)players use solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a perforated polymer ball, similar to a wiffle ball, over a net. The sport shares features of other racquet sports, the dimensions and layout of a badminton court, and a net and rules somewhat similar to tennis, with several modifications. Pickleball was invented in the mid 1960s as a children's backyard pastime but has become one of America's most popular growing sports among all ages.

The pickleball court is similar to a doubles badminton court. The actual size of the court is 20×44 feet for both doubles and singles. The net is hung at 36 inches on the ends, and 34 inches at center.

Pickleball is exploding in this area.  There is a club in every community as well as it is played in every YMCA

The Elmvale and Area Pickleball club currently plays out of Huronia Elementary School in Elmvale Tuesday nights and Homer Barrett park for the spring and summer. 

Enjoy a 2 hour Pickelball Clinic ($25 per person) with Brooke Siver CEO of Manta World Sports from British Columbia. He will be at the outdoor Pickleball Courts at Tiffin Park in Midland home of the Midland and Area Pickleball Association Thursday June 21, 2018 from 9 am to 9 pm.  Brooke is a Level 5 rated Pickleball player for 55 and over age group.  He is also a certified Professional Pickleball Teacher by the International Pickleball Professional Teachers Association and Brooke has traveled and won tournaments worldwide.  Please contact Competitive Edge Sports 705-795-8307 for more information.


Bourgeois Motors Elmvale PeeWee Local League 2 Season in Review

 Way back in September, yet another minor hockey season got rolling. The Bourgeois Motors Elmvale PeeWee Local League 2 team comprised of Brodie McTavish, Manny Gleason, Hayden King, Lily Hammer, Avery Clemmens, Koston McClung, Edward Monck, Nathan Sokach, Nathan Boland, Wyatt Alldred, Anthony Mino and Cole KleinGibbinck was off to the races.

 The 2017 – 2018 season would prove to be a somewhat frustrating one for the kids as W’s were few and far between, however, with all the tough losses the team as a group maintained an unbelievable attitude. Game in and game out all season the kids put forth maximum effort while maintaining a positive attitude. By mid season they were rounded into shape just in time for a wild home and home series with the cross-town rival Elmvale PeeWee LL 1 crew over the Christmas break. With each team coming away with a win the two teams would have to wait until the playoffs to settle the grudge match. By the time playoffs started in late February the PeeWee LL 2 team was firing on all cylinders!!! In the final head to head match up between the two evenly matched teams it was a dog fight from the initial puck drop, with the LL 2 kids jumping out to a 3-1 lead. The LL 1 kids left a little more gas in the tank for the third period and eventually after an unbelievable effort tied it up 3-3 before the final buzzer, leaving the season series at 1 Win, 1 Loss and 1 Tie for each team!! As they say, there’s always next year.

 A few other highlights for the season included the 10 round head to head simultaneous shootout we ended up in at the end of first game at our away tournament in Arthur in early February, I’ve personally never been involved in a more nerve racking yet wildly exciting situation in all my years of minor hockey. And finally our last game of the season a dominating 4-2 victory, where the kids again after a long tough character building season showed up ready to rock and put forth and effort any coaching staff and group of parents could be proud of !!!

I’d like to thank all the parents, grandparents and anyone else who helped get the kids to our beloved 6am Monday morning practices all year, to our sponsors EMHA truly appreciates your support, and finally to the other volunteers without who we would not have a minor hockey season Becky Rawn (Team Manager), Brad Sokach (Team Trainer) and Jason Monck and Joe King (Ass. Coaches)

 See you at the Rink!                                                                                   Coach Jamie


Elmvale Peewees LL1 Great Year

Elmvale Peewee LL2 Legion team started the year with high hopes and incredible drive. Members of our team, worked hard at practice and continued to learn as many skills as possible.  The season ended with a record of 4 wins, 21 losses, and 3 ties.  The team never gave up throughout the whole season.

 Our tournament experience was an exciting one.  Traveling to Norwood, the team played 3 very strong games against some very skilled players.  Winning 1 game and getting a tie in another, was not enough to move on that weekend.  Lots of fun and team building was had at the hotel over the weekend.

 As the playoffs started LL1 put their best efforts forward .  With many exciting games, the team was able to pull off 3 ties, 1 win, and 4 loses.  All games were close and exciting for spectators. Great job everyone!

 Thanks to our sponsor Elmvale Legion for your continued support of Minor Hockey.  Thank you to our families that supported our players in getting to practice and games.  Great job by all coaching staff; Mark Cairncross, James Elliott, David Burns.


Sports Mike Townes

The Paralympics 2018 in South Korea are over for another four years. Team Canada finished with a best 28 medals -- 8 gold, 4 silver and 16 bronze -- after winning only 16 in 2014.

The curlers came home with a bronze medal over Korea after China defeated them on a last-shot raise takeout in the semi-finals. Canada led all the way in the bronze medal game after their disappointing loss to China.

The ice hockey team was .38 seconds away from the gold medal when the United States scored to tie the game 1-1 with six attackers on the ice and the net open. Just before the USA scored, Canada hit the post at the other end that would have finished off the Americans. The goal by the Americans was the first goal given up by the Canadians as they had outscored the opposition 42-0 going into the gold medal game.

The Americans scored the winner at 3:30 of the overtime leaving the Canadians without a gold medal in Paralympics ice hockey since 2006.

Adam Dixon, from Midland (but with Elmvale family connections) played over 37 minutes in the gold medal game and was named the tournament’s top defenceman. Adam had a great tournament registering 2 goals and 8 assists in five games playing in front of family and fans that made the trip to South Korea.

Congratulations to Adam bringing home the silver medal!

Elmvale Minor Hockey will be hosting the Maple Syrup Country Tournament this weekend starting Friday, March 23rd at 9:00 am at the Elmvale Arena and Wasaga Beach Arena and continue all day Saturday and Sunday. Eight hockey teams each will be playing in the Peewee, Atom and Novice divisions with all teams trying to reach the finals that start at 11:30 am on Sunday, March 25. I am not exactly sure when this tournament first started but I played in it for Elmvale and I will be turning 65 this year so I am guessing it has been going on since at least 1963. There is no charge to watch the games so drop in and check out the action this weekend.

The World Women’s Championship is taking place in North Bay. Jennifer Jones is a perfect 4-0 as of Monday and looking good. She has only been tested in one game after four matches…The ladies must be wondering what they are doing in North Bay when the men will be playing the Worlds in Las Vegas. Life is not fair.

The Toronto Maple Leafs are making their fans very happy. They are playing very entertaining hockey and they are breaking all season records doing it. The Leafs will play either Boston or Tampa Bay in the first round so doing well in the playoffs will be tough right from the start.

The Barrie Baycats are still a month and a half away from their home opener but the team is getting ready for the 2018 season. The Baycats have won the InterCounty Baseball League championship four years in a row and will be the team to beat again this season. The team that went 45-3 last season is still hungry for a fifth consecutive title. The three losses came in the regular season and Barrie went a perfect 12-0 in the playoffs.

Barrie will start the 100th season of the InterCounty Baseball League at home on Sunday, May 6th at 2:00 pm against last year’s finalist from Kitchener.

Check the Barrie Baycats website for season package prices and information where tickets can be purchased. The season tickets can be used for any games during the regular season so you are not committed to any home game dates. Buying a season package is the best value so get your tickets early.

The Toronto Blue Jays are getting ready for their home opener against the Yankees on March 29. The Yankees will be a good test as they are the favorites to win the east division with Boston picked to be second. Toronto will have to play their best baseball right from the start or they will fall too far behind to make up during the rest of the season. I still predict that Toronto will be no better than 13-16 after their first 29 games.