Sports

The Midland Area Pickleball Club (MAP) is hosting a pickleball tournament.

Spectators are invited to the Canada Day ParticiPACTION 150 Tournament. Come see the fastest growing sport in North America.

The best pickleball courts anywhere, both in design and location, are in Midland at Tiffin Park off William Street… see photos. Pictured are Helen Proctor and Garry Morehouse.

It is a good opportunity to see pickleball first-hand at various levels. Bring a chair. We will have two mixed doubles divisions with 16 players each. One is advanced/intermediate and the other is recreational/fun . It starts at 9:30 am until  approx. 3:00 pm on Saturday July  1st.  Submitted by Garry Morehouse

www.midlandareapickleballclub.ca

 

Lawn Bowling News By Garry Higgins

The Midland and District Lawn Bowling Club recently held its first club tournament of the 2017 season. On a perfect day for bowls, ten teams competed for the Sutherland Financial,  Mixed Triples Trophy.  The winners were the team of Joan Howard (skip), Graham MacDonald (vice-skip) and Sue Hamelin (lead).  Bill Sutherland was on hand to make the presentation at this very popular,  annual event.

You too can discover this great outdoor sport, simply drop by the Green, 660 King St., Midland and any member there will be more than happy to assist you. You can also visit www.midlandlawnbowlingclub.ca  for lots more information about the game and the Midland club.  

Bill Sutherland,  Joan Howard,

Graham MacDonald and Sue Hamelin

 

Thank you to the Elmvale Maple Syrup Committee

The Elmvale Giants’ Fastball Club would like to thank the committee for allowing them the opportunity to make their food sales booth so successful. This was the 25th year that the Giants have sold their world famous snauzers to the hordes of hungry, who embrace our village every April. Every year has been a virtual sell-out, and it’s been whispered that the second thing many visitors do, upon arrival at the festival, is line up for a snauzer. The first thing they do, of course, is hit the hall for pancakes and maple syrup.

Also the Giants would like to thank the Elmvale Lion’s Club for the use of their barbeque, and Elmvale Foodland for supplying the ice, water and being available for emergency supply pick up.

If you want to see some good baseball (free of charge), the Elmvale Rural Fastball League plays two games at the Elmvale diamond and two games in Hillsdale, every Thursday night during the summer.

The Giants, considered by many to be one of the top eight squads in the League, also have a new sponsor this year. Jason Craddock, owner of Northern Automotive Solutions, has stepped up to the plate, to sponsor new uniforms for the crew. It’d be worth a trip to the ballpark just to see the flashy new outfits.

Thanks again everybody,

Ed Valender

C.E.O. Elmvale Giants

 

ELmvale Lions Club Pancake Breakfast

Saturday May 6, the Elmvale Lions Club hosted a community Pancake Breakfast to commemorate Lions Club International’s Centennial year (1917-2017) 

Many thanks to the sponsors, especially Springwater Township Council, the Maple Syrup Festival Committee and Enbridge Gas for their generous contributions to this event.  

Grateful to all who attended,  including the many dignitaries and guest, Lions Club District A12 Officers, Springwater Mayor, Bill French. Councillors Jennifer Coughlin, Perry Ritchie and Katie Austin, as well as MP Alex Nuttall, truly appreciate your ongoing support. 

Community spirit wasn’t dampened by the rain . It was heartwarming to welcome so many new and familiar faces. Thank you for celebrating with us . 

  

 

 

EDHS at OFSSA

The Elmvale Eagles track and field team had an extremely successful season.

 Matt Moreau, Alicia Spence, Lydia Fearon, Brandon Willson, Mr. W. Allen

Matt Moreau competed in Senior Boys javelin at the Ontario high school championships at Belleville Ontario, June 1-3.  Matt finished his high school career ranked 14th in Ontario out of about 1500  javelin throwers.  Alicia Spence is a grade nine student in Elmvale who earned an 8th place ribbon at the OFSAA Track and Field championships and has become one of the elite discus throwers in the province.  Lydia Fearon, who is also pictured in the individual photo, is truly a unique and elite athlete. Lydia achieved incredible success at OFSAA and won the gold medal as the best grade nine Midget discus thrower in Ontario.  She is truly a Canadian elite.  Brandon Willson is another part of E.D.H.S. ‘s awesome Track and field team.  Brandon placed 16th in a field of the best 24 throwers in Ontario, representing over 1500 province wide.  Coach Allen, picture in the photo, is only one of the proud coaches at Elmvale H.S.  Rick Nigro, John Minty and Vice Principal Hillary Glass also make up the crew of dedicated coaches who have supported these athletes on their rise to excellence.

  Lydia Fearon received her Gold medal on the podium in front of a crowd of thousands, with the following announcement . “This Discus Champion hails from Elmvale District High School”.  A shiver up the spine and a sense of great pride was felt by all EDHS athletes and coaches.

 

 

Sports by Mike Townes

The Pittsburgh Penguins are the 2017 Stanley Cup Champions. Nashville failed to score in the last two games… Elmvale’s Garrett Wilson was in Nashville as part of the Pittsburgh Penguin roster. He played with their American Hockey League affiliate and after the team was eliminated he has practiced in Pittsburgh as part of the “Black Aces” to be ready in case of injury to any of the forwards playing against Nashville. You can see Garrett in the photo in a suit just left of the Stanley Cup. He took part in the parade in Pittsburgh on Wednesday…Pittsburgh goalie Matt Murray won his second Stanley Cup. His career has been 60 regular season games and 32 playoff games. Harry Howell played 19 years in the NHL and played 1,411 regular season games and never won the Cup. He won as a scout for Edmonton in 1990. Being in the right place at the right time is underrated… The Barrie Baycats and the London Majors are still undefeated as of Monday in the InterCounty Baseball League and the two teams have three games to be played in Barrie that were rained out earlier in the season. Both teams have a 10-0 record as of Sunday. The Baycats are hammering the opposition in almost every game and when they don’t, the pitching takes over.

The way the league is going I am not sure if all the teams will continue to take part. The eight-team league is split into four “have” teams and four “have not” teams.

After play on Sunday, the top four have a record of 35 and 7. The bottom feeders have a record of 7 and 35. These totals are not even close. All the teams make the playoffs and there is always a chance that the bottom teams may upset one of the favorites -- but the chances are few.

How long will these teams continue to field a team? The players have to love the game to travel in a bus for two hours or more to have their butt handed to them on a platter. The Baycats are winning and their crowds are large for their home games but I have a hard time going to a game, especially at night, when you know that Barrie will crush the visitors.

Hopefully the success of a few teams will not kill the league in the future.

Barrie had a great two weeks winning 7-3 (Brantford), 14-0 (Hamilton), 24-11 (Guelph), 13-10 (Toronto), 6-5 (Kitchener) and Burlington (4-1).

In the game with Brantford, Barrie led 7-0 after five and Brantford scored three times in the 9th to make the score close. Ryan Spataro had three hits while Branfy Infante had two hits, 3 RBI and a homerun. Emilis Guerrero was the winning pitcher.

Against Hamilton, Barrie scored 6 runs in the second inning and the pitchers did the rest. Claudio Custodio had 14 strikeouts while giving up only one hit. Chris Nagorski and Brandon Catena finished the game with no hits allowed. Brandon Dhue and Stevie Lewis had homeruns.

Barrie had 6 and 7-run innings beating Guelph 24-11. Brandon Garcia played his first game as a Baycat and had seven RBI. Kyle DeGrace and Jordan Castaldo had homeruns. Brett Lawson was the winner on the mound.

In Toronto, Barrie was down 9-3 after 4 innings but scored 2 in the 5th, 4 in the 6th and 4 more in the 9th to win 13-10. Toronto made eight (yikes!) errors. Ryan Spataro and Jeff Cowan had three RBI each while Cole White picked up the win.

Barrie scored 4 in the 1st inning against Kitchener and the Panthers tied the score with four runs in the fourth inning. Barrie bounced back with 2 in the 5th and held on for the 6-5 win. Branfy Infante had 2 hits, 2 RBI and a homerun in the win. Ryan Spataro chipped in with a homerun also. Brett Lawson was the winner.

Last Sunday, the Baycats beat Burlington 4-1. Barrie scored three times in the first inning and one more in the 2nd to take the 4-1 lead that held up for the rest of the game. Ryan Spataro, Jordan Castaldo, Kevin Atkinson (2 RBI) and Glenn Jackson had two hits each. Matthew St. Kitts pitched 6.2 innings giving up seven hits while striking out eight.

Next home games for Barrie include Toronto on Thursday, June 15th at 7:30 pm, Tuesday, June 20th at 7:30 against Burlington, Saturday, June 24 at 7:00 pm with Kitchener and the big one is with London on Tuesday, June 27 at 7:30 pm. Both teams could be undefeated in this match up.

 

Healthy Kids Community Challenge Invites

Community to Take Part in Global Water Dance

The Healthy Kids Community Challenge of North Simcoe in partnership with the Georgian Bay Native Friendship Centre is inviting community members to take part in the Global Water Dance to be held on June 24, 2017 at Little Lake Park at 10:00 a.m.

Artists, environmentalists and community members in more than 95 cities around the globe will come together to celebrate, reflect and inspire solutions for our most beloved resource on Earth: Water. Each location around the world has its own professional choreographer who will produce an outdoor performance next to water, using simple movements that reflect the water cycle.

Midland native, Rebecca Barnstaple, dance therapist at CHIGAMIK Community Health Centre, is choreographing the local Water Dance in Midland and hopes to see the community come out to participate. “To help members of the community prepare for the Global Water Dance on June 24, FREE dance workshops are being held at the Midland Cultural Centre on June 3 and June 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Movements are fun and can be adapted for any level of ability and range of motion. Everyone is welcome.

For more information about how to take part in the Midland Global Water Dance on June 24 and to sign up for the free dance workshops, please contact Rebecca Barnstaple at 705-543-9670 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For more information about the Global Water Dance initiatives, please visit www.globalwaterdances.org.

About Healthy Kids Community Challenge of North Simcoe

The Healthy Kids Community Challenge combines a community-based approach with centralized provincial support to help communities develop and implement policies and programs that enable one common outcome: healthy children. The target age range for the program is children 0-12 years old, with a focus on providing sustainable programs for families with children.

 

EDHS Spring Concert

June 8 was sunny and warm, just the weather needed for an outdoor concert at Elmvale District High School.  The evening concert was held in the athletic field and the crowd was large and enthusiastic.  Setting up was a challenge that began shortly after 6 am, with the creation of a stage and placement of the sound system.  

            The participants in the concert did themselves proud and left the audience with an appreciation for the talents of the students that make up the music program in the school.   The groups (Senior Vocal Class, Choir, Guitar Class, Junior Instrumental Class, Concert Band, Staff, Acapella Singers and Blues Band) were outstanding, and the individuals that performed were thrilling.    

        “On the Road Again” was an a memorable evening thanks to the hours of leadership by Mr. Muldoon and his staff.  The. Songs are still coursing through my mind, thanks to the skills and enthusiasm of the EDHS students.  Thanks to all.