Sports by Mike Townes

It has been busy over the last two weeks so it is catch up time this week.

The Barrie Baycats won their fifth consecutive InterCounty Baseball League championship beating the Kitchener Panthers in six games. Barrie won the title on the road 6-3.

Kitchener was leading 3-2 going into the 7th inning but Barrie exploded for four runs in that inning to win the game. Barrie was out-hit 9-8 but three homeruns were the difference. Starlin Rodriguez (2H, 3 RBI), Kyle DeGrace (3H, 3 RBI) and Glenn Jackson (2H, 1 RBI) all went deep for the Baycats. Rodriguez (2-run homer), Jackson (solo homer) and DeGrace (RBI double) knocked in all four runs in the 7th inning.

Santos Arias went eight innings for the win allowing only 3 runs on eight hits and Adam Hawes picked up the save.

Kitchener out-hit Barrie in every game except game five…Glenn Jackson was voted the playoff MVP…Jordan Castaldo, Kevin Atkinson, Ryan Spataro, Emilis Guerrero and Frank Graces were all voted to the league 1st all-star team.

The Elmvale Merchants won the Thursday Night Recreational League championship for the fifth consecutive time…eight of the last ten. The Merchants beat the Brewers in the semi-finals while the Selects finished the season for the Giants. The Merchants defeated the Selects 7-4 in a very entertaining final.

Special thanks to the teams, Tim and Tom McGinnis and the fans for a great season.

The Springwater Sports Heritage Hall of Fame held their third induction ceremony last Friday night. The sold-out crowd, including alumni, welcomed Homer Barnett, Frankie Edgecombe and Tom Van Natter to the Athlete category, John Brown, Harold McMaster and Don Stoddart to the Builder category plus three teams---the 1950 Minesing Fastball team, the 1977 Elmvale Peewee Silver Stick champions and the 1982 Elmvale Angels Fastball team who won Senior B Provincial Championship.

Congratulations to all the inductees and thank you to all the directors, MC Dan McGinnis and committee members for another successful induction.

Minesing traveled to Innerkip, near Woodstock, last weekend to represent their fastball league. Minesing dropped their first game in the double knockout tournament and, if you know these types of tournaments, it is a long road to get back to the finals. Minesing won their next game on Saturday to advance to Sunday.

They took the diamond at 8:30 am (a win), 10:30 am (a win), and 12:30 pm (a win) to make the finals at 2:30 pm. The boys ran out of steam in the fourth inning as Shakespeare broke open a 0-0 game with six runs. The second place finish for Minesing was a great result taking into account the four consecutive games on Sunday. Good job guys!

The Simcoe Rural Fastball League playoffs are down to the finals with Minesing and Waubaushene squaring off to prove who is number one. Minesing beat Wyevale in a fifth and final game while Waubaushene did the same thing against Vasey.

In game one played in Elmvale, Waubaushene defeated a shorthanded and tired Minesing squad 13-11. The game was winnable for Minesing as they battled back from a 4-0 deficit in the first inning to take a 7-6 lead but Waubaushene took back the lead for good to seal the victory.

Game two is in Victoria Harbour at 8:00 pm tonight (Thursday) while game three will be played Monday, Sept. 24th at 8:00 pm in Elmvale. Game five, if necessary, will be played in Elmvale Monday, October 1st at 8:00 pm. If any games are canceled because of bad weather, the schedule will have to be changed.

The Elmvale Curling Club has hosted two registrations but still has room for more curlers. Send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested in playing this season


BBQ Supports EMHA EuroTour 2020

Pictured is Rev. Paul Sakasov presenting the boys with the proceeds totalling $2000.00

On Saturday Sept. 1, there was a great deal of activity around Elmvale Presbyterian church as preparations were made to host the “All you can eat for $10 BBQ & corn feed.” The proceeds from the day were in support of the EMHA EuroTour 2020.  Seventeen young Bantams, along with their coaches and fans, will be going on the adventure of their lives in late December 2019. They will be off to Germany to play hockey against Bantams from other countries and finish off the tour in Czechoslovakia at a World Junior game. It being the holiday weekend, not all the boys from the team were available. Those who could come helped tremendously by setting up, being runners for anything needed and selling tickets.

The community will be well represented if these young fellows are any indication of the energy of the team. Thanks to the boys and to the community that supported them.


“White Tags Only” Lawn Bowling Tournament

The Midland and District Lawn Bowling Club recently had their first ever, tournament for leads.  Bowlers who play in the lead position are assigned white tags which are used when making up teams. The objective of this event was to give these players the opportunity to try their hand at playing all positions (Lead, Vice and Skip) in tournament play, but in a relaxed atmosphere.  The team of Coleen Walsh and Paul Lambie took the Gold, with Jackie Strong and Mary Mackie taking silver. To learn more about this great sport, visit

Coleen Walsh, Cindy Higgins (Drawmaster) and Paul Lambie


Springwater Youth Win Provincial Lacrosse Gold

Springwater Youth, Cooper, Grayden, Gavin, Jake, Thomas and Brody have won gold for their team BMLA.  Representing Canada’s National Summer Sport and the Township of Springwater with pride.

The Paul Sadlon Motors Barrie Bombers Novice 1 Team has brought home the gold medal from the C division at the Ontario Lacrosse Festival August 12, 2018.

The boys were on fire during the round robin to finish first in their pool. In quarter final action they faced their Zone 4 Rivals Huntsville Hawks, where down to the very last minute a final goal was scored by Darcy Meugee to win 5-4. Semi Final match up on Sunday morning vs the West Durham Rockmen. Goals were being scored from both sides and the game was tied 8-8 in the final period. Under a cloud of Bomber fans cheering loud, the winning goal came from Oban Forrest with under two minutes left in the game. Thomas Lewis went on to score on an empty net goal to make an insurance win of 10-8 and move on to the finals.

The championship game was set 345pm, Sunday at Iroquois Sport Complex vs Stouffville Thunder. After a very intense first and second period the Bombers were down 4-3 going into the last period of play.  Bomber fans were cheering loud and the arena was shaking when they tied it up with less than four minutes in the game. Just under one minute and twenty seconds Darcy Meugee made the goal that won the Game for Barrie! Final score 5-4.

Provincial GOLD WAS THEIRS! One Team One Fight, Barrie Bombers left it all on the floor – the fans were so proud!

For some of the seasoned Bombers on the team this is their sixth season playing lacrosse and their first Provincial Gold Medal. The entire Bomb Squad, parents, coaches and fans are exceptionally proud of their hard work all season!

The team and the entire coaching staff will be honoured at Barrie City Council October 1st, 2018 at 7pm.

Lacrosse Team includes from left to right: Back Row: Coach Todd, Coach Wyatt, Coach Dalton, Coach Zach and Coach Tucker. Standing Middle row: Hunter, Oban, Grayden, Rowan, Austin, Gavin, Tyler, Brody, Cooper, Landon and Curtis. Front row: Jake, Thomas, Darcy, Dylan “the wall” our Goalie and Tristian. Photo Courtsey of Tania Goulding  Article Francesca Dougan BMLA Apparel


Lawn Bowling Invitational Tournament

Roberta Johnson, June O’Leary, Peter Clarke and Bob Armstrong

On September 4th, teams from Willowdale, Collingwood, Richmond Hill, East York, Burlington, Barrie, Muskoka and Brampton travelled to the Midland and District Lawn Bowling Club to compete in the “Frank O’Leary Memorial Tournament”. This is an annual event, held in memory of Frank O’Leary, a long time member of the Club. This year’s winner was the Burlington team of Peter Clarke, Bob Armstrong (a Midland member) and Bob’s sister, Roberta Johnson.  June O’Leary was on hand to present the trophy. 

For more information about this great outdoor sport and the Midland club, visit


Wasaga Classics Slo-Pitch League

Started in 2018, Wasaga Classics Slo-Pitch League formed 2 teams with help from our sponsor Brad Hammett and Cathy Wilde of Royal LePage Trinity Realty. Later in the season Wasaga Beach McDonalds provided additional sponsor support. Wasaga Classics is a fun league for men over 65 and women over 55.

This first season provided great enjoyment for everyone involved. Players ranged from never playing baseball to playing most of their lives. Thursday mornings from mid May to mid September, at Wasaga Sports Park, the league played two, 5 inning games. Twice during the season the league put on a BBQ after the game.

With the idea of providing an enjoyable weekly experience for seniors in the Wasaga area, next year we are looking for new players with the possibility of expanding to 4 teams.

Anyone interested is invited to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.


Will Marshall Golf Tournament raises $12,300

Will Marshall Insurance Brokers hosted their 24th Annual Charity Golf Tournament at Orr Lake Golf Club on Sunday September 9th, 2018. . A sincere thank you goes out to the players, our sponsors and staff of Will Marshall Insurance Brokers Ltd. The open raised $12,300 in support of the Seasons Centre for Grieving Children.

This charity, located in Barrie, provides a safe and comfortable atmosphere for youth and their families who are grieving the death or impending death of an immediate family member. The charity does not receive any government assistance and provides services within Simcoe County. Will Marshall Insurance has been sponsoring this Charity for the past 17 years and has raised $115,002 for the Centre.

Will Marshall Insurance Brokers gives back to the community throughout the year by sponsoring fund raising events for charities such as the Elmvale Antique Tractor Pull, Big Brothers and Sisters, Hospice Simcoe, the Food Banks of Barrie, Elmvale and Orillia, Salvation Army, Cancer Society, Humane Society and various other community events. Visit our website at

2018 Winners:

Ladies Longest Drive Hole #9 – Stephanie Adamson

Men’s Longest Drive Hole #13 – Darin French

Closest to the Pin (men) – Jim Atkinson

Closet to the Pin (ladies) – Deb White 

Ladies Champions – Carol Kyte & Nancy Keith

Men’s Champions – Nick Lorito & Chris Lorito 

Mixed Champions – Janice Sled & Chris Wiwchar

Putting Contest Winner – Gord Wilson 

Thank you to Jason Harris and staff at Orr Lake Golf Club for providing an excellent venue for our golf tournament.


Kids' Zone Prepares to Launch For The 2018 Season

Starting on Friday, September 28, from 7 - 8:30 p.m., Kids' Zone, at Elmvale Presbyterian Church, will be launching into its sixteenth year.  Designed to be a monthly, free, community event for children from J.K. to Gr. 8. Kids' Zone is a place where young people can encounter God and their neighbour in a highly structured evening consisting of songs, Bible stories, crafts, games and snacks.  Following the September opening, Kids' Zone will reconvene on Friday November 2 at the usual 7 p.m. time, and will meet on the first Friday of the month until June 2019.  For those who have never attended, come check us out.  Everyone is welcome.    


Barrie Soccer Club Outdoor AED

in the picture left to right Kim Venturini (one of our Rep Team M  angers), George Clarke (Volunter Director of Administration & Operations), Mark Cristante (Technical Director), Chris Gariepy (from Rotary Club of Barrie Charitable Foundation), John McEachern (from the Chase MacEachren Memorial Fund), Roger Hennig (Co-owner of Action First Aid), Gina Bailey (Office Assistant and soccer parent).  

Recently members and staff of the Barrie Soccer Club were on hand for the official dedication of a field-side SaveStation Automated External Defibrillator AED on the clubhouse in early June in time for the 2018 soccer season.  Thanks to a suggestion of one of our members, the Barrie Soccer Club is pleased to provide, to our knowledge, the first field-side AED of any soccer club not only in Ontario but in Canada.  Having an AED field-side provides a ready access to lifesaving equipment that could save the life of a player, parent, coach or spectator who may experience a cardiac incident.  We thank the Barrie Rotary Foundation and the Chase MacEachren Memorial Fund who jointly funded the AED, and Action first Aid who supplied the SaveStation outdoor AED for installation.

The installation of this field-side SaveStation outdoor defibrillator  is just one of many “firsts” for the Club, including the first compulsory Drug Awareness program launched last year.  The Barrie Soccer Club is celebrating 50 years in 2018.  Our Club was started by the Optimist Club of Barrie originally as Barrie Optimist Soccer and later Barrie Minor Soccer that evolved into the Barrie Soccer Club as we know it today serving over 2,000 youth and adults in Barrie and Simcoe County at our site at 7 Currie Drive, Midhurst and on many rental fields throughout the City of Barrie and Springwater Township annually.  Our facilities on Currie Drive were donated to the BSC in 2005 by the Optimist Club of Barrie extending our 50 year partnership and the legacy of the founders of our Clubs.  


2018 Fall Salmon Migration Coming to a River Near You

The month of September symbolizes the annual fall migration of salmon up some of Ontario’s rivers.  Each year thousands of anglers descend on these water bodies in search of these magnificent fish.  The Ontario Conservation Officers Association (OCOA) wants to wish all Ontario anglers a safe and successful fall angling season.

“Each angler is responsible for knowing where they are and aren’t allowed to fish,” says OCOA President Sean Cronsberry, a Conservation Officer and canine handler based out of Guelph, “Conservation Officers will investigate reports of anglers trespassing for the purpose of fishing.  All anglers must get permission from the land owner before entering or crossing private property to fish.” 

The OCOA would also like to remind anglers who will be fishing this fall:

Don’t litter, properly dispose of any garbage and unwanted items.

It is illegal to attempt to pierce or hook a fish in any part of the body other than the mouth.  Fish hooked anywhere other than in the mouth must be immediately released.

Catch and possession limits are in place to protect our fish populations and ensure there will be fish for future generations.

It is illegal to sell angler caught fish or any part of the fish, including roe.

Anyone with information about a natural resources or public safety related offence is encouraged to call the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry violation reporting line at 1-877-847-7667, contact their local Conservation Officer directly, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

For more information about natural resources regulations and enforcement, please visit the OCOA website at or contact your local Conservation Officer.


County of Simcoe Golf Tournament raises funds for regional mental health initiatives

Community supporters and partners of Simcoe County joined Deputy Warden Terry Dowdall at The Nest Golf Club at Friday Harbour Resort for the County’s 14th Annual County of Simcoe Golf Tournament in support of regional mental health initiatives, including training for youth mental health.

More than $35,000 was raised to help complete the County’s $175,000 pledge towards the #HaveHope youth mental health campaign being led by Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care.

“The County thanks all our generous sponsors, participants and our fantastic hosts at the Nest at Friday Harbour for supporting this important cause,” said Deputy Warden Terry Dowdall. “Mental health is an ongoing issue that impacts local emergency departments, our paramedic services, our schools and many of our households. I’m pleased that we’re working to address stigmas, provide additional supports and give needed training to individuals who interact with and support youth living with mental health.” 

The success of the County’s Golf Tournament was made possible by community supporters and sponsors, including:

Host golf course and significant funding contributor: The Nest at Friday Harbour Resort

Gold Sponsors: R J Burnside and Associates Limited; Frank Cowan Company; DeCast; Medical Pharmacies; Cortel Group

Silver Sponsors: Demers Ambulances

Bronze Sponsors: Sarjeant Hub International; Ainley Group; Greenland Group

Special Challenges Sponsors: Longest Drive sponsors: The Creative Co-opt; Hole in One Sponsors: Paul Sadlon Cadillac

And many other community partners


Fall Boating – It Takes A Little Bit More Care

September 17th, 2018 – Toronto, ON -- Boating in the fall offers colourful vistas, quiet anchorages and excellent fishing but it is not without its challenges that necessitate self-sufficiency and taking some additional precautions to keep from running into trouble.

The Canadian Safe Boating Council (CSBC) and the Ontario Conservation Officer Association want to remind all boaters enjoying the fall season on the water to follow these tips to ensure that their excursions are both safe and enjoyable.

Before heading out, be sure to check the weather forecast. The mixing of warm and cold air can quickly spawn high winds and waves making it treacherous for small boats. Fog, too, is an issue at this time of year making visibility difficult. Should boaters find themselves in a fog bank, they should proceed slowly and sound their horn at regular intervals to alert other boaters of their presence.

Well into October, daytime temperatures can occasionally be balmy but dressing for the water temperature will help slow the onset of hypothermia should the unexpected happen and the boater find himself in the water. Accidental cold water immersion can be shocking, but people shouldn’t panic. It may take a minute or so to get their breathing under control after the initial shock but they will have at least 10-15 minutes, even in very cold water, to affect self-rescue before they start to lose muscle control in their arms and legs. This is where an approved lifejacket, either inflatable or inherently buoyant, is an essential part of a boater’s wardrobe to keep them afloat after they can no longer swim.

In the fall, there are fewer other boats on the water to offer assistance, if needed. Boaters should be sure to leave a float plan with a responsible person on shore who will know what to do if they’re overdue. A marine radio or cell phone will allow them to call for assistance should the need arise. Having a few tools and spare parts aboard will also allow them to fix minor problems that might otherwise cause them to be stranded out on the water.

It’s important that boaters ensure that their boat and engine are in good shape and mechanically sound. Ethanol-based fuel can allow water contamination in the tank. The use of a fuel additive prevents water in the fuel line from freezing which could cause the engine to chug to a halt. If the boat has portable fuel tanks, it’s a good idea to have a spare on board as a reserve.

When boaters head out, they should be wary of reduced water levels that can result after a long, hot and dry summer season. Some of a boater’s favourite shallow water fishing holes may be inaccessible at this time of year. Also, while underway, they should keep a sharp lookout for debris and chunks of ice that could penetrate the boat’s hull at speed.

“Spectacular colours, peaceful solitude and the crispness of the air make boating in the fall a wondrous experience,” says John Gullick, Chair of the Canadian Safe Boating Council. “To make the most of this experience safely, however, boaters need to be extra diligent in their preparations before departing. Most important of these are checking the weather, dressing for the water temperature, wearing a lifejacket and leaving a float plan with a responsible person on shore who can call for help should the need arise.”

Now that fall is here, boaters should make the most of what’s left of the boating season before the cold weather hits. By exercising a little caution and an ability to be self-sufficient when out on the water, they can more fully enjoy nature’s splendour and quiet waterways. Visit<> for more tips on boating safety.