Sports by Mike Townes
Rick Vanderlinde, a reporter for Simcoe News, did an online report on the murder of Michael Kent and I was part of the interview. Each February, in this article, I write about the murder of Michael Kent that happened at the Elmvale Arena on February 11, 1966 in the hope that someone will bring forth new evidence to finally close this cold case that has been unresolved for almost 52 years. If interested in reading Rick’s article, google Simcoe News and search using Michael Kent.
On this page, you will see a picture of the six-year old victim and the knife that was used to stab Michael seven times. Rick reports that the knife was manufactured in Germany at the Ernst Gerling Company. It is a fishing knife about 8 ¼ inches long with a second serrated folding blade. The knife ceased to be produced in 1950-51 so it was around for about 15 years before it was used as the murder weapon. If either of these pictures brings back any memories, please call the OPP criminal investigation branch at 1-888-310-1122.
Thank you to Rick for bringing this case back in the news so hopefully the person that did this will be caught and pay for this crime.
The Houston Astros won the World Series for the first time in their history defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers in game seven in LA. Pitching changes were the big talk of the series as the Dodgers were more likely to pull the plug on their starter at the first sign of trouble putting more pressure on the bullpen and the other starters…The biggest loser was LA pitcher Yu Darvish. The free agent was picked up by LA to put them over the top but he was just terrible in the Series. Darvish had a 21.60 ERA and a 0-2 record against Houston. Free agents get the big money to win big games so Darvish will likely have to settle for a one-year contract and hope for better results in 2018…The death of ex-Blue Jay pitcher Roy Halladay was a big shock to baseball fans everywhere. The 40 year-old was flying his new plane when he crashed just off shore in the Gulf of Mexico. A celebration of life was held in Florida last Tuesday. Halladay was one of only a few bright spots on the Toronto roster during the lean years from 1998 to 2009. With Toronto, Halladay was 148-76 with an ERA of 3.47. Halladay is a Hall of Fame candidate in 2019 but with his death could be moved up to 2018.
The Toronto Maple Leafs are proving they can win without Auston Matthews. This is a good thing because the Leafs will not try to rush Matthews back into the lineup until he is 100% healthy…The Edmonton Oilers are 6-9-2 as of Sunday and coach Todd McLellan has called out his star players including Connor McDavid. He has not used any names but has suggested for the team to be successful certain players must improve. I predict that if the Oilers do not improve by the 40-game mark, McLellan will be watching Edmonton games on television waiting for a job offer…The Vegas Golden Knights are 10-5-1 as of Sunday. They may not retain their success but have proved that a team can be built from scratch and be a competitive team in the new NHL.
The Canadian Football League playoffs are in full swing but does anyone care? People who have not even watched or attended a game this season will have Grey Cup parties. The CFL is a one-day a year league unfortunately.
Atom LL #2 Season Gets Underway
Elmvale Minor Hockey’s Atom Local League #2 team, sponsored by Krause Edwards Insurance Brokers, has had a busy start to the 2017-2018 hockey season. This team has played 8 out of their 20 regular season games already with a current record of 3-4-1. They have met some challenging opponents and have demonstrated their determination by never giving up and working together. Their sportsmanship and support of one another are key components to their hockey development. These young players are a mix of first and second year Atom experience levels and Elmvale Minor Hockey is excited to welcome some who are new players to the organization.
The team consists of Allison Birch, Nick Peterson, Johnathan Long, Eric Gilchrist, Jacob Haw, Blake Isaac, William Way, Evan Krikorian, Meghan Ritchie, Jayden Schinke, Austin Penna, Aiden Seney, Chase Salway, and Everett Truax. Coached by Jeff Moreau, John Seney, Barrett Truax, and Jody Moreau, the team is looking forward to their first tournament of the season. They are participating in Elmvale Minor Hockey ‘s “Hat Trick Tournament” sponsored by Orr Lake Golf Club from November 17-19 and would love to see you at the rink supporting their efforts. The team is excited to continue their season together and would like to thank Shannon Seney for volunteering as team manager.
Additionally, many thanks are extended to Krause Edwards Insurance Brokers for sponsoring the team and giving the players the opportunity to be a part of Canada’s game. Go Coyotes go!
Hardship Acres Peewee AE start the 2017/18 Season
With the warm weather we have been having in September and October it is hard to believe that the hockey season is in full swing. Early September there were many players vying for a spot on this team sponsored by Hardship Acres. After a number of tryouts coach Jordan made some very tough decisions and the team was selected. Congratulations to Nikolas, Nathan, Matthew, Wesley, Lucas, Jake, Josh, Ty, Aiden, Ty, Kyle and Raffi who all earned their way to representing Elmvale on the Peewee AE team.
There was no time to celebrate as we quickly went into a couple of exhibition games to prepare us for the long season ahead. After two good outings we were able to split the games against Collingwood and Oro and we were ready for the season to begin.
These boys drove to South Muskoka for their first game and they were primed and ready to show everyone they would be a team to reckon with this year skating away with a 9-2 victory. The following weekend we again travelled north and ended up playing Huntsville. Again a solid effort for the entire game by these young men earned them their second win 6-0. This brings EMHA into their two week Thanksgiving break as the ice comes out for the Fall Fair. We are not sure if it was too much candy floss at the fair, too much turkey for Thanksgiving or just the two week layoff itself but our first game back against Essa we did not have the same jump and effort. That being said Essa was a strong rep team that earned their victory over us. Starting the regular season off 2-1 is a great start as we look forward to what the rest of the regular season.
On the weekend of October 20-23 St Marys hosted their annual AE tournament. We had to wake our boys up early as we had a 10:15 game and three hour drive to get there. The boys were able to get their legs going and came away winning the game 1-0 against Listowel. With our second game scheduled a long 11 hours start times apart we checked into our hotel. Many hours spent in the pool and the boys (as well as the parents) getting to know each other and bonding for the long season seemed to wear these kids out a bit. Considering the long day a good effort was put forth but they fell to Mitchell 1-0. Saturday the boys were in for a real treat. Since we didn’t have a game until 5:30 that day coach Jeff Pickering decided to teach the kids all about the intricacies of bowling. However with being unable to fulfill his full ritual while bowling Jeff was unable to be victorious as a few of the boys were able to beat his score. He did however teach them what a proper strike celebration was and the bowlers in the league championship beside him were in awe of his form and leg kick! This lead us into our third game which was against the eventual tournament champions in Ilderton. This was a fast paced game that kept all that were watching on the edge of their seats. In the end we did not get any bounces and they were able to capitalize on their bounces and we fell 3-0. All in all there was a lot of fun had by both the kids and parents and even though our record was 1-2 it was a great success.
If you have a chance this year please come out and cheer on these young men as they do battle against teams from across the area. The full schedule can be found on www.elmvaleminorhockey.ca. If you come out you will not be disappointed as these kids love the game and put out full effort making each game fun to watch. We would like to Thank Hardship Acres for sponsoring our team this year. Without sponsors we would not be able to play the game we love.
Elmvale LL Midgets by Neil Corley
The Elmvale Coyotes Midget LL team, sponsored by Solly Family Dentistry, had been off to a bit of a slow start with only one win in their first six games, but then won two of their next three to have a mid season record of 3 wins and 6 losses. Nearly all the games have been quite competitive and could have easily gone in the favour of the Coyote team. The season started on October 22nd with an away game in Stayner. The team was competing fiercely and late in the 3rd period, with the team down by a goal, the coach pulled the goalie to gain the extra attacker. That strategy didn’t work out as a Stayner player was able to chip the puck out of their zone and go down the ice to score on the empty net, resulting in a 4-2 loss. Game 2 saw the team travel late on a Wednesday night to Flesherton, to again come out on the wrong side of a hard fought game losing 3-1. For game 3 the team made the trip to Midland on a Saturday evening to once again leave with defeat, losing the game 5-2 after being tied at the end of the second period. Finally, game 4 was their first home game and the team was anxious to impress the home crowd. They battled Collingwood for their first win by dominating the third period winning 7-3. Games 5 and 6 were a home and home series with Wasaga Beach. Saturday night the team was in Wasaga and the Coyotes took control of the game for the majority of the night, but luck was not on their side as with less than a minute to go in a 3-3 tie, Wasaga snuck a goal in the net while shorthanded and won 4-3. The following night the teams faced off again. This time in the Coyote den, Wasaga returned the favour by controlling the game, showing Elmvale up in front of the home crowd with a 4-0 final. Game 7 was played on a Friday night in front of the home crowd and saw the Coyotes seeking redemption against the Stayner team they faced during their first game. The Coyotes rallied in the third period and this time Stayner pulled their goalie to try and get another goal but the home team was able to score an empty netter which resulted in a victorious 6-3 win. The next afternoon, the team traveled to Shelburne missing a few players and were out played most of the game, going home with a 10-4 loss. Game 9 found the team back in Stayner to face off against Stayner’s other midget team. The Coyotes came out strong and took control of the game scoring a goal in the second period and one early on in the third. They held Stayner off the scoreboard until 2:30 left in the game when Stayner was able to sneak a goal in past the goaltender. The Coyotes defended against the last minute attack and won the game 2-1.
The team is off to Ingersoll for a tournament the weekend of November 17-19.