Express perfect after Day 1 of Nationals

It was a perfect start for the host team as the Canadian Under 19 Fast Pitch Championships began in Napanee.

The Napanee Express breezed to a pair of victories on opening day with a 9-0 romp over Quebec following an 11-1 rout of Shelbrooke Saskatchewan. Brendan Hagerman was 5 for 7 in the two games for Napanee. Riley Manion was 3-3 in the win against Shelbrooke.

The Express face Colchester Nova Scotia this morning at 11 and Caledonia tonight at 8 at the Napanee Fairgrounds.

Choinard captures bronze as new skating season begins

Frankford’s Chloe Choinard and partner Mathieu Ostiguy of St.-Angele-de-Monnoir Quebec have opened the new figure skating season with a bronze medal.

Choinard, who is a graduate of the Stirling Figure Skating Club and Ostiguy finished third in the Junior Pairs event at the 2018 Summer Quebec Championships in Pierre fond, Quebec.

This is the second year the 16-year-old Choinard and 21-year-old Ostiguy have skated together. Last season they competed in the National Figure Skating Championships as well as the International Skating Union’s Junior Grand Prix series in Europe.

Para-Sailors qualify for Nationals


(Front Row: Brett Lyons (L) with Kai Freeland. Back Row: Quinte Sailability instructors Emily Schmidt (L) with Katie Wolters)

Three local athletes have sailed their way to the Mobility Cup national sailing championships in Halifax.

Brett Lyons, Kai Freeland and Nicole Flynn of Quinte Sailability competed in this year’s John Farrell Regatta, which is the Ontario Martin 16 championships hosted by the Royal Hamilton Yacht Club.

The Martin 16 is a sailboat developed for sailors with a disability. Lyons, Freeland and Flynn all finished in the top four in their resepctive events to qualify for the nationals.

Belleville Senators add a forward

The Ottawa Senators have signed free agent forward Chase Balisy to a one-year two way contract. He will likely play for the AHL’s Belleville Senators.

The 26 year old Balisy will make $650,000 U.S. if he plays for Ottawa or $135,000 if he plays for Belleville.

Balisy spent most of last season with the Florida Panthers AHL affiliate in Springfield. He scored 14 goals and 21 assists in 67 games for the Thunderbirds. He also played 8 games for the Panthers but was scoreless.

Balisy was originally drafted by the Nashville Predators in the sixth round in the 2011 NHL Draft.

Locals going to 55+ Summer Games

The 2018 Ontario 55+ Games take place this weekend and 14 local athlehtes and officials will be among the 1400 participants in Mississauga. These games are held every two years and include bothy physical and mental challenges.

Taking part in basketball will be Aleisha Rose (Blvl) and Kira Fair (Carrying Place) as well as officials Justin Walsh (Blvl), Jaime McCaig (Blvl) and Steven Badgley (Madoc). Zoe Uens (Blvl), Keyara Nelson Blvl), Kaitlyn McNair (Corbyville), Sarah Roger (Brighton) and Jilly Maciver (Tweed) in hockey.
Matt Birchard (Blvl) competes in Mountain Biking, Callum O’Neil and Joleen Mason of Belleville in Rugby and Kieran Gerow (Brighton) in Field Lacrosse.

The games will be held tomorrow through Sunday.

B-Sens new “Mann” is on the job


(Belleville Senators Chief Operating Officer Rob Mullowney (L) with new coach Troy Mann. (Photo: Jack Miller Quintenews)

Troy Mann believes the best way to develop players is through winning. And that will be music to the ears of fans of the Belleville Senators. And he has the winning resume to prove it.

The 48 year old Campbellton New Brunswick native was introduced as the second coach in B-Sens history. He was named coach in June. Mann succeeds Kurt Kleinendorst who’s contract was not renewed at the end of Belleville’s inaugural season in the American Hockey League.

Mann’s coaching career began in 2004 as a Player-Assistant with the Topeka Tarantula’s of the Central Hockey League. He joins Belleville after 4 years as head coach of the storied Hershey Bears which is the primary affiliate of the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals. He led Hershey to the Calder Cup final in 2016.

While Mann is a Canadian and graduate of the University of Toronto he has never played for or coached a Canadian based team. That was one of the topics covered during an interview with Quinte Broadcasting Sports Director Jack Miller.

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Troy Mann expects to name his new assistant coach this week.

The Belleville Senators will begin their second season in the American Hockey League on October 6th in Utica. They will host the Laval Rocket (Montreal Canadiens) for two pre season games September 28th and 29th at the Yardmen Arena.

Hot cars at Brighton Speedway


(Hot temperatures were accelerated on the 1/3rd mile clay oval during the Bainer’s OilGARD Antirust Canadian Modified feature event that saw #12 Adam Whaley take his first checkered of the season and earned him the rights to the Cambellford Chrysler Driver of the Week.
Photo: Rod Henderson, Canadianracer.com)

It was a hot night of stock car racing at Brighton Speedway with a familiar car taking the checkered flag in the late model feature.

Steve Baldwin of Trenton earned his third win of the year after pacing all 30 laps. Series leader Charlie Sandercock placed third.

Adam Whaley of Frankford took the lead on the 14th lap to win the Canadian Modified division. That creates a tight 3 way race for the points lead with Whaley now within 100 points of Andrew Hennessey and Kraig Handley.

Other winners at Brighton include Austin Reid of Brighton in the Thunder Stocks race, Adam Flieler from Quinte West in the Comp 4 Triple Crown, Tristan LeClair in the 12 lap Vantastics, and Nate Phillips Jr. of Trenton and Del MacGregor of Brighton in the Stingers class.

Special Olympians set a “gold” standard

Four local athletes struck gold and then some at the Special Olympics National Summer Games in Antigonish Nova Scotia.

In the pool John Tinney of Belleville won gold in the 200 metre freestyle and 50 metre back stroke. Tinney also won two silver medals.

On the track, Adam James of Belleville had a gold in the 100 metres along with a 4th and two 5th place finishes.

Gaerrison Freeland of Campbellford earned gold in the 400 metre and the 4 x 100 relay as well as two silver, a bronze and a 4th.
Blair Bastien, also of Campbellford won gold in the 4 x 100 relay as well as a silver and bronze.

More than 1000 athletes competed in the Summer Games.

Webster wins 3rd Jr. title at Bay of Quinte


(Photo: Jack Miller Quinte News)

He’s only 14 years old but Kendrick Webster is already a three-time Junior Club Champion at the Bay of Quinte Golf and Country Club.

Webster shot a three over par 145 in the two-day event to score a four-shot victory over Nathan Woods. That included a one under 70 in yesterday’s second round. Jack Prophet finished third.

Bulldogs go national


(left to right: Addy Walker, Megan Dyer, Callum O’Neil, Oscar Hilderley, and Joleen Mason. Photo submitted)

Five junior members of the Belleville Bulldogs rugby club will be on the national stage this month as members of Rugby Ontario.

Addy Walker, Jolene Mason and Callum O’Neil are headed to Ireland while Megan Dyer and Oscar Hilderley join the Provincial team in Halifax.

All 5 received $250 from the Bulldogs to help fund their respective journeys.

Local skippers sail at Eastern Yachting Regatta


(Photo and story submitted. From left to right: John Sherratt – Skipper Dave Lanning – Evan Sullivan aboard “War Paint”)

Prince Edward Yacht Club member David Lanning skippered “War Paint” to a first place finish in the 14-boat fleet of Division 1 in the Long Distance Race at the Eastern Yachting Circuit Regatta on the weekend.

Lanning then went on to a second place finish after two days of sailing in the Course Races. The core of his nine member crew are members of the Bay of Quinte Yacht Club who sail locally aboard Flintlock and Irish Rover.

“War Paint” also won the trophy for 1st overall after handicap for all boats in all divisions in the Long Distance Race and 3rd overall in the Course Races. “Overall” included all 62 boats of all divisions

Tom Dolan of the Bay of Quinte Yacht Club skippered “Meggie J” to a 4th place finish in the 12-boat fleet of Division 4 in the Long Distance Race (2 seconds out of 3rd after 5 ½ hours of sailing) as well as a 4th place finish in the course racing.

Kristine Davis also of BQYC skippered “Spankin’ Mad” to a 4th place finish in the 13-boat fleet of Division 2 in the course racing and 7th in the Long Distance Race.

The Eastern Yachting Circuit Regatta is an annual three day sailing event for keel boats. EYC includes clubs from both sides of the border on the eastern end of Lake Ontario. Hosting of the event alternates between clubs in Canada and the United States. This year’s event was hosted by the Kingston Yacht Club.

Gold for Wolverines and Comets


(Belleville Girls Under 15 Comets)

The tournament was in Carleton Place but it was an all Quinte final in the Girls Under 18 division of the MIST Soccer event.
The Quinte West Wolverines defeated the Belleville Dish Salon Comets on penalty kicks to decide the gold medal.

Meanwhile the Belleville Comets won the Under 15 division in Carleton Place with a 1-0 victory over Pembroke in the final.
Jilly MacIver scored the lone goal and Keeper Brynne Barrett recorded the clean sheat.

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