By Pat Payton
GATINEAU – Ethan Aarts, of RR1 Lakeside, finished 15th in his age group at the recent Canadian national Nordic cross-country skiing championships, here Mar. 13-20.
The 15-year-old Aarts, a Grade 10 DCVI student, raced in two events at the nationals–the 10k.m. Classic and a 7.5 k.m. Skate race. A total of 220 skiers, from across the country, competed. Aarts was 33rd after the first day of competition and moved up 18 spots in his age group to finish 15th overall.
An Alberta skier, 15-year-old Xavier McKeever, finished first overall in Aarts’ division. McKeever’s the son of two former Olympic skiers and recently placed third in a U-23 World Cup event in Quebec City.
Aarts, meanwhile, had the third best time (combined) among Ontario skiers at the Nationals.
Note: Ethan Aarts was also third in the Junior boys race at OFSAA this year at Highlands Nordic near Duntroon.
CLARK HEAD TABLE GUEST AT SPORTS CELEBRITY DINNER
LONDON – St. Marys native and Western Mustangs’ star April Clark was a head-table guest at the annual London Sports Celebrity Dinner and Auction here Monday evening.
Other head-table guests included: NHL hall-of-famer Ray Bourque, Olympic gold-medal skaters Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, and former Blue Jays’ manager John Gibbons.
Clark, 22, a fourth-year nursing student, was recently named 2018-19 OUA player-of-the-year after leading Ontario university women’s hockey in scoring. The hard-working forward had 20 goals and 33 points, and was selected an OUA first team all-star.
Clark was also the OUA nominee for the CIS national player-of-the-year award. She was picked as an All-Canadian first team all-star as well. This week, Clark was also a nominee for Western athlete-of-the-year. The winner was to be announced on Tuesday.
SCHLEPROCKS BATTLE STRATFORD, MITCHELL HOOP TEAMS
The Stonetown Schleprocks girls basketball teams have been very busy since March Break.
Last week, the Grade 7-8 girls team battled with the Stratford Revolution OBA team on Wednesday night at Stratford Central. The girls played an energetic defensive game, but fell short in a 32-10 decision. Ellen Thorup, Zoe Fadelle and Gwen Taylor led the scoring for the Schleprocks. The St. Marys girls held the Revolution off the scoreboard in the fourth quarter.
Coach Tim O’Connor was thrilled with the girls’ defensive energy against such a seasoned opponent.
On Thursday night, the Grade 6-7 girls played an exciting game against the Mitchell Hoopsters. The game was a see-saw, back and forth affair. Schleprocks pulled away in the late going for a 29-22 victory. Paige Barr, Charlee Pickering, Skylar Fadelle and Abby Taylor led the offensive charge for the Schleprocks.
TWO SMMHA GIRLS TEAMS HEADING TO PROVINCIALS
TORONTO – Two girls teams from St. Marys minor hockey will be competing in the year-end Provincial playdowns here this weekend.
The two ‘C’ squads who qualified from the SMMHA were the Kin Canada Novices, coached by Ray Cousineau, and the A.B.S. Tracs Bantams, coached by Don Scott. In round-robin action, the Novices are playing North Durham, Kemptville and Nepean. The Bantams are playing Saugeen Shores, Ilderton and Kemptville.
Good luck to both teams.
LINCOLNS’ SPRING PROSPECTS CAMP APRIL 26-28 AT PRC
St. Marys Jr. ‘B’ Lincolns are holding their annual spring prospects camp at the PRC on the Apr. 26-28 weekend.
Scrimmages will be held on Friday night and all day Saturday. The annual ‘Green and White’ game is scheduled for Sunday afternoon. There will also be dryland training, conducted by instructors from Bob’s Fitness.
Eighty to 90 prospects “would be ideal”, says Lincs’ assistant GM Greg Smale. Those interested should contact Lincolns’ Director of Player Personnel Paul Gaudet at: email@example.com. Players can also register for the three-day camp on the Lincs’ website (under recruitment).