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Chiefs sign four returning players
The Lakefield Chiefs, sponsored by Hendren Funeral Homes, are excited to announce the signing of four returning players for the upcoming 2018-19 Schmalz Cup defense season.
Returning to the Chiefs will be 21-year-old Braeden Kublick who will serve as captain for the upcoming season, as well as 20-year olds Jeff Hawthorne, Cole Robbins, and Tarren Jank. More signings will be released on the Chiefs social media in the upcoming days.
Joining the four returning veterans will be rookie William Keith. The 2000 born forward from Stouffville was a standout with the Markham Waxers midget team. The 6’ 175lb winger tallied 22 points in 33 games and was an affiliated player with the Cobourg Cougars last season. “He’s a similar player to Matt McIntyre in size and skill. We feel like William will be able to shine at this level and we weren’t hesitant to sign him.”, stated General Manager Tyler Revoy.
The Chiefs weren’t done their swinging a pair of deals this week to acquire two players with Junior B experience. Dalton Smith was acquired from the Mitchell Hawks for a PDF. Smith had 7 points in 14 games with the St. Mary’s Lincolns Junior B team and totaled 14 points in 17 games to finish the season with Mitchell. Smith a 6’ 174lb forward will fit in nicely with the core forwards coming back. Jacob McPhee was brought in from the Komoka Kings junior B team. He tallied 6 points in 41 games last season but was playing in a bottom six role. “Having talked to coaches and scouts that regularly watch the GOJHL, we have confidence in Jacob becoming a top six forward on our team this year.”, Revoy said.
Lakefield Basketball camp continues to grow
by Terry Gillis
The Lakefield Basketball camp has been providing children ages four to ten, with varying skill levels, with a week-long day camp full of fun sport related activities.
This is the third year that founders Mark Hinan, Derek Doucet and Ben Vanderheide have offered the camp. What started out as three parents inviting a few friends to enrol their kids in the camp two years ago has grown to seventy children, nineteen coaches and numerous volunteers.
Children are divided into age groups: Young Guns are kids aged 4 - 6, Mid Guns are 7 and 8 year-olds and Top Guns are 9 and 10.
Two of this year’s volunteers are Lakefield Basketball Camp alumni. Olivia Tedford and Logan Vassiliadis attended the camp from the start. And now, at the age of 11, they are still involved, but as volunteer youth coaches.
Ben Vanderheide said that they wanted to make the camp accessible to all the kids from Lakefield and Warsaw so they only charge $50 a week per athlete “so that we can reach the wide range of socioeconomic families in the village.” The camp also offers sponsorships for those who can’t afford the fees. Each camper also receives a t-shirt, basketball, bag and water bottle generously provided by Jumpstart Canada and Chemong Canadian Tire.
Derek Doucet said that they were very fortunate to be under the umbrella of Lakefield Baptist Church. As a result of the association, they are supported by the Jumpstart program and Chemong Canadian Tire.
On Tuesday morning, Eric Cartlidge, regional manager, Central Ontario Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities and Chemong Canadian Tire owner Markus Weinbrecht visited the camp which is housed at the new Lakefield District Public School and runs from 9 a.m - 1 p.m. daily.
Derek said that the camp is so popular that they are considering offering a second week. Additionally, Ben commented that they are considering a summer house basketball league in Lakefield as their next step.
Brent Upper Memorial Ball Tournament
On Saturday, July 21, twenty teams participated in the Brent Upper Memorial Ball Tournament, in memory of Brent “Ripper” Upper and Jake “Steamtrain” Stanley at the Asphodel-Norwood Community Centre, located at 88 Alma St. in Norwood.
The friends and family of Brent Upper, a local man who tragically is one of the many young people who lost their life in the past year to the opioid crisis, have organized the tournament. Brent’s friend, Jake Stanley, another promising young local man, lost his life to suicide in 2015. Sheri Erickson, Brent’s Mom, decided she wanted to host this tournament in their memories to help bring awareness to the ongoing need for support for young people battling mental health and addictions and to provide funding that will stay local, to help others.
Born and raised in Lakefield, Brent was very involved in local sports. Therefore, one third of the funds raised at the tournament will be directed to the Lakefield Chief’s, Brent’s home team, while the remaining proceeds will be directed to two C.M.H.A. H.K.P.R endeavors, Lynx, an early psychosis program for youth and Team55 Let’s Tackle Suicide Prevention.
The first pitch was thrown at 8:00 a.m. A BBQ lunch was available from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Following lunch the family addressed attendees and later in the afternoon, prizes, including a 50/50 were awarded.
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