Ice Chips & Canoe Quips

Local hockey star earns prestigious award

Kelly Babstock was named to the ECAC (Eastern College Athletic Conference) Hockey All-Decade Team, as announced by the league on Wednesday, February 19. Babstock was a stand-out forward on the Quinnipiac women’s ice hockey team from 2010-2014. 

Babstock finished her career at Quinnipiac as the program’s all-time leading scorer with 203 career points on 95 goals and 108 assists. She holds the program’s record for goals scored in a career with 95 and assists with 108 through 147 games played. She is one of just three ice hockey players in Quinnipiac’s history, male or female, to record over 200 career points. 

The Wiikwemkoong band member, yet more recently hailing from Mississauga, earned ECAC honours every season of her career. She was selected to the ECAC Hockey First Team her first-year, junior and senior seasons and second team her sophomore season. She holds the Quinnipiac single-season record with 30 goals as a first year and 28 goals her junior year. Her 30 assists tallied in 2013-14 is the single-season record for the program, as well. 

One of the most memorable weekends of Babstock’s career came during her first-year season when she scored back-to-back hat tricks against Harvard and Dartmouth November 12-13, 2010.

Babstock was selected to the All-Decade Second Team among an outstanding group of individuals who played for ECAC Hockey institutions throughout the last decade.

ISWO announces tryouts for NAIG 2020

The Indigenous Sport and Wellness Ontario has recently announced tryout locations and times will be coming soon. Luckily for local hopefuls, competitions for canoe/kayak, soccer, basketball and badminton all take place in Sudbury this coming weekend, March 7 and 8. For more information you can search Indigenous Sport and Wellness Ontario on Facebook.

Three-on-three season is upon us! 

The growing popularity of the three-on-three hockey format is about to move into the professional level next season, but the fast-paced and strategic game also means that ice-hounds have another reason to extend the season of the game they love. For some reason the Sault three-on-three weekend event seems to draw inordinate numbers of Manitoulin teams the Skater’s Edge 3-on-3 Challenge is up first in the rotation and, as usual, is expected to draw strong local numbers. Visit skatersedge3on3.ca to register. 

Top secret track tips to be revealed below!

For track and field athletes hoping to surpass their personal best or beat a long-time competitor this coming season, the following suggestions may be revolutionary to some. They may only be revolutionary because they are not often used and yet so intuitively simple. The keys to the vault, two words: hard work! 

Most runners, jumpers and throwers who have always done well over the years with next to no work required due to their inherent natural gifts start finding that the competition is closing in on them. Sometimes it is just a developmental catch-up, a puberty push if you will. However, there are those that may have maintained a genetic aptitude or just worked to their potential but the older one gets it does not happen without hard work.

Once again I need to give a shout out to the (as of yet) eight athletes who are determined to meet the athletic prospective hidden within themselves. Congratulations to Morgan, Mackenzie and T.J. Green, Maren and Rowan Kasunich, Ava and Easton Assinewai and Xavier Mara. Coach Gerry Holliday certainly must be lauded for putting together a program to bring out the youngsters’ bests but the best laid plans are useless unless the athlete has the internal motivation to do the work even when they don’t quite feel up to it on any particular day. Best of luck to everyone.

Local sharks a menace in the pool!

Four Manitoulin pool players recently finished fourth in the seventh annual EOVNEA (Eastern Ontario Valley National Eight Ball Association) eight ball championships in North Bay a couple of weeks ago. The quartet, featuring Leon Trudeau, Jim Trudeau, Chop Waindubence and William Sagash worked their way through a huge number of competitive teams from across the province. Way to go guys! Advice to everyone else, you might not want to bet against them at your local pool hall!

Pancake breakfast anyone?

On Saturday and Sunday, March 7 and 8 from 8 to 11 am at the Providence Bay Curling Club there will be a fundraising program in support of the Providence Bay junior curling program. For just $8 a person you will receive pancakes, sausage, bacon, fruit, coffee or tea and juice.

A good sport is good for sports. 

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