Memories of 2013
by Randy Pascal
The past twelve months have been memorable, providing the local sports scene with many enduring moments for a whole variety of different reasons. We've
decided to take a look back on the year that was in Sudbury sports, with an eye towards those stories that made a lasting impression:
HEART-WARMING MOMENT OF THE YEAR: It took less than a month for Valley East goaltender Joel Coulombe to remind us of all of the good that sport can
accomplish through a simple act of kindness. Dressing with a very strong Valley East Atom Renegades team last year, Coulombe was chalking up the
shutouts with regularity.
Taking part in the Nickel Centre Houseleague Tournament at the end of January, Coulombe was presented with his umpteenth "shutout" trophy. Yet after
watching his counterpart at the other end of the rink peppered with a barrage of shots in an 8-0 encounter, Coulombe immediately skated the award over to
Walden netminder Riley Sabourin, congratulating him on the effort.
A PERFECT FIT: Hockey and Northern Ontario have always been synonymous. That is part of the reason why the re-appearance of the Laurentian
Voyageurs men's hockey program has been greeted so positively.
Throw in the launch of a women's program that is surprising all pundits, right in the thick of the battle for a playoff position with the first half of
their inaugural season in the books, and you have a very nice foundation from which to move forward.
YOU'RE ONLY AS OLD AS YOU FEEL: Lorraine Pelletier had always kept herself in pretty good shape, remaining active well into her sixties. Little
did she know that her general fitness could form the base of a future Canadian champion.
Gradually becoming more and more dedicated to weighlifting over the span of some four years, working closely with good friend and coach Bob Leclair,
Pelletier progressed to the point where she would establish eight new records at the Canadian Masters Championships in April of 2013.
DAVID SLEW GOLIATH: The Cambrian College women's soccer team appeared relatively pedestrian heading into the OCAA playoffs this past fall with a
midling record of close to .500, beating up on the weaker sisters in the East. but no match for the true powerhouses.
Until the post-season came, that is. Taking full advantage of miserable conditions for mid-October, the Golden Shield braved the elements in Oshawa and
conquered, eliminating the Durham Lords 1-0 in overtime as rookie sensation TK Rocca headed home the game-winning goal.
THE LITTLE TEAM THAT COULD: Blessed with an offense that had the makings of a unit capable of making life tough on the SDSSAA football elite, the
Lively Hawks entered 2013 comfortable they could be in the mix.
Few, if any, however, would have predicted an undefeated run that would see the undersized Walden school display near-mastery over their Sudbury and
area foes. The Hawks cruised through the post-season thanks to the overall depth of their talent, outscoring their opponents 86-34 in a pair of post-season
encounters and capturing their first ever city varsity crown.