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Caruso Club Tournament welcomes 22 teams to town - in 1993!
2015-08-30
by Randy Pascal
This Week in Sports looks back on August 1st - 10th, 1993

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The Caruso Club International Soccer Tournament enjoyed some outstanding popularity, with no less than 22 teams in town for the the second annual event. The final Sudbury hopeful, Croatia Adria, was eliminated on Sunday night by the defending champs, St Thomas Pests.

Brian Ashton scored the only goal for the locals in a 2-1 loss. In the final, however, St Thomas proved no match for the youthful Oshawa Turul side, as the kids bested the Pests 5-1, reversing the scoreboard of the championship affair one year earlier.

"We have a young team," stated Oshawa coach Nick Springer. "The average age on our team is twenty. But, we have a better quality team this year."

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A trio of local triathletes from Sudbury posted impressive results at recent competitions in Parry Sound and Capreol. Copper Cliff native Rob Campbell garnered a first place finish in Bobby Orr's hometown, completing a 750m swim, 28km cycle and 7.5km run in a time of 1:19.09.

Adrian Gedye was two slots back, in third place, crossing he line in 1:20.10. Closer to home, the tandem were one-two in Capreol on Monday, with Andre Fortin of Sudbury finishing third.

Currently 23 years-old, Campbell was first introduced to the world of triathlons via his sister, national swimming team member Jennifer Campbell. "Both my parents were very good athletes," noted Rob, taking some time out from training.

"My dad played basketball, and both were runners as well. I guess some of its genetics, as well as training." Campbell will next compete in Orillia, an event that is expected to attract upwards of 1400 participants.

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Taking a major step forward in his track & field career, Sudbury sprinter Robert Esmie was named to both the 100m individual race, and 4 X 100m relay team that will represent Canada at the World Championships later this month in Stuttgart, Germany.

At just 21 years of age, the Lasalle Secondary graduate will be the youngest member of the relay team, handling the key responsibilities that accompany running the first leg of the race. "It's an important position," said Esmie. "That's where you make or break it."

His coach, David Case, noted one key factor in the team decision to have Esmie lead things off. "Not a lot of people run the corner as fast as Robert," explained Case. Esmie will take his current best time of 10.29 seconds to the track in the individual sprint, as well, preparing to battle the likes of Carl Lewis and Lindford Christie.

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Sudbury Spartans' head coach Sid Forster has seen a lot in a career along the sidelines that has spanned several decades. That did not make watching his team's exit from the NFC playoffs any easier on Saturday.

"In 62 collective years of coaching, I've never had a team that couldn't motivate themselves like this one," noted Forster, not holding back any punches following the Spartans 53-13 setback at the hands of the Scarborough Crimson Tide.

"It all came together again today, with difficulty keeping focus, lack of preparation, and worst of all, no emotion before, during or after the game." Quarterback John Miller connected with Dave Kameka on a five yard touchdown pass, and later spotted Dave St Amour from seven yards out, accounting for the Sudbury scoring.

Miller, who established a new NFC scoring mark this year, was quick to move on from the loss. "It was a bad season for all of us," he said. "But it's over, and I'll be back next year."

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It's been quite the summer for local golfer Vince Palladino. A member of the Ohio State Buckeyes golf team the past year, the local product added more silverware to his impressive collection, capturing the Northern Gold Association Men's Amateur Championship in Timmins.

With rounds of 71, 73 and 69, Palladino finished just one shot ahead of Gord McGuinty of North Bay, walking away with the Polar Bear Trophy for the third time in five years. "I've had a lot of success so far, but I'm still not happy with the way I'm striking the ball," offered the detail-oriented golfer.

"I don't know if it's my set-up or alignment. I'm cutting the ball too much. I'll get my dad to look at it over this week." Just two weeks ago, Palladino won the 46th annual Idylwylde Men's Invitational for the second straight year, finishing 6th overall at the Ontario Amateur Championships earlier this summer.

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Posting a personal best time of 2:39.40, Adrian Gedye claimed the solo crown at the Beaton Classic for the third time, covering the quadrathlon more than ten minutes faster than second place finisher Craig Storey.

Even more impressive was the fact that he was able to stay in the race with the top-end teams of four. "I didn't have many of the solo guys around me, so the teams kept me going," said Gedye.

Naomi McLees was the first solo woman to cross the line, recording a time of 3:38.43, taking full advantage of her proficiency in the canoe to gap second-place finisher Rebecca Sidney.

A year-round athlete with the Laurentian Nordic Ski Club, McLees was joined by her brother in the winner's circle. Tim McLees joined forces with Dave McGregor, Rob Rice and Mark Dewan, placing first in the men's fours, while Jack and Amanda Kosmerly conquered the field in the mixed pairs event.

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