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Saturday, Jun. 24, 2017
Ontario Summer Games, Sudbury style
2016-08-16
by Randy Pascal

A little bit of patience was required over the course of the past few days, trying to track down results from the 2016 Ontario Summer Games in Mississauga. In the end, however, it was time well spent, as several Sudbury and area athletes rose to the occasion, competing against the very best in the province.

Not since the days of the “Fighting Ranelli’s” has the Valley East Boxing Club enjoyed a competition such as this. While the numbers may have been slim, with only three teenagers representing the VEBC, the medal haul was noteworthy.

Lance Chretien claimed gold in the Youth Open 60-64 kg weight class, Justin Labelle matched that effort in the Junior “C” Novice 44-46 kg division and settled for silver, boxing up in the 48 kg grouping, while Brett Huard earned a bronze medal with a win over Odi Naka of Toronto in the Junior “C” Novice 63-66 kg quartet.

Two golds and a silver as well for the Benoit Karate crew, as Connor Di Salle (youth 12-13 male kata) and Marissa Meandro (cadet 14-15 female kata) topped the podium, with Bradley Chaput (junior 16-17 male kata) settling for silver behind long-time provincial rival, Aryan Khalegpanah.

Competing in the Taekwondo event, Tamara Bouchard (Falconbridge Taekwondo) returned home with a bronze medal in the Cadet Female 47-55 kg class, placing third behind Hannah Tala (Woodbridge) and Martine Rolando (Markham).

It was of little surprise that the Sudbury girls hockey contingent fared well in Mississauga, considering the quality of player that the Lady Wolves organization continues to churn out. Underager Madisyn Papineau and her teammates on “Team (Cassie) Campbell” walked off as the gold medal winners, knocking off “Team (Nathalie) Rivard” 3-1 in the final.

Turns out Sudbury was well covered on both sides of the ice, as Riley Manselka garnered a silver medal, suiting up with the Rivard squad. Lauren Hancock and Madison Laberge suited up with “Team “Margot” Page”, with Hancock assisting on the overtime winning goal in their final game, while Makayla Gratton was with “Team “Hazel” McCallion”.

The “Team North” girls basketball squad narrowly missed out on a chance at the medals, defeated in overtime in the quarter-finals by Central East. A heavy local presence on the regional reps included Mireille Dimaio, Sami Dunlop-Bassett, Abby Frick, Emilie Lafond, Shannon Clarke, Delaney Bourget, Heidi Lamothe, Grace Smrke, Dylann Mazzuchin and Claudia Pellerin.

Unfortunately, none of the boys round robin scores were listed on either the Ontario Summer Games website, or the Basketball Ontario website. Quite a hectic few days for Sudbury Gladiators' linebacker Graeme Stevens, who also managed to squeeze in a visit to the weighlifting venue in Mississauga in the days leading up to his team competing in the OFC Championship final.

Stevens finished 5th in the Men’s Heavyweight (> 77kg) division, posting combined best lifts of 204 kg. Joel Asselin of the Sudbury Weighlifting Club finished 7th in the 77kg class, while Arijana Tuttle and Kiersten King represented the Voyageur Club on the ladies side.

In badminton action, the Northern Ontario Badminton Association finished with a round robin record of 2-4, placing 5th among the seven competing regions. In terms of individual results, Sebastien Stefankow partnered with Wil Hasenblaus of Elliot Lake to win half of their boys doubles matches, boasting a very respectable record of 3-3 when the dust settled.

Michelle Kozlowskyj registered a 21-6, 21-16 win over Laura Wallace (GBDBA), also working with Madyson St Onge Laprise for a victory in women’s doubles play, while Cameron Duff rounded out the Sudbury and area representation.

Thunderstorms on Saturday forced the cancellation of several baseball outings, leaving Team North winless this time around, dropping decisions to York Simcoe (10-3), Hamilton District (16-2) and Niagara District (12-3).

The girls beach volleyball duo of Natasha Gervais and Marissa Beeson did not manage to crack the top half of the sixteen team standings, despite knocking off Harris/van Noten (21-14, 15-21, 15-11) on Saturday.

Local golfer Tristan Renaud of the Idylwylde Golf & Country Club came through with a very impressive performance, finishing tied for fourth place in a field of 60 golfers.

Carding a three round score of one under par 215 (71-71-73), Renaud was deadlocked with Matthew Anderson of Mississauga, just two shots back of bronze medal winner Michael vin Schalburg of King City.

Kelly Thompson donned the local colours in the triathlon competition, completing the swim-bike-run course in 1:02:01, and helping his team to an eighth place finish the next day in the relay event.

Jasmine Tessier continues to establish herself as one of the premier young wrestlers in the province. Following up on a silver medal performance in her first ever appearance at OFSAA back in March, the grade 10 student at Macdonald-Cartier earned gold in Mississauga, showing the way in the 75-81 kg weight class.

Finally, over on the volleyball courts, Region 2 (which includes Sudbury and area) found the going tough against many parts of the province which produce much of the Ontario elite in the sport.

The boys team, which included Sacré Coeur freshman Bradley Bertrand, closed off pool play with a mark of 2-5, getting the better of Region 4 (Central East) and Region 6 Red (Eastern Ontario).

Meanwhile, Kate Dugdale and Erin Gaffney were among a Northeastern Ontario girls team that triumphed over Region 1 (Northwestern), and also took a pair of other teams to three sets apiece.

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