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Friday, Jul. 28, 2017
Brian Ashton makes local soccer history - in 1989
2017-06-30
by Randy Pascal

This Week in Sports looks back at June 1st to the 8th, 1989

Fourteen year-old soccer sensation Brian Ashton has made history, becoming the first Northern Ontario player ever to be named to a provincial all-star soccer squad consisting of bantam aged players.

"There were times that proved frustrating and other times I figured I would never make the team, but I never gave up," he said. Ashton and his teammates will play in a tournament in New York and then in a series of games against others all-star teams in Canada.

His father, Ron, is a former semi-professional soccer player both in England and in Canada, introducing the sport to both Brian and well as his younger brother Dan.

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Just 16 days after calling it quits with the Sudbury Cubs, Rod McNair is back behind the bench. McNair has been named head coach of the Cambrian College Golden Shield men's hockey team, replacing Tom Faganely who stepped down to pursue other interests.

"Rod is certainly no stranger to hockey in the area," said Cambrian Athletic Director Michel Barbeau. "His knowledge of the game, coaching talents and familiarity with the available hockey talent make him a most valuable addition to the college's athletic program."

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Despite coming off an 89 point season with the Baltimore Skipjacks this past season, Sudbury native Scott McCrory has been traded from the Washington Capitals to the Buffalo Sabres.

The Capitals received defenceman Mark Ferner in return. Now 22 years old, McCrory captured the Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy as the leading scorer in the OHL (Ontario Hockey League) in 1986-87, netting 51 goals and 99 assists to finish his three year junior career with a total of 315 points.

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Three athletes from Sudbury and area won medals Friday on day one of the OFSAA Track and Field Championships, while three others recorded top eight finishes. OHL goaltender Sean Gauthier (Lasalle Lancers) threw the javelin more than 59 metres, taking second place in the Senior Boys division.

Julie Malenfant from Elliot Lake (Villa Francaise des Jeunes) took home bronze, also in the javelin, setting a new personal best mark of 35.9 metres in the junior girls age bracket.

Lockerby speedster Francis Amuzu returned with the only gold medal to date, crossing the line first in the senior boys 400m dash, clocking a time of 47.5 seconds. Top eight finishers included Jama Ross of Levack (4th in JG triple jump - 10.73m) and Robert Esmie of Lasalle (4th in JB 100m dash).

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Laurentian Voyageurs, local product Vince Papparo has struggled to rediscover his scoring touch. A good sign, then, for Papparo and the L.U. crew as he netted a pair of goals in helping to lead the Italia Flyers to a 3-1 win over the Soo Kickers in the opening round of Ontario Cup play.

The Sudbury side jumped out to a 2-0 lead courtesy of goals from Papparo and Mike Cassidy, before the Kickers got one back off the foot off Rich Winter, sailing a high shot that Flyers' keeper Paolo Zanetti misjudged.

In fairness, Zanetti is in his rookie season with the Flyers, with coach Rob Gallo noting that it was important to ensure that the offense, primarily Papparo and Carlo Castrechino, as well as the team defence was solid in front of his freshman netminder.

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The Sudbury Spartans weren't the least bit fussy as to exactly where the scoring came from in their 1989 season opener, racking up a 33-21 win over the Brampton Bulldogs thanks to a wide assortment of offensive contributors.

Key among those was the first ever touchdown for Sudbury's Joel Schryer, who picked off a pass on a fake field goal attempt by the visitors and darted the length of the field, giving the Spartans a 26-14 lead at the time.

As usual, the locals also relied heavily on the elusiveness of returning specialist Dave St Amour, who scampered 59 yards with a punt return to the end zone, and also added a 76 yard kickoff return.

Jon Miller scored a pair of majors, finding his way to the end zone from both the 10 and the 47 yard lines, while kicker Jack Eldridge nailed a field goal and added four converts in the win.

David Dinnard was easily the biggest threat for the visiting Bulldogs, recording three TDs, including one on an 85 yard pass and run connection with quarterback Eric Ursic.

Making life miserable for Ursic most of the evening, Terry Huhtala was named defensive player of the game for the Spartans.

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