Dr. Jack Parry Award winners
Before the end of the school year, the Lambton-Kent District School Board celebrated the athletic and academic achievements of the Dr. Jack Parry Award recipients.
The awards honour male and female secondary student-athletes from the Chatham-Kent areas, respectively, who are outstanding in their athletic and academic achievements, as well as participate in extra-curricular activities.
Anthony Atkinson, John McGregor Secondary School – Anthony has earned accolades throughout his high school career, including earning Most Valuable Player or Coaches Choice Awards in three sports – volleyball, basketball and track and field – every year. He has also received Junior and Senior Athlete of the Year awards. As a McGregor scholar and valedictorian for the Class of 2017, Anthony has been a leader both on the field and in the classroom. Anthony will be attending the University of Windsor to study Kinesiology. He was recruited to be part of the Lancer Track & Field team where he will continue throwing shot put, discus, and hammer.
Brooke MacKinnon, Chatham Kent Secondary School – Brooke is a student of many talents, participating on the school golf, soccer, volleyball and badminton teams. Throughout her high school career, she has competed at OFSAA each year for golf and twice for soccer. A leader amongst her peers, she has mentored other athletes and served as the assistant coach for the junior girls’ basketball team. In the classroom, Brooke has achieved high academic standing over four years. Brooke will be studying at the University of Hartford to play NCAA Division 1 golf.
“These student-athletes demonstrate strong leadership skills and a commitment to their communities, which serves as inspiration to their teammates, peers and the school community,” stated Jim Costlello, director of education.
“We wish them the very best as they move forward and continue to strive to meet their academic and athletic goals.”
Shaelyn Denys and Carter DeKoning were the nominees from Wallaceburg District Secondary School, while Brooke Marchand was the nominee from Lambton-Kent Composite School in Dresden.
Dresden Raceway action
The first leg of the Mark Austin Pacing series is in the books at Dresden Raceway.
STEP IN MY GROOVE and Nick Steward went wire-to wire to capture the first division of NW of One Race or $5,000 Lifetime (FM $6,000) series. The four year-old Rambaran gelding stepped off fractions of 29.1, 1:00, 1:30.2 for a time of 2:00.4 for owner-trainer Leon Mansfield of Strathroy and partner Antonia Smith.
MY GREEK PRINCESS finished second for Tyler Borth while YOU SAID IT and Lorne House finished third.
The second division of the series saw BIG BAD CARLY and Tyler Borth hit the winner’s circle in 2:03 after chasing down CRJ HOTTIE and Donnie Rankin.
BIG BAD CARLY is a three-year old Big Bad John Filly, owned and trained by Tom Bain of Woodslee and co-owned by Nathan Bain. House guided GMC TROOPER to a third place finish.
ACTION TOWN, a three-year- old Mister Big gelding, and Rankin went to the front and never looked back in the third division for owner Ken Sommer of Sheffield, Ohio in 2:02.4. Mark Williams guided GOT IT MADE to a second place finish while THRILLER NIGHT and Garrett Rooney paid on the show ticket.
Rooney and PULL THE SHADE took top prize in the fourth division of the Mark Austin series after cutting the mile and holding on for the win by a head over ABITOFALRIGHT and Williams. The three-year- old Dragon Again filly paced the mile in 2:00.4 for owner Sheri Abbot of Windsor and trainer Steve Roberts.
ALYSSA MARIE and Alex Lilley were third.
The second leg of the series goes next week with the $10,000 final is set for July 23.
The handle at Dresden was $26,225.
The full results from Sunday can be seen, here.
Wallaceburg Ladies Fastball team tops Wyoming
The Wallaceburg Ladies Fastball Team beat Wyoming 8-4 on Thursday night at home.
Nikki Neely pitched the whole game. Maria Beauchamp had a triple and Taryn Charbnonneau had a double.
This brings the season record to 7-3
Their next game is in Wyoming on Wednesday.