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Back-to-back-to-back for Junior Tartans

The Wallaceburg Tartans junior girls basketball team continues to roll, even after there first loss of the season.

This past weekend the Tartans went to Sarnia Northern for there third tournament in as many weekends.

Their first game had them against CCH from London, who is 3-0 in there league play. The first half was a slow and sluggish start for the Tartans who had a slim lead of 16-14 at half. As play continued in the second half, their strength in numbers held true with a 40-32 win. Leading the way was Laura Marcus with 14, Abby Mahu with 13 and Gabi Whiteye with 8 points.

The second game was against host Northern, who handed the Tartans there first loss of the year the previous Tuesday night by 7 points. This was the second game in a row the Tartans struggled to score in the first half. With Northern leading at half the Tartans came to play in the second . A great defensive effort and timely free throws made this game something to see. With no time on the clock, down 1 point and a shooting foul called, Gabi Whiteye stepped to the line and made 1 of 2 to send the game to overtime. The fans in the stands made this game electric and helped push the Tartans to victory in overtime with a score of 34-32. Leading the way was Ferrah Blackbird with 11, Marcus with 9 and Whiteye with 7.

In the final, the Tartans were up against yet another tough opponent in Brantford Collegiate (BCI). Another disappointing start for the Tartans had them down 23-9 at half. With the second half underway the Tartans came out flying on both ends of the court. Shots started to fall and there defensive pressure shocked BCI. When the final buzzer went the Tartans out scored BCI 36 to 15 in the second half and a final score of 45-38 for there third consecutive tournament championship. Leading the way was Blackbird with 21, Marcus with 8 and Whiteye with 7.

Up next, the Junior Tartans host St. Pats in league play on Thursday and will get a well deserved weekend off.

Kings top Amherstburg and Blenheim

The Dresden Kings picked up two wins on the weekend, topping Amherstburg 5-2 on Friday in Dresden and shutting out Blenheim on the road 3-0 on Sunday.

Kings newcomers Nolan VandenBoorn and Brendan Johnston made immediate impacts with their new club.

VandenBoorn led the offence with 3 goals, while Johnston backstopped the Kings to the win, making 29 saves.

Lucas Spence and Brantly Kuipers also scored for Dresden, while Kevin Ritzer picked up 3 assists.

Brendan Ritchie led the way for Dresden on Sunday in Blenheim.

Ritchie had 1 goals and 2 asists, while Ritzer and VandenBoorn also scored.

Johnston stopped all 28 Blades shots for the shutout victory.

The Kings are 4th in the Stobbs Division with a 4-2-0 record.

The Kings will host Mooretown on Friday, October 6, before heading to Wheatley on Saturday night.

Major curling event coming to Chatham-Kent

Chatham-Kent council gave the green light for a major curling event to be held in the community next year.

The Pinty’s Elite 10 – Grand Slam of Curling event will be held at the Thames Campus Arena in Chatham, from September 25 to 30, 2018.

This event brings together the five top-ranked female and male curlers in the world.

The Chatham Granite Curling Club approached staff with the idea back in July.

Council approved:

– The hosting fee of $160,000 payable from the net proceeds at the conclusion of the Pinty’s Elite 10 – Grand Slam of Curling event, payable to Rogers Media Inc. be guaranteed by the Municipality.

– The amount of $10,000 be provided towards the host requirement to spend $10,000 on marketing expenses to promote the event within the host community funded by the Strategic Development Fund.

– The amount of $40,000 be provided towards the event to assist the Chatham-Kent Elite 10 organizing committee in achieving a successful event and ensuring Chatham-Kent receives the benefits of a national and local marketing campaign that includes; commercial spots, in-ice logos, and rink board advertising. Funding allocations be provided from: $5,000 from the Community Partnership Fund – Festivals and Events component, $5,000 from the Tourism Reserve, and $30,000 from the Public Health Unit Reserve Chatham-Kent Operations.

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