The Glengarry Sports Hall of Fame held its annual celebration of the finest in county athletics last week in Maxville, and we have full coverage of the festivities in the Aug. 23 edition of The Glengarry News.
As part of the evening, 16 graduating high school athletes were recognized.
1. Anaick Besner: Le Relais
Anaick's most memorable moment in sports was his last provincial Franco hockey tournament of his high school career this past spring. From first being named the captain of the hockey team to then having a mishap in the first game of the tournament and going the hospital for some stitches. They lost by only one goal in the semi-finals to a much larger school. They went that far in the tournament thanks to the strength and dedication of the players on the team and the unmatched coaching ability from their coach Dominique Decoeur.
His sporting role model is taken from 3 players: the leadership and skating ability of Erik Karlsson, the defensive game and hitting ability of Dion Phaneuf, and finally the shooting ability and shot-blocking ability of Shea Weber.
2. Catherina Blair: Casselman
Catherina’s most memorable moment in sports was winning her first dance trophy at the Montreal Highland Dance competition.
Her sports role model is Joanie Rochette because after her mom passed away she still skated and did the best she could. She learned that no matter what emotions you have, for that four-minute dance, or whatever other sport, you need to give 100%.
3. Cameron Brodie: Glengarry
Cameron's most memorable moment is in 2015 when she was in Grade 10 at Glengarry District High School. She went to Windsor with the senior soccer team for the OFSAA ‘A’ finals. During the final game, on her 16th birthday, she got the winning goal allowing them to win the gold medal on a score of 2-1. She also ended up being the top scorer for the tournament.
Cameron's sporting role model is Jessie Fleming, a young player who is making such an offensive difference on the Canadian women’s soccer team.
4. Chelsea Cayer: Char-Lan
Chelsea's most memorable moment was winning EOSSAA hockey and attending OFSAA in Kenora.
Her sporting role model is Marie-Philip Poulin.
5. Chloe Devine: Le Relais
Chloe's most memorable sporting moment was being a member of the first team at Le Relais to win an OFSSA 'A' soccer championship gold in 2017.
Her sporting role model is Cassie Campbell who she met when she was 7 years old.
6. Emma Hardy: Glengarry
Emma's most memorable moment was winning OFSAA gold in 2015 with the Glengarry Gaels.
Her sporting role model is PK Subban.
7. Lara Jeaurond: Holy Trinity
Lara's most memorable moment in sports was winning a bronze medal at provincials in Waterloo with the Cornwall Vikings Volleyball team this year.
Lara's sporting role model is her brother.
8. Cameron MacDonald: Glengarry
Cameron's most memorable moment was attending the OFSSA soccer championships in 2016 with his Gaels teammates.
His sporting role model is his dad Jamie who coached him and drove him to all his games throughout his sporting career.
9. David MacMaster: Glengarry
David's most memorable sporting moment was going to OFSAA with the GDHS soccer team.
His sporting role models are his mom and dad and his brothers.
10. Angus McRae: Char-Lan
Angus's most memorable moment in sports was beating Glengarry DHS in the senior boys soccer final to win the SD&G championship this year.
His sporting role model is Russell Martin of the Toronto Blue Jays
11. Mackayla Petrie: Char-Lan
Mackayla's most memorable moment in sports was competing in her first ever wakeboard pro division. It was an overwhelming experience riding against some of the riders she looks up to in her sport.
Mackayla's sporting role models are athletes who are dedicated, compete at high levels, push their abilities, and enjoy the sport they love.
12. Brennan Seguin: Char-Lan
Brennan's most memorable moment in sports was in pole vault, when he jumped a height of 4.65 at a club meet in Windsor. It is a significant standard in the sport. It had been his goal for a year, working very hard to achieve it.
Brennan's sporting role model is Olympic pole vaulter Sam Kendricks, a disciplined athlete of character at the top of his sport.
13. Jenna Seguin: Le Relais
Jenna has two most remarkable moments in sports: winning the Franco school hockey tournament with the boys and winning girls OFSSA soccer gold in grade 12.
Jenna's sporting role model is Saku Koivu because he is a determined athlete who beat cancer and kept playing the sport that he loved.
14. Josh Stephens: Holy Trinity
Josh's most memorable moment in sports was winning the U19 Division 1 Ontario Cup with Ottawa Next Level AAA.
Josh's role model is Lebron James for his will to win.
15. Alexandre Theoret: Le Relais
Alexandre's most memorable moment in sports was the first football game he played when he scored a touchdown.
His sporting role model is Matt Fraser, the CrossFit champion for 2016.
16. Lukas Willems: Tagwi
Lukas's most memorable sporting moment was qualifying for the provincial tournament for bowling. His team was the underdog since they had just enough players to participate, including one teammate who has autism and struggles at times with the fast pace of competition. During the last game to decide who advanced to the provincial competition, their teammate bowled his best game ever. He got four strikes in a row, and everyone in the crowd was cheering him on and chanting his name. His ever-positive energy helped the rest of the team perform better and helped them have fun while playing. In the end, they won the tournament because of him and went on to represent the Cornwall area for bowling.
Lukas's sporting role model is Cristiano Ronaldo, one of the best soccer players ever who also gives back to the community and donates to children’s hospitals.
The Glengarry News was in Maxville on Wednesday, when the Glengarry Sports Hall of Fame celebrated its latest crop of inductees and a slate of successful high school athletes.
We will have full coverage in the next edition of our newspaper. A photo gallery from the evening can be seen here.
Photos from heavyweight competitions at the 2017 edition of The Glengarry Highland Games in Maxville can now be viewed in our online galleries here. The Aug. 9 edition of The Glengarry News will have full coverage of this year's Games.
Since its inception in 2010, the intermediate heavyweights division has groomed a number of teen athletes in the traditional Scottish sports, with several of the competitors moving on to compete in the amateur (adult) class.
The Aug. 2 edition of The Glengarry News includes a story about a recent training session for the current crop of teen heavys. We also have photos in our gallery here.
Adam Hurtubise, a current amateur competitor, holds the all-time intermediate record in the sheaf toss, achieving a mark of 28 feet.
Best ever in the 14-pound weight for distance goes to Jamie Trask (80 feet, 8 inches), who is also tops in the stone throw (43 feet, 7 inches).
Scott Bishop holds the mark in the hammer throw, with a best result of 106 feet, 1 inch.
Rugby 7s will be held as part of the Glengarry Highland Games this weekend, billed as the Nate MacRae Memorial Invitational.
Preliminary matches are scheduled for Friday, from 2 to 6pm, on the field behind the Clan Building. The idea is the have three games played per hour. Finals will take place Saturday afternoon, on the infield, in front of the grandstand.
Nate MacRae was an enthusiastic young man, who lost his battle with cancer. He was a sportsman, loving the competition and companionship generated through sports. He loved his Celtic heritage and was lovingly called, “The Scotsman” by his teammates and friends.
Rugby at the Games will certainly provide exciting play in this historical Scottish game.
The competition is being organized by Alex de Wit.
Online, advance registration for children's competitions at the Glengarry Highland Games is available here.
The junior heavyweights will be held Saturday morning, with the track events on Saturday afternoon. Advance registration closes Thursday, Aug. 3, at noon. It will still be possible to register onsite, but parents are advised to arrive early to do so.