Author: Stephen Sweet

Georgian to host provincial hoops finals

The top college teams in Ontario will have to go through Barrie for the title. Georgian College was selected to host the 2019 Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) Men’s Basketball Championship from Feb. 28-March 2. All games will be played at the Georgian Athletic Centre in Barrie. The eight qualifying teams will compete in a three-day, knockout format to determine the provincial champion. As host, Georgian automatically earns a berth in the event. “We are honoured to have been selected as the host for the men’s basketball championship,” said tournament chair Jeff Harris. “We are thrilled the showcase our...

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Baycats use May to build

Intercounty Baseball League players don’t have much of a spring training to work with. Given the way the weather was this year, preseason practice went from little to none. Even though the first true action for the Barrie Baycats came during their home opener, it’s not that different from how the month of May usually pans out for the players. “It’s about getting our whole team together,” said Baycats catcher Kyle DeGrace. “I think what we’re going to find out in May is where guys fit and what their roles will be for the season. That’s one thing, every...

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Free football camp in Barrie

In Simcoe County, there’s an opportunity to put on the pads and gain some gridiron knowledge from high-level players and coaches. St. Joan of Arc and St. Joseph’s high schools are putting on a spring football camp on June 2 for players in Grades 8-12. The program, which will take place at St. Joan of Arc High School (460 Mapleton Avenue, Barrie), is a non-contact, full-day camp where participants will get the chance to learn techniques from Canadian Football League and USports players, as well as university coaches. The program is free of charge and lunch will also be...

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Rugby the carrot for Banting students

If you’re interested in working hard and learning the game of rugby, the Banting Marauders will welcome you with open arms. Came over from another sport? No problem. New to rugby? They’ll teach you. Cutting class and letting your grades slip? Sorry, you’re not playing. The senior boys rugby team puts being in class and getting work done above all else when it comes to their roster this season. “I’m really strict about it,” said Marauders coach Claudia Popp. “I check their attendance. There are boys who aren’t allowed to come because of it. None of them, unfortunately, are...

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Panthers soccer loaded with depth

The St. Peter’s Panthers have a player that can pass, shoot, dribble and defend at a high level and she’s surrounded by 10 more teammates that can do the same thing. The senior girls soccer team is as strong and deep as any in recent years. Certainly for as long as any of these players have been at St. Peter’s. “This year is fantastic,” said Panthers veteran Sydney Livermore. “It’s amazing and I’m so happy to be a part of it. We’ve had strong teams in the past, but everybody there wants to play and is on the same...

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