Author: Stephen Sweet

Baycats headed back to the ballpark

As spring begins to creep out of the shadows of an extended winter, so too does the ballplayer, ready and armed with bat and glove. In Simcoe County, the big time, as per usual, are the Barrie Baycats, four-time defending Intercounty Baseball League (IBL) champs. They have eagerly circled May 6 on their calendars, when the Baycats begin their season, at home, against the Kitchener Panthers. “It’s just that excitement feeling, when the weather starts to turn a bit and you see spring training games and opening day hits, so that means that our season is right around the...

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Vikings ready to kick things off

The rugby season may not start until late April, but the Barrie North Vikings kick it off with months of work under their belt. The senior boys team, like its junior squad, has been going at one form of rugby or another since the winter season began. The hope for the Vikings is that it will allow them to hit the ground running in regular-season action. “We’ve been practising since the semester started, one night a week in February and March,” said Vikings coach Ron Andrews. “The good thing was that we implemented touch (rugby) at lunch, so we...

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Grizzlies hand out the hardware

It was a night filled with hardware. The Georgian Grizzlies held their 48th annual varsity awards banquet on April 5 to honour some of their finest athletes, coaches and staff. Emilie Tyndall and Addison Wallwin each won their second-ever Greer Trophy as top female athletes of the year, sharing the honours after winning it separately over the past two years. The duo earned a bronze medal at the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Associaton (CCAA) championships in the fall. Wallwin, a Barrie native, also won the Female Academic & Athletic Excellence Award, after earning a 94.6% average this year in her...

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Hopper swings into D-I action

It may only be her second year of college golf, but Daniella Hopper is already making an impact. The Barrie native, now a sophomore for the Niagara Purple Eagles women’s golf team, is hitting her spring season in stride. She put up great rounds in the fall for the National Collegiate Athletic Association program to end that portion of the year on a high. “As a sophomore, I’m definitely more confident than last year,” Hopper said. “Last year, as a freshman, I was a little nervous coming into a Division-I program, but now what I know what to expect...

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Bendus stays in the game

A competitive hockey career might be over for Vicki Bendus, but she’s sticking around the sport. Having graduated from Brock University with a master’s degree in kinesiology, the Wasaga Beach native is now the lead sports performance coach for the Badgers’ hockey and soccer teams. Her opportunity came about during her last year of school. “In 2016, Brock hired Steve Lidstone as the sports performance manager (after) essentially doing the same job at McMaster,” Bendus said. “He was there to help build the strength and conditioning program at Brock, which didn’t really exist before him. If teams had wanted...

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