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Batawa U8 Boys sweep podium

The Batawa Ski Racing Club’s 2019 U8 team swept the podium as they hosted Brimacomb Ski Club in their first race of the season Saturday. A brisk sunny race day greeted the skiers as they competed on a tight and challenging giant slalom style course. The majority of the team are rookies but they all enjoyed their first race of the season. Highlight results for the girls were Linnea Himberg-Larsen taking first place in her first race and Lily Langlois getting a solid second place to start the season. For the U8 boys, Batawa swept the top three positions in a field of 14 racers, with Majka Popiel taking first place. Avery Forrest was second in his first race, and Milo Del Grosso skied smoothly to third with only 1.01 seconds separating the three of them. This weekend the team travels to Brimacomb for another race between to the two ski clubs. U10 Division The Batawa U10 ski team saw some great conditions on Saturday, as they hosted Brimacombe for an inner club race. For the girls, Maya Bianchi placed first with Kaelin Hearn coming in second. For the boys, Elio De Luca placed second with Killian Brown finshed third. U16 Bandits The U16 Southern Ontario Divsion Cup team competed on a particularly fast and challenging slalom course at Caledon Ski Club on Sunday. Emma Sabine-Craig finished 21st in a field of 80 racers and Nikolas MacPherson and Zachary Selby both finished in the top half of their field. U19 SOD Ten Batawa racers travelled to Mansfield Ski Club to participate in the U19 SOD Slalom and Erika Lamb Snowflake Series Giant Slalom races. A crisp, sunny day meant the snow held up well for 90 racers to complete four runs each. Top 10 honours went to Reena Liu — SL fifth, GS fourth, Overall fourth; Annissa Bray— SL 10th, Overall eighth; Chloe O’Boyle-Kelly — GS 10th; Isaac Hollinger — SL fourth, GS eighth, Overall fourth. Hannah O’Boyle-Kelly, Lydia Schmoll, Paddy Brady, Caleb Faubert-Roy, Bradley Bonner and Jaxon Starbuck all proudly represented Batawa.

January 30, 2019 Local Sports
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Former Red Devils join UOIT Ridgebacks soccer

OSHAWA – A pair of former Bayside Red Devils were among six new members of UOIT Ridgebacks women’s soccer team introduced last week. Frankford’s Caylin Gracie and Quinte West’s Rheanna Flynn were introduced along with Alicia Chisholm, Christina Coroado, Madison O’Donnell, and Jordan Tortolo. A dynamic striker, Gracie joins the Ridgebacks women’s soccer program following four seasons with FC Durham. An intensely committed soccer player, she won the golden boot with her high school program, Bayside Red Devils, three times. The Frankford native also claimed the league scoring title in her last three seasons with the Quinte West Wolverines, before making the jump to the ultra-competitive FC Durham program. Gracie will study kinesiology this fall. Bringing an offensive mindset to the midfield for UOIT this fall, Flynn also comes to the Ridgebacks women’s soccer program through FC Durham. During her four seasons with the local academy, she was also a standout with the Bayside Red Devils, serving as team captain and winning the team’s impact player of the year award on two separate occasions. Prior to her high school career she also competed as a member of the Quinte West Wolverines. This coming fall, Flynn will be majoring in kinesiology. Joining the Ridgebacks from Aurora FC (AFC), Tortolo compliments UOIT’s history of strong midfield play. The 5’8 Mount Albert resident most recently competed with AFC in League 1 and as a member of the clubs U21 squad, which competed as part of the women’s provincial elite league. She brings with her to UOIT a championship pedigree, winning the OPDL western championship in 2016 and 2017, while reaching the OPDL Cup finals in the latter season. Tortolo will study commerce at UOIT in 2019. The first of three recruits from Glenshields FC of the Central Soccer League (CSL), O’Donnell is a 5’4 centre back from Bolton, Ont. She has spent four seasons with Glenshields, serving as a defensive cornerstone for several strong seasons with the Concord, Ont. club team. She comes to UOIT from St. Michael’s Catholic School and will enter the criminology and justice studies program at UOIT. Also joining the Ridgebacks from Glenshields FC, Coroado adds more depth to the Ridgebacks defence as another reliable centre back. She was also a member of the 2017 Ontario Cup finalist team, who were also CSL regular season champions in 2017, and CSL League Cup finalists the same year. This past season she also quarterbacked the Glenshields defence to a league leading goals against, with the team allowing just nine goals in 14 games. Coroado will major in life sciences at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, coming to the university from St. Michael’s Catholic Secondary School. A goalkeeper from Woodbridge, Chisholm will provide another option in net for the Ridgebacks, a position that has consistently proven to be a strength for women’s soccer program. She rounds out a trio of players coming to UOIT from Glenshields FC after competing for three seasons with the Central Soccer League (CSL) club. During this stretch she reached both the outdoor Ontario Cup final in 2017 and indoor Ontario Cup final in 2016 with Glenshields. Chisholm will study kinesiology at UOIT following graduation from Emily Carr Secondary School.

January 28, 2019 Local Sports

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