Yup, the radio guy is promoting the local TV station. Ha. Yes, be sure to catch THE DAILY on SHAW, CHANNEL 4 for a couple of stories that may be of interest.
The first is an update on the Bulldogs and what they have accomplished so far this season. SHAW was in attendance Saturday night when the Dogs hosted Powell River for the Teddy Bear Toss. Besides me, they talk to Paul Esdale and Kevin Ross.
I have seen the show and it looks great!
The second item of interest is a special "Cooking with Angel" episode with Angel, Les Doiron and myself as we made "Brendan Morrison's Hockey Player Pancakes" to promote Angel's upcoming Celebrity Cookbook!
Read more about that on Angel's website here and of course look for it on SHAW!
A couple updates from local sports......thanks to Tom McEvay and Simon Read for sending them in.
MIDGET BULLDOGS SINK SAANICH
The Midget Bulldogs took on Saanich Braves at home in league play on Saturday Dec 5. It was a tough game which saw Alberni on the board first on a goal by Sheldon Trees with assist from Dylan Haugen. Dustin Diemert set up Brady Janzen for a short handed goal which proved to be the game winner late in the first period. Saanich got that one back in the middle of the second. Dylan Haugen assisted by Trees got an insurance goal for Alberni to close out the period. In the third period Colby Lim and Andre Savard shared goals and assists to finish off with a 5-1 win.
On Dec 6 the Midget Reps were at home for an exhibition game with Campbell River Tyees, Sheldon Trees put up the first goal at 10:52 of the opening frame, assisted by Jeff Dagg and point man Brett Williscroft. Campbell River went ahead with two goals late in the period. Trees evened it up on a power play early in the second. This time assists went to Cameron MacAdams and Dylan Haugen. Shortly after the ice clean Ryan White passed to Brady Janzen who drove by the defence and put one in glove side for the go ahead goal. Seconds later MacAdams and Trees set up Haugen on the doorstep where he snapped it past the goalie for the game winner. Campbell River got one back, but it was Alberni’s Blake Frechette who finished it off with an empty netter to make it 5-3 right before the final buzzer.
The Midgets are out of town next weekend, playing Cowichan on Saturday and Saanich again on Sunday. As always they appreciate the support of their main sponsor HFN Forestry.
Alberni Wrestling Competes in the Mural City
A contingent of local wrestlers travelled to Chemainus for the Cougar Invitational on Saturday. Despite having a large part of the senior ADSS team competing at a provincial tournament in Burnaby, and other wrestlers unavailable due to injuries and school commitments the team had some promising results. In the combined Junior (15 & under) standings ADSS finished 3rd, Neill finished 5th, and Dunn finished 8th. The tournament featured over 230 athletes from all over the Island.
Jordie Bodnar (43 kg), Dakota Sutton (51 kg), and Austin Jaworski (66 kg) led the way for ADSS by winning gold medals in their respective divisions. Also contributing to the medal count and team points were Bailey Durning (3rd at 54 kg), Alex Oakes (5th at 60 kg), and Jonathon Spencer (6th at 51 kg).
Two ADSS wrestlers competed in the senior division Cody Werner (2nd at 63 kg) and Wes Boris (4th at 76 kg). “I am very excited about the young up and coming talent at ADSS right now. The results at this tournament gives me confidence about the upcoming years,” commented ADSS assistant coach Richelle McKenzie.
While they only brought a few of their wrestlers Neill Middle School had some outstanding individual results that helped them to a fifth place finish. Three Neill wrestlers dominated their weight classes and went undefeated to claim gold medals. Liam Diffin (35 kg), Jesse Wagner (41 kg), and Jordan Wagner (45 kg) are all part of a tough group of light weights being coached by Jason Wolff. Neill’s team had a number of other placers: Rhea Wing (2nd 43 kg), Caden Smith-Stephens (2nd 63 kg), Jake Biexk (3rd 78+ kg), and Breanne Mueller (4th at 47kg). Wolff was very pleased about his team’s performance, “We are progressing pretty nicely. We have a tough group of kids and I think we are going to take the Alberni Cup back from EJ Dunn this year.”
EJ Dunn Middle School sent only a small portion of their team but had some positive results to finish 8th overall. Emma Vanderlee led the way for Dunn winning the gold medal at 64 kilograms. Lauren Barker (37 kg), Julia McGowan (64 kg), and Brayden Arsenault (35 kg) all claimed silver medals. Rounding out the placings for EJ Dunn were Riley Neville (3rd 78 kg), Russel David (5th at 51 kg), and Tyler Drew-Adams (6th at 78 kg).
Alberni wrestlers will be training hard this week in preparation for the War on the Floor at Simon Fraser University December 16 – 18. The local middle school wrestlers compete in the grade 6-8 division on December 16 with the grade 9-12 novice running on the 17th. The Elite division is set for Friday December 18th.
For more details contact James Messenger at 250-735-8854
And another update.....
The ADSS Armada Senior wrestling team saw their first action this season at the Roberts Rumble over the past weekend. The tournament took place at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. Teams were made up from regional clubs and many of the top wrestlers from around the province were present.
The Armada boy’s team placed 3rd over all in this dual meet tournament. In this type of tournament format teams compete head to head at each weight class. Points are awarded to teams based on how a wrestler wins or loses. Unfortunately, the Armada team began each dual behind four matches as a result of four weight classes being vacant. “We are very solid in the middle weights in fact we have a couple of weight classes where we are two wrestlers deep, unfortunately we have a few light and heavy weights we couldn’t fill.” commented Coach James Messenger.
Despite having some vacant weight classes, the Alberni team had very competitive duals against regional teams from North Vancouver, Burnaby, Abbotsford, and Surrey. Grade twelve wrestler Cody McEvay led the team for the boys going undefeated with a 4-0 record in the 69kg division. McEvay was awarded an outstanding wrestler award for his performance. When asked for his evaluation of McEvay’s performance Messenger had this to say, “I am really pleased with how Cody wrestled. As a returning provincial medalist and grade twelve he has set his sights on being at the top in the province. His focus in the practice room and the results from this meet demonstrate that goal is well within his sights.”
Wrestler Cullen Hines also went undefeated on the weekend going 3 – 0 against his opponents. “As a Grade 10 we are expecting Cullen to step up and challenge for a medal this season. Physically he has all the tools. He is now working on developing his mental focus and match strategy which will come with more high level match experience,” commented Messenger. Other notable wrestlers on the men’s side included Austin Evans (3-1) and Kraig Doskotch (4 – 2).
The girls division saw wrestlers pooled into weight classes and wrestling round robin mini tournaments. Savannah Toth from ADSS took the 65kg division easily with 2 wins over other provincial placers from last year. Toth was named most outstanding wrestler for her performance. “Savannah got stronger with each round she wrestled. She has been working through some nagging injuries but you wouldn’t have known it watching her out there. She was focused and strong. I am confident she will be a force to be reckoned with this season,” stated Messenger. Daley Forbes a returning provincial finalist also looked very strong dominating both her matches.
The next action for the Armada Wrestling Team will next week when the team will travel to Vancouver for the “War on the Floor” tournament at Simon Fraser University. There will be novice and elite divisions at the tournament and it is expected that the team will be bringing as many wrestlers as they can to get some competition prior to Christmas.