EDHS athletes showed how skilled and determined they are at the OFSAA Central Region Track and Field meet in Oshawa recently. Six students won the right to compete at the OFSAA provincial finals in Guelph. To have a small high school send six athletes to compete with the province’s best is a reason for pride - pride of students, parents, teachers and community.
All of the Athletes competed well and they represented the top 24 in the province. Every athlete either put forth a season's best or personal best performance at the Ontario Championships. The coaches were very proud to watch the athletes and were amazed by their developing confidence and the sense of camaraderie with their team mates.
Sports with Patrick Townes
If you are ever taking a stroll through the Town of Elmvale, chances are at some point you will run into someone from the McGinnis family. Whether it is tending to the local ball diamonds during the day, lining the arena diamond before league games, working at the arena, umpiring, coaching, volunteering, or watching sports, they are always around. Last week Tom and Colleen McGinnis were awarded for their latest contributions in sports within our community.
Colleen was nominated by her peers within the Elmvale Minor Hockey Association for the Patricia Hartley Award. Colleen was selected as this year’s recipient for the award by the Ontario Minor Hockey Association at the organization’s annual banquet. This award is given in recognition of exemplary service in the field of sports administration, and reflects the achievements of a local executive board member or volunteer staff person towards the efficient operations of an association and the betterment of hockey. Recipients of the award are selected for outstanding leadership within their own association, commitment to their organization and overall involvement in minor hockey. Her husband Tom spoke of her transition from a fan to a key member of the Executive, including a role of the Registrar over the past 11 years. If you type the Patricia Hartley Award into google, there is a video on YouTube that speaks to Colleen’s dedication in earning the award in 2019. What an accomplishment Colleen! Congratulations on your award, and thank you for all you do for the sports community in Elmvale.
Not to be sold short, Tom McGinnis also came home with a trophy last week. Tom was presented the Georgian Bay Minor Softball League Pioneer Award that was previously awarded to his brother Tim, and the late Lynda Ritchie of Elmvale (among others). This award is dedicated to the pioneers and builders of Georgian Bay Minor Softball League for their dedication and countless hours committed to the program. Without these contributions, the league would not be still going strong since 1973. It should be no secret that Tom, alongside his younger brother Tim, contributes an enormous amount of time to the sports community, and to the community as a whole. Be sure to congratulate the recent and past award winners the next time you see them!
The Toronto Raptors are one win away (the article is due on Monday evenings). What an accomplishment thus far for the team. One thing is clearly evident from the players’ demeanor following their recent victories - the team is not satisfied, and there is a clear end goal to win a championship. It kills me to see all the famous stars get credit for supporting the team during the finals, and sitting courtside. I wonder if that was Roberto Alomar’s first Raptors’ game he has ever been to? Yet he is praised for paying an enormous amount of money to be able to sit courtside supporting the team.
Sports Quote of the Day – “When I first started to date Colleen 26 years ago, I said there are two stipulations to this relationship. First we are going to live in Elmvale. Second we are going to be involved in sports with our kids. She agreed and just rolled up her sleeves and got involved in both hockey and baseball“. – Tom McGinnis.
BARRIE BAYCATS WIN 5 OF 6
The Barrie Baycats were 5-1 over the last two weeks losing only to the Guelph Royals on the road. Barrie is still tied with the Kitchener Panthers on top of the Inter County League standings with a 9-2 record.
Barrie bounced the visiting London Majors 15-2 last Saturday night. The Barrie offense blasted 17 hits while London managed only 6. Ryan Spataro and Starlin Rodriguez each had three hits while Jeff Cowan had two hits and 3 RBI. Barrie had five doubles in the game, and in the 7th inning they sent 13 batters to the plate in a 7-run inning to blow the game wide open.
Emilis Guerrero was on the mound for the win, pitching 7 innings, allowing only 4 hits and recording 6 strikeouts.
Last Thursday night the boys travelled to Kitchener with the home team having a chance to move two games up on the Baycats but Barrie had other ideas beating the home team 10-2.
Barrie had 15 hits and 5 of them were homeruns. Glenn Jackson, Starlin Rodriguez, Kevin Atkinson, Conner Morro and Branfy Infante went deep and the five players combined for 10 RBI. Jordan Castaldo chipped in with three hits.
Santos Arias was the winner, going 5 innings, allowing only 4 hits and striking out five.
Barrie took their only loss in Guelph as the Royals sent the Baycats home with a 10-3 loss. Guelph scored a pair of runs in each of the first four innings to take control of the game early. Jordan Castaldo had three of the Baycats’ 9 hits.
Garner Spoljaric, the son of ex-major league and Baycat Paul Spoljaric, started for Barrie and was the losing pitcher. The 19-year-old gave up 9 hits and 8 runs in three innings but struck out five.
Barrie made a successful trip to Toronto beating the Maple Leafs 15-5. Kevin Atkinson hit two 3-run homers and finished the day with 5 hits and 7 RBI. Jordan Castaldo hit a homerun and Ryan Rijo had 5 RBI. Barrie led 10-1 after 6 innings and totalled 15 hits.
Santos Arias gave up five runs on 10 hits in 6.1 innings of work for the win.
Barrie also travelled to Welland and beat the home team 18-5. Barrie scored 7 times in the 3rd and 7th innings. Jordan Castaldo hit a homerun while Ryan Spataro had three hits.
Emilis Guerrero picked up the win striking out 8 and scattering 4 hits in 6 innings of work.
Barrie played host to Guelph beating the visitors 5-4 in 10 innings. Guelph tied the game in the 8th then Darren Shred singled home Kyle DeGrace in the 10th for the win. Jordan Castaldo had 4 hits, 2 RBI and a homerun. Adrian Salcedo went 8 innings and Adam Hawes pitched the 9th and 10th to pick up the win in relief.
Next home games for Barrie are Toronto on Thursday, June 13th at 7:30 pm, Welland on Thursday, June 20th at 7:30 pm, Hamilton, Saturday, June 22nd at 7:00 pm and then Guelph on Thursday, June 27th at 7:30 pm.