Monthly Archives: January 2012

Twin City Spinners impress W-O’s championship winning basketball teams

  • Twin City Spinners player Warren Ibbotson looks for an opening in the Crusaders’ defence during an exhibition game with W-O players Friday. The local wheelchair basketball team was at the school to demonstrate the sport to an enthusiastic crowd of students during the Waterloo-Oxford’s annual Winter Carnival.
  • Twin City Spinners player Tyler Miller, who plays for Team Canada, prepares to shoot.

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Wilmot Aquatic Aces hold first swim meet in new facility

The Wilmot Aquatic Aces Swim Club (WAAC)  hosted the team’s first Aqua 7 swim meet Sunday against the Norfolk Hammerheads, kicking off what team executives and Wilmot staff hope will be a regular sight at the newly-opened pool.

The day got off to an inspiring start with bagpiper Robert Shilliday leading a procession of swim timers, officials and local dignitaries around the pool deck.

Former Wilmot Mayor Wayne Roth receives enthusiastic applause from a crowd of swimmers and spectators Sunday morning as the new Wilmot Aquatic Centre hosted its first Aqua 7 swim meet. Wilmot Aquatic Aces executive Paul Mackie thanked the former mayor and council for securing funding that allowed the community to realize its recreational goals 10 years sooner than expected.

Team executive member Paul Mackie provided opening comments, thanking former council members and current staff for making the long-dreamed-of facility a reality.

Piper Robert Shilliday, of New Hamburg, leads a procession of timers and Swim Ontario officials around the deck of the new eight-lane competitive pool, which complies with FINA length standards.

The meet brought 112 swimmers aged 4 to 19 to the competitive pool for the first time. Wilmot will host the Aqua 7 swim league  finals in May, bringing all seven teams together for the day-long event.

Swimmers take to the pool during Sunday's Aqua 7 swim meet at the Wilmot Recreation Complex, a first for the recently opened pool.

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Wilmot Wolverines get TV screen time: Atom team’s game televised this weekend on Rogers

The Wilmot girls prepare to play in the Rangers' Hockey Appreciation day at the Kitchener Auditorium

The Wilmot Wolverines Atom 1 team will show off their game on local TV on Jan. 28.

The Wolverines played their special televised game at the Kitchener Auditorium on Jan. 15 during Hockey Day in Ranger Nation.

That game first aired Jan. 21 on Rogers TV in the Kitchener area. Two more replays are scheduled for this Saturday at 12 p.m and 6:30 p.m.

The Atom Wolverines applied back in October to be part of the second annual Hockey Day at Rangers Nation, a celebration of minor hockey for Major Atom House League hockey players from Waterloo Region.

The free day is designed to give players 10-year-old players a Rangers game day experience, complete with a centre-ice video scoreboard running for the fans. After the game, players also received a gift package and meal.

During the Kitchener vs. Kingston game that night, on Jan. 15, teams could see Hockey Day highlights on the video display.

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New Dundee Optimist club hands out annual Youth Appreciation Awards

Back row, from right: Peter Lade (past Optimist president), Brianna Smith, Andrea Sherk, Drew Bryant, Rachel Wolley, Krystina Hobbs, Brad Smith (past club president). Front row, from right: Melodie Shantz, Mason Wagner, Nicholas Smith, Zac Berry, Jaden Barnard. Absent: Heidi Shantz.

The New Dundee Optimist club honoured the community’s young people by handing out its annual Youth Appreciation Awards Jan. 24. Ten youth received plaques in a ceremony at the New Dundee Community Centre.

The Optimist Youth Appreciation Awards recognize positive attitude, strong work ethic, respect and compassion for others, not necessarily top abilities. Winners were nominated by teachers, ministers, youth group leaders or coaches.

This year, the New Dundee club also awarded its annual $1,500 Youth Scholarship to Krystina Hobbs for volunteer services in the community. The scholarship goes to a New Dundee student moving into post-secondary education.

Steve McDonald was the 2012 recipient of the Adult Hero Award, which is given annually to a resident of the community who made a significant contribution through their volunteer activities over many years.

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Waterloo-Oxford’s new ping pong club starts small, with room to grow

Aaron Shantz (right) and Mathieu Sanderson play a doubles match at Waterloo-Oxford's new ping pong club.

Each week after classes end, the hollow sound of a plastic ball bounces down the halls of Waterloo-Oxford District Secondary School.

The school has started a new ping pong club this academic year. The group meets each Thursday, form 3 to 5 p.m. Around a dozen students usually show up each week to play one-on-one or doubles table tennis at the free club.

Math teacher Catalin Popovici oversees the games. He found the tables in storage at the high school, and bought paddles and balls to start the club this year.

If there’s enough skill and interest, the school could have a competitive team some day, he said: “I’m dreaming about a team but I have to be honest with myself.”

Moving up to the next level will require more practice and planning, so for now the ping pong games are just a fun activity.

“We try to let the stress out of our mind,” Popovici said. “They’re really enjoying it.”

Jaden Goetz prepares to serve the ball during a hallway ping pong game.

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Waterloo-Oxford loses tough basketball game against WCI

Waterloo-Oxford District Secondary School faced a tough opponent Jan. 19 in a senior boys’ basketball game against Waterloo Collegiate Insitute.

The Crusaders fell 69-39. Jesse Dodgson scored 15 points in the losing effort.

After this game, W-O is ranked for 11th in the 16-team league with a 4-6 record. WCI is 8-2 and is tied for second.

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Wilmot digs out from under blanket of snow

New Hamburg's Mark Brenner shovels snow outside his workplace, Riverside Brass on Waterloo Street, after heavy snowfall on Jan. 19

It may not have been a record-setting blizzard, but it felt like plenty of snow after a mild winter. Environment Canada announced snow squall warnings in southern Ontario today, as roads became slippery and car accidents abounded.

As the skies cleared this afternoon, residents in New Hamburg and Baden were outside to clear their driveways and sidewalks.

Dust was shaken off of snow blowers and shovels as winter finally gave Wilmot a reason to use them.

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Wellesley students throw big birthday bash for Sir John A. Macdonald

Sir John A Macdonald made an appearance at his own 197th birthday party, making frequent toasts.

Grade 8 students at Wellesley Public School celebrated Canadian History in a new way this week.

Students dressed up in Confederation-era suits and gowns, danced the minuet, ate historically-appropriate food and performed tributes to Sir John A. Macdonald.

Finally, the man himself arrived. Wellesley teacher and actor John Settle played the part of Macdonald, complete with a Scottish accent and frequent toasts to Canada’s prosperity.

Students used their skills to create art, wood-working, and live music for the celebration.

Teacher Joanne Aitken planned the historical party to celebrate the life and times of Canada’s first prime minister, Sir John A Macdonald.

Macdonald’s birthday was Jan. 11, and the famous politician would have been 197 this week.

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Staff and students at Sir Adam Beck Public School celebrate first anniversary

Sir Adam Beck's one-year anniversary was staged as a birthday party for the school's mascot, Lightning.

It has been exactly one year since Baden’s newest school, Sir Adam Beck Public, began classes.

On Jan. 10, 2011, the new gymnasium hadn’t been fully completed yet, so teachers and students raised the Canadian flag and sang the national anthem outside on a chilly winter day.

This week, the school gathered in that now-familiar gym to mark their first year of existence. Students were delighted to sing along with Lightning, the school’s black horse mascot, and share their favourite things about Sir Adam Beck.

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Kids skate with Firebirds players at Wilmot Recreation Complex

Firebirds players Jaden Goetz, Matt Horst, and Brett Heaman joined young fans at a free “Skate with the Firebirds” event today at the Wilmot Recreation Complex.

Over one hundred kids showed up to skate with their Jr. C hockey heroes.

The event was in partnership with the “Let’s Read” program, which supports literacy.

Here are a few photos from this afternoon public skating session:


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Tavistock Royals roll to big wins and stay in first place

Christmas came early for the Royals as they easily defeated the Goderich Pirates 9-1 on Dec. 23 in the WOAA senior men’s hockey league.

Goals in the first period came quickly from Wes Kropf, then two goals from Andrew Oesch and two more from Tyler Townsend.

Goderich managed one goal in the first. Royals assists came from Tyler Roth, Chad Swartzentruber, Kevin Brenneman, Ruben Smith, Mike Saunders, Townsend and Kropf.

Early in the second period, Smith scored from Geerts followed by Oesch completing his hat trick with an assist from Swartzentruber.

In the third period, the Royals were unrelenting and Dan Kalbfleisch continued the scoring with Roth and Townsend assisting. Geerts scored unassisted with his first goal for the Royals as the newly-acquired player finished the evening.

In the team’s next game, on Dec. 27 against the Tillsonburg Thunder, the Royals started fast again, as Tyler Roth blasted the puck past Brandon Rohrer within 40 seconds of the opening faceoff. Assists went to Kyle Roes and Townsend.

Tavistock defenceman Brenneman received a 5 minute penalty for slashing after being kneed by one of the Tillsonburg player that was missed by the referee. That set the tone for the second period, and the Royals had a man in the box for 19 of the 20 minutes.

The Royals took on that adversity and came back with a shorthanded goal from Kirk Rioux assisted by Reid Yantzi. With six minutes left in the second, Yantzi followed with a goal from Saunders and Kropf assisting.

Oesch and Swartzentruber also scoring in the second, with assists coming from Rioux, Smith and Saunders. The Thunder also managed their only goal in the second period, with Tyler Lamb getting the point.

In the third period, Jeff Roes with Oesch and Marcus Yantzi finished the scoring for the Royals. Evan Groenestege’s stellar performance in net gave the Royals the win with unbelievable goaltending.

The Royals played superbly, fending off the Thunder and maintaining their first-place standing in their WOAA senior AA division.

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