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MAROONS REJOIN BLADES

The Chatham Maroons will affiliate this season with the junior 'C' Blenheim Blades.

It's the third time in the past decade the teams have been affiliated. They were also together from 2003 to '09 and in the 2011-12 season.

The Maroons were affiliated with the Wheatley Sharks last season, while the Blades didn't have a junior 'B' affiliate.

New Maroons assistant coach Wayne Cowell spent the past two seasons as the Blades' general manager.

The Maroons have also announced new times for their training camp this weekend at Memorial Arena. They'll be on the ice Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

They'll also skate Tuesday, Aug. 20, and Thursday, Aug. 22, from 7-9 p.m. Their first pre-season game is Friday, Aug. 23, against the LaSalle Vipers at Memorial at 7 p.m.

CARLETON WINS TWICE

SHERBROOKE, Que. – Bridget Carleton of Chatham scored two points in 1-of-6 shooting and had three rebounds as Ontario beat Newfoundland & Labrador 56-27 in girls basketball Tuesday at the Canada Games.

Carleton scored four points on 2-of-6 shooting and led all players with six steals Monday in a 76-31 win over New Brunswick. She also had three rebounds and two assists.

The 16-year-old guard was in the starting lineup for both games.

Ontario won its pool with a 2-0 record and advances to the quarter-finals Thursday.

FANTUZ RECOVERING

Injured slotback Andy Fantuz of Chatham is practising again with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats' starting offence, according to the Hamilton Spectator.

Fantuz has missed five consecutive games with a hamstring injury.

There's no word yet on whether he'll be in the lineup at Winnipeg on Friday (8 p.m., TSN).

“It's nice to get out there and run around a little bit,” Fantuz said to The Spectator. “We'll just keep ramping it up and see how it goes. It's definitely not 100% yet.”

FORMOSA PROMOTED

Instructor Ryan Formosa of Cobra's Taekwondo Training Centre is now a master after completing the fourth-degree promotional test from the World Taekwondo Federation headquarters, or Kukkiwon.

Formosa has studied taekwondo for more than 20 years and run his Chatham school for three years.

He was promoted recently in Petrolia by Master Mark Warburton.

Formosa will now work on completing the National Coaching Certification Program through Taekwondo Canada. Once he's done, Formosa said he'll be the only certified taekwondo coach in Chatham and one of the few in southwestern Ontario.

His club offers a free one-week trial. Classes are held for self-defence and fitness as well as for competitive and recreational students.

Contact Formosa at 519-365-2790 or at cobrastkdtc@live.ca for information.

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