Chatham's Bridget Carleton and the Minnesota Lynx will play their long-delayed WNBA season opener Sunday.
Carleton, Lynx set for Sunday’s opener
The two-week training camp is almost over for Chatham’s Bridget Carleton and the Minnesota Lynx.
The Lynx will play their WNBA season opener against the Connecticut Sun at noon Sunday in Bradenton, Fla.
The game will be televised on ESPN.
The start of the season was delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The league will now hold its entire campaign at IMG Academy in Bradenton.
Carleton is starting her second WNBA season. She played four games apiece with the Sun and Lynx in 2019.
The Lynx played their first scrimmage Monday against the Las Vegas Aces, but no score or stats were kept. Teams were focused on fitness and execution.
“I thought it was important — and all the teams feel this way — we’ve just got to start going up and down,” Lynx head coach and general manager Cheryl Reeve said on the team’s website. “Game-like situations is something that we all want. I thought it was a good day, just in terms of conditioning and going up and down, getting that feeling again.”
The Lynx will play 22 games in 46 days.
Carleton turned pro after an All-American career at Iowa State. She’s also a veteran of the Canadian national team.
Jamieson event cancelled
The Jamieson Junior Golf Tour event Thursday at Sutton Creek Golf Club in Essex was cancelled because a water main broke near the course at approximately noon, leaving the club without running water.
No makeup date was announced. If the tournament can be rescheduled, a new date will be posted on the tour website.
The tour will visit Maple City Country Club on Monday.
Several Maple City members are near the top of the points standings: Brooke MacKinnon of Chatham is second in the collegiate women’s division; Garret Day of Chatham is third and Mat Hawryluk of Chatham is tied for fourth in the collegiate men’s division; and Karolyn Rombouts of Florence is tied for second and Hannah Butzer of Chatham is sixth in the junior girls’ division.
The tour is also scheduled to visit Ambassador Golf Club in Windsor on July 30.
Nicholson wins team MVP
Lauren Nicholson of Dresden was named the Ryerson Rams women’s hockey MVP for the 2019-20 season.
Nicholson had 13-8-21 totals in 24 games.
She led the OUA with seven power-play goals. She tied for second in the OUA in goals and tied for sixth in points.
The Rams also saluted fifth-year graduate Sydney Authier of Wallaceburg.
Authier was a goaltender at Ryerson for three seasons before spending the past two as a goalie coach and equipment manager.