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Defensive lineman Brennen Dodman and quarterback Owen Malott-Bennett of the Chatham-Kent JV Cougars will play for Team Ontario at the Under-16 Eastern Challenge.

Owen Malott-Bennett, left, and Brennen Dodman of the Chatham-Kent Junior Varsity Cougars will play for the 2019 Team Ontario under-16 football squad. (Contributed Photo)

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Two Cougars on Team Ontario

Defensive lineman Brennen Dodman and quarterback Owen Malott-Bennett of the Chatham-Kent Junior Varsity Cougars will play for Team Ontario at the Under-16 Eastern Challenge.

The four-team tournament July 9-12 in Kingston also includes Quebec, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. Each team will play twice.

Dodman and Malott-Bennett are teammates at Ursuline College Chatham.

Varsity Cougars suffer first loss

Ben Barnard caught a touchdown pass from Darion Bacik-Hadden in the Chatham-Kent Cougars’ 24-10 loss to the Sault Sabercats in the Ontario Football Conference varsity league Saturday in Sault Ste. Marie.

Cam Creechan kicked a field goal and an extra point.

The Cougars (2-1) were within a touchdown for most of the game, but the Sabercats (4-0) scored a last-minute TD.

Quinton Emerick and Corey Griffin were defensive standouts for the Cougars, who’ll visit the Brampton Bulldogs on Sunday.

Also, the Peewee Cougars beat the Brantford Bisons 33-12 on two rushing touchdowns apiece from Caleb Roberts (45 and 63 yards) and CJ Roberts (five and 53 yards).

Sawyer Emmott threw a 33-yard TD pass to Jayden Baylis. Reed Larson kicked three extra points.

Conor Graham and Tayeshawn Hadden each made six tackles, Baylis and Tezmond Hadden each had an interception, and Skyler Mattia led the defensive line.

Vankoughnett loses split decision

KAYO’s Cole Vankoughnett lost a split decision to Quentin Broad of the Border City Boxing Club in the main event during the Kent Athletic Youth Organization boxing show Saturday at the WISH Centre.

Five-time Canadian heavyweight champion George Chuvalo was the special guest at the annual show attended by approximately 450 people.

Chatham-Kent Mayor Darrin Canniff and Chatham-Kent-Leamington MPP Rick Nicholls presented notices of recognition to the KAYO club.

Attack, Express pick up wins

Taylor Broad scored and Tristen Allen had the shutout in the Chatham Attack’s 1-0 win over Taxandria in a League Cup round of 16 game in the Western Ontario Soccer League on Saturday at St. Clair College’s Chatham Campus.

The Attack (2-1-3) are tied for second in the First Division and the Chatham Express (2-1-2) are fourth.

The Express beat the Exeter Centennials 3-1 on Saturday at the Chatham Campus on goals by Luca Bernardi, Kiano Sousa and Liam Miller. They also beat the Centennials 3-1 last Thursday in Exeter on goals by Christian Moccia, Sousa and Robert Allan.

Singles tournaments at tennis club

The Chatham Tennis Club will host its first tournaments of the season this weekend.

The men’s singles tournament is at 7 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday. The women’s singles tournament is at 9 a.m. Saturday.

The cost is $10 for club members and $15 for non-members.

To register, contact the club at or visit the clubhouse at 287 McNaughton Ave. W.

Junior golf at Southside Links

Southside Links will hold junior golf camps Aug. 13-16 and Aug. 20-22.

The four-day camp runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily and costs $175 plus HST. The three-day camp runs from 9 a.m. to noon daily and costs $100 plus HST. The fee for both is $250 plus HST.

Contact instructor Charlie Grant for more information at, 519-437-1967 or 519-354-0123.

Grant also offers an eight-week junior program beginning July 8 at Ridgetown Golf & Curling Club for 6-17 year-old boys and girls. The fee for the weekly course is $150 plus HST. Contact Grant or call Matt Babcock at 519-674-3171 for details.