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After settling for second place at the Jamieson Junior Golf Tour season opener, Ryen Stevens of Maple City celebrated a win in the second event Monday.

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Stevens wins tournament

AMHERSTBURG – After settling for second place at the Jamieson Junior Golf Tour season opener, Ryen Stevens of Maple City celebrated a win in the second event Monday.

Stevens shot a 2-under 70 at Pointe West Golf Club for a two-stroke victory over Austin Friesen and Luc Warnock in the junior boys’ division.

Stevens had four birdies, a dozen pars and two bogeys in his winning round.

Maple City’s Garret Day, who won the season opener, tied for fourth with a 73. Mathew Hawryluk of Maple City was sixth with a 74.

Owen Dorssers of Willow Ridge was second in the collegiate men’s division with a 75, one stroke behind Derick Hare of Essex. Dorssers won the opener.

Carson McKinlay of Ridgetown was fourth with an 80. Finn O’Brien of Willow Ridge was fifth with an 81.

Hannah Meloche of Sutton Creek led the junior girls with a 79. Alyssa Getty of Kingsville won the collegiate women’s division with a 75.


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The tour tees off again Tuesday at Seven Lakes.

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Hogg homers twice

PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. – Brady Hogg of Thamesville is off to a great start at the world junior men’s softball championship.

Hogg hit a three-run homer in each of the first two games, helping Canada to a 2-0 record.

He was 2-for-3 with a double, two runs and three RBIs in a 6-1 win over the Czech Republic on Sunday. His homer was part of Canada’s four-run sixth inning.

Hogg reached base in all three plate appearances and scored twice Saturday in a 10-3 win over the United States. He homered in the bottom of the second inning for a 4-3 lead, walked and was hit by a pitch.

Canada played Guatemala late Monday and will continue pool play against New Zealand on Tuesday and Hong Kong on Thursday. The playoffs begin Friday.

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Kellier fourth at nationals

OTTAWA – Josh Kellier of Chatham was fourth in the men’s 3,000-metre steeplechase at the Canadian track and field championships that ended Sunday.

Kellier had a time of 9:04.21. The University of Guelph student was representing the Speed River Track and Field Club.

He was also 20th in the 1,500 metres in 3:56.82.

Anthony Atkinson of Chatham was seventh in the under-20 men’s discus with 44.26 metres and 12th in the hammer throw with 42.48 metres.

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Havoc fall to Harvesters

The visiting Kent Havoc lost to the Norfolk Harvesters 33-12 on Saturday in the Niagara Rugby Union men’s ‘B’ division.

Kyle Turkiw and Rhys Higgins each scored one try for the Havoc (3-2).


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Craig Arnel kicked a conversion. Devon Smith was the man of the match.

The Havoc have three games left. They’ll play their home finale this Saturday against the Stratford Blackswans at 1:30 p.m. at Victoria Park.

The Havoc junior girls’ team made its season debut Saturday with a 39-15 loss to the London St. George’s under-19 girls in London.

Brooke Heyink, Christina Eade and Carissa Smith each scored one try.

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Carleton leads Canada

EDMONTON – Bridget Carleton of Chatham had a game-high five assists in Canada’s 73-46 win over Turkey in the second game of the Edmonton Grads International Classic women’s basketball series Friday.

Carleton also had three rebounds and three points on 1-of-5 shooting.

Canada swept the series 2-0.

The third game in the series scheduled for Saturday was cancelled due to illness and injuries suffered by the Turkish team.

Team Canada will hold the second phase of its training camp July 19-27 in Edmonton.

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Johnston in Hall of Fame

Dr. Joe Johnston was posthumously inducted into the Dresden Raceway Hall of Fame on Sunday.

The beloved veterinarian died in January 2016 at 70 years old.

“He was a great guy,” horseman Dennis Duford said in a news release. “Joe was always there when you needed him and he would help anybody. I was proud to call him a friend, but he had so many people who respected him for not just being a great vet but for also being a great guy.”

Johnston’s memorial race was named for his top horse, Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame inductee A Worthy Lad, which was unbeaten in 30 starts.


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A crowd of almost 1,000 turned out for the 10-race card.

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Minor Peewees start 1-1

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – The Chatham Minor Peewee Diamonds split their first two games Sunday at the Cooperstown All Star Village baseball tournament.

The Diamonds are the only Canadian team in the 52-team tournament being played at the home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Jack Countryman had two hits, including a home run, and Ethan Wolf also homered in a 10-2 win over the Virginia Beach Blacksox in the opener. Jamie Woodrow and Evan Reeve each doubled.

Pitchers Jarret Drew and Gavin Meriano each allowed three hits in three innings.

Woodrow and Cole Williams singled in a 13-2 loss to the New York Hawkeyes in the second game.

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