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Women down Vikings

The Georgian Grizzlies women's basketball team defeated the St. Lawrence Vikings 56-42 in Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) league play last week.

Georgian led 27-16 at the half and broke open the game with a

11-0 run in the fourth quarter.

The Grizzlies held a 65-43 advantage on the boards, with three Georgian players pulling down double figures in rebounds.

Danielle Horvat had 18 points and 13 rebounds, Sydney Bakker scored 15 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, and Katie Wiggins had nine points and 13 rebounds.

With the win, Georgian improves to 4-7, one game back of the final playoff spot in the OCAA East.

Rigden to face U.S. team

(STAFF) - Coldwater native Drew Rigden and Canada's national sledge hockey development team will face off against the United States in a three-game series this week.

The series begins today and runs until Saturday at the UCCU Complex in Amherstburg, Ont., in the Windsor area.

Rigden, 37, is a goaltender for the Canadian side.

Canada swept all six games from the U.S. during the 2010-11 season, outscoring the Americans 15-3.

Canada's national sledge development team was created to give elite-level players not chosen for Canada's national team an opportunity to gain international experience with hopes of developing their skills for future national team duty.

Nine players, including Rigden, played last year with Canada's development team, while three other players have previous experience with the national team.

Petty experience returns

INNISFIL (STAFF) - The Richard Petty Driving Experience will make its way back to Sunset International Speedway this summer.

The Innisfil facility is one of three Ontario tracks that will host the event in July.

The dates for Sunset speedway include July 12 and July 13.

The event offers a 12-lap rookie driving experience for $399 and a four-lap high-speed ride-along which simulates a NASCAR qualifying run for $79.

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Rugby matches coming

(STAFF) - Canada will host three international rugby test matches this summer.

The sites chosen to host the games in June include Kingston, Toronto and Burnaby, B.C.

Canada's national senior men's team will face Italy, Georgia and

the United States, all of which are ranked in the top-20 by the International Rugby Board.

"To have the opportunity to host three high-profile teams on our home soil is tremendous for the organization, the team and especially for the fans," said Graham Brown, chief executive officer for Rugby Canada.

Canada's schedule includes the U.S. on June 9 at Richardson Stadium in Kingston, June 15 against Italy at BMO Field in Toronto, and June 23 against Georgia at Swangard Stadium in Burnaby.

Kickoff times and ticket information has not been announced.

Atoms win Silver Stick

COLLINGWOOD (QMI) - Who cares about gold? In this tournament, it's silver that matters.

The Collingwood Blackhawks atom 'A' captured the top prize recently, winning the International Silver Stick North American championship in Sarnia.

The atoms played a fast game in the final, winning 5-2 over the Arapahoe Colorado Warriors.

The team almost didn't make the final, as they had to fight back from a 3-1 deficit to the Brampton Battalion in the semifinal match. Collingwood scored four unanswered goals in that game to win 5-3.

Collingwood was also awarded the Bob Leclair Memorial Award, which is presented to the atom team that best displays the "honourable qualities of good discipline, attitude, ability and conduct."

The Collingwood team includes Daniel Botelho, Dallas McQueen, Emmett Sproule, Tyler Karl, Bryce Steele, Chris Brown, Liam Kelly, Eric Lalonde, Jack Cowling, Noah Parent, Bennet Wright, Tyler Fish, Myles Baker, Jayden Soychak and Dawson Thomson.

Getting in touch

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