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Vivid Eye Photography/Submitted Orillia District Collegiate and Vocational Institute graduate Olivia DiBacco.

Wrestlers take national titles

Two Orillia wrestlers grappled to national titles at the 2017 Canadian Wrestling Championship held at Brock University on the weekend.

Submitted photo The Millwood Logistics novice AE Terriers defeated Milton 5-1 Saturday to sweep to a 3-0 series victory to win the coveted Ontario Minor Hockey Association championship. Coached by Jeff Hopkins and assistants Derek Mader and Sean Davidson and managed by Melissa French, members of the championship team include Kiefer Barlow, Jack Davidson, Lucas Denne, James French, William Hillyard, Jasper Holenski, Peyton Hopkins, Jackson Long, Emma Mader, Joshua May, Brock McKay, Austin McLeod-Donaldson, Jack North, Craig Scott, Eric Shellswell and Tyler Boychoff.

Millwood Logistics novice AE Terriers earn OMHA win

For the Millwood Logistics novice AE Terriers, Saturday's game at the Milton Sports Centre was their Stanley Cup final. And the local group of eight and nine year olds didn't disappoint, playing like champions in a dominant 5-1 win that earned them a coveted Ontario Minor Hockey Association (OMHA) championship.

Dave Dawson/The Packet & Times A Nobleking Knights forward tries to gain control of the puck in the corner while a crowd forms in front of the Orillia net during York Simcoe Hockey Association midget AE playoff action Saturday at Rotary Place. The Terriers won 4-0 – their only win of the series – but were eliminated.

Terriers take victory, moving on to finals

After a dispiriting home-ice loss Thursday night, it looked like a chance to win an Ontario Minor Hockey Association (OMHA) title had slipped from the grasp of the Millwood Logistics novice Terriers.

Dave Dawson/The Packet & Times A St. Joseph’s Jaguar forward finds some open ice between a pair of Patrick Fogarty defenders and manages to get a good scoring opportunity Thursday at Rotary Place. The visiting Jags skated to a 3-1 victory to win the Catholic School Athletics of Simcoe County A/AA championship. Both teams will compete for a Georgian Bay crown next week in Orillia.

Both teams still proceed to championships

The St. Joseph's Catholic High School girls hockey team earned a measure of revenge Thursday as they upset Patrick Fogarty Catholic Secondary School 3-1 to win the Catholic School Athletics of Simcoe County (CSASC) A/AA championship title at Rotary Place.

Leitch video an awkward exercise in intolerance

Could Kellie Leitch become Canada's next Prime Minister? Leitch, a doctor who has railed against elites while also boasting she has 22 letters after her name, is the most provocative of the 14 candidates vying to become the next leader of the Conservative Party of Canada.

Dave Dawson/The Packet & Times Orillia’s Chris McIsaac is shown competing at the Georgian Bay wrestling championship in 2015 while he was a student at Patrick Fogarty. McIsaac, now a student at Brock University, went undefeated at the 2017 U Sports Wrestling Championship in Winnipeg this weekend to earn the gold medal in the 61-kilogram division.

Chris McIsaac earns gold medal in 61-kg wrestling division

Orillia's Chris McIsaac is Canada's top collegiate wrestler in his weight class. The powerful 5'7" technically-proficient wrestler went undefeated at the 2017 U Sports Wrestling Championship in Winnipeg on the weekend to earn the gold medal in the 61-kilogram division, helping Brock University sweep to the team title at the national event.

Submitted photo Orillia native Allison Marshall was named the Ontario College Athletic Association (OCAA) volleyball player of the year at the 2017 OCAA Women's Volleyball Championship in Windsor on the weekend. The Park Street Collegiate Institute grad helped her team to a perfect record this season and capped her five-year college career by helping Durham College to a silver medal at the provincial championships this weekend.

Orillia native named player of the year

Orillia's Allison Marshall was named the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) volleyball player of the year at the 2017 OCAA Women's Volleyball Championship in Windsor on the weekend.

Submitted photo Algoma University coach Thomas Cory presents Orillia’s Sean Clendinning with a framed photograph after Clendinning capped an impressive varsity career with a 31-point performance against Nipissing University. The Twin Lakes Secondary School graduate leaves Algoma as the school’s all-time points leader with 707 points over four years.

Orillia native takes home Algoma Athlete of the Year award

Twin Lakes Secondary School graduate Sean Clendinning capped his improbable four-year varsity basketball career in style Saturday, putting an exclamation point on an impressive Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) run of hard-court dominance.

Dave Dawson/The Packet & Times Aislynn Docherty of Patrick Fogarty, left, gets the upper hand on Kaelyn Cessacane, also of Fogarty, during one of many matches at this week’s Georgian Bay Secondary School Association wrestling championship. Docherty prevailed in this bout and PF won the overall team title at the event.

Flames capture GBSSA wrestling title

Athletes from Patrick Fogarty Catholic Secondary School captured the school's first-ever Georgian Bay Secondary School Association wrestling championship this week, edging out their local rival to garner the regional crown.

OSS boys basketball team nudge out Nantyr Shores 67-66

After letting a comfortable 21-point lead slip through their grasp, the Orillia Secondary School senior boys' basketball team was in danger of seeing their stellar season come to a heart-breaking demise Tuesday.

Dave Dawson/ The Packet & Times The Start Talking Cup began three years ago to help hockey players start talking about mental health issues. It’s expanded to include off-ice workshops for both players and parents. On Tuesday night, members of the North Central Predators minor midget team met at the Rama MASK and received tips and coping strategies from Canadian Mental Health Association youth workers and former AAA players drafted by the Barrie Colts: Kyle Heitzner, right, and Christian Taylor, left.

Start Talking Cup shines a light on mental health

Hockey players, from an early age, are taught the nuances of skating, how to shoot hard and accurately, how to dish out a body check and how to take a hit. They are schooled about the value of hard work, the importance of obeying their coaches and the merit of proper nutrition and exercise.

Shining a light on mental health

On Wednesday, you have an opportunity to do something significant. It could be a simple, heart-felt Tweet, a phone call, a post on Facebook or a face-to-face conversation, but that interaction has the power to change a life or, perhaps, to even save one.

Terriers fall to Hornets

In what was likely a first-round playoff preview, the Davenport Subaru Orillia Terriers did little to strike fear into their prospective opponents Wednesday night, falling 7-3 to the visiting Alliston Hornets in an uninspiring effort at Rotary Place.