In the golden glow of an undefeated season that was capped by a provincial championship, expectations were sky high for the Orillia Parry Automotive Lady Kings U19 team as it entered this year's Ontario Women's Field Lacrosse (OWFL) season.
Dave Dawson, Orillia Packet & Times
Orillia is hosting the 2018 Ontario Winter Games in March. The four-day competition - the largest multi-sport event in the city's history - will feature more than 3,200 young athletes competing in 25 different sports.
Two Peterborough brothers dominated the Lake Simcoe Canadian Open of Fishing this weekend. Cory Johnston narrowly edged his brother, Chris, to win the three-day Competitive Sport Fishing League (CSFL) tourney that concluded Sunday afternoon.
Former Rama Aces star Francesco Corona, who had a record-breaking season last year in Midland -- including several big games against the rival Orillia Terriers -- is taking his speed and scoring prowess north this fall.
Fate can be fickle. Just ask Orillia's David Wrigley.
Another promising season ended in deep disappointment for the Orillia Kings on the weekend as they were swept out of the playoffs by Akwesasne.
Perhaps the province's U19 field lacrosse team should be called Team Orillia. Five local players are among the 18 selected to play for Team Ontario at this summer's national championship in Nova Scotia.
The Orillia Experience Nissan Kings entered this weekend in the driver's seat with a chance to score a pair of home-floor victories and seize an early stranglehold in their first-round playoff series against the Akwesasne Indians.
For the second straight year, rain put a damper on the popular Northern Shootout, an annual showcase of slo-pitch that draws hundreds of players to the Sunshine City.
Orillia's Ali Van Yzendoorn will test her mettle against the world's top cyclists later this summer and her goal is to bring home a medal.
Crews from the county and the province were hard at work Monday, trying to get a stretch of road repaired just west of Coldwater.
The Orillia Lakers celebrated a quarter century of basketball in style this week with its biggest-ever banquet capping a record-breaking season on the hardcourt.
Another slow start mixed with penalty troubles proved to be a deadly combination as Orillia's Experience Nissan Kings were dumped 10-6 by the host Halton Hills Bulldogs Thursday night.
Drenched by incessant rain, caked in mud, their bodies bruised and battered, the gratified smiles said it all: there is nothing more satisfying than the sweet taste of victory. And that's what the talented and determined girls of the Patrick Fogarty Catholic Secondary School girls' field lacrosse team felt after two intense days of action this week
A pair of Orillia boys' field lacrosse teams shone at the rain-soaked provincial championship on the weekend with the local U13 boys' squad putting an exclamation mark on the season-ending tournament by winning a gold medal as Ontario's top team in their age group.
A pair of local runners have qualified for the National Senior Games next month in Birmingham, Alabama. Tim Payne and his wife, Nancy Konyu, will be participating alongside 14,000 other athletes from all over the globe who will be going for gold in 20 different sports.
For the first time in the school's history, Patrick Fogarty Catholic Secondary School is fielding a boys' baseball team this spring.
Patrick Fogarty Catholic Secondary School, the reigning provincial high- school girls' field lacrosse champion, opened defence of their Ontario title Wednesday with an impressive 13-0 win over their local rivals.
Orillia was the centre of the wrestling universe Friday - at least for local elementary school-aged students.
Orillia's Kyle Heitzner has been named the Barrie Colts' representative for the 2016-17 OHL Scholastic Team - an honour the first-year OHL player is proud of.