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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.

Dave Dawson/The Packet & Times An Orillia Hawks defender forces an Oshawa Lady Generals forward to the outside during heated second-period action Sunday in the championship game of the bantam B division at the 21st Orillia Hawks Girls’ Hockey Tournament. Orillia won 3-1 to garner gold – the lone local squad to turn the trick at the 101-team event that took over seven area arenas.

Bantams three-peat at Hawks tourney

What a weekend of hockey. The 21st annual Orillia Hawks Girls’ Hockey Tournament wrapped up Sunday with championship games in 16 divisions, and when the final gold medal was handed out, 101 teams from across the province had competed in more than 185 games at seven arenas around the region.

Dave Dawson/The Packet & Times The Orillia Hawks peewee house league team are shown in action during last year’s Orillia Hawks Girls’ Hockey Tournament. This year, 101 teams will compete in 16 divisions, with action kicking off Friday morning at local rinks.

101 teams will compete in 16 divisions this weekend in Orillia

The city’s most popular hockey tournament will be bigger than ever this year. This weekend’s 21st annual Orillia Hawks Tournament, organized by the Orillia Girls Hockey Association (OGHA), will feature 101 teams – breaking the record 83 teams that attended a year ago.“We were able to secure extra ice in Barrie and Gravenhurst and that allowed us to

Terriers sink Otters

Prior to Wednesday night's game against the Huntsville Otters, Davenport Subaru Orillia Terriers captain Jake Shaw received the Provincial Junior Hockey League player of the month award for his noteworthy November.

Terriers take victory over Kings

After a pair of lopsided losses against the league's premier teams, the Davenport Subaru Orillia Terriers got back on track Saturday night at Rotary Place when they skated to a dominant 8-2 victory over the Penetang Kings.


Brown playing politics with mental health

Sometimes it seems a politician will say just about anything to get elected. Witness Kellie Leitch, the wannabe leader of the federal Conservative party, trying to catch a northern wave of Trumpism, prattling on about dismantling our national broadcaster and the need for immigrants to be screened for “Canadian values.”

Dave Dawson/The Packet & Times The Orillia Terriers honoured alumni and former coach Ryan Crowther, who died unexpectedly Nov. 6 at the age of 37. Terriers president Mike Duprey and player Mitchell Pellarin, presented a framed jersey to members of Crowther’s family that were on hand for the on-ice ceremony at Rotary Place Saturday night. From left: Maddison Crowther, holding Ryan’s daughter Kylyn, Sarah Crowther, Pellarin, Duprey, Kevin Crowther, Barb Crowther, two of Ryan’s nephews, and his daughter, Ryley.

Award unveiled to honour Ryan Crowther

The Orillia Terriers honoured one of their own Saturday night when they paid tribute to Ryan Crowther, a former player and coach, who died unexpectedly Nov. 6.