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Dave Dawson/The Packet & Times Pat Morris addresses members of the Orillia Parry Automotive U19 Lady Kings team during a timeout at this week's contest against Oshawa. Morris said he feels the Lady Kings, buoyed by tournament success in Pennsylvania and a return to form in league play, are rounding into shape as they prepare to defend their provincial championship in August.

Team earns 8-7 win on Monday, looking toward provincials

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 The Packet & Times All aboard! Mike Ladouceur, 2018 Ontario Winter Games Manager, and Gill Tillmann, chair of the organizing committee for the Orillia event, encourage people to help support the March 2018 event by buying tickets for a fund-raising cruise on the Island Princess slated for Aug. 23. For more information, call Tillmann at 705-326-8510 or email: info@orillia2018.ca for details.

Volunteers sought for games

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.

CSFL/Submitted photo Cory Johnston shows off two of the large bass he caught Sunday on the third day of the Lake Simcoe Canadian Open of Fishing.

Brothers battle for fishing-open prize

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.

Submitted photo Francesco Corona cleaned up at the Midland Flyers’ year-end awards banquet. The fleet-footed forward was named the club’s hardest worker and top point-getter; he tallied 82 points in 34 games to finish second in league scoring. The Barrie native and former Rama Aces star will play for the Laurentian University Voyageurs this coming season.

Record-breaking season for former Ace

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.

Indians end Kings’ season

Another promising season ended in deep disappointment for the Orillia Kings on the weekend as they were swept out of the playoffs by Akwesasne.

Dave Dawson/ The Packet & Times Five Orillia Lady Kings competitors have been chosen to play for Team Ontario at the U19 Women’s Field Lacrosse National Championship in Halifax, NS. The local players, from left, are Emily Van Kessel, Abbi England, Kaiti Van Kessel, Hannah Morris and Jordan Kummer.

Five chosen for Team Ontario

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.

Akwesasne scored four times in the final period to rally back Sunday afternoon to win 10-9 which now gives the Indians a 2-0 game lead in the series. JAMES EVANS/SPECIAL TO THE PACKET & TIMES

Kings behind the eight ball

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.

A Perfect View batter drops a hit over third base during their game against Balls So Hard Saturday afternoon in co-ed action. JAMES EVANS/SPECIAL TO THE PACKET & TIMES

Northern Shootout draws hundreds to area

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.

SUBMITTED The Orillia Lakers celebrated a successful season and the 25th anniversary of the program this week at its annual end-of-the-season banquet at Orillia Secondary School. Each of the teams presented heart and hustle awards, most-valuable player awards and recognized top defensive players. Some of those winners along with Julia Murphy, Brooke Elbers and Matthew Smith, who won the Dr. McGugan Memorial Award, are shown above.

Awards banquet caps record-breaking season

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.


Bulldogs tame Kings

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.

Submitted photo The Patrick Fogarty Catholic Secondary School girls field lacrosse capped a perfect season by winning their second straight OFSAA crown this week. Coached by Pat Morris and Curtis Columbus, with help at OFSAA from Cheryl Heitzner, members of the championship team include Abbi England, Hannah Morris, Tianna Reda, Paige Stachura, Kiah Shanks, Jerica Obee, Abi Gregson, Hallie Clancy, Taiya Oxby, Amy Curran, Linnea Ayers, Kennady Blunt, Britney Marwick, Emilee Thompson, Abi Kunkel, Mikayla Kunkel, Amber Hoch-Bullen and Belle Bondy.

Flames cap undefeated season with gold medal at OFSAA

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

SUBMITTED The Orillia Kings U11 boys field lacrosse team rallied with a dominant second quarter to rally past the Brampton Excelsiors at the provincial championship this weekend. Orillia beat Brampton 10-8.

Lax squads take gold at tourney

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.

Dave Dawson/The Packet & Times Tim Payne and Nancy Konyu are fixtures in the Carthew Bay area and can often be found running along the lakeshore or the nearby Oro-Medonte Rail Trail. The Oro-Medonte couple will be competing at the National Senior Games in Birmingham, Alabama next month.

Runners gearing up for nationals

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.

Dave Dawson/The Packet & Times Patrick Fogarty’s Abbi England, left, faces pressure from OSS defender Annie Lloyd and others during girls’ field lacrosse action Wednesday at the West Orillia Sports Complex. Fogarty dominated the season-opening contest, earning a 13-0 win. England led the offence and won almost every draw during the dominant performance.

Fogarty takes 13-0 win from rival OSS

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.