Grizzlies battle with Sting

The Georgian Grizzlies men’s and women’s volleyball teams faced the Seneca Sting on Saturday afternoon at the Georgian Athletic Centre in Barrie.

Stayner Siskins forward Kevin Boyd misses on a chance in close during recent Provincial Junior Hockey League action against the Midland Flyers. The Siskins skated to a 3-1 win, as Stayner extended its winning streak to 19 games. The team made it 20 in a row on Monday night with a 5-1 road victory over the Schomberg Cougars. GISELE WINTON SARVIS/PHOTO

Siskin domination

With a 5-1 road win over the Schomberg Cougars on Monday night and a 3-1 home victory late last week against the Midland Flyers, the Stayner Siskins have extendd their unbeaten streak to 20 games

Dave Dawson/The Packet & Times Orillia Secondary School’s Garrett Van Amelsvoort sets up the offence during action against Waterdown in the semifinals of the Orillia Blackball Classic Saturday. Van Amelsvoort, who quarterbacks the offence, was named the team’s most valuable player of the tournament.

Blackball in the books

Beset by nerves in front of a raucous home-court crowd, the Orillia Secondary School senior boys’ basketball team stumbled to a slow start that proved costly in the pressure-packed 73rd annual Orillia Blackball Classic championship game Saturday night.

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 Orillia Secondary School’s Owen McRoberts, who poured in a team-high 14 points, prepares to drive the paint during heated second-quarter action Friday in the opening contest of the 73rd annual Orillia Blackball Classic. OSS lost 50-45 to St. Joseph’s in the junior boys’ contest. Action culminates Saturday night with championship games in both junior and senior divisions.

OSS opens Blackball with loss

Canada’s longest continuously running high-school basketball tournament debuted at a new venue Friday, when action tipped off in the gleaming, new gym of Orillia Secondary School (OSS), which opened last year.

Colts lose 10-6

This was far from the most tactically-sound game of the year for the Barrie Colts. And yet, they still had a chance to win.

Louis-Philippe Ladouceur has snapped the football back cleanly on all 1,723 attempts since the Cowboys hired him in Week 4 of the 2005 season. (James D. Smith photo)

The Cowboys' Canadian secret

Malcolm Gladwell can bend over and snap his 10,000-hour theory through his legs and out the window. Louis-Philippe "L.P." Ladouceur became an outlier at his craft practically from the start.

Pitcher Aaron Sanchez is seen during Game 5 of the AL Championship Series between the Blue Jays and Indians in Toronto on Oct. 19, 2016. The Blue Jays may have to rely on their starting pitching in 2017 to make another run for the playoffs. (Craig Robertson/Toronto Sun/Files)

Jays say pitching could be key

Scoring runs has rarely been an issue for the Toronto Blue Jays the past several seasons, as Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista have slugged it out with the best power hitters in the game and blasted a couple of the most memorable home runs in franchise history.

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