Local gathering: Lancers Kawashiri at OFSAA; Lions add infielder

Yukino Kawashiri of the Lambton Central Lancers has qualified in the Women’s Singles for the OFSAA Badminton Championship.

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Yukino Kawashiri of the Lambton Central Lancers qualified for the OFSAA badminton championship this week in Chatham and Pain Court.

She finished second in women’s singles at the SWOSSAA Championship on Saturday. No other players from the Sarnia-Lambton area made the top four.

The SWOSSAA champions are Samantha Lozon of Ursuline in women’s singles, Ste. Leon Tang from Cecile in boys’ singles, Andrew Goulet and Reese Cryderman from Ursuline in mixed doubles, Elise Stammler and Annika Mastronardi from Kingsville in girls’ doubles and Nay Say Eh and Hazeem Nasir from Leamington in boys’ doubles.

The OFSAA Championship will take place Thursday and Friday at Ursuline College Chatham (girls’ and boys’ singles), Pain Court High School (mixed doubles) and St. Clair College’s Chatham Campus HealthPlex (girls’ and boys’ doubles). All the finals will be played on Saturday at the college.

Lions welcome infielder

Infielder Dani Ramseyer of Shakespeare, Ont., has signed up with the Lambton Lions softball team for next season.

The St. Michael’s Catholic High School student is the eighth member of the Lions’ first recruiting class.

“It is a privilege to play on the first-ever women’s softball team at Lambton College,” Ramseyer said in a statement. “It means a lot to me because I can work on new skills while making new friends.”

The Waterloo U19 Ghosts player will enroll in the practical nursing program.

“Fans should expect to see a big smile and positive energy from me on the pitch,” Ramseyer said. “I would say I’m a hard worker and very determined, although I also enjoy pushing myself to become a better player and teammate.”

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Northern’s Pierce excludes St. Pat’s

Shaylyn Pierce had a shutout in the Northern Vikings’ 4-0 win over the St. Patrick’s Fighting Irish in the LKSSAA Senior Women’s Soccer League on Monday.

Kim Forbes, Tori Johnston, Molly Viragos and Miriam Wambulwa scored for the Vikings, who lead the AAA division with a 2-0-0 record. The Irish fell to 1-1-0.

On Tuesday, Wallaceburg beat Lambton Central 2-0 in a senior women’s AA game, while St. Patrick’s beat Great Lakes 2-1 in the senior men’s league.

Wolfpack wins two shutouts

The Great Lakes Wolfpack started the LKSSAA senior men’s rugby season with two shutout wins in a three-team round-robin on Monday.

Great Lakes beat Lambton Central 43-0 and St. Patrick’s 29-0 as Graham Armstrong was twice chosen defensive player of the game for the Wolfpack. St. Patrick’s edged Lambton Central 7-5 in the other game.

The three-team league will hold round robin tournaments on Tuesday, May 10 and Tuesday, May 24 at St. Patrick’s starting at 2:45 p.m.

GOJHL Western All-Star Team

No Sarnia Legionnaires were named to the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Western Conference All-Rookie and All-Star teams on Tuesday.

The all-star team includes forwards Jeff Burridge of the London Nationals and Lucas Fancy and Cameron Symons of the Chatham Maroons, defensemen Owen McGowan of the Nationals and Spencer Lecot of the LaSalle Vipers, as well as goaltender Ryan Polidori of the Leamington Flyers.

The rookie roster includes forwards Connor MacPherson, Ryan MacPherson and Gavin Grundner from the Flyers, defenseman Oliver Bonk from the St. Thomas Stars and Noah Szabo from the Maroons, and goaltender Owen Flores from the Nationals.

Charles P. Patton