Alfred Heim
Published On: Mon, Sep 15th, 2014

Introducing the South Stormont Sports Hall of Fame – Class of 2014

South Stormont – The South Stormont Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony is taking place at the South Stormont Community Hall on Saturday, September 20.  In total, there will be 9 inductees being honoured for a variety of sport contributions, there will also be 6 local students receiving Student Recognition Awards for their early success in athletics.  More information is also available on the Hall of Fame website at www.southstormont.ca/halloffame

2014 INDUCTEES:

Ron Alguire

 

RON ALGUIRE – Athlete (Hockey & Bowhunting)

Ron Alguire is a gifted athlete who has excelled in two distinctly different sports – hockey and bowhunting.

 

His hockey career as an imposing, smooth-skating defenceman has now spanned seven decades, and included two seasons with the Gordon Refrigeration Royals in the 1950’s. After his junior hockey, Ron played one season with the Cornwall Emard Petros of the Ottawa Senior League at 21 years of age. He then served as captain of the St. Andrews Saints in the Long Sault Senior Hockey League, winning several league and playoff championships. In 1967-68, he played with the Howard Smith Beavers, winning the ODHA Shield. In 1969-70, he played with the Morrisburg Combines, winning the Ottawa District Intermediate “A” championship.

In the 1970’s and ‘80’s, Ron played most of his hockey in the North Stormont Hockey League, winning two league championships with the St. Andrews Saints and five more with the Avonmore Aces.

In 2004, he played with the Cornwall Hubs in the CARHA World Cup in Ottawa, where they were finalists.

Ron has continued to play at a high level, participating in the 55+ Ontario Senior Games several times: in 2000, in Collingwood, the local District 8 team finished 4th; in 2003, they won gold in London and repeated in Barrie in 2005; in 2007, they won bronze in Brockville; and in 2013 again won gold in Huntsville. At the 55+ Canada Games, they won silver in 2003 in Moncton, bronze in 2010 in Brockville, silver in 2012 in Sydney and Bronze in Edmonton in 2014.

 

Ron’s archery and bowhunting career began in the early 1960s. In 1966, Ron and Murray Martin harvested a bull moose in Northern Ontario, believed to be the first with a bow and arrow in modern times. In the late 1960s, Ron was a founding member of the Ontario Bowhunters’ Association (OBA), which worked with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources to implement archery-only hunting seasons and minimum standards for equipment.

Ron was a director and one-time vice president of the OBA. He was also a Hunter Instructor and Examiner for a number of years, working to certify bowhunters across the province, and is also a measurer for the Federation of Recognition of Ontario Wildlife (FROW).

Over the years, Ron has harvested a number of deer, bear and moose that qualified for the Ontario (FROW) and North American record books (Pope & Young).

Bryan Barker

 

BRYAN BARKER – Athlete (Hockey)

Bryan Barker was a standout hockey player from the time his career started as a youth in the minor hockey system in Long Sault.  After spending a season playing for the Montreal Junior Canadians, at age 16, Bryan began his Junior hockey career as a right winger with the Ottawa 67’s of the Ontario Junior Hockey League. During his third year, he was traded to the Cornwall Royals of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League where he played parts of two seasons.  His best statistical season came in the final year of his Junior career as a defenceman for the Sorel Black Hawks of the Quebec Junior League, in 1974 he played 44 games scoring 34 points and adding 127 penalty minutes.  In the end, his Junior career consisted of over 225 games spanning four seasons. Bryan was drafted by the Indianapolis Racers of the World Hockey Association in the 1974 amateur hockey draft. Finally, he played with the Nepean Raiders of the Central Junior Hockey League before moving to Halifax in 1976 to play hockey for St Mary’s University, a Huskies team that went all the way to the Canadian University finals.

 

Bryan would continue to play on many local hockey and lacrosse teams, and was often seen behind the bench coaching a number of local minor hockey teams.

Gilles Crepeau

 

GILLES CREPEAU – Athlete (Hockey)

Gilles Crepeau is a member of a select group of hockey players who have been members of back-to-back Memorial Cup Championship teams, a feat he accomplished in 1980 and 1981 with the Cornwall Royals. He began playing hockey in his hometown of Levack, ON (pop. 500), a small mining town, and rose through the minor hockey ranks until he was drafted by the Toronto Marlboros of the Ontario Hockey League, where he played for Coach George Armstrong. The big city was a little overwhelming for a young kid from small-town, northern Ontario, and he was subsequently traded to the North Bay Trappers, and then the Niagara Falls Flyers. He returned home and played local junior hockey until the legendary Gord Woods came calling, asking if he would be interested in joining the Cornwall Royals of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

 

After joining the Royals late in the 1978-79 season, he made his presence known quickly, with ten goals and 14 assists in the remaining 36 games. In his first full year with the Royals, playing on a line with Rod Willard and Dan Daoust, Gilles led the team in goals with 48, and added another eight in the playoffs as the Royals battled to the Quebec League championship. At the 1980 Memorial Cup in Regina and Brandon, Gilles had a hat-trick in a Royals loss to the Peterborough Petes; however, the Royals eventually went on to win the Cup by beating the Petes 3-2 in overtime. The next year, with most of the team’s nucleus still intact and the addition of rookie Doug Gilmour, the Royals were again on their way to another Memorial Cup. Playing on a line with Dale Hawerchuk and John Kirk, Gilles had another great year, scoring 40 goals and collecting 94 points, and chipping in with another 12 goals in the playoffs. The 1981 Memorial Cup in Windsor featured the Royals, the Victoria Cougars, and the Kitchener Rangers. Gilles had a goal in an opening win over the Spitfires, and a pair of goals in the next game, a 3-1 win over Victoria. The Royals went on to become the fourth team to win back-to-back championships when they dumped the Rangers 5-2 in the final.

 

After junior hockey, Gilles had a stint in the International Hockey League with the Saginaw Gears, then played senior hockey in Newfoundland, where his team came within one win of capturing the Allen Cup. After hockey, Gilles began a career with the Cornwall Fire Department, where he was recently named Deputy Chief. He and his family have made South Stormont their home since 1987.

 

Harry de Wit

HARRY de WIT – BUILDER (Soccer)

In 1969, Harry de Wit bought several pieces of steel pipe from Trans-Canada Pipeline, then got them welded together by Alfred Amell. These welded pipes would be used to build the first soccer nets in St Andrew’s West, placed on the church property. He then obtained lime for the field lines, mesh for the nets, and thereby established the first St Andrew’s West soccer field, which was positioned perpendicular to Hwy 138. Harry soon organised and coached a team of local Cornwall Township boys in the Char-Lan & District Soccer League, where they became a fixture as league champions. On many occasions, Harry could be seen driving the township roads in an overcrowded car, picking up players who otherwise didn’t have a ride to the games.

Several years later, due to the construction of a new baseball diamond, Harry supervised the move of the soccer field to its current location. Since then, many, many children, including all of his grandchildren, have played on that field, and perhaps one day, so will his great-grandchildren.

In 1977, when his two boys, Bill and Ed, were a little older, he founded the St Andrew’s Saints soccer club, which competed in the Cornwall & District Men’s Soccer League. Later, he co-coached that very same team for several years with his son, Bill.

In 1984, Harry and Bill arranged a soccer trip to Harry’s homeland of the Netherlands, where they played five exhibition games against high-calibre Dutch teams. To the Dutch teams’ dismay, the Saints swept all five games, and as an added bonus, his sons Bill & Eddy were major contributors in the victories. The Saints returned to Holland in 1990, and once again came home undefeated. It is safe to say that these two trips were the highlight of Harry’s soccer career.

 

As a lasting legacy, Harry was instrumental in creating a Saints dynasty that went on to win eight consecutive league championships, and ten out of 11 overall league titles. All of this from a passion for the game of soccer – and some welded pieces of steel pipe.

 

Eric MacDonald

 

ERIC MACDONALD – ATHLETE/BUILDER (Broomball)

Eric MacDonald moved to Cornwall in 1957 and, when he and his wife decided to start a family, they relocated to South Stormont, where he started playing broomball in 1968 and still plays today – a sports career that has spanned 46 years. He has played in several different leagues over the years, including the Seaway Valley Broomball League, Industrial Broomball League, JOC Broomball League, and the Dominion Textile (Long Sault) Broomball League, winning several league and playoff championships, and has received numerous individual awards for Top Scorer, MVP, Sportsmanship, Coaching, and Dedication. Eric has participated in numerous broomball tournaments throughout Ontario, Quebec, and the US, receiving individual awards for Top Scorer and MVP along the way. He has played for dominant teams such as the Seaway Valley All-Stars, B&M Bulls, Bedard Energy, and currently the Maxville Predators, to name a few. Eric has competed in both the Regional and Provincial Broomball Championships, most recently winning the silver medal with the Maxville Predators when they hosted the 2013 Regional Championships in Cornwall. As a member of that same team, he has participated in three World Broomball Championships, winning the bronze medal in Burnaby, BC (2008) and in Innsbruck, Austria (2010), and the Challenge Cup silver in Ottawa (2012). In Ottawa, he also received the Top Coach Award, and was selected for the All-Star team. Eric is currently preparing for November’s 2014 World Broomball Championships in Tomakomai, Japan.

Steve McGillis

 

STEVE MCGILLIS – ATHLETE (Softball/Fast-Pitch)

Steve McGillis started his career in men’s fastball in Cornwall, but has lived and played in South Stormont for 30 years. As well as winning numerous championships in the John Denneny League, Industrial League, and Commercial League, Steve has been recognised for several individual awards, including:  1982 Cornwall Industrial League Rookie of the Year with Glen Services (coached by the late Red Lascelle); 1983 Cornwall & District Softball League’s Most Valuable Playoff Pitcher award; 1984 MVP for the Cornwall Industrial League; 1991 team MVP and batting champion for the John Denneny League with Laframboise Mechanical; and the 1993 John Denneny League Sportsman of the Year. In 1996, he was chosen to play with Milverton of the Toronto Senior Fastball League, where he not only played in the Toronto league, but also played in the Senior All-Ontario Championships in St. Thomas and the World Championship Qualifier in Napanee. In 1999, Steve pitched for the Canberra (Australia) Storm in the first Macarthur Cup Fastball Shootout against Australia’s best players. That same year, Steve won the 14th Annual World Senior Fastball Tournament in North Bay with his Ottawa team. He has played in three World Masters tournaments, just missing the 2005 medal round in Edmonton, winning silver with Canada in Sydney, Australia in 2008, and winning gold for Canada in Turin, Italy in 2013.

Steve is pitching for Ingersol, ON in the International Softball Congress World Championships in Kitchener August 8-16, and for the Kitchener Diamondbacks in the North American Fastball Association World Series in Quad City, Moline, IL September 4-7.

 

He will be travelling to New Zealand in 2017 to represent Canada in his fourth World Masters Games. Steve is a two-time winner of the Cornwall Lions Club Sports Award (2008, 2010) for the season’s MVP in his sport, and was inducted into the Cornwall Sports Hall of Fame in 2012.

 

Msr. Michael O'Brien Photo

 

MONSIGNOR MICHAEL J O’BRIEN (Deceased) – BUILDER

Msgr O’Brien was a community leader, a friend to many, and indeed, a man who was larger than life. He was a spiritual man, an advocate on community issues, and a humanitarian who loved to encourage young people to make physical activity and sports a part of their lives. He gave inspiration and opportunity to many young people during their formative years, allowing them to enjoy sports and learn new skills. As a priest, Msgr O’Brien had no children of his own, but he spent many enjoyable hours driving kids to hockey, basketball, lacrosse, and softball games. He made even the most disadvantaged young person feel important when it came to the enjoyment of and participation in sports. There are many recollections of the rides he gave to the youth of the community, regardless of race or religion, to allow them to attend sporting events and tournaments—even to NHL hockey games in Montreal. He did all of this without expecting remuneration; the satisfaction for Msgr O’Brien was the excitement in young voices, and the thrill of seeing the youth of the community enjoying sports.

Msgr O’Brien was the parish priest at Our Lady of Grace Church, Ingleside and St Pius X Church, Long Sault, and he continued to support and organise sports in the new villages, long after the inundation of July 1, 1958. As the two Catholic schools in Long Sault and Ingleside did not have gymnasiums, it was Msgr O’Brien who opened up the church halls for sports activities and class lessons. He continued to encourage young people to excel in sports, and financially supported young people who would have been otherwise unable to participate.

He went above and beyond the call of duty, even as far as having a rink established at the parish rectory in Dickinson’s Landing. Jim Brownell recalls that many children enjoyed playing on this rink, and it became a gathering place for children of all ages. Bunny Warner remembers the days when many students spent Sunday afternoons in the church basement, playing basketball, cards, and dancing to the old jukebox, whose coin slot was disabled so that no money was necessary. Bunny recounts that “the (church) basement was used by kids of all denominations whose only requirement for admission was good behaviour and having good clean fun.” No matter what function was happening in the community, Msgr O’Brien ensured that physical activity was central to the gathering, and that all were included.

In the words of Jim Brownell, “Msgr O’Brien was a true ‘builder’, for he built the confidence and excitement for sports in many young citizens in his communities.” Young people of all faiths saw “Father Mike” as a role model, demonstrating how to live life in a positive way. David Hill recalls that not only was he “a committed and keen sportsman, he was also ahead of his time in the very ‘ecumenical’ way that he supported and advocated for local athletes, coaches, and volunteers of all religious backgrounds. Through his ‘Sermons You See’ approach, he encouraged and exemplified hard work, determination, respect for competition, resiliency in facing life’s challenges and sharing the glory of achievement with others. Most importantly, he taught by example that the best exercise of the human heart is reaching down and picking someone else up.”

 

David Smith

 

DAVE “GRUMPY” SMITH – ATHLETE/BUILDER (Slo-Pitch)

Dave Smith moved to Long Sault in 1986 and formed a slo-pitch team from players in the Long Sault Fastball League and coached this team to a provincial qualifying championship in Ottawa in their very first tournament. The following year, he started a league at the Long Sault diamond and leagues have been playing there ever since. Dave has organised dozens of Slo-Pitch National and Slo-Pitch Ontario provincial qualifying tournaments. He has sent close to 60 teams to the Provincials in Niagara Falls and London, Ontario, some of which have captured Canadian Championship titles.

 

Dave has played and coached in the provincial championships, representing Long Sault more than 20 times in various divisions. He has played and coached in mixed, men’s open, men’s masters (35+), and men’s senior (50+) tournaments. He has also played in two National Championships in Niagara Falls and St John’s, Newfoundland. When slo-pitch debuted at the 2008 Ontario 55+ Senior Games in London, Dave pitched for the bronze medal-winning District 8 squad.

 

Dave has been a tournament convenor for Slo-Pitch National since 1987 and Slo-Pitch Ontario since 1989. Widely considered an expert in slo-pitch rules, regulations and equipment, he is still playing, coaching, organising, and umpiring. Whenever you see a slo-pitch tournament in Long Sault or Ingleside, you can bet that “Grumpy” is there.

He has also been a tremendous supporter of the local sports community, supporting minor sports of all kinds, organising many fundraisers for the Long Sault Firefighters Association, and even for Melanie Banville’s Olympic trip to Athens, Greece, to name just a very few.

 

Dr. Henry (Hank) Tamowski

 

  1. HENRY (HANK) TAMOWSKI – ATHLETE (Football) (Deceased)

Henry Tamowski was a son of parents who emigrated from Poland in the 1920’s.  He graduated from the Royal Roads Military College in 1949 and was later part of the University of Toronto’s Electrical Engineering Class of 1953. Henry was a superb all-round athlete, excelling in both football and basketball. He was recognized for “outstanding athletic ability and sportsmanship” during his career at the Royal Roads College. He played for the Varsity Blues while attending the University of Toronto and was part of the 1951 team that captured the Yates intercollegiate championship, a team that has since been inducted into the University of Toronto’s Sports Hall of Fame.  His athletic ability did not go unnoticed as he was drafted by the Ottawa Rough Riders of the Canadian Football League where he would play in both the 1953 and 1954 seasons.

 

While serving in the military in Duluth, Minnesota he earned a master’s degree in 1972. After a career in the RCAF he attained his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology at Pennsylvania State University in 1977, and during his time on campus became an avid Penn State football fan.

 

Dr. Tamowski practiced as a clinical psychologist at Cornwall General Hospital and later in private practice. He would also teach electrical engineering at Royal Military College in Kingston, and helped coach their varsity football team.  As a resident of Ingleside he was known to have a passion for travel, was a member of the National Ski Patrol, and a long-time member of the Cornwall Golf and Country Club.  Dr. Henry (hank) Tamowski passed away on March 23, 2011 at the age of 81.

 

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AWARD RECIPIENTS:

Parker Krol

 

Parker Krol –

Parker started his athletic career early, as he was trying to keep up with his older brother Cody. He became a member of the South Stormont Selects hockey team and was instantly hooked on the sport. Parker played for the South Stormont Selects until bantam age when he continued his hockey career with the Seaway Valley Rapids AA. After that, he went on to play with the Upper Canada Cyclones AAA and was subsequently drafted by the Cornwall Colts where he was a solid defencemen for two seasons.

Parker displayed his all-around athletic ability by demonstrating an early love for all sports. His soccer career started on the Ingleside field where he began playing at the tender age of three. He continued to play soccer in the area and then became a key member in the Blazers organization for many years.

Parker also was very involved in high school sports while attending St. Joseph’s Secondary School – playing basketball, volleyball, soccer, track and field, hockey, tennis, badminton, and cross country. Parker won various MVP awards for St Joe’s and was named the top Jr athlete when he was in grade ten. He excelled in javelin and set the SDG record in grade ten and qualified for  the East Regional completion and narrowly missed qualifying for OFSAA by a couple of centimeters.

Parker also learned to give back to the community at an early age and was a young volunteer helping coach the basketball program at the Lancer Center. He also refereed both soccer and ball hockey in Long Sault. In 2014 he is pursuing his academic goals and he is now attending Queen’s University and majoring in Physical and Health Education.

 

Brittany Laplante

 

Brittany Laplante –

Brittany has excelled for many years as a multi-sport athlete both at school and in the community.  Attending St. Joseph’s Secondary School she has participated at the EOSAA level for Basketball, Soccer, and hockey, and has also competed locally in Volleyball, Badminton, and Track & Field.  During her high school career she was nominated for several MVP awards and in June 2014 was awarded the Senior Female Athlete of the Year Award.

Brittany was also very active in community sports.  Her soccer career started in Ingleside and would later play for local travelling teams including the Cornwall Coyotes.  As a goalie in hockey she has competed on both female and male travelling teams with local associations including Cornwall, Glengarry, South Stormont, and Ottawa.

Her passion for the sport of hockey has also lead her to pursue refereeing at the minor hockey level.  She is one of the few current referees in the South Stormont system to have obtained her level 3 qualifications.  She has also been involved with volunteer work with several local minor sports programs including the south Stormont minor soccer association and the south Stormont minor ball hockey association.

 

Emilie Lamarche

 

Emilie Lamarhce –

Emilie has competed in multiple sports at Rothwell-Osnabruck School over the past three season, played soccer for the Seaway Valley Blazers Association, and basketball with the Cornwall and United Counties Lions Girls Basketball Association.

In each of her first three years of high school she has competed at EOSSA in both track and field and basketball.  With Emilie at point guard, the R-O Lancers have won 3 consecutive SD&G Championships, and at the EOSSA level have finished with Silver in 2011, Gold in 2012, and Bronze in 2013.  Emilie’s leadership qualities have grown with each season and so has her contributions to these championship teams. As a member of the Cornwall Lions, Emilie and her team have won 2 Gold, 1 Silver, and 2 Bronze at the Eastern Ontario Basketball Championships.  The teams has also won 1 Gold and 2 Bronze at the All Ontario Championships.

Emilie has won numerous individual awards in high school, and at the community level in soccer and basketball.  She has played basketball with the University of Ottawa Summer program for aspiring post-secondary school players, with the Ontario Basketball Association Ontario Elite Player Development program, and in 2013 participated in the Ottawa Skyhawks Rising Stars Challenge where she was recognized as one of the top 20 female high school basketball players in the Ottawa region.

 

Robyn Campbell

 

Robyn Campbell –

Robyn is a graduate of Tagwi Secondary School, competing in numerous sports such as volleyball, soccer, basketball, hockey, badminton, and golf.  She was the recipient of the Clement Memorial Award for the most outstanding athlete at Tagwi Secondary School in grade 10, 11, and 12.

Robyn also participated on a provincial bronze winning hockey team for the Cornwall Typhoons, and also plays for the Ottawa Roadrunners Senior “AA” team.  Despite her skill on the ice, she is most recognized locally for her early career success on the golf course.  She qualified and participated for the Ontario High School Championships (OFSAA) in 2010, 2011, and 2012 where she finished in the top 25 female high school golfers in the province.  Over those same three season she also managed to win the Ladies Club Championship at Summer Heights Golf Links, and competed in all three years with team Ottawa where she was the CPGA Tour Champion and a provincial bronze medalist.

As well as winning numerous individual awards in golf, hockey, and soccer, Robyn has taken time to help with grade 7 to 9 sport programs at Tagwi by helping coach and mentor the younger players.

 

Kebbie Brown

 

Kebbie Brown –

Kebbie is attending Rothwell-Osnabruck this Fall for her final year of high school.  Over the years she has participated in many sports including soccer, basketball, volleyball, badminton, and track & Field.  In each of her first three years at R-O she has competed at the EOSAA level in basketball, winning Silver in 2011, Gold in 2012, and Bronze in 2013.  She has proven to be a very coachable and plays with an edge that makes her an excellent team player.  Her athletic achievements were recognized in 2013-2014 as she was named R-O’s Female Athlete of the Year.

She is also active in community sports having played soccer for the Cornwall Blazers Soccer Association, and basketball for the Cornwall and United Counties Lions Girls Basketball Association.  As a member of the Lions, Kebbie has won 2 Gold, 1 Silver, and 2 Bronze at the Eastern Ontario Basketball Association Championships.  They have also won 1 Gold, and 2 Bronze at the All Ontario Championships.  She would later play basketball with the University of Ottawa Summer Program for aspiring post-secondary players.

Kebbie has participated in many other activities that promote a healthy life style as she has been known to scuba dive, weightlift, cross fit, and ski.

 

Carly McPhail

 

Carly McPhail –

Carly is currently attending Rothwell-Osnabruck this Fall of her final year of high school.  She has competed the past three season at the EOSSA level for both track and field and basketball.  Carly is known for her defensive play on the basketball court and was part of an R-O team that won three consecutive EOSSA medals, including Silver in 2011, Gold in 2012, and Bronze in 2013.  This past season Carly joined the Cornwall and United Counties Lions Girls Basketball Association, and previously played 5 seasons of travelling basketball with the Upper Canada Ice Basketball Associations.

Carly has now spent seven seasons with the Seaway Karate Club, and was awarded her black belt after passing eleven katas at the World Kobuto Confederation.  She has a second place finish at the Team Kata Capital Conquest in 2013 and a third place finish in sparring at the Perth and District Martial Madness Tournament in 2013.  She is now recognized as a Sensei and is teaching at various age levels in the community and is looking forward to future competitions.

HALL OF FAME PRESIDENT:

Kristie Fetterly-Tate

kristietate@hotmail.com

 

Kevin Amelotte

Hall of Fame Committee Member

613-534-2419

kevin@southstormont.ca