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Sports Stuff: Cagers shoot for national title

Sports Stuff
By Ned Bekavac

Three Guelph basketball players are competing on three different teams at the CIS men’s basketball championships this weekend in Ottawa.

Connor Wood (Bishop Macdonell) is a second-year player on the No. 2-seeded  Carleton Ravens while Rob Dewar (John F. Ross CVI) is a fifth-year player on No. 3  Alberta, and Michael Friesen (John F. Ross CVI) is a rookie on  No. 5 McGill.

The tournament tips off on Friday afternoon.

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The University of Guelph Gryphons men’s volleyball team played the latter part of their 2013-2014 season without local sensation Tim Warnholtz.

Warnholtz, a Guelph CVI graduate and a highly coveted volleyball recruit, has left the University of Guelph to pursue a career as an EMT, says Gryphons coach Cal Wigston. He is taking courses at Conestoga College to help him get into the EMT program there, the bench boss says.

Warnholtz was in his second year at the U of G. In his first season for the Gryphons, he was named to the OUA All-Rookie Team.

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Speaking of Wigston and Gryphons volleyball, Kaj Wigston has committed to the U of G men’s volleyball program.

Kaj is the son of Gryphons coach Cal Wigston, and he is a District 10 all-star for the Centennial Spartans.

The high-flying Kaj plays his club volleyball for the Guelph Grizzlies U18 team.

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The Guelph Gargoyles Australian football team has changed its name. The local team, which started up in 2001, is now called the Grand River Gargoyles.

The name change better reflects the fact that the team has many players from neighbouring towns like Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge, the club said.

The Gargoyles, who play in the Ontario Australian Football League, will still be playing their home games at Margaret Greene Park in Guelph.

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Ted Gendron is Guelph Soccer’s new executive director.

Gendron joins the club after many years in key management roles in a variety of sports and recreation organizations, in the areas of strategic planning, financial management, facilities management, human resource management, sponsorship and fundraising, marketing, stakeholder relations, customer service, and membership development, says Guelph Soccer, in their announcement of the appointment.

He has also been a director on the board of a youth sports organization, a league commissioner, and has coached house league soccer, said the club.

The executive director gig has been held by a handful of people in recent years.

In late 2011, Alan Gould stepped down from the job. A few months later, John Alexander was named executive director. He quit after about a year, and then Christy Rumfeldt went on to take over as interim executive director.

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Nick Parisotto has made the grade.

The local football player this week was named to the 2014 Junior National Team that will represent Canada at the 2014 International Federation of American Football (IFAF) U-19 World Championship in Kuwait.

The 45-man roster was chosen from a pool of 93 players who participated at the 2014 International Bowl series last month in Texas. Parisotto (Our Lady of Lourdes) was the 2013 District 10 football MVP and is committed to the Guelph Gryphons football program.

Kevin MacNeill, Gryphons assistant coach, is linebackers coach of the Canuck team.

Prior to the July World Championship in Kuwait, Team Canada will hold its training camp in Italy, from June 29 to July 4.

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