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Sports stuff: Cori hitting OUA courts

Sports Stuff
By Ned Bekavac

While District 10 high schools produce future OUA women’s basketball players left, right and centre, the same can’t quite be said for volleyball.

But there will indeed be at least one D-10 graduate in OUA women’s v-ball next season.

District 10 all-star Cori Sears has committed to the Windsor Lancers women’s volleyball program. Sears, a middle and outside hitter for the District 10-champion John F. Ross Royals, is a two time MVP for her team.

“Cori is going to give us the size and athleticism that we have been looking for,” said Lancers coach Lucas Hodgson, in a news release. “She has the ability to play multiple positions and has a very high volleyball IQ.”

She will be studying digital journalism and communications at the school.

Hodgson thinks Sears can make an immediate impact for the Lancers, who went 10-9 this past season before losing in the first round of the playoffs to McMaster, the eventual OUA champs.

“We think Cori can push right away to make an impact on the team and help us get to the playoffs once again and hopefully help us make a run at a championship,” he said in the release.

Sears plays her club volleyball for the Kitchener-Waterloo Predators.

There were no fewer than nine District 10 graduates in OUA women’s basketball this past season, but none in OUA women’s volleyball.

The OUA did have one Guelph player this past season, Melissa Monkhouse of the York Lions, who went to high school in Hamilton.

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Guelph basketball players Bree Chaput and Laura Doyle each earned honours at the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks athletics awards banquet.

Chaput earned the female Luke Fusco Academic Athletic Achievement Award, which honours the athlete who best combines academic and athletic achievement.

Doyle was named the Golden Hawks Most Valuable Player for the 2013-2014 season.

Both are graduates of Bishop Macdonell high school and both have wrapped up their fourth and final seasons of university basketball.

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Local cager Kristian Vande Kemp (John F. Ross CVI) has committed to the University of Waterloo Warriors basketball program.

Vande Kemp recently returned from China where he and the Warriors, and fellow future Warriors, played a series of tournaments.

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Michael Clouthier (Bishop Macdonell) has earned male rookie of the year honours at the University of Waterloo for 2013-2014.

Clouthier, a rookie with the Waterloo Warriors baseball team, led all OUA batters in home runs, with seven, and finished the season with a 306 batting average in the 2013 fall season.

He also finished his rookie campaign with 24 RBIs in 24 games, and he was earlier named the OUA rookie of the year.

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Melody Bush had a heck of a first season for the Seton Hall swim team. Bush (John F. Ross CVI), was named to the 2014 ALL Big East Team.

At the Big East Championships, the freshman set two university records in an individual race, and helped set three others in relays. That brings her total to five school records, as she already held the new mark in the 200m back.

At the championships, she set university records in the 100m back, and contributed to records in the 800m free relay, the 200m medley relay and the 400m medley relay.

Seton Hall is in South Orange, N.J.

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Guelph’s Greg Marshall has been named the head coach of the Canadian men’s senior football team.

Marshall, head coach of the Western Mustangs, will lead Team Canada at the International Federation of American Football (IFAF) Senior  World Championship to be held in 2015 in Sweden.

Marshall is a former Canadian Football League player and coach, and is a member of the Guelph Sports Hall of Fame.

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Guelph Soccer hosts its First On The Turf boys tournaments this weekend.

Games in several age groups (under-9 through under-16) take place Saturday and Sunday at the University of Guelph’s artificial fields: The Gryphon Soccer Complex, Alumni Stadium and Varsity Field. Playoff and championship games are slated for Sunday.

The girls First On The Turf tournaments takes place the following weekend, May 3-4, also at the University of Guelph’s artificial fields.

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Jake Reinhart has signed with the Canadian Football League’s Toronto Argonauts.

A former football star at the University of Guelph and before that Guelph CVI, Reinhart was recently announced as a free agent inking with the Argos.

He was signed by the Argos last year as well, before being released.

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