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Sports Stuff: Curler courting Canadian glory

Sports Stuff
By Ned Bekavac

Guelph’s Morgan Court will be representing Ontario at the  2014 Scotties Tournament of Hearts next month.

Court, who curls for the Guelph Curling Club (where she is also a board member), is lead for Team Flaxey, which beat Team Hastings 7-5 in the finals of the all-Ontario Scotties Ladies Curling Championship on the weekend in Sault Ste. Marie.

The team, which represents the Listowel Curling Club, is made up of Court, skip Allison Flaxey, third Katie Cottrill and second Lynn Kreviazuk.

The 2014 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, the national women’s curling championship, starts on Feb. 1 in Montreal.

Ontario will have two rinks at the event, as Ottawa-based Team Homan earned a berth as the defending champions.

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Guelph Soccer head referee Marie-Soleil Beaudoin has been appointed as a Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) referee for 2014.

She is one of 10 Canadians to be appointed to the international list of referees this year.

The 10 officials (five referees and five assistant referees) may be appointed to international tournaments, including the U-17 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica, men’s World Cup in Brazil, Club World Cup in Morocco and U-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada.

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Heather Rayner broke a Guelph Gryphons record, and helped break a second, at the Can Am Classic track and field event on the weekend in Windsor.

Rayner, a John F. Ross CVI graduate, set a new U of G mark in the 300m run with a time of 40.70.

She also was part of the Gryphons team that won gold and set a school record in the 4 X 200m.

Alongside her were fellow local runners Melissa Kurtimah (Guelph CVI), Karry-Ann Cornwall (John F. Ross CVI) and Vivian Stavrakos of Montreal.

Their time was one minute and 41.56 seconds.

Kurtimah also won gold in the 60m sprint, in 7.60 seconds.

Cornwall and Rayner were teammates on the Ross senior girls 4 X 100 relay team that won the bronze medal at OFSAA in 2010.

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The 2014 Guelph Open wrestling tournament takes place on Saturday Jan. 18.

Action begins at 9 a.m. at the University of Guelph’s W.F. Mitchell Athletic Centre.

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Rookie OUA basketball player Sydney Resch currently leads the Algoma Thunderbirds in scoring.

The John F. Ross grad is averaging 7.5 points a game for the Sault Ste. Marie team, which is new to the OUA and has an 0-11 record.

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