By Ned Bekavac
Damon Currie and Mackenzie Iacocca are national champs.
The Guelph lacrosse duo recently represented Ontario at the national midget field lacrosse championships in Edmonton, and came home with gold medals.
Currie reports that the team went 6-0 at the tourney, and topped B.C. 12-4 in the championship game.
Currie is a former John F. Ross CVI student who attends The Hill Academy, a student-athlete school in Vaughan, while Iacocca is a Bishop Macdonell high school student.
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Alyssa Bolliger has taken her athletic skills to the University of Tulsa.
A graduate of Our Lady of Lourdes –– where she scored multiple Athlete of the Year awards – Bolliger has joined Tulsa’s track and field and cross-country teams for the 2014-2015 NCAA season.
Tulsa is where fellow Lourdes grad Alex Becker recorded huge running successes in the mid to latter parts of last decade.
Becker is currently listed as graduate assistant coach for Tulsa’s cross-country and track teams.
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A couple of more Guelph athletes are part of an already big list of local rookies on Ontario University Athletics football rosters this season.
David Wesley-James (Guelph CVI) is on the Queen’s Gaels and Kurt-James MacMillan (St. James) is a Waterloo Warrior.
Both are listed as 6-foot-1 linebackers. MacMillan is studying Kinesiology at Waterloo and Wesley-James is a computer science student at Queen’s in Kingston.
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The Algoma Thunderbirds women’s soccer team got a rather rough welcome to the OUA on the weekend.
The school from Sault Ste. Marie lost 17-0 and 13-0 against Western, last year’s provincial silver medalists.
A pair of local players are on the teams: Western includes rookie Kerrie Sullivan (Bishop Macdonell) while sophomore Enya Farelly (St. James) is on Algoma.
The Thunderbirds are making their OUA debut this season.
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The University of Waterloo Warriors men’s soccer team includes two new local players.
On the Warriors squad this season are Guelph rookies Stefano Zicarelli (St. James high school) and Matthew Cimino (Centennial CVI).
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Guelph’s Robert Dewar was selected by the Windsor Express in the National Basketball League of Canada’s 2014 draft.
The Express then went on to trade him to the Mississauga Power.
Dewar (John F. Ross CVI) is a 6-foot-10 centre who played his university ball at the University of Alberta.
He is currently in China competing at the 2014 Atlas Four Nations Tournament with The Power Development Team, a development program that provides a platform for promising Canadians to compete internationally against elite competition.
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Speaking of the Power, former Guelph Gryphons great Kyle Julius has been named the team’s head coach.
Julius, an All-Canadian player at the U of G, was on the 2004 Gryphons team earned the CIS national silver medal.
Taylor Brown, a teammate of Julius’s on that Gryphons team, is also in the NBLC: He is general manager of the league’s London Lightning.
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Former Guelph Storm captain Matt Kennedy is joining the Waterloo Warriors men’s hockey team for the 2014-2015 season.
Kennedy, a former fifth-round pick of the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes.
He last played competitively in 2012-13 in the AHL and ECHL.
The Richmond Hill native played for the Storm from the 2005-2006 to 2008-2009 seasons.
Waterloo’s lone visit to Guelph during OUA play this season is Feb. 7, 2015, Guelph’s last game of the regular season.