Sports briefs: badminton, football, lacrosse

Jr. Patriotes win LKSSAA

SARNIA – The Pain Court Patriotes won two finals en route to capturing the team title at the LKSSAA junior badminton championship Thursday.

Pain Court finished with 57 points and runner-up McGregor had 42. Chatham-Kent was a distant third with 18 and Ursuline had 16.

Olivia Hunter of Pain Court beat McGregor’s Natalie Little in the girls’ singles final. Lexi Barclay of Lambton Central was third.

Ryan Baker defeated Josh Kewley in an all-McGregor boys’ singles final. Brandon Hunter of Pain Court was third.

Aidan Lachine and Ryen Stevens beat Hunter Henderson and Matthieu Gaudrault in an all-Pain Court boys’ doubles final. Tate Bowden and Patrick O’Brien of Ursuline were third.

Jake Reid and Rachel Carleton of McGregor won the mixed doubles final over Pain Court’s Bailey Rolph and Courtney Legere. Jared Delaey and Chloe Stallaert of Pain Court were third.

Jessie McPherson and Kirby MacKinnon of Chatham-Kent beat Raine Avey and Micah Morissette of Pain Court in the girls’ doubles final. Reese Parks and Kate Balkwill of McGregor were third.

The top six in each division qualified for the SWOSSAA championship next Thursday in Sarnia.


O’Rourke stays a Lancer

Ursuline Lancers linebacker Ricky O’Rourke of Chatham has committed to the University of Windsor Lancers football team for next season.

“I chose to commit to the University of Windsor because the coaching staff were extremely friendly and really seem to care about the players and making sure that the students’ education is put first and football second,” O’Rourke said to Canada Football Chat.

“It was something that I really looked for while choosing a school. The players, as well, seem very friendly and welcoming and the school community seems like a family and extremely welcoming.”

O’Rourke is a former Chatham-Kent Cougar.

Another ex-Cougar, linebacker Josh Kita of Sarnia, has also committed to the University of Windsor.


Red Devils win opener

LONDON – The Wallaceburg Red Devils led 8-0 after the first period and beat the London Blue Devils 20-2 in Thursday’s season opener in the Ontario Jr. ‘B’ Lacrosse League.

Carter Hastings had four goals and three assists, Tanner Cole also scored four, and Evan Mathany had a hat trick and three assists.

Cory Lucier added two goals and five assists, Parker Gilhuly had two goals and three assists, and Vern Hill had two goals and two assists in his Red Devils debut.

Brendan Johnston chipped in with a goal and three assists. Riley Roe and Brock Daugherty also scored.

Noble Jacobs made 20 saves as the Red Devils outshot the Blue Devils 71-22.

The Red Devils led 10-0 early in the second period and 15-2 entering the third.

They’ll play their home opener at 4 p.m. Saturday against the Elora Mohawks at Wallaceburg Memorial Arena.


Brodie first on Flames

Defenceman T.J. Brodie of Dresden finished with a team-high four points in the playoffs for the Calgary Flames.

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