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Pandemic helps baseball academy hit a homerun with local youth

Pandemic helps baseball academy hit a homerun with local youth

'Because kids didn’t have baseball they were looking for a different outlet,' says former elite baseball player Chase Walach of his new Orillia-based academy
Mariposa's Matheson on cutting edge with today's hockey players

Mariposa's Matheson on cutting edge with today's hockey players

'When those kids make it, you get some pretty cool messages and texts and how happy these kids are that they achieved their goals'
Terriers' rival may have to leave town to play hockey this year

Terriers' rival may have to leave town to play hockey this year

'Penetang is the only arena around that's not allowing anyone to use the changerooms,' says official, noting team 'might have to go to Midland'
Long-time local golfer celebrates third career hole in one

Long-time local golfer celebrates third career hole in one

Terry Sumpton ends the golf season with a bang, recording an ace at Hawk Ridge Golf Club
Hockey helps Patrick Fogarty graduate score a scholarship

Hockey helps Patrick Fogarty graduate score a scholarship

Braedan Downer was a spark plug offensively and a leader off the ice; 'His leadership is unmatched and his peers truly look up to him,' says coach
Ice Dogs overcome COVID challenges, sizzle on ice <b> (6 photos) </b>

Ice Dogs overcome COVID challenges, sizzle on ice (6 photos)

'Interest was high as I think kids just wanted to get back out and get active,' says program director; Six teams, 80 kids, competed in various age groups
Community mourns loss of Orillia lacrosse legend Garry Balkwill

Community mourns loss of Orillia lacrosse legend Garry Balkwill

'He really loved seeing kids pick up a stick and be involved, whether they were a star player or not,' says Garry's son, Scott, who, with his dad, won two national titles
Pandemic puts this year's curling season in Orillia on ice

Pandemic puts this year's curling season in Orillia on ice

'They are the folks that the public health warnings are aimed at, and they felt it was just too risky,' official says after majority of curlers agreed to cancel season
Local hockey player's trick shots score him massive online audience

Local hockey player's trick shots score him massive online audience

After Zac Bell's online video went viral, 'every 12-year-old was in their driveway practising the tricks I was doing;' NHL stars are now following his platforms
Bubble slo-pitch league allowed players 'to escape the pandemic'

Bubble slo-pitch league allowed players 'to escape the pandemic'

Four teams honoured long-time player Steve Makins, creating a trophy in his name; 'I felt very privileged ... to have this opportunity, to be able to get out, have some fun'