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Orillia native followed his tennis dreams ... all the way to Miami

Orillia native followed his tennis dreams ... all the way to Miami

'I was completely determined there was no other choice for me and my life,' said Dane Dunlap, who overcame injuries in pursuit of excellence
Masters student does masterful job rebuilding Lakehead hoops team

Masters student does masterful job rebuilding Lakehead hoops team

Gia Spiropoulos has rebuilt basketball program; 'Hopefully, this legacy that we’ve built can continue ...this is just a stepping stone for bigger and better things'
Orillia athlete making a pitch to realize his big-league dreams

Orillia athlete making a pitch to realize his big-league dreams

Max Rutherford credits his time playing minor baseball in Orillia as a key to his success; Getting closer to his dream 'is the best feeling in the world'
Terriers' female trainer would love to make history in the NHL

Terriers' female trainer would love to make history in the NHL

Danielle Quinto is a mainstay behind the scenes, helping players stay healthy; 'My goal is to eventually work in the NHL,' says ambitious former athlete
Jamie Clarke pours heart, soul and cash into reviving junior hockey

Jamie Clarke pours heart, soul and cash into reviving junior hockey

'I think we are on the cusp of something great,' says Clarke, whose team is up 2-1 against rival Stayner; Game 4 goes tonight at Rotary Place
What a Rush! Orillia native loves playing pro ultimate frisbee

What a Rush! Orillia native loves playing pro ultimate frisbee

Dan LaFrance, who shone in basketball and soccer at ODCVI, has found a passion for unique sport; Toronto Rush player hopes to play for Team Canada
Lessons learned on court help in real life, says long-time coach

Lessons learned on court help in real life, says long-time coach

Brad MacNeil has been coaching basketball at Patrick Fogarty for 26 years; 'Brad's approach and coaching style gave me a real appreciation for the game'
Tireless local hockey volunteer 'always doing something that helps'

Tireless local hockey volunteer 'always doing something that helps'

Dave Dunn has been a fixture at local hockey rinks for several decades; 'I just love hockey, it’s that simple,' says long-time heart and soul of local hockey organizations
Terriers captain hopes to help team become league's King

Terriers captain hopes to help team become league's King

Owen King is the only player remaining from four-win team of 2017; 'I’ve matured and become more confident ... (and) we've gotten better as a team'
Local football players among the best in Simcoe County

Local football players among the best in Simcoe County

Luke Sallows and Riley Sampson, OSS teammates, crack top 50, while William McCulloch, who lives part-time in Orillia, topped the high school rankings