With Dave Makela


For Release: April 20th, 2000


We're a mere fourteen days away from the Sudbury District Secondary Schools' Athletic Association's third of four Ontario high school championships this school year: O.F.S.A.A. COED Badminton.

Conveners Clyde and Gundi Sheppard of Lasalle Secondary School have signed up a crack team of volunteers for the May 4th to 6th event, at which some 320 athletes are expected to take part.

I recently asked Clyde for a progress report: "We are very much on track at this point. Some of the association's entries have already been received and are being processed. Most of the contents of the program are completed and we'll expect to go to press the moment the seeding process is complete. We've had several committee meetings to date, with most likely two more to go before the event begins. I'd have to say I'm very pleased with our progress so far."

An ice cream social, generously sponsored by Dairy Queen, will take place on Wednesday, May 3rd at Cambrian, and will represent a chance for participants to come together outside of competition to socialize in a relaxed atmosphere. Opening ceremonies for the event are slated for Thursday, May 4th at Cambrian College and later that same day an event banquet will take place at the Caruso Club. Competition will be featured at Cambrian and St. Charles College.

The S.D.S.S.A.A. will be represented at this championship by three double's teams. They are: Krista and Samantha Sheppard of Lasalle, Sarah Senwick and Karyn Demers of Levack and Pat Boileau and Tim Peters of Lo-Ellen Park.

The website developed for the event, an effort spearheaded by committee member Rebecca Gauthier also of Lasalle, is a dilly. Very visually appealing and easy to navigate, the site features a host of information about badminton, its past, its present and its championship in Sudbury. You can access the site by logging on to: www.rainbow.edu.on.ca/lasalle/ofsaa/index.htm, or of course you could also log on to the S.D.S.S.A.A. site and click on the O.F.S.A.A. badminton link.



Here's an item of interest for you fans of the roundball. Prime Time Sports will be putting on a Spring League for boys' high school players from May 2nd to June 15th at Laurentian University.

Organized and operated by former senior basketball coach and O.F.S.A.A. Leadership in Sport Award for basketball winner Jim Hann, the league will offer limited enrollment for up to eight teams, each playing a fourteen game schedule plus playoffs. Games will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.

If as a player you think you might be interested in participating, or as a local business you were interested in pursuing sponsorship opportunities in the league. you can contact Jim at 688-0458.



The first of a record high of 137 regular season games in girls' and boys' soccer will take place on Tuesday following Easter weekend.

A total of ten games will take place on day one of the schedule including double headers at the following locations: Delki Dozzi, Lasalle, Lively, Macdonald Cartier and Northeastern.

During the season, other fields in the Region that will be utilized include: Heritage, Hanmer, St. Charles, Confederation, Brebeuf, French River, Lily Creek, Lockerby and Queen's Athletic Field.

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