April 2019 Sportspage Snapshots: A Round-up of local sports action

Taffe Charles takes over Carleton Ravens men’s basketball for Dave Smart

Now-former Carleton Ravens’ women’s basketball coach Taffe Charles is shifting over to the men’s side to take over for the most successful university basketball of all time. Carleton made the dual pronged announcement that Charles would fill Dave Smart’s shoes as lieutenant of the men’s team as Smart becomes the Ravens’ director of basketball operations. During Smart’s 17-year tenure, the Ravens won 14 national championships. Charles has coached on the women’s side since 2007. He helped bring the school its first U Sports women’s basketball championship in 2018.

Ottawa Lions Track-and-Field Club head coach & board member suspended

The Athletics Canada Commissioner’s Office announced last month that it has suspended Ottawa Lions head coach Andy McInnis and board member Ken Porter from branches and clubs under Athletics Canada, as it investigates allegations that of sexual harassment. After the suspensions were announced, the club wrote to its members telling them that McInnis had been placed on an administrative leave in the fall after the club had been made aware of allegations of inappropriate misconduct against him.

Ottawa curler represents USA at Women’s Curling World Championships

Manotick-raised curler Jamie Sinclair skipped the U.S. women’s curling team to a 6-6 record at the 2019 World women’s curling championships. The record tied that of Team Canada – skipped by Chelsea Carey – but wasn’t good enough to land the U.S. a playoff spot. They were ousted from the tournament after round robin play.

Jonathan David scores again to qualify Canada for CONCACAF Nations League

Ottawa’s Jonathan David earned the Man of the Match as Canada’s top player in their 4-1 victory against French Guiana in March. The victory, in which David tallied his team’s third goal as well as an assist on Canada’s game-winner, sealed the country’s spot in the CONCACAF Nations League as well as the 2019 Gold Cup.

Gold medals for multiple local athletes at Canadian Wrestling Championships

Three National Capital Wrestling Club athletes finished in medal standings at April’s U17 and U19 Canadian wrestling championships. Gabrielle Chartrand came 2nd amongst women under 17 in the 73kg category of the women’s freestyle; Matthew Vecchio was uncontested by U19 men in the 45kg freestyle division; and Ismail Ayyoub won two silver medals – one in the freestyle and one in the Greco-Roman style in the 80kg division.

Manotick rink competes at Canadian U18 women’s curling nationals

Manotick Curling Club’s team of Celeste Gauthier, Jillian Uniacke, Emma Artichuk, Emily Deschenes and Grace Cave represented Team Ontario at the 2019 Canadian Under-18 Girls Curling Championship, where they won a silver medal. They beat teams from Alberta, Yukon, Prince Edward Island and British Columbia on their way to the championship match, which they lost 6-2 against a team representing Northern Ontario.

Runner Yves Sikubwabo races for Canada at cross-country worlds

Yves Sikubwabo represented Ottawa as the city’s lone athlete at the International Association of Athletics Federations World Cross Country Championships last month in Denmark. Sikubwabo finished 91st out of 140 runners in the senior men’s event. His time of 35:21 was two minutes short of the 25th best racer.

Claudia Van Wijk earns international paddling award

Claudia Van Wijk, originally of the Ontario Voyageur Kayak Club, was honoured in March by the World Paddle Awards (WPA) with a Lifetime Achievement Award for her contribution to paddle sports. The WPA said that Van Wijk’s contributions as director of the Madawaska Kanu Centre inspired thousands of people to take up whitewater paddling. “She also played an instrumental role in securing the sport of Canoe Slalom into the 2015 Toronto Pan Am Games. As a TV broadcast analyst she has also been the voice for Canoe Slalom on television, projecting her addictive passion for paddling the rivers,” the organization said.

Nepean Skating Club product 5th with Canada at World Team Trophy event

Prescott’s Alaine Chartrand was part of a Canadian figure skating team that placed 5th at the International Skating Union’s World Team Trophy. The 23-year-old Nepean Skating Club product skated both the short program and free skate for Canada’s team of eight skaters.

Ottawa paddlers land national team berths at Canadian canoe slalom trials

Four paddlers with Ottawa’s ties were named to Canada’s national canoe kayak team following dominant performances at the Canadian canoe slalom trials. Two-time Olympian Michael Tayler will be joined on Team Canada by Ottawa natives Lois Betteridge, Mael Rivard and Cameron Smedley. Betteridge will be Canada’s lone paddler to race in both senior races and at the U23 World Championships.

Ottawa baseball player cracks junior national team’s roster

Ottawa’s Ben Adams is a part of Canada’s junior baseball team’s extended spring training team. The 16-year-old lefty pitcher turned in a near-perfect three innings against the Ft. Lauderdale Stars in an April 20 game. After committing an error against the game’s first batter, Adams retired nine straight including four strikeouts. Adams is scheduled to pitch once more during Canada’s junior team’s round of games in West Palm Beach in April.

Ski cross siblings both injured in Europe to lose shot at Nor-Am crown

The Schmidt siblings hit a stroke of bad luck overseas ahead of April’s North American Cup finals, which practically eliminated them from the alpine ski circuit’s top spots. In her second Europa Cup race in Georgia, Hannah Schmidt, the elder between herself and brother Jared, crashed and suffered a small break in her knee. She concluded her season in 3rd place in the Nor-Am Cup rankings. One week after Hannah’s injury, Jared tore his MCL and meniscus in his right knee as well as his meniscus in his left knee in a bad fall in Austria. He finished in 4th place amongst men in the Nor-Am Cup rankings.

Capital Courts girls runner-up in heartbreaking finish to OSBA season

Capital Courts finished in 2nd in the Ontario Scholastic Basketball Association (OSBA). They lost to Crestwood’s women’s team by a score of 71-70 in the league’s championship in March. The championship was decided by a free throw that was scored with less than three seconds left in the game. In league play, Capital Courts finished with a record of 15-3, which was only 2nd place to Crestwood’s undefeated record. Louis Riel finished with a 2-15 record in the league. Capital Courts’ Merissah Russell was the OSBA MVP. She was 2nd in the league in scoring and 1st in steals.

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