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by Fred Groves Tony Spidalieri of the Leamington Flyers is having a great post-season. The Essex native has three goals and three assists over five games as the Flyers eliminated Sarnia in five games in the first round of the Junior ‘B’ playoffs. The Flyers are coached by former 73’s bench staff – Tony Piroski, […]

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by Jennifer Cranston It was a close match between Harrow District High School students and local OPP officers when the two groups came together for an exhibition hockey game to benefit the W.E. Care for Kids Foundation. The deciding goal came in a shoot-out, leaving the final score 4-3 for the OPP. Organizer, OPP Const. […]

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by Fred Groves The Essex 73’s will have their hands full as they try and repeat as Great Lakes Junior ‘C’ Hockey League champions. After disposing of the Kingsville Comets and the Dresden Junior Kings in four game sweeps, the 73’s have a formidable opponent challenging them for the league crown in the Wheatley Sharks. […]

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The Lakeshore Lightning Girls PeeWee B travel team (pictured above) won gold in the Southpoint Stars Girls Hockey Tournament this weekend. The Lightning has several Essex girls on the roster and the team plays its home games at the Essex arena. At the tournament on Friday the Lightning tied its first game against the Kent […]

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by Fred Groves Red Raiders bring heat to OFSAA. The Essex District High School senior girls volleyball team participated in the OFSAA ‘AA’ tournament this week in Ottawa. A year ago the Red Raiders were fourth in the event. This year they are seeded sixth overall. • It was a very tough way to end […]

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by Fred Groves It’s off to the GLJCHL championship series for the Essex 73’s. Sunday night in Dresden, the visitors beat the Junior Kings 6-5 eliminating them four straight and advancing to the league finals where they hope to win their second consecutive title. Essex will now face either the Belle River Canadiens or the […]

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by Fred Groves Red Raiders capture WECSSAA titles. For the ninth time in 15 years, the Essex District High School junior girls volleyball team have captured the WECSSAA ‘AA’ title. Thursday night on their own court, the Red Raiders dropped the first set 16-25 to General Amherst but came back to win the next three […]

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by Fred Groves The Essex 73’s drew first blood Saturday night as they opened their GLJCHL semi-final series with a convincing 4-1 win over the host Dresden Kings. Leading 1-0 after 20 minutes, the defending league champions had to not only battle a snowstorm to get to the game, but some rather aggressive play from […]

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by Fred Groves Matt Puempel was named the second star of the game Friday night as he had two goals in a 3-2 shootout loss to Plymouth. Puempel, a forward with the Kitchener Rangers and an Ottawa Senators first round pick, notched his 24th and 25th goals of the season. • Essex’s Candace Chevalier had […]

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by Fred Groves Congratulations this week go out to the coaching staff of the Essex 73’s. At the Great Lakes Junior ‘C’ Hockey League annual awards banquet held Thursday in Blenheim, they were named the ‘Coaching Staff of the Year.’ Head coach Gil Langlois, along with assistants Anthony Iaquinta, Steve Caldwell, Pat Chittle and Brian […]

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