Sports Roundup – Pumepel is a class act

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by Fred Groves

He might not have played in any Stanley Cup playoffs for his team, the New York Rangers, but Essex native Matt Puempel recently scored a biggie.

The 24-year old hit the streets of New York and gave away a pair of tickets to a homeless couple.

Puempel has shown his generosity in the past before when, playing with the Ottawa Senators, started his own charity, ‘Puempel’s Purpose,’ where he raised funds for the Children’s Wish Foundation.

• Several Essex District High School track and field athletes are headed to the SWOSSAA meet this week.
Leading the way will be grade 9 student Makayla McKibbon, who at last week’s qualifying WECSSAA meet was second in the 80m hurdles and fourth in both the 300m midget girls’ hurdles and the 400m. She teamed up with Kennedy Campeau, Kim Orton, and Lucia McElwain to finish third in the senior girls’ 4×100 relay.

Also going to WECSSAA are Madeline Ganton, 400m; Orton in hurdles; Jaccob Derksen, shotput; Campeau, 400m; Jessica MacPherson, javelin; Montana Wilkins, hurdles; Tigh Jobin, javelin; Spencer Campeau, 200m; and McElwain, triple jump.

• The EDHS girls’ senior soccer team advanced to the WECSSAA semi-finals following a 2-1 shootout over St. Joseph’s last week.

•  It was a busy week for the EDHS girls’ slo-pitch team as it beat Cardinal Carter 16-6, lost to Villanova 6-2, and blasted St. Anne’s 23-5 at Co-An Park in McGregor before beating Belle River 19-7 on Thursday.

• It was the second win in a row for the improving EDHS boys’ baseball team as the Red Raiders beat UMEI 16-1 in WECSSAA play last Tuesday.

• James Morgan had a goal and a pair of assists to help the Windsor Clippers to a big 23-3 win over London in Junior ‘B’ Lacrosse action last week. This past weekend, he had another helper in a 15-7 win over Welland.

• The Woodslee Junior Orioles came up short in its Essex County Senior Baseball League opener, dropping an 8-4 decision to the Amherstburg Seniors.

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