Sports Roundup – Mr. 73’s retires from local club

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by Fred Groves

The Essex 73’s Most Valuable Person is retiring.

Frank Matthys has been with the local Junior ‘C’ Hockey team since its conception in 1973, serving first as a goal judge and then as the Equipment Manager.

Known as Mr. 73’s, the 91-year old has helped the team win numerous league and provincial championships.

The team will honour the former Essex Citizen of the Year during special ceremonies planned for this season.

• Glen Mills and the Essex Ravens saw their Ontario Provincial Football League season come to an end on Saturday as they were eliminated from the post-season by the London Junior Mustangs, 44-18.

• Still with football, Essex’s Brandon Revenberg and the Hamilton Ti-Cats are still winless after four starts in the Canadian Football League as they were beaten last week 31-28 by the Edmonton Eskimos.

• The Essex Junior Yellowjackets went undefeated, winning all four games they played in three days to win the Mex-Can International baseball tournament held in Leamington this past weekend. Essex beat Leamington 10-2 in the championship game on Sunday afternoon.

• A big 15-1 win over the Woodslee Juniors on Sunday has the Essex Senior Yellowjackets sporting a 7-8 record in the Essex County Senior Baseball League. The Yellowjackets have won three of their last four games and are scheduled to host the Essex Juniors at the Gaye Queen Memorial Diamond tonight (Thursday) at 7 p.m.

• It was a good afternoon at the racetrack in Dresden on Sunday for South Woodslee’s Tom Bain. He saw his On A Cloud win the second race with a time of 1:59.4. In the next race, Jimini Top was second. Horse harness racing returns to Leamington on August 6.

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