Sports Roundup – Branch off to FISU Games

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by Fred Groves

Essex District High School grad Cameron Branch will represent Canada on the men’s volleyball team when they head to Taiwan for the FISU Games from August 19-30. Branch, a powerful outside hitter, had 148 points, 73 digs, and 41 blocks for the Nipissing University Lakers last season.

• Jessica MacPherson of Essex will play first base for the Team Ontario under-21 women’s baseball team when it takes part in the Canadian Women’s Invitational Tournament in Windsor this week. The games are being played at Cullen Field. Ontario opens up against Quebec at 7 pm tonight (Thursday), and the next day will take on British Columbia at 10 a.m. Later in the day, it will meet up against Alberta.

• The Sun County Panthers, who play hockey out of the Essex Centre Sports Complex, will host the Ontario Hockey Federation Peewee AAA championships April 2-6, 2018.

• Essex native Mike Lachance is entering his 13th season as coach of the AKO Fratmen football team, which opens its season August 12 at the University of Windsor when they kickoff against the Edmonton Huskies.

• Woodslee’s Becca Fuerth will be on the roster for the University of Windsor women’s soccer team as they start their season on August 25 against Guelph.

• On A Cloud, owned and trained by Tom Bain, won the seventh race at the Dresden Raceway on Sunday. And, his Big Bad Carly was third in the second race. Donald Leschied’s (of Woodslee) Treasure Royal won the fifth and Zinfandart, owned by Essex’s Alma Jarvis, was second in the tenth race. Harness racing returns to Leamington this Sunday at 1 p.m.

• In Essex County Senior Baseball League play on Sunday, the Essex Senior Yellowjackets beat the host Leamington GH team 10-0. Earlier in the week, the Essex Seniors lost a close 5-4 decision to the Essex Juniors.

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