Local roundup: Hunter takes Molson Master Open Division while Forfitt claims Senior Division


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Dylin Hunter and Dave Forfitt made the most of the top seed in Saturday’s 66th Molson Masters bowling championships at the Revs Rose Bowl.

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The top-seeded Hunter beat defending champion Darren Alexander 247-214 in the Open Division final to reclaim the title he won in 2019.

Forfitt, who was also the top seed, claimed his first Senior Division title since 2013 by beating Chris Woodman 245-243 in a match that went down to the last shot.

Hunter sat and watched the field thin as Alex Formosa opened the step-ladder final in the Open Division with a 201-194 win over Pierre Belliveau, but was taken out in the next match by Randy Churchill Jr., who won 248-235. Alexander beat Churchill Jr. 252-247 in the semis, but a split in the seventh frame opened the door for Hunter to take the title.

In the Senior Division, Chris Woodman beat Brian Neels 243-186 in the first match and then edged Mike Volginy by a 196-163 count in the semis before falling in a tight final.

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No express comeback

Down 21 points in the third quarter, the Windsor Express rallied to make it a two-point game in the final two minutes, but could not complete the comeback.

The Express fell 110-103 on Sunday to the London Lightning in NBL of Canada action at Budweiser Gardens.

Billy White led the Express (2-6) with 30 points and 14 rebounds. Quinnel Brown added 16 points against London (10-0) while Lance Tejada finished with 14 points, Marcus Anderson added 11 points and DeVonte’ Pratt came off the bench to score 10 points.

flyers keep rolling

The first-place Leamington Flyers continued to roll with a 4-0 road win over the Sarnia Legionnaires on Saturday to extend the club’s winning streak to eight games in the Western Conference of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League.

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Blake McNally, Connor MacPherson, Wyatt O’Neil and Gabe Piccolo scored single goals and Gavin Grundner added three assists for the Flyers (35-10-0-0). Goalie Boe Piroski made 20 saves against the ninth-place Legionnaires (11-33-1-1) to record his third shutout of the season.

Vipers stage comeback.

The LaSalle Vipers rallied from an early two-goal deficit to score a key 3-2 shootout win on the road over the St. Marys Lincolns in Western Conference play in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League.

Brody Gillis and Andrew Kotevski, with 78 seconds left in regulation, got the Vipers to extra time.

Spencer Lecot had the lone goal in the shootout for the fourth-place Vipers (25-17-2-1) to complete the comeback while LaSalle goalie made 40 saves through overtime and three more in the shootout to secure the win against the fifth- place Lincolns (25-21-0-1), who are two points back from LaSalle for home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

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Sharks blank Canadians

The Wheatley Sharks staved off elimination with a 5-0 win at home on Sunday over the Lakeshore Canadiens.

The top-seeded Canadiens still hold a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series over the fifth-seeded Sharks. Game 5 is Tuesday in Lakeshore.

Braedon Caetano had two goals and an assist for the Sharks. Matt Carvalho, Dallas Anderson and Liam Sinasac added single goals while goalie Ethan Handley made 38 saves for his third shutout of the playoffs.

73’s lead series

The Essex 73’s scored a key road win on Saturday to put the Mooretown Flags on the verge of elimination.

The second-seeded 73’s beat the Flags 4-0 in Mooretown to give Essex a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven Bills Stobbs Division semifinal series. Essex can end the series at home on Tuesday.

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Curtis Jackson scored a pair of goals to lead the Essex offense while Carson Noble and Josh Root added single goals in support of goalie Jakob Knowles, who made 30 saves for the shutout.

Provincial skating championships

The South Windsor Skating Club picked up seven medals, including a pair of gold medals, at the Skate Ontario Provincial Championships in Mississauga, which wrapped up on Sunday.

Ethan van Heugten won the Star 9 under-14 men’s division and placed third in the juvenile men’s under-14 division while Maya Michael captured the Star 7 artistic division.

Tianyu Lin finished second in the Star 7 over-12 men’s division while bronze medals went to Andrea Dobrin, in the Star 7 artistic division, Serena Zhang, in the the juvenile women’s under-14 division, and Youran Pan and Om Dighe, in the Star 4/5 dance division.

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As well, van Heugten, Mikhael, Lin, Dobrin, Zhang, Pan and Dighe were all named to the new Skate Ontario Provincial Development team.

Rose City gymnastics

The Rose City Gymnastics Club had 25 athletes finish on the podium at a provincial qualifier/invitational competition in Pickering.

First-place finishes went to Charlotte Griffore, Everleigh Ruscica, Makena Baillargeon, Joanna Ouyang, Adriana Mikho, Julia McInnis, Spencer Maria and Alessandra Mastronardi.

Soraya Smith, Eryka Murphy, Lily Garant, Tia Tian, ​​Katelynn Frappier, Lola Bautista, Harper Horrocks, Grace Goodyear and Presley Bartel each posted second-place finishes.

Violet Metcalfe, Hailey Schmidt, Ivory Lantz, Harper Khoury, Evangeline Serra, Brynn St. Denis, Alyvvea Beemer and Edda Rivest posted third-place finishes.

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