Author: Stephen Sweet

Spartans rugby starts, finishes strong

The Stouffville Spartans bookended their season nicely. Highlights for the senior girls rugby team included a fantastic start and a strong finish. After a perfect regular season, the Spartans went to the provincial championship, going 1-2 in the process, but they worked together to win their final contest of the year against Colborne’s Lakeshore Catholic High School. “Our communication and working as a team is great,” said Spartans captain Denise Laghayi. “Some teams play individually and you can’t do that, especially in rugby. There are forwards and backs and you have to work together. Without that collaboration, you’re not...

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Acton to lead the Spirit

There will be a familiar face behind the Stouffville Spirit bench next season. The Ontario Junior ‘A’ Hockey League franchise named Rob Acton as their head coach in early April, replacing the currently-suspended Jeff Perrin at the helm. Acton’s long history with the Spirit made him a clear choice. “He was a player for us, but he was also an assistant coach for us for two years,” said Spirit general manager Ken Burrows. “Before then, he did some scouting for the Swift Current Broncos. He did a good job for us, and knew that one day, he wanted to...

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Supersonics tip off in Stouffville

Despite the rise in popularity of basketball, there hasn’t been a dedicated program for it in the Stouffville community. Dereck Hoppler is looking to change that. Hoppler has started up the Stouffville Supersonics program as an opportunity for boys and girls to grow their game. “The thing with the Stouffville Supersonics is that we want to be teaching life skills,” Hoppler said. “Our motto is building leaders on and off the court. It’s great that our kids can develop basketball skills with us here, but while they’re here, they’re also developing life skills.” Hoppler, who has had plenty of...

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Spartans finish with heads held high

The Stouffville Spartans have a lot to look forward to. Although the senior boys team lost in the first round of the playoffs, there’s plenty of positivity for the group. The young squad finished their season with a 4-4 record before falling to the Huron Heights Warriors 73-67 in round one of the playoffs. “They just wanted it more toward the end,” said Stouffville’s Travis Nolf. “We both tried, we both worked hard, but at the end of the day, they just came out wanting to win.” There was plenty to like for the Spartans, even in defeat, as...

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Clippers win Richmond Hill tournament

It was a golden finish for the Stouffville Clippers. The bantam select team won the Richmond Hill Stars tournament, held Feb. 1-4, after going undefeated in five games over four days. Stouffville opened the tournament on Feb. 1, tying Goulding Park 5-5. The Clippers would continue to roll in their next two games, shutting out both the Richmond Hill Stars and Pickering Panthers. That earned Stouffville a bye to the semifinals, where it edged the Vaughan Rangers 2-1. Later on Feb. 4, the Clippers knocked off the Acton Chargers 3-2 in the final to win the championship. Three other...

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