Sports News

Middaugh and Button win XTERRA Québec Pan Am Tour

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Triathletes were unruffled by the heavy rain and thunderstorm of July 13. Early Sunday morning, 300 amateur and elite international athletes competed in a triathlon on a course through lakes and forest at Lac Delage in the sixth XTERRA race, competing for a spot in the XTERRA World Championship in Hawaii.

Lizotte back with the Quebec Remparts, and baseball news

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Photo: QMJHL

Pascal Lizotte, the Quebec Remparts’ goaltender coach from 2011 to 2013, will hold the same title in the upcoming season. Remparts general manager and head coach Patrick Roy confirmed Lizotte’s hiring in a press release on July 12.

Toronto Raptors to hold their 2019-20 training camp in Quebec

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Photo: NBA Canada website

The Toronto Raptors, the newest champions of the National Basketball Association (NBA), will hold their 2019-20 training camp in Quebec City.

The announcement was made in a press release by the Université Laval Sports Activities Services on July 10.

Auger-Aliassime ousted at Wimbledon, plus football and hockey news

L’Ancienne-Lorette’s Félix Auger-Aliassime was eliminated in the third round at Wimbledon on July 5. The 18-year-old was ranked 19th before the start of one of the world’s most prestigious tennis tournaments. The rising Canadian tennis star lost in three straight sets to Ugo Humbert of France.

Three Capitales players at Can-Am League all-star game

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Photo: Luc Lang

Three players from the Québec Capitales were at the annual all-star game at Palisades Credit Union Park in Rockland, N.Y. On July 10, the Can-Am League all-stars faced the Frontier League all-stars. Unfortunately, the results of the game were not available before this issue went to print.

NCAA teams to visit the Rouge et Or men’s basketball team in August

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Photo: U-Laval / Yan Doublet

For the 12th year, the Université Laval men’s basketball team will host two teams from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) from the United States in August. The NCAA is America’s version of Canada’s U Sports.

Meet Le Bataillon, Quebec’s new football team

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Photo: Le Bataillon de Québec Facebook page

A brand-new team has been added to a well established provincial junior football league. What was lacking for years in Quebec City will be corrected officially on Aug. 24 when the newly formed team, Le Bataillon of Quebec City, hosts the Laval Junior Bulldogs in their first-ever game in the Quebec Major Junior Football League (QMJFL).

Three players from the Quebec area get the call at the NHL draft

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Photo: QMJHL

When you’re a kid playing hockey, no matter where you are, you dream of playing in the National Hockey League. You dream of playing for the famous Montreal Canadiens, or with Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins. You close your eyes at night, imagining that you score the winning goal in the seventh game of the final and that you get your hands on the Stanley Cup, the Holy Grail of hockey.

Godin back with BC; no St. Pat’s players drafted by QMJHL teams

Former St. Patrick’s High School and Université Laval football player Edward Godin has made the BC Lions 46-man roster. Godin and the Lions played their first regular season game on June 15 against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers but lost 33-22.

Cuban players (finally) in Quebec to help out Capitales

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Photo: Luc Lang

The Cuban players of the Quebec Capitales, of the Can-Am Baseball League, could not have arrived at a better time. After what was becoming a real hassle to get all the paperwork done with the Canadian embassy in Mexico, things were finally settled and the three players from Cuba made it to Quebec City last week.

First homestand of the season not enough for the Capitales

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Photo: Luc Lang

Veteran hurler and pitching coach Karl Gélinas pitched eight strong innings, striking out eight batters as well, and led the Québec Capitales to a 2-1 win over the Rockland Boulders in Can-Am Baseball League action on May 26, at Stade Canac. Along with his eight strikeouts, Gélinas allowed only two hits and one base on balls.

Doré and Guillemette named the 2018-19 Lions Athletes of the Year

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Photo: CEGEP-St. Lawrence Athletics

Hugo Guillemette (hockey) and Ariane Doré (basketball) were named the 2018-19 male and female Athletes of the Year at the CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence annual sports banquet held on May 2.

Yet another award for Rouge et Or’s Mathieu Betts

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Photo: Mathieu Bélanger courtesy of U-Laval

Mathieu Betts, a defensive lineman for the Université Laval Rouge et Or, was named the USports male athlete of the year for 2018-19.

A week after signing a three-year deal with the Chicago Bears of the National Football League, Betts was named the recipient of the 2019 Lieutenant Governor’s Athletic Award at a ceremony held in Calgary on May 2.

Sports roundup: half-marathon, football and hockey

Records set at Lévis Half-Marathon

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Photo: Mathieu Bélanger - Courtesy of Gestev

Some 5,000 runners were at the starting line of the 16th annual Lévis Half-Marathon and organizers were delighted that new records were set both in the men’s and the women’s categories.

Undrafted, Laval’s Betts signs with Chicago Bears

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Photo: Luc Lang

Université Laval’s Mathieu Betts, a lineman for the Rouge et Or football team, signed a contract as a free agent with the Chicago Bears of the National Football League, minutes after going undrafted in last week’s NFL draft.

High school basketball season ends with one title for the Blazers

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Photo: QHS Facebook page

The 2018-19 high school basketball season has come to an end in the Québec Chaudière-Appalaches region of the Réseau du Sport Étudiant du Québec (RSEQ).

The Quebec High School Blazers fielded seven teams (three girls’ teams and four boys’), while the St. Patrick’s High Fighting Irish had four girls’ teams and four boys’ teams in 2018-19.

Future of St. Patrick’s High hockey program looks bright

St. Patrick’s High School hockey teams have just completed their second season in the Ligue de Hockey Préparatoire Scolaire (LHPS) and the future looks bright.

With the traditional sports at St. Pat’s (football, basketball, rugby) well established, the success on the ice of the three hockey teams has the Fighting Irish sports fans taking note.

Laval Outstanding Athletes of the Year: Sarah-Jane Marois and Mathieu Betts

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Photo: Université Laval

The Université Laval Rouge et Or honoured its athletes for the 2018-19 season at their annual sports gala held at the Amphithéâtre-Desjardins of the PEPS, on April 10, in front of 600 guests.

St. Lawrence women’s basketball team comes home with silver

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Photo: Linda Naccarato

The CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence women’s basketball team took a silver medal after being defeated 65-50 by the Géants from Cégep de Saint-Jean at the Réseau du Sport Étudiant du Québec (RSEQ) provincial final, on April 7.

St. Pat’s U14 hockey team makes it to the LHPS final

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Photo: St. Pat’s Hockey Facebook page

The fairy-tale season of the St. Patrick’s High School Under 14 (U14) hockey team continues in the Ligue de Hockey Préparatoire scolaire (LHPS).

St. Lawrence Lady Lions set for RSEQ provincial championship

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Photo: St. Lawrence Lions website

The CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence Lady Lions basketball team is in Montreal from April 5 to 7 to take part in the Réseau du Sport Étudiant du Québec (RSEQ) championship.

Capitales getting ready for the 2019 Can-Am League season

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Photo: Matt Sullivan

The Québec Capitales of the Can-Am League are getting ready to make fans forget how the 2018 season ended. Let me remind you: the Capitales lost the 2018 league championship to the Sussex County Miners, who also won the regular season title.

Fighting Irish hockey teams have a perfect record in LHPS playoffs

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Photo: Luc Lang

The hockey teams at St. Patrick’s High School started their 2019 playoffs in the Ligue de Hockey Préparatoire Scolaire (LHPS) on a perfect note.

The Under 14 (U14) teams won all four games they played in Mont-Joli on March 22 and 23, while the Under 17 Major teams (U17 Majors) went undefeated in the three games they played at the Complex 2 Glaces Honco in Lévis.

Athletes soar at the Big Air Jamboree

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The Quebec City Big Air Jamboree was the event of the season. International snowboarders and freestyle skiers swooped down the giant 90-metre jump from the end of Boul. Honoré-Mercier into Îlot-Fleurie between the Dufferin-Montmorency highway ramps. From March 14 to 17, they performed their aerial acrobatics for cheering crowds.

Laval women’s basketball team wins silver at national championship

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Photo: U Laval- Mathieu Bélanger

The Université Laval women’s basketball team had to settle for silver instead of gold in the USports national championship when they were defeated in Toronto by the McMaster University Marauders 70-58 on March 10.

Centre-du-Québec wins in wheelchair basketball at the Jeux du Québec

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Wheels clashing, balls passing, the thud of dribbling and baskets going swoosh! It’s music to the ears of wheelchair basketball enthusiasts at the 54th Finale des Jeux du Québec.

St. Pat’s girls win silver in ringette in Jeux du Québec

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Photo: Tanya Moore

Two ringette players from St. Patrick’s High School won silver medals with the Capitale-Nationale team in last week’s Jeux du Québec competition in Quebec City.

Rive-Sud wins! Mission accomplished, Capitale Nationale!

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Team Rive-Sud won the 54th Finale des Jeux du Québec! Other great news: the games were deemed “mission accomplished!” In nine days, 3,300 athletes competed for 1,200 medals in 22 sports on 16 different sites – the equivalent of a mini-Olympic Games.

Stoneham hosts Jeux du Québec alpine ski races

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Stoneham Ski Resort hosted the Jeux du Québec alpine skiers from March 6 to 8. Fans who wanted to get a good view of the 10 races, however, had to climb a third of the way up the mountain.

Team Capitale-Nationale was the most decorated, with 11 medals: six gold, two silver and three bronze.

Quebec wins ringette gold at 2019 Canada Winter Games

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Photo: André Vandal/Ringette Canada

The ringette finals at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer did not disappoint, with athletes leaving it all on the ice. Quebec claimed its first ever Canada Winter Games gold, defeating Ontario 4-3 in overtime. Gatineau’s Julie Vandal dumped in the overtime winner and was beaming from ear to ear following the game. “This is a dream come true.

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