Upcoming week in sports Feb 2-11

Morrison tourney for charity and Winterdance is Yukon Bound

By Terrance Gavan

   The weekend is booked solid or hockey buffs in the Highlands.

   Canada’s newest inductee into the Hockey Hall of Fame, Angela James is coming to town.

   James will be a special dinner guest at the Third Annual Scotty Morrison Charity Hockey tournament. The proceeds go to support the incredible work being done by Community Care Haliburton

   James, a four-time gold medalist for Canada, was joined by Cammi Granato as the first women inductees to the Hall of Fame. Once fierce rivals, they are now linked as pioneers, entering the hockey Hall that has been dedicated to men only since 1945.

   “This is a day I never really thought would ever happen,” James, who now lives in Richmond Hill, told Toronto Star on the day she was inducted. “I look at this as being a great day for female hockey.”

   Festivities for the Morrison tourney begin on Friday night with the annual charity dinner this year being held at the Minden Community Center just above the rink.

   Special guests – along with James – include Doug Pritchard (HHOF VP), Ray Scapinello, Doug Wicks (referee), Bryan Lewis (referee) and others.

   The dinner hosted by Rhubarb of Eagle Lake is a must-see event.

   Morrison said that the guests will have a shot at roasting the tournament chairman. “That’s me,” Morrison said a couple of weeks back.

   Morrison says he’s looking forward to the charity event and especially happy that the five-time world champions, the Canadian National Amputee team, will be playing a team of Ontario Provincial Police, and NHL alumni. That game will be played at the Dysart Arena in Haliburton on Saturday evening.

   Admission to that and all tourney games is by donation.

   Winterdance Dog Sled Tours co-owner Hank DeBruin is headed on another wild adventure.

   You may recall that Hank and his Winterdance racing team of Siberian Huskies competed in the Iditarod last year.

   The team arrived in Whitehorse on Tuesday following some truck trouble in Mayerthorpe Alberta. A great group of residents and mechanics got them back on the road in record time. And Hank and the team are now preparing for the race.

   The 2011 Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race starts on Saturday, February 5th at 11:00 a.m. from downtown Whitehorse. Hank joins a retinue of grizzled mushers from all over the world for the rugged  two weeks of sled dog racing, covering over 1,000 miles through arctic winter wilderness.

High School back from exams

    A full slate of action is set for second semester at Hal High.

   The Hal High boys and girls hockey teams both sring into action on Monday, Feb 7.

   The guys are hosting Thomas A Stewart at the Dysart Barn at 7 pm.

   The Red Hawks will be trying to extend their perfect 8-0 Kawartha Hockey League record.

   The girls’  Red Hawks ‘hawkey’ squad will travel to Thomas A for a 3:15 game on Monday afternoon.

   The senior girls’ volleyball squad compete at the Kawartha qualifying tourney on Tuesday Feb 8 in Cobourg.

   Hawks hoopsters travel to Brock for a pair of must-win games next Tuesday as well. Their remaining two games versus Brock and IE Weldon are both on the road.

   The Red Hawk girls hockey team hosts Kenner Collegiate at the Dysart Arena on Wednesday, feb. 9. Game time is 2:30 pm.

   Hal High is hosting the COSSA Nordic Ski championships at Glebe Park on Thursday Feb 10. That’s a great event and will feature some of the best Nordic high school skiers in Ontario.

   Still on Thursday, Hal High and Sir Sam’s Ski area are playing host to the Kawartha Snowboarding championships. And the junior girls volleyball team are at the Kawartha qualifying tourney at PHSS.

   The boys hockey team travels to TAS for a 3:30 game in Peterborough on Thursday and both basketball teams are in Lindsay for their final season games at IE Weldon.

   On Friday Feb 11 Paul Klose, Dan Faulkner and the Hal High Red Hawk wrestling team are embracing the huge task of welcoming a huge number of wrestlers for the Kawartha Championships.

Winterfest Games take over Hal High gym Feb. 15-17

   Senior athletes will descend upon the Hal High gymnasium from Feb 15-17.

   The Red Hawks nest will be zone central for all of the awards and special events taking place at the games.

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