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Dave Dawson/The Packet & Times Aislynn Docherty of Patrick Fogarty, left, gets the upper hand on Kaelyn Cessacane, also of Fogarty, during one of many matches at this week’s Georgian Bay Secondary School Association wrestling championship. Docherty prevailed in this bout and PF won the overall team title at the event.

Flames capture GBSSA wrestling title

Athletes from Patrick Fogarty Catholic Secondary School captured the school's first-ever Georgian Bay Secondary School Association wrestling championship this week, edging out their local rival to garner the regional crown.

OSS boys basketball team nudge out Nantyr Shores 67-66

After letting a comfortable 21-point lead slip through their grasp, the Orillia Secondary School senior boys' basketball team was in danger of seeing their stellar season come to a heart-breaking demise Tuesday.

Investing in Orillia's future

Many taxpayers were not thrilled earlier this week when city council opted to green-light a $17-million project to rebuild the antiquated infrastructure at the waterfront that will, it is hoped, pave the way for the redevelopment of that vital stretch of Lake Couchiching that will, in turn, spark a renaissance that will work its way into the downto

Dave Dawson/The Packet & Times Veteran Orillia defenceman Konnor Blimke has been a tower of strength on the blueline for Orillia. Above, he’s shown thwarting a Kings forward from getting the puck into the Terriers’ end. Orillia rallied to beat Penetang 4-3 in overtime to take a commanding 3-1 series lead.

Terriers take 3-1 series lead

Backed by spectacular goaltending, improved team defence and a more balanced scoring attack, the Davenport Subaru Orillia Terriers are in the driver's seat in their Provincial Junior Hockey League first-round series against Penetang.

Bravo to councillors for hands-on approach

The city received great news Friday in the form of an additional $1.25 million in cash from the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund - money that will be used to purchase two new buses this year. That's on top of the $1.4 million approved in the transit budget last year that paved the way for the city to buy three new buses, which are already in use.

Submitted This group of skaters will be among almost 200 members of the Orillia Figure Skating Club that will perform in Jukebox Saturday Night Feb. 25 at Rotary Place. There will be a 2 p.m. show and a 7 p.m. performance. Tickets are available at the door.

Jukebox Saturday Night takes place Feb. 25

Almost 200 local athletes are ready for their big moment in the white-hot spotlight. With music from the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s providing the soundtrack, members of the Orillia Figure Skating Club (OFSC), wearing hand-crafted costumes, will strut their stuff – on skates – at Jukebox Saturday Night Feb. 25 at Rotary Place.“Our skaters really look forw

Come out into the cold

Here’s a shocker: There’s snow in the forecast. Again. It’s been a wicked winter in which Orillia has been inundated, to date, with 274 centimetres of snow – 10 centimetres more than normal – and we still have, depending on which rodent you believe, at least four weeks left of potential snowfall.There’s no question it can be tiresome. But we have a

Dave Dawson/The Packet & Times Hannah Morris, right, and Jerica Obee have committed to play women’s field lacrosse at Division 1 schools in the United States. Morris will play at Canisius College in Buffalo, while Obee will join the St. Bonaventure Bonnies in Olean, N.Y. Both started playing at a young age and shone together on two provincial championship-winning teams last summer.

Hannah Morris and Jerica Obee have committed to play at New York colleges

Two talented local teenagers have been recruited to play NCAA field lacrosse at New York Division 1 schools. Jerica Obee has committed to play at St. Bonaventure University in Olean, N.Y., while Hannah Morris has accepted an athletic scholarship to play at Canisius College in Buffalo.

Enforce existing bylaws

Take a deep breath, everyone! This is Canada and that may mean, at this time of year, a slippery sidewalk or a daunting snowbank -- it's called winter.

Dave Dawson/The Packet & Times Orillia Terriers netminder Andrew North keeps his eyes on the play while defenceman Konnor Blimke makes sure Penetang forward Owen King is kept away from the crease during heated action Saturday night at Rotary Place. The Terriers won 4-1 to even the first-round playoff series 1-1.

Team ties playoff series 1-1 after disappointing regular season

After a heart-breaking series-opening overtime defeat 24 hours earlier, the Davenport Subaru Orillia Terriers bounced back with a solid 4-1 win over Penetang Saturday night at Rotary Place to knot their best-of-seven Provincial Junior Hockey League series 1-1.

Program an encouraging step

A few years ago, John Kelly, an assistant coach with the Barrie Colts minor midget team, and Jim Harris, who work together at the Simcoe County branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), started talking about a way to harness the power and passion of hockey to help reduce the stigma around mental health.

Dave Dawson/The Packet & Times Orillia native Andrew North is shown above making a save while a member of the Penetang Kings. North and Andrew Couling were traded for one another recently and will now face each other in the first round of the playoffs. Game 1 goes Friday night in Penetang with the second game slated for Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. at Rotary Place.

Terriers set for clash with Kings

After missing the post-season last year, the Davenport Subaru Orillia Terriers are ready to unleash their pent-up playoff prowess against the Penetang Kings when the Provincial Junior Hockey League playoffs begin Friday.

Dave Dawson/ The Packet & Times The Start Talking Cup began three years ago to help hockey players start talking about mental health issues. It’s expanded to include off-ice workshops for both players and parents. On Tuesday night, members of the North Central Predators minor midget team met at the Rama MASK and received tips and coping strategies from Canadian Mental Health Association youth workers and former AAA players drafted by the Barrie Colts: Kyle Heitzner, right, and Christian Taylor, left.

Start Talking Cup shines a light on mental health

Hockey players, from an early age, are taught the nuances of skating, how to shoot hard and accurately, how to dish out a body check and how to take a hit. They are schooled about the value of hard work, the importance of obeying their coaches and the merit of proper nutrition and exercise.

The cost of policing

The cost of policing in Ontario is untenable. That does not mean policing is not necessary, nor valued, nor under-appreciated. However, the rising costs and the current model employed by the OPP means most municipalities - especially smaller, rural towns and townships - are fiscally handcuffed and imprisoned by costs they have virtually no control

Fee waiving a step in the right direction

Starting a new business is a risk. It's a leap of faith. And, in the early days, once the initial adrenalin rush and opening-day buzz fades, there's often a period of fear and trepidation - about tomorrow, about attracting customers, about paying bills, about finally getting behind the steering wheel only to be unsure if you can afford the gas.

A Moonstone Mechanical novice Terriers forward battles for control of the puck with his counterpart from Nobleking during the teams’ first playoff game Saturday at Rotary Place. Orillia prevailed 3-1 and take a 1-0 series lead into Wednesday’s Game 2. DAVE DAWSON/THE PACKET & TIMES

Novices beat Nobleking in playoff action

The regular season has come to a close for local teams that compete in the York Simcoe Hockey League. But the second season - the playoffs - is now underway for a variety of teams who wear Orillia's colours.