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Orillia’s Josh Allan, who played minor hockey and Jr. C hockey in Orillia before culminating his junior career with two stellar seasons in Trenton, has signed to play NCAA Division 1 hockey at Sacred Heart University this winter. (Amy Deroche/OJHL Images)

Orillia’s Josh Allan excited to play in Bridgeport, Conn.

For young AAA hockey players with big-league dreams, the minor midget year is when their future begins to take shape. It’s when Ontario Hockey League (OHL) teams select these youngsters and catapult them onto the fast track to success.

Orillia's Katelyn Ayers sprinted to a bronze medal in the 800-metre competition at the recent Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg. Overall, local athletes won several medals at the country's largest multi-sport event that featured the best athletes from across Canada. (SUBMITTED)

Orillia runner races to third-place finish at Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg

Racing down the stretch, with another runner breathing down her neck, Orillia’s Katelyn Ayers gave it everything she had, squeezing every ounce of energy out of her spent body, sprinting to a bronze medal in a thrilling finish in the women’s 800-metre race at the Canada Summer Games.

The Orillia Parry Automotive U19A team captured bronze this weekend at the Ontario Women’s Field Lacrosse provincial championship in Oshawa. The defending champions were upset by Oakville courtesy a heartbreaking, last-second goal in the semifinals but bounced back to defeat Orangeville in the bronze-medal game. (SUBMITTED)

Lady Kings bring home bronze

There’s only one word to describe Orillia’s dramatic loss at this weekend’s Ontario Women’s Field Lacrosse provincial championship: heartbreaking.

Golf Ontario/Submitted Orillia’s John Murphy displays the trophy he won after earning the Investors Group Ontario Senior Men’s Championship at the Cedar Brae Golf Club in Scarborough. With the win against the province’s top golfers aged 55 and older, Murphy has earned the right to go for a national title at the Canadian Senior Men’s Championship in September.

Orillia’s John Murphy wins provincial senior men’s golf championship

In a dramatic final round that featured multiple lead changes, Orillia's John Murphy took advantage of a rare miscue by his opponent to pull off an improbable win at the Investors Group Ontario Senior Men's Championship last week, becoming the province's top golfer over the age of 55.

Submitted Five Orillia Lady Kings players were selected to play for Team Ontario at the U19 Women’s Field Lacrosse National Championship in Halifax, where the team won its second straight Canadian title. From left are Orillians Emily Van Kessel, Jordan Kummer, Abbi England, Hannah Morris and Kaiti Van Kessel.

Five Orillia players helped Team Ontario go undefeated in national championship

A quintet of Orillia Lady Kings helped Team Ontario reign at the recent Canadian Lacrosse Association U19 Women's Field Lacrosse National Championship in Halifax, N.S. Team Ontario went undefeated en route to winning the Canadian title, as they dominated teams from Nova Scotia, Alberta and B.C.

Submitted Oro-Medonte’s Peter Disera celebrates after winning the elite men’s division at the 2017 Canadian Mountain Bike Championship in Canmore, Alta. Disera hopes to make Canada’s Olympic team for 2018.

Cyclist wins elite title

Horseshoe Valley's Peter Disera won the elite men's division at the 2017 Canadian Mountain Bike Championship in Canmore, Alta., on the weekend.

Dave Dawson The Packet & Times An Orillia Lady Kings midfielder tries to get her stick on a loose ball during first-half action against Toronto Beaches in U15 division action Saturday at the West Orillia Sports Complex. The Lady Kings won 9-2 to continue their strong season in the A division.

Orillia hosts league tournament

Orillia was the centre of the universe for Ontario Women's Field Lacrosse on the weekend as the West Orillia Sports Complex became the headquarters for league action on both Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday, 13 teams competed in the U15 age group - six in the A division (including the Orillia Lady Kings) and seven in the B division. On Sunday, team

Dave Dawson/The Packet & Times Pat Morris addresses members of the Orillia Parry Automotive U19 Lady Kings team during a timeout at this week's contest against Oshawa. Morris said he feels the Lady Kings, buoyed by tournament success in Pennsylvania and a return to form in league play, are rounding into shape as they prepare to defend their provincial championship in August.

Team earns 8-7 win on Monday, looking toward provincials

In the golden glow of an undefeated season that was capped by a provincial championship, expectations were sky high for the Orillia Parry Automotive Lady Kings U19 team as it entered this year's Ontario Women's Field Lacrosse (OWFL) season.