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Kings slide into playoffs

On paper, it looks like a David vs. Goliath matchup. The Orillia Experience Nissan Kings, who stumbled and sputtered down the stretch en route to compiling a 9-10-1 regular season record, will clash with the powerhouse Akwesasne Indians, who rolled to a 15-5 record, in the first round of the Ontario Lacrosse Association Jr. B playoffs.

Ed Babin.

Babin dies after battle with bone cancer

If you encountered Ed Babin, gazing intently at the action on the ice from his prized perch at the community centre, he might have growled at you. He might not have deigned to look up from his ever-present, oversized clipboard. He took his role as the Orillia Travelways statistician seriously and his gruff, devil-may-care persona was his calling ca

Dave Dawson/The Packet & Times This young T-ball player was all smiles Saturday as he got to meet Alomar, who conducted a few drills with the youngsters.

Baseball Day in Orillia hits a home run

Before Roberto Alomar pulled on a Blue Jays jersey, decades before he won back-to-back World Series titles with Toronto and long before he developed into a Hall of Fame player who earned 10 Gold Gloves, he was a little boy in a small town with a big dream.


Kings squeak into playoffs

It took a dramatic last-second goal in overtime and some help from another team, but, for the second straight year, Orillia's Experience Nissan Kings have qualified for the post-season.

Submitted Justin Bergsma and Ashley Rich were recognized as Patrick Fogarty’s male and female student athletes of the year at the school’s annual athletic awards banquet this week. This award recognizes individuals who excel in both academics and athletics.

School hands out awards to top athletes

As the school year winds down, it's an ideal time to reflect on the accomplishments of student athletes - something Patrick Fogarty Catholic Secondary School did this week.

SUBMITTED The Parry Automotive U19A Orillia Lady Kings went undefeated, earning a pair of victories and a dramatic deadlock, at this weekend’s Girls of Summer Classic tournament in Syracuse, N.Y. Despite missing captain Quintin Bullen, due to injury, Orillia shone against elite American teams. The local squad hopes to defend its provincial championship later this summer.

Lady Kings clean up in Syracuse

Despite missing Quintin Bullen, their captain and one of the best girls’ field lacrosse players in the province, the Parry Automotive U19A Orillia Lady Kings went undefeated on the weekend at The Girls of Summer Classic tournament in Syracuse, N.Y.

SUBMITTED The Orillia Lakers celebrated a successful season and the 25th anniversary of the program this week at its annual end-of-the-season banquet at Orillia Secondary School. Each of the teams presented heart and hustle awards, most-valuable player awards and recognized top defensive players. Some of those winners along with Julia Murphy, Brooke Elbers and Matthew Smith, who won the Dr. McGugan Memorial Award, are shown above.

Awards banquet caps record-breaking season

The Orillia Lakers celebrated a quarter century of basketball in style this week with its biggest-ever banquet capping a record-breaking season on the hardcourt.


Bulldogs tame Kings

Another slow start mixed with penalty troubles proved to be a deadly combination as Orillia's Experience Nissan Kings were dumped 10-6 by the host Halton Hills Bulldogs Thursday night.

Jordon Roberts rushes down the floor during the third quarter of Sunday's Jr. B lacross tilt between Orillia and Nepean at Rotary Place. PATRICK BALES/THE PACKET & TIMES

Kings rally to earn split

Orillia's Experience Nissan Kings bounced back from a tough loss Saturday night when they rolled to an explosive 17-6 win over Nepean in a Sunday afternoon Ontario Lacrosse Association Jr. B contest at Rotary Place.

Kings ground Saints

The red-hot Orillia Experience Nissan Kings were sizzling Thursday night when they crushed the host Newmarket Saints 15-3 at the Ray Twinney Recreation Complex.

SUBMITTED Dennis Scott and Chris Dodd are shown with an official after winning a gold medal at the recent Ontario Senior Games Association 55+ District 28 Pickleball Championship.

Orillia teams win gold, silver at provincial championships

You may have noticed, as you dropped your kids off for hockey or lacrosse at Rotary Place, there’s often a group of people playing a strange hybrid of badminton and tennis in the Orillia Room of the twin-pad facility’s foyer.

Kings topple two top teams

Goliath, meet David. Over the weekend, Orillia’s Experience Nissan Kings played the role of giant slayers, knocking off two of the top teams in the Ontario Lacrosse Association’s Jr. B ranks to solidify themselves as contenders.