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Dave Dawson/The Packet & Times Twelve local high school students were feted at Thursday's Breakfast of Champions. The athletes included Patrick Fogarty's Ben Peacock, Jessica McIsaac, Rishelle Settle and Joey Healy in addition to Twin Lakes students Mac Vibert, Camille Vibert, Rebecca Ballantyne and Hayden Crowley alongside Orillia Secondary School students Pierson French, Tosh Aggarwal, Maggie Smith and Olivia Burnie. With the students are Orillia mayor Steve Clarke, far left, and guest speaker Rob Town, far right.

Breakfast of Champions put on by Orillia Sport Council

Successful, hard-working local high school athletes were celebrated by the Orillia Sport Council at its fourth annual Breakfast of Champions Thursday morning at Bayside Restaurant. The students were also schooled about Orillia's rich sports heritage by one of this city's pre-eminent athletes, Rob Town.

Dave Dawson/The Packet & Times Orillia Lady Kings coach Pat Morris demonstrates a medicine-ball catapult — one of six events he put his players through as part of a lacrosse-specific combine. The club went undefeated last year and won an Ontario title — a feat they hope to duplicate this summer.

Lacrosse team prepares to defend provincial title

The only thing more difficult than winning a championship is to win back-to-back crowns. And that's what the Parry Automotive/Kelsey's Restaurant U19 Orillia Lady Kings will try to do this summer.

Submitted photo Orillia’s Nic Langman and Jessica McCutcheon will represent the Black Lotus Kickboxing Club and Canada at this summerís Intercontinental Team Championship in South Africa. The local athletes have been selected for the Canadian National Amateur Kickboxing team and are looking for community support to help raise the money necessary to attend the international competition.

Two Orillians made the 15-person team headed to South Africa

A pair of local athletes will represent Orillia and Canada at the upcoming Intercontinental Team Championship in South Africa. Nic Langman and Jessica McCutcheon have been selected for the Canadian National Amateur Kickboxing team that will compete at the prestigious event this summer.

Keith Penna

Terriers name new coach and GM

A new era is dawning for the Orillia Terriers. Randy Salmon, who coached the team in each of its first four seasons, has stepped down from his position and will be replaced by Keith Penna, who will become the club's new coach and general manager.

Dave Dawson/The Packet & Times Coach Bill Cartmill honours the players who comprised the 1969-70 Byers Bulldozers, which won the International Silver Stick and a Canadian midget championship – feats that were recognized Sunday at the Orillia Minor Hockey Association year-end awards banquet. Behind Cartmill, from left, are: Tim Holder, Tommy McGill, Norm Metcalfe, Don Hawke, Bobby Glass, Peter Bailey, Brian Power, Stan Gross, John Falcon, Ian Ashby (stick boy) and Rob Byers (representing Byers Equipment).

Minor hockey association tips its hat to the past

To help celebrate the 150th anniversary of both Orillia and Canada, the Orillia Minor Hockey Association paid homage to its past at its annual awards banquet Sunday at Rotary Place.

Dave Dawson/The Packet & Times Aiden O’Connell-Barkey, an assistant captain with the Jim Wilson Chevrolet minor peewee Terriers, is presented the inaugural rep MVP award by Travis Wilks, the director of the rep division for the Orillia Minor Hockey Association.

GALLERY: Awards banquet caps season

After a touching tribute to the city's storied hockey past, the current crop of local minor hockey players had their moment in the spotlight Sunday, proving the future looks bright for the Sunshine City.

Dave Dawson/ The Packet & Times Chris Glover, director of student affairs at the Orillia campus of Lakehead University, centre, is flanked by male athlete of the year award winner Kareem Poonah and female athlete of the year Shai Kemp. The top prizes capped off the university’s annual athletic banquet Saturday night at Hawk Ridge Golf and Country Club.

Lakehead fetes tops athletes

Later this month, Shai Kemp will graduate from the Orillia campus of Lakehead University with an Honours Bachelor of Criminology degree, but the Prescott native will leave with much more than a piece of paper.

Submitted photo The Lakehead University women’s indoor soccer team earned a berth in the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) championship at Redeemer University College in Ancaster that featured the province’s top 10 teams. In the front row, from left, are: Alana Rachner, Shai Kemp, Jess Langille, Brooke De Guilio, Kellie Parrott and Brianne Martin. In the back row: Chauntelle Palmer, Hayley Miskiw, Dusti Szabo, Alyssa Bernardi, Madison Leigh and Dustin Chung (coach).

Lakehead has strong showing at championships

After taking monumental strides this season, the Lakehead University Orillia women's indoor soccer team capped their history-making season by competing at the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) championship at Redeemer University College in Ancaster.