Submitted Owen Kaczanowski led his successful league-champion Orillia Royals peewee rep team in stolen bases, batting average and innings pitched last summer. The talented 13-year-old, shown playing rep basketball with the Orillia Lakers, is one of three nominees for the 2016 Orillia Athlete of the Year award.

One sport not enough

Editor’s note: Three accomplished athletes have been nominated as Orillia’s top athlete for 2016. The Packet & Times is profiling the nominees. Today, we conclude with a profile of Owen Kaczanowski.

Sunshine Rockers, left to right, David Hamilton, Brad Sears, David Pratt, Alison McGillivray and Dennis Chamberlain, placed second in the "B" division of the Special Olympics qualifier in Walkerton. SUBMITTED

Curlers head to Walkerton

In late November, zone playdowns for Special Olympics curling were held at the Orillia Curling Club. As a result of placing first in their division, Team Chamberlain from the Orillia Sunshine Rockers went to Walkerton earlier this month with five curlers to curl in the South West Ontario qualifier.

Terriers fall to Hornets

In what was likely a first-round playoff preview, the Davenport Subaru Orillia Terriers did little to strike fear into their prospective opponents Wednesday night, falling 7-3 to the visiting Alliston Hornets in an uninspiring effort at Rotary Place.

Submitted Quintin Hoch-Bullen helped Orillia Secondary School win a silver medal at this summer’s provincial high-school championship and led her Orillia Lady Kings U19 team to an undefeated season that climaxed with a provincial championship in a dramatic comeback the Orillia teen sparked. She is one of three nominees for the city’s 2016 Orillia Athlete of the Year award.

Lacrosse star exudes leadership

Editor’s note: Three accomplished athletes have been nominated as Orillia’s top athlete for 2016. The Packet & Times is profiling the nominees. Today, we feature Quintin Hoch-Bullen.

Leafs' Martin Marincin and Senators' Derick Brassard battle in front of Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen during first period NHL action in Toronto on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017. (Stan Behal/Toronto Sun)

Leafs struggles at home continue

Costly penalties, late tying goals against, shootout losses and home defeats ... such are the chains holding the Maple Leafs back from making real noise in the NHL standings.

Canada's Adam Hadwin shot a 13-under 59 during the third round of the PGA Tour's CareerBuilder Challenge in La Quinta, Calif., on Saturday. (Craig Robertson/Toronto Sun/Files)

Hadwin first Canadian to shoot a 59

When Adam Hadwin's tee shot towards history was yanked on his final hole of the day Saturday, television microphones picked up a voice groaning "Oh bleep!"

Canucks captain Henrik Sedin waves as he receives a standing ovation from his teammates on the bench and the crowd after scoring a goal against the Panthers to record his 1,000th career point during NHL action in Vancouver on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press)

Henrik nets 1,000th point in win

Henrik Sedin recorded the 1,000th point of his NHL career before Luca Sbisa scored the winner in the third period as the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Florida Panthers 2-1 on Friday night.

Blue Jays GM Ross Atkins holds a media availability to discuss the signing of Jose Bautista in Toronto on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017. (Veronica Henri/Toronto Sun)

GM happy Bautista returning

The curious offseason of the Toronto Blue Jays, the one in which they watched one franchise hero sign with a rival for a smaller contract than they had offered him, and then snapped up the second Jays legend for the relative pittance of a one-year guarantee, is perhaps best summed up by one statement offered by Ross Atkins on Thursday morning.

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