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Dave Dawson The Packet & Times After lining up in the nearby parking lot, boys racing in the Grade 6 division jockey for position as they enter the first turn of their race that took them up the ski hill and around the Oro-Medonte resort.

GALLERY: Cross country championships

More than 500 of the region's top elementary school runners from both the Simcoe County District School Board and the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic School Board converged at Mount St. Louis Moonstone Tuesday for the annual Simcoe County Cross Country Running Championship.

Dave Dawson The Packet & Times Three horses stabled and trained at Top of the Hill in Warminster have qualified to compete in November’s Royal Winter Fair. From left are Jason Kerkhof with Amazing Eh, Top of the Hill owner Erin Amos, Jennifer Brech with Flutie and Anna Ayers with Sullivan. It is the first time three horses from Top of the Hill have qualified for The Royal in the same year.

Three horses qualify

Three horses from Top of the Hill Farm in Warminster have qualified for the Royal Winter Fair - an event that for equestrians is akin to the Stanley Cup for hockey players.

Submitted Photo Orillia’s Kaitlyn Bergsma was one of just 27 officials from across the province chosen to referee matches at the Ontario Summer Games. Earlier this month, the long-time official was presented a prestigious Spirit of the Game award as part of a special Ontario Soccer Association ceremony at a Toronto FC game.

Great call for local referee

Orillia's Kaitlyn Bergsma was honoured recently in a special ceremony at BMO Field as part of a Toronto FC game. The local referee was one of just 18 officials from across the province selected to receive a coveted Ontario Soccer Association (OSA) Spirit of the Game award.

Brad Ingleton and Reg Wison in double rowing action. SUBMITTED

Local rowers place in regatta

The Severn River Rowing Club masters recently competed at the 2016 Head of the Trent event. The 5km regatta is held annually in Peterborough along the Trent Canal. Participants are primarily from Ontario, Quebec and New York state.

Dave Dawson The Packet & Times Tyler Mason of the Orillia Wolves winds up for a shot during Saturday morning action at the Barrie Ball Hockey Club. Mason was a force on defence, while goalie Jessie Herbert was outstanding between the pipes in Orillia’s 2-1 win over the Niagara Chiefs. The Wolves opened the three-day tourney with a 2-0 loss to the Barrie Flyers and were eliminated Saturday night after a heart-breaking 4-3 loss to the Niagara Piranhas in a game that saw the Piranhas score a last-minute power-play goal that provided them the margin of victory.

Three Orillia teams show at championships

Three Orillia teams were among the 54 squads that competed over the weekend at the 2016 World Outdoor Championships at the Barrie Ball Hockey Club. Both the Orillia Wolves and the Orillia Hooligans went 1-2 in Men's B Division action, while the Orillia District 12 team competed in the women's division, won by the London North Stars.

Healthy Kids Community Challenge Skate Exchange happening at the Métis Nation of Ontario. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Skate exchange helps families in need

With the goal of trying to make skating more accessible and affordable for children and their families in North Simcoe, the Healthy Kids Community Challenge (HKCC) Skate Exchange, in partnership with the Métis Nation of Ontario, Healthy Weights Connection and Olympia Sports, is hosting a Skate Exchange for all members of the community on Thursday,

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