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Story, photo and video by Tara Oades.
If you have an empty space on your wall that needs to be filled, then it could be time to Adopt-A-Ridgeback or Lord.
The program was started around seven years ago and helps generate financial assistance for the varsity athletes at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) and Durham College. Every year, each athlete needs to find a sponsor that will donate $250 that will go toward a complete team-specified clothing package such as jackets and pants.
“Anyone can be a sponsor; it’s quite common that family, friends and businesses adopt an athlete,” says Scott Barker, Athletic Coordinator at UOIT and Durham College. “What happens is that anyone who adopts an athlete receives a plaque to signify that they are a sponsor.”
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Things could be looking up for the Durham Lords Varsity Women’s Basketball team, who have a new coach lined up for next season.
Heather LaFontaine, a local high school and club basketball coach, has assumed the role of head coach. She is replacing Tim Baulk, who stepped down two weeks ago after serving six seasons as head coach.
Story, video and image by Britney Dunn
The campus athletic department is hosting its Second Annual Charity Cup on March 25.
“We have the Charity Cup coming up, which is an indoor soccer event that includes the UOIT and Durham College soccer teams,” said Aaron Kolodziejczak, intern for the athletic department. “Also, we have partnered with a charitable organization called Their Opportunity which enables low-income families to enroll their kids into sports camps and sport leagues in the Durham Region.”
After a long, difficult season the Durham Lords Women’s Basketball coach, Tim Baulk, has stepped down.
Baulk was the coach with the Lords basketball team for six seasons and had led the team to four play-off seasons. He did this all while balancing a full time teaching position in the area. Baulk was also facing pressures in other aspects of his life.
“Tim has a young family,” said Scott Dennis, the Sports Information and Marketing Coordinator for Durham College and UOIT. “He has a couple of kids now and it must be hard on him to balance all of those things at once.”
Story, Image and Video by Britney Dunn
Image from: www.durhamlords.com
The Durham Lords Women’s Basketball team are working toward a great second half of the season. The team’s leader, Alicia Del Fuoco says the Lords are starting to come together as a team.
“We practice every night except for Fridays. For the second half of the season we are hoping to improve our record. We are hoping to come out with at least more wins than losses.”
They recently won a game against Georgian, with a final score of 73-46 and she’s hoping to have the same luck against Seneca on Jan. 29.
Story, image and video by Hillary Di Menna
January 24th is the Durham Lords Men’s volleyball team’s chance to get a win after last weekend’s loss. Durham will be hosting the Seneca Sting at 6 p.m. Durham has had two losses this year while Seneca has had one, and Sports Information and Marketing Coordinator, Scott Dennis, says the Lords are looking to tie things up.
Seneca defeated Durham last year, they are first in the OCAA East division, and Durham is right behind them in second place.
Dennis says the team has studied the video from their last game and are looking to team stars like centre Riley McAllister, Craig Lush and jersey 12 Bradley VanHartingsveldt, who was last year’s OCAA East Region Rookie of the Year.
“First year centre Riley McAllister is doing a great job of running the offense, he’s distributing the ball well,” says Dennis, adding that Port Perry native, Lush, is a big presence in the middle.
Durham lost three nothing against the Loyalist Lancers in Bowmanville last Friday.
“It was a tough loss,” says Dennis, “They have a smaller gym, so there was probably a lot of pressure.” As for Durham College’s next game, “I’m sure coach [Andrew] Hinchey has a game plan in place.”
Producer: Kylie Wazonek
Assistant Producer: Kyla Morgan
Durham College has qualified for the OCAA provincial championships for the fourth year in a row. DC News reporter Ana Pautassi has the details for the provincial championship.
Photo, video and story by Caley Bedore
Awards for the Durham Men’s Volleyball players just keep coming. The Lords competed in the provincial championships this weekend and, although they came in fifth place, they still brought home some hardware. Brad VanHartingsveldt, Durham’s new starting setter, stormed onto the radar and was named the OCAA East Region Rookie of the Year.