Chatham-Kent June Athletes of the Month: Parker Gilhuly and Bridget Carleton

Parker Gilhuly - Wallaceburg Tartans Football

Parker Gilhuly running for one of his four touchdowns with the Wallaceburg Tartans against the JMSS Panthers in early June – Photo by Jocelyn McLaughlin/

After a week of voting, Wallaceburg’s Parker Gilhuly, and Chatham’s Bridget Carleton are the co-winners of CKSN’s Chatham-Kent June Athlete of the Month for 2014.

The duo finished within 0.3% after just over 800 votes were cast, and are both deserving of the honour as they each collected close to 200 votes.

Parker Gilhuly had a big month of June in two sports. With the Wallaceburg Tartans Junior football team, Gilhuly had four touchdowns in a Kent semi-final win over John McGregor, and followed it with another four touchdown performance, with the shortest run being 50-yards, to help the Tartans win the Kent title over UCC.

Bridget Carleton Canada

Bridget Carleton facing Hungary in the FIBA World Championships opener in June – Photo by FIBA

As a member of the Wallaceburg Red Devils Junior B lacrosse team, Gilhuly helped the Red Devils to a 7-1 record in June, scoring 3 goals and adding 6 assists.

Chatham’s Bridget Carleton opened the month representing the John McGregor Panthers at the OFSAA badminton championships with partner Ashley Herfst.

At months end, Carleton was the leading scorer, and one of the top five statistically in the world, at the FIBA U17 World Championships in the Czech Republic as the star of Team Canada’s Cadette basketball team.

Carleton scored 20-points against Hungary to open the tournament, and followed it up with a 14-point performance against Korea, both game highs. This is Carleton’s second co-athlete of the month honour, as she was recognized in April with Chatham’s Chad Laprise.

Runner Up: Twelve-year-old Tate O’Leary of Port Lambton had a big month in two sports. At South Buxton Raceway, the young driver, in only his sixth week of racing, won the Autotech Bomber feature on June 21. The youngster, technically a Port Lambton resident, who competes solely in Chatham-Kent, helped the Peewee Chatham-Kent Cougars to a perfect 3-0 record in June, including an Ontario Football Conference championship, anchoring his teams offensive line.

2014 Past Winners:
June – Parker Gilhuly (Wallaceburg) and Bridget Carleton (Chatham)
May – Ashley Jackson (Chatham)
April – Bridget Carleton (Chatham) and Chad Laprise (Chatham)
March – Derrick Van Every (Ridgetown)
February – Joseph Raaymakers (Pain Court)
January – Katreena Whiteye (Ridgetown/Moraviantown)

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