Chatham-Kent Sports Year In Review: May 2015

Luke Van Rycheghem

Luke Van Rycheghem made his National Team debut with Canada in May 2015 – Photo by Baseball Canada

A new organization in Maple City Cage Fighting got going, an old organization in the Dresden Raceway saved their season, an inspirational teen passed away, and many local athletes moved on to higher levels during May 2015.

Here are the top stories from sports in Chatham-Kent during May 2015:

  • Maple City Cage Fighting Launches: Filing a much needed void in Chatham-Kent, Maple City Cage Fighting opened their doors, promoting their first MMA event in Chatham.
  • Dresden Raceway Season Saved: After much worry, and controversy surrounding the race track, Dresden Raceway got their approval, and scheduled an 11-race summer with the blessing of the Ontario Racing Commission.
  • Blenheim Teen Athlete Passes Away:After a battle with cancer, Mitchell Moore, a beloved Blenheim teen, and former athlete passed away at age 19. Moore was an inspiration for staff and students at Blenheim and District High School through much of their athletic campaigns as well.
  • Blommers Crosses The Border: The 6’4″ basketball player who represented Chatham-Kent Secondary School, put himself on an NCAA trajectory by forgoing his final season of high school basketball in Canada, and choosing to cross the border to play for Marianapolis Preparatory School in Thompson, Connecticut.
  • Van Rycheghem Cracks Team Canada: Kent Bridge’s Luke Van Rycheghem, who had been playing for the Ontario Blue Jays got the call for Team Canada’s National Junior program, competing in the Dominican Republic, and Australia over the year.
  • Lucier Commits To Manitoba: Wallaceburg basketball player Alyssa Lucier made her commitment to the Manitoba Bison to play CIS basketball. A member of the WDSS Tartans, and competing in the JUEL league, Lucier is another of a growing list of talented women’s basketball players to emerge from Chatham-Kent.
  • Langan, Gillett Win World Ball Hockey Gold: Hokey Langan and Laura Gillett won gold medals for Team Canada at the World Ball Hockey Championships, thumping the USA 7-0 in the gold medal game
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