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Past articles by Dave:

High School Sports: Hockey Canada needs change, but hands off my world juniors

Don't have to watch for long to fully understand what it means to the young players → Read More

High School Sports: Revamped boys hockey format keeps things interesting

We’re all familiar with the script for a typical hockey season: signups and tryouts come first, followed by some exhibition games, the regular season, a few… → Read More

High School Sports: We’re off to a great start, so let’s keep the girls playing

A recent article appearing stated "by age 14, girls are dropping out of sports at approximately twice the rate of boys" → Read More

High School Sports: Fall season saw championship success, high participation rates

Not only did the season yield robust and, in some cases, all-time high participation rates, it also yielded some rare historic results → Read More

High School Sports: Kudos go to conveners following another successful scheduling exercise

As we emerge with breathless anticipation from another pre-season sport scheduling exercise, I’ve grown to become favourably impressed with how efficient the… → Read More

High school sports: Scheduling soccer a challenge in Sudbury

There seems to be a growing divide in high school soccer between want and need as it pertains to the schedule generated each spring. → Read More

High School Sports: Greater Sudbury coming from behind when it comes to facilities

Build it and they will come. → Read More

High School Sports: Spring season yields many successes

It would be difficult to escape this spring season in high school sports without mentioning the successes that seem to be piling up along the way. → Read More

High School Sports: Without the lows, there would be no highs

Whether you experienced unmitigated glee or shattering disappointment in the Maple Leafs’ early departure from the NHL playoffs this year (again), there isn’t… → Read More

High School Sports: Spring sports bounce back in big way

It was a concern shared by many at the SDSSAA program leader level — how would spring sports bounce back after a full two-year COVID-related hiatus? → Read More

High School Sports: OFSAA slo-pitch well-positioned for success

Article content This in spite of many presentations SDSSAA has heard over the years regarding suggestions for new activities to be added to the fold, including, but not limited to field lacrosse, cricket, spike ball, ultimate, rugby, mountain biking and, most recently, esports. There’s no shortage of enthusiasm or passion on the part of the person presenting the new activity, for sure — but more… → Read More

High School Sports: NOSSA to consider expansion of AA, AAA soccer events

For proponents of the beautiful game, perhaps one of the most ambitious motions to grace this year’s NOSSA annual meeting order paper is a campaign to expand… → Read More

High School Sports: Motion aims for more flexibility for games on snow days

It’s not easy to remember a spring so cold, so wet or so white. → Read More

High School Sports: Association could rule out use of replay — for now

You’ve probably seen it at least one hundred times. → Read More

High School Sports: Finish line in sight

Four-hundred seventy-two down, one to go. → Read More

High school sports: Athletes, coaches stick to it despite pandemic

Return-to-play protocols presented new challenges to meet → Read More

High School Sports: This season’s victories mean as much as any

When I was about 16 years old, I was indeed fortunate to be part of a team from Sudbury that captured a provincial midget lacrosse championship. → Read More

High School Sports: Efforts for a smoother transition from fall to winter sports

Ask any phys-ed program leader and chances are they won’t be shy to tell you: the period of the school year where fall and winter sports overlap is one of the… → Read More

High School Sports: Digital tools a game-changer for SDSSAA

I recall — with a fair degree of fondness, surprisingly — the countless hours I’ve spent over the past 35 years or so collecting statistics from the various… → Read More

High School Sports: Sudbury has a lot to offer as OFSAA team sport host

Though it hasn’t seen the light of day in quite some time, the issue of which local team may gain a berth into a locally hosted OFSAA championship may yet… → Read More