Andre De Grasse Hits Ottawa for Canadian Track Championships

From the speakers around the track, the stadium filled with the thunderous voice of the announcer. He informed the crowd that this weekend’s event welcomed more main stream media stations than ever before. From July 3 to 9, the city of Ottawa played host to the 2017 Canadian Track and Field Championships. The athletic spectacle represented another big event in a series of attractions this year for Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations.  It was a star-studded affair, featuring the top Canadian athletes from a multitude of sports, but no athlete garnered as much media attention as sprinter Andre De Grasse. The 22-year-old was the poster boy for the weekend. De Grasse busted on the scene last summer at the 2016 Olympic Summer Games, where […]

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Carleton named twice in top 50 Ottawa sports moments

Joining the wave of Canada 150 celebrations across Canada, the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame revealed the top 50 moments in Ottawa’s sports history at its yearly induction gala on June 2. Carleton was mentioned in two of the top 50 moments, etching Carleton’s athletic feats into the city’s history. The moments chosen were the Ravens men’s basketball championship dominance and the first-ever Panda Game in 1955. Ranked as number 13 on the list, the tradition began when a University of Ottawa student donated a stuffed panda bear named Pedro to be used as the trophy for the annual football game between the rival schools. Following a 14-year absence after the Ravens football program was cut in 1998, the rivalry […]

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OUA introduces Top Recruit Football Combine Series for high school athletes

This December, the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) will be holding a series of football combines in eight cities across the province to showcase top high school-level recruits in front of college-level scouts. The combines, which will feature numerous physical tests of athleticism and football-related drills, give high school players a chance to show their skill in front of interested university-level coaches, according to OUA CEO Gord Grace. The series will kick off in Ottawa at Gee-Gee Field on Dec. 9th, where the Ravens team staff will get a chance to see the recruits. Ravens head football coach Steve Sumarah said this is a way to compare top players. “[It’s] a good way to narrow down the amount of kids out there […]

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Men’s basketball team holds alumni weekend

Over the Sept. 20-21  weekend, Ravens men’s basketball alumni gathered with the current team to celebrate their membership and to meet new and old players in a welcoming, fun atmosphere on and off the court, according to Ravens forward Gavin Resch. On Sept. 20, the program held an annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony, which they created exclusively for the basketball program. Among the honoured names were Osvaldo Jeanty, who graduated from the team in 2007. Jeanty was named Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) Male Athlete of the Year in 2006 and led the Ravens to five CIS titles while at Carleton. Jeanty went on to play professionally in Europe until 2013. Stuart Turnbull, another former Raven and All Canadian who graduated […]

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Analysis: A season preview of men’s hockey

Oct. 3 will mark the beginning of the Carleton Ravens men’s hockey season. Having qualified for the Canadian Interuniversity Sport  (CIS) University Cup Tournament appearance last spring, the team’s upcoming year seems promising. The Ravens finished the regular season last year with 22 wins and 6 losses, placing first in the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) east conference with 45 points. 2013-14 saw them take a trip to Saskatoon for the University Cup Tournament. Unfortunately, they were eliminated after losing two games to McGill and Alberta. The team has since been focused on improving this off-season. Notable changes occurred since the team’s last performance, including the loss of a few key graduates, namely forward Linden Bahm. “We lost Linden Bahm who […]

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