Sports

Meet Le Bataillon, Quebec’s new football team

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Photo: Le Bataillon de Québec Facebook page

A brand-new team has been added to a well established provincial junior football league. What was lacking for years in Quebec City will be corrected officially on Aug. 24 when the newly formed team, Le Bataillon of Quebec City, hosts the Laval Junior Bulldogs in their first-ever game in the Quebec Major Junior Football League (QMJFL).

Three players from the Quebec area get the call at the NHL draft

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Photo: QMJHL

When you’re a kid playing hockey, no matter where you are, you dream of playing in the National Hockey League. You dream of playing for the famous Montreal Canadiens, or with Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins. You close your eyes at night, imagining that you score the winning goal in the seventh game of the final and that you get your hands on the Stanley Cup, the Holy Grail of hockey.

Godin back with BC; no St. Pat’s players drafted by QMJHL teams

Former St. Patrick’s High School and Université Laval football player Edward Godin has made the BC Lions 46-man roster. Godin and the Lions played their first regular season game on June 15 against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers but lost 33-22.

Cuban players (finally) in Quebec to help out Capitales

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Photo: Luc Lang

The Cuban players of the Quebec Capitales, of the Can-Am Baseball League, could not have arrived at a better time. After what was becoming a real hassle to get all the paperwork done with the Canadian embassy in Mexico, things were finally settled and the three players from Cuba made it to Quebec City last week.

First homestand of the season not enough for the Capitales

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Photo: Luc Lang

Veteran hurler and pitching coach Karl Gélinas pitched eight strong innings, striking out eight batters as well, and led the Québec Capitales to a 2-1 win over the Rockland Boulders in Can-Am Baseball League action on May 26, at Stade Canac. Along with his eight strikeouts, Gélinas allowed only two hits and one base on balls.

Doré and Guillemette named the 2018-19 Lions Athletes of the Year

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Photo: CEGEP-St. Lawrence Athletics

Hugo Guillemette (hockey) and Ariane Doré (basketball) were named the 2018-19 male and female Athletes of the Year at the CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence annual sports banquet held on May 2.

Yet another award for Rouge et Or’s Mathieu Betts

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Photo: Mathieu Bélanger courtesy of U-Laval

Mathieu Betts, a defensive lineman for the Université Laval Rouge et Or, was named the USports male athlete of the year for 2018-19.

A week after signing a three-year deal with the Chicago Bears of the National Football League, Betts was named the recipient of the 2019 Lieutenant Governor’s Athletic Award at a ceremony held in Calgary on May 2.

Sports roundup: half-marathon, football and hockey

Records set at Lévis Half-Marathon

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Photo: Mathieu Bélanger - Courtesy of Gestev

Some 5,000 runners were at the starting line of the 16th annual Lévis Half-Marathon and organizers were delighted that new records were set both in the men’s and the women’s categories.

Undrafted, Laval’s Betts signs with Chicago Bears

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Photo: Luc Lang

Université Laval’s Mathieu Betts, a lineman for the Rouge et Or football team, signed a contract as a free agent with the Chicago Bears of the National Football League, minutes after going undrafted in last week’s NFL draft.

High school basketball season ends with one title for the Blazers

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Photo: QHS Facebook page

The 2018-19 high school basketball season has come to an end in the Québec Chaudière-Appalaches region of the Réseau du Sport Étudiant du Québec (RSEQ).

The Quebec High School Blazers fielded seven teams (three girls’ teams and four boys’), while the St. Patrick’s High Fighting Irish had four girls’ teams and four boys’ teams in 2018-19.

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