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The Milton Stags S-Elite girls U15 team is headed to the Ontario Provincials Championships after going 12-1 this season in Ontario Basketball Association games and sanctioned tournaments. The team, which consists of players born in 2008 and 2009, took root in the Milton Stags house league program where many of the girls started playing back in 2016.

What started as a Dad’s basketball group so Milton fathers could get outside, meet and play some ball has evolved into something pretty fantastic.

They meet on a regular basis at Hawthorne Village Public School on weeknights to play ball and now they have also been raising money for Food4Kids Halton Stacey Silvio Halliday was at the basketball court today to receive their group donations and let the Dads know how their money is helping kids in Halton, and specifically in Milton.

The Milton U10 AA Winter hawks hosted their second annual Ball Hockey Charity Tournament during the Milton Downtown BIA Holiday market on Nov. 27, in support of the team and the Townsend Smith Hospice Foundation. The event raised over $4,000, which was split evenly between the two organizations. The Winterhawks were proud to be able to present a cheque for $2,065.63 to Holly Lillico of TSF on during an outdoor, socially-distanced gathering on Dec. 19.

The event is organized by team parents and coaches and supported by the Downtown Milton BIA and the overall Winterhawks organization. We were thrilled by the support the event received this year, with dozens of local and small businesses providing sponsorship and raffle prizes, despite having had an incredibly difficult year because of the challenges posed by Covid-19. Several bigger companies also provided sponsorship, while the Milton Menace and local representatives from all three levels of government — Adam van Koeverden, Parm Gill and Mayor Gord Krantz — stopped by to support the event.

The Milton minor hockey community was also a huge factor in the event’s success, with rep, house league and parent teams taking part. The U10 A Milton Winterhawks took the top spot after some hard-fought battles.

For our coaching staff, the goal has always been to develop the boys not just as hockey players but also as people, and for them to become young citizens who understand the value of thinking beyond themselves and actively giving back.

We hoped the event — and the incredibly level of community support it received — helped show the importance of community engagement, and we believe it showcased what a strong community Milton is and how much it values the need for a hospice and Townsend Smith Foundation. We were touched by how many people were willing to donate prizes and buy raffle tickets when they realized the event helped support Townsend Smith.

Shortly after Christmas Milton was honored with a limited edition Milton-themed Monoply game aptly titled “Milton-Opoly”. Demand for this blew up with each shipment arriving at Milton Walmart quickly selling out within 1 day. In a very short time period over 800 units were sold to Milton residents looking for some nostalgia family fun with a Milton twist.

With local flair included in the game such as “You ate too much Tiramisu from Pasqualino’s! Lose 1 turn to recover’ or just the thrill of being able to buy “Milton District High School” or “Craig Kielburger Secondary School”. Properties included local Milton streets as well as locations like Mill Pond, Milton Leisure Centre, Milton Mall, to name just a few. The Amy Flowers local real estate team got into the fun hosting a contest giveaway asking Miltonians why they love Milton for the chance to win one of 5 of the games.

October 16th outside the Home Depot Plaza marked the 9th edition of Game On Street Hockey Tournament which has raised over $27,000 for the Reach out Centre for Kids (ROCK).

The weather listened to the Mayor of Milton and the rain didn’t come! All day long both kids and adults were having a blast. This was marked the return of the physical in-person event (last year was virtual) and it was held in a controlled environment where attendees had to show proof of vaccination at the entrance before being admitted. MC Chris Mei helped officiate the event and kept the energy going throughout the day.

You could say that softball is in her blood. From when she was in diapers, Sydney Teague has been getting dirty on the softball field…and there is no place she would rather be.

The 13 year old Milton slugger and her teammates on the 2008 birth year Brampton Blazers ‘08 fast pitch softball team recently captured Gold at the PWSA U14 – 2 Provincial Championships in Cambridge.

A series sweep in the semifinals over Port Perry ‘07, set up a best-of-three finals vs a strong Wilmot ‘07 team. Game one of the final series was a nail biter; a 2 – 1 last inning walk off win for Brampton.

Milton’s prestigious award of Youth Athlete of 2021 has been awarded to Ismail Hassan. He graduated from St. Francis Xavier Catholic School in Milton in June. Ismail helped

his school win the Halton Regional Championship and a triple-A OFSAA bronze medal in 2020.

Watching videos of his prowess on the basketball court, it is obvious that he is a sure force to reckon with in any game! He appears to have a keen ability to shoot and score! With over 500 hours for volunteering