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Ethan Cudney - Laurentian University

Walkerton Riverhawks standout Ethan Cudney will take his talents to Sudbury in September where he’ll suit up for the Laurentian Voyageurs.

Cudney recently committed to the men’s basketball team at Laurentian University for the 2020-21 season.

The six-foot-three guard competed in basketball, volleyball and high jump while with the Riverhawks.

Voyageurs basketball head coach Shawn Swords had been recruiting Cudney for the 2019-20 season, but Cudney returned to Walkerton District Community School for another year.

“Ethan plays with lots of energy. He runs the floor well, is very athletic and can shoot the three. This should help us keep the tempo up and space the floor, which will lead to great opportunities for his teammates,” Swords said in a press release.

Cudney plans to major in criminology.

“I chose Laurentian over other schools,” Cudney said in a team release. “I like the campus, I have some family roots within the city and I like the way Coach Swords operates his team and his approach to making players better. I am excited and thankful for the opportunity.”

Jack Middleton. Photo supplied.

Saugeen Shores Minor Baseball graduate Jack Middleton will play his third year of college baseball with Centennial College Colts.

Middleton pitched for George Brown College the past two seasons while taking a two-year general business program. One of his coaches during his first season at George Brown was Ben Anderson, now the head coach at Centennial.

The upcoming season will be the Colts’ first year in the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA).

“We have been able to attract a lot of top-level talent for our debut season which hopefully will put us into the running for a playoff spot right away. Adding an experienced pitcher and leader like Jack Middleton to the roster can only help us get there faster,” Anderson said in a release.

The Port Elgin native played as an underage player with the Western Ontario Bulls AAA team at the 2014 Ontario Summer Games in Windsor. The tournament was the beginning of his AAA career.

In 2015 he started for the Stratford Indians bantam team playing out of the Inter-County Baseball Association. In 2016, Middleton pitched for the Ontario Blue Jays under-16 squad in the Canadian Premier Baseball League where he threw a one-hitter at the Wood Bat Championships in Houston.

Middleton returned to Stratford’s pitching staff in 2017 with the midget AAA club under coach Tom Valcke. He pitched another one-hitter that summer at the Oshawa Midget Classic, winning the championship game in the process.

By Greg Cowan - Owen Sound Sun Times
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