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Ballhawks capture 3 silver medals

Feb 5TH, 2024, Chatham Daily News ...

Three Chatham Ballhawks girls teams won silver medals at the Ontario Volleyball Association’s McGregor Cup tournaments on the weekend.

The 17U Ballhawks lost to the Georgetown Impact Crush 17-25, 25-22, 15-10 in the Trillium White A final in London. They beat the KW Predators Engage 25-10, 25-15 in a semifinal after sweeping the St. Thomas Express 25-9, 25-13 in a quarter-final. They split two pool matches.

The 13U Ballhawks Fierce lost to the KW Predators Phantoms 25-15, 25-22 in the Championship A final in Dresden.  They beat the South County Bandits Black 15-25, 25-17, 15-8 in a semifinal after sweeping the Stratford Stingers Attack 25-22, 25-19 in a quarter-final. They split two pool matches.

The 13U Ballhawks Glide lost to the Forest City Lorax 25-18, 25-12 in the Trillium A final in Windsor.  They defeated the South County Bandits White 25-21, 21-25, 15-9 in a semifinal after beating the London Fire Combustion 25-13, 25-18 in a quarter-final. They won two pool matches, including one over the Ballhawks Swoop 25-18, 25-17.

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Ballhawks claim gold, bronze medals

Jan 17TH, 2024, Chatham Daily News ...

The host Chatham Ballhawks won gold and bronze medals at Ontario Volleyball’s Trillium A 13U girls’ tournament at McGregor.  The Ballhawks Fierce won gold and the Ballhawks Glide won bronze.

The Fierce beat Forest City Lorax 25-9, 25-21 in the final after sweeping the Glide 25-19, 25-14 in a semifinal and London Fire Combustion 25-14, 25-10 in a quarter-final.

 

The Fierce also swept three pool opponents to finish with a 12-0 set record.

The Glide beat Forest City Maple 25-11, 25-22 for third place. They also defeated Norfolk Chaos Zoom 25-10, 25-10 in a quarter-final.

 

The Glide won two of three pool matches for an overall 8-4 set record.  

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Three Ballhawks teams win bronze medals 

Dec 18TH, 2023, Chatham Daily News ...

Three Chatham Ballhawks teams – 13U, 14U and 18U girls – won bronze medals at Ontario Volleyball Association tournaments on the weekend.

 

The 14U Ballhawks Soar beat the KW Predators 2-1 (25-18, 19-25, 15-6) for bronze at the 14U Challenge Cup Championship A tournament at Chatham-Kent secondary school Saturday.  They lost to Forest City Mahogany 2-0 (25-19, 25-19) in a semifinal after beating South County Black 2-1 (25-20, 21-25, 15-7) in a quarter-final. In pool play, they beat Burlington Defensa Purple 2-1 and lost to South County Teal 2-0.

 

 

The 13U Ballhawks Fierce beat Rose City Red 2-0 (25-17, 25-20) for bronze at the 14U Challenge Cup Trillium A tournament in Windsor Saturday.

 

They lost to the St. Thomas Express 2-0 (25-19, 25-22) in a semifinal after sweeping the Ballhawks Fly 2-0 (25-15, 25-11) in a quarter-final. In pool play, they beat the London Sharks 2-1 and lost to Rose City Red 2-1.

 

The 18U Ballhawks swept Brampton Pakmen Black 2-0 (26-24, 25-18) for bronze at the 18U Challenge Cup Championship A tournament in London Sunday.  They lost to the London Inferno 2-0 (25-19, 25-7) in a semifinal after defeating the Stratford Stingers 2-1 (25-20, 9-25, 18-16) in a quarter-final. In pool play, they beat the Oakville Thunder 2-0 and lost to Forest City Helios 2-0.

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Ballhawks teams win gold, silver at tourneys

Nov 6TH, 2023, Chatham Daily News ...

The Chatham Ballhawks 17U girls won gold medals at the Ontario Volleyball Association’s Trillium White tournament Sunday in Kitchener.  The Ballhawks swept the Cambridge Scorpions Rise 25-20, 25-13 in the final.  They beat the South County Bandits Select 25-22, 25-23 in a semifinal and the Kitchener-Waterloo Predators Infinity 25-20, 25-16 in a quarter-final.  In pool play, the Ballhawks swept the K-W Predators Engage 26-24, 25-21 and Rose City Red 25-13, 25-18.

On Saturday, the Ballhawks 16U girls won silver at the Trillium Green tournament in Simcoe. They lost to Forest City in the final.

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Hunter Hoskins commits to Fleming for 2023/24 season

May 29, 2023 

Congratulations to Hunter Hoskins who has committed to Fleming for next year!   Hunter has been with the Ballhawks program the last 3 seasons.  Best of luck Hunter!!    

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Liam Cobb commits to TMU for 2023/24 season

Apr 10, 2023 

Congratulations to Liam Cobb who signed a commitment to Toronto Metropolitan University for next year!   Liam will be studying Criminology while playing for the Bolts as he continues his educational journey.  Best of luck Liam!!    

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18U Ballhawks take home silver

Mar 26, 2023

Congratulations to the 18U Ballhawks took home silver at the Ontario Volleyball's 18U Girls Bugarski Cup in Simcoe ... 

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17U Ballhawks win bronze

Mar 26, 2023

The Chatham 17U Ballhawks captured bronze at the Ontario Volleyball's 18U Girls Bugarski Cup in Hamilton ... 

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Tyler Canniff signs with Fanshawe for next year!

Mar 20, 2023 

Congratulations to Tyler Canniff who signed a commitment to play for Fanshawe Falcons next year!   Tyler has been with the Ballhawks program for 8+ years.  Tyler joins recent signee Carter Pittuck and current Falcon Turner Lessard, a former Ballhawk teammate. 

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16U Ballhawks take home silver

Mar 5, 2023

Congratulations to the 16U Ballhawks took home silver at the Ontario Volleyball's 17U Girls Bugarski Cup in Simcoe ... 

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17U Ballhawks win bronze

Mar 5, 2023

The Chatham 17U Ballhawks took home bronze at the Ontario Volleyball's 17U Girls Bugarski Cup at Fanshawe in London ... 

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Ballhawks win Silver 

Feb 8TH, 2023, Chatham Daily News ...

The Chatham Ballhawks won silver medals at the Ontario Volleyball Association’s McGregor Cup – Trillium A 15U boys’ tournament.

 

The Ballhawks lost to the Halton Hurricanes 25-18, 25-19 in Saturday’s final in Thorold. They beat the Ancaster Lions Impact 25-21, 20-25, 15-10 in a semifinal and the LVC Fire Burn 24-26, 25-22, 15-12 in a quarter-final.

 

The Ballhawks went 2-0 in pool play by sweeping Sky Volley and the Guelph Jr. Gryphons.

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Ballhawks 16U are Golden 

Feb 1ST, 2023, CKSN  ...

The Chatham Ball Hawks continue their impressive play this season.

 

This past weekend the Ball Hawks 16U girls played in Stratford for the McGregor Cup and won gold.

In the finals, the team downed Kitchener 21-25, 25-18, 15-11.

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Meghan Kormendy commits to Fanshawe for next year!

Feb 1, 2023 

Congratulations to Meghan Kormendy who signed a commitment to play for Fanshawe Falcons next year!   Meghan has been with the Ballhawks program for 8 years.  Best of luck Meghan as you continue your volleyball journey!! 

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Three Chatham Ballhawks teams win tournament medals 

Jan 24TH, 2023, Chatham Daily News ...

The Ballhawks Soar 14U girls won Championship A gold at Ursuline College Chatham on Sunday.

 

They beat the Niagara Rapids Power 25-14, 25-23 in the final, the Smash Raiders Ice 25-22, 25-19 in a semifinal and the Ballhawks Fly 25-21, 25-14 in a quarter-final after placing first in their pool with a 1-1 match record. Ballhawks Fly were fifth overall.

 

The Ballhawks 18U boys won Trillium A gold in Leamington on Sunday.

 

They beat the KW Predators Venom 25-20, 25-21 in the final, the FCVC Hyperion 25-20, 25-21 in a semifinal and the St. Thomas Express Bullets 25-13, 25-16 in a quarter-final after winning their pool with a 2-0 match record.

 

The Ballhawks 18U girls won Trillium B silver in Kitchener on Saturday.

 

They lost to the Niagara Rapids Blitz 17-25, 25-17, 16-14 in the final after beating the LVC Intensity 25-15, 25-19 in a semifinal and the London Hammerhead Shark Frenzy 25-11, 25-19 in a quarter-final. They were 2-0 in pool play.

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Carter Pittuck commits to Fanshawe for next year!

January 23, 2023 

Congratulations to Carter Pittuck who signed a commitment to play for Fanshawe Falcons next year!  Carter will be continuing his volleyball journey while planning studies in police foundations in the school of public safety.  Carter has been with the Ballhawks program for 8 years. Your Ballhawks family is so proud of and all the best in your next chapter!!  He reunites with Ballhawk alum and on-court and beach teammate Turner Lessard who is with the Falcons. 

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Camryn Dieleman commits to Dordt University

January 16, 2023 

Congratulations to Camryn Dieleman who signed a commitment to play for Dordt University in Sioux Center, Iowa next year!  Camryn will be continuing her volleyball passion while planning to major in Animal Science.   Ballhawks' Coaches Mel Smyth and Todd Hamaguchi joined Camryn along with Dale Lahey (Ingrid Lahey was Camryn's HS coach at Chatham Christian) at her signing.   

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Original club co-founder Ingrid Lahey passed away Dec 17, 2022

December 21, 2022 ... Chatham Daily News 

Volleyball coach Ingrid Lahey 'touched the lives of thousands'

Ingrid Lahey loved to share her passion for volleyball and for life itself.

A longtime teacher, coach and on-court official, she led youth teams from across Chatham-Kent for nearly a half century.

 

Lahey, 73, died Sunday at her Chatham home after a long battle with colon cancer.  She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Dale, as well as their sons Cory and Scott, daughters-in-law Jen and Megan, and four grandchildren.  “Besides all her achievements teaching and coaching, she was a great friend to many people and a wonderful mother and wife,” Dale said.

 

Born in Berlin in 1949, Lahey (nee Boehnke) came to Canada when she was three years old and grew up in the Mississauga area.She played volleyball at the University of Windsor and was the Lancers’ female athlete of the year in 1970-71.

A moment of silence was held before matches this week at Ursuline College Chatham and Chatham Christian High School. She coached at both.  Ingrid and Dale were a “blessing” at Chatham Christian, where they helped to build the volleyball program, athletic director Sharon Smith said.  The couple loved to socialize, she said. Everywhere the Flames went, people knew the Laheys and had fun stories to share.  “Ingrid was a fierce competitor but loved the student-athletes so much,” Smith said. “She was so interested in hearing about their lives and the other coaches’ lives outside of volleyball and beyond high school also. We often swapped camping stories with each other.  “She and Dale have been so dedicated, passionate and enthusiastic especially about volleyball but about life as well. She had the best huge smile and awesome laugh that just wrapped around you and was contagious.”

 

Ingrid Lahey spent the majority of her 26-year teaching career at Wallaceburg District Secondary School, where the Spirit Award is named for her.  “Ingrid touched the lives of thousands of students and staff,” former WDSS colleague Gayle Stucke wrote online. “She will be missed by many and never forgotten.”  In 1995, Lahey coached OFSAA gold medallists in badminton and girls’ volleyball at WDSS. That Tartans volleyball team was inducted into the Wallaceburg Sports Hall of Fame in 2014.

 

The Hall of Fame had previously honoured Lahey twice for her work as a coach and a builder.

 

“The volleyball world has lost a good one as have her family, friends, colleagues and alumni, all of which blend together,” former Windsor Lancers volleyball coach Marge Holman wrote online. “Once you met Ingrid, you would never forget her.”

 

Ingrid and Dale co-founded the original Chatham Ballhawks volleyball program in 1975.  “(They) have been instrumental in the volleyball associated with the Chatham-Kent area since then,” Ballhawks president Clancy O’Hara said. “… Dale and Ingrid always still maintained a willingness to see the club meet its mission.”

 

Lahey won numerous championships with her high school and travel teams during a 45-year coaching career. She captained two women’s teams to provincial titles during a playing career that lasted more than 30 years.

 

She received the OFSAA Leadership in School Sport Award in 1992. She also co-founded a Chatham boys’ volleyball spring league that’s still running.

 

“Ingrid was especially so well-regarded in the volleyball and badminton community,” Dale Lahey said, pointing to the many condolences online. “A common theme I notice there is her positive motivating attitude and big smile.”

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17U Ballhawks win Bronze medals 

Dec 22ND, 2022, Chatham Daily News ...

The Chatham Ballhawks 17U girls’ team won bronze medals at the Ontario Volleyball Association’s 17U Challenge Cup – Select A tournament Sunday in Hamilton.

 

The Ballhawks beat Smash Raiders Velocity 25-13, 18-25, 15-10 in the third-place match.

 

They lost to SC Bandits National 25-21, 25-9 in a semifinal after beating the Niagara Rapids Blitz 25-15, 18-25, 16-14 in a quarter-final.

 

In pool play, the Ballhawks beat MVC Kilimanjaro 25-20, 16-25, 17-15 and lost to Smash Raiders Velocity 25-17, 25-16.

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14U Ballhawks win Gold and Silver 

Dec 22ND, 2022, Chatham Daily News ...

The Chatham Ballhawks 14U girls’ teams won gold and silver medals at the Ontario Volleyball Association’s Challenge Cup – Trillium B tournament Saturday at Chatham-Kent Secondary School.

Ballhawks Soar defeated Ballhawks Fly 25-23, 25-16 in the final.

Soar swept the St. Thomas Express 25-8, 25-10 and Fly beat the Scorpions Ace 25-13, 25-15 in the semifinals.  Soar defeated the Stratford Stingers Gold 25-12, 25-16 in a quarter-final, while Fly had a bye.

In pool play, Soar swept the St Thomas Express Spikes 25-8, 25-14 and the Scorpions Ace 25-16, 25-21, while Fly beat the LVC Fire Erupt 25-10, 25-17, the Scorpions Stingers 25-1, 25-23 and the Stratford Stingers Gold 25-11, 25-12.

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16U Ballhawks win Gold 

Dec 14TH, 2022, Chatham Daily News ...

The Chatham 16U Ballhawks won gold medals at the Ontario Volleyball Association’s 16U Girls Challenge Cup – Trillium Green A tournament in Kitchener.

 

The Ballhawks swept the Milton Edge Rush 25-18, 25-21 in the final Sunday.

 

They beat E381 Chot 25-17, 25-11 in a semifinal and the Oakville Thunder 25-12, 25-13 in a quarter-final.

 

The Ballhawks beat the Milton Edge Rush 25-16, 25-17 and the Guelph Jr. Gryphons 25-21, 25-15 in pool play.

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15U Ballhawks earn Bronze 

Nov 28TH, 2022, Chatham Daily News ...

The host Chatham 15U Ballhawks won Trillium B bronze medals at the Ontario Volleyball Association’s 15U Girls Provincial Cup on Saturday at Ursuline College Chatham.

 

The Ballhawks swept the Stratford Stingers Hornets 2-0 (25-14, 25-20) in the bronze-medal match.

 

They lost to the Ancaster Lions 2-1 (25-22, 14-25, 15-8) in a semifinal after beating the London Fire Wrath 2-0 (25-12, 25-6) in a quarter-final.

 

The Ballhawks went 2-0 in pool play by beating the KW Predators Jaguars 2-1 (25-22, 22-25, 15-9) and the Stingers Hornets 2-0 (26-24, 25-20).

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17U Ballhawks win Silver Medals

Nov 23RD, 2022, Chatham Daily News ...

The Chatham 17U Ballhawks won silver medals at Ontario Volleyball’s 17U Girls Provincial Cup last Saturday in Kitchener.

 

The Ballhawks lost to the host KW Predators Momentum 2-0 (25-14, 25-18) in the Championship A final.

 

They beat Forest City 2-0 (25-22, 25-11) in a semifinal and Smash Raiders Vortex 2-1 (25-19, 21-25, 15-13) in a quarter-final.

 

The Ballhawks went 1-1 in pool play, losing to the Waterloo Tigers 2-0 (27-25, 27-25) and sweeping the Cambridge Scorpions 2-0 (25-20, 25-21).

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17U Ballhawks win Silver Medals

Nov 15TH, 2022, Chatham Daily News ...

The Chatham 17U Ballhawks won silver medals in the 18U girls’ division at the Ontario Volleyball Association’s Provincial Cup tournament Saturday at Ursuline College Chatham ... 

 

The Ballhawks lost to Stratford 2-0 (25-23, 25-20) in the final.

 

They beat Sarnia Twin Bridges 2-1 (22-25, 25-23, 15-7) in a semifinal and swept the London Intensity 2-0 (25-23, 25-16) in a quarter-final.

 

The Ballhawks were 2-0 in pool play with wins over Rose City United and the St. Thomas Express.

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