Ballhawks in the News

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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.


Lessard signs with Fanshawe

August 26, 2022 

Congratulations and good luck to Ballhawks 18U Boys' Turner Lessard who has made the Fanshawe Falcons men's volleyball team for the upcoming 2022-23 season.  Turner has played six years with the Chatham Ballhawks club program.

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Ballhawks 2021-22 Year End Banquet

May 12, 2022 

The Chatham Ballhawks celebrated the 2021-22 season in fine fashion at Retro Suites.  Pictured are the award winners:  Katie Graham (TNS-3), Meghan Kormendy (17g), Mataya DeCook (17g), Riley Graham (16g), Sophie Jubenville (15g-blue), Cohen Gillett (16b), Liam Cobb (18b) ... missing Hayden Heinhuis (TNS-1), Tegan Meredith (TNS-2), Rowan Agar (15g-white), Ethan Vandermeersch (17b) 

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16U Ballhawks win bronze medals

Apr 22ND, 2022, Chatham Daily News 

The Chatham Ballhawks 16U girls’ team won Division 2, Tier 1 bronze medals at the Ontario Volleyball Association provincial championships Tuesday in Waterloo.


The Ballhawks finished with an 8-2 match record at the three-day tournament.


They beat the Richmond Hill Thundercats 25-23, 25-20 in the bronze-medal match after a 26-24, 26-24 semifinal loss to the Hamilton Smash Vortex. They began the playoffs with a 25-20, 25-12 sweep of the North Bay Vision in the Round of 16 and then beat the Richmond Hill Venom 25-14, 25-17 in a quarter-final.


The Ballhawks went 2-1 in pool play and then went 3-0 in re-pool action.


Marcy Shaw commits to Durham Lords

Apr 19TH, 2022, Chatham Daily News 

Congratulations and good luck to Marcy Shaw who has committed to the Durham College women’s volleyball team for next season.  Marcy has played six years with the Chatham Ballhawks club program.  She’s also an experienced beach volleyball player who won silver at the Ontario Volleyball Association’s Division II under-16 championships and placed fourth at the Division II under-18 level. Lords head coach Tony Clarke said in a statement. “She has a great mindset that hard work pays off and has proven to be willing to work for everything she has earned." 

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Ballhawks win gold in Waterloo

April 19TH, 2022, CKSN

The Chatham Ballhawks TNS-3 Girls recently participated in the Ontario Volleyball TNS Girls Championships in Waterloo. The girls went into Division 4 ranked first and finished Strong after the first day of competition with a 3-0 record in pool play defeating the Cambridge Scorpions Chaos, Unity Tenacity and PVC Fire. Friday the group finished with a 2-1 record defeating Twin Bridges Thunder Crash and Phoenix Sparks, before dropping their first match to the Brant Tornadoes.

On Championship Saturday (Apr 16TH), the Ballhawks dispatched PVC Dynamite in the quarters and the Ancaster Lions in the semi finals.

The finals featured the Chatham squad up against the second ranked Cambridge Scorpions Chaos. The Ballhawks came out on top in a thrilling 25-6, 31-33, 15-13 victory to capture the gold medal.

Former Ballhawks in the news:

Abby Sluys named Redeemer's female athlete of the year 

April 11, 2022 

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Congratulation to former Ballhawks alumnus Abby Sluys (Ballhawks 2013-16) for being named Athlete of the year at Redeemer as well as being the MVP for the Women's Volleyball Team.  As a 5th-year veteran on the Women's Volleyball team, Sluys concludes her career with the night's top honour.  In the words of her head coach, Brad Douwes, "Abby's leadership lived up to and exceeded expectations throughout the year. Abby concludes her career, leading the team in points and service aces this season; a first in her career. But more importantly, Abby graduates after positively impacting her teammates and coaches throughout her time as a Royal."  Pictured is Abby Sluys on the left with 2 other former Ballhawks alum, Rachel Annett (Ballhawks 2018-21), and Erica Bultje (Ballhawks 2016-18)

Former Ballhawks in the news:

March 20, 2022 

Former Ballhawks alumni Laurin Ainsworth and Natalie Little helped guide the Brock Badgers to not only a perfect season; but more importantly, an OUA title. These ladies will travel with the second ranked Badgers to Calgary for the CIS championships March 25-27.

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17U Ballhawks win Tournament Gold

Mar 9TH, 2022, Chatham Daily News 

The Chatham Ballhawks 17U girls team won gold at the Ontario Volleyball Association’s Bugarski Cup on Saturday in St. Catharines.

The Ballhawks beat the Norfolk Grizzlies 2-1 (27-29, 25-17, 15-11) in the final.

They swept the K-W Predators Chaos 2-0 (30-28, 25-15) in a semifinal and beat the St. Thomas Express 2-0 (25-15, 25-18) in  a quarter-final.

In pool play, the Ballhawks beat Toronto West 2-0 (25-15, 25-20) and the Cambridge Scorpions Toxins 2-0 (25-22, 25-23).

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16U Ballhawks Golden in Niagara

Feb 17TH, 2022, Chatham Kent Sports Network ... 

The 16U Chatham Ballhawks travelled to the OVA Challenge Cup in Niagara Falls this past weekend and brought home gold.

In pool play, the Ballhawks kicked off the weekend by defeating Mission Volleyball Club (Kemptville) 2-0 [25-4, 25-11], following by Hummingbird Volleyball Club [Ajax] 2-0 [25-11, 25-23].

Advancing to the quarterfinals, Chatham knocked off Barrie Elites 2-0 [25-12, 25-19]. The team followed this up with a win over Rose City United [Windsor] 2-0 [25-19, 25-21] to advance to the finals.

Having not dropped a game, Chatham came up against a tough Peterborourgh Thunder squad, and played to a hard fought 2-1 [25-14, 24-26, 15-6] victory to take gold.

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18U Ballhawks win Bronze

Dec 16TH, 2021, Chatham Daily News ... 

The Chatham 18U Ballhawks won bronze at an Ontario Volleyball Association boys’ tournament this past weekend in Hamilton.


The Ballhawks beat London’s LVC Havoc 17-25, 25-22, 18-16 in the bronze-medal match.

The Ballhawks were 1-1 in pool matches, then beat the Pakmen 25-13, 26-28, 15-11 in a quarter-final and lost to Ballistix 25-15, 25-20 in a semifinal.

The Ballhawks are, front row, left: Turner Lessard, Carter Pittuck and Jake Thatcher. Back row: coach Colin Pittuck, Kaden Reid, Tyler Canniff, Alex Chickowski, Jacob Dufour, Hunter Hoskins, Liam Cobb, Nolan Haight and coach Todd Hamaguchi. 

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Reid commits to Windsor for next season 

Dec 1ST, 2021 ... 

Congratulations to Kaden Reid for committing to University of Windsor for next season.  Keep on working hard Kaden - the 18b's next see action Dec 11TH in Hamilton at Mohawk College in round 2 of OVA action.  

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Congratulations Kaden Reid (16U Boys) for making Ontario Team Red - best of luck training this summer Kaden!!  

"All Team Ontario training is being done online during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Reid receives interactive game-decision training, individual skills reps and physical training regimens. " [Chatham Daily News Jul 30-2020]


Laurin Ainsworth commits to Brock Badgers

Mar 23RD, 2020, CKSN ... 

Erie Beach’s Laurin Ainsworth will play OUA volleyball next season after committing to the Brock University Badgers women’s volleyball program.


Ainsworth, who will study kinesiology has been a member of Team Ontario’s volleyball team for the last several seasons along with playing for the Ballhawks.

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14U Ballhawks Golden in London

Mar 12TH, 2020, CKSN ... 

The Chatham Ballhawks 14U Girls Blue team won gold this past weekend in OVA action in London on March 7 at the Bugarski Cup..


Overall, the Ballhawks went 10-1 in the tournament.

In Pool Play, Chatham beat Halton Hurricanes 2-0 and the Georgetown Impact 2-1.

Facing LC Hammerheads (London) in the quarterfinals Chatham came away with a 25-14, 25-21 win, before beating Forest City Banyan (London) 25-8, 25-10 in the semi-finals.

Playing the EVP Eagles (Oakville) in the championship match, Chatham continued their dominance winning 25-23, 25-17 to take home gold.


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Gold and Bronze for Ballhawks 

Mar 5TH, 2020, CKSN ... 

The 15U Boys Chatham Ballhawks won Gold this past weekend in Stratford at the 15U Boys Bugarski Cup.


Chatham went 12-1 overall beating Sky Volley Blue (Windsor) 25-5, 25-17 in the quarterfinals, Scorpions Alpha (Cambridge) 25-23, 25-17 in the semi finals, and the Ancaster Lions Fury 19-25, 25-20, 15-12 in the championship match.

The 17U Girls Chatham Ballhawks won Bronze in Petrolia at the 17U Girls Bugarski Cup this past weekend going 8-2 overall.

In the quarterfinals, Chatham beat Twin Bridges Thunderblue (Sarnia) 25-16, 25-20, before falling to Twin Bridges Thunderstruck (Sarnia) 19-25, 15-25 in the semi finals.

The Ballhawks bounced back to beat LVC Fire Ignite (London) 25-23, 25-22 in the bronze medal match.

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Former Ballhawks in the news:

OCAA All-Stars announced  - Abby Sluys, Mattea Deleary

Feb 27TH, 2020, CKSN ... 

Congratulations to former Ballhawks Mattea DeLeary, and Abby Sluys (both 2013-16) for selection to the OCAA 2ND Team Allstar team.  Both in their 3RD year, Mattea is MB with Fanshawe and Abby is LS with Redeemer. 

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Ballhawks Enjoy Golden Weekend 

Feb 26TH, 2020, CKSN ... 

The Chatham Ballhawks won three medals this past weekend, including a pair of gold medals.

The Ballhawks’ 13U Girls-Blue team won gold in Windsor at the 13U Girls Bugarski Cup, while the 16U Boys took gold in Waterloo at the 16U Boys McGregor Cup.

The 13U girls went 9-3 overall beating Sky Volley Blue (Windsor) 2-0 and falling 1-2 to LVC Fire (London) in pool play. In the quarterfinals, the Ballhawks ousted their fellow Chatham Ballhawks White team 25-6, 25-14. In the semifinals, Chatham played LS Great Whites (London) winning 25-21, 24-26, 15-8 before beating Sky Volley White (Windsor) 25-13, 25-14 in the final.

The 16U Boys struggled in Pool Play losing 0-2 to Thundercats Legacy and 0-2 to KW Predators.

Facing Sky Volley Nitro (Windsor) in the quarterfinals, the Ballhawks boys found their groove winning 25-11, 19-25, 15-9 to advance them to the semifinals against the Oakville Thunder Blue, who they beat 25-17, 18-25, 15-9 to advance to the finals.

Facing the Thundercats Legacy (Richmond Hill) in the final, Chatham won a nailbiter match 19-25, 25-22, 15-13 to take gold.

The Chatham Ballhawks 16U Girls team also won a bronze this weekend in Georgetown at the 16U Girls McGregor Cup.  Chatham opened with a 2-1 win versus Markham Unity Fierce a 1-2 loss to Ancaster Lions Safari in pool play. In the quarterfinals against LVC Scorch (London), Chatham won 25-19, 25-22.  In the semi-finals however, the Ballhawks fell to Titans Menace (Scarborough) 16-25, 25-17, 13-15 before winning the bronze medal match against Ancaster Lions 25-23, 16-25, 16-14.