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Former Lambton Lions forward Jason Watts flew Monday to Armenia to begin his pro basketball career.

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Lions all-star Watts signs in Armenia

Former Lambton Lions forward Jason Watts flew overseas Monday to begin his pro basketball career.

Watts has signed to play in Armenia, just as former Lions teammate Branden Padgett did two years ago.

Watts was Lambton’s male athlete of the year and an OCAA West Division second-team all-star in the 2019-20 season.

The Detroit native was one of only five players in the OCAA to average a double-double with 17.9 points and 10.1 rebounds per game.

He was second in the league from three-point range with 46.4-per-cent shooting

WOAA cancels senior hockey season

The Western Ontario Athletic Association has cancelled its 2020-21 senior hockey season because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Teams made the difficult decision because of the cost of possibly playing a season with few or no fans allowed in the stands, WOAA board member Dave Black said in a message on the Petrolia Squires’ Facebook page.


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Plus, he said, “their own boards that they have, their volunteers, the players that they all have to look after, really at the end of the day the biggest thing was ensuring everyone’s personal safety.”

The association was established in 1942. It has offered senior hockey since the 1948-49 season, according to the Squires’ Facebook message.

Athletes win National Scholar Awards

Some Lambton County athletes have won National Scholar Awards from the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association.

Keirsten Tomkins of Sarnia and Chantal DeVlugt of Wyoming attend St. Clair College – Tomkins is on the women’s basketball team and DeVlugt is on the women’s volleyball team.

McKenna McGovern of Lambton Shores is on the Niagara College women’s curling team.

The awards go to athletes who achieve honours standing at their school in the 2019-20 academic year.

Hole-in-one at Greenwood

Steve Tostik hit a hole-in-one Saturday at Greenwood Golf Club on the 168-yard sixth hole with a seven iron.

The witnesses were Pete McCann, Art Lynas and Craig Kelly.

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