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Pothier family wins Wedgeport lob-ball tournament for fourth consecutive year


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For the fourth consecutive year the Pothier family has shown they are still a lob-ball powerhouse as the team was victorious once again at the Festival acadien de Wedgeport's eighth Wedgeport Acadian Families Lob-Ball Tournament, which was held this past weekend.

The Pothiers won the championship game of the Coupe Maringouin (English translation: The Mosquito Cup) against the Mixed 1 team by a score of 11 to 3 in front of a large crowd of 400 cheering fans at the École Wedgeport ball park Sunday evening, Aug. 3. Of the nine teams playing there are two mixed teams made up of smaller families.

The nine teams taking part in the tournament were the Pothier, Boudreau, Cottreau 1 and 2, Doucet(te), Jacquard, LeBlanc, Mixed 1 and 2 teams. 

The Pothier team was heavily favoured to win again. Indeed, they never lost a game, although the team only won by two points against the LeBlancs with an 8-6 score on Saturday. On Sunday in a semi-final against the LeBlancs, the Pothiers won 18 to 11.

The Boudreau family team had their best performance in all of the eight tournaments. The two Cottreau teams faired well as well this year with one beating the LeBlancs 8 to 4. In the semi finals on Sunday afternoon the two mixed teams battled it out to the very end in a very exiting game. The Mixed 1 team won 12 to 11. 

La Coupe Maringouin championship trophy was presented to the captain of the Pothiers, Jill-Marie (née Pothier) Jacquard, by Calvin Boudreau representing the sponsors of the tournament, Del Agency Limited and Assumption Life. 

At the trophies presentation Marc LeBlanc, the tournament president, thanked all the players, the volunteers, the sponsors and the spectators. He also presented two tournament MVP trophies in memory of one of the founders and inspiration of the tournament, Charlene Doucet. She died in June 2013 at the age of 58.

The women’s MVP trophy was won by Hailey Berry playing for the Boudreau team and the men’s MVP trophy was won by Jaden Pothier. The MVPs also received each a sport bag from Del Agency Limited and other gifts from Assumption Life.

Other prizes:

• The women’s homerun derby was won by Maryse (Pothier) LeBlanc for a fourth year.

• The men’s homerun derby was won by Mark Pothier of the Pothier team playing with his son Jaden, his wife Kelly and daughter Brittney.  

• Danny Surette, the special score keeper of every game since the first tournament, was also thanked and received a sport bag and other gifts from the sponsors. Each team had an MVP and received a gift certificate.

The teams are made up of men and women and players must be 15 years old and over to compete. Organizers say the event allows Wedgeport and area people to better know each other and the participants to socialize while playing. Some meet on the playing field for the first time, even if they live in the same community. The four-day event began Thursday, July 31 and ended Sunday, Aug. 3.   

 

For the fourth consecutive year the Pothier family has shown they are still a lob-ball powerhouse as the team was victorious once again at the Festival acadien de Wedgeport's eighth Wedgeport Acadian Families Lob-Ball Tournament, which was held this past weekend.

The Pothiers won the championship game of the Coupe Maringouin (English translation: The Mosquito Cup) against the Mixed 1 team by a score of 11 to 3 in front of a large crowd of 400 cheering fans at the École Wedgeport ball park Sunday evening, Aug. 3. Of the nine teams playing there are two mixed teams made up of smaller families.

The nine teams taking part in the tournament were the Pothier, Boudreau, Cottreau 1 and 2, Doucet(te), Jacquard, LeBlanc, Mixed 1 and 2 teams. 

The Pothier team was heavily favoured to win again. Indeed, they never lost a game, although the team only won by two points against the LeBlancs with an 8-6 score on Saturday. On Sunday in a semi-final against the LeBlancs, the Pothiers won 18 to 11.

The Boudreau family team had their best performance in all of the eight tournaments. The two Cottreau teams faired well as well this year with one beating the LeBlancs 8 to 4. In the semi finals on Sunday afternoon the two mixed teams battled it out to the very end in a very exiting game. The Mixed 1 team won 12 to 11. 

La Coupe Maringouin championship trophy was presented to the captain of the Pothiers, Jill-Marie (née Pothier) Jacquard, by Calvin Boudreau representing the sponsors of the tournament, Del Agency Limited and Assumption Life. 

At the trophies presentation Marc LeBlanc, the tournament president, thanked all the players, the volunteers, the sponsors and the spectators. He also presented two tournament MVP trophies in memory of one of the founders and inspiration of the tournament, Charlene Doucet. She died in June 2013 at the age of 58.

The women’s MVP trophy was won by Hailey Berry playing for the Boudreau team and the men’s MVP trophy was won by Jaden Pothier. The MVPs also received each a sport bag from Del Agency Limited and other gifts from Assumption Life.

Other prizes:

• The women’s homerun derby was won by Maryse (Pothier) LeBlanc for a fourth year.

• The men’s homerun derby was won by Mark Pothier of the Pothier team playing with his son Jaden, his wife Kelly and daughter Brittney.  

• Danny Surette, the special score keeper of every game since the first tournament, was also thanked and received a sport bag and other gifts from the sponsors. Each team had an MVP and received a gift certificate.

The teams are made up of men and women and players must be 15 years old and over to compete. Organizers say the event allows Wedgeport and area people to better know each other and the participants to socialize while playing. Some meet on the playing field for the first time, even if they live in the same community. The four-day event began Thursday, July 31 and ended Sunday, Aug. 3.   

 

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