The Ottawa Fury's inaugural entry in the Premier Development League is beginning to take shape. The elite men's team announced its six signings this week -- five of them possessing U.S. men's college soccer experience.
The sixth signing is local product Souleymane Gagou, who played last season with Grimbergen in the Belgian third division.
Heading up the college contingent are a quartet from St. Bonaventure in Olean, N.Y. The group includes striker Kevin Omokua of Brampton, and midfielders Phil Amahazion and Konrad Paszkowski and Frederick Taylor, all of Calgary. The latter trio all has previous PDL experience with the Calgary Storm.
Also signing on with the Fury is Josiah Snelgrove of Hartland, N.B., who just finished up his freshman year at Houghton College.
The Fury makes its PDL debut May 28 at Carleton University's Keith Harris Stadium against the Westchester Flames.
BEAVER BOXERS BEST: Two fighters from the Beaver Boxing Club earned "best boxer" honours at the Ray McKibbons tournament in St. Catharines. Henry Lopez was named best men's fighter after knocking out two opponents in the first round to claim the cadet 57 kg gold. On the women's side, top recognition went to Jill Perry, who stopped Hamilton's Alana Rabley in the first round to win the women's 57 kg open title. Other Beaver medallists at the event included Hosni Below, silver, men's 75 kg novice; Marc Dorion, silver, men's 57 kg open, and Gael Farjon, bronze, men's 69 kg novice.
ON TRACK FOR GOLD: Gloucester Concordes' Nicholas Bean won the overall intermediate men's title at the Canadian age class short-track speed skating championships in Surrey, B.C. Victories in the 1,500 and 3,000 metres were a key in securing the crown for Bean. Clubmate Ivanie Blondin earned an overall silver medal for the second straight year. Her results in Surrey included victories in the 1,000 and 1,500 metres. The Garneau High School student added to a sensational season that included a relay bronze medal at the world junior short track championships in Belgrade, Serbia, in January.
AROUND THE AMATEUR SPORTS SCENE: Glen Torontow set four new Ottawa Y Olympians club records in winning all his races at the Governors' 13th annual meet last weekend at the Nepean Sportsplex ... Ottawa Gee-Gees coach Steve Johnson will head up the Canadian women's soccer staff for the 2005 Summer Universiade, Aug. 11-21 in Izmir, Turkey.