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Thursday, January 29, 2004

12:28PM - snow after snowstorm

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it just started snowing again, like you cant see anything, its just white.

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Tuesday, December 2, 2003

12:09PM

snow )

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Thursday, November 13, 2003

4:50PM

first snowfall )

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Tuesday, October 21, 2003

10:41PM

Durie Named RCA Lyra Player of the Game for Record Breaking Game

Running back Andre Durie from the York Lions had a career day Saturday, setting a new OUA record of 349 yards rushing in a single game. The Mississauga native accomplished his feat on 27 carries, averaging 12. 93 yard an attempt. Durie was also honoured with the Tissot Play of the Half, when he danced around eight tacklers en route to a 32-yard touchdown. He also included an 88-yard touchdown run for his second TD of the game. The 22-year old rookie grabbed some of the rushing spotlight off of veterans Jesse Lumsden and Derek Medler, as he proved he will be a force to reckon with in the OUA for years to come.

The Fine Arts major shattered the previous mark of 331 yards, set in 1990 by Guelph’s Chuck Simms. His performance ranks fourth on the CIS all-time list, two yards short of third place. The CIS record of 482 yards was established in 1967 by StFX’s Paul Brule.

It was the 5’11, 190-pound Mississauga-native’s fourth consecutive 100-plus-yard performance. Durie also scored two touchdowns in the win, including an 88-yard third-quarter scamper, to help secure seventh place in the OUA for the Lions.

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10:41PM

CIS football players of the week





York's new OUA recordman Andre Durie and Simon Fraser's captain Neil McKinlay earn CFL/Canadian Interuniversity Sport Player of the Week honours in week eight.

Ottawa, Ont. - The CFL/Canadian Interuniversity Sport Players of the Week for week #8 of CIS football are:

OFFENCE: Andre Durie - Running Back York Lions (3-5)


Andre Durie, York Lions, Football

First-year running back Andre Durie set a new OUA single game rushing record on Saturday with 349 yards on 27 carries as the host Lions (3-5) defeated the Ottawa Gee-Gees (3-5-0-1) 25-17. The Fine Arts major shattered the previous mark of 331 yards, set in 1990 by Guelph's Chuck Simms. His performance ranks fourth on the CIS all-time list, two yards short of third place. The CIS record of 482 yards was established in 1967 by StFX's Paul Brule.

It was the 5'11, 190-pound Mississauga-native's fourth consecutive 100-plus-yard performance. Durie also scored two touchdowns in the win, including an 88-yard third-quarter scamper, to help secure seventh place in the OUA for the Lions.

York travels to Kingston, Ont. Saturday to meet the Queen's Golden Gaels (7-1-0-1) at 2 p.m. in OUA quarterfinal action.

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10:41PM - this one is good

Lion rushes for 349 yards





Durie sets single-game rushing record in OUA

By MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

Andre Durie grabbed the football, took it to the five offensive linemen that blocked for him and asked for each of their signatures.

The ball, as well as a picture of the superb York Lions rookie running back with his hogs on the O-line, will remain in the team dressing room for all to see after one of the greatest performances in Ontario university football history.

Durie, 22, set an OUA single-game rushing record with 349 yards on 27 carries as York (3-5) beat the favoured Ottawa Gee-Gees 25-17 in the season finale for both teams yesterday at York Stadium.

"Basically, I just helped out my team and gave them some incentive to do good in the playoffs," said the Mississauga native, who broke Guelph Gryphons running back Chuck Sims' OUA record of 331 yards, set in 1990.

"We needed that motivation. Our offensive line stepped up big time, opening those holes and I just hit them."

Durie's story is one of determination. A day before the season opener, Durie's girlfriend/wife-to-be Amber gave birth to their first child, Cian (a boy). He started the season with just 56 yards in his first three games, but topped the 100-yard mark in his final four to finish with 845 for the season.

"I'm very proud of him," said Durie's mother, Melva, who brought her two other sons and lone daughter to the game. "A lot of guys his age would fall apart having everything on his plate, but he's strong. He has heart."

Melva, a personal support worker for mentally and physically challenged adults, was a 100-metre runner as a high schooler in Jamaica, so speed runs in the family.

Andre Durie made the OUA play of the year during the second quarter when he took a pitch and appeared to be cornered behind the line of scrimmage near the sideline, but then weaved through tacklers and ran for a 33-yard touchdown. An 88-yard major followed in the third quarter.

"He's a tough son of a gun ... He's unbelievable," York coach Tom Gretes said. "You can ride a kid like that a long way."

"Andre is something I've never seen before playing in the States and here," said 6-foot-5, 325-pound York offensive lineman Anthony Forgione. "He's a hell of a guy. We blocked our butts off for him."

The Gee-Gees (3-4-0-1) rallied from a 23-3 deficit, but turned the ball over on downs in the final minute on the York 13-yard line. Suddenly, after a mostly disappointing season, the seventh-seeded Lions have confidence heading into next Saturday's OUA quarter-final against the No. 2 Queen's Golden Gaels (7-0-0-1) in Kingston.

"It's one game, you never know," Gretes said. "You've got a kid like that (Durie), that puts fear in the other team."

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10:40PM - another...

Durie Earns OUA and CIS Weekly Honours
TORONTO, October 21, 2003 -- York University ...

York Lions football player Andre Durie has been named OUA Athlete of the Week and CIS Offensive Player of the Week.

The first-year running back set a new OUA single game rushing record on Saturday with 349 yards on 27 carries as the host Lions (3-5) defeated the Ottawa Gee-Gees (3-5-0-1) 25-17. The Fine Arts major shattered the previous mark of 331 yards, set in 1990 by Guelph's Chuck Simms. His performance ranks fourth on the CIS all-time list, two yards short of third place. The CIS record of 482 yards was established in 1967 by StFX's Paul Brule.

It was the 5'11, 190-pound Mississauga-native's fourth consecutive 100-plus-yard performance. Durie also scored two touchdowns in the win, including an 88-yard third-quarter scamper, to help secure seventh place in the OUA for the Lions.

York travels to Kingston, Ont. Saturday to meet the Queen's Golden Gaels (7-1-0-1) at 2 p.m. in OUA quarterfinal action.

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10:39PM - another...from york's website

Durie’s Record Breaking Performance Leads Lions to Victory Over Gee Gees
TORONTO, October 18, 2003 -- York University ...

York freshman running back Andre Durie set a new OUA single game rushing record with 349 yards on 27 carries as the host Lions defeated the Ottawa Gee-Gees, 25-17, on Saturday afternoon in Toronto.

Durie shattered the previous record of 331 yards, which was set in 1990 by Guelph’s Chuck Simms. It was Durie’s fourth consecutive game with more than 100 yards rushing.

With the victory, York (3-5) finishes the regular season in seventh spot and will travel to Kingston next Saturday to face the second place Queen's Golden Gaels (7-0-0-1) in OUA quarterfinal action. Ottawa (3-4-0-1) finishes in sixth place and will visit the third place Laurier Golden Hawks (6-1-0-1).

York led 16-3 at the half. Durie scored his first of two majors on a 32-yard run, while running back Brian Wheatle added a touchdown on a two-yard plunge. York added a safety, while Ottawa’s Jeff Lee-Yaw connected on a 44-yard field goal.

Durie would score his second touchdown early in the third quarter on an 88-yard run before the Gee Gees would steal the momentum in the fourth. Ottawa quarterback Mike Crabtree threw a six-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Branco. Following a York safety, Crabtree connect with David Azzi on a 10-yard touchdown pass to as the Gee Gees cut the Lions lead to 25-17. Ottawa would drive the ball down the field late in the final minutes, but were unable to reach the end zone again.

The Lions finished the day with 399 yards of net offence, while the Gee-Gees tallied 234 net yards. Crabtree completed 14-of-24 passes for 109 yards and two touchdowns for Ottawa, while teammate Nathan Thompson was 11-of-22 for 132 yards and two interceptions. York quarterback Bart Zemanek finished the afternoon 4-of-7 for 43 yards. Derek Belvedere was Ottawa’s top rusher with 48 yards on 10 carries. Belvedere also led the Gee Gees with seven catches for 93 yards.

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10:38PM - article on our star player

Record day for Durie
York rookie back runs for 349 yards to set OUA mark Win over Ottawa

puts Lions into university playoffs


DAVID GROSSMAN
SPORTS REPORTER

With a playoff berth on the line, York Lions running back Andre Durie came up with the biggest game in OUA history, racking up 349 rushing yards to lead York to victory over the Ottawa Gee-Gees.

The 22-year-old rookie carried the ball 27 times and scored two touchdowns in York's 25-17 win.

With the win, the Lions finished the regular season 3-5, and qualified for the playoffs.

While Durie was happy with his performance, which broke a 13-year-old OUA single game record, he was even more pleased he'll be heading to the postseason. He's hopeful the Lions — who face the Queen's Golden Gaels Saturday in their playoff opener — will make some noise.

"It's great but I still have a lot to learn, there are good years ahead for me and I just wanted to help out my team and give them some incentive to do well in the playoffs," said Durie, who also credited his teammates.

"Our offensive line picked up big time, they gave me the holes and we needed that motivation to go on,'' said Durie.

Those same teammates kept Durie in the dark as he approached the OUA mark of 331 yards held by Guelph's Chuck Sims.

``They kept the record a secret. They didn't want it to get to my head," Durie said. His eye-popping performance was still only good for fourth spot on the all-time national list. St. Francis Xavier's Paul Brule set the national university record with a 482-yard game in 1967.

A large contingent of family and friends cheered on Durie's record-breaking performance from the stands at York Stadium.

"He's fantastic, untouchable and he'll go big time, to the NFL and he deserves it all," Melva Durie said of her son.

York coach Tom Gretes said a running back like Durie can easily intimidate opponents.

"He's a franchise player. You have a kid like that and it puts fear in another team. He's unbelievable and you can go a long way with a kid like him," said Gretes, who kept Durie in the game even after the victory was well in hand.

Durie's first major was a thing of football beauty. He dipsy-doodled around eight defenders before galloping 32 yards to the end zone. Just before halftime, he went on an 88-yard touchdown run.

Ottawa coach Denis Piche enjoyed the show, even if he didn't appreciate the final result.

"(Durie) was outstanding, just an amazing running back, and once he got going it was `look out,' " said Piche.

In other OUA games yesterday, Queen's dumped Windsor 51-17 to set up their game with York, while the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks brought closure to another woeful season by the University of Toronto by thumping the Blues 62-7.

The Blues finished the season 0-8, the third winless record they've had in the past four years.

Western, dumped Guelph 42-29, and will now face Windsor, a team which beat them during the regular season.

McMaster crushed Waterloo 57-10, led by 236 rushing yards from running back Jesse Lumsden.

Lumsden finished the season with an OUA-record 1,497 yards. McMaster, which finished the season with an 8-0 record, will host Waterloo in their playoff opener.

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Friday, September 26, 2003

9:05PM

mom!!!!!!!!!!!! i got the care package today!!!!!!!!!!! thank you so much, its soo great, everything i look at i'm like, i needed that! how great! oh i wanted that! hehe. the spongebob mac and cheese was the ultimate. brings back memories of afternoons of peter and i eating mac and cheese. they dont have spongebob ones up here. i'm going to go shower right now just because i want to use the stuff you sent. hehe.

the football game is tomorrow and i'm dying of excitment, i'm really getting to know the guys, they're soo great, i absolutely love them. eek! i just cant wait.

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9:05PM

mom!!!!!!!!!!!! i got the care package today!!!!!!!!!!! thank you so much, its soo great, everything i look at i'm like, i needed that! how great! oh i wanted that! hehe. the spongebob mac and cheese was the ultimate. brings back memories of afternoons of peter and i eating mac and cheese. they dont have spongebob ones up here. i'm going to go shower right now just because i want to use the stuff you sent. hehe.

the football game is tomorrow and i'm dying of excitment, i'm really getting to know the guys, they're soo great, i absolutely love them. eek! i just cant wait.

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Thursday, September 11, 2003

11:14PM - more pics

room in res. )

Current mood: curious
Current music: weezer.el scorcho
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10:52PM

first )

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10:51PM

view from my room )

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Thursday, August 7, 2003

11:53AM

just putting in some pictures.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2003

8:43PM

okay so i've taken to photography. i'm taking lots of pictures now. here are some. hopefully this works.


i liked the color.


sarah. haha.


sarah again. we were having fun that day.


this is my favourite picture right now. i dont know why i just like it. its a motor on a boat at sarah's by the way.


nathan and mallory. young love. haha. mallory is sarah's sister.

i hope that code works with blurty too.

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Saturday, July 26, 2003

6:13PM

i figured out why i gained all this weight all of a sudden sort of! the birth control! duh.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2003

9:38AM - pics

okay, so i finally got my pics from my camera on my computer! grandpa had this special thing so i could do it because it wasnt working the normal way. so, i have some pics for you! i'm gonna post links to them, so just clicky.

photos from a while ago

sunsets from here

so those are what i've uploaded so far. the others are on imagestation but you have to have an account there to see them and apparenty then it doesnt even work. so i'm gonna upload more soon, it just takes a really long time because its so slow of a connection.

Current mood: complacent
Current music: low flying owls.high noon
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Thursday, July 17, 2003

8:10PM

juice fast tomorrow. tom left los gatos a long time ago to do something in a church?? he's an idiot. haha. anyway. aunty cindy and i are going to the beehive and the spa tomorrow. i'm just getting a manicure. all i can afford. done with babysitting! thank the lord! rough day today on that.. i better go to bed.

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Thursday, July 10, 2003

9:48PM

today was a long day. shoot! west nile virus and i just got bitten about a million times today! oh well. i worked at the groussmans today. physical work. raking and weeding and whatnot. then i had to go to babysit. it was better today. grandpa is up. we played games. that 70's show! bye

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