HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

With Dave Makela

 

For Release: November 24th, 1999

Following weekend action, if you were looking for an expression that most accurately describes the state of boys' volleyball competition in Northern Ontario this Fall, I think you could get away with "Sudbury rules".

Sudbury schools successfully posted the coveted "sweep", a triple crown of N.O.S.S.A. Volleyball titles over the weekend including Chelmsford in "A", Lo-Ellen Park in "AA" and Confederation in "AAA".

The "A" Championship was hosted at Macdonald Cartier and featured Chelmsford, Levack and Villa Francais des Jeunes Juniors and Seniors, as well as Jeunesse Nord Juniors. In the Finals, it was all Chelmsford, the Juniors defeating Jeunesse Nord 26-24 and 25-18 (games at N.O.S.S.A. are all best of three) and the Senior Flyers taking V.F.J. with scores of 25-22, 25-20.

In "AA", the heavily favoured Lo-Ellen Park Seniors performed to expectation, taking their Final against Champlain 25-14, 25-14 on home turf. Including the Knights and Requins, Algonquin of North Bay and Manitoulin Secondary rounded out the Senior division. In Junior, the host Knights fell just short in their bid for a second Championship, taking Elliot Lake Secondary to a third and deciding game but losing out on scores of 19-25, 26-24, 15-7. Champlain was the third and final entry in the "AA" Junior division.

In "AAA", those surprising Confederation Charger Seniors continued their championship ways in North Bay, defeating the host St. Joseph/Scollard Hall Bears 25-23 and 25-18 in front of a highly partisan crowd. The Senior Chargers posted victories against local rival Lasalle (25-16, 25-17) and North Bay's Chippewa Secondary (25-23, 25-15) en route to the Final. In Junior, the Final turned out to be the battle of Nipissing schools as Widdifield took the championship in straight sets over St. Joseph/Scollard Hall. The Lancers Juniors rounded out the entries in "AAA" Junior.

All three teams will now advance to the O.F.S.A.A. Championships beginning today as follows: "A" - Owen Sound, "AA" - St. Thomas, "AAA" - Kitchener. One final note: the participants on these championship teams should take full credit for their victories -- this is the first time ever the S.D.S.S.A.A. has swept the N.O.S.S.A. boys' volleyball triple crown!

Also this week, N.O.S.S.A. Girls' Basketball gets underway with "A" at Ecole Secondaire Hanmer, "AA" hosted by Northeastern Secondary School and "AAA" in the Soo.

In "A", Sudbury will be represented by Chelmsford VDCS and ESC L'Heritage in Junior, and ES Hanmer and French River in Senior. Action gets underway at 12 noon Friday in Hanmer and continues through to the Championship Finals on Saturday at 3:45pm and 5:30pm in Junior and Senior respectively.

In "AA" action, Lo-Ellen will represent the sole S.D.S.S.A.A. entry in Junior, while Northeastern will carry Sudbury hopes in Senior. Games begin on Friday at 4pm and continue through to 10pm on Friday night. Championship Finals take place Saturday in Junior and Senior at 11am and 1pm respectively. All games will be hosted at Northeastern Secondary in Garson.

Lasalle and Notre Dame Juniors and Seniors will carry the Sudbury banner at N.O.S.S.A. Girls' "AAA" basketball also hosted this weekend in the Soo. Action begins Friday afternoon at 4pm and continues until 10pm Friday night. The Junior Final will be hosted at 11am, followed by the Senior at 1pm. All games will be hosted at St. Mary's College.

And finally this week, Lively District Secondary School celebrates its 20th anniversary of hosting invitational high school hockey tournaments at the Walden Arena. Co-Chairs George Hagen and Brent Battistelli will welcome a total of twelve teams, including the host Hawks and locals Lasalle, Macdonald Cartier, Notre Dame, Confederation, St. Charles, St. Benedict, Espanola and Lo-Ellen, along with St. Joseph/Scollard Hall, Widdifield and Algonquin of North Bay. Action begins Friday at 10am and continues through to the Championship Finals Saturday at 2pm.

For information on any the championships mentioned here plus just about any other high school sports issue, consult the S.D.S.S.A.A. web page at www.rainbow.edu.on.ca/sdssaa, look in the "Updates and Add-Ons" section and click on the event of interest.

 


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