5:30 a.m., June 30)
Tigers senior boys basketball team named high school ‘Team of the Year’
By Fred Sherwin
St. Matthew Tigers senior boys basketball team won an incedible 45 games
against just one loss on their way to winning the NCSSAA and OFSAA championships
in 2009 to earn Team of the Year honours. Fred Sherwin/Photo
In a year
that saw east end high school teams win seven city championships and three
OFSAA medals including two gold, one team in particular stood out from the
rest of the pack.
The St. Matthew
Tigers senior boys basketball team only lost one game all year on their
way to winning the OFSAA championship in front of a hometown crowd at Lisgar
Collegiate High School in March.
The Tigers started
the season by sweeping their way to the Bill Wren Classic Tournament title
in December. They would go to win their next 32 games in a row before losing
in the second round of the All-Catholic High School Provincial Championships
After that disappointing
loss they would bounce back to cap an undefeated National Capital high school
season by downing the Sir Robert Borden Bengals 70-54 in the NCSSAA Tier
1 city championship.
The Tigers were
led by Garnet Blais who scored 25 points and hauled down five rebounds in
The team continued
to play well at the OFSAA tournament winning their first three games to
advance to the final four of the All-Ontario championships. After downing
Martingrove Collegiate 57-52 in the semi-finals, they faced the Emery Eagles
in the gold medal game.
The Eagles managed
to keep the score close through the first three quarters before the Tigers
pulled away in the final stanza.
The Tigers werent
the only team to make it to an OFSAA final, however. That distinction was
shared by two other teams including the Beatrice-Desloges Bulldogs senior
boys volleyball team which made it to the AAA gold medal game in Kingston
before losing to Upper Canada College in four sets.
Despite the loss
the Bulldogs could be proud of the fact that they became the first team
from a francophone school to make it to a AAA OFSAA final.
The Louis Riel
senior girls soccer team not only made it to the AAA OFSAA final in June,
they won the whole thing, downing R.S. McLauglin Collegiate
3-0 in the final to win the gold medal.
The road to the
provincial championship ran through the Colonel By Cougars who had beaten
them the week before in a rain-soaked NCSSAA final.
The two teams
faced each other in the quarterfinals of the OFSAA tournament which was
played at the Hornets Nest in Blackburn Hamlet.
The Cougars held
a precarious 1-0 lead late in the game until Chelsea Lanos scored off a
free kick with less than two minutes remaining to send the game into extra
time. When neither team could score in the extra session the game had to
be decided in penalty kicks.
It took seven
rounds before Rebelles keeper Kelsie English managed to block a shot from
Ariel Pelletier to give her team the huge win.
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