This morning in Perth, the top-ranked Holy Trinity Falcons senior boys basketball team dropped a tightly-contests EOSSAA ‘A’ semifinal 55-52 to the Rideau Lions, dropping HT to the consolation final, where they will square off with league rival St. Lawrence.
The Falcons won their earlier match, prevailing 64-50 to go one and one in round-robin action.
Meanwhile, the host St. Lawrence Saints are playing their second game of the tournament now, versus St. Joseph’s (Renfrew). A win would make them 1-1 as well, as the Saints were outgunned in their opener 79-18 by Almonte, which also won against St. Joseph’s, 66-48, to secure top spot in Pool 2 and a berth in the EOSSAA championship match, at 6 p.m.
The top-seeded high school boys basketball teams from SDGAA regular-season action lived up to their record in the playoffs, as the junior and senior squads from Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School captured their respective championships.
In both cases, the St. Lawrence Saints were runners-up, with the senior final going into the books as a 58-46 decision, while the junior Falcons prevailed 38-33.
Semifinal final play at the February 18 tournament which Holy Trinity hosted saw the Falcons dispatch the Glengarry Gaels, in both junior and senior action, while the respective squads from St. Lawrence dispatched teams from Heritage.
Holy Trinity and St. Lawrence were one-two in league standings this season, senior and junior. The senior Falcons remained unbeaten and are now 12-0 in SD&G action, including the regular season and playoffs.
Cornwall’s St. Lawrence High School is hosting the junior boys ‘A’ EOSSAA tournament on February 25, and both the Saints and Falcons will be there, with the latter the top seed.
Senior boys ‘A basketball EOSSAA is booked for Perth on February 25 and 26. Holy Trinity is expected to be a top-three seed.
Char-Lan District High School boys hockey team coach Sean O’Farrell has announced the final roster of his squad that will compete in the 2019-20 SDGAA league season, which is scheduled to begin play this week.
The Crusaders’ goaltender will be grade 11 student-athlete Hunter Mader. Defencemen are set to be Owen Robertson (11), Cale McKenzie (12), Thomas Pasco (10), Duncan McRae (12), Aidon Leroux (12), and Jack MacLachlan (12).
Up front the team is slated to include Tristan McDougall (12), Seamus O’Connell (11), Danny Flaro (11), Roan MacClennan (11), Donovan Francis (11), Jack Vandrish (9), Andrew Dixon (12), Jack Cayer (12), Hunter Latreille (9), Chad Watson (9), Curtis St Onge (11), Cole MacCrimmon, Nat Faubert, and Nick Oeggerli.
The puck had been slated to drop on the new high school boys hockey season Wednesday but that has been nixed by the planned provincial strike by teachers unions. As such, the league convenor tells me that he is working to reschedule games for Thursday.