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Falcons, Crusaders skate to tie in girls South Glengarry Showdown

At the first-ever South Glengarry Showdown, hosted by the CCHL2 Char-Lan Rebels, girls hockey teams representing Char-Lan District High School and Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School skated to a 1-1 tie, with both goals notched short-handed.

Opposing goaltenders – Reina Faubert for the Crusaders and Lauren McCready for the Falcons – were stellar.

Playing in front of an enthusiast throng of family members and students filling the stands, the girls on both teams iced a terrific show of high-tempo hockey, showcasing the high school game.

Through two periods of play, the contest was scoreless. Holy Trinity was first to crack the ice, when Annie Bacchiochi collected a short-handed rebound and tapped it home with 9 minutes remaining in the game.

On a Char-Lan penalty kill later, the Crusaders found themselves under pressure, as HT looked for the insurance. However, the girls escaped, advancing the puck. Tessa Ramsey capitalized in the offensive zone, wristing a shot over the goalie’s glove hand for the equalizer, with just 80 seconds left in the contest.

Holy Trinity, still on a power play, again pressed. The frantic play continued at even strength in the dying seconds, as Char-Lan was twice forced to ice the puck, affording the Falcons faceoffs in their offensive zone.

The final buzzer relieved the pressure, sealing the 1-1 draw. Following player handshakes, the girls from both teams tapped their sticks on the ice, saluting the fans in the stands.

For both teams, this was a playoff tune-up of sorts. Holy Trinity is the third-ranked team heading into the SDGAA post-season with 8 games played and a record of 4 wins, 3 losses, and 1 tie, while Char-Lan sits fourth on 10 games played with a 2-7-1 record. For more background, please see this earlier post. Note, the playoff tournament date has been changed to March 4, starting at 8 a.m. in Long Sault.

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HT Falcons senior boys basketball team seeded first for EOSSAA

With its 12-0 SDGAA league record, from regular-season and playoff action, it probably isn’t a surprise that the Holy Trinity Falcons senior boys basketball team has been seeded first for the upcoming EOSSAA tournament in Perth.

The Falcons beat St. Lawrence in the SD&G final last week to take the league championship. (For more on that, as well as HT’s junior team triumph, please see this previous post.)

The senior Saints have also been invited to EOSSAA, afforded a wildcard spot since the Prescott-Russell association has cancelled all league sports and, thus, is not participating. St. Lawrence is seeded fourth. Note, the St. Joseph’s school participating is not the one from Cornwall, but rather from Renfrew.

The tournament runs February 25 and 26.

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Schedule for 2020 EOSSAA ‘A’ senior boys basketball
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HT Falcons sweep high school boys titles

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.

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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.

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Senior boys ‘A basketball EOSSAA is booked for Perth on February 25 and 26. Holy Trinity is expected to be a top-three seed.

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Holy Trinity to host boys basketball playoffs Tuesday

Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School is scheduled to host the SD&G boys ‘A’ playoffs on February 18, including senior and junior Falcons teams. Joining the party will be both squads from Glengarry District High School.

HT’s seniors completed the regular season with a perfect 10-0 record in league play. St. Lawrence finished second at 9-1. L’Heritage ended up third, and the Gaels, at 6-4, grabbed the final playoff spot. Last week’s win over Tagwi pushed the Warriors to fifth, and out of the playoffs, at 4-6.

On the junior side, the Falcons topped the table with a 7-1 record, as the Saints placed second, at 5-3. The Dragons were third, followed by GDHS, which needed the win last week over Tagwi, to get into the playoffs.

Playoff game schedule

  • 9:30 a.m. junior semifinal – Holy Trinity vs Glengarry
  • 11 a.m. junior semifinal – St. Lawrence vs Heritage
  • 12:30 p.m. senior semifinal – Holy Trinity vs Glengarry
  • 2 p.m. senior semifinal – St. Lawrence vs Heritage
  • 3:30 p.m. junior championship
  • 5 p.m. senior championship

The senior champion will qualify for EOSSAA, set for February 26-27 in Perth, while the junior victor advances to EOSSAA at St. Lawrence in Cornwall, on February 25.

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Falcons fall short in Sisters’ Cup hockey game

Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School’s girls hockey team skated to a 1-0 loss in the 2019 edition of the Sisters’ Cup.

The game, played December 5 in Cornwall, featured the Falcons tangling with cross-town rival St. Joseph’s. Kate Villeneuve, who has committed to a Division 1 scholarship in the United States come 2020, scored the Panthers goal.

Holy Trinity coach Mindy Gibbs tells me that Falcons goaltender Lauren McCready, a grade 9 student-athlete, “stood on her head; she was a wall. She is definitely a high-pressure gamer.”

The Falcons squad includes six grade 9s, essentially half the team, “so the future of HT hockey is bright,” adds Gibbs.

On the Sisters’ Cup experience, which was the second annual, Gibbs calls it “another proud moment to come together as sisters in sport. It has definitely become a highlight event for our school.”

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Holy Trinity’s girls hockey team features, standing in the back row from left, Geneva MacDonell, Leslie Papps, Annika Setterington, Ashley MacCrimmon, Ainsley McCuaig, Courtney St. Onge, Julia Allan, and Annie “Buster” Bacchiochi. Middle row: Ella Ducolon-Merkley, Emma Skiddy Mason, Haley Berger, and Lily Bacchiochi. In front are Emily McLaughlin and Lauren McCready. Not seen are coach Mrs. Marsolais and assistant coaches Bruce Ciccarelli and Mindy Gibbs. (submitted photo)
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Sisters’ Cup hockey game set for Thursday in Cornwall

The second annual Sisters’ Cup hockey game, “a celebration of sport between our two Catholic sister schools … to come together as sisters in sport,” will take to the ice in Cornwall on Thursday, as the girls hockey teams from Holy Trinity and St. Joseph’s meet in a fundraiser for Maison Baldwin House.

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The December 5 event will take place at Cornwall’s multi-pad arena, beginning at 4 p.m. The game is booked for pad 1.

The south end of the rink will be set aside for Falcons supporters, with the north end for Panthers fans. In between will be seating for dignitaries.

Goodwill donation will be accepted at the doors upon entry.

The game format will be periods of 10, 10, and 12 minutes.

Holy Trinity won the inaugural 2018 event, 3-1, over the Panthers.

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EOSSAA silver medal for Holy Trinity’s senior girls basketball team

Following a terrific opening day at EOSSAA in Brockville, Holy Trinity’s senior girls basketball team competed today in the playoff round, finishing the tournament hosted by St. Mary CHS with silver medals.

Coach Mindy Gibbs tells me that she is “super proud of the girls … they deserve all the accolades.”

The Falcons were seeded second at the November 13-14 competition, as SD&G ‘A’ champions. After getting through round-robin play unbeaten, Holy Trinity dispatched third-ranked Opeongo HS in the semifinal 65-57.

“That was a hard battle where the game wasn’t decided until the final 3 minutes,” Gibbs notes.

As a result, the girls were gassed in the EOSSAA championship match that followed, as the Falcons tangled with top seed and host St. Mary, which “executed a strong game plan, and we struggled to contain them.” The final score was 53-27.

The Crusaders, as EOSSAA champs, will represent the region at OFSAA, which is booked for November 21-23, in Welland.

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The 2019 EOSSAA silver-medallist senior girls basketball team from Holy Trinity. (submitted photo)

To read about the girls’ day-one results, please see this previous post:

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Falcons senior girls basketball team tops pool on day 1 at EOSSAA

Holy Trinity’s senior girls basketball team topped its pool at EOSSAA in Brockville today, winning both round-robin matches.

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The November 13 ‘A’ tournament hosted by St. Mary CHS saw the Falcons beat St. John CHS 43-33 in game one, following up with a 53-40 victory over St. Francis Xavier in the afternoon tilt.

Next up for the Holy Trinity girls will be a meeting with the second-place team from the opposite pool, Opeongo HS, which was 1-1 today. Their semifinal is scheduled for Thursday starting at 11:30 a.m. and can be viewed on the St. Mary Catholic High School (Brockville) Facebook page. The other semi, featuring the host team against St. Francis Xavier, is set for a 10 a.m. start.

The losers of the semis will meet in the consolation final at 1:30 p.m., while the winners will play for EOSSAA gold at 3 p.m.

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HT girls basketball team seeded second at EOSSAA

Holy Trinity’s senior girls basketball team is the SD&G champion representing our region at EOSSAA this week, where the Falcons are seeded second.

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The tournament is being held in Brockville, hosted by St. Mary CHS.

Holy Trinity’s round-robin games on November 13 are scheduled for 11:30 a.m. versus St. John CHS and 5:30 p.m. against St. Francis Xavier CHS.

Should the girls finish first or second in their pool, they will advance to playoff action on day two.

November 14 semifinals are slated for 10 and 11L30 a.m. starts, followed by the consolation final at 1:30 p.m. and the gold medal game at 3 p.m.

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