It was a great opening day of play for the high school girls hockey team from Le Relais today in St. Isidore, as Les Rapides skated to a pair of convincing victories and captured 30 points under the Franco scoring system.
Playing against Champlain this morning, Le Relais scored a 5-0 win, on the strength of goals from Myriam Boisvenue (2), Chloeanne Seguin (2), and Lauryn Craig. Assists were credited to Boisvenue, Seguin, Craig, and Chloé Levert.
The Franco hockey scoring system allots points, to a maximum of 15 per game, for the win in the game, periods won, and for limiting the number of penalties taken.
In game two, Les Rapides got past Franco Cité 6-2. Coach Marc Seguin says…
Chloé Levert joueuse du match… sa première expérience au hockey!
(Levert was named player of the game. This tournament is her first hockey experience.)
The girls are scheduled to continue round-robin action on Wednesday, with games at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Green Valley’s Sara Carriere is seeing plenty of time on the soccer pitch as a member of the Concordia University Stingers varsity women’s team this season, despite this being her first year at the U-Sports level, and she tells me that she is loving every minute of it.
The 2019 graduate of École secondairecatholique Le Relais, in Alexandria, is studying sociology at Concordia, balancing the academic demands with those of a varsity athlete. The 5ft. 4in, forward had three assists in 10 matches played this season, before suffering a minor concussion in a game versus McGill. She’s expecting to be back in the Stingers lineup for Friday night’s scheduled fixture versus Sherbrooke. The following weekend, Concordia is booked to play Montreal and UQTR to wrap up regular-season action.
“School is going good,” Carriere tells me, adding that she is “loving the city and [has] made lot of friends.” She is, however, looking forward to reconnecting with family and friends back home in Glengarry over the Thanksgiving weekend.
The Stingers have a record of 1 win, 7 losses, and 3 ties on the season, for sixth place in the eight-team RQEQ league.
The intermediate (Grade 7/8) girls soccer team from École secondaire catholique Le Relais in Alexandria topped the field at the September 24 CSDCEO (French Catholic school board) tournament, nabbing the championship amongst the 12 squads in contention.
Coached by Marc Séguin, les Rapides played to round-robin results of 7-0 versus Plantagenet, nil-nil with Casselman, and 3-1 against.
In the ‘A’ final, Le Relais battled La Citadelle. The game was back-and-forth action, says Séguin, with both schools getting great chances to score. At full time, the score stood at 1-1. A shootout was needed to decide the winner, and that’s how les Rapides prevailed.
In the boys division, Le Relais also reached the ‘A’ final, falling short to les Patriotes, to finish in second place.
For the second straight year, the boys golf team from Alexandria’s École secondaire catholique Le Relais has won the Franco golf championship. The September 20 tournament, held in Casselman, saw the foursome of Jeremy Chénier, Tyler Séguin, Jeffrey Willard, and Maxime Brunet, under the guidance of coach Françis Charlebois, prevail in the recreational division (best ball), beating out 31 other teams. Les Rapides shot 61 to finish 11 under par at the at the Casselview Golf Club.
Charlebois tells me, “The boys played a really good round. Overall, all of them played off their strengths and came in clutch with a lot of shots. They made a lot of clutch putts as well (Tyler sunk a 35 footer for a birdie).”
Alexandria’s Kieran Craig is back with the Gatineau Olympiques of the QMJHL, for the 2019-20 season, in his second campaign in Quebec’s top junior league.
The forward played in 63 regular-season games last season, notching 15 points and recording 32 penalty minutes. He also dressed for five playoff contests, adding two assists.
The 18-year-old tells me that, even though he graduated high school last June (returning to le Relais to do so with his friends), he plans to take some additional courses this fall, in preparation for online university studies.
In the team’s last exhibition game, on September 8 versus the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada, Craig scored, as the Olympiques prevailed 5-2.
Gatineau concludes its preseason play on September 15 against the Ottawa 67s, before beginning the regular campaign on the road in Drummondville, September 20.
What a final day it was for county high school soccer teams at OFSAA, in the Hamilton area, where, today, the GDHS senior boys captured gold, while Le Relais senior girls scored silver. (Cornwall’s la Citadelle beat les Rapides for the second time, also edging them in the EOSSAA final last week.)
Covering soccer and high school sports in general for The Glengarry News has always been one of the highlights of my work as a sports journalist.
As I write this post, I realize that I made an error in a story I ran in the newspaper’s June 5 edition. To correct the record, Le Relais claimed the PRSSAA championship last fall, while la Citadelle won the SDGAA title this spring. The teams are school board rivals, though they play in different athletic associations.
Two high school soccer teams from Glengarry county are currently in the Hamilton area, competing at OFSAA. (I have background stories in the June 5 issue of The Glengarry News.)
The boys from GDHS have joined the girls from le Relais at the ‘A’ tournament, vying for provincial glory. Today saw the squads get off to a solid start, with the Gaels winning both of their games, while les Rapides played to split results. As part of the experience, the players attended the OFSAA banquet (see photo below, courtesy of Marc Seguin).