As part of the school’s year-end awards, École secondaire catholique Le Relais honoured two special athletes: Eric Cumberbatch and Jimmy Berry.
Cumberland, who is graduating this month and set to attend the Unversity of Ottawa this fall where he has been recruited as a member of the football team, received Le Relais’ Excellence in Sports Senior Award. The multi-sport athlete excelled in track (qualifying for OFSAA three years in a row), basketball, and volleyball.
The Excellence in Sports Junior Award went to grade 10 student-athlete Berry, who is a strong member of Les Rapides teams in soccer, basketball, volleyball, and track.
All high school Ontario-wide championships scheduled for this spring under the auspices of OFSAA have been cancelled, as the organization announced today.
Our region typically has athletes competing at the provincial track and field championships, and often we have a team or two battling in soccer as well, but this year that won’t happen.
The Glengarry Gaels boys soccer team won OFSAA gold in 2019, triumphing at the tournament held in Ancaster, while the girls from Le Relais captured silver, also in Ancaster.
Gaels boys team head coach Glen Campbell told me in February that he had 13 team members back this year from last season’s provincial championship squad. The boys had been conducting informal sessions during lunch breaks prior to the March Break and ensuing shutdown of schools due to COVID-19.
With the cancellation of the provincial competitions this year, Glengarry will have to wait another season to try to defend its title.
In the March 31 announcement from the OFSAA president, Nick Rowe stated, “As we continue to cope in these challenging times with the COVID-19 pandemic, it is with great disappointment that we announce Tuesday the cancellation of the remaining 2020 spring OFSAA championships and festivals.
“On behalf of the OFSAA Executive Council and all of our staff, we are thankful for the commitment and passion of all student-athletes, coaches, convenors, and volunteer host organizing committees to this point in the school year. Volunteers are the driving force in the planning efforts and execution of these events. A sincere thank you to each and every one of the volunteers across the province.
“As we endure this uncertain coronavirus health crisis, OFSAA will continue to follow the direction of public health experts and government agencies.
“We eagerly look forward to when we can safely get back to the classroom and when sport returns to our school communities.
“Stay safe and healthy.”
This year’s boys ‘A’ soccer tournament was scheduled to be held in London, while the girls event was slated for Perth. Track and field was booked for Toronto.
At this stage, there is no confirmation on when or if high school sports will resume locally.
The senior boys basketball team from Alexandria’s École secondaire catholique Le Relais opened its 2019-20 PRSSAA season with a 2-2 record before the Christmas break.
Coach Éric Crête tells me that the squad scored wins versus Embrun and Russell, while losses came against Casselman and St. Thomas-Aquinas.
Leading the way offensively is #14 Xavier Gendreau, who is averaging 20 points per game.
The junior edition of les Rapides is 1-3, with the team’s lone win at the expense of Embrun. Losses were to Russell, Casselman, and St. Thomas-Aquinas.
Coach Crête says that 10th grader Jimmy Berry and 9th grader Zeph Lajoie are leading the way scoring-wise. He adds that the record isn’t a bad showing for an inexperienced team of players who collectively had 10 games of experience at the start of the season.