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Chance of high school sports this fall continues to dim

With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to loom over us, the Ontario government recently announced its plan for students to return to schools in September, with a brief mention of sports and recreation activities.

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Excerpt from August 2020 Ford government return-to-schooling plan.

The Eastern Ontario Health Unit has released more specific guidelines, which apply to sports and recreation in our communities and schools, the full details of which can be read here.

However, specifically on schools, OFSAA, the province’s governing body for high school athletics, has announced there will be no Ontario championships this fall. Traditionally, the slate would include golf, cross-country running, football, girls basketball, and boys volleyball.

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OFSAA announcement, 12 August 2020.

Regarding EOSSAA, the regional body for high school sports, no official announcement has been made, though I have been told that they will “follow OFSAA’s direction.”

Locally, the SDGAA and PRSSAA have not made official statements either. Marc Poirier, head of athletics at Holy Trinity (which competes in the SD&G league) and Éric Crête, a coach at Le Relais (Prescott-Russell league), tell me they have not heard of any local planning.

I’m told that it’s possible individual boards may allow some sort of sports/recreation, in line with government direction, which suggests activities can only take place within a school (i.e. n inter-school competition), whilst maintaining physically distancing and enhanced cleaning. Whether boards and schools decide to take on the risk remains to be seen.

Across the country, university sports have been cancelled in three of four leagues (Only Quebec still has plans for competition). In Ontario, college sports this fall have also been cancelled.

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Panthers, Warriors skate at EOSSAA girls hockey

Today in Napanee, girls hockey teams from St. Joseph’s CSS and Tagwi SS are skating at the 2020 EOSSAA tournament.

The two squads battled last week in the SD&G championship game, played March 4 in Long Sault, where the Panthers prevailed 7-2. As champion, St. Joseph’s earned an automatic entry for EOSSAA, while Tagwi qualified as a wildcard.

Both semifinals were shut-out wins, as St. Joseph’s blanked Char-Lan 6-0, while Tagwi topped Holy Trinity 2-0.

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SJ Panthers boys triumph at SD&G hockey championships

The boys hockey team from St. Joseph’s Catholic Secondary School, as the 2020 SDGAA champion, is skating today in Arnprior at EOSSAA.

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The Panthers won the SD&G high school league playoff title last week in Long Sault, beating the Char-Lan Crusaders 3-1 in the final.

St. Joe’s and Char-Lan entered the March 3 tournament tied in regular-season record and points, but the Panthers got the top seed on a tie-breaking formula.

Following a scoreless first period in the championship game, the Panthers opened the scoring in the second stanza, when, with 5:26 left in the frame, Kale Lauzon found the back of the net, set up by Joshua Esfold and Ben Houle.

Char-Lan drew even in the third period, with 4:49 left on the clock, as Danny Flaro scored, assisted by Curtis St. Onge.

The Crusaders managed to survive a penalty, only to have St. Joseph’s score moments later, taking the lead for good. Adam Winter was the marksmen, taking the feed from Nolan Shane. The Panthers iced it in the dying seconds with an insurance tally from Shane.

Char-Lan advanced to the championship contest following a 6-2 semifinal win over Tagwi. Donovan Francis and St. Onge each scored twice for the winning side. The other Crusaders tallies came from Thomas Pasco and Seamus O’Connell. Assists went to Flaro (2), O’Connell, Francis, and Pasco. Warriors scoring were Nathan Gallinger and Matt Doyon, with assists from Liam Ault and Ben McAlear.

In the other semi, St. Joseph’s dispatched Catholic rival Holy Trinity 3-0.

The Panthers are seeded fourth at the six-team, one-day EOSSAA tournament.

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High school hockey playoffs slated for Tuesday, Wednesday

The Long Sault arena is set to host SDGAA high school girls and boys hockey playoff tournaments this week.

On Tuesday, March 3, the girls will take to the ice, starting at 8 a.m. St. Joseph’s, the top seed, will play Char-Lan in the first semifinal. That will be followed, at 9:30 a.m., by the second semi, featuring Tagwi and Holy Trinity. The championship game is booked for noon.

The SD&G champ qualifies for EOSSAA, which is booked for March 10 in Napanee.

Final regular-season standings (girls teams)

PlaceTeamGPWLTPts%
1St. Joseph’s87101487.5
2Tagwi96211372.2
3Holy Trinity8431956.3
4Char-Lan10271525.0
5Glengarry1001000

For a wrap on the regular season, please see this earlier post.

Boys playoffs

On Wednesday, the top four boys teams from the regular season will battle in SD&G playoffs. Catholic rivals St. Joseph’s and Holy Trinity get the opening semifinal at 8 a.m., while Char-Lan and Tagwi will play in the second semi at 9:30 a.m.

The boys championship game is scheduled for a noon start. The winner earns a trip to EOSSAA, booked for March 10 in Renfrew.

Final regular-season standings (boys teams)

PlaceTeamGPWLTPts%
1St. Joseph’s108111785
2Char-Lan108111785
3Tagwi9360633
4Holy Trinity9270422
5Seaway10280420

The Panthers won the tiebreaker over the Crusaders, based on league playing regulations head-to-head rule. The Falcons won the tiebreaker over the Spartans, based on the point percentage of earned points / total possible points.

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GDHS girls curl to gold, join mixed rink in qualifying for EOSSAA

Glengarry District High School has qualified two curling teams to compete at EOSSAA, which is scheduled for March 4 and 5 in Pembroke.

The Gaels girls rink garnered SD&G gold in Morrisburg on Tuesday. After qualifying for the day of play from round-one results the previous week in Cornwall, the girls started their playoff action with a game against St. Joseph’s CSS, winning to advance to the championship match.

North Dundas DHS provided the opposition, in what coach Lindsey Howes described as “a really great, back-and-forth game.”

Glengarry prevailed with a “nice heavy draw, tap to sit on the button.” The final score was 7-4 for GDHS, sealing the championship for the Gaels.

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From left are Heidi MacRae (coach), Kaisa Este (lead), Brenna MacDonald (second), Madison MacRae (third), Kristen MacRae (skip), and Lindsey Howes (coach). (submitted photo)

Joining the girls team at EOSSAA will be Glengarry’s mixed rink of Abbey Lowe, Rowan McPherson, Virginia Vander Byl, and Matthew Bill. The quartet automatically qualified for the regional bonspiel, as there were no SD&G opponents.

As for the boys rink of Addison Hay (skip), Braeden Hay (third), Camden Van Loon (second), and Caleb Raymond (lead), they opted to compete in the separate Ontario School Curling Championships, advancing to the provincial event in Chatham where they garnered bronze. Please see this previous story for all the details.

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SD&G champion Falcons boys basketball teams competing today at EOSSAA

Fresh of their SD&G championships, Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School’s boys basketball teams, senior and junior, are competing today at EOSSAA.

As I previously reported, the senior Falcons are seeded first at the tournament in Perth. The round-robin portion of the tourney is underway, with Holy Trinity dropping the opening game to the host PDCI team 67-50. Cornwall’s St. Lawrence Saints, the SD&G runners-up, are also at the competition, seeded fourth. The top two teams in each pool advance to day two action tomorrow.

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Falcons senior boys basketball team. (Holy Trinity CSS photo)

There is a livestream of the action available for viewing on the UCDSB TV channel here.

The junior EOSSAA tournament is a one-day event being hosted today by St. Lawrence, in Cornwall. As reported in this earlier post, the SDGAA-champion Falcons are seeded first, having beaten the Saint in the S&G title match last week, at Holy Trinity.

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Falcons junior boys basketball team. (Holy Trinity CSS photo)

As of this posting, two games are already in the books, with the Saints falling to Almonte 79-18 in the opener, while the Falcons topped Earnestown 64-50 in their first game.

Online viewing is available here. HT’s next match is set for a 1:30 p.m. tip-off, with St. Lawrence following at 3 p.m.

The top team from each pool will play for the EOSSAA championship, starting at approximately 6 p.m.

St. Lawrence High School is located at 1450 Second Street East, in Cornwall.

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Crusaders crush Falcons in high school boys hockey clash

Saturday evening’s showcase of high school hockey at the Char-Lan Rec. Centre, hosted by the CCHL2 Rebels, included a boys game between the Char-Lan Crusaders and the Holy Trinity Falcons, with the former putting the boots to the Green and Gold, 9-1.

Playing to a jam-packed house of enthusiastic friends and family members, the boys iced a fine show of high-tempo, physical play. The contest was close through the first period.

Char-Lan’s opening goal came midway through the first period shortly after a power play expired, as the Crusaders continued to cycle the puck in the offensive zone. Later, Crusaders goaltender Nick Oeggerli, playing his first full game for the team, made solid back-to-back saves off HT snipers to preserve the lead.

In the second stanza, Char-Lan took control, scoring five times. A blast from the blue line early in the third made it a 7-0 advantage.

Holy Trinity got on the board with 7:13 remaining in the game, as a shot was tipped in from the edge of the blue ice.

The Crusaders quickly replied off a rush play, going on to add two more to salt away the decisive victory.

Char-Lan’s goals were tallied by Seamus O’Connell 3, Nat Faubert 2, Andrew Dixon, Cole MacCrimmon, Rowan MacLennan, and Thomas Pasco.

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In SDGAA league play, which recently concluded, Char-Lan, on 10 games played, had a record of 8 wins, 1 loss, and 1 tie, for second place, percentage points behind regular-season champion St. Joseph’s. Holy Trinity, with a 2-7-0 record on 9 games played, is ranked fourth.

Both teams will compete in the March 3 playoff tournament, in Long Sault.

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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.

EOSSAA

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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