At a Wednesday evening dinner in Alexandria, the Glengarry Gaels football club celebrated the 2019 fall high school season and its top individual athletes.
The November 20 evening saw Spencer Fitzpatrick named the team’s most valuable player, while Logan Keurentjes was honoured as the offensive MVP. Jesse Taylor Rawlings, who wasn’t able to attend, was recognized with the award for defensive MVP.
Nathaniel Noel received the honour as lineman of the year, and Alexander Urquhart was named the recipient of the Gaels Heart Award.
The Glengarry Gaels high school football team is run by community volunteers, fielding players from GDHS and VCI. The team competes in the SDGAA league. This season, the Gaels had a record of 1 win (La Citadelle) and 3 losses (Holy Trinity and St. Joseph’s twice).
Williamstown’s Char-Lan District High School is celebrating its junior girls basketball team, which is the 2019 SD&G playoff champion.
The Crusaders captured the crown on their home hardwood at the H. Taylor Coombs Gymnasium on November 7 with a 42-36 win over the Holy Trinity Falcons. Maggie Hope scored 14 points to lead Char-Lan to the win, Frances McDonell had 7, and Paula Martinez, an exchange student from Spain, added 6. In all, nine Crusaders contributed points.
Earlier in the day, the team prevailed in semifinal action over North Dundas 35-17, led by Lilah Mines (14 points) and McDonell (5). The Falcons dispatched Glengarry DHS in the other semifinal.
Char-Lan coach Jim Fourney tells me that the league success achieved by this young group of Crusaders has actually taken some years to develop. In fact, most of the girls have actually been with him a number of years, under his tutelage as Grade 7/8 athletes in his winter program. The 13 who made the high school junior team roster (two young ladies were cut but still commit to attending practices knowing they will be part of the program going forward) began league play back in September dropping exhibition games to Holy Trinity and St. Joseph’s, but then went on to an 8-0 record in regular-season SDGAA action.
Fourney says he had an inkling that he had something special in this group, encouraging the school’s athletic director, Chantal Armstrong, to enter a bid for hosting EOSSAA.
Regarding his players, the coach notes that this team is something different from others he’s had in the past as there isn’t one or two stars. Rather, the individuals are athletic and big, wearing down opponents. Fourney is able to play his entire roster, which features “good balance,” challenging other squads defensively.
These girls, and their coaches, have worked hard to get to where they are, with daily, early morning practices. I am very proud of their accomplishment and am sure this hard work will serve them well at EOSSAA.
Chad Brownlee, Char-Lan DHS principal
EOSSAA at Char-Lan on November 13
Char-Lan will host EOSSAA on Wednesday, November 13, with the SD&G champion Crusaders as the fourth seed, playing in pool A. Holy Trinity, the SD&G runners-up, earned a wild-card entry and is seeded sixth, in pool B.
Game one for the host team is set for a 10:30 a.m. tip-off, when the Crusaders will take on top-ranked Perth Collegiate. Char-Lan’s other round-robin match is slated for a 4:30 p.m. start, with fifth-seeded St. Thomas (Russell) providing the opposition.
The Falcons are booked to play at noon, versus second-ranked St. Mary (Brockville), and 3 p.m., against third-seeded Opeongo (Douglas).
Other round-robin games are scheduled for 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
The EOSSAA championship contest, featuring the winner of each pool, is scheduled for a 6 p.m. start.
Spectators are welcome to attend the games and asked to use the parking lot across the road at the arena.
The Glengarry Gaels senior boys volleyball team’s unbeaten SD&G season was capped off last week when they claimed the playoff championship on their home court in a two-set sweep of the Tagwi Warriors
Hosting the November 6 ‘A’ championship tournament, the GDHS boys were expected to win, but the Warriors, who entered as the fifth seed, gave the Gaels a stiff test in the title match, opening the first set to lead by as many as 5 points thanks in large part to the power serve of Giovanni Cecchinato. Glengarry battled, though, and with an Ethan Attridge smash at the net, the set was tied 9-9. That seemed to turn the tied.
The Gaels managed to stretch the lead in the latter stages of the set, going on to win the set 25-19 on a Tagwi mishit.
The second set again began with the Warriors taking an early lead, albeit smaller, just 2 points. Glengarry responded, tying or leading by a point or two as the set progressed.
With Gael Hamish MacLeod at the service line, the Gaels rang off back-to-back points to move in front 20-16. However, a timely timeout saw momentum swing in Tagwi’s favour, as the Warriors soon drew even at 21-21.
With the score 24-23 and Crew Rickerd serving up match point, Cecchinato struck a return that landed in to score a point for Tagwi and extend play. Two points later, at 25-24, Liam Filion was at the service line for match point, and this time the Gaels capitalized to win, 26-24, as a Tagwi player committed a line violation.
It was a long day of play for the Warriors, as they had to upset two opponents just to have the opportunity to play the Gaels. First, they took down fourth-ranked Holy Trinity (21-25, 25-14, 15-8) in one of the quarter-finals. Then, in a semifinal, Tagwi toppled second-seeded Char-Lan (26-24, 25-19).
GDHS’ other action was a semifinal victory over La Citadelle, in straight sets (25-23, 25-17).
Next stop for the Glengarry Gaels will be EOSSAA, as the boys will represent SD&G as our champions. The tournament is scheduled for November 14 in Renfrew, to be hosted by St. Joseph’s CHS.
Playing on the Vankleek Hill gridiron Thursday, the Glengarry Gaels varsity football team was humbled by the Holy Trinity Falcons 32-8, dropping to a record of 1 and 2 on the season. Both losses, in fact, have come against HT.
The Gaels got on the scoreboard first with a punt single off the foot of Logan Keurentjes, and the game stayed relatively close until the second half.
Head coach Brian Dunham tells me that fatigue was definitely a factor as the game wore on, with the Gaels hampered by a smaller roster of 21 compared to 38 for the Falcons.
Glengarry also got into some penalty trouble, which certainly didn’t help their cause.
The Gaels touchdown came off a pick-six scored by Keurentjes, who also followed up by successfully kicked the convert. That came despite his limited playing time due to injury. He tells me, though, he will be ready to go for the team’s last game of the season, next week.
That match is booked for Tuesday, October 29, in Alexandria, where the St. Joseph’s Panthers will provide the opposition. Opening kickoff is set for noon.