MAPLE RIDGE – A three game sweep against the La Citadelle Patriotes, Glengarry Gaels and Tagwi Warriors marked the launch of the 2017 SD&G junior boys “A” volleyball season for the North Dundas District High School Devils.
Last Thursday (Sept. 28) the Devils hosted the first tournament of the season and coach Kathi Poirier’s junior squad roared out of the gate knocking off their opponents in straight sets.
“It was an exciting start to the season,” noted coach Poirier. “The boys were on fire and went undefeated.”
The coach explained that this year’s squad featured a blend of returning Grade 10 and a portion of talented Grade 9 players.
“The potential of this team is phenomenal, 11 boys who play well together and want to improve and win as a group,” she said.
The juniors swept La Citadelle 25-21 and 25-22, Glengarry 25-23 and 25-17 and Tagwi 25-20 and 25-11.
The same afternoon the seniors, coached by Cheryl Williams, posted mixed results losing 25-11 and 25-18 to Tagwi, splitting with Glengarry 25-21 (W), 25-12 (L) and 15-13 (W) and going 1-2 (25-21, 18-25, 8-15) against La Citadelle.
Williams felt that her team’s blocks and saves were great against Tagwi and that setters Ben Fingler and Justin Shay had solid efforts during the day.
Both squads were in action at Holy Trinity yesterday (Tues., Oct. 3) and will be back on the court at Char-Lan District High on Thurs., Oct. 26.
Coach Jevon Groves reported the Junior Devils claimed a 25-18 win over the host Char-Lan Crusaders as they launched their tri-county “A” basketball season last Friday (Sept. 29).
Olga Gonzalez led the offence draining eight points. Delaney Johnston dropped in seven with Britney Barkley (5), Alayna Gaudette (3) and Kayla Sherrer (2) rounding out the scoring.
The same day the seniors, with new coach Matt Lundvall behind the bench, dropped a 14-point decision to the Crusaders.
The Devils home opener on Monday Oct. 2) featuring a visit from the Tagwi Warriors was delayed 40 minutes by technical difficulties, which shut down the gymnasium lights and induced a black out.
The senior game did get underway, but unfortunately the results weren’t available in time for this issue.
North Dundas is hosting the Holy Trinity Falcons this afternoon in games set for 1 and 2:30 pm.
Tomorrow (Thurs., Oct. 5), coach Scott Reaney and the girls 7s rugby Devils are hosting the first tournament of the season. North Dundas White will take on North Dundas Blue in the opening match at 9 am. The OTHS Panthers and two squads of St. Joe’s Panthers are also entered.
The week ends with the running of the second annual North Dundas Cross Country Invitational on the grounds of Winchester’s Joel Steele Community Centre on Friday (Oct. 6). The first race (intermediate girls, Gr. 7/8 – 3 km) will start the day’s program at 10:15 am.
Admission is free and the public is urged to come out and cheer on these young athletes.