MAPLE RIDGE – Boys’ volleyball will mark the official start of the SD&G fall sports season at North Dundas District High School (NDDHS).

The Devils will host their only home court volleyball tournament of the season tomorrow (Thurs., Sept. 28) with matches scheduled for 11 am, 2 pm and 3 pm.  Senior boys’ coach Cheryl Williams reported that the Devils will visit the Holy Trinity Falcons on Tues., Oct. 3, the Char-Lan Crusaders on Tues., Oct. 26 and the CCVS Golden Raiders on Thurs., Nov. 2. The playoffs are set for Tues., Nov. 7.

North Dundas’ cross-country team has been working with coach Joe Groeneveld and staff supervisor Kathi Poirier since the second day of the school year and will take part in the first competition of the season Friday (Sept. 29) in Russell where an Upper Canada Cup qualifier for intermediates and an open 3/5 kilometre (km) race will be held for high school athletes

Important meet

NDDHS will host its second annual Cross Country Invitational on the grounds surrounding Winchester’s Joel Steele Community Centre on Fri., Oct. 6.

The boys’ and girls’ intermediate races (3 km) will open the event at 10:45 am. The midget girls’ (11:15 am) and boys’ (11:45 am) 5 km events will follow.  The juniors will race (5 km) at 12:15 pm (girls) and 12:50 pm (boys). The senior girls’ 6 km will start at 1:20 pm with the senior boys’ 6 km run completing the program at 2:00 pm.

There is no admission fee and the public is welcome to watch the young athletes in action.

The next big event on the Devils schedule is the annual Turkey Trot hosted by St. Michael Catholic High School in Kemptville on Wed., Oct. 11.

Rugby

Coach Scott Reaney has been working with the girls hoping to earn a spot on this year’s 7s rugby squad.

There had been as many as 23 players out to the training sessions, but with the confliction with other sports practices, Reaney said he would probably go with a smaller team.

“It’s a young group and we will put two squads together,” said the coach. “There are only about eight returnees who have secured a spot.”

North Dundas will host the opening tournament on Thurs., Oct. 5. The other competitions are set for Holy Trinity (Thurs., Oct. 12), St. Joe’s (Thurs. Oct. 19) and Tagwi (Thurs., Oct. 26).

Jevon Groves is mentoring this year’s girl’s basketball team.

The North Dundas District High School Devils 7s girls rugby squad will open the 2017 season at home on Maple Ridge next week (Thurs., Oct. 5) when it will host the first tournament of the fall schedule. Training sessions have been held twice a week in preparation for the girls’ initial full contact play. Delaney Halpenny carried the ball, with Brooke Richards attempting to make the tackle, before she released a pass to Emily Scheepers. Press Photo – Van Bridger