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Regi volleyball boys, basketball girls both unbeaten at OFSAA

November 21, 2014

Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers emerged undefeated from the first day of the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations boys AAA volleyball tournament in Kingston.

The Panthers, the third-seeded team at the three-day, 20-team event, defeated Francis Libermann of Scarborough 2-0 (25-14, 25-16), Hamilton Cathedral 2-1 (25-22, 23-25, 15-6), and Port Perry 2-0 (25-17, 25-20) in Thursday’s preliminary round play.

Having already clinched a spot in Friday afternoon’s quarter-finals, Regi will finish the round-robin portion of its schedule Friday morning at 10 o’clock in the Queen’s University upper Athletics and Recreation Centre gym, against Sir John A. Macdonald of Agincourt.

Macdonald was 2-0 on the tournamaent’s opening day, while Cathedral ended play 1-1, Liberman 0-2 and Port Perry 0-3.

Holy Cross Crusaders, the tournament’s host team, split their games on opening day, losing 2-0 (25-22, 25-21) to LaSalle’s St. Thomas of Villanova, before beating Trenton Marc-Garneau 2-0 (25-21, 25-19). The Crusaders will conclude preliminary play today, at Regi at 10 a.m. against Maple, which was 3-0 on opening day, and 1 p.m. at Queen’s against Mississauga St.Paul, which was 0-2 on Day 1.

Villanova goes into the final day of round-robin competition 2-1, while Garneau is 0-2.

The third Kingston Area team in the tournament, the Loyalist Lancers, gave two-time defending champion and No. 1 seed Chatham-Kent all it could handle in a 2-0 victory, as the Lancers ultimately bowed 25-20, 25-21. Loyalist then dropped a 2-0 decision to North Bay Widdifield (25-23, 25-11).

Friday, Loyalist will conclude its round-robin schedule with matches against St. Andrew’s of Aurora, also 0-2, at 8:30 a.m. and at 11:30 a.m. against Ottawa Lisgar, which is 2-1 beginning play Friday. Both games will be at Queen’s.

Bridget Mulholland scored 16 points to lead the Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers to a 37-26 win over St. Thomas of Villanova on the opening day of the girls AAA basketball tournament in Windsor.

Playing in the Villanova gym in nearby LaSalle, Regi got a scare in the second quarter, as most of a six-point lead disappeared in a 13-8 Villanova run that left the Panthers leading by just a point, 20-19, at halftime. Regi responded impressively, however, outscoring the home team 10-1 in the third quarter to resume control of the game.

The No. 4 seed at the tournament, Regi will play No. 13 Henry Carr of Toronto Friday morning at 9 o’clock. Carr was beaten 63-38 by London Oakridge in its first-round game Thursday.

At the double-A championship in Kingsville, the La Salle Black Knights were whipped 49-17 by tournament’s second seed, Timmins Theriault.

Theriault dominated from the start, as a 15-3 second quarter gave the Timmins school a 29-8 lead at halftime, and a 16-2 third quarter turned the game into a rout.

La Salle will face elimination when it plays the No. 17 seed, Stephen Leacock, Friday at 1:30 p.m. Leacock upset the host team, fifth-ranked Kingsville, 41-36 in Thursday’s first-round contest.

Rideau District Lions opened the single-A girls basketball tournament in Ingleside with a 45-31 come-from-behind win over Trenton St. Paul.

The Lions, the tournament’s seventh-seeded team, will play No. 10 Kincardine Friday at noon as the elimination round begins. Kincardine dropped a 33-30 decision to No. 4 Villanova of King City Thursday afternoon.

Leah Rice scored 16 points to lead Rideau, which trailed 11-10 after the first quarter but took nine-point lead into halftime after a 15-5 second quarter. Taylor Bresee, with 10 points, and Claire French, with nine, were the other scoring leaders for the Lions. Mikenzie Richard scored 11 points for St. Paul.

At the boys single-A volleyball championship in Welland, the North Addington Vikings dropped both of their opening-day matches, 2-0 to top-ranked Smithville Christian (25-4, 25-16) and 2-0 to St. Joseph’s of Renfrew (25-23, 25-9). The Vikings will conclude play Friday against Durham Christian and Nouveau Regard Pavillon Jeunesse Nord of Cochrane.

Sydenham Golden Eagles’ date with the Crestwood Mustangs in the AA National Capital Bowl football game Saturday has been postponed. Evidently the Belleville parks department has told the teams Mary Ann Sills Park is no longer available for the senior game, or the preceding junior match between Fenelon Falls and La Salle.

No new date or locale has been determined.

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