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Regi captures OFSAA boys volleyball title

Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers captured the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations boys AAA volleyball championship Saturday, defeating London Oakridge 3-2 in a stirring gold-medal match at Holy Cross Secondary School.

The championship is Regi’s third in the last six years; the Panthers’ fourth in the last 13 years, but their first in four tournaments held in Kingston in the last nine years.

In a back-and-forth marathon, Regi dropped the first set 25-23 but won the second 25-27. After a 33-31 setback in the third set, the Panthers forced a fifth set with a 25-23 victory.

In the decisive game, Regi, which began the tournament as the third-seeded team, prevailed 15-11.

The Panthers were undefeated in seven matches at the 20-team, three-day competition.

Jacob Hespeler of Cambridge won the bronze medal, 3-1 over Chatham-Kent, the two-time defending champion which was the tournament’s No. 1 seed.

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Regi reaches championship match at OFSAA boys volleyball

Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers will play for the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations boys AAA volleyball championship this afternoon.

The Panthers will face London Oakridge at 5 o’clock at Holy Cross Secondary School.

Regi advanced to the final with a 3-1 semifinal win Saturday morning over Jacob Hespeler of Cambridge, a match that began with a marathon 35-33 Panthers victory in the opening set. From there, Hespeler tied the match with a 25-23 win, before Regi prevailed 25-18, 25-22.

Oakridge took top-seeded Chatham Kent, the two-time defending provincial champion, in straight sets, 25-18, 25-21, 25-21.

Seeded third in the 20-team field, the Panthers go into the final undefeated, with six straight victories. Oakridge, the No. 2 seed, is 5-1, having lost to Hespeler in the preliminary round.

Regi and Oakridge are no strangers to the championship match at OFSAA—Oakridge has won five provincial banners in the last 17 years, most recently in 2011; Regi is seeking its fourth OFSAA title in the last 12 years.

The Panthers won back-to-back championships 2009-10 but, oddly, though this is the fourth time in the last nine years the tournament has been held in Kingston, Regi has never won at home.

Rideau, La Salle bounced from OFSAA quarter-finals

Rideau District Lions and La Salle Black Knights were both quarter-final victims at their respective Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations girls basketball tournaments Friday night.

At the single-A championship in Ingleside, Rideau was eliminated by a 50-36 defeat at the hands of North Bay Algonquin. La Salle, at the AA tournament in Kingsville, was defeated 47-33 by Guelph Centennial.

After falling behind 14-9 by the end of the first quarter, Rideau battled back and trailed just 35-32 going into the final period. The Lions were stifled in the final eight minutes, however, as they were outscored 15-4.

Leah Rice, with 11 points, Mykaela Mallette, with seven, and Abby Okum and Taylor Bresee, with six points apiece, were the top scorers as Rideau suffered its first loss at the tournament.

The Lions came home having won two of their three games. Algonquin heads to the semifinals 3-0.

In Kingsville, La Salle trailed 24-16 at halftime against fourth-seeded Centennial, then fell out of contention in a third quarter where the Knights were outscored 13-6. The loss was La Salle’s second in three games.

Earlier Friday, the Kingston Area champion Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers were also eliminated in the quarter-finals of the AAA tournament in Windsor, when they lost 49-43 to Sarnia Northern.

Regi reaches playoff round at OFSAA boys volleyball

Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers began play Friday night in the playoff round of the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations boys AAA volleyball tournament.

The Panthers, the third-seeded team at the 20-team championship, were undefeated in four preliminary round matches. They will play Ottawa Lisgar, 3-1 in round-robin play and the tournament’s No. 6 seed, in the upper gym at the Queen’s University Athletics and Recreation Centre.

Regi won its final preliminary match Friday morning, 2-0 (25-18, 25-18) over Sir John A. Macdonald of Agincourt. It was Macdonald’s only loss in pool play.

The Holy Cross Crusaders, the tournament’s host team, reached the consolation quarter-finals despite narrow defeats in their final two round-robin matches Friday, 2-0 both to Maple (22-25, 26-28) and St. Paul of Mississauga (22-25, 24-26). Holy Cross ended the preliminary round 1-3.

The Loyalist Lancers, the third Kingston Area team in the tournament, finished its schedule 0-4. In a closely contested match with Aurora St. Andrew’s, the Lancers bowed 2-1 (25-21, 26-28, 15-5); in its other Friday match, Loyalist was defeated 2-0 (16-25, 23-25) by Lisgar.

The handicappers did their job well, as the eight quarter-finalists included the tournament’s seven top-seeded teams: No. 1 Chatham Kent, the two-time defending champion; No. 2 London Oakridge, Regi, No. 4 Maple, No. 5 Jacob Hespeler of Cambridge, Lisgar and No. 7 St. Thomas of Villanova of LaSalle. Macdonald, which began play as the ninth-seeded team, was the only interloper.

North Addington Vikings dropped their final two matches at the boys single-A volleyball tournament in Welland, both 2-0—25-13, 25-20 to Durham Christian of Bowmanville and 25-21, 25-18 to Noveau Regard Pavillon Jeunesse Nord of Cochrane. In four matches at the 20-team championship, the Vikings were unable to win a set.

Regi ousted from OFSAA girls basketball; La Salle, Rideau still alive

Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers advanced to the quarter-final round before being eliminated Friday afternoon from the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations girls AAA basketball tournament in Windsor.

After a 56-32 win over Toronto Henry Carr Friday morning, the No. 4-seeded Panthers were beaten 49-43 by No. 5 Sarnia Northern. It was the second year in a row that Regi was eliminated in the quarter-finals of the provincial championship tournament.

After falling behind in the first quarter, the Panthers scored 16 points in the second to tie the game 26-26 at halftime. Sarnia held a 16-10 edge in the third quarter that Northern was able to sustain to the end of its third straight victory at the 16-team championship.

Bridget Mulholland and Rebecca Wendland scored 11 points apiece for Regi, the Kingston Area champion, which had been undefeated through 10 regular-season games, three playoff contests and two games at OFSAA before finally being beaten.

Against Carr, the Panthers led 26-11 at halftime and got 15 points from Mulholland, who ended the tournament with 42 points.

La Salle Black Knights stayed alive at the AA girls tournament in Kingsville with a 35-31 win over Stephen Leacock of Agincourt. That will send the Knights into a quarter-final game tonight at 7:30 against fourth-seeded Guelph Centennial.

Centennial took a 14-point lead in the first quarter of its game Friday with Stratford St. Michael and went on to a 50-35 victory.

Jamie Mumby scored 15 points for 11th-seeded La Salle, which rebounded from a 49-17 defeat to No. 2 Timmins Theriault in its tournament opener Thursday.

At the single-A championship in Ingleside, the Rideau District Lions raced to a 21-2 lead in the first quarter and they went on to defeat Kincardine 60-19. Their second straight win at the 16-team tournament sends the Lions into a quarter-final match with second-seeded North Bay Algonquin tonight at 7 p.m.

Algonquin, also 2-0 going into that game, scored 19 points in the second quarter of a 43-26 win Friday over Englehart.

Taylor Bresee, with 17 points, Leah Rice, with 12, and Abby Okum, with eight points, led Rideau, which enjoyed a 50-8 lead at halftime.

Regi volleyball boys, basketball girls both unbeaten at OFSAA

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.

Ten area teams bound for OFSAA competition; Holy Cross hosting boys AAA volleyball

By CLAUDE SCILLEY

Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers are the third-seeded team for the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations boys AAA volleyball championship tournament, a 20-team affair that starts Thursday in Kingston.

Regi, 10-0 during the regular year and unbeaten en route to the Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association championship, has been to the last nine provincial tournaments, having won a medal each time and three titles in the last 12 years, most recently back-to-back championships 2009-10.

The top two seeds are also perennial powers. The No. 1 seed, Chatham Kent, is the two-time defending champion and has won five OFSAA crowns in the last 11 years, including the last two times the tournament was in Kingston, in 2011 and 2003.

London Oakridge, the No. 2 seed, has won the OFSAA pennant three times in the last nine years.

Combined, Chatham-Kent, Oakridge and Regi have won 11 of the last 12 provincial championships.

Regi is one of three Kingston Area teams in the 20-team tournament. Holy Cross, 9-1 in the regular year whose only two losses in conference play came against Regi, is the tournament’s 10th-seeded team while the Loyalist Lancers, 6-4 in the regular year, are the 20th seed.

Loyalist finds itself in a five-team preliminary pool with Chatham-Kent; Regi is in Pool B with No. 8 Port Perry, No. 9 Sir John A. Macdonald of Agincourt, No. 14 Hamilton Cathedral and No. 19 Francis Libermann of Scarborough.

Holy Cross is in Pool D, with No. 4 Maple, No. 7 LaSalle St. Thomas of Villanova, No. 13 Mississauga St. Paul and No. 17 Marc-Garneau of Trenton.

Matches will be played all day Thursday at Holy Cross, the tournament host, Regi and Bartlett Gym at Queen’s University. Preliminary round play resumes Friday morning at Regi, Holy Cross and the upper gyms at the Queen’s Athletics and Recreation Centre. Quarter-finals will be played Friday at 4:30.

Championship semifinals will be played at 11 a.m. Saturday at Regi and Holy Cross, leading to a bronze-medal match at 3 p.m. and the championship match at 5 o’clock, both at Holy Cross.

North Addington in Cloyne is the 20th seed at the single-A boys volleyball tournament in Welland. One of two teams representing COSSAA at the 20-team competition—No. 2 Quinte Christian of Belleville is the other—the Vikings find themselves in a preliminary pool with defending champion Smithville Christian, the tournament’s top-seeded team; No. 6 Durham Christian of Bowmanville, No. 11 St. Joseph of Renfrew and No. 16 Nouveau Regard Pavillon Jeunesse Nord from Cochrane.

North Addington will play round-robin matches Thursday at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and Friday at 8:30 and 11:30 a.m.

The Vikings won the OFSAA single-A title in 1984; the last eastern Ontario team to win the championship was L’Escale of Rockland, which won back-to-back crowns in 2003-04. Quinte Christian won the tournament three years in a row, most recently in 2012.

Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers, undefeated through 10 league and three playoff games in the Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association, are the fourth seed at the girls AAA basketball tournament in Windsor. Play in the 16-team competition begins Thursday, and the Panthers debut at 10 a.m. against No. 10 St. Thomas of Villanova, in the Villanova gym in nearby LaSalle.

Three-time defending champion Hamilton St. Mary’s is the top-seeded team in the tournament.

Holy Cross is the last eastern Ontario team to win the tournament, in 2002, and the only Kingston Area team ever to do so. Last year, Regi won its first two games and advanced to the quarter-finals, where it was ousted by St. Thomas Aquinas of London.

La Salle Black Knights will contest the girls AA championship at the 18-team tournament in Kingsville, one of two teams—Carleton Place is the other—to emerge from the Eastern Ontario tournament last weekend.

Seeded 11th, La Salle will open against No. 2 Timmins Theriault at 6 p.m. Thursday.

John McGregor of Chatham is the top-seeded team. Also in the field are defending champion J.S. Denison of Newmarket (seeded 12th); 2012 champion St. Francis of St. Catharines (No. 3) and Bishop Macdonell of Guelph, the No. 7 seed, which won back-to-back OFSAA titles 2008-09.

Last year the Knights won their first-round game before dropping two in a row. The last eastern Ontario team to win the AA crown was Brockville Thousand Islands, whose three-year championship run ended iin 1996.

In the single-A girls basketball tournament in Ingleside, the Rideau District Lions will open against St. Paul of Trenton, the No. 13 seed, at 3 p.m. Thursday. The Lions, the seventh-seeded team in the 16-team competition, won the provincial championship in 2004; no eastern Ontario team has won it since Kemptville St. Michael in 2006.

Nouvelle-Alliance of Barrie begins play as the No. 1 seed.

Two Kingston Area senior football teams have bowl dates in their future.

On Saturday, the Sydenham Golden Eagles will play the Crestwood Mustangs of Peterborough in the National Capital Bowl, a regional championship for AA schools, at 2 p.m. at Mary Ann Sills Park in Belleville. That game will follow the junior contest, between the Kingston Area champion La Salle Black Knights and the Fenelon Falls Falcons.

After an undefeated regular season, Sydenham whipped La Salle 47-0 in the KASSAA senior double-A final and then held on to defeat Brockville 31-28 in an eastern Ontario semifinal. Last Friday, the Golden Eagles qualified for the National Capital final with a come-from-behind 19-14 victory over Almonte in the EOSSAA championship game.

Crestwood, the Peterborough champion, qualified for Saturday’s match by defeating Belleville Centennial, the Bay of Quinte champion, 16-2 in the central Ontario final and St. Mark of Manotick, the Ottawa-Carleton winner, 34-17, in a regional semifinal Friday.

Crestwood and Sydenham met in the 2010 National Capital Bowl at Rogers Centre in Toronto. After Sydenham’s Hayden Peters kicked a field goal in the final minute of the fourth quarter to force overtime, the Mustangs prevailed 16-13 when Ben Nanni kicked a 34-yard field goal for Crestwood.

Frontenac Falcons, meanwhile, await their opponent in their AAA OFSAA Bowl in Hamilton Nov. 26. The Falcons will play the Toronto Secondary Schools Athletic Association champion, which will be determined Thursday when Richview and Etobicoke meet at Esther Shiner Stadium.

The game is one of nine so-called OFSAA Bowl games to be played at McMaster’s Ron Joyce Stadium, where three games will be played Wednesday, Thurday and Friday among 18 association champions from across the province, in matches selected at random. The series replaces the five regional championships that were contested through 2012, mostly held in the Rogers Centre.

As the only conference in EOSSAA with triple-A schools, the Kingston Area champion earned an automatic bid to its game by winning the county championship, as Frontenac did with a 20-9 win over the Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers.

Frontenac, which has been idle since that game on Nov. 8, has been to an OFSAA Bowl eight times since Kingston-area schools were first invited to the dance in 2001, winning six times. After back-to-back National Capital Bowl victories in 2011-12, the Falcons were beaten 32-1 by Lorne Park of Mississauga last year.

The Falcons ended the season with a four-game winning streak, after starting the campaign 1-3. Their game on the 26th is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.