Ontario Ergometer Championships at Ridley College

The Ontario Erogometer Championships were held in the Ridley College Field House on Sunday.  We had 5 rowers in the Top Ten, and many personal best times (compared to the Canadian Indoors or the February 6 “test”).

Top Ten results include:

Junior Men -2nd Nick Stasiw (6:48.5, better by 11.8 seconds!!)

Senior Women – 4th Madison Leitch (7:21.3, better by 7.3 sec.)

Senior Lightweight Women – 6th Madeline MacDonald (8:00.3, better by 5.8 sec.)

Senior Men -5th Connar Boyd (6:29.8, better by 3.1 sec.)

Senior Men – 6th Colin MacKay (6:32.2, better by 3.9 sec.)

To read more about the Ergometer Championships and to see a short video visit:
For more information on Ridley Rowing visit:

Ridley College Student Maddie H. Earns Sears Award of Distinction


Ridley’s entry in the 2011 Sears Drama Festival was a challenging Canadian play by Sharon Pollock entitled ‘Blood Relations.’ It is based on the historical trial of Lizzie Borden, a woman brought to trial but ultimately acquitted for the murder of her parents in the sleepy town of Fall River in the summer of 1892.

With a cast and crew of 10 Ridley students, ‘Blood Relations’ was performed at Welland Centennial School on Thursday, March 3 as part of the Sears Drama Festival. Maddie H. most fittingly earned a Sears Award of Distinction for her convincing and chilling portrayal of “The Actress” in the play. Congratulations go out to this amazingly talented and dedicated group who were involved in this production in addition to all their various sports and academic responsibilities.

Under 14 Hockey Wins CISAA Championship!!

The U14 Hockey Tigers capped a very successful season in style today with a decisive 9-4 victory over Country Day School in the finals, played at Ridley in front of an energetic crowd. The number two seeded Tigers defeated number three Villanova in a well-played semi-final by a score of 5-3 to earn a spot in the championship game. Nicholas Prestia led the attack with 3 goals, with singles going to Mitchell Young and Mitchell Mendonca. CDS defeated number one seed RSGC 4-3 in the other semi-final to advance to the finals.

In the final game, Ridley broke open a tight game with a goal in the final seconds of the second period. This seemed to spark the offense, as five more goals were added in the third. Prestia added four more in this game, with Mendonca potting two. Luke Court, Jan Kwan and Alex Herbert rounded out the Ridley scoring. The coaches are very proud of this team. Strong play all season produced a 10 win, five loss overall record and Ridley’s first hockey title at this age level in many years. Check out some highlights from the game:

The Reviews are In for Ridley’s Production of Hairspray!

The Reviews are in for Hairspray – check out the CAPPIE reviews published in the St. Catharines Standard:

“Energy and enthusiasm” – MARECHAL KOOP, EDEN HIGH SCHOOL

http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3003643

“Slick and Splendid Musical has it all”- ISAIAH KLASSEN, EDEN HIGH SCHOOL

http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3003611

“Culturally diverse cast outstanding” –MELANEY TURNER NOTRE DAME COLLEGE SCHOOL

http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=30 3628&auth=MELANEY%20TURNER%20NOTRE%20DAME%20COLLEGE%20SCHOOL

The Cappies, “Critics and Awards Program,” is a program through which high school theater and journalism students are trained as critics, attend shows at other schools, write reviews, and publish those reviews in local newspapers.   At the end of the year, the student critics vote for awards that are presented at a formal Cappies Gala.

Thirteen Tiger Teams To Challenge For CISAA and OFSAA Gold This Week

As another exciting athletic term at Ridley comes to a close, we will see an incredible thirteen of our sixteen competitive teams battle for their league and provincial championships. Last week the Senior Boys Basketball team secured their spot at OFSAA beating Trinity College in Port Hope 68-47. This week our swimmers already have us off to a tremendous start. After winning the CISAA Senior Girls Championship last week, the girls continue to stroke along at OFSAA where on day one, Stephanie Lam shattered the 29 year old 100 meter breaststroke record winning gold. Then the girls 50 meter medley relay team (Savannah Cowherd, Bethany Pile, Stephanie Lam and Erica Balcombe) swam a fantastic final to bring home a bronze medal. The provincial championships wrap up Wednesday in Etobicoke with a number of other Ridley entries.

The Upper and Lower School gymnastics teams also traveled to Toronto Tuesday to compete in the CISAA gymnastics championships.  Lower School competed first, and dominated the morning.  Taking 1st and 2nd place overall in both lower school categories (Arianna Gadinger & Julia Hutton in Level 1, and Ashleigh Sternberg & Morgan Mattern in Level 2).  Ridley stood 3 points ahead of 2nd place TFS at the end of the morning. The Upper School (plus LS dynamo Faith Bell) then took over the gym in the afternoon.  We had a number of strong results, including 1st place finishes from Mariana Hinestrosa (level 2 bars & floor) and Kennedy Farr (level 2 vault & beam), and 2nd place finishes from Candace Kent (level 1 vault), Mariana (vault & beam), Emma Hudson (level 2 bars), Morgan Aleven (level 2 floor), and Faith Bell (level 3 beam).


The other CISAA and OFSAA challengers and game dates (if teams keep winning) are listed below:

  • Senior Squash, March 2 – at White Oaks, Niagara On The Lake
  • Senior Squash, March 5 – Championship tournament at St. Andrew’s College
  • First Basketball, March 2 – 1/4 Final, March 3 – Semi final, March 5 – Final (all at Ridley) – OFSAA Championships March 6-10, North Bay, ON
  • U14 Basketball, March 5 – Final is at Ridley
  • U12 Basketball, March 5 – Tournament @ Upper Canada
  • First Girls Volleyball, March 2 – 1/4 Final at Ridley, March 5 – Final Four at Haveral
  • First Boys Hockey, March 2 – Semi Final game three (series tied 1-1), Finals March 4-9
  • U16 Boys Hockey, March 2 – 1/4 Final at Ridley, March 4 – Final 4 at De La Salle
  • U14 Boys Hockey, March 4 – Final Four at Ridley
  • First Girls Hockey, March 4 – Final Four at Ridley

GO BLACKS GO!!!

Ridley College Presents: Hairspray!

Ridley College students took to the stage to present the musical Hairspray last Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  The Mandeville theatre was packed with enthusiastic audiences for all three evenings.  The songs are so catchy, the costumes and sets are amazing and the performances will blow you away!  The choreography and the music provided by the orchestra added to the whole theatre experience.  It was so much fun to watch Tracy Turnblad played by Morgynne A. belt out the opening number – ‘Good Morning Baltimore’:

I felt as though I was taking a trip back to the 1960s with the ‘Nicest Kids in Town’, Gregorio A. played the perfect host of the Corny Collins Show :

Briony, Liz G. and Morgynne stand up to their mothers, Maddie K, Alanna K. and Matt. C in ‘Mama, I’m a Big Girl Now’:

Briony plays Penny Pingleton, Tracy’s best friend with hilarity! Her awkward dance moves and shyness make her a lovable character and Colin H. plays dreamboat Link Larkin with confidence.

The staging and ensemble cast make ‘I Can Hear the Bells’ a memorable performance:

Alanna K. transforms on stage to the hysterical, high strung and overbearing mother, Velma Von Tussle, the producer of the Corny Collins show and former  ‘Miss Baltimore Crabs’:

Matt C. plays Edna Turnblad – you may remember John Travolta played this role in the most recent movie version of Hairspray.  Matt was amazing as Tracy’s mother, yes I said mother, his comedic timing was right on!

‘Welcome to the 60’s’:

Shaneel N. plays Tracy’s new friend Seaweed with innate coolness.

‘Run and Tell That’:

Chinekwu O. as Motormouth Maybelle has an amazing voice, this song about the struggle for equality in the second act is very moving:

To view photos from the show, click here:
First Act: http://www.flickr.com/photos/52074008@N03/sets/72157625998057219/
Second Act: http://www.flickr.com/photos/52074008@N03/sets/72157625998057219/

Every student fully embraced their character. The actors, musicians, set & costume designers and crew have all worked extremely hard to make the production as wonderful and as well-received as it is.

Ridley VEX Robotics Victorious!

Wow! What a day for Ridley at the Holy Cross Southern Ontario robotics championship. With over 16 schools and 39 teams represented, Ridley’s three teams were competitive right out of the gate. The “Z” machine, an experimental trebuchet style robot was unexpectedly successful. It was built by Jacob Eschweiler and Steve Docherty as an experiment with pneumatics, coached by Mr. McCambley, and was undoubtedly the crowd favorite as driver John Hejzlar fired rings all over the field.

Tyler Porter drove his machine, programmed by newly minted programmer Igal Flegmann, and did well in the preliminary rounds, eventually being defeated by another Ridley team, alliance headed and piloted by our top driver, James Curtis. James’ machine was designed and built by Steve Docherty with help from Enoch Ho and Cheryl Wong. This machine won the amaze award for the most innovative robot at the contest! Taylor Petrick programmed this machine (and the Z machine) and won the programmer’s challenge trophy, scoring the best two runs of the day. He also drove in the driver skills competition, tying for the high score of the event.

Hayyan, Cheryl, Heather and Jacob did a great job of scouting for the team, finding out what our alliance partners and opponents were capable of before every one of the 24 preliminary matches our three teams were in.

In summary, there are three competitions in one: head-to-head team competition, a driver skills competition, and a programming skills competition. Today Ridley won the head to head championship, our best machine 1509B going undefeated 14-0; team 1509 finished second, and 1509Z finished 3rd. We also won the programming skills and tied for the top score in the driver skills challenge. It was an amazing day. Ridley was dominant. Go Blacks Go!!

– VEX Robotics Coach and Ridley College Teacher, Mr. Rodney Reimer

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