First Boys Basketball Advance to Semi-Finals!

Ridley’s pressure defence created many high percentage shots early and often in yesterday’s decisive win over visiting Blessed Trinity Secondary School 74-27. Balanced scoring, exceptional pressure defence and a deep bench were all major factors in last evenings win. Kristers Moisejs (with his parents from Latvia in the crowd) led a balanced Tiger attack with 14 points while Cooper Rigg had 13, Geno Bullard scored 11, and Cam Sweetnam, Nick Green and Weston Saunders all chipped in with 8 points each. Next game is this Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in a semifinal encounter with a talented Holy Cross Raiders team. Go Blacks Go!

Read the article about Ridley in today’s St. Catharines Standard newspaper :

http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=2869323

First Boys Basketball – Can they do it again?

The First Boys Basketball team opened the 49th Annual Standard Basketball tournament yesterday and soundly defeated Smithville Christian College 67-12.

Freshmen point guard Nick Green led the Tiger attack with 18 points (6, 3 pointers). The Boys basketball team are the defending champs and top seeds this year – quite the feat considering Ridley had not won the St. Catharines tournament since the inaugural year in 1963. Four out of five of Ridley’s starters are back from last year – Cooper Rigg, Kristers Moisejs, Geno Bullard and Cam Sweetnam and with notable newcomers Justin Symonette and Weston Saunder the boys just may have a shot at a repeat victory. Ridley’s next game is tonight, they will play the winner between Grimsby and Blessed Trinity at home in quarter final action. Tip-off is 7:30 p.m.

Ridley College Weekend Roundup

Congratulations to the Ridley girls first basketball team on capturing the bronze medal at the 2010 OFSAA ‘A’ Championships this past weekend!


Trailing 31-28 with under a minute left in the final bronze medal game Tiger Co-Captain Charlotte Clarke stole the ball at mid-court and ran the rest in for an uncontested layin that brought Ridley within 1 point of the lead. Two missed foul shots by opponent Sacre-Couer gave Coach Whitty an opportunity to call his final timeout with 14.1 seconds left on the clock. Ridley Co-Captain Ainsley Camroux-Peacock drove down the floor and missed her initial jump shot, but with only 3 seconds left in the game managed to get her own rebound and connect on an off-balance jump shot at the buzzer securing a 32-31 win and the bronze medal for Ridley! The team finishes the season with an impressive overall record of 21 wins and 5 losses.

Meanwhile, the first girls hockey team travelled to Detroit, Michigan Friday for the Belle Tire North American Friendship Tournament. The tiny team played 5 games in 3 days, and most skaters logged over 30 minutes of ice time each game. Goaltenders Karlyle Robinson and Allie Mitchell performed admirably in net, and the support from the small group of parents who traveled was greatly appreciated.

Ridley faced hometown powerhouse Belle Tire in the Championship game. Seniors Rylee Mezzarobba and Emily Van Diepen delighted the crowd with the singing of “O Canada” to start the game. Sarah Robichaud had the hot hand on the weekend, and put Ridley on the scoreboard first (Cox, MacNeil). Belle Tire managed to score with just 52 second left in the period to tie it at one.

The score remained deadlocked, with the Tigers having a few strong scoring opportunities. Late in the second period, Robichaud stole the puck at center ice and dashed in on a breakaway. The Belle Tire goalie had to come up with a miraculous save to deny the Tigers the lead.

Fatigue crept up on Ridley at the end of the third period and the Tigers found themselves in penalty trouble. Down 2 players for the remaining 4 minutes of the game, Belle Tire was able to convert on the 5 on 3 advantage with just 1:25 remaining in the period.

The Tigers came up short, but only on the scoreboard. The ladies return to Ridley as silver medalists.

The VEX Robotics team was also on the road travelling to Toronto this past weekend for a tournament where 60 teams from schools across Ontario competed.  One of our teams piloted by Tyler Porter, won 5 matches in the round robin and finished 3rd out of 60 teams, a remarkable effort. In the competition round that followed, our scouts, led by Cheryl Wong, enabled us to ally ourselves with a team from Governor Simcoe, one of only two machines to have finished 6-0. Fate has twisted humour, however, and after winning the quarter finals, our team 1509B lost to the eventual winner in the semi-finals. Our gifted alliance partner had a mechanical fault and only scored 10 points instead of the usual 30. We lost by 7! That said, we finished the tournament in 3rd spot, a fabulous result.  The great news is that we won the skills challenge, posting the best score out of all 60 teams. Team 1509R scored 83 points. The next best was 68.  This win means we have qualified this machine for the World Championships in April, this year hosted by ESPN sports and held at Disney.

It was an exhausting day. Thanks to all who participated and helped get us ready, but special thanks to Mr. McCambley who served as a team mentor leading up to and during the contest.


 

Tiger Nutrition Launched Today at Ridley College

Dr. John Berardi Launches Tiger Nutrition

Want to do better on your next test, boost your sports performance or just generally feel better? According to Dr. Berardi it all starts with proper nutrition. Today in assembly we were joined by Dr. Berardi who has created the new Tiger Nutrition program. Mr. Paul DeVellis has been approached by students in the past asking how to build muscle or perform better in sports, so he contacted Dr. Berardi to help him create a program to do that and more! The new program will be available starting today in the cafeteria to assist students in achieving their goals.

Tiger Nutrition Poster

There are four goals listed on posters in the cafeteria:

1. To Eat a Healthier Diet

2. To Boost Sports Performance

3. To Build Bigger Muscles

4. To Lose Body Fat

Each goal is accompanied by colour coded tiger paws that represent proteins, carbs and fruits & veggies. For each goal it tells you how many proteins, carbs or fruits & veggies you should eat, for example, if you want to eat a healthier diet: For most meals – eat one protein serving and two fruits & vegetable servings and for after you exercise – eat one protein, a carb serving and one fruit & vegetable serving. The tiger paws will be put beside all food items by Chartwells staff so students will know what is a carb or a protein. Chuck Dertinger OR  ’03 spent countless hours during an internship with Dr. Berardi measuring serving scoops/spoons used in the dining hall to quantify the nutritional composition of each food for this program.  Dr. Berardi said he is not here to tell students to never eat junk food, but instead to help students make better nutritional choices.  Dr. Berardi has worked on nutritional programs for NHL hockey players, NFL football players, athletes on Canadian National teams and now Ridleians! Thank you Dr. Berardi for your work on this program.  Check out the new system in the cafeteria today!

Mad Science in Mr. Bowen’s Chemistry Class

Yesterday, Mr. Bowen’s Grade 10 Chemistry class performed a series of demonstrations illustrating concepts that students have been learning in class. Each group explained the safety precautions of the demonstration as well as what we were about to see and why it was happening. Check out the video below to see what the students were up to – definitely some cool demonstrations!

Ambulance Sirens on Ridley College Campus – Cause for a Celebration!

Did you hear the ambulance sirens on campus this afternoon? Well, thankfully the ambulances were not here for an emergency – they were on campus to pick up shoeboxes full of toys and school supplies for children in need in Central America & the Caribbean, South America and West Africa.

The Gooderham East elves were at it again this year collecting shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. The girls’ managed to collect 80 boxes – that’s more than double the amount they brought in last year! Not to mention the money they raised from today’s grub day that will help with the postage costs for sending the boxes. This is the third year the house has supported this charity. For the second year in a row Foday Kpanabom, a former recipient of a gift box helped Niagara EMS with the pick up. Kpanabom’s family was displaced during the civil war in Sierra Leone and were unable to take a lot of personal items from place to place, so the gift was very special to him. He now lives in Niagara. Six girls from six different countries – Luisa K. from Germany, Nadia E. from Canada, Anna G. from Russia, Miram S. from Pakistan, Alexis N. from Mexico, and Ana H. from Venezuela spearheaded the collection this year. Congratulations ladies and thanks to the Ridley community for supporting this worthy cause and making a Christmas wish come true for children in need! Watch the video below if you missed the action:

1929 Ridley Cross Country Run Footage

The Cross Country run started in 1891 and is the longest standing, continuous sports event at Ridley. Just to give you an idea of what it was like to race back then, here is a video from the 1929 Cross Country Run – pretty neat to see:

I’ve been told that it’s rained, snowed and done just about everything in between on the day of the Ridley annual cross country run, but yesterday was pretty near perfect conditions. The sun was shining and there was a cool November breeze – ideal for running. Here is some footage of the 2010 Cross Coutry Run:

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