Students hit the slopes for Ski Day 2016!
January 26, 2016
On January 22nd, Ridleians travelled to Barrie, Ontario and Glenwood, New York to hit the slopes! It was a spectacular day to be outside; warm, sunny and a thick blanket of snow covered the ground. Students eagerly suited up in their winter gear and prepared for a day of fun!
A long-standing tradition at Ridley and one of the most anticipated student trips of the year, Ski Day offered more than just skiing. Students, staff and faculty had the opportunity to try an array of winter sports! Students who traveled south to Kissing Bridge had the opportunity to ski, snowboard and even tube! Students who made their way north to Horseshoe Resort enjoyed downhill and cross-country skiing! At the bottom of the hill awaited a warm chalet for any student looking to escape the cold and enjoy a hot meal! Since winter sports are such a quintessential part of Canadian life, Ski Day is also offered a chance for our international students to be exposed to a true Canadian experience! What a great way to experience Canadian culture, first-hand!
Fresh air, the great outdoors, exercise and friends; there was no better way to spend a day away from the classroom. Students learned new skills, strengthened bonds with their peers and forgot about their homework for a few hours! According to the David Suzuki Foundation and the Children & Nature Network, time outside can help with problem solving, focus and creativity; so a day in the snow wasn’t all fun and games!
Back on campus, our primary students were having some fun of their own! Playing in the snow, practicing their soccer skills, skating and enjoying time with their friends – there were no shortage of smiles.
To see photos from this year’s Ski Day, click here! We’re already counting down the days until next year!
Girls volleyball team makes the most of its weekend road trip
January 12, 2016
Between January 8-10th, the U16 Girls volleyball team travelled to Kingston, Ontario for the Sydenham High School Red and Gold Invitational Tournament. This weekend marked the team’s first tournament of the year and was an opportunity for the girls to bond as a team, hit the court and learn about our provincial history
On Friday, the team hit the road to begin its weekend. On the way to Kingston, the team made a stop in Napanee to visit the Lennox and Addington County Museum and Archives. There, the team participated in a hands-on presentation, where members learned what a career as a Museum Archivist and Curator entails. It proved to be an opportunity to not only learn about history, but to grow the students’ knowledge of all the people that make up a community. Back aboard the bus, the girls set out on the final leg of the trip.
After a full night’s rest, Saturday was game day for our Tigers. The team earned a victory against Kingston’s Holy Cross Secondary, and put forth its best efforts in matches against Kingston’s Sydenham High School and La Salle Secondary School, Napanee’s District School and Brockville’s Thousand Islands Secondary School. Tiger coaches, Ms. Kathy Anderson and Mr. Nicholas Ronald, were pleased with the Tiger’s efforts on and off the court.
“For the majority, this was their first opportunity to experience the camaraderie of a team in a tournament setting… We are very proud of them, they were worthy representatives of Ridley.” – Mr. Nicholas Ronald, Coach
Saturday concluded with a tour of Fort Henry – one of Kingston’s most notorious historical sites – led by the Commander of the Fort Henry Guard. The tour was followed by a traditional 19th Century meal in the Officer’s Mess.
Before heading home on Sunday, the team had a few more stops to make. First up was one of the finest 19th Century buildings in Canada and a nationally designated heritage site, Kingston City Hall. From there, the girls visited the Queen’s University campus for a personal tour from Coach Ronald, an alumnus of Queen’s (also the alma mater of Headmaster Kidd). In the afternoon, the team made a stop in Trenton, Ontario at the National Air Force Museum of Canada. There they participated in a fantastic interactive learning experience on Canada’s aviation history.
The team returned home with more than just tournament experience. Ridley and its wonderful selection of faculty members are committed to offering Ridleians the most well-rounded experiences and this trip is a prime example of that.
Good luck to the girls as they prepare for their next CISAA match against Lakefield on January 20th.
Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” – Henry Ford
On your mark, get set, go! 2015 Upper School Cross Country Run
November 10, 2015
On Monday, November 9th, Upper School students (and some eager faculty members) stepped out onto the field to participate in the annual Cross Country Run. This five-kilometer race around our beautiful campus has been a Ridley tradition for over a century.
Graced with unseasonably warm weather, our Ridleians laced up their running shoes, sported their house colours and waited their turn to approach the start line. One by one, at the sound of Headmaster Kidd’s air horn, the divisions took off; making their way around the course and eventually finding their ways to the finish line at the Cricket Shed, where results were recorded.
Midget Division Results
Congratulations to our midget division winners, Marlize Van Sittert ’19 and Jaden Kidd ’19, who took home the L.H. Harmer Trophy.
Junior Division Results
In the junior division, Shaun Donnelly ’17 came in first place for the girls and Daniel O’Rourke ’17 placed first for the boys. Both winners, like many before them, had the chance to hoist the G.F. Leigh Trophy.
Senior Division Results
In the senior division, Megan Forrest ’17 claimed the Nan Cassels Steeplechase Trophy for placing first in the girls heat, while Jake Weston ’16 earned the H.C. Griffith Trophy for leading the boys pack.
Congratulations to this year’s overall house winners; Dean’s House and Gooderham West, with the fastest overall times.
Our school spirit was on full display, as Ridleians could be found cheering on their fellow Tigers with music and in costume. It was an afternoon filled with school pride, camaraderie and friendly competition. Congratulations to all who participated in the run.
1st Girls Gymnastics Earns CISAA Championship Title
The Ridley College 1st Girls Gymnastics team earned the CISAA Championship Title this week! Congrats ladies!
The top individual results include:
- Kennedy Farr – 2nd on vault & bars, 3rd on beam & floor
- Faith Bell – (gr.7, but competing with upper school) 1st on bars, 3rd on vault, 3rd overall
- Emma Hudson – 1st on bars, 2nd on beam & floor, 2nd overall
- Ana Hinestrosa – 3rd on floor
- Shayda Shivafard – 3rd on beam
- Ashleigh Sternberg – 1st on bars & floor, 3rd on vault & beam, 2nd overall
- Morgan Mattern – 1st on beam, 2nd overall
- Irina Shagdamova – 3rd on bars, 3rd overall
- Aidan Robertson – 3rd on floor
- Arianna Gadinger – 1st on vault & floor, 3rd on bars, 2nd overall
- Aima Ohiwerei – 1st on vault, 2nd on beam
- Nina Foster – 3rd on floor, 3rd overall
- Claye Epperson – 3rd on beam
- Lexi DiBellonia – 3rd on floor
Ski Day 2013
Bright and early on Friday morning students in Grade 7-12 boarded buses and we headed to Kissing Bridge in New York state for a day of downhill skiing, snowboarding and tubing. Excellent conditions made for a great day on the slopes.
Great Weekend in Ridley Sports!
Ridley College hosted the 32nd annual CAIS National Boys Soccer Championships. The First Boys Soccer team was ranked 16th out of 20 teams and became National Silver Medalists after some remarkable playing!
Congratulations to the First Girls Hockey team who won Gold at the Cornwall Showcase Tournament. The girls won 4 out of 5 of their games and made the finals an exciting one with a shoot-out to win the tournament!
First Girls Field Hockey travelled to Victoria, BC for the inaugural National Championships and came away with 1 win, 2 losses, 1 tie and some incredible memories, click here to read more about their trip.
The First Boys Hockey team won two games at Shadyside’s Homecoming to push their record to 7-0, and on Friday, Heather Petrick finished 3rd at the OFSAA prep Cross Country meet in Brampton making it three top three finishes in a row. On Saturday in a total of 11 games your orange and black went a perfect 11 wins 0 losses.
First Field Hockey Travels to Victoria, British Columbia
First Field Hockey took to the skies early on Thursday morning heading out of Hamilton airport – their destination Victoria, BC to attend CAIS Invitational Field Hockey tournament hosted by St. Michael’s University School and Glenlyon Norfolk School. The girls were greeted with snow when we arrived in Calgary and feared the worst but were oddly pleased when cloud and rain were in the forecast for Victoria and would remain so for the duration of the trip. Their spirits could not be dampened as they took to exploring downtown Victoria and making the most of their time in the beautiful city.
The games of the opening day of the tournament were held on the world-class water turf at the University of Victoria. After a period of adjustment to the new surface, Ridley showed real promise and were thrilled to have the opportunity to play the game at such a great facility.
We had two round robin games this day and lost our first game against the eventual tournament silver medalists, St. Michael’s University School and then tied the eventual tournament gold medalists, The York House Tigers.
One of the highlights of the day included a visit from past faculty member Rick Cicchine and his daughter Michaela who came bearing home baked treats for the team and lots of Ridley pride. Before leaving the University of Victoria after their games, the girls were given a tour of the campus by Jon Chisholm OR ’12 and one of his new rowing crew mates. On the tour, Jon was quick to show the girls the wall of fame in the athletics building featuring a photo of Robin Meagher (wife of rowing director, Jason Dorland) for her accomplishments on the track.
After a busy day, the team hunkered down for a hearty family meal in the hotel, catered by Coach Darby and Coach Scott, and then went off to bed in preparation for another big day.
The final game of round robin play saw Ridley play perennial rivals St. John’s Kilmarnock (SJK), this time at Glenlyon Norfolk School (GNS). The Tigers came out on top in an exciting match. Captain Kennedy Farr ’13 scored the lone goal of the game on a beautiful short corner play. Keeper Sophie Ward ’14 made a number of key saves to secure the win for the Tigers. The whole team worked well together and showed more confidence in their game and in each other.
This win put Ridley in a position to play the hosts, GNS, in the first round of the play-offs. The girls continued their momentum from the previous match and scored three beautiful unanswered goals (Arwyn Workman-Youmans ’16, Emily Bidochka ’14, and Elizabeth Gross ’14). During this game, the sun shone and the girls had a great time playing a game that they love.
In high spirits, the girls traveled to a favourite west coast hot spot, The Red Robin Gourmet Burger Restaurant, to partake in a well-earned celebratory meal. Good food, good laughs, good friends.
We awoke to torrential rain and tired, achy bodies as the girls prepped to leave the hotel before the sun got up for the final game of the tournament against SJK.
Though the Tigers ended on the short side of a 2-1 score (goal scored by Emily Bidochka ’14), the girls finished the tournament feeling like they had learned a lot about field hockey.
To mark the end of a great trip, we ventured out into the waters, through the pelting rain, from Victoria Harbour in two zodiacs and dressed in our red survival suits. We were treated to views of sea lions resting and barking at the lighthouse station and a humpback mother and calf feeding off the coast. The boat ride was a thrill in itself and the squeals of delight could be heard across the bay.
Tired and happy the girls bid farewell to Victoria and boarded the plane bound for home with fond memories of the west coast and their time together. Their coaches, Ms. Lech, Mrs. Darby, and Ms. Scott were so proud of the girls and the wonderful way that they represented Ridley.
Written by Coach Scott and Coach Darby
First Boys Rugby Claims CIS Bowl Championship
Playing in front of a large and supportive crowd on a muddy A-Squad field the Ridley College Senior Boys Rugby team overcame sleet, 40 km/hr. winds, freezing temperatures and a determined Eden Secondary School to claim the 2011 CIS National Rugby Tournament title. The final score was 10-5.
Eden took an early lead, putting up a try in the corner during the first half, but Ridley was quick to respond. Shifting the pressure back to Eden with strong tactical kicking, Ridley began playing the game in the Flyers territory and it paid off when senior Tiger Maxwell P. blocked a kick and Loosehead Prop Dante P. scooped up the loose ball and ran it in for the tying score.
With play near the Eden try line late in the second-half Ridley Outside Centre Zander M. made a flying tackle on the Eden ball carrier and the ball popped loose. Senior fly-half Zachary G. gathered in the ball, used a quick-step to elude the Eden defenders and dove across the goal line for the Championship winning try.
Girls Rugby Team Finishes Third in National Tournament
Meanwhile, the Ridley ladies Rugby team defeated Holy Cross Secondary School on Sunday morning in the Plate Championship final 12-3, to finish third overall in the National Tournament. The victory was the culmination of a tremendous weekend of rugby. The girls played five games in three days, and for many of the team it was their first real experience with serious competition.
Play began on Friday morning, with a resounding victory over Elmwood School (Ottawa) 31-7. The team worked hard at the fundamentals, tackling and rucking soundly. Hard running from Chelsea Fischer and Sarah Greenwood put the majority of points on the board, with Chelsea adding several onversions. Afternoon play saw the Tigers up against a sterner opponent in Standstead College from Quebec. It was a game of forward play primarily with Ridley scoring first and holding on to win 7-5, on a try from Chibby Osakwe.
After such a promising start, Saturday provided a bit of a reality check, with matches against the top two teams in the tournament and eventual finalists, Country Day School and Ashbury College, Ottawa. In spite of brave defending, the skill level and organization of both opponents proved to be too much for the Tigers at this point in the season, and they fell 24-0 and 15-0 respectively. The latter score against the tournament champions from Ottawa, however, was something of a moral victory as Ridley held Ashbury scoreless in the second half and had several good offensive opportunities.
The aforementioned Sunday final aginst Holy Cross produced the best Tiger effort of the weekend. Against a big and strong opposition, the Ridley pack dominated all aspects particularly in the scrum, where the newly organized push won consistently clean ball. Maggie Thomas scored her first try of her Ridley career from a nice series of passes.
Returning veterans Chibby and EJ Osakwe played with tremendous commitment at scrum half and full back, respectively, and Morgynne Anthony was a dervish playing at least 4 different positions! Veteran props Jessica Norder and Uzo Azoba never came off the field during the five games, playing bravely through considerable discomfort. Newly appointed captains Chelsea and Sarah provided the critical leadership on and off the field needed to help the rookies understand the game. New backrow players Fran Streit and Taylor Veinot-Willet showed outstanding promise, leading a strong cast of newcomers. This weekend was the beginning of the growth of a team.
View some video from the tournament hosted by Ridley:
Lower School Sports Update
Under 14 Boys Basketball
Congratulations to Ridley’s U14 Basketball team for earning silver in the CISAA Division II Finals Saturday in the Griffith Gym.
Both Ridley and De La Salle College won their respective semi-finals games over tough opponents, Bayview Glen and Appleby College. Ridley’s win over Bayview Glen was hard fought and emotional. Alex Matovic had a stunning first game leading his team with 17 points. Evan Forstinger had 7 points and he was imposing under the basket with 15 rebounds and 4 blocks. Noah Rastegar, Jack Gelbart, and Jordan Politi added to Ridley’s tally with 4, 2 and 1 points respectively. Every point was crucial to winning over Bayview, 31 – 28.
Ridley then took on De La Salle. The teams squared off quite evenly through the first quarter, with defense on both sides keeping the score low–7 – 4 for De La Salle. Through the second quarter, it was evident that Ridley was losing composure and had fallen behind at half, 25 – 12. Ridley showed championship spirt in the second half as the whole team, lead by Evan Forstinger came alive. Forstinger himself outscored the entire De La Salle offense. But Ridley lacked the self-discipline to maintain their offense. Trying right to the end, Ridley was defeated 42 – 35. The boys gave their best in every game, all season long. We are very proud of them for having brought Ridley’s U14 program to the Final Four for the third year in a row. Great job boys for an outstanding season of learning, growing, and enjoyment in the game of basketball.
Under 14 Hockey
The U14 Hockey Tigers capped a very successful season in style last week with a decisive 9-4 victory over Country Day School in the CISAA 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 Upper and Lower School gymnastics teams traveled to Toronto last week 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). As a school, Ridley placed second all round, missing the title by a mere 2 pt. difference when the top Compulsory and Optional category scores were totaled. Congratulation to the Lower School Gymnastics Team for their excellent performances. It was a memorable day! We are proud to bring home the CISAA All Round Compulsory Title Plaque!
Athletics Recap for the Week of February 7th
U16 Basketball, First Basketball and First Boys Hockey all won their games on Spirit Night making all Ridleians watching from the stands very proud! The First Boys hockey team win put UCC out of the CISAA playoffs and guarantees them a playoff spot.
The First Boys Basketball followed their win Friday with another one against UCC Saturday rebounding nicely from a couple of losses and keeping first place in the division in sight. Retired Ridley College teacher and super fan Mr. Nick Holmes came out to support the team.
The First Girls finished as bronze medalists in the North American Prep Hockey League. They lost in the semi-finals to Nichols in the sixth shooter of the sudden death shootout. The bronze is a great accomplishment of which we can all be proud. JV Girls hockey girls pushed their record to 4 wins and 2 losses with an 8-1 win against a local womens team Saturday.
Athletics Recap for the Week of January 31st
Though the weather put a damper on a few mid-week fixtures, the overall performance of Ridley athletes last week was far from dull. The weekend in particular was full of great moments including swimming success, rowing races and hockey highlights.
The First Swim Team went to Aurora for their final qualifying meet before the CISAA championships where our girls continued to shine. Erica Balcombe (1st in 200 meter freestyle, 100 meter individual medley, 100 meter freestyle) Stephanie Lam (1st in 100 meter individual medley, 100 meter breaststroke), Bethany Pile (1st in 50 meter butterfly, 100 meter freestyle, 50 meter breaststroke) Megan DeLeon (1st in 50 meter freestyle), Abby Morrison (1st in 50 meter backstroke) and Savannah Cowherd (1st in 50 meter backstroke) lead the way with victories in their events. The Girls 200 Meter Medley Relay teams finished one and two(Cowherd, Lam, Pile, Balcolmbe and Kindellan, Park, DeLeon, Grys) followed later by the 200 meter freestyle relay teams that also finished first and second (DeLeon, Kindellan, Park, Grys and Balcolme, Pile, Cowherd, Lam) On the boys side, top performances were put Jesus Serrano (1st in 50 meter freestyle) and Nelson Hui (two second place finishes). We wish them well as the prepare for the championships next week.
Our Rowers ventured out to represent the school at the National Ergometer championships in Mississauga for the first time in several years on Sunday. Madison Leitch put the Junior A girls division on notice with a Bronze medal finish. Coach Dorland was very happy with the overall performance of his athletes and feels they gained crucial experience as the team now turns to focus on the Ontario Championships to be held at Ridley Sunday March 6th.
On the rink, the First Boys Hockey team moved one step closer to securing a CISAA playoff birth with a sound 5-1 victory at Upper Canada. The boys skate Wednesday at St. Michael’s before returning home on Spirit night Friday with a UCC rematch.
The First Girls also continued to impress winning both games with Wyoming Seminary at Tiger Arena on the weekend including a 6-2 win Saturday night during Seniors Night that secured them the North American Hockey Associations MacLeod Division Championship and a #2 seed for the playoffs
View the pre-game ceremony recognizing the hockey careers of our 7 graduating seniors:
All are welcome to come and cheer on the Orange and Black this Friday February 11th at the annual Winter Spirit Night.
Here is the game schedule:
4:30pm U16 Boys Basketball v. Villanova
6:00pm First Boys Basketball v. Villanova
7:00pm First Boys Hockey v. Upper Canada College
Go Blacks Go!!!
Athletic Update Week of Jan 24
Our Senior teams were on fire last week!
The Senior Girls Volleyball team had a successful weekend at the Eden tournament Friday and are earning a reputation of being a very tough scrappy group after taking multiple games from some top teams. They have a home game with Hillfield Wednesday before going to Brock University for a tournament to end the week.
The Senior Boys Basketball team stumbled a little in the quarterfinal of the Ivan Foster Tournament this weekend only to came back to score 90 points in their final game of the tournament. The boys are in First Place of the CISAA West division and are at Crescent Wednesday and then host St. Andrew’s here Saturday.
The First Boys Hockey team had two wins, one loss and a tie this weekend in the final MPHL regular season weekend event. The boys finish the regular season in 2nd place in the Northeast division (our best finish since joining the league), and are the #4 ranked team entering the playoff tournament which will be at Shadyside in Pittsburgh in a couple of weeks. The boys are currently holding down a playoff spot in CISAA and have games with Appleby, Nichols, and UCC this week.
Last but not least, the Senior Girls Hockey team had a fantastic run with 4 wins 0 losses and 1 tie. The three wins at the beginning of the week put them in first place for the time being in the CISAA since 2007. They host Nichols Wednesday to solidify top spot. They then took 3 of 4 points from Gilmour Academy in Ohio on the weekend. With those results, any combination of two points this weekend (when they host Wyoming Seminary for two games over Senior weekend) the girls will win the NAPHA MacLeod Division title for the first time and will be the #1 seed in the NAPHA playoffs hosted at TCS in two weeks.
Carl Dorland Invitational Basketball Tournament
The senior boys basketball team won the 17th Annual Carl Dorland tournament Saturday afternoon 50-31 over a talented Nantyr Shores team from Innisfil, Ontario (Barrie region). Mr. Dorland’s presence on the bench seemed to ignite the Tigers who came out on the attack playing solid team defence and scoring hi-lite reel transition baskets in leading 15-11 after the first quarter of play. The Tigers built on this momentum early and often in the 2nd quarter to extent their lead to 31-14 by halftime. Geno Bullard played his best game as a Ridley Tiger this afternoon demonstrating tremendous offensive skill but more importantly an improving knowledge of ‘time and score’ when setting the offensive as point guard scoring 9 points and dishing out 12 assists. Cooper Rigg led the scoring with 25 points with many easy ‘bunnies’ courtesy of Geno’s pin point passing. All members of the squad are to be commended on their improving level of team play. Thanks to all of those members of the Ridley family both past and present who came out to cheer on and create an exciting atmosphere in the gym. Ridley returns to league play this coming Wednesday vs. Royal St. George’s College at the Tigers Den with tip off set for 1:30 pm.
Read more about the game in the St. Catharines Standard:
Two Wins For First Girls Volleyball
Meanwhile in the Iggulden gym, the senior girls volleyball team took on Lakefield College School. The girls continue to show their winning way taking the match easily in three sets 25-11, 25-12, 25-12. All the girls had strengths in the match including great setting from LeAndrea Armbrister and Alison Whitty, good all around court movement, and good communication by all. Monday night the girls were up against an incredibly strong Branksome Hall squad. The girls started out a bit shaky but started to gain momentum late in the first set, demonstrating accurate passing and great communication. Key serving by LeAndrea Armbrister, Chelsea Fischer and Alison Whitty kept us in the game, but it was back and forth right until the bitter end. In an intense and exciting finish the Tigers gave it all they had and with two strong kills by co-captaion Tori Dykstra the match was clenched, taking the last set 26-24. This was an incredible display of volleyball by the girls. Next up for the Tigers will be an away match on Monday versus Bishop Strachan.
First Girls Hockey
The First Girls Hockey Team travelled to Canton and Potsdam, NY over the weekend for the North American Prep Hockey Association cross over league games. On Friday the girls beat Rice Memorial Academy and Northwood Academy, both 5-1. On Saturday, Ridley took on Kuper Academy with a final score of 3-0 for Ridley and Rothesay Netherwood 6-1, but lost Saturday evening against Stanstead (Quebec) 6-3.
First Boys Hockey
The First Boys Hockey team participated in the St. Francais University Showcase over the weekend. The boys won their first three games 7-2 v. St. Edward’s (Ohio), 5-2 v. St. Micheal’s (Toronto), and 8-5 v. St. Francis (Buffalo – the host team). But lost in the final to Nichols School from Buffalo.
Girls’ Basketball Players 2 of top 20 in Region!
Grade 12 student Ainsley Camroux-Peacock and Grade 11 student Franziska Streit have been selected to participate in this year’s Niagara Regional Girls Basketball All-star game – the Annual North-South Classic. Ainsley is playing for the Zone 4 Top 10 team and Franziska is playing for the Zone 4 Top 20 team. They’ve been identified as 2 of the top 20 basketball players in the region. Well done! Mr. Dave Whitty – coach of the First Girls’ basketball team will be coaching both Zone 4 teams team. The games will be at 7 and 8:15 p.m. at St. Catharines Collegiate.
First Boys’ Basketball Face Disappointing Loss
All season long the coaches have preached the concepts of 1) TIME AND SCORE – knowing when to go and when to slow and 2) DISCIPLINE TO DETAIL – executing the little things that can make a difference both in basketball but also in life! Unfortunately sometimes we need to live the lesson rather then listen to it. Last night was one of those rare moments in sport where in less then 30 seconds both of these concepts were learned the hard way.
The Tigers trailed the hot shooting Redcoats 32-22 at half time but the boys came out on fire to start the third quarter by pressing the Redcoats into submission at times only to miss the easy shot or turn the ball over but clearly the tide of the game was turning in Ridley’s favour. Ridley led by the end of three quarters of play 42-41.
The fourth quarter was a spirited back and forth affair with athletic passion demonstrated by both teams. Ridley stretched their lead at one point to 7 points but the Redcoats would not be denied. Ridley led 53-48 when a tough choice of play and a resulting foul sent the Redcoats to the line and their comeback began. Ridley still led 53-52 with 13 seconds remaining but a series of tough plays and bad judgement ended any hope of a Tiger repeat.
The Tigers were led in the final by Cooper Rigg 24 and Kristers Moisejs 13 points. Making the tourney all-star team were Cooper Rigg, Kristers Moisejs and Geno Bullard.
The team would like to thanks all of the parents, alumni and ES students for their support. An exciting night for high school athletics!
Next up, Exams, then Santa and the Ridley Dorland tourney Jan. 7-8th 2011
Read about the final in the St. Catharines Standard:
First Boys’ Basketball Advance to Finals
The senior boys basketball team got off to a bit of a rocky start last night but eventually righted the ship in disposing of Holy Cross Secondary School 68-33 in semi final action in the 49th Annual St. Catharines Standard basketball tournament. Tied 10-10 after a sloppy first quarter the Tigers started to find their game early in the second quarter and by half time had secured a 32-19 lead. In the third quarter the relentless Tiger pressure finally got to the Raiders squad and a comfortable lead was established. Leading the Tiger attack was Cooper Rigg 25, Geno Bullard 18 and Kristers Moisejs 10 points.
Next up, a 7:30 p.m. championship encounter at the St. Catharines Collegiate gym tonight vs. perennial powerhouse Governor Simcoe Redcoats.
Hopefully the Collegiate gym on Friday night will be a sea of ORANGE AND BLACK.
TIGER SPIRIT – CATCH IT!
Watch the tip-off with commentary from Mr. Martinez:
Read about Tiger guard Geno Bullard in the St. Catharines Standard:
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 :
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.
Silver Medal in Girls’ Hockey
The First Girls’ Hockey Team was in Detroit, Michigan last weekend 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 travelled 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 centre 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.
Silver for Boys Hockey
Last weekend, the First Boys Hockey team travelled to Toronto to take part in a revived Barrow Varsity Boys Hockey Invitational at Upper Canada College. The boys enjoyed a very successful run to the championship game with wins against Upper Canada (4-1) and St. Francis Prep (5-2) and a shootout loss to Culver Academy (6-5). After beating the Eagles earlier in the week (8-6), the tournament championship game between Ridley and Culver proved to be the rubber match in this mini-series. The Tigers battled hard but ran out of gas taking the silver in a 6-3 loss. Another solid tournament result for the Orange and Black.
Can They Do it Again?
The First Boys’ Basketball Team opened the 49th Annual Standard Basketball tournament Monday by soundly defeating Smithville Christian College 67-12. Freshmen point guard Nick Green led the Tiger attack with 18 points (6, 3 pointers). The boys advanced to the semi-finals Tuesday night after a 74-27 victory over Blessed Trinity Secondary School. Balanced scoring, exceptional pressure defence and a deep bench were all major factors in the 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. against the Holy Cross Raiders. The Boys basketball team are the defending champions and top seeds for the tournament. Go Blacks Go!
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