The Varsity Spartans girls hockey team completed an unbelievable five-year stretch of not yielding a loss in NAPHA play by winning their fifth hampionship in a row last month and their sixth over the last seven years.
This week’s recipient is, in the words of her coach, “a silent warrior who shoots like an assassin.” Her outstanding accuracy, timely contributions and exceptional work ethic have not only made her the Spartans’ leading scorer this season, but have earned her a place on Team Quebec as well as a Clarkson commit.
I have no objection to just forgetting that this game vs Marie-Rivier(1) ever happened. After back-to-back amazing season-defining performances at the Bailly and the MacLeod tournaments, your Spartans fell back to earth with a thud this past Saturday in the last game of the season.
At forward, in her second year of Spartans basketball, this player has great basketball instincts. She sees the whole floor and reads the game quickly, making her a savvy defender and an excellent passer. And as her confidence improved, she also learned to trust her shot, which made her a more dangerous offensive player later in the season. A much, MUCH better basketball player than she will EVER give herself credit for… from Levis, Quebec… #22 …Cecilia Fava!
Justin came up biggest at the most important time of the year. Already instrumental in helping lead his team to a #1 finish in the regular RSEQ season, when the playoffs arrived, this second-year forward from Newport, Vt. raised his game to another level.
Stanstead College celebrated a number of important athletic victories this past week, capped off Monday with a thrilling win by the Varsity Girls Hockey Spartans in the North American Prep Hockey Association (NAPHA) championship game.
Your 2019-20 Spartans travelled this past weekend to Quebec City to participate in the undisputed highlight of the season, the historic Anderson-Bailly Small Schools Provincial Tournament, put on by the Quebec Secondary Schools Sports Association (QSSSA).
The last time we played Marie-Rivier’s second team we lost 27-19 in a low-scoring affair that saw both teams struggle on offence, but with the clear edge going to Les Riverains because of their huge advantage in toughness, rebounding and second-chance opportunities.
Observations and the occasional insight from our solid performance at the BCS Invitational Tournament this past weekend. (West Island College 32-36, St George’s 38-34, The Study 22-18, Sacred Heart School of Montreal 35-21)
Last spring myself, Mr. Poliziani, Mr. Rioux and my son Gabriel drove to the Videotron Centre in Quebec City for the QMJHL Draft. The expectation was that Cole Huckins, then Grade 10, would be selected in the first round. Sure enough, with the 16th overall pick, Acadie-Bathurst selected “Cole Huckins from Stanstead College.”
In a rare Sunday afternoon RSEQ league game, your Spartans travelled to Drummondville to take on Marie-Rivier(2). After a relatively routine first half ended 21-14 for Les Riverains, things got exciting in a wild second half that saw both teams’ offences start firing on all cylinders.
The squash competitive team had their second meeting at BCS on January 15. Just like the first meeting, they offered a strong performance until the very last game. They finished one game short (14 to 13) but, in the end, we all had a very positive experience. Once again, our young rookie players were impressive against BCS veterans. Next meeting: January 22 @ Stanstead.
This week’s Athlete of the Week embodies what it means to be humble in victory. You will never hear him brag about having won all four of the swimming races he competed in last Friday at the ETIAC meet held at Université de Sherbrooke.
I LOVE rematches, especially ones where we lost to the team the first time we saw them. There is no better way to see if we’ve improved, if the countless drills and strategies and hours in the gym and on the road actually translate into better performance on the court.
How You Start It was a rocky start this past weekend at the annual Montreal Independent Schools (MIS) tournament. There is no shame in losing 36-20 to a very good LCC team in our first game, but we were uninspired defensively, we never got out of second gear intensity-wise, and some of us focused too much on personal struggles instead of thinking team first.