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'(Posted 5:30 a.m., June 30)
St. Matthew Tigers senior boys basketball team named high school ‘Team of the Year’
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

The St. Matthew Tigers senior boys basketball team won an incedible 45 games against just one loss on their way to winning the NCSSAA and OFSAA championships in 2009 to earn ‘Team of the Year’ honours. Fred Sherwin/Photo


In a year that saw east end high school teams win seven city championships and three OFSAA medals including two gold, one team in particular stood out from the rest of the pack.

The St. Matthew Tigers senior boys basketball team only lost one game all year on their way to winning the OFSAA championship in front of a hometown crowd at Lisgar Collegiate High School in March.

The Tigers started the season by sweeping their way to the Bill Wren Classic Tournament title in December. They would go to win their next 32 games in a row before losing in the second round of the All-Catholic High School Provincial Championships in February.

After that disappointing loss they would bounce back to cap an undefeated National Capital high school season by downing the Sir Robert Borden Bengals 70-54 in the NCSSAA Tier 1 city championship.

The Tigers were led by Garnet Blais who scored 25 points and hauled down five rebounds in the final.

The team continued to play well at the OFSAA tournament winning their first three games to advance to the final four of the All-Ontario championships. After downing Martingrove Collegiate 57-52 in the semi-finals, they faced the Emery Eagles in the gold medal game.

The Eagles managed to keep the score close through the first three quarters before the Tigers pulled away in the final stanza.

The Tigers weren’t the only team to make it to an OFSAA final, however. That distinction was shared by two other teams including the Beatrice-Desloges Bulldogs senior boys volleyball team which made it to the AAA gold medal game in Kingston before losing to Upper Canada College in four sets.

Despite the loss the Bulldogs could be proud of the fact that they became the first team from a francophone school to make it to a AAA OFSAA final.

The Louis Riel senior girls soccer team not only made it to the AAA OFSAA final in June, they won the whole thing, downing R.S. McLauglin Collegiate
3-0 in the final to win the gold medal.

The road to the provincial championship ran through the Colonel By Cougars who had beaten them the week before in a rain-soaked NCSSAA final.

The two teams faced each other in the quarterfinals of the OFSAA tournament which was played at the Hornet’s Nest in Blackburn Hamlet.

The Cougars held a precarious 1-0 lead late in the game until Chelsea Lanos scored off a free kick with less than two minutes remaining to send the game into extra time. When neither team could score in the extra session the game had to be decided in penalty kicks.

It took seven rounds before Rebelles keeper Kelsie English managed to block a shot from Ariel Pelletier to give her team the huge win.

'(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)

 

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