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High School Sports
'Special group' of girls wins 6th championship banner in 3 years
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

It's every high school athlete's dream to win a city championship. It takes talent, teamwork, good timing, and often, a bit of luck.

If you're fortunate you may win two or three. If you're very fortunate you might win four or five. The list of high school athletes who have won six city championships in their high school careers is an extremely short one.

The only high schoolers to do it in the east end in the past 15 years are Kellie Ring, who won three basketball championships and three hockey titles at Louis-Riel between 2006 and 2010, and fellow Rebelles Alyssa Baker and Kelsey Ellis who have won four hockey championships and two soccer titles at Louis-Riel between 2011 and 2015.

You can now add Brooklyn McAlear, Maddy Wakefield, Brianna Thompson, and Libby Peters to the list.

The St. Mathew High School quartet ended their high school athletic careers on Wednesday by leading the Tigers to their third consecutive NCSSAA touch football championship.

Earlier this year, the same four girls capped a three-year championship run on the basketball court by winning gold at the OFSAA provincial 'AA' tournament

It's been quite a streak, literally. The basketball team was a perfect 15-0 this year, and Wednesday's championship win over the Glebe Gryphons capped a 31-game winning streak dating back to a mid-season tournament loss in 2013.

It was only fitting then that all four girls factored in the Tigers' 26-8 win over the Gryphons on Wednesday. McAlear and Wakefield scored two touchdowns each, and Thompson and Peters both added converts.

For head coach Chris Wakefield, who is also the co-coach of the senior girls basketball team, the latest championship marks the end of an era.

Eight members of the touch football team will be graduating in June, including his daughter.

"This is a special group of girls," said Wakefield. "They are very committed. They set a goal, they stuck together and they accomplished something few other teams have accomplished."

Besides McAlear, Wakefield, Thompson and Peters, the other graduating seniors are Noella Kazadi, Hayley Munoz, Niana Lavalee and Emma Scullion.

Team roster: Megan Kardos, Noella Kazadi, Brianna Thompson, Maddy Wakefield, Briana Arichara, Libby Peters, Emma Scullion, Magda Eneim, Brooklynn Maclear, Hayley Munoz, Amanda Biddiscombe, Holly Cornfield, Niana Lavallee, Veronica Kim and Brittany Mason.

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

 

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