group' of girls wins 6th championship banner in 3 years
By Fred Sherwin
every high school athlete's dream to win a city championship.
It takes talent, teamwork, good timing, and often, a bit
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.
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.
can now add Brooklyn McAlear, Maddy Wakefield, Brianna
Thompson, and Libby Peters to the list.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
members of the touch football team will be graduating
in June, including his daughter.
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."
McAlear, Wakefield, Thompson and Peters, the other graduating
seniors are Noella Kazadi, Hayley Munoz, Niana Lavalee
and Emma Scullion.
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.
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