The Louis-Riel Rebelles pulled away in the late stages of their national capital high school senior boys’ basketball ‘A’ championship game against the Notre Dame Eagles on Feb. 23 at Carleton University.
“The guys played their hearts out and they deserved to win,” signals Rebelles coach and past Louis-Riel/University of Ottawa Gee-Gees player Alex Éthier. “I always told the guys from the beginning of the year that if they gave me everything they had an left it on the floor that we’d be successful, and that’s what they’ve done.”
Playing up in the ‘AA’ division for medium-sized schools despite their smaller student population, the Ashbury Colts concluded a dominant undefeated season with a 52-30 victory over A.Y. Jackson in their city final, while the big boys saved the best for last as the St. Patrick Irish edged the Franco-Ouest Vikings 61-60 to claim the capital’s ‘AAA’ crown.
Each of the champion teams move on to the Mar. 6-8 OFSAA provincial championships – ‘A’ in Windsor, ‘AA’ in Sault Ste. Marie and ‘AAA’ in North Bay.
The Rebelles also earned an OFSAA berth for the Mar. 6-8 ‘A’ girls’ volleyball championships in Welland thanks to their city final win over Maurice-Lapointe, while the Franco-Cité Faucons downed Samuel-Genest to advance to ‘AA’ OFSAA in Belleville, and Glebe swept Béatrice-Desloges to move on to the ‘AAA’ provincials in Barrie.
The Louis-Riel boys’ alpine ski team earned a pair of silver medals at their Feb. 27-28 provincials in Collingwood. Antoine Deslauriers, Damon Kral, Rhode Quirk and Justin Néron tied Oakville Trafalgar for 1st in placement points in the open boys’ slalom team competition (but were bumped to 2nd on the combined time tiebreaker) and also placed 2nd in the giant slalom event.
The Nepean lineup of Claire Stewart, Jillian Lynott, Ella Farah and Molly McCarthy (open girls’ slalom) and South Carleton’s Alexa Trenholm, Emily Butler, Emily Chisholm, Finn Johnston and Sophie Kasdorf (high school girls’ slalom) both earned team bronze medals.