OFSSA Success a great way to end the season

With the end of the school year almost here, high school sports are drawing to a close for the year, and OFSAA championships are wrapping up.

The WCI Vikings boys’ rugby team made it all the way to the OFSAA quarterfinals the other week where they, unfortunately, lost 10-3.

The 2016 WCSSAA soccer champions, the Grand River girls’ soccer team won bronze at OFSAA this year, making it a memorable end to coach Brian Millar’s final coaching season.

This past weekend in Windsor were the 2016 OFSAA track and field championships. There was some tough competition, but even competing against schools from all across Ontario, WRDSB students held their own with dozens of the region’s students placing in the top five in a wide array of events.

Huron Heights had an incredible few days in Windsor, particularly grade ten student Tyra Boug. Competing in three track events as well as the junior girls’ 4x100m relay, she took home two gold medals and a silver. Tyra placed first in both the junior girls’ 200m dash and the junior girls’ 80m hurdles, and she finished in second place for the junior girls’ 300m hurdles. The Huskies junior girls’ relay team with runners Tyra Boug, Denisa Ratiu, Zoe Janakovic, and Lauren Frey, finished in fifth place.

Preston’s Isaac Mapp had an incredible end to the season at OFSAA as well. Isaac won silver in both the junior men’s long jump and junior men’s triple jump. Also from Preston, Caleb Main finished second for the 2000m open steeplechase, taking home a silver medal.

Cameron Heights students also made their mark in Windsor with plenty of top five finishes all around. Kenny Siharath placed first in senior men’s long jump and first in senior men’s triple jump, as well as being part of the bronze medal relay team. Tamara Grahovac came in second for junior girls’ long jump. Tomi Bamigbade finished second in the junior girls’ 80m hurdles. Andrew Shepherd won silver in the senior boys’ 3000m race.

Mackenzie Morgan and Emily Smith (KCI) both took home fourth place in their events, Mackenzie in the junior girls’ 800m and Emily in midget girls’ high jump. Emily also placed eighth in the midget girls’ pole vault competition.

Jacob Hespeler’s Seth Robertson finished fourth in the midget men’s 100m hurdles. Fellow JHSS student Thomas Weigl broke the WCSSAA record for senior men’s pole vault earlier this year and proceeded to win gold at OFSAA. Connor Sniatenchuk from Waterloo-Oxford came in third for midget boys’ pole vault.

From Glenview Park, Walter Le came in second for midget men’s triple jump, while Shahmir Khan, also from GPSS, won Bronze in junior men’s long jump.

It has been an amazing final season of the school year for high school athletics. Congratulations to all OFSAA qualifiers, competitors and champions!

By Gabby Crowley