Schools Prepare for Spring Sports Season
April 1st, 2016
SOCCER: Senior boys’ and varsity girls’ soccer teams are welcoming returning players and new recruits. Last season, WCI claimed the WCSSAA and CWOSSA championship titles and continued on to play at OFSAA, while the Forest Heights senior boys’ soccer team took first place at WCSSAA and CWOSSA as well. For the past several years, the girls’ soccer title has been passed back and forth between Grand River (2011, 2014) and WCI (2012, 2013, 2015). Practices have now begun at schools and game season will kick off at the start of April. Schedules are now available on the WCSSAA website.
RUGBY: Known for its bruises and crazy fans, rugby players are eager for the season to begin. 2015 was an exciting year for the KCI girls’ rugby team as they claimed the WCSSAA championship title, placing second at CWOSSA finals, and even earning a spot at OFSAA, while Waterloo-Oxford won the Senior Boys WCSSAA championship for 2015. Opening tournaments for the season will take place on March 30th and April 1st. Both boys’ and girls’ season schedules are available on the WCSSAA website.
TRACK: Track teams are getting ready to jump into action as the new season approaches. Many students have promising records from last season, marking them as strong hopefuls for this year, including Tomi Bamigbade (CHCI) who set a CWOSSA record last year, finishing the 100m dash in just 12.49 seconds. Shahmir Khan (GPSS) finished first place in the 100m dash, triple jump and long jump at the WCSSAA championships for 2015. Christine Laurie (KCI) broke the previous WCSSAA record of 5:03:73 in the 1500m with a time of 4:45:70. With new athletes and records to set, 2016 is sure to be another exciting season.
SLO PITCH: In 2015, the Jacob Hespeler boys’ team finished the season in first place with 14 points after having lost only one game. Huron Heights, St. Benedict, and Waterloo-Oxford were all close behind with 13 points. Both the boys’ and girls’ teams from Elmira had fantastic seasons in 2015, as well. 2016 schedules are now available on the WCSSAA website and games will begin at the start of May.
TENNIS: Waterloo Region schools have had impressive results in the past through coed tennis teams. This past fall at CWOSSA, Cameron Heights and WCI tied for first in the overall school standings with 32 points. Aaron Banbury (SJAM) won gold for CWOSSA men’s singles and qualified for OFSAA—which will take place at the end of May 2016 in Toronto. For women’s doubles, Ritu Singh and Christina Wang (WCI) placed first, as did Greg Krzisnik and Ivan Nikolic for men’s (GRCI). WCSSAA and CWOSSA results for the 2015-2016 season are now available online, and information and details for OFSAA can be found at www.ofsaa.on.ca/tennis.
BADMINTON: The WCI Vikings have been known to dominate the WCSSAA badminton championships and placed first again last year in team standings with a total of 47 points. Last year also saw some new faces coming out on top, though. Andy Leader and David Kozlowski of Huron Heights won WCSSAA duos for 2014 and 2015, as well as first place at CWOSSA in 2015. Victoria Duong (FHCI) placed 1st in the B-flight division at OFSAA 2015, and Yuming Han and David Park (SJAM) won gold at OFSAA for mixed doubled. 2016 WCSSAA badminton is already fast approaching on April 5th and 6th.