Westdale, Dundas Valley Medal at Provincial Basketball Championship
A recap of HWDSB/HWIAC teams competing for provincial championships at OFSAA held across the Ontario from November 22-24, 2018.
The Westdale Warriors and the Dundas Valley Gryphons returned to Hamilton after earning medals at the OFSAA Girls Basketball Championship hosted in London, Ont., over the weekend.
Westdale struck gold in the girls AAA basketball championship topping Hamilton Catholic’s Cardinal Newman 49-46. The win marked the second time the Warriors have earned the title in school history with the last one coming 21 years ago in 1997.
Dundas Valley earned a silver medal for their effort in the Girls AA basketball. They rolled through the event only to be stopped by Wallaceburg DSS (Chatham, Ont.) in the championship game losing by a point 54-53. It is the Gryphon’s first OFSAA medal since it became a school in 2014.
Not to be outdone, Hamilton District Christian, a member of the Hamilton-Wentworth Interscholastic Athletic Council (HWIAC) scored a bronze medal at the OFSAA Boys A Volleyball Championship hosted in Belleville, Ont.
Here is a breakdown of all the weekend’s action of teams in play at OFSAA provincial championships:
Basketball – Girls (AAA): Westdale SS (November 22-24 @ London, Ont.)
Westdale claimed their first girls AAA basketball title in 21 years defeating Hamilton’s Cardinal Newman 49-46 on Saturday.
The Warriors trailed Cardinal Newman 25-22 heading into the half, but took the lead in the third by holding its cross-town opponent to just four points while Westdale would post 12 to take a 34-20 advantage. That run would loom large with the two teams separated by just three to end the game.
Westdale’s Heidi Nelson poured in a game high 17 points in the final to lead the Warriors while Amy Stinson had 12.
On Thursday, Westdale opened their championship run with two convincing wins with the first coming on a 68-38 dusting over St. Edmund Campion (Brampton, Ont.) followed by a 75-35 victory over Weldon (Lindsay, Ont.).
Friday’s action saw the Warriors beat Northern (Sarnia, Ont.) 49-24 in the quarterfinals before topping J. Clark Richardson (Ajax, Ont.) 69-50 in the semifinals to set up an all Hamilton final.
For full results & more information visit: http://ofsaa.on.ca/girls-aaa-basketball
Basketball – Girls (AA): Dundas Valley SS (November 22-24 @ London, Ont.)
The Dundas Valley Gryphons put on quite a show at the girls AA basketball championship coming within a point of claiming the provincial crown and walking away as silver medalists.
Dundas Valley rolled through opponents all tournament long posting early round victories against Prince Edward (Picton, Ont.) 57-16 and St. Joseph (Barrie, Ont.) 56-37. They continued their strong play on Friday, disposing of Bishop MacDonell (Guelph, Ont.) 58-43 in the quarterfinals. In their semifinal match, they overpowered cross-town opponent St. Mary’s (Hamilton) 63-38.
The championship final against Wallaceburg was a nail bitter with the two teams staying within a few points the entire game. Dundas Valley led 15-14 after the first quarter, but trailed at the half (29-25) and heading into the final frame (36-34).
In the final moments of the contest, Dundas Valley had two opportunities to convert the lead, but a buzzer beater rolled off the rim to finish one point behind at 54-53 and claim the silver medal.
Megan Spenier was named the championship game’s Pride, Hustle, Determination Award for Dundas Valley.
The Gryphons can hold their head up high putting together a remarkable season and can lay claim to the HWIAC city championship crown topping Westdale as well as the AA SOSSA title.
For full results & more information visit: http://ofsaa.on.ca/girls-aa-basketball
Volleyball – Boys (A): Hamilton DCH (November 22-24 @ Belleville, Ont.)
Hamilton District Christian High ended their boys volleyball season with a provincial bronze medal winning 3-1 over Mere-Theresa (Hamilton).
The Knights qualified for the final with a 3-1 pool play record, earning victories over Toronto Christian (Toronto), Nouvelle Alliance (Barrie, Ont.) and St. Michael’s Choir (Toronto). Their only blemish came against St. Thomas Aquinas (Kendra, Ont.)
In the quarterfinals, HDCH beat St. Mary’s 3-1 (25-18, 24-26, 25-18 and 25-18). The semifinals saw the Knights lose 3-1 to Louis Riel (Ottawa) on set scores of 25-21, 25-23, 20-25, and 25-19.
For full results & more information visit: http://ofsaa.on.ca/boys-volleyball
Volleyball – Boys (AAA): Ancaster HS (November 22-24 @ Windsor, Ont.)
The Ancaster Royals headed into OFSAA having earned the HWIAC city championship and earned a second entry to represent SOSSA at the provincial championship.
Ancaster finished the tournament with a 1-3 record posting a win against Lo-Ellen Park (Sudbury, Ont.) in pool play
For full results & more information visit:http://ofsaa.on.ca/boys-aaa-volleyball
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