KASSAA Teams in Action
Holy Cross Crusaders scored three goals in a 53-second span in the middle of the first period and that set the pace for an 11-1 victory over the Thousand Islands Pirates in the Eastern Ontario Secondary Schools Athletic Association boys AAA hockey championship game Tuesday at the Invista Centre. It is the fourth consecutive EOSSAA title for Holy Cross. Matt Marino scored three goals and added two assists for Holy Cross, which led 5-0 after the first period and 11-0 after the second. Brandon Nadeau and Zach Skolnick, with two goals apiece, Max Brunner, Colin Tonge, Mack Hancock and Wyatt Plain also scored for the Kingston Area champion Crusaders, who are undefeated (12-0) in league and post-season play. Jake Morley collected three assists.
Congratulations to the girls hockey team that captured the EOSSAA championship with a 5-1 win over Thousand Islands School. The girls played a solid team game and were led by Erin McAuley with a hat trick, Megan McGuire 1 goal and 1 assist and Avery Kent with one goal. The girls now travel to Sudbury after the March Break to compete for the provincial championship.
Holy Cross Splits Double Header
In a prayer before the start of the senior basketball game at Regiopolis Notre Dame Thursday night, it was suggested that the men whose memory the annual Memorial event commemorates would doubtless be watching from a celestial bleacher.
As surely as they were, it seems they were in a mischievous mood.
How else might you explain some of the truly weird stuff that went on in the Holy Cross Crusaders’ 35-32 victory in the 25th rendition of a game that in its history has raised $330,000 for cancer research?
Only in the Memorial might a team — in this case Holy Cross — go the entire first quarter without scoring a point, yet still be in the ball game. Only in the Memorial would the host Panthers be apt to go the entire fourth quarter without scoring a basket, yet still have a chance to win at the end.
It would have to be a special game, indeed, for a team — in this case Regi — to shoot well enough from the foul line to remain close throughout while its shooting from everywhere else on the floor would be so poor as to produce just six field goals in the entire match.
For all of that to occur on the same night? It could probably only happen here.
The Crusaders outscored Regi 13-3 in the second quarter for a 13-7 lead at halftime. Normalcy returned to the court in the third quarter. Regi scored 16 points and closed to within one point, down 24-23, going into the fourth.
It was 33-31 when Regi called time out with 42.6 seconds left in the game. Connor Santoni hit one of two free throws to cut the gap to one point. With 11.7 seconds left, Jeremy Pendergast of Holy Cross, shooting in a bonus situation, hit both foul shots as the Crusaders took a three-point lead. Regi had the ball, coming out of a timeout in the front court with 9.2 seconds on the clock, but the Panthers couldn’t get a shot away before the final buzzer.
In Junior action, the boys pulled within 5 points late in the fourth quarter, however could not muster the offence to complete the comeback. Holy Cross lose 48-38 and suffered its first lose of the season. Overall, over $10,000 was raised which brings the grand total to over $330,000 in the 25 years of the Memorial!
The 25th Annual Memorial
The Memorial was established in 1989 by Paul Halligan, who was then a basketball coach at Regiopolis-Notre Dame Catholic High School. Paul envisioned an opportunity for Regi and Holy Cross - then in its first year - to come together in friendly competition while raising money and awareness for cancer research. Founded in honour of Paul's friend and classmate at Regi, Peter Carty, the event brought together many in the community who had been inspired by the life of Peter, and who were saddened by his death from cancer, at 23, in 1984.
The annual event features a of Junior and Senior boys' basketball doubleheader between the Regiopolis-Notre Dame Panthers and the Holy Cross Crusaders. Over its first twenty four years, and primarily through the efforts of Paul Halligan, over $320,000 has been raised for the cancer research through admissions, t-shirt and sweatshirt sales, donations, silent auctions and raffles. Proceeds from this year’s event will benefit the Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario.
This event is a tribute to two men, who died too young, and is a time to remember all family and friends who have fought or are fighting cancer. Most important, these are events of hope and inspiration. Much has been gained in research and treatment since the first Memorial. Much more needs to be done. We are fortunate to have this opportunity to gather in sport and spirit to carry on the battle.
Upcoming KASSAA Events
*First team is home
Tuesday February 4, 2014
Sr. Boys Basketball FSS vs. HC @ 5:00
Jr. Boys Basketball FSS vs. HC @ 3:30
Sr. Girls Volleyball HC vs. FSS @ 5:15
Jr. Girls Volleyball HC vs. FSS @ 3:30
Boys Ice Hockey HC vs. KCVI @ 3:00 Whig
Thursday February 6, 2014
Sr. Boys Basketball HC vs. KCVI @ 3:30
Jr. Boys Basketball HC vs. KCVI @ 5:00
Sr. Girls Volleyball KCVI vs. HC @ 3:30
Jr. Girls Volleyball KCVI vs. HC @ 5:15