Teams and athletes from Greater Essex County District School Board high schools cashed in on a season of hard work and dedication with medals at OFSAA championships this winter.
The Kennedy Clippers sailed through the AA Boys basketball tournament in Timmins with a perfect record, landing the gold medal with a 58-49 victory over the Crescent Coyotes from Toronto in the final game. It's the first gold medal for a Windsor-Essex team in the AA tournament since the Sandwich Sabres won it in 1994.
A boatload of medals were hauled on deck by GECDSB athletes at the OFSAA swimming championships in Toronto. Madelyn Gatrall from Tecumseh Vista Academy won the Girls' Open 100 metre individual medley, she also earned a silver in the Open 100 metre backstroke and another with her teammates in the Girls' Open 200 Metre Medley Relay.
Kalin Lougheed, a Grade 9 student from Leamington District Secondary School (pictured, above, left) , took gold in the Girls' 14 and Under 100 Metre Freestyle. Teagan Kukhta of Massey and Lily Pattinson of Riverside scored silver medals while Para-swimmer Emily Bryant of Belle River DHS, Lucas Wong of Massey and Wyatt Albano of Riverside picked up bronze medals for third places finishes in their finals. The Massey boys' team took bronze, as well in the Open 400 metre Freestyle Relay.
At the wrestling championships, held in Ottawa Roger Li of Massey took gold in the Boys' 130 kg division. Liz Tremblay of Tecumseh Vista Academy also won the gold in the Girls' 72K bracket, Angela Papia from Sandwich won her bronze medal match in the Girls' 41K division and Myah Trymbulak of General Amherst took the bronze in Girls' 44K.
Next up on the WECSSA sports schedule will be soccer, baseball and track and field, undoubtedly leading to more provincial championships for GECDSB teams and athletes.