Students athletes from the GECDSB turned in some impressive performances during the OFSAA provincial championships for the winter athletics season. There were 6 gold medals as well as a number of second and third place finishes in the pool, on the courts and on the mats against the best from around Ontario.
Swimmer Maddy Lavoie from Leamington District Secondary School (pictured, left) repeated her 2016 podium appearance, winning the Girls 100m Individual Medlay at the swimming championships held at the Windsor Acquatic Centre. Madeline McDonald of Walkerville Collegiate Institute took the top spot in girls' 13-19 50m freestyle and a silver in the 100m backstroke. Moena Katsura of Riverside Secondary School won gold and silver medals in the girls' 15+ 200m and 100m freestyle. Teammate Tina Medvidovic was the gold medalist in -14 girls' 50m breatstroke and Megan Land, also from RSS won the girls' para-swimming 50m backstroke.
Riverside, which finished second in the overall team standings among the 298 schools taking part, won the boys' -14, 200m freestyle relay and Trevor Leigh from Westview Freedom Academy earned a bronze medal in the para-swimming 50m backstroke.
The Riverside Rebels repeated their 2016 silver medal performance at the OFSAA girls' AA volleyball tournament, held in Belleville. They dropped a close 4 game match to Corpus Christie from Burlington in the final. The Kennedy Clippers won the bronze medal game at the AA boys' basketball championship in Sault. Ste. Marie. They beat Frontenac from Kingston 54-44 shortly after a tough 51-50 semi-final loss to Thornlea SS of Thornhill.
At the wrestling championships in Brampton, Jessica Hodgkin from Sandwich SS won the girls' 57.5 kilo division. Ella Doornaert (51 kg) and Taysia Pharr (54 kg) of Sandwich earned silver medals. Brooke Fletcher of Tecumseh Vista Academy took the bronze medal in the girls' 47.5 class.
The Belle River DHS Nobles will represent the region at the boys' A/AA hockey championship in Fort Frances. They go into the tournament as the # 4 seed.