The ESS Jr boys basketball Wildcats defeated St. Peter’s 54 – 47 on Wed. Feb. 27th in the GBSSA final to claim the championship title.
The CCI Fighting Owls AAA boys hockey team defeated the Bear Creek Kodiaks 4-1 in the SCAA championship final on Feb. 28th. The Fighting Owls will now host St. Peter’s in the GBSSA championship on March 5th, 1:00 pm at the Eddie Bush Arena in Collingwood. The winner of that game will advance to the OFSSA championship.
Quinn Czerny has been Nordic skiing for the better part of 10 years and for her, it’s as much a mental game as it is physical. “You get to a point where you want to stop but you have to tell yourself you have to keep going,” she said in an interview with simcoe.com. Korpi signed up for the ski team in Grade 9. In addition, he is also a member of the swim, cross-country running and track and field teams.
Czerny of Collingwood and Jake Korpi of Wasaga Beach are both Grade 12 students at Collingwood Collegiate Institute and members of the Nordic ski team, who will host the provincial championships on Feb. 28 and March 1 at Highlands Nordic in Duntroon. “I like endurance sports and I like to push myself to see what my limits are,” he said.
Czerny started skiing as a youngster with her family and she always enjoyed the sport. “It’s a unique sport,” she said. “You always want to challenge yourself and I guess that’s what makes it fun.” She said there is a lot of off-season training involved with the sport, as building endurance is important. Czerny has had a successful year, recently finishing first at the Georgian Bay championships which took place on Feb. 15.
The CCI team has had a successful run over the past few years, bringing home six provincial titles from last year’s championships. This year, more than 700 athletes from across the province will visit the area — making this the largest high school Nordic ski event in North America. The CCI team is coming off a strong showing at the regional championships winning five categories.
Hewitt said Korpi and Czerny have seen success because of their commitment. He estimates Korpi has had more than 100 practices in his four-year tenure and he has coached Czerny since she was young. Korpi is hoping to have a strong showing in what could be his final race.
“It’s weird to think it’s been four years,” he said. “It’s bittersweet.”
For the 3rd consecutive year the ESS Wildcats girls AAA hockey team has won the SCAA championship. The Wildcats defeated the OSS Nighthawks by a score of 2-0 on Feb. 21st at the Eastview Arena. The Wildcats will now face St. Peter’s in the GBSSA championship final scheduled for March 5th at 3:00 pm at the Eastview Arena. The winner of the GBSSA championship game will proceed to the OFSAA championship tournament.
The GBDSS Girls Hockey team defeated the SCI Trojans 3-2 on Tues. Feb 19th to capture the SCAA A/AA championship. The Bears will now play St. Theresa’s on Feb. 27th at the North Simcoe Sport & Recreation Centre at 2:30 pm in the GBSSA semi-final.
The GBDSS Jr Volleyball team defeated Twin Lakes in the SCAA championship on Feb. 15th. The Bears then played in the GBSSA semi-final on Feb. 20th where they were defeayed by St. Joseph’s.
The ESS Wildcats Jr AAA Volleyball Girls won the 2019 SCAA Championship by defeating the Bear Creek Kodiaks 3 sets to 2 on Thurs. Feb. 21st. The wildcats will now host St. Peter’s (CSASC rep.) in the GBSSA championship final which is scheduled for Mon. Feb. 25th, 4:30 pm at ESS.
The Sr Wildcats for their part defeated the OSS Nighthawks 3-0 (25-18, 25-23, 25-16) on Feb. 21st to win the SCAA AAA Sr Girls Volleyball championship. The Sr Wildcats will now host JOA (CSASC rep.) in the GBSSA championship final which will be played Mon. Feb. 25th, 3:00 pm at ESS. The winner will move onto the OFSAA championship tournament.