(Pictured above: The Almonte and District High School boys' team (left) won gold at the recent OFSAA curling championships. The team from Vankleek Hill Collegiate Institute won bronze in the girls' competition.)
Almonte and District High School Wins
OFSAA Boys’ Curling Championship
Vankleek Hill Collegiate Institute Girls’ Team Takes Bronze
March 28, 2017 (Almonte and Vankleek Hill, ON) – Almonte and District High School won gold Saturday at the OFSAA Boys’ Curling Championship in North Bay while Vankleek Hill Collegiate Institute won bronze in the Girls’ Championship.
OFSAA Boys’ Curling
The Thunderbolts overcame Toronto’s Ridgeview Collegiate Institute 8-5 to take the title at the Granite Curling Club in North Bay.
This was the second straight year the ADHS team qualified for OFSAA. After ADHS missed the medal rounds in 2016, skip Derek Bowden, third Allyn Wark, second Jack McBride, lead Karlan Schenher, and lead Madison Horton came home this year with gold medals and the championship banner.
Bowden said sheer determination sealed the championship for the Thunderbolts.
“Coming in as the 8th seed in the playoffs – and they were number three – we just proved that we wanted it more so we played better,” explained Bowden of reasons for the victory. “Just having that mindset that we were the underdogs and nobody really expected us to win helped us improve our game.”
“I can’t even explain how it feels. It’s just awesome.”
OFSAA Girls’ Curling
The Vankleek Hill Collegiate Institute Rebels took bronze in the OFSAA Girls’ Curling Championship. Rebels Cassandra Allen (skip), Caitlin Allen (vice), Meghan Courtemanche (second), Kyla Baranowski (lead), and Natasha Fortin (lead), defeated Loretto Abbey Catholic Secondary School 9-4 to earn their medal.
Rebels Coach Daniel Tremblay said it was particularly satisfying to win bronze because curling is an open tournament which pitted his girls against teams from schools of up to 1,500 students. It spoke to the quality of this year’s team.
“Our school has only 275 students,” said Tremblay. “It can be tough to compete against that (schools with larger talent pools) but we did it.”
“I think among the top three teams any one of us could beat the other on any given day.”
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Almonte and District High School
Boys’ Curling Team
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Posted March 28, 2017