Oct.29: Ridley roundup
Harriers took to the trails this past Wednesday to attend the Canadian Independent Schools Athletics Association cross-country championships at Trinity College in Port Hope.
Under blue skies and sunshine, over 500 athletes from across Ontario competed in the six running races. The course was wet and muddy from the previous day’s rainfall, but this didn’t deter the team from some exceptional performances.
Starting the day off was the novice girls team led by Alison Leach with a 34th place finish. In junior girls action, the girls team was led by Kaylna Kit with a fifth place finish who was followed closely by Chloe Winterbottom who finish in 10th place. Both girls clenched spots at the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) cross-country championships in early November. Kennedy Stock followed this up with an outstanding eighth place finish in a very competitive senior girls field to end the season on a high note and qualify for her third OFSAA championship.
The boys team didn’t disappoint as Bradley Mattocks started the day off right with a 77th place finish in the novice boys race. This was followed by a 53rd place finish by Daniel Caliskan who led the senior boys team. He was closely followed by his teammates Cameron Kimele (92nd), Matt Xue (93rd) and Dubem Peters (130th) who closed out the team score.
Rowing – Boys
Great weekend of racing – the experienced team finishing off a strong fall season and the novice team being introduced to their first taste of racing at the Head of the Fish Regatta, Saratoga NY.
•7th – U19 men’s lightweight eight: Sascha Jansen-Ruden, Niko Schramm, Rain Yeung, Calum Murphy, Adin DeWit, Conner Vorias, Ryan Jiang, Ben Hopkins, Tanner Bolduc, Fernando Vaca.
•8th – frosh/novice boy’s eight: Joshua Hanna, Jamie Smith, Riley Branscombe, Darry Guo, Tom Hu, Thomas Finn, Isaiah Owens, Jackson Hill, Mahmoud Radwan.
•24th – novice boy’s eight +: Jackson Charlton, Anthony Au, Christian Nitsopolous, Linus Chan, Macarthur Graham, Luke Schrompf, Abhir Hossain, Alex Wang, Rodrigo Serrano Cendejas.
•9th – lightweight men’s double: Ben Hopkins and Rain Yeung.
•8th – U19 men’s four: Sascha Jansen-Ruden, Niko Schramm, Matthew Hopkins, Andreas Gomez, Garrett Bowley.
•6th – U19 junior varsity men’s four: Tony Luo, Calum Murphy, Adin DeWit, Shane Keagan, Carl Edelmann.
•18th – novice men’s four: Aaron Gu, Luke Schrompf, Simon Skripchenko, Rodrigo Serrano Cendejas, David Monehia.
•11th – U19 men’s eight: Sasha Jansen-Ruden, (Niko) Nikolas Schramm, Matthew Hopkins, Andreas Gomez, Garrett Bowley, Shane Kengan, Carl Edelman, Calum Murphy, Adin DeWit.
•11th – U19 junior varsity men’s eight: Tony Luo, Fernando Vaca, Rain Yeung, Lucas Wiley, TJ MacDonald, Connor Vorias, Tanner Bolduc, Ryan Jiang, Ben Hopkins.
•12th – U19 men’s junior varsity 4x – Ryan Jiang, Ben Hopkins, Tanner Bolduc, Fernando Vaca.
“The lightweight eight opened the soggy day with a seventh place finish, just 0.14 seconds behind St. Catharines. Say the rain intensified, so did the competition. The boys rose to the challenge by placing ninth in the lightweight double, eighth in the 1V coxed four, sixth in the 2V coxed fours, and 11th in both the 1V and 2V eights. These races were all strongly contended by many of the clubs that placed very well at last week’s Head of the Charles regatta. All crews rowed well, standing up to difficult conditions and great competition,” senior head coach Hans Braul, Sr. said.
Rowing – Girls
Team came away with three Fish Heads (winners plaque is a taxidermied fish head), a number of top 10 finishes, and for some athletes their first regatta experience ever.
•Novice women’s single: First Autumn Crowe.
•U19 women’s single: 12th Charlotte Drennan, 18th Jamie Pritchard.
•Mixed eight: First Sophie Sharpe, Gabrielle Cook, Charlotte Drennan, Ella McRae, Rylie Wake, Carl Edelman, Shane Keagan, Andreas Gomez, Lucas Wiley.
•U19 women’s eight: 22nd: Sophie Sharpe, Gabrielle Cook, Charlotte Drennan, Ella McRae, Rylie Wake, Jamie Pritchard, Gabrielle Moorewood, Ipek Derinkok, Vanessa Russell.
•U19 women’s 1V 4x: 10th Charlotte Drennan, Gabrielle Cook, Jamie Pritchard, Ella McRae.
•U19 women’s 2V 4x: 12th Vanessa Russell, Claire Sun, Abigayle Guyer, Jeneva Nitsopoulos.
•U19 women’s 1V 4: 16th Sophie Sharpe, Ella McRae, Rylie Wake, Gabrielle Moorewood, Ipek Derinkok.
•U19 women’s lightweight 4: 9th Taylor Searle, Vanessa Russell, Claire Sun, Abigayle Guyer, Jeneva Nitsopoulos.
•Novice girls 4x: 1st Lindsey Siao, Marcelle George Demontigny, Molly Basadur, Autumn Crowe.
•Novice girls 4x: 21st Ava Joyce, Mandy Schrompf, Emily Hicks, Helena Krawiecka, Jemma Katzman.
•Novice girls 8x: 24th – Jemma Katzman, Ava Joyce, Mandy Schrompf, Emily Hicks, Helena Krawiecka, Lindsey Siao, Marcelle George Demontigny, Molly Basadur, Autumn Crowe.
“It was great to see the positive attitude of the team, especially considering the conditions. On the first day we had Autumn Crowe kick off the racing in her first ever rowing race, winning the novice women’s single event. The mixed 8 was also a fun race, with our team (coxie, four guys and four girls) edging out mainly college and university teams to take the win. On Sunday our women’s eight plus fell short of their expectations, with an almost 40 minute delay at the start, the team sat in the pouring rain, their boat collecting water. They went out their hardest, but felt that their racing was impacted by the delay. It was a good learning experience that they can carry forward into the spring. The crews bounced back, racing in the senior women’s quad, 2V quad, 1V 4 + and lightweight 4 +. The 1V four + said they had one of their best races of the season, with solid pressure they had a very respectable finish against some very fast club boats. The novice women’s crews also had some great racing, with the novice girls quad taking the win in their event by a one minute gap over second place This is a great regatta with a lot of events for all of our crews, experienced and novice. It is competitive racing with a combination of club and school entries in each event. Most of the best junior crews from the US attend this regatta, so it is great experience for us to test our speed against them,” women’s coach Siobhan McLaughin said.
Up next: Team will wrap up the season with a fun intersquad regatta next Saturday on Henley Island.
Prep Girls Hockey
Prep Girls Hockey was back in action this weekend at the USA-Canada Cup Series in Detroit where they faced off against top U19 programs from across North America.
Injuries and illness shortened the bench, but Tigers battled through and displayed a strong performance in every matchup.
The Tigers lost 3-0 Chicago Mission, defeated Milwaukee Jr. Admirals 4-1, lost 2-1 to Meijer U19, defeated the Niagara Purple Eagles 5-3 and lost 4-2 to Selects Academy.
Top scorers: Luisa Welcke (3G 4A); Lilli Welcke (3G 2A); Catherine Foulem (1G 2A); Brooklyn Clark (2G); Amelia Giles (2G); Avery Penner (1G 1A).
Up Next: Buffalo Inferno Tournament this weekend.
Soccer – U16 Boys
Chioma Jude-Monye (2), Ignacio Alario (2) and Elias Lalos (2) scored.
“Ridley played 95 per cent of a very good game,” coach Geoff Park said. “The missing five per cent was a lapse of concentration to allow Pickering to score the first goal of the game, and a poor conversion rate when in scoring position.
“Chioma Jude-Monye opened the scoring and then notched the third. He also had a chance for a hat trick when he took a penalty kick which was quite well struck but very well saved. Fortunately Elias Lalos was able to tuck away the rebound, for one of his two goals. Ignacio Alario scored the other two. Next up is a playoff game, to be announced. Recent form has been improving, so although we will face a higher seed, we will go in believing we have a chance.”
In playoff action, the Tigers dropped a 4-3 decision on penalties to Crescent. Diego San Roman and Elias Lalos scored.
This was a dramatic playoff game, and Ridley’s Under 16 team showed great pride and determination in staging an epic comeback. Although the first half was even territorially, Crescent’s direct approach and the speed of their forwards resulted in a 3-0 half-time lead for the Coyotes. Ridley was often around the opposing penalty area, but usually took one extra pass or ran into thick defensive traffic. Believing that we were actually their equal, and that an early goal could change the entire complexion of the game, Ridley took to the field for the second half full of purpose. Sure enough, an early goal came as Diego San Roman scored from the rebound after a Chioma Jude-Monye shot. Continued pressure led to an own goal, to make it 3-2, and finally a shot by Ignacio Alario hit a post and Elias Lalos put in that rebound to tie the game. The Tigers were flying and continued to press, but could not find the winning goal. Overtime solved nothing, so we went to the dreaded penalty shootout. Both teams scored their first two shots. Both missed their third, and both scored their fourth. Finally Ridley’s fifth glanced off the post and flew the wrong side, and Crescent scored to take the win and advance to the next round.
“While it is always disappointing to lose, and agonizing to lose this way, the way the boys played and the spirit of their comeback were magnificent. The team can be proud of their progress and development. In fact, this game was a microcosm of the season,” Park said.
Soccer – First Boys
Ridley edged St. Michael’s College School 1-0 to finish the regular season with a playoff spot. The Tigers leap-frogged SMCS with the win, to finish in fifth place in the highly competitive CISAA league.
Senior captain Brendan Ng opened the scoring mid-way through the first half with an expertly taken shot from the edge of the box. The game was evenly played and the Tigers relied on a solid team defence to hold on for the win. The shutout was shared by rookie Darius Des Vignes and senior Xavier West.
Ridley played Empire local soccer academy to a 0-0 standstill in an exhibition match. The Tigers played well against the skillful local side, with each team creating their fair share of chances. The visitors enjoyed the bulk of possession, but a stout defensive effort saw the game played out to a draw. The shutout was shared by senior Xavier West and rookie Darius Des Vignes. The Tigers used the match as a final tune-up for a return to Oakville to play against fourth place Appleby College on Oct. 30 in the CISAA playoff quarter-final.
Prep Boys Basketball
The Tigers dropped a 90-81 decision to Central Tech.
Alex Root and Johnny Avgousti each had 17 for the Tigers.
“A poor third quarter down by 13 made is difficult to recover but we got it to sixth in the fourth. A very physical game, the boys fought to the end,” coach Tarry Upshaw said.
The Tigers defeated Athlete Institute RED 65-46 for their first league win. Dylan Kalambay had 17 and Alex Root 13 to pace Ridley.
Up Next: Bahamas Classic, Nov. 1-3
Field Hockey – Second
The second field hockey team defeated Holy Trinity School 3-1. Ocean Fex, Abby Ferrante and Kate Corman scored for Ridley.
This was a full team effort and the girls all worked together passing, dribbling and most importantly shooting on net. First star of the game went to Ashley Zhou, who dominated on midfield by advancing the ball up the sidelines.