Split decision for Phoenix
The St. Francis Phoenix are one step closer to SOSSA.
The Phoenix topped the Saint Paul Patriots 66-53 to capture the Niagara Catholic Athletic Association zone 4 senior boys AA basketball championship.
The Phoenix now take on the District School Board of Niagara champion Thorold Golden Eagles Thursday at 5 p.m. at St. Francis with the winner moving on to the Southern Ontario Secondary School Association playdowns Monday at St. Francis.
“Saint Paul played us very tough,” Phoenix coach Jono Marcheterre said. “They brought a lot of energy defensively and never gave in. We led wire to wire but it certainly wasn’t easy. Our guys had to dig deep and work a little harder for the open looks.
“I want to wish Frank (coach Frank Capretta) and Saint Paul luck in the zone 3 final and we are looking forward to Thursday’s challenge against Thorold.”
Jack Riddell paced the winners with 19 points while Sam Braithwaite added 15 and Tyrell MacLennan 13.
Will Schmahl had 15 and Jerwyn Tutanes added 13 for the Pats.
The Saint Michael Mustangs defeated the St. Francis Phoenix in three straight sets to capture the NCAA senior girls volleyball championship.
The Mustangs took the title winning 25-9, 25-20, 25-19.
“It was a very exciting game to watch,” St. Francis coach Tanya Paladino said. “The girls played their best, and I was very impressed with how hard they worked out there.
“Lauren Voelkner was a key player. Her height and skill was apparent through the match. The entire St. Francis team played their hearts out, even thought we lost I was proud of each and every one of them.”
NCAA hockey finals set
The Saint Michael Mustangs and Denis Morris Reds meet Thursday at 1 p.m. at the Vale Centre in Port Colborne for the NCAA boys hockey championship.
The NCAA girls hockey championship will see the Holy Cross Raiders take on the Blessed Trinity Thunder Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Grimsby Peach King Centre.
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