Trinity College School’s sports teams wrapped up a successful winter season prior to the March Break, with our Under-14 boys basketball team winning gold and our Bigside girls volleyball and Bigside boys basketball teams earning silver medals in the Conference of Independent Schools Athletics Association (CISAA) league. Bigside volleyball and several members of the Senior School swim team also earned the right to represent TCS at the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) provincial championships.
Some recent CISAA and OFSAA results include:
Swimming: The Senior School swim team headed to OFSAA with five individual swimmers and three relay teams earning spots in the provincial championships being held in Brantford, March 4th to 5th. TCS had a great season in the pool, placing third overall at CISAA (read “Senior School swimmers place third overall at CISAA Championships” for more). Our Junior School swimmers also had a strong season, placing sixth of 17 teams at the CISAA finals. At OFSAA, the Senior School swimmers had a fantastic showing. Brianna Robinson earned gold in the 50m butterfly and silver in the 50m backstroke; Alex Gilchrist captured gold in the 50m breaststroke and silver in the 50m butterfly. Owen Wang placed seventh in the 50m breaststroke, Mikel Enecoize Gomez de Tuddo was the B-final champion (ninth place overall) in the 50m backstroke and Emma Butler placed 18th in the 100m breaststroke. Our Junior girls medley relay team of Julia McHugh, Tatyanna Maynard, Brianna Robinson and Michaela Strong swam to a 12th place finish. Overall, TCS was 32nd out of 270 schools, an incredible result.
Volleyball: The Bigside girls volleyball team finished with a silver medal in the CISAA league championships on Friday, February 28th. The Bears won their semi-final against Holy Trinity School three sets to two, but were beaten by host team Havergal in three sets in the final. The girls did not have much time to celebrate their silver, however, as they were off to the OFSAA provincial championships on Monday, March 3rd. TCS was seeded ninth at OFSAA, having earned a berth by defeating Hillfield Strathallan in the OFSAA qualifier held at the School on February 26th. At OFSAA, the Bears ended up with a 1-3 record in pool play to move into the consolation quarter-final, where they defeated Georges Vanier in four sets (25-16, 20-25, 25-19, 25-23). In the consolation semi-final, however, the Bears lost of Francois Xavier in a very close five-set game (29-19, 25-20, 13-25, 16-25, 16-18). The team can be very proud of its entire season.
Basketball: Bigside boys basketball found the silver lining, placing second at the CISAA “Final Four” held at the School on Saturday, March 1st. The team earned the right to host CISAA after finishing the regular league season 8-0. In the semi-final, the Bears faced Greenwood College and, despite trailing by as much as six points, they were able to rally and win by a final score of 55-44. Kevin Corey had one of his best games of the year scoring 23 points and collecting 11 rebounds, while TJ Ryan added 12 points and 15 rebounds and Daniel Heintzman netted 11 points. In the final, TCS met the #2 team, De La Salle. The Bears took an 18-12 lead into the half after some superb defensive play; unfortunately, a number of serious injuries and some fatigue caught up with the team in the second half and De La Salle managed to come out on top in the end. Daniel Heintzman led all scorers with 11 points in the game. Bigside can feel very proud not only of winning silver, but posting an overall record of 18-3 this year.
The Under-14 boys basketball team had an undefeated regular season and also played host to the CISAA Championships on Saturday, winning the gold medal on home court. In the semi-final game against Montcrest, TCS won comfortably by a score of 43-29. The final game was a rematch of last year’s CISAA final against Kingsway College, which TCS lost by two points. After the first quarter, the Bears were trailing by one basket, but by half time they had reversed momentum and taken the lead, 20-15. In the end, the Bears pulled off an impressive 41-27 victory and celebrated a well-deserved championship!
Squash: Bigside squash had some wonderful results this season, culminating in a fourth place finish at the CISAA final tournament. Nine boys and one girl represented the School, playing well and acting as great ambassadors for TCS. The team started the tournament with a 9-0 win over Appleby, but fell to the eventual champion, St. Andrew’s College, in the semi-final, 1-8. This put TCS in the bronze medal game against UCC, where the Bears lost a very close match, 4-5.
Littleside squash travelled to St. Andrew's College to participate in the CISAA league’s culminating tournament of the year on March 1st. Despite the fact that all players were able to contribute to the team point total, TCS could not best the league leaders on this day. Each young man should be commended on his sportsmanship as Mariano Creixell, Andrew Boughner, Nick Jin, Victor Omiwole, Luke Churchill, Pepe Romano, Ikyu Park and Shane Nassief were exemplary in displaying the conduct and effort expected of young athletes at TCS.