The High School Cross Country team ran in their final meet of the season last week at Canada Olympic Park. Weather played havoc with the course, but all of the runners put in a great showing amidst the challenging conditions. It is now on to the City Championships for our runners, which will present the opportunity to qualify for the Provincial Championships for a select few. Last year at the City meet, St. Gabriel the Archangel had two of the top three finishers in the Junior Race, and sent three runners overall to Provincials. While results like that may be hard to duplicate, this current group of runners have put in a lot of hard work and have a lot to be proud of.
This is when the games count.
It’s been a bit of a roller coaster season for the Varsity Girls Soccer team. After an undefeated regular season last year, in which they were upset in the semi-finals, the girls had a shaky start to the current campaign. Drawing 3-3 in their first match, there was some concern that the girls would not be able to live up to the lofty expectations that grew from last year. But successive blow out wins left
many believing that their first game was just an aberration, and that this team would, once again, be in contention to bring a banner to SGA.
But then it happened. The girls lost 1-0 to Crescent Heights; their first ever regular season loss. This was the pivotal point of the season. With their toughest game of the season upcoming, if ever there was an opportunity to fall apart, this was it. The girls, however, proved their
championship caliber, learning from that loss and beating their arch rivals, John G Diefenbaker, before closing out the season with a win against Forest Lawn.
So now the regular season is over, and the girls have the chance to prove that they’ve learnt an important lesson from another loss; the one in last year’s playoffs. Win or lose, though, these girls have given their school a lot to be proud of.
It was a busy week for the High School Volleyball teams at St. Gabriel. The Junior Varsity boys continued their undefeated season by beating Father Lacombe 3-0. They now stand as the only team at the school to have an unblemished record and are in a tie for first place in the league. The boys play 4 of their last 5 games at home, starting this Thursday against Bishop McNally. The Senior
Boys have had a tough season to date dropping their first three games. They have fought valiantly in each game, and are hopeful of putting up their first win of the season in the coming week.
The Junior Varsity Girls have also had a tough run as of late. After winning two of their first three matches, they’ve lost both of their last two matches in heartbreaking fashion. Hopefully, these tight losses
will serve as important building blocks for the team. Meanwhile, the Senior Varsity girls played some of the most entertaining volleyball of the season last week, culminating in a dramatic 5 set win over Notre Dame. The gym was absolutely packed for the match, and the noise made by the home fans almost took the roof off on several occasions. The girls now have to prove they can win away from home, with 4 of their last 6 games on the road.