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    St. Gabriel the Archangel sports update – Bounce Back Week

    Round Up
    The high school Cross Country City Championships took place last week at Canda Olympic Park. Jordan Maisonneuve finished 6th in the Junior Race, easily qualifying for Provincials. That makes it two years in a row that Maisonneuve has qualified to compete against the best in the province.
    Meanwhile, the SV Girls Soccer team has an opportunity for revenge in its playoff game this Thursday. They’ve drawn Crescent Heights, who earlier this year handed the team their first ever loss. The girls were shorthanded that day, and look forward to proving that they are capable of using that setback as motivation. The match will be played at Glenmore Park, and kickoff will be at 4:30 pm.
    Certain games have the ability to define a season. Last Thursday, the JV boys took part in one of those very games. Going into last Thursday’s matchup with Bishop McNally, there were three undefeated teams in the Junior Division: Martin de Porres, Bishop McNally, and SGA. A win would keep the victor in contention for first place, while a loss would mean battling for third. So the scene was set for an all-out battle; and that’s exactly
    what the spectators who packed the gym got.
    St. Gabriel came out on fire. While the grade 11 players played their usual dominant game, it was the grade 10 players who elevated their play. Jayden Richter and Raeden Mendoza in particular, were putting on an aerial show as the Guardians took the first set with ease. After splitting the second and third set, the match evolved into a battle of the big men. Nick Zeiler squared off with
    McNally’s number 12 in a back and forth hitting and blocking contest. Ultimately, McNally took the fourth set, setting the match up for a nail-biting conclusion.
    Just when it looked like the Guardians might crack, the savvy play of Kyle Hoeschen propelled SGA to a convincing fifth set win, keeping the Guardians undefeated. The boys will play three times this week, including their anticipated matchup with St. Martin.

    Bounce Back Week

    It was a big bounce back week for several of the volleyball teams at St. Gabriel the Archangel. The SV Boys showed great character in winning their first match of the season against James Fowler. After dropping the first set, they won the next three straight despite falling behind in each one. Head coach Joe MacIsaac, was beaming after the game, lauding the
    play of Kirkland de Castro, Jordan Jarvis, Trevor Low, Devin Wilkins, Brian Madayag, Curtis Zeiler and Kyler Mitchell in the winning effort.
    Meanwhile, after losing two tough five-setters the week before, the JV Girls won both of their matches to get their record back over .500. They swept Forest Lawn 3-0, and then repeated the feat against James Fowler. Those two
    victories have the girls sitting just two points back of first.
    The SV Girls also resumed adding W’s to their record a week after dropping their first match of the season. On Tuesday, they struggled but squeaked out a five-set win over Forest Lawn. On Thursday, they took the easier route, knocking off James Fowler in three straight sets. The wins leave them just two points out of top spot.