Per­fect start

In­dian River High four-for-four in re­gional cham­pi­onships this year

Nor'wester (Springdale) - - EDITORIAL - BY CORY HUR­LEY

The ath­letes of In­dian River High have proven to be the cream of the crop so far this school year in terms of sports through­out the re­gion.

The boys and girls soc­cer and soft­ball teams have gone a per­fect four-for-four in claim­ing berths in their re­spec­tive provin­cials over the past two week­ends.

The boys’ soc­cer team got things rolling with the cham­pi­onship vic­tory in the 3A re­gion­als held in Pasadena Sept. 23. They will travel to St. Lawrence Oct. 13-14 to com­pete for a pro­vin­cial ti­tle.

The Spring­dale high school girls were earn­ing a re­gional cham­pi­onship of their own that same week­end in Tri­ton. They proved to be the best re­gional slo-pitch team on the cir­cuit, earn­ing a trip to provin­cials in Glover­town Oct. 13-14.

Dorset Col­le­giate of Tri­ton and Pasadena Academy also com­peted. No scores were avail­able.

Last week­end, the sports were re­versed with the boys com­pet­ing in soft­ball and the girls put­ting up the bats and gloves to hit the soc­cer pitch.

Both teams proved vic­to­ri­ous, with the boys win­ning the re­gional soft­ball tour­na­ment in Pasadena to nab a spot in the provin­cials in Glover­town Oct. 20-21. In­dian River High de­feated Pasadena Academy 15-11 in the fi­nal to fin­ish a per­fect 3-0. They de­feated Pasadena 9-7 and Dorset Col­le­giate 10-6 in the round robin. Dorset Col­le­giate and Pasadena tied their round robin game 15-15.

The girls’ soc­cer team also grabbed the re­gional cham­pi­onship and will travel to St. Lawrence for the pro­vin­cial tour­na­ment Oct. 20-21.

Cape John Col­le­giate soft­ball cham­pi­ons

In other re­gional ac­tion, Cape John Col­le­giate of La Scie will rep­re­sent the area at the 2A pro­vin­cial girls’ slo-pitch tour­na­ment af­ter down­ing Val­mont Academy of King’s Point 12-3 in the cham­pi­onship game Sept. 23. They are host­ing the provin­cials to be held Oct. 13. Cop­per Ridge Academy of Baie Verte went 0-2 in the three­team tour­na­ment.

Cape John Col­le­giate also cap­tured the re­gional boys’ soft­ball cham­pi­onship with a 22-10 vic­tory over Cop­per Ridge Academy in the fi­nal. Cape John de­feated Cop­per Ridge 15-3 and Val­mont Academy 18-6 in the round robin. Cop­per Ridge de­feated Val­mont 13-4. Cape John will at­tend the provin­cials in Port Saun­ders start­ing Oct. 20.

Val­mont Academy soc­cer cham­pion

Val­mont Academy de­feated Cop­per Ridge Academy in the two-team re­gional 2A girls’ soc­cer tour­na­ment by 6-2 and 6-0 mar­gins to earn a berth in the provin­cials to be held in Lawn start­ing Oct. 20.

Also, Cop­per Ridge Academy boys’ soc­cer team will be com­pet­ing at the 2A pro­vin­cial cham­pi­onship hosted in Co­droy Val­ley start­ing Oct. 13.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

The In­dian River High boys won the slo-pitch re­gional in Pasadena Sept. 30. Mem­bers of the team in­clude, from left, (front) Ti­mothy An­stey, Kyle Tuck, Jakob Ox­ford, Ryan Flem­ing, Chris­tian Mor­gan, and Joshua North­cotte; (back) An­drew Walker (coach), Aaron Hull, Alex Ox­ford, Dy­lan Thomas, Justin Young, Josh New­man, Joey Sparkes, Jake Matthews, Tyler Clarke, Lu­cas Mercer, and Keith Noble (coach).

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

The In­dian River High boys won the soc­cer re­gional hosted in Pasadena Sept. 23. Team mem­bers in­clude, from left (front) Stephen Chat­man, Alex Bur­ton, Riely Lewis, Dy­lan Thomas, Justin Young, Josh New­man, and An­dreas Des­rochers; (back) Tyler Clarke, Lu­cas Mercer, Joey Mor­gan, Kyle Tuck, Joey Sparkes, Mitchell Down­ton, Rob­bie Thomas, Joshua North­cotte, Shiloh Bur­ton, Aaron Hull, and Jake Matthews.

CORETTA STACEY/SPE­CIAL TO THE NOR’WESTER

Val­mont Academy’s Jessie Austin clears the ball be­fore Cop­per Ridge Academy’s Jen­nifer Pardy closed in on her in the re­gional 2A girls’ soc­cer tour­na­ment held in Baie Verte last week­end. Val­mont won the two-team tour­na­ment by scores of 6-2 and 6-0

CORETTA STACEY/SPE­CIAL TO THE NOR’WESTER

Cop­per Ridge Academy Coyotes’ Mad­die Walsh high fives her team­mate Teresa Walsh be­fore they start their sec­ond game against Val­mont Academy.

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