Tantra­mar stu­dents ex­cel be­yond class­room

Sackville Tribune - - SPORTS - Wal­lie Sears Write Call

It is amaz­ing – yes, even as­ton­ish­ing – when the over­all ac­com­plish­ments of the ath­letes at Tantra­mar Re­gional High School are com­pre­hended.

A re­cent re­port notes that the over­all av­er­age of the stu­den­tath­letes is 84 per cent and that 75 per cent of this group are on the hon­our roll.

The ques­tion: is this an in­di­ca­tion of an es­pe­cially tal­ented gen­er­a­tion of young men and women or is it some­thing as sim­ple as the Sackville drink­ing wa­ter pro­vid­ing a few ex­tra brain cells?

It’s gen­er­ally ac­cepted that play­ing a var­sity sport takes a con­sid­er­able amount of time that could oth­er­wise be used for study, but the aca­demic per­for­mance by stu­dents at TRHS has not suf­fered in the least.

And while the class­room re­sults are well above av­er­age, the per­for­mances of the ath­letes on the field, court or ice has brought a sig­nif­i­cant amount of at­ten­tion to the lo­cal school.

The foot­ball team has been the most prom­i­nent in this re­spect with back-to-back pro­vin­cial ti­tles and a 19-game win­ning streak, but many of the other teams have gone to re­gional and pro­vin­cial play­offs, putting up good num­bers in the process.

A break­down aca­dem­i­cally shows 80 per cent of Grade 9 stu­dents made the hon­our roll, match­ing that of the Grade 10 stu­dents. The Grade 12 class topped all with an 85.5 av­er­age for stu­dent-ath­letes.

An­other as­tound­ing fact has emerged. With a to­tal en­rol­ment of fewer than 400 stu­dents, a lit­tle more than 47 per cent par­tic­i­pated in var­sity ath­let­ics. And many of these young peo­ple played more than one sport.

The girls’ rugby team, with 28 play­ers, com­peted at the AAA level and played .500 ball, which was a great step for­ward. Dur­ing the an­nual awards night, pre­sen­ta­tions were made in six cat­e­gories: Katie Hess, hit­man; Selina Gau­dreault, wo­man of steel; Jaden Gal­lant, fairest and best; Allison Bul­mer, rookie of the year; Olivia Tower and Bryn Nurse, MVP for­wards; and Han­nah Wal­ton and Zoe Estabrooks, MVP backs.

A dozen ath­letes rep­re­sented the school in the North East Re­gional swim meet and all qual­i­fied for the provin­cials.

The Ti­tans came home with four golds, two sil­vers and one bronze as they fin­ished mid­way in the strong field. Six awards were made in this sport and in­cluded: Tantra­mar Re­gional High School re­cently hon­oured its out­stand­ing ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar stu­dents.

ju­nior fe­male swim­mer of the year Tao Huici (Wendy), ju­nior male swim­mer of the year Dashiel Edson, se­nior fe­male swim­mer of the year Zoe Estabrooks, se­nior male swim­mer of the year Luther Edson, ju­nior para swim­mer of the year Nolan Dob­bin and se­nior para swim­mer of the year David Pud­di­combe.

The Lady Ti­tans en­joyed a fine sea­son of bas­ket­ball, post­ing a 17-9 record and go­ing un­de­feated in league play. Two mem­bers – Katie Hess and Ash­ley Sher­wood – were named to the pro­vin­cial team. Awards were pre­sented for MVP Ash­ley Sher­wood, rookie of the year Anna Cross­man and the Char­lie Hus­tle Award went to Han­nah Wal­ton.

The bad­minton team came to­gether quickly and made it all the way to the pro­vin­cial play­offs be­fore end­ing their sea­son. Hon­oured were ju­nior boys MVP Dakota Me­lan­son, ju­nior girls MVP Taylor Wood, se­nior boys MVP Harry Grif­fiths, se­nior girls MVP Zoe Estabrooks and the Coaches Award went to Kim Cad­man.

Much could be dis­cussed about the amaz­ing foot­ball team, with many of the play­ers join­ing pro­vin­cial age limit teams and two mem­bers join­ing Team Canada for its match against the U.S. in Or­lando in Fe­bru­ary. The recog­ni­tion re­cip­i­ents were team MVP Ai­dan O’neal, MVPS for of­fence (the O-line) Dy­lan Estabrooks, Ryan Cad­man, Ri­ley Tower, Kyle Tower, Isaac Hum­ber and Zach Cormier, MVP for de­fence Aaron Rose, line­man of the year Zach Cormier, rookie of the year Oliver Long­pre, the Skull Award went to Sam Al­ward, most im­proved was Zach Boudreau, and the Coaches Award went to Ed­uardo Moreno De­je­sus.

The hockey Ti­tans en­joyed an amaz­ing sea­son as they posted 31 wins and five ties in 45 out­ings

and came within a goal of win­ning pro­vin­cial hon­ours in the cham­pi­onship game. This time those emerg­ing as re­cip­i­ents were MVPS Jack Estabrooks and Sam Tower; most im­proved, Tyler Long and Spencer Ac­ton; Coaches Award, Alex Robert­son and Ryan Brown; rookie of the year Ja­cob Estabrooks; and the Calvin Hicks Me­mo­rial Award went to Ben Kum­mer and Ed­uardo Moreno de­je­sus.

Sev­eral mem­bers of the track and field team won medals in meets and two qual­i­fied for the pro­vin­cial fi­nals with out­stand­ing per­for­mances. Award win­ners were ju­nior girls MVP Claire John­son, ju­nior boys MVP Daniel Gau­dreault and se­nior boys MVP James Wil­mot.

The boys volleyball team en­joyed a fine sea­son but lost in the re­gional play­offs. Recog­ni­tion went to rookie of the year Daniel Gau­dreault, MVPS To­mas Camp­bell and Zach Boudreau, Coaches award An­drew Oller­head and most im­proved Thomas Laf­ford.

The girls’ volleyball team also wound its way to the re­gion­als be­fore bow­ing out. This year’s lead­ers in­cluded MVP Zoe Estabrooks, Coaches Award win­ners Cal­ista Ib­bit­son and Ains­ley Cun­ning­ham; and rookie of the year Ash­ley Sher­wood.

The boys’ bas­ket­ball team ex­pe­ri­enced a year of ups and downs and fin­ished sec­ond in league play and ul­ti­mately lost to Rothe­say in the play­offs. Lead­ers in­cluded MVP Zach Boudreau, Golden Shovel award win­ner Lucas Cormier, most im­proved Co­hen Pat­ter­son, and Coaches Choice win­ner Kyle Tower.

Only two run­ners com­prised the cross-coun­try team but one ended on the podium in the provin­cials for one of the best show­ings in re­cent years. James Wil­mot was se­nior boys MVP and Lo­gan Reid was ju­nior boys MVP.

The girls’ soc­cer team ex­peri-

enced an amaz­ing year, just miss­ing out on a pro­vin­cial cham­pi­onship by one goal in multi-over­time. Most im­proved was Abby Lane, rookie of the year was Kyla Davis, MVP was Macken­zie Allen and the Play­ers Player award went to Selina Gau­dreault.

The boys’ soc­cer team won some hard-fought games be­fore bow­ing out in the fi­nals. Car­los Pon­ton-arndt was named rookie of the year, An­drew Oller­head most ded­i­cated, Tyler Long won the Coach’s Award, Joe Caswell was most im­proved, and MVP was Ben Kum­mer.

Top­ping off the “Night of the Ti­tans” was an­nounce­ment of ath­letes-of-the year. And nei­ther came as a sur­prise. Ai­dan O’neal topped off an amaz­ing year that took him all the way to Florida to rep­re­sent Team Canada and proved out­stand­ing both in foot­ball and hockey. And Han­nah Wal­ton, who was a force in bas­ket­ball and rugby this year among sev­eral oth­ers sports, was the most out­stand­ing fe­male ath­lete on cam­pus by far and was a nat­u­ral win­ner.

So we at The Write Call con­grat­u­late all the win­ners an­nounced dur­ing the awards evening but would like to add that all of those young men and women are win­ners for hav­ing com­peted and rep­re­sented their school in such ad­mirable fashion. We only hope the ath­letic and aca­demic ex­cel­lence will con­tinue.

SACKVILLE, N.B.

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