Tantramar students excel beyond classroom
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.