An­nual Cham­plain Cougars vs. Cégep de Sher­brooke Volon­taires clash in Mitchell Gym

Sherbrooke Record - - LOCAL SPORTS - By Em­i­lie Hack­ett Spe­cial to the Record

One of Sher­brooke’s hottest crosstown ri­val­ries is back in ac­tion on Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. at the Bishop’s Univer­sity Mitchell Gym. The Cham­plain Col­lege Cougars (3-0) will be host­ing the Cégep de Sher­brooke’s Volon­taires (3-1) in a long-awaited game. The Cougars are cur­rently fight­ing to take the RSEQ Di­vi­sion II’S first place from the Shaw­ini­gan Élec­triks. Last year, the Cougars won the bronze medal at the RSEQ provin­cials.

The Cougars will also be us­ing the game as an op­por­tu­nity to raise funds for the team. “We are mostly rais­ing money to pay for tour­na­ments, ex­hi­bi­tion games, travel, ref­er­ees, and ac­com­mo­da­tions,” spec­i­fied Cham­plain coach Matthew Mclean. “Our league is not as strong, so we play many games out­side of it to get de­cent com­pe­ti­tion, ei­ther in On­tario or the U.S.” The Cougars have not lost to Sher­brooke since 2011, mak­ing them 6-0 against their ri­vals.

Send­ing out in­vi­ta­tions to sev­eral high schools was only one way of hav­ing a good crowd. “The ri­valry is strong be­tween us and Sher­brooke,” added Mclean. “We have not lost a reg­u­lar sea­son game in the last four years.” They are ex­pect­ing a full house.

Ad­mis­sion to the game is $5 for stu­dents and $10 for adults. Vol­un­teers will also be sell­ing pizza and mer­chan­dise, and there are sev­eral prizes to be won. Most of the funds ac­cu­mu­lated will go di­rectly to fi­nanc­ing tour­na­ments, ex­hi­bi­tion games, and the travel ex­penses such trips en­tail.

COUR­TESY

The Cougars won the bronze medal at the RSEQ provin­cials last year.

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