Piper Athletes Of The Month
Thesecond phase of the CANAM U16 circuit, which features skiers from Quebec and Ontario, took place at the beginning of February at Quebec’s Mont Ste. Anne. Magog’s Ingrid Gendron finished 5th in her first Giant Slalom run and 14th in her second run. Next, she returned to the Townships to attack the Bromont Super G, the regional race of the Laurentian Bank Circuit held on February 9th. Ms. Gendron finished in third position in both of her races. Last weekend, there were Slalom and Giant Slalom races at Mont Orford, the last ones before the selection for the Provincial Championship at Rimouski in March. Only 13 girls from the Estrie region will be chosen.
Graham of the Senior Girls Basketball Team and Nick Samson of the Senior Boy’s Hockey Team were named Piper Athletes of the month for January.
Graham is a graduating post player that helped lead her team to a 3-1 record in January. In four games the co-captain averaged a «doubledouble» with ten points and 10 rebounds as well as four assists per game. The Sawyerville Elementary grad often lets her playing do the talking, but when the three-year Senior speaks she has the full attention and respect of her teammates. The seventeen year old has great offensive and defensive skills and is regarded as one of the top players in the ETIAC and RESEQ (AA) leagues. Graham will definitely continue her education and basketball career at the CEGEP level next year as some school will acquire a great basketball player and Nick Samson wonderful person.
Samson is a power forward that helped lead his hockey team to a 5-3 record in January. In eight games the Ayer’s Cliff grad recorded eight goals and eight assists; including three game winning goals. As cocaptain of the team Samson demonstrates great leadership by playing a physical yet skilled game at both ends of the rink. The sixteen year old has the skill set that makes him a threat every time he steps on the ice and is why he sits seventh in league scoring despite missing a few games to injury. After having a few looks from Rivière du Loup of the Midget AAA league, Samson hopes to play at the Junior AAA level next year after he finishes off a fine three years with the Pipers. He definitely has the skill, drive and determination to play at the next level.
Magog skier Ingrid Gendron, (far right) on the podium, celebrates after her third place finish at Bromont.