Piper Ath­letes Of The Month

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Len­noxville, Sher­brooke Ma­gog

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.

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