Gagnon And Gid­dings Named Piper Ath­letes Of The Month

Stanstead Journal - - SPORTS - Sher­brooke, Len­noxville

Gagnon of the Se­nior Girls Bas­ket­ball team and Sean Gid­dings of the Ju­nior Boys Bas­ket­ball Team were named the Piper Ath­letes of the Month for March.

Gagnon is a grade 10 stu­dent that helped her team win the ETIAC Cham­pi­onship as well as the pres­ti­gious AAESQ Pro­vin­cial Cham­pi­onship for the first time since 1990. The 15 year old also led her team to a bronze medal in the RSEQ AA league. In five games the point guard av­er­aged 15 points per game and was the teams high scorer three times. The Prin­ci­pal List stu­dent made the jump to star­dom when she scored 20 points in the sec­ond half of the Pro­vin­cial Cham­pi­onship game in which she made five three point­ers in a row to seal the crown for the Lady Pipers. Head coach Glen Faucher said, “Clau­dia is one of the best drib­blers in both leagues (ETIAC and RSEQ) and no one is bet­ter at the pick and roll. She does it all. Her new­found con­fi­dence from out­side the arc will make her a lethal player for the Pipers in 2013-14.” Gagnon along with 10 re­turn­ing team­mates will look to de­fend their pro-

vin­cial ti­tle next year.

Gid­dings is a Grade 9 stu­dent that played a lead­ing role in help­ing his team qual­ify and com­pete for the Pro­vin­cial Cham­pi­onships. In five games the Len­noxville na­tive av­er­aged 10 points and 9 re­bounds dur­ing the most im­por­tant part of the sea­son. In the play in game in Que­bec City Gid­dings slowed things down and hit some clutch free throws in front off a hos­tile crowd to pro­pel his team to vic­tory. The power for­ward demon­strated his ver­sa­til­ity and poise in the Pro­vin­cial semi fi­nal when he hit two clutch three point­ers and a jump shot to help his team over­come an eight-point deficit with three min­utes to play to earn a trip to the Cham­pi­onship game. Head coach Jarod Shar­man said, “Sean showed great lead­er­ship down the stretch as he of­ten guarded the other teams best player and still contributed of­fen­sively.” The Len­noxville Ele­men­tary grad will make the jump to the Se­nior level next year where he will push for a start­ing po­si­tion and main­tain his name on the Hon­our Roll List.

Sean Gid­dings

Clau­dia Gagnon

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