Perry Mack­in­non Best Run­ner In Que­bec

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Alexan­derGalt’s Perry Mack­in­non was crowned the top cross-coun­try run­ner in all of Que­bec this past week­end at the RSEQ Provin­cial cham­pi­onships in Amos, Que­bec. The 16-year old won the gold medal in the ju­ve­nile cat­e­gory after com­plet­ing the six kilo­me­ter race 23 seconds faster the sec­ond place finisher. The wet weather and muddy con­di­tions didn’t seem to af­fect the elite run­ner as he main­tained a high speed from be­gin­ning to end. The grade 11 stu­dent will con­tinue to train in the off sea­son as he plans to con­tinue run­ning at the Col­lege and Univer­sity lev­els while he earns his de­grees. Galt’s won gold at the RSEQ provin­cial cham­pi­onships, mak­ing him the Rene Gau­thier’s run­ning best High school run­ner in the team looked to re­peat as cham­province! pi­ons as they went into the fi­nal meet at BCS with a 17-point lead and his team per­formed to his ex­pec­ta­tions. Meganne Pa­que­tte Labrecque and Amelie Provencher got the team off on the right track early as they both won their re­spec­tive se­nior and ju­nior girls cat­e­gories. Ni­cole Lit­tle­john added crit­i­cal points with a sil­ver medal and her best fin­ish of her ca­reer. Mack­in­non blew the se­nior boys cat­e­gory away as he had done all year and picked up some valu­able points on the boys’ side to help Galt main­tain its 17 point lead over sec­ond place BCS and the league banner.

Thurs­day af­ter­noon Julie Huard’s girls trav­eled down high­way 55 to take on the Rich­mond Raiders in the pour­ing rain. The lit­tle Pipers needed a win or tie to clinch the banner in the fi­nal reg­u­lar sea­son game of the year. The rain and mud made it dif­fi­cult for both sides to move the ball and play­ers from both sides slip­ping and slid­ing all over the field. How­ever Galt’s Stir­ling Hamil­ton man­aged to stay on her feet long enough to score two cru­cial goals as Galt and Rich­mond bat­tled to a 2-2 draw. The tie was all the Pipers needed to clinch the league banner.

Two days later the league cham­pi­ons took on Stanstead Col­lege in the ETIAC semi fi­nals. After lead­ing the league in goals dur­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son, Jaya Gre­goire con­tin­ued her clutch play in the play offs with two goals to lead Galt to a 2-0 vic­tory and a trip to the cham­pi­onship game. In the fi­nals got took on their arch ri­val Massey-Vanier form Cowansville. Once again Gre­goire pro­vided the only of­fence of the game with a nice goal 15 min­utes into the contest. The Vik­ings did not have many op­por­tu­ni­ties to score through­out the game as they looked very tired com­ing off a thrilling triple over­time win over Rich­mond Re­gional in the other semi fi­nal. The Pipers con­trolled most of the game and held on to de­feat the Vik­ings 1-0 to claim their 10th con­sec­u­tive play-off cham­pi­onship.

Coach An­drew Hynd’s foot­ball team needed a win Sun­day af­ter­noon on Hal­sall Field to clinch their di­vi­sion ti­tle and they did just that with a 29-1 win over Mon­tignac from Lac Me­gan­tic. Run­ning back Wil­liam Si­mard pro­vided most of the of­fense with three rush­ing touch­downs and 147 yards on the day. Matt Sul­li­van Weare chipped in a ma­jor of his own. Quar­ter­back Tyler McBean had his best game of the year as he spread the ball around to all of his re­ceivers. The Piper de­fense swarmed the Mon­tignac of­fense all game and dom­i­nated them on the muddy line thanks to the ef­fort of Vinny Comeau who was named player of the game. The Pipers will host Mont­calm in the semi fi­nal play off game next Satur­day on Hal­sall Field at 1:00.

scored three touch­downs to help the Pipers win their di­vi­sion.

Will Si­mard

Perry Mack­in­non

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