Grade A weekend for Astros
Any reasonable sports pundit would undoubtedly give two sporting teams from Ascension Collegiate in Bay Roberts an A-plus following stellar performances on the weekend of Oct. 13-14.
The school sent three teams to provincial tournaments that weekend and came away with two championship banners.
The male softball and hockey teams captured top honours in two prestigious tournaments, while the girls’ soccer squad came up short at the provincial playdowns, failing to register a win in three outings.
Highlighting the school’s athletic success was the Astros’ second consecutive AAAA high school softball title, won at home with a convincing 10-6 victory over the Holy Trinity Tigers of Torbay in the gold medal match-up at the Wilbur Sparkes Recreation Complex on Oct. 13.
Ascension suffered only one defeat in the tournament.
The Astros were equally successful on the ice in Mount Pearl, capturing gold in the highly competitive Octoberfest tournament with a hard-fought 3-2 win over the Holy Heart Highlanders of St. John’s in the final.
It was the first win for Ascension at this tournament in 16 years.
In a unique twist to this story, the championship teams featured familiar faces, since two players and two coaches turned in a double-gold performance as members of both teams.
Trevor Dixon and Jeremy Mercer served on the coaching staff for both squads, while hard-charging Tyson Drover and the dependable Brandon Moriarity were also kept busy on the diamond and on the ice.
All four had to do some creative timemanagement in order to fulfill their duties to both teams.
For comprehensive stories on both, see Page A7.