Grade A week­end for Astros

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY NICHOLASMERCER THE COM­PASS

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.

nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

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