Back-to-back ti­tles for As­cen­sion

The Compass - - SPORTS - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER nmercer@cb­n­com­

It was an­other weekend, an­other AAAA ball hockey ban­ner for As­cen­sion Col­le­giate in Bay Roberts.

This time it was the girls’ turn at win­ning the provin­cial ban­ner.

The Astros de­feated a tough squad from Meni­hek High School of Labrador City 8-6 to take the cov­eted cham­pi­onship at As­cen­sion Col­le­giate on April 5.

“It was a great feel­ing to win,” said player Court­ney Pet­ten, who had one goal in the cham­pi­onship.

Other scor­ers were Brooke Wil­liamson (3), Kaila LeDrew (2) and Natalie Keep­ing (2).

The vic­tory comes a week af­ter the As­cen­sion male team won their provin­cial tour­na­ment.

“They won with fo­cus and dis­ci­pline,” said coach Fred Simms.

On its march to the fi­nal, the fe­male Astros went vir­tu­ally un­chal­lenged.

The team started the tour­na­ment off on April 3 with a 10-5 vic­tory over the Queen El­iz­a­beth Pi­o­neers.

From this point, the Astros would squash any com­pe­ti­tion that stood in their way by way of im­pres­sive foot speed, team play and goal­tend­ing.

“We played well and all fought to­gether,” said Natalie Keep­ing.

First, As­cen­sion bested Marys­town High 70 then fol­lowed that up with a 7-0 shutout of Bot­wood Col­le­giate on April 4.

The Mount Pearl High Huskies awaited the Astros in the semi­fi­nals on the morn­ing of April 5. The Huskies got there with a record of two wins and one loss.

As­cen­sion han­dled the Huskies 7-1 to book their ticket to the cham­pi­onship round.

The vic­tory marked the sec­ond straight AAAA provin­cial ban­ner for the Astros fe­male team.

“It was a great way to end my high school ca­reer,” said Pet­ten.

Mem­bers of the Astros are: Natalie Keep­ing, April Squires, Kaila LeDrew, Shelby Bat­ten, Brooke Wil­liamson, Tay­lor Quin­lan, Court­ney Car­a­van, Court­ney Pet­ten, Kiana Hod­der, Keelee Pham, Bri­tanny Cor­bett and Chelsey Pike.

Laval cap­tures sil­ver

The Laval High Cava­liers were on the wrong end of a one-goal game in the fi­nal of the AAA fe­male ball hockey cham­pi­onship at JM Olds Col­le­giate in Twillingate on April 5.

The Pla­cen­tia-based Cava­liers lost a heart­breaker 2-1 to Canon Richards Me­mo­rial High of Flower’s Cove in the cham­pi­onship.

Af­ter a 5-2 loss to Canon Richards to start the tour­na­ment, Laval rat­tled off three straight vic­to­ries to punch its ticket to the fi­nals.

The first was a 8-3 vic­tory over Jens Haven Me­mo­rial of Nain. That was fol­lowed by a tight 5-4 de­feat of the home­town JM Olds Col­le­giate.

In the semi­fi­nals, the Cava­liers bested Labrador Straits Academy of L’Anse-au-Loup.

“This is only the sec­ond year for the girls team so we are very proud of our team,” said coach Michael Gam­bin.

Level III stu­dent Ali­cia Cul­leton re­ceived Laval’s sports­man­ship award.

Mem­bers of the team are: Mikayla Van-derkamer, Al­li­son Kelly, Heather Pike, Han­nah Kennedy,

Brittany McCarthy, Ali­cia Cul­leton, Kelsey Murdock, Can­dace Ennis, Cassie Cheese­man and Abi­gail Gam­bin.

The As­cen­sion Col­le­giate Astros fe­male ball hockey team cap­tured its sec­ond straight provin­cial ti­tle with a 8-6 vic­tory over Meni­hek High of Labrador City in the AAAA provin­cial cham­pi­onships at As­cen­sion Col­le­giate in Bay Roberts April 3-5. Mem­bers of the team are: front (l-r) — goal­tenders Chelsey Pike and Court­ney Car­a­van; mid­dle — Tay­lor Quin­lan, Keelee Pham, Shelby Bat­ten and Brittany Cor­bett; back — coach Lisa Doucette, Kaila LeDrew, Court­ney Pet­ten, Natalie Keep­ing, Brooke Wil­liamson, April Squires, Kiana Hod­der and coach Fred Simms.

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