As­sump­tion wins tourney

The Expositor (Brantford) - - SPORTS - EX­POS­I­TOR STAFF

St. John’s Col­lege re­cently hosted a suc­cess­ful sixth an­nual All Catholic Girls High School Soc­cer Cham­pi­onship tour­na­ment.

Or­ga­nized by Jeff De Pros­peris, Ja­son Young, Rich Mel­ski, An­drew Hall and Peter Pom­ponio, the tour­na­ment fea­tured 12 teams, with an all-lo­cal fi­nal as As­sump­tion Col­lege de­feated SJC.

After round-robin play, teams were ranked for play­offs. In the fi­nal, fol­low­ing a 0-0 draw, ACS beat SJC 5-4 on penalty kicks.

Dur­ing the tour­na­ment, a mass was held at St. Pius X Par­ish fol­lowed by a din­ner ban­quet at SJC catered by Mer­casa Ban­quet Ser­vices (chef Tom Mer­cante) and Jen Svec (culi­nary teacher at SJC).

Dur­ing the ban­quet, one mem­ber from each par­tic­i­pat­ing team re­ceived a “Liv­ing in Faith” award. There were also many door prizes.

For the sixth straight year, Bank of Montreal (Martha De Pros­peris – com­mer­cial man­ager for Sim­coe/Water­ford) was the main spon­sor. Many other sponsors and vol­un­teers helped, in­clud­ing: Knights of Colum­bus Brant and Brant­ford Girls and Boys CYO; SJC Culi­nary and Hos­pi­tal­ity Pro­gram (for ban­quet setUp); Fa­ther An­drew Czarny from St. Pius for mass, Sean Adams for can­ter­ing, and SJC chap­lain An­drew Hall with the worship band for mu­sic at mass; Mr. Pom­ponio for sup­port (SJC’s ath­letic di­rec­tor); key­note speaker at ban­quet, Lisa Bi­j­man, SJC alumni of girls soc­cer and for­mer Divi­sion I soc­cer player of Maine Uni­ver­sity; Steven Penner for pro­gram and graphic de­sign sup­port; An­drew Pilk­ing­ton, ref­eree or­ga­nizer; Mary Ann Blunt at the City of Brant­ford; Anna Spag­n­uolo, sec­re­tary of SJC; SJC prin­ci­pal Greg Pi­cone; and Chris Roehrig, di­rec­tor of Brant Haldimand Nor­folk Catholic District School Board.

Each team do­nated canned goods and non-per­ish­able food items to St. Vin­cent De Paul.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Par­tic­i­pants in the sixth an­nual All Catholic Girls High School Soc­cer Cham­pi­onship tour­na­ment pose for a photo at St. Pius X Church.

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