Cecereu places seventh at nationals
Pole vaulter Nelson Cecereu placed seventh at the Canadian InterUniversity Sports track and field championships over the weekend in Windsor. The member of the Ottawa Gee-Gees and graduate of CharLan District High School entered the March 14 competition with his season-best mark of 4.63 metres and was ranked seventh.
He bettered that jump at the CIS meet, clearing 4.72 m on his second attempt. Cecereu advanced to the next round, with the bar set at 4.82 m and seven athletes remaining in the competition, but wasn’t able to get over it.
The winner of the event, David McKay of York University, jumped a meet-best of 5.20 m.
The was Cecereu’s first time competing on the national university stage, describing it as “a good experience to get familiar with that level of competition.” He added, “A meet like that reminds you of why you train and prepare so much throughout the season, and that's definitely satisfying.”
The University of Ottawa business student plans to take some time off the athletic circuit in the short-term, though, to recover and focus on school. However, Cecereu will be back in training soon enough, eligible for two more years of university competition.
He got his start at Char-Lan under coach Rory Blackadder.
Colts, Hawks battle in CCHL playoffs
The first round of the CCHL playoffs has the Cornwall Colts and the Hawkesbury Hawks battling in a best-of-seven series that started March 13 in Cornwall.
That opener saw the Hawks surprise the host junior ‘A’ Colts with a 4-3 overtime victory. Cornwall rebounded last Saturday for a 4-1 win to tie the series and then took game three in Hawkesbury 4-3 to snag a 2-1 lead in the series and regain home-ice advantage. The fourth match of the campaign was set for last night, after
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This series has no shortage of Glengarry connections, some of whom have figured in the scoring to date.
Amongst the Colts, defenceman Ross Craig has three points (2 goals, 1 assist), as does Tanner Spink (1G, 2A). Lawson MacDougall has scored a goal, and Tristen Elie has a goal and an assist. Other county members of the squad are Keegan Mulhearn and Jeremy McFarlane.
Brandon Barillaro is the lone Glengarrian with the Hawks, though he has yet to see ice time this post-season.
Upcoming games in the series are set for March 19 at the Cornwall Civic Complex (7:30 p.m. start), March 20* in Hawkesbury (7:30 p.m.),and March 22* at the Cornwall Civic Complex (3 p.m.)
* = if necessary
Desautels has three-pount game
Green Valley’s Mathieu Desautels, a defenceman with the Drakkar of Baie-Comeau, Quebec, notched three points in a March 14 QMJHL game versus Rimouski. In fact, the blueliner was in on all goals his team had, as the Drakkar fell 4-3 to the Océanic.
Desautels had one goal and two assists in the contest, with a +1 rating.
The 19-year-old has skated in 63 games with the Drakkar this season, recording 33 points, 20 penalty minutes, and a -3 rating.
Baie-Comeau is fourth in the east division, with a 34-24-5-3 record. The regular season wraps up this weekend.
Holy Trinity reaches OFSAA quarters
The senior boys basketball team from Holy Trinity CSS made it to the quarter-final round of OFSAA in Chatham last week, where the Falcons bowed out to private school Ashbury College, the eventual bronze medallist. Gold went to another private school, Ridley College, while silver was award to O’Gorman High School, from Timmins in northern Ontario.
Holy Trinity opened the provincial ‘ A’ tournament with a 76-46 victory over Englehart HS, following up with a 74-32 triumph in round two over E.S. Pain Court. Against Ashbury in the quarters, the Falcons were felled 57-34.
Thomas LeGallais was the top HT point-getter in all three games, recording 24, 25, and 15 points respectively.
Alexandria won’t be Hockeyville
Alexandria won't be Hockeyville this year, as the community failed to make the cut of the 10 finalists, which were recently announced in the nation-wide competition.
The successful rinks and communities to advance are Morden Recreation Centre (Morden, Manitoba), Middleton Arena (Middleton, Nova Scotia), R.J. Lalonde Arena (Bonnyville, Alberta), A.J. Larue Arena (Haliburton, Ontario), Ray McDonald Sports Centre (Morinville, Alberta), Chatham Memorial Arena (Chatham, Ontario), Memorial Arena (Dawson Creek, British Columbia), Aréna de Saint-Joseph de Beauce (St-Joseph De Beauce, Quebec), E.J. Broomfield Arena (Happy Valley – Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador), and Panorama Recreation Centre Arena B (North Saanich, British Columbia).
Alexandria, and specifically the Billy Gebbie Arena at the Glengarry Sports Palace, was a finalist for Hockeyville a few years back, when the community rallied around the project. Derick Viau of the Alexandria Glens junior ‘B’ hockey team submitted the nomination this year.
Tagwi curlers nab SD&G bronze
At last month’s SD&G high school curling championships, the Tagwi rink took bronze in the mixed division. Coached by Scott McDonald, team members were skip Zoe Hauck, vice Austin O'Flaherty, second Madison Henderson, and lead Keeton Merriman.
Char-Lan DHS midget boys basketball
In March 10 midget boys basketball play, the Crusaders scored a 40-20 win over Holy Trinity, before falling 41-29 to St. Joseph’s.
Top scorers was Garrett Cayer with 19 points and Landon Fraser with 13.
Major peewee Wild in finals
The Eastern Ontario Wild ‘ AAA’ major peewee hockey team is tangling with the Ottawa Jr. 67s for the OEMHL championship.
The seven-point series opened Monday night, and continues March 19 in Ottawa, March 21 in Casselman (1 p.m. start), March 23 in Ottawa, March 24* in Casselman (7:30 p.m.), March 26* in Ottawa, and March 28* in Casselman (2 p.m.). Note: 8 = if necessary.
The Glengarry contingent on the squad includes defenceman Ethan Attridge of Dunvegan, defenceman John Richer of Apple Hill, forward Innes Thompson of Bainsville, and goaltender Joe Vrebteic of Dunvegan.
The Wild got past the Upper Canada Cyclones in the semifinals.