Mus­tangs sweep to se­nior vol­ley­ball ti­tle

The Expositor (Brantford) - - SPORTS - BRIAN SMI­LEY EX­POS­I­TOR STAFF

Brant­ford Col­le­giate In­sti­tute wasn’t go­ing to be de­nied this time.

A year af­ter miss­ing out on mak­ing the Brant County high school se­nior boys vol­ley­ball fi­nal, the Mus­tangs claimed the cham­pi­onship Fri­day at As­sump­tion Col­lege with a 25-13, 25-15 and 25-19 win against the Paris Dis­trict High School Pan­thers.

With the vic­tory, BCI swept the best-of-three fi­nal 2-0 and com­pleted an un­de­feated Brant County sea­son with a 13-0 record.

The Mus­tangs had a strong team last sea­son and they ex­pected to bat­tle for a cham­pi­onship. How­ever, a loss in the semi­fi­nal ended that goal and the feel­ing af­ter Fri­day was worth the wait.

“I think it’s amaz­ing,” said BCI player Keaton Thorn­ton.

“We’ve been build­ing up to this the whole sea­son.”

Thorn­ton is known more for his ex­ploits on the bas­ket­ball court but, on Fri­day, he starred on the vol­ley­ball court.

“We were pumped the whole time,” he said.

“We have a group chat and we’re all in there say­ing we were go­ing to kill those guys and do awe­some. “It’s al­most like a fam­ily.” The Mus­tangs now move on to the Cen­tral West­ern On­tario Sec­ondary Schools As­so­ci­a­tion AAA cham­pi­onship on Thurs­day in Kitch­ener and Water­loo.

And would like to take it one step fur­ther, mov­ing on to the On­tario Fed­er­a­tion of School Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tions pro­vin­cial cham­pi­onship.

“Our goal is to go to OF­SAA,” Thorn­ton said. “We’re one step to­wards that.”

The Pan­thers took an early 5-2 lead on Fri­day be­fore the Mus­tangs even­tu­ally over­took them on a Ben Per­reault hit that put things at 10-9.

Af­ter that, it was a hit pa­rade for BCI as set­ter Sam Dre­kic found Thorn­ton, Lo­gan Nash, Markus Rungis and Jor­dan DeGeit for points.

With hit af­ter hit com­ing its way, Paris didn’t have an an­swer and BCI was able to go ahead 1-0 in the best-of-five match.

Al­though Cullen Keefe was strong for Paris to start the sec­ond set, it was the Thorn­ton and Per­reault show. Show­ing un­be­liev­able ver­ti­cals, the pair of Mus­tangs hit­ters ham­mered point af­ter point, putting their team ahead 8-1. But the Pan­thers didn’t fold. Fol­low­ing a cou­ple of BCI mis­cues, and some great play at the net from Sam Szmeret­zky and Dante Beer, PDHS worked its way back into the game at 8-6. And not only did Paris come back, it was ac­tu­ally able to go ahead 12-11 on a Szmeret­zky ace.

Even though the Mus­tangs were a bit on their heels at that point, BCI ex­erted con­trol once again on its way to a 2-0 lead in the match.

With the cham­pi­onship hang­ing in the bal­ance, BCI didn’t dis­ap­point its fans, win­ning the fi­nal set to earn the ti­tle.

Paris coach Lisa Gra­ham knew her team would be in tough. Not only was it fac­ing a great op­po­nent but the Pan­thers fi­nally got back to the fi­nal af­ter a cou­ple of lean sea­sons.

“I’m very happy with what they’ve ac­com­plished this sea­son,” she said. “Con­sid­er­ing we’ve had two re­ally low sea­sons com­ing up to this, they did re­ally well.”

Paris ad­vances to the CWOSSA AA cham­pi­onship on Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day in Sim­coe. The Pan­thers have tons of ex­pe­ri­ence at CWOSSA with Gra­ham as the coach and al­though she hopes the team will do well, she isn’t mak­ing any prom­ises.

“I think it’s go­ing to be tough,” she said.

“I look at the teams that have been there be­fore and a lot of them have a lot of club play­ers.

“Hope­fully we’ll give them a good run for their money but I’m not go­ing to pre­dict any­thing at this point.”


Brant­ford Col­le­giate Mus­tangs won the Brant County se­nior high school boys vol­ley­ball cham­pi­onship on Fri­day night.

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