Wolves take BAA crown

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The Owen Sound District Wolves var­sity girls snatched the Blue­wa­ter Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion cham­pi­onship from the St. Mary’s Mus­tangs with a de­ci­sive 41-0 win in the gold medal game on Mon­day at OSDSS.

The Mus­tangs came into the game as three-time de­fend­ing BAA cham­pi­ons, but the Wolves stood defiant and shutout their crosstown ri­val end­ing their quest for a fourth-straight ti­tle.

“There was that point of pride, you know, enough is enough,” said OSDSS head coach Rob Lee in an in­ter­view on Wed­nes­day. “The girls were fo­cused with their goal set­ting at the be­gin­ning of the year, and that was one of their goals - to go out there and take it.”

The win capped a dom­i­nant sea­son in the BAA North Divi­sion for the Wolves. Owen Sound only gave up two tries in the reg­u­lar sea­son, both to St. Mary’s in a 41-10 vic­tory ear­lier in the sea­son.

OSDSS shutout the sec­ond­seed Kin­car­dine District Knights from the South Divi­sion, 29-0, in the BAA semi­fi­nal to earn a berth into the fi­nal.

Heather Ooster­hoff scored two tries and made two con­ver­sions in the semi­fi­nal vic­tory. Kenna McKee added a pair of tries and Gabby McNabb crossed the touch-line for the Wolves.

In the other semi­fi­nal, the Mus­tangs nar­rowly beat the South Divi­sion’s top-ranked Sa­cred Heart Cru­saders, 29-22. It was the Cru­saders first loss on the sea­son as they tram­pled the rest of the South scor­ing a league-high 139 points while not al­low­ing a sin­gle try dur­ing the sea­son.

“I think we’ve had a great ri­valry with them in the last few years,” said Lee. “We spent two years feel­ing like we left some­thing on the ta­ble.”

Lee and the West Hill Raiders lost, 10-7, to the Mus­tangs in the 2016 BAA fi­nal.

Re­demp­tion rode in on the back of McNabb who scored two more tries in the fi­nal game. Tia Ques­nel, Ooster­hoff, McKee, Jamey Cun­ning­ham and Rachel Woods added tries for the Wolves and Ooster­hoff made three con­ver­sions.

Lee said shut­ting out the Mus­tangs in the fi­nal added a little ex­tra some­thing in the vic­tory. The Wolves weren’t happy with giv­ing up two tries to their foe in game two of their reg­u­lar sea­son. They wanted to win and leave no doubt.

“We’ve been get­ting better and better,” said Lee. “We were go­ing to play hard and not feel like we have any re­grets.”

The Wolves will now host the CWOSSA AAA tour­na­ment at OSDSS start­ing with pool play on May 25, and fin­ish­ing with the fi­nal on May 27.

The BAA se­nior boys rugby cham­pi­onship tour­na­ment is sched­uled for Tues­day. The match-ups will be set on Fri­day fol­low­ing the last reg­u­lar sea­son game be­tween Kin­car­dine and Sa­cred Heart.

VAR­SITY GIRLS SCORES

BAA cham­pi­onship tour­na­ment Kin­car­dine 0 Owen Sound 29 St. Mary’s 29 Sa­cred Heart 22 St. Mary’s 0 Owen Sound 41

JU­NIOR BOYS SCORES

Saugeen 36 Sa­cred Heart 12 Owen Sound 5 Sa­cred Heart 25

SE­NIOR BOYS SCORES

Owen Sound 32 Kin­car­dine 15 Saugeen 26 Sa­cred Heart 12 Owen Sound 29 Sa­cred Heart 12

SOC­CER

With the reg­u­lar sea­son wind­ing down the favourites are sep­a­rat­ing them­selves from the pack in Blue­wa­ter Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion var­sity boys soc­cer.

Owen Sound and St. Mary’s have fin­ished their 2018 sea­sons with iden­ti­cal 3-0-1 records to fin­ish atop the North Divi­sion and ad­vance to the post­sea­son.

The Walk­er­ton River­hawks fin­ished 3-0-1 to lead the South Divi­sion race.

They’re fol­lowed by the Saugeen Roy­als, 2-1-1, and Sa­cred Heart, 2-1-1, in sec­ond and third place.

The BAA play­offs will go on Tues­day.

In the var­sity girls bracket the St. Mary’s Mus­tangs fin­ished the sea­son un­de­feated at 4-0. The Mus­tangs dom­i­nant sea­son had them scor­ing 20 goals and only al­low­ing three.

Natalie Brick, Makayla French, and De­sirae MacLel­lon scored for the Mus­tangs in their fi­nal game, a 3-2 vic­tory over the Grey High­lands Lions on Tues­day.

In the South Divi­sion the River­hawks take the No. 1 spot with a 3-1-0 record. They fin­ish just ahead of the Kin­car­dine Knights, 2-1-1.

The var­sity girls BAA play­offs are sched­uled for Tues­day when the Mus­tangs will look to de­fend their 2017 BAA ti­tle.

VAR­SITY GIRLS SCORES

Sa­cred Heart 2 Saugeen 4 Ge­or­gian Bay 2 Penin­sula Shores 3 St. Mary’s 3 Grey High­lands 2 Kin­car­dine 2 John Diefen­baker 0

VAR­SITY BOYS SCORES

Kin­car­dine 0 John Diefen­baker 1 St. Mary’s 3 Grey High­lands 1 Sa­cred Heart 1 Saugeen 5

GREG COWAN/THE SUN TIMES

Han­nah For­get car­ries the ball for the Owen Sound District Wolves var­sity girls rubgy team against the Grey High­lands Lions in this file photo. The Wolves won the Blue­wa­ter Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion cham­pi­onship on Mon­day by beat­ing the St. Mary’s Mus­tangs, 41-0, in the fi­nal.

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