Cougar Clas­sic at­tract­ing top Mar­itime teams

Hosts gun­ning for third straight tour­na­ment vic­tory of sea­son

Truro Daily News - - SPORTS -

The Cobe­quid Cougars will host 25 of the top high school girls vol­ley­ball teams in the Mar­itimes Fri­day and Satur­day for the an­nual Cougar Clas­sic tour­na­ment.

The tour­na­ment is be­ing held at the CEC, vo­ca­tional school and Truro ju­nior gym­na­si­ums.

Matches be­gin at 4 p.m. Fri­day af­ter­noon with the last matches on Fri­day sched­uled for 9 p.m. On Satur­day, matches be­gin at 9 a.m. with the last round-robin games sched­uled for noon. Quar­ter-fi­nal play­offs will be played at 2:30 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. with semi­fi­nals to fol­low at 5 p.m. The cham­pi­onship match will be played at 6:15 p.m. at the CEC gym.

Rep­re­sent­ing the Metro re­gion will be Sackville, Citadel, J.L. Ill­s­ley, Sir John A, Dart­mouth, Halifax West and Lock­view. Citadel has won the NSSAF Divi­sion 1 pro­vin­cial ti­tle for the last three years and is de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons of the Cougar Clas­sic. Al­though they grad­u­ated a num­ber of key play­ers, the Pheonix are ex­pected to be one of the top teams in the prov­ince again this year.

There are four en­tries from P.E.I. – Three Oaks, Kens­ing­ton, Blue­field and Char­lot­te­town Ru­ral – com­pet­ing. Char­lot­te­town Ru­ral and Kens­ing­ton are two teams that are ex­pected to be very com­pet­i­tive with the Nova

Sco­tia sides this sea­son.

Rep­re­sent­ing the Western re­gion will be Mid­dle­ton, Hor­ton, Parkview, West Kings and Yarmouth. Parkview is ex­pected to be one of the top Divi­sion 1 teams in the prov­ince and was a fi­nal­ist last week­end in the Bridge­wa­ter tour­na­ment. West Kings and Mid­dle­ton are al­ways at, or near, the top of Divi­sion 2 provin­cials.

From Cape Bre­ton, SAERC, Riverview and Syd­ney Acad­emy will com­pete. SAERC was pro­vin­cial D-2 fi­nal­ists last year and is guided by vet­eran coach Dave MacIsaac. Riverview has been the top team in the High­land re­gion for quite some time and is al­ways com­pet­i­tive with teams from the main­land.

Close to home, the Northum­ber­land re­gion will be rep­re­sented by Ecole Aca­di­enne de Truro, Antigo­nish, Northum­ber­land and two CEC teams.

Ecole Aca­di­enne is de­fend­ing Divi­sion 3 pro­vin­cial cham­pi­ons and is led by pro­vin­cial team player Emma Gailee. Dr. J.H. Gil­lis will be led by Canada Games player So­phie MacIn­nis. Al­though it ap­pears to be a re­build­ing year for the Roy­als, vet­eran coach Joe Dug­gan will put to­gether a very com­pet­i­tive squad, which will show con­stant im­prove­ment as the year goes on.

Northum­ber­land has a strong nu­cleus of re­turn­ing play­ers and with vet­eran coach Keith Me­lan­son at the helm, the Nighthawks are poised for a run at the Divi­sion 1 ti­tle.

CEC has one of the best-bal­anced and deep­est teams they’ve had in re­cent years. The Cougars have been Divi­sion 1 pro­vin­cial fi­nal­ists the last three years and are look­ing to go one bet­ter this sea­son. CEC #1 has al­ready won the first two tour­na­ments of the year in Kens­ing­ton and Bridge­wa­ter.

With sev­eral key play­ers from last year’s Divi­sion 2 cham­pi­onship team mov­ing up to Team #1, the CEC #2 team is in a bit of a re­build­ing mode, but has shown ma­jor im­prove­ment in each of its matches in the first two tour­na­ments of the sea­son.

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