OFSAA: “One of the best”

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In case you missed it, here’s a bit of a recap of the 2016 OFSAA Boys’ ‘A’ Basketball Championship which finished up this week at White Pines C.&V.S.

Student-athletes from across the province of Ontario represented their schools and competed in hopes of winning the OFSAA championship.

“I’ve attended many championships and this one ranks right up there as one of the best,” said Jim Barbeau, special projects coordinator for OFSAA.

Participating schools came from as far as Ottawa and included E.S. Algonquin, Almaguin Highlands Secondary School, Brampton Christian Academy, Brockville C.I., Central Toronto Academy, ESC E.J. Lajeunesse, Holy Cross C.S.S., Manitouwadge High School, Niagara Christian Collegiate, Nicholson Catholic College, O’Gorman High School, Ottawa Islamic School, Owen Sound C.&V.S., St. Lawrence Secondary, Toronto French School and White Pines C.&V.S.

Students were treated to a motivational speech by Peter Campbell, who is one of only two coaches to be named Coach of the Year for all of Canada in both University and College Basketball.

ofsaa white pinesAnd how did White Pines do? “They put together a solid team performance with a 24-point victory over the Almaguin HIghlands to advance to the Consolation Semi-Finals, only to fall short by four points, 65-61, to a tough team from Ottawa,” said Joey Turco, principal of White Pines.

“The team was praised by many coaches, spectators, and officials for the grit they showed throughout the tournament.”

The organizing committee from the tournament would like to thank their local sponsors Community First Credit Union, Don Elis Construction, and Saultsports.com for their generous support.