(Oshawa, Ontario) – The St. Clair College Men’s Baseball team claimed their 2nd National Championship with a 3-2 victory over Fanshawe College (London, ON) Sunday afternoon at Oshawa’s Kinsmen Memorial Stadium. The win avenges last year’s 2-1 loss to Fanshawe and puts a stamp on quite a season for the Saints who also won an OCAA Regular Season Title and a Playoff Provincial Championship.
St. Clair fell behind 1-0 in the top of the 1st inning but responded quickly in the bottom half to take back a 3-1 lead. The teams played scoreless until the 7th inning when Fanshawe scored a run and threatened to tie the game with runners aboard. But Player of the Game and St. Clair starting pitcher Taylor Pappin (Brantford, ON) put a cap on his performance to secure the complete game win. Pappin wasn’t 100% after being ill the last few days but gave up only 2 earned runs on 5 hits but struck out 7 Fanshawe batters in the gutty performance. Saints third baseman Matt Bondy (Amherstburg, ON) had a triple and a single with 2 RBI’s on his way to winning the Championship Most Valuable Player Award. Also contributing at the plate for St. Clair was Michael McKay (Miramichi, NB) who had a double and two walks to go with an RBI.
Pappin was given the Championship Top Pitcher Award in addition to being named to the All-Star Team as the Top Left Handed Pitcher. Other Saints joining Pappin on the Championship All-Star team were Bondy (Third Base), Carson Burke (Outfield) and Kyle Breitner (Top Right Handed Pitcher).
(London, Ontario) – Tecumseh, ON – The St. Clair College Cross Country team competed at the OCAA Provincial Championship in wet conditions on Saturday which was hosted by Fanshawe College at London’s Fanshawe Conservation Area. Saints rookie runner Tyler Jones (Lasalle, ON/Sandwich) led his team to a Silver Medal while earning a podium finish of his own with another Silver Medal.
Jones finished in a time of 26:40 over the 8km course and was just three seconds from the leader while a mere two seconds ahead of the third place runner. Jones was also honoured as a 1st Team All-Ontario selection as well being named the Male Rookie of the Year Award winner at the OCAA Championship Banquet.
Other finishers for the Saints Men were Gavin Wesley (8th Place, 27:41), Andre Tomasian (12th Place, 27:52), Justin Folkeringa (35th Place, 29:02), Ryan Bell (63rd Place, 31:09) and Nicholas Cull (68th Place, 31:31) in a field of 106 runners. Wesley and Tomasian were both named 2nd Team All-Ontario selections for their efforts.
The Lady Saints took 5th place as a team overall out of 13 schools and were led by Beth Horrobin (Wallaceburg, ON) who finished in 7th place over the 6km course in a time of 23:28. With her top 7 finish Horrobin was named an OCAA 1st Team All-Ontario selection.
Other finishers for the St. Clair Women were Hannah Cirino (34th Place, 26:00), Nicole Desrosiers-Michienzi (37th Place, 26:05), Jessica Hodgkin (47th Place, 26:39), Aryana Cirino (53rd Place, 27:23) and Samantha Boussey (57th Place, 27:57) in a field of 108 runners.
Both St. Clair teams have qualified for the Canadian Collegiate National Championship hosted by Collège Lionel-Groulx which is located in Sainte-Thérèse, QC and about a 20 minute drive northwest of Montreal. The races will be held on Saturday, November 11th and run at Equestrian Park in Blainville, QC.
(Sudbury, Ontario) – The St. Clair College women’s soccer team ended their season on a positive note on Saturday morning in Sudbury.
The Saints defeated the Mohawk Mountaineers 1-0 in the Consolation Final at the OCAA Championship being hosted by Cambrian College in Sudbury.
Julia Albeartie (Belle River) got the lone goal for St. Clair in the 52nd minute. Andie Albert (Melbourne) earned the win and clean sheet in goal. Albert was named the Saints Player of the Game.
The Saints ended their regular season with a record of 7-2-1 which was good for 2nd place in the OCAA West Division. St. Clair’s playoff record was 3-1 with the only loss coming to the Humber Hawks by a score of 1-0 in the OCAA quarterfinal match. Humber ended up winning the silver medals after losing 2-1 to Algonquin on Saturday afternoon.
The future looks bright for a young St. Clair squad. The roster of 18 featured 11 first year players and 5 second year players. The Saints were by far the youngest and least experienced of the 8 teams that qualified for the OCAA Championship.
(Hamilton/Kitchener, Ontario) - The St. Clair College volleyball teams opened up their OCAA regular season schedules this past weekend on the road.
Both the women and men got off to great starts as they defeated Mohawk College and Conestoga College.
On Friday night in Hamilton, the women defeated the Mohawk Mountaineers in a tight back and forth match 3-2. Game scores for St. Clair were 21-25, 26-24, 17-25, 25-23 and 18-16. The Saints were down late in the fourth set and faced two match points in the fifth set. Kaila Crough (Tecumseh) led the way offensively for St. Clair with 10 kills, 1 service ace and 1 stuff block. Chloe Stachow (Windsor) had a solid all around game with 7 kills, 1 service ace, 1 stuff block and 12 digs. Libero Julie Ann Milling (Woodstock) was great as well with 3 assists and 18 digs.
On Saturday afternoon the women took down the Conestoga Condors 3-0 in Kitchener. The match was much closer than the score indicated with the set scores 25-23, 26-24 and 25-21 for St. Clair. Hanna Stewart (Woodstock) was the top offensive Saint with 9 kills, 3 service aces and 4 digs. Rookie Te-Anna Stephenson (Whitby) was very good as well with 7 kills on 10 attempts along with 1 service ace, 1 stuff block and 4 digs.
The St. Clair men beat Mohawk 3-0 on Friday night. Game scores for St. Clair were 25-22, 25-19 and 25-20. Manik Jandoria (Windsor) was the top Saint with 11 kills, 2 stuff blocks and 4 digs. Rrezart Sadiku (Toronto) had a solid match as well with 5 kills, 4 service aces, 1 stuff block and 4 digs.
On Saturday the St. Clair men defeated the Conestoga Condors by a score of 3-1. Set scores for the Saints were 20-25, 25-23, 25-15 and 25-20. Michael Knight (LaSalle) has a huge game for St. Clair with 22 kills, 1 service ace, 1 stuff block and 8 digs.
Both the men and women open up their OCAA home schedules on Saturday, November 4th when they face the Humber Hawks at the Sportsplex. The women take to the floor at 6 pm followed by the men at 8 pm. The matches will be live streamed on www.we-tv.ca