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Cardinals Win Gold at OFSAA

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The Senior Boys Hockey team have had a long journey to OFSAA; a journey that had brought on nothing but success and triumph. Coached by Mr. Titanic, Mr. Turner and Mr Mihaljevic, the boys played their championship game in St. Catharines against Abbey Park and won gold on March 12.

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Taking a look back in history, one can see how working together as a team, and the leadership from our dedicated coaches has proven SBA to be unstoppable. This has been the fourth time the Sr. Boys Hockey team won the championship title at OFSAA. It was a tough game as both teams came out strong and within the third period Cory Vigneux scored the first goal. Abbey Park scored the equalizer minutes later.

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The Cardinals sustained pressure throughout overtime and appeared to be the hungrier team; their sights set on taking home the title of OFSAA Champs. The game eventually went to a shootout where goalie Emilio Gallenero proved to be the hero. After Abbey Park’s final shot, the goal was saved and the Cardinal fans went wild knowing the boys won. SBA clearly has super dedicated fans as students boarded a spirit bus from SBA all the way to the Seymour-Hannah Sports Centre. A big thank you goes out to the amazing coaches and supportive parents, administrators, friends, and fellow students. The boys are now able to return to SBA knowing they are the best of the best in all of Ontario!

SBA Senior Boys Hockey Team in Finals

Congratulations to the Senior Boys Hockey team who elimated Crothers in a best two out of three series to advance to the York Region Senior Boys Hockey final.  This reporter attend the third game, which was a fast skating, end to end affair.  Our boys played the typical SBA brand of  hockey exemplied by hard skating and quick passing. 

SBA 1- Crothers 0

SBA 1- Crothers 0

The Cardinals play the Sacred Heart Crusaders in the final that starts on Tuesday Feb 24 in Newmarket.  The second game will be at Mount Joy at 1pm on Thursday Feb 26.  Naturally there will be a buy-out and we hope to fill the rink with energy, music and cheers to support our team.

There is a rumour circulating that SBA Principal Zaroski and Sacred Heart Principal Smith are negotiating a “gentleman’s wager” on this series.   As soon as our investigative reporter can find out information about this bet, we will inform the readers of the Orator!

Good Luck to Coaches Turner and Titanic as they work hard with the team to return to OFSSA!

Go Cardinals!

Pre-Playoff Game

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On Friday January 16, the senior boys basketball team played against St. Augustine. The boys brought their game to the court as they fought hard throughout this crucial game. It was the last game before entering the playoffs and the boys were determined to give it their all. Before the game, the S.B.A Orator had the chance to talk to some of the players to hear what they had to say.

Regarding how he felt going into the game, Jordan Davis said, “It will definitely be a challenge but we are just going to go out there and do our thing.” Each of the players have their own special talent and pre-game rituals, Adrian Sivaraj, said, “I like doing my right foot up first and I double knot my right foot but I single knot my left.” This is certainly an interesting ritual, but whatever works for him works for the team. All in all, the boys have had a steady season with a three and three record.

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Entering the game, the boys started off strong, going after every move and fighting for the ball. The first half of the game was a nail biter, as the S.B.A Cardinals and St. Augustine Titans were neck and neck. The boys stole the ball with every chance they got, moving up on the scoreboard, and held the lead 19-14 going into the third quarter. Before the game, Adrian said, “We’re both fairly equal teams, but whoever plays the best defense will win.” Although the boys lost the game, they definitely tried their best and demonstrated good sportsmanship. They had a strong defense team in the first and second quarter, and in the playoffs we know they will defend to the end.

Coach, Mr. Moore said, “They have to play the way they play in practice,” and with several practices, before the playoffs, the boys will be better than ever. Mr. Moore has been coaching the team for about five years now and he never fails to support the boys. On going into the playoffs, he explained, “This is a critical game for all of them. It’s quite an emotional game that is significant in their lives. There is a lot happening, which is the reason why I enjoy it.” No matter win or lose, the Cardinals play the game with their hearts and simply for their love of this sport. This is especially true for our graduating students; for some of them, it will be their last year playing.

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The boys proved that this was an important game for them by putting in their best efforts. They didn’t give up, pushing right to the end when player number 23, Jordan Anderson, ended the game with a three point buzzer shot. Way to go Jordan! What a great way to end the game. He left the game with a spark of energy that will linger into the playoffs. We are proud of their hard work and determination and we hope they can bring back the same energy for the playoffs. Good luck to the boys as the playoffs are quickly approaching. Let’s show off our S.B.A pride and support them all the way to the finals! Go Cardinals go!

The Basketball Buy-Out

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The annual Rick Maloney Basketball tournament marks the beginning of another senior boys basketball season at SBA.  This weekend tournament started at 1:30 today with Father Michael McGiveny Magic taking on our Cardinals.   Mr. Moore opened this event by explaining about the Rick Maloney tournament and that the funds collected would go towards the scholarship that is awarded to a graduating student each spring who participated in school sport and is a leader.  He then said a prayer and three girls from our vocal program sang O’Canada.  Mr Garel, our announcer, then got the crowd going with team introductions.

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The gym was packed with approximately 500 students in attendance.  Our school band, numbering over 80 musicians sat at the east end of the court.  Also present, were a handful of parents from FMM and SBA who came to support their respective teams.

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As the Cardinal roamed the gym, the fans were extremely noisy, cheering at each basket and missed shot.   This year each spectator was given a set of inflatable clapping sticks which added to the volume and excitement in the gym.

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The first half was a close affair; however, FMM was leading by 10 at the half.  After an energetic half time show by the band which included dancing by Jordan, the teams were back at it.  Although our Cardinals gave it their all, the final score was 67-42 for the Magic.  An unfortuntate start for our Cardinals, but an exciting period four for those lucky students who attended this buy-out.

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The tournament continues tonight and all day on Saturday.  Other participating teams include: Bur Oak, Middlefield, Markville, St. Theresa, St Jean de Brebeuf and St Augustine.

Listen to the morning announcements on Monday to find out how our team did in this tournament.

SBA Soccer Action

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The World Cup may be over, but the SBA Soccer season is just getting started. Both junior and senior teams played challenging games on Tuesday against St. Augustine’s Titans, but our Cardinals pulled through when the junior boys tied 2-2 and the seniors tied 4-4. The junior team had goals from Jordan Lyn and Daniel Morris and the senior team had goals from Adrian Sivaraj, Nick Turco, as well as two goals from Stratie Kloutsouniotis.

There was plenty of action during the senior game, and equally as interesting was some insight from the team beforehand. When asked about any pre-game rituals, goalkeeper Ben McClellan said he puts tape around his wrists each game with his grandfather’s initials and birthdate for good luck. The coaches also gave some words of wisdom: Be confident and loud. Mr. Fuda stated, “Character is everything…it’s not always about the skill; it’s about the will.” This is the best advice he can give his team. Skill is important, but for any team to succeed, they must have a positive attitude towards all possible outcomes. Whether it is a tough loss, a victorious win, or a hard-fought tie, our Cardinals never come up short when it comes to team spirit!

The rain made for an interesting couple of games, but hopefully the weather cooperates so SBA soccer fans can support the boys at their next home game against St. Theresa, the defending OFSAA champs.

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