Fall Finale Shows Ridley Athletes Making the Most of Their Opportunities
As is our custom, the final weekend of the fall sports term was a busy one for Ridley Athletics. Six of the schools 10 competitive fall teams reached the CISAA Final Fours in their respective divisions including 1st Field Hockey, 2nd Field Hockey, U14 Field Hockey, 2nd Soccer, U16 Soccer and U14 Soccer. Congratulations to these athletes and their coaching staffs for representing Ridley so well for the past nine weeks, and congratulations to the CISAA Silver medalist, U14 Boys Soccer. Kalyna Kit ’21 also flew the Ridley banner at the OFSAA Cross Country meet in Dundas, Ontario finishing in the top half of all Midget runners in the province.
It was also a big weekend for our three Prep level sport teams...
as the Prep Boys Hockey team hosted top US club Victory Honda and CISAA counterpart Trinity College School in a Friday/Saturday double header, the Prep Girls crossed the border into Buffalo where their first full weekend of the JWHL was played at the Harbor Center, and the Prep Boys Basketball team boarded a flight to Nassau, Bahamas to take on some of the best US Prep School teams in the Caribbean Classic Prep Showcase.
The Prep Boys Hockey team swept their two-game set making a dramatic third period comeback on Friday against Victory Honda and running TCS out of Tiger Arena Saturday afternoon. Friday, down 4-1 to start the third, the Tigers mounted their grittiest effort of this young season to come all the way back to tie the game and send it to overtime where Noah Sedore ’20 found the net for the 5-4 game winner. Saturday the third period offensive onslaught continued into the TCS match as the Tigers scored seven on route to sweeping the season series with TCS with a 7-1 final.
The Prep Girls were at full capacity for the JWHL League weekend in Buffalo and earned points in all four games they played which included two wins and two overtime losses. A great back and forth Friday afternoon between two of Canada’s top Prep teams saw Ridley give up an OT goal to Balmoral Hall (Winnipeg, MB) to lose game one 2-1. The Tigers then bounced back with two big wins including a shutout of the Pacific Steelers (Vancouver, BC) 2-0 and a 7-3 victory over New England (Boston, MA). The weekend wrapped up with another east coast tilt that saw our Tigers take a late lead against the Boston Shamrocks only to have our luck run out as the Green and Black found the late equalizer and the OT winner. However, six of a possible eight points equaled Ridley’s best single weekend since joining the JWHL in 2016 and puts the Tigers in the mix in this very competitive league.
Nowhere was the competition stiffer than in Nassau where the newly #2 ranked team in Canada, our Prep Boys were put to the test against perennial US High School standouts Brewster Academy, (NH) and Putnam Science Academy (CT). Our Tigers gave Brewster all they could handle in the tournament opener that saw Ridley enter the fourth quarter up by one only to have the Bobcats step up and shoot the lights out to earn the 89-78 win. The Orange and Black bounced back the next day with a comprehensive 86-38 victory over host Saint Augustine Prep that saw ten different Tigers score points in the match. Sunday night in the final feature match of the event, Ridley was pitted against 2018 United States National Prep Champion Putnam Science Academy from Connecticut. Given the run the Tigers had given their compatriots, Brewster, PSA showed up to play making more of their chances in the first half and taking a 15-point lead into the break that the Tigers were not able to respond to leading to a humbling 96-60 defeat. That said, the NBA and collegiate scouts in the crowd were impressed with the team and this eye-opening experience will provide lots of fuel for the remainder of the season.