There's something about this photo by Record photographer Mat McCarthy that really caught my eye. We usually see photos of players celebrating a victory but here we have WCI's Brittany Sparkes (left) and Jen Miller looking on as the Bluevale Knights celebrate their victory in the WCSSAA field hockey final.
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Here are a few random thoughts for a sunny Friday afternoon.
You have to wonder how the Jacob Hespeler Hawks are going to respond if they are ever actually challenged in the WCSSAA senior boys football league.
Jacob Hespeler players will tell you otherwise but the Hawks have yet to break a sweat in piling up a 6-0 record in Pool A1, outscoring the opposition 246-36 in the process.
The Hawks receive a bye in the first round of the playoffs and aren't expected to face a team with a winning record until the semifinals when they'll likely run into either Elmira (5-1), St. Benedict (5-1) or Resurrection (4-1).
Either one will provide the Hawks with their stiffest challenge this season.
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Speaking of the Phoenix, they'll take on a different look for Friday afternoon's clash with WCI as Dominik Valincic takes over as quarterback from Paul Henning.
Valincic has been one of the league's top running backs the past two seasons and it will be interesting to see how he makes the adjustment.
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Looks like I might have hexed the Jacob Hespeler Hawks senior boys volleyball team.
I wrote an article on the Hawks that appeared on Wednesday, taking a look at the team's run at perfection. They were 10-0 at that point and had won 30 consecutive sets in the process.
The following day, on Thursday afternoon to be exact, the Hawks had their wings clipped 3-0 by the Cameron Heights Golden Gaels.
Hawks head coach Mark Frayne shook his head and smiled when we crossed paths on Thursday night.
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They took their sweet time in doing so but results have finally been posted from Wednesday's CWOSSA cross-country championship in Guelph.
Here's the link.
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Did you hear about the Bluevale Knights' premature celebration at the WCSSAA field hockey final?
Knights goalkeeper Madeline Waywell stopped a penalty flick attempt by WCI's Kendra Puttick and was mobbed by teammates as they celebrated the school's first championship since 1992.
There were two problems with the celebration.
First off, both teams still had another flick remaining and WCI still had a chance at tying.
Secondly, Waywell was deemed to be off her line and Puttick was awarded a do-over.
Here's where it gets even stranger.
Puttick missed on her second attempt and the Knights again swarmed Waywell like they had won.
Which they hadn't.
The referees huddled and decided Waywell was once again off her line and awarded yet another do-over to Puttick.
Waywell again made a save and this time only one of her teammates charged her like the game was over.
The rest of her teammates had finally figured out the game was still up for grabs.
A funny moment.
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The Grand River Renegades are the last unbeaten team in the WCSSAA senior girls basketball league after overcoming a halftime deficit and downing the Bluevale Knights 60-51 on Thursday.
The Renegades are now 11-0, while Bluevale, Cameron Heights and Jacob Hespeler are next at 10-1.
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There must be something in the water at Jacob Hespeler these days as the combined record of the senior boys volleyball team, senior boys football team and two girls basketball teams is 36-3.
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Assuming the five-goal mercy rule is in effect for Friday's District 8 field hockey game, my prediction is: Resurrection 5, St. David 0.
Really going out on a limb for that one.
(Update: I was wrong! Resurrection dominated from the start but won 3-0.)