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Anna Clifford of Waterloo-Oxford and Courtney Martin of Southwood wait for the ball to drop during a recent WCSSAA field hockey game in Waterloo.
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The WCSSAA field hockey league wraps up next week and Southwood continues to lead the way with an 11-0 record after wins over Galt and WCI on Tuesday.
The race for top spot is far from over though as Southwood has a tough conclusion to its schedule, including games against Cameron Heights (9-1-1) on Thursday and Sir John A. Macdonald (10-0-1) on Tuesday.
Defending champion Bluevale (7-2-2) and Waterloo-Oxford (8-3) have also shown quality during the course of the season and should be factors in the playoffs. Bluevale scored a 1-0 win over Cameron Heights on Tuesday in a statement game of sorts.
The top eight teams move on to next Thursday's quarter-final round and only Eastwood, Glenview Park and Grand River have been mathematically eliminated.
Of note for Southwood, Grade 10 student Taylor Trussler has scored in 10 of 11 games and has tallied 17 of her team's 38 goals.
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The WCSSAA senior girls basketball league still has another month of regular-season play to go and three schools -- Grand River, SJAM and Cameron Heights -- are still perfect with 4-0 records.
Still, you have to feel a little bit sorry for Grand River, a team that was expected to win the league running away but lost Maya Day before the season even started and will lose Nyamuoch Teny later this month.
Both played on the Grand River squad that reached OFSAA last year and both are standout performers.
Meanwhile, Emily Glendinning of Waterloo-Oxford continues to be the best individual story as the Grade 11 student has scored 99 of her team's 118 points in four losses. She scored all of her team's points in a 53-26 loss to Cameron Heights and all but two in a 44-28 loss to Jacob Hespeler.
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There are also three undefeated teams in the WCSSAA senior boys volleyball league as Grand River is at 5-0, just ahead of Jacob Hespeler and Cameron Heights at 4-0. Forest Heights and WCI are at 4-1 with several key matches coming up.
Cameron Heights is at Grand River on Thursday afternoon and then travels to Jacob Hespeler on Tuesday.
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The District 8 field hockey league looks to be a two-team affair with Resurrection and St. David both at 3-0-1.
That will change on Wednesday afternoon at Resurrection when the two meet for the second time.
Quarter-final playoff games will be contested on Monday, Oct. 19 at Woodside Park.
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Top spot in the District 8 senior girls basketball league is very much up for grabs as Resurrection leads the way at 4-0 and four schools -- St. David, Monsignor Doyle, St. Benedict and St. Mary's -- are just one game at 3-1. Woodland, Rockway and Pere Rene all clock in at 0-4.
The top six teams advance to the quarter-final round on Nov. 4 with the two top teams moving directly to the semifinals.
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Another cool story is developing in the District 8 senior boys volleyball league as the circuit's two smallest schools -- Rockway and Woodland -- lead the way with 5-0 records and will meet on Monday, Oct. 19.