The OFSAA winter championships are in the books, which makes it a great time for a few random observations.
The Sir John A. Macdonald Highlanders can hold their heads high after a strong performance at the triple-A boys basketball championship in Windsor.
SJAM suffered a pair of lopsided defeats on their final day of the tournament but I'm guessing the previous night's emotionally draining win over the Vaughan Voyageurs had a lot to do with that.
The 'Big Three' of Nedim Hodzic, Simon Petrov and Justin Hardy were standouts and Grade 10 additions Chris Bullock and Dragan Stajic also made their presence felt.
Hodzic, Petrov and Hardy will play one last high school game together on April 6 at the annual WCSSAA all-star game at WCI.
The triple-A boys hockey championship wraps up Thursday in Windsor but the Grand River Renegades returned home Wednesday after their heartbreaking 3-2 overtime loss to the St. Peter Saints of Peterborough.
The boys will be disappointed to win a medal for retiring teacher/coach Brian Millar but the season has to be viewed as a success.
Thanks to Renegades forward Nathan Laird for helping me track down scoring details that OFSAA tournament organizers didn't feel were important. (More on that later).
Another tip of the hat goes out to the Cameron Heights Golden Gaels, who reached the consolation final at the triple-A girls volleyball championship in North Bay.
The Gaels didn't even reach the WCSSAA final but rebounded to win CWOSSA and have a decent showing at OFSAA.
The Woodland Cavaliers were fourth at the single-A championship in Kitchener and like SJAM, cleary lost a lot of steam after their five-set loss (17-15 in the fifth) to Quinte that kept them out of the gold-medal match.
Like Grand River, the Southwood Sabres reached the quarter-final round of the single-A/double-A hockey championship in Stratford.
It was the second straight OFSAA appearance for tiny Southwood, a squad that always seems to be in contention.
Shout out to Sabres head coach Steve Stockford for another strong season.
Not everything is rosy.
OFSAA websites were once again hit-and-miss when it came to posting scores or sending out daily reports to Ontario media.
These tasks are an important part of the process and while some tournaments were good, others were atrocious.
The worst of the bunch was the triple-A boys hockey championship that simply posted the scores but you had to look long and hard to find them.
It's been an ongoing problem with these tournaments and one that really shouldn't happen.
We often hear from OFSAA (and CWOSSA) types that these people are volunteers and we can't expect them to place a priority on things like updating websites and reporting scores to Ontario media.
If that's the case, the best solution would be to find new volunteers.