It's back to reality for the St. Benedict Saints.
Two days after winning the Heinbuch Classic tournament with a 48-34 win over the Cardinal Newman Cardinals, the Saints opened their District 8 senior boys basketball schedule with a 77-16 win over Our Lady of Mount Carmel Templars.
Heinbuch all-stars Justin Malnerich and Zubair Seyed didn’t figure into the scoring against the Templars, so I'm going to assume Saints head coach John Malnerich let his top players kick back and relax against the first-year District 8 team.
The Saints are a team with OFSAA aspirations this season and, as such, will need to take on strong teams throughout the course of the season. The likes of Resurrection, St. Mary’s and perhaps St. David will give them a push in District 8 play but beyond that, the Saints will enter a number out-of-town tournaments to be ready when it matters most.
Still with District 8, there were some lopsided scores on the opening day of the basketball seasons. In fact, of the five reported scores, the closest game was St. David’s 73-46 win over Père-René-de-Galinée.
The Canadian cross-country championship took place in Kingston over the weekend and several local athletes turned in strong performances.
Andrew Shepherd (Cameron Heights grad) was sixth in the junior men’s race, Madeleine Ghazarian (Preston) was ninth in the junior women’s race, Sevanne Ghazarian (St. Benedict) was 10th in the junior women’s race, Christine Laurie (KCI) was 16th in the junior women’s race, and John Fish (SJAM) was 14th in the youth boys race.