Report by Denis Lafontaine, Athletics Webmaster
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It was another very busy weekend with eight different Vanier Cheetahs teams playing no fewer than ten games. Among the highlights were big wins for our Division 1 Men’s Basketball Cheetahs in their home opener, as well as  an important road victory for our Football team. Another BIG highlight was breakthrough wins for both the Men’s AND Women’s Rugby Cheetahs at home on Sunday! Here are all the details:
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DIVISION 1 MEN’S AND WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

On Friday evening, our Men’s and Women’s Division 1 Basketball teams got their regular seasons started with a home doubleheader VS Édouard-Montpetit. In the first game, the Lady Cheetahs came up on the short side of a 56-43 decision, but the Division 1 Men’s team managed to win their game 81-65 to send the Cheetahs fans home on a happy note. Read all about it in Coach Andy Hertzog’s terrific game report:
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Our Vanier Division 1 basketball teams kicked off the regular season last night with a home doubleheader against Édouard-Montpetit. We had a great crowd – the gym was full and very noisy, and it was a terrific basketball atmosphere.  
 
In the first game, our women lost 56-43. We were able to keep the game pretty close, but trailed throughout the contest. We were down 18-11 after the first quarter and only 24-19 with 30 seconds remaining in the second period, but then the Lynx hit back to back 3’s to take a 30-19 advantage into halftime. Our leading scorer was Debora Aboagye, who just missed a “double double”, scoring 9 points and snaring 9 rebounds. Jessica Muha had 8 points and Meagan Charbonneau added 7.
 
The second game was a much higher scoring affair.
 
Our men got off to a flying start, leading 24-12 after the first quarter and 50-25 at the half Unfortunately, we went cold in the second half, and our guests got on a roll, and we lost the third quarter 25-9, reducing our advantage to just 9 points going into the 4th quarter. The Lynx cut our lead to just 7 points on a couple of occasions in the final period, but then we extended our lead and ultimately won 81-65. Joshua Koulamallah was our leading scorer with 13 points, and he added 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Nginyu Ngala had 12 points, 4 rebounds and 4 steals. JF Daho had 10 points. Benji Bercovitch added 9 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. Swann Fargeau Faucon was our leading rebounder with 12 boards.
 
Today was our 10th annual men’s basketball High School Identification Camp. We had a great turnout once again with players coming from all over the Province.
 
Our men’s and women’s D1 teams are back in action next Friday night, October 20, at Montmorency. The women’s game is at 7:00 PM and the men’s game follows at 9:00 PM.  There is a home doubleheader on Sunday, October 22. At 10:00 AM our men’s Division 1 team plays an exhibition game against NCAA Division 3 Elmira College. Then at 1:00 PM our men’s Division 2 team kicks off their regular season with a game against Saint-Jean.
Come out and support your Cheetahs!
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DIVISION 2 WOMEN’S SOCCER

On Friday evening, our Division 2 Women’s Soccer Cheetahs played an away game at Édouard-Montpetit and emerged with a 1-1 tie. They then played their final regular season game of the season on Sunday, again against Édouard-Montpetit, and also came up with a tie, this time 0-0. They finish the season with a record of 2 wins, 3 losses and 3 ties, good for third place in their division. They now advance to the regional playoffs which will start at Vanier on this Friday, October 20th VS Outaouais starting at 8:30PM. Be sure to come out and make some noise!
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DIVISION 1 MEN’S SOCCER

Also on Friday evening the Division 1 Men’s Soccer team played a road game at Lionel-Groulx and unfortunately lost 2-1. Then on Sunday afternoon, they had a road game against Dawson and they lost another close game, this time by the score of 3-2. They will finish their regular season with a road game at John Abbott on Friday, October 20th at 9:00 PM.
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DIVISION 1 MEN’S FOOTBALL

On Saturday afternoon, our Division 1 Men’s Football Cheetahs played a road game at Montmorency and emerged with a solid 31-15 victory. The Cheetahs were led by the huge 3-touchdown performance of running back Charles Patrick who had 22 runs for 112 yards total. Another touchdown came thanks to a big 62-yard pass to stalwart receiver Samuel Emilus who caught 6 passes for 107 yards in the game. The Cheetahs were led by quarterback Daniel Sananes who completed 19 passes for 226 yards in the win. Defensively, the team was led by Darren Kyeremeh who had 7 unassisted tackles and 4 assisted tackles. He also accounted for 2 tackles for a loss, as well as a quarterback sack and an interception. For his stellar work, Darren was named as the RSEQ league’s Defensive Player of the Week! See the announcement. The team’s regular season record is now 5 wins and 2 losses, and they will next play at home on Saturday, October 21st at 7:00 PM VS Limoilou.
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WOMEN’S FLAG FOOTBALL

On Sunday, our Women’s Flag Football team played an away doubleheader at L’Assomption. In the first game VS L’Assomption they lost 28-0, and then in the second game VS Joliette, they  emerged with a hard-fought 7-7 tie. Their record is now 1 win, 4 losses and 2 ties. They next play a road game on Wednesday, October 18th at 7:30 PM against Maisonneuve in a game played at Collège St. Jean Vianney.  They will then play their last two games of the regular season in a home doubleheader on Sunday, October 29th, facing Saint-Laurent at 10:00 AM and then Maisonneuve at 1:30 PM. For more on the Women’s Flag Football Cheetahs, visit their 2017-18 home page.
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MEN’S AND WOMEN’S RUGBY

Also on Sunday, our Men’s and Women’s Rugby teams hosted a doubleheader VS St-Lambert and both teams emerged with their first breakthrough wins of the season! In the first game, the women took a huge 50-19 win and in the second game, the men also came up with a decisive 34-0 victory of their own! They will next play a home doubleheader VS Héritage on this coming Sunday, October 22nd. The women play at 1:00 PM, and the men follow at 2:30 PM. As usual, home rugby games are played in the field behind the N Building.
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