It was a momentous weekend for our Cheetahs varsity teams. Some highlights include our Women’s Div.2 Soccer Cheetahs winning a Provincial Bronze Medal for the first time in the team’s history, a Silver Medal win for our Lady Flag Football Cheetahs in the conference playoffs, and a big 100-86 win by our Div.1 Men’s Basketball Cheetahs in a home doubleheader over two-time defending Provincial Champions from Montmorency on Friday evening. Read on for all the details.
By Denis Lafontaine, Vanier Athletics Webmaster
DIVISION 1 WOMEN’S AND MEN’S BASKETBALL
Any Hertzog Accepts 30-year Plaque
Friday evening’s doubleheader VS top-rated Montmorency was exciting, but before we go on to specifics., we wish to mention that we were thrilled that Divison 1 Men’s Head Coach Andy Hertzog was honoured in last week’s game with a special plaque commemorating his incredible 30-year stint as a basketball coach here at Vanier. Congratulations, Andy! See photo at left..
Here is Coach Hertzog’s game report:
“Our Division 1 basketball teams hosted the Montmorency Nomades tonight (Friday night). In the first game, our women stayed with the powerful Nomades for awhile, but eventually trailed 17-9 after the first quarter and 35-17 at halftime, en route to a 71-42 loss. Our top performer was Shiannah George-McDonald with 14 points. April Whyne added 9 points and 4 rebounds.
In the second half of the doubleheader, our undefeated men’s team, ranked 8th in Canada after the first national rankings which came out this week, took on the 2-time defending Provincial champion Nomades. Fortunately, we were able to overcome a sloppy performance (31 turnovers), 2 of our starters fouling out and great performances by our opponent’s two 3rd year stars, to win 100-86.
The first quarter wet back and forth for awhile, but we finally seized the advantage and led 27-18 after the first quarter. We increased our advantage in the 2nd period to 14, but the Nomades carved into our lead and we had the same 9-point margin (45-36) at the half. Montmorency started the second half on a 9-2 run cutting our lead to 2, and then made it a 1-point game (49-48), before we went on a 14-1 run of our own to increase our lead to 14 points and we took a 12-point lead into the final period. Our opponents could never again come closer than 10 points, and we ultimately won by 14.
We had 6 players score in double figures, led by Karim Mané, who had 24 points and 5 rebounds. Josh Koulamallah had 20 points and 7 boards. Rookie Richard Kwakwah had a great game off the bench, scoring 14 points and taking 4 rebounds, and making crucial plays when they were really needed. Nginyu Ngala and Steeve Joseph each had 12 points, and 9 and 5 assists respectively. Pier-Olivier Racine added 10 points and 12 rebounds.
Our Division 1 teams go on the road next week to take on our arch-rivals from Dawson College, on Friday November 9, with the women’s game at 7:00 PM and the men’s game following at 9:00.”
DIVISION 2 WOMEN’S SOCCER
Lady Soccer Cheetahs 2018 Bronze Medalists
Following their 4-2 defeat of Édouard-Montpetit last weekend to win their first ever conference championship, our Lady Soccer Cheetahs played for the firest time in the Provincials in the team’s history. Unfortunately, on Saturday they lost a 1-0 overtime heartbreaker to the eventual Provincial Champions from Champlain-Lennoxville. However, on Sunday, they rebounded with a 2-1 win over Édouard-Montpetit to win the Provincial Bronze Medal. See the photo at left. Congratulations to Head Coach Nicholas Razzaghi and to the entire team for a truly “break out” season! We can’t wait to see what you’ll accomplish next season.
WOMEN’S FLAG FOOTBALL
The conference championship semifinals were played here at Vanier on Saturday, and our Lady Cheetahs did not disappoint their home-town supporters, taking a dominant 44-18 win over Gérald-Godin to advance to the finals on Sunday VS Joliette. Unfortunately, they dropped a close 13-7 decision. It was their first loss after winning 11 games in a row beforehand. They finished the season first in section C (10-0 record) and due to this they will move up to section B next year, which is great news. Congrats to Head Coach Tara Mrakic and the entire team for a fantastic season!
DIVISION 1 MEN’S FOOTBALL
On Saturday, our Men’s Football Cheetahs played in the playoff quarterfinals VS Saint-Jean in a game played here at Vanier and unfortunately their season came to an end with a 27-15 loss. In the end, the Saint-Jean defense smothered our usually-powerful air attack, with most of our offence coming from our rushers. Here’s how the game played out:
In the first quarter, Saint-Jean scored first with a touchdown, but a Vanier safety and then a field goal by kicker Adam Mahrouse made the score 7-5. In the second quarter, Saint-Jean extended their lead to 15-5 after scoring a single and a touchdown. Things looked better in the third quarter when Vanier scored two safeties to make the score 15-9, putting them within one touchdown of taking the lead, but in the fourth quarter, Saint-Jean strung together a safety, a single, a touchdown and a field goal to take a 27-9 lead. Vanier scored a TD later in the fourth quarter, but they ran out of time and Saint-Jean prevailed. Final score 27-15.
In the end, Saint-Jean’s defense managed to restrict our vaunted air attack, with the end result that quarterback Daniel Sananes was limited to 10 passes completed in 25 attempts, while not one of our usually prodigious receivers were able to amass more than 12 yards total apiece. Our one receiver to score a TD was Juwan Edghill who scored in the fourth quarter. Our rushers had more success with Kevin Foster totaling a monster 164 yards on 20 carries. Defensively, Vanier was led by Costa Papanikolaou‘s 13.5 tackles, as well as Kaylyn St-Cyr (9.5 tackles), Xavier Ouellet (9 tackles) and Ed Brutus (8.5 tackles).
Congratulations to Head Coach Peter Chryssomalis and the entire team for a hard fought season!
FOOTBALL ALUMNI NEWS
We just heard that the RSEQ has announced their University Football All Stars, and five former Cheetahs were among those honoured. Congratulations to:
Hugo Richard, QB
Brian Harelimana, LB
Redha Kramdi, OLB
Francois Hamel, Safety
Ryth Jean Giraud, Return specialist
After beating André-Laurendeau last week in the playoff quarterfinals, our Lady Cheetahs faced powerhouse John Abbott in the semi-finals on their home turf on Sunday and they were pummeled 93-0. Still, this season marked a great improvement for the team overall and we look forward to continued great things from them next year. Congratulations to Head Coach Ron Chiasson and to the entire team!
DIVISION 2 MEN’S BASKETBALL
Finally, on Sunday afternoon, our Div.2 Men’s Basketball Cheetahs lost a 92-76 road decision against Édouard-Montpetit, dropping their record to 1-3. They will next play a home game VS Maisonneuve on Friday, November 16th. Game start is set for 9:00 PM.