This has been an extremely active time for Vanier Cheetahs teams, as no fewer than nine of our varsity squads posted results over the past 3 days. The only team actually NOT playing this weekend was our Division 2 Lady Soccer Cheetahs who had earned a buy from the Playoff Quarterfinals due their finishing second in their conference. They will next be playing in the league Regional playoffs which will be held right here at Vanier on Saturday and Sunday, October 27th and 28th. On Saturday, October 27th, they’ll face St-Jean at 3:00 PM in the semi-finals. If they win, they will play in the Finals on Sunday at 1:30 PM.

Major highlights from this weekend’s results include wins for Div. 1 Men’s Football and Div.1 and Div.2 Basketball Cheetahs, and a tie for our Div.1 Men’s Soccer team. Also, a huge piece of good news was that our undefeated Lady Flag Football Cheetahs finished their regular season with two wins on Sunday, cementing first place in the league with an unblemished record of 10-0. Playoffs next. Great job, Ladies! Read on for all the details…

By Denis Lafontaine, Vanier Athletics Webmaster

The Vanier Div. 1 Basketball teams got things started as they played a road doubleheader on Friday evening at Saint-Lambert. In the first game, The Lady Basketball Cheetahs lost 53-47, dropping their record to 0-2. In the second game, the Div.1 Men’s Basketball team won 86-74, raisng their season record to 2-0.

Here is Men’s Head Coach Andy Hertzog’s report on the games:

“Our Division 1 teams crossed the bridge to the South Shore, taking on the Champlain Cavaliers. In the first game, our women got off to a great start, jumping out to a 8-2 lead. But, they then went cold, and at the end of the first quarter they trailed 15-8. More unfortunately, one of our starters and veterans, Jessica Salanon, sprained her ankle, which sidelined her for the rest of the game. The Cavaliers extended their lead a bit in the 2nd quarter, taking a 28-15 lead into halftime. We went on a 7-0 run to start the second half, but Champlain rallied and maintained a 13-point lead going into the final period. We cut the deficit to only 6 points a few times in the 4th quarter, but we could come no closer, finally losing 53-47. Debora Aboagye was our top performer, with 21 points and 8 rebounds. Rachelle Ann Dosado added 13 points. Leanna John chipped in with 6 points and 7 boards.

In the nightcap, our men got off to a strong start, opening up a 23-12 lead after the first quarter. We maintained that lead throughout the second quarter and took a 46-33 lead into halftime. The Cavaliers reduced their deficit to 9 points in the 3rd quarter, but we responded and took a 63-46 lead after 3 periods. We increased our advantage to 21 points early in the 4th quarter, but then the Cavaliers went on a run which cut our lead to only 9 points. But, they could get no closer, and we won 86-74. We had 6 players score in double figures, led by Nginyu Ngala, who had 19 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals. Pier-Olivier Racine had 17 points and 8 rebounds. Steeve Joseph had 13 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds. Haris Elezovic had 11 points and 14 boards, while Christopher Biekeu had 11 points and 6 boards. Josh Koulamallah added 10 points.

Our Division 1 teams have their home openers this coming Friday, October 26, taking on Edouard-Montpetit. The women play at 7:00 and the men’s game follows at 9:00. Come out and support your Cheetahs!”

THIS JUST IN: Up and coming Cheetahs star player Karim Mané was recently profiled in this video by Montreal reporter Domenic Fazioli. Also, we now see that game highlights of the Div.1 Men’s Basketball team’s 86-74 road win over Champlain have been posted on youtube. To watch,  just click here.

Cheetahs alum Jonathan Bermillo is currently playing professional basketball in Vietnam with the Saigon Heat. The team released this profile video about him which we are happy to share. Way ta go, Jona!

Also on Friday evening, our Div.2 Men’s Hoopsters played their first game of the regular season, a home matchup VS Montmorency and they lost an extremely close 74-72 decision. Scoring details on that game are not available. They next played a road game two days later on Sunday against rival Dawson which they won 74-67, improving their season record to 1-1. Our leading scorers were Walter Ernesto Serrano Hercules with 26 points, Angelo Egenias with 14 and Silas Owusu-Acheaw with 13. Their next game will also be on the road, this time at Saint-Jean on Friday, October 26th starting at 9:00 PM.

On Friday evening, our Men’s Soccer Cheetahs played their last game of the regular season, a home game VS Sainte-Foy, and the final result was a 4-4 tie. Rickson Aristilde scored two goals for Vanier, with single goals coming from Gabriele Folino and Carl Younes. The team next plays in the Playoff quarterfinals which will be played right here at Vanier on Tuesday, October 23rd VS Montmorency starting at 9:00 PM.

On Saturday evening, our Men’s Football Cheetahs played a home game against the Lennoxville Cougars, a team which had an identical 5-2 league record, and we were able to pull out a tight-collar 31-26 win, improving our record to 6-2. Due to the recent history of the teams, the game was expected to be a heated and close affair, and it did not disappoint. The Cougars had not lost a game played here at Vanier since September 27, 2014, and their very last game against Vanier was when they they beat us in last year’s Bol d’Or Championship final. Very evenly matched this season, the Cheetahs and the Cougars had the #1 and #2 stingiest defensive numbers in the standings, and after Saturday’s win, Vanier maintained their hold on bragging rights to the league’s best defensive record. Here are details of the big home win over Lennoxville.

The Cheetahs were first to score in the 1st quarter, when Nicholas Cenacle caught a 10-yard TD toss from QB Daniel Sananes. After the Adam Mahrouse convert, it was 7-0. But Lennoxville replied with a 34-yard passing major of their own to lock the score at 7-7. But then with just a little over one minute left in the quarter, our Vanier defense made a huge play when Linebacker Costa Papanikolaou ran in a recovered fumble for a touchdown. After the successful convert it was 14-7 Cheetahs. Scoring in the 2nd quarter started with a running touchdown for Lennoxville, knotting things up at 14-14. But then Vanier scored a safety, and then with only 4 seconds left before halftime, Vanier pivot Daniel Sananes ran in the ball himself for a TD. After the covert, the score was 23-14 for us. Not ready to give up, the Cougars opened scoring in the third quarter with a 64-yard TD passing touchdown followed by a safety, followed by a field goal, and just like that, it was 26-23 for Lennoxville. But then again, just 2 seconds before the end of the 3rd quarter, Vanier scored a major, this time from a clutch 14-yard pass to Chris Karabatsos from QB Daniel Sananes. After the successful convert by Adam Mahrouse, Cheetahs were up 30-26. From there, the Cheetahs defense shut down Lennoxville completely in the 4th quarter with the only scoring being an Adam Mahrouse single. Final score: 31-26 for Vanier.

Offensively, the Cheetahs were led by quarterback Daniel Sananes who completed 28 of 51 passes for a whopping 305 total yards with no interceptions and 2 TDs. His favourite target was receiver Jonathan Exume who caught 9 passes for 110 yards. Other notable receivers were Cedric Fiske Casault (5 catches for 63 yards), as well as Nicholas Cénacle and Chris Karabatsos, who each caught TD passes. Our leading rusher was Vincent Desjardins (15 carries for 69 yards) and Kevin Foster (8 carries for 62 yards). Defensively, Vanier was led by Costa Papanikolaou with 7 tackles (5 solo and 4 assisted), and by Benjamin Labrosse and Liam Gi-Kwong (each with 6 total) and Kaylyn St-Cyr (5.5 tackles + 1 interception, his 6th of the year). As well, Pierre Dawson contributed 5 tackles.

The team will play their next game on the road against Notre-Dame-de-Foy on Saturday, October 27th starting at 7:30 PM. This will be their final game of the regular season, with the playoffs to follow.

On Sunday morning, our Lady Flag Football Cheetahs took their perfect 8-0 record into their last two game of the season played right here at Vanier. In the first game VS Marianopolis, they won decisively 53-0. In the second game VS Joliette, they also won, this time by a 12-6 margin. They finish the season in sole possession of first place with a perfect 10-0 record! They will next play in the league playoff semifinals which will be held right here at Vanier on Saturday, November 3rd. They will face Gérald-Godin at 10:00 AM. If they win, they then advance to the finals held the day after, Sunday, November 4th, at Collège Lionel-Groulx against a team to be determined starting at 11:00 AM.

Also on Sunday, both of our rugby teams were in action. Our Lady Rugby Cheetahs played a road game against Dawson and unfortunately they lost 57-7, dropping their season record to 2-3. However, they qualified for the Conference Championship Quarterfinals on Sunday, October 28th which will be played here at Vanier. They will face André-Laurendeau at 11:30 AM in the field behind Vanier’s N Building. Meanwhile, the Men’s Rugby Cheetahs played at home VS Marianopolis later in the day, and they emerged with a dominant 46-5 victory, improving their season record to 2-2. Their final game of the regular season will be played at home VS the perennially strong John Abbott Islanders on Sunday, October 28th starting at 1:00 PM. As always, rugby matches are played in the field behind Vanier’s N Building.

On Sunday, our Div.2 Lady Volleyball Cheetahs played in a tournament held here at Vanier. At 9:00 AM, they played 2 games against Marie-Victorin and they lost the first game 25-18, but they rebounded in the second game with a 25-19 win. At 10:00 AM they played two games VS a tough team from Marianopolis and they lost both by scores of 25-15 and 25-11. Next, they played Rosemont twice starting at 12 noon and they won BOTH by scores of 28-26 and 26-24. They next faced Terrebone in 2 matches starting at 1:00 PM and lost both by scores of 25-18 and 25-21. Their final two games of the tournament were played against LaSalle starting at 3:00 PM and they won BOTH by scores of 25-22 and 25-15. Their final record for the day was 5 wins and 5 losses. Their next tournament will be played on Sunday, November 11th. The locale is still to be announced.

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