Mountaineers set to resume OCAA play

The Mohawk Mountaineers made it to the championship game before bowing 55-48 to the Algoma University Thunderbirds of Sault Ste. Marie, to capture the silver medal in the Lady Vikings women’s basketball tournament at St. Lawrence College in Kingston on Jan. 10.

Alisha Mills led Mohawk with 14 points, while tourney All-Star Morgan Taylor had 10 points and Tracy Lehane had eight.

Earlier, the Mountaineers scored two impressive victories. They opened the tourney defeating the Loyalist Lancers of Belleville 43-23. Lehane scored 12 points, Michelle Abella had 11 and Mills pulled down 16 rebounds. Then Taylor scored 23 points and added eight rebounds in a 57-51 decision over Nouvelles-Frontieres of Gatineau, Que., to reach the final.

“We had a fantastic tourney,” said Mountaineers’ coach Kelly Dunham. “We shot 41 percent in the championship game. Our play this weekend was a great way to kickoff the second half of our season.”

Mohawk resumes Ontario Colleges Athletic Association play on Tuesday, Jan. 19, when Fanshawe visits the Fennell Gymnasium for a 6 p.m. tipoff.

The men’s basketball team dropped a 75-72 decision to the Durham Lords of Oshawa in the consolation final of the 32nd George Brown Invitational Tournament in Toronto (Jan. 9). Ricky Heath and Nick Fadayel each 15 points. Fadayel also collected 11 rebounds.

The Mountaineers ended up in the consolation match after splitting their first two games. They lost 74-47 to St. Lawrence Vikings of Kingston in their opener. Mike Soluk scored 11 points and Alex Reis added seven. But Mohawk bounced back smartly in their second game, whipping St. Clair Saints of Windsor 95-61. Tanner Lane led the way with 18 points. Heath collected 17 and Soluk and Fadayel scored 12 apiece.

The Mountaineer men, who were to restart OCAA play on Jan. 14 against Lambton, will entertain Fanshawe on Tuesday, Jan. 19 at 8 p.m.

Mohawk’s teams both advanced to the semi finals before bowing out of the Limoilou Volleyball Tournament in suburban Quebec City on Sunday (Jan. 10). The women’s squad lost to Edouard-Montpetit Lynx, as the team from Longueuil, Que., rallied after losing the first two sets. The scores were 26-24, 25-18, 18-25, 19-25, 11-15.

Friday, Mohawk opened the tournament with a 25-22, 19-25, 20-25, 25-21, 15-9 decision over the St. Thomas University Tommies of Fredericton. They then dropped their second match, 17-25, 16-25, 14-25 to the F.X. Garneau Elans of Quebec City. Saturday, the Mountaineer women scored two victories. They downed Edouard-Montpetit 25-15, 18-25, 25-20, 25-15 and then knocked off the Diablos of Trois Rivieres, 25-12, 26-28, 25-14, 25-8 to reach the final four. Leah Waxman and Jenna Gignac of Mohawk were both named All-Stars.

The Mountaineers host Lambton to start their second semester of OCAA play, Thursday, Jan. 14, at 6 p.m.

The Mohawk men, also reached the Limoilou semis on Sunday, but had a tough final day, dropping their final two matches. First they lost 15-25, 16-25, 17-25 to the St. Jerome Cheminots of Quebec, then fell 18-25, 14-25, 19-25 to OCAA rival Humber Hawks of Etobicoke. Friday, Mohawk opened tourney play sweeping the Fredericton Castors Under-21 side, 25-23, 25-22, 25-21, before losing three straight to host Limoilou Titans, 15-25, 10-25, 21-25. Saturday the Mountaineers downed Montmorency Nomades of Quebec, 25-21, 25-20, 17-25, 25-18, before dispatching OCAA rival Seneca Sting of North York 25-21, 25-23, 25-21, to book their place in the semi finals.

Mohawk’s Zac Schulz was named to the All-Star team.