Hamilton swimmers prevail at provincial high school finals


Two athletes from the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic Athletic Association won silver medals on opening day of the Ontario high school swimming championships in Brantford on Tuesday (March 4).

Kenny MacKenzie (center) of St. Mary came second in the A final of the 50-metre freestyle.  (Photo: Gerry Graham/HWCDSB)

Kenny MacKenzie (center) of St. Mary came second in the A final of the 50-metre freestyle. (Photo: Gerry Graham/HWCDSB)

Kenny MacKenzie of the St. Mary Crusaders came second in the A final of the 50-metre freestyle. His time was 24.39 seconds.

The other medal winner from the HWCAA was Chanel Minichini of the St. Jean de Brebeuf Braves. Her clocking in the 14-and-under 50-metre butterfly was 32.61 seconds.

Chanel Minichini of St. Jean de Brebeuf clocked in at 32.61 seconds for the 14U 50-metre butterfly. (Photo: Gerry Graham/HWCDSB)

Chanel Minichini of St. Jean de Brebeuf clocked in at 32.61 seconds for the 14U 50-metre butterfly. (Photo: Gerry Graham/HWCDSB)

The meet wraps up Wednesday at the Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre.

Hamilton teams bow out of OFSAA volleyball, basketball

At other OFSAA events going on across the province, the three Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic league representatives in Quad A girls’ volleyball, Quad A boys’ basketball and Triple A boys’ basketball all bowed out in the championship quarter-finals on Tuesday.

In Barrie, the Cardinal Newman Cardinals girls’ volleyball team lost 3-0 to Whitby’s Sinclair Celtics in the opening playoff round. The scores were 25-21, 25-16, and 25-10. Newman was second in its pool with a 2-1 record. The Ottawa Glebe Gryphons and the Bishop Allen Cardinals of Etobicoke will battle for gold Wednesday to conclude the 16-team tournament.

Newman’s basketball team went down in the Quad A quarter-finals, 46-39 to the second-seeded Father Henry Carr Crusaders of Etobicoke. Tyler Brown was the leading scorer for the three-time defending Hamilton Catholic champions, with 12 points. Newman led 19-15 at the half.

Earlier in the day, ninth-seeded Newman got 29 points from Marko Grahovac en route to a 62-42 victory over seventh-seeded Pickering Pine Ridge. Semifinals on Wednesday morning at Humber College match Brampton Notre Dame against the Toronto Oakwood Barons and Brampton D’Youville against Father Henry Carr.

Newman began play Monday with 59-54 loss to Brampton’s Notre Dame Knights.

In Welland, the St. Mary Crusaders lost their Triple A boys’ basketball quarter-final, 51-45, to another Hamilton squad – the Saltfleet District Storm. Brandon Francis-Jean-Pierre had a game-high 14 points for St. Mary, while Nicola Djogo answered with 11 for third-seeded Saltfleet, which led 30-23 at the intermission.

The No. 6 seeds from St. Mary won their first game on Tuesday, 57-42, over Toronto Western Tech. Mat Elcock paced the Crusaders with 15 points.

Hamilton’s Saltfleet, Windsor Catholic Central, St. Patrick’s of Ottawa and Midland St. Theresa play in the semi-finals Wednesday at Welland Notre Dame.

The two-day OFSAA wrestling meet begins Wednesday at the Powerade Centre in Brampton.