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Raiders awarded silver

“We set a goal at the beginning of the year to try and medal again,” Quinn said. “The team won bronze last year. Holy Cross had a tradition of going to OFSAA for a long time. If was our first medal in five years and they were really excited. We returned most of our players and they went in excited from the OFSAA experience last year.”

The Raiders, who came into the tournament ranked fifth, finished a perfect 2-0 in the round-robin which set them up for a meeting with the two-time OFSAA defending champions from McKinnon Park in the semifinals.

The Raiders grabbed an early 7-2 lead before the Blue Devils tied the game late and sent it into sudden death overtime where the first goal would send the winners to the finals.

The Raiders quickly capitalized scoring off the opening face-off just 30 seconds in when Saul van der Zalm won the draw, got the ball to Aidan Buis, who then dished it off to Chris Weier for the winner.

That set off a wild celebration for the Raiders who became the first team in three years to knock off the Blue Devils.

“Not many people put much stock in beating McKinnon Park this year,” Quinn said. “Just getting that win was huge for our program.

“They beat a team most people in Ontario thought were unbeatable.”

That win put the Raiders into the finals versus Holy Trinity of Courtice where they dropped a tough 11-10 decision.

“They had a bit of an easier semifinal game and were more well rested,” Quinn said. “It was tough because we were on such an emotional high from beating McKinnon Park. They beat us at the SOSSA (Southern Ontario Secondary Schools Association) finals last year and OFSAA semifinals last year. It was such a huge win for us getting through them so it was a bit of an emotional drain.”

Off the field, Quinn said the Raiders also passed the test with flying colours.

“We had so many people in the community — conveners, servers in restaurants, coaches — tell us how respectful the players were and that was a huge thing for us,” Quinn said. “We told them you represent Holy Cross wherever you are.”

The Raiders have gold on their minds for next year.

“We have almost all the team returning,” Quinn said. “Last year it was bronze, this year it was silver, and the kids are already in the halls talking about next year and wanting to get that gold.”

Other members of the team are: Peter Bartus, Andrew Berti, Mason Boldt, David D’Agostino, Tyler Halliwell, Curtis Labiuk, Brady Lee, Kyle Legros, Johnathan MacIntyre, Eric Mascitelli, Evan Miller, Jared Mines, Matthew Mines, Kyle Mutch, Jake Orr, Angelo Randle, Braeden Rawsthorne, Alexander Read, Malcolm van der Zalm, Sam van der Zalm, James Walsh, Aaron Ward, Connor Watson, Michael Weier, Michael Wilson, Dante Zeoli and Don Hingston.

TRACK AND FIELD

The OFSAA track and field championships are underway in Windsor.

Sarah Saldutto of Welland Notre Dame won a gold medal in the women’s midget long jump. Shyane Mitchell of Jean Vanier placed fifth while Audry Morrison of E.L. Crossley was eighth.

Rowan Thomas of Governor Simcoe was seventh in the women’s senior high jump while Tyler Dobbie of E.L. Crossley was fifth in the men’s midget pole vault.

Caitlyn Hamm of Ridgeway-Crystal Beach was eighth in the women’s junior triple jump.

The competition continues through Saturday.

BPotrecz@Postmedia.com

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