Both Dorchester senior girls basketball and junior boys volleyball,
lose 1-A finals to Huron County schools
November 17, 2022
By Rob J. Ross
LONDON, Ont. - It is WOSSAA silver to finish the senior girls basketball season for the Lord Dorchester Beavers.
The Beavers lost to Wingham Madill Mustangs, 45-18, in the WOSSAA 1-A gold medal game, at Gabriel-Dumont school, November 16.
"We were able to use athleticism and height to win the first quarter, and most of the second quarter, but despite what I would call a valiant effort, we just ran out of gas," Dorchester coach Curt Pollard said. "Madill was a very organized and well coached team with some tough defending, that wore the team out as the game progressed."
Leading 20-12 at half, the Mustangs galloped away to victory going on a 19-0 run in the third quarter.
In the semifinals, Dorchester edged the North Middlesex Marauders, from Parkhill, 39-38.
Sydney Champion dropped 22 points, while Mya Steller chipped in with seven points and Jordyn Patterson and Bella Nolte, had five each.
"(The team) was really happy to have the opportunity to be back at WOSSAA," Pollard said. "I knew it would be a competitive day and I was really proud of how the Lord Dorchester athletes performed and conducted themselves. The Parkhill/LDSS game was very exciting from start to finish. We used height and athleticism to squeak out a win against a more experienced team."
The Beavers finished third in the Thames Valley Regional Athletics (TVRA) South-East division, at 5-2, behind the first place East Elgin Eagles, who are heading to the OFSAA AA championship.
Dorchester won the TVRA 1-A title, defeating Woodstock Collegiate Institute (WCI), in the final.
"I was just happy for the kids to qualify for WOSSAA," Pollard said. "They had to beat a tough WCI team to do that. Our team had zero club experience and only four players had more than one year of high school basketball experience. Five of our players, two of whom had considerable playing time were first year players, which is really impressive at the senior level."
North Middlesex took home WOSSAA 1-A senior bronze.
Strathroy Holy Cross won WOSSAA 1-A junior gold, defeating WCI, 43-38.
Junior Beavers silver in volleyball
Dorchester brought home silver from WOSSAA 1-A junior boys volleyball, at Westminster high school.
Goderich won the gold medal match, defeating the Beavers, three games to one.
The Beavers beat the host Wildcats, in the semifinals, three games to none.
On the senior court, WCI won gold, to earn a spot at OFSAA, defeating London Mgr. Bruyere. Westminster won bronze, beating St. Marys DCVI.