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When I was about 16, I was fortunate enough to be part of a Sudbury team that won a provincial midget lacrosse championship.

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That was over four decades ago and although my memory is fading it seems to me that we started the provincial game at a B level, lost a few tough games, and then were relegated to D, where we ended up. eventually settled in a final match at Orillia.

It was a game we weren’t supposed to win, but we played our best game of the season and walked off the pitch with a decisive 8-3 win.

I still have, and cherish, a certificate signed by the Premier of Ontario to attest to victory and, more importantly, I still fondly think of those times when a small group of Sudbury faced l adversity, took a few pieces along the way and finally got it right.

Did I care what level it was? Did I care about the teams that weren’t able to participate that year? Did we compete a little less vigorously because it was level D?

Hard no. Which brings me to the point.

I tire of some who are quick to point out that the successes of NOSSA and OFSAA this season are due to a smaller field, less teams able to compete due to COVID.

In any given year, not just this one, schools are unable to compete due to a wide variety of factors and although this is truly unfortunate, especially in this year we should celebrate those who have failed. engaged, trained hard and competed, regardless of field size, regardless of the outcome.

To me, your victories are no less impressive, no less impactful, and I suspect you make no less sense.

And that’s exactly how it should be.

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Well, it’s the end of the 2021 football season, with no less than five big league games played in the junior / senior girls and boys leagues. Congratulations to the junior and senior girls from Confederation (A), the senior girls from Horizon (B), the junior boys from Lasalle and the senior boys from Lo-Ellen for their exceptional seasons!

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This week saw three championships completed in basketball, including the senior division I (champions: Lo-Ellen Park), the junior II division (champions: Esc Champlain) and the senior division DII (champions: Esc l’Horizon).

The only remaining basketball championship, Junior DI, was scheduled for Wednesday night with Lo-Ellen visiting regular season champions Macdonald Cartier at 6 p.m.

Also on Wednesday, a pair of DII men’s volleyball championships were due to be played at Lively DSS starting at 5 p.m., with juniors and seniors from Hanmer challenging the Hawks for the banners.

On Saturday, the DI Men’s Volleyball Championships will take place with venue and start times still unknown at time of publication.

Dave Makela is the Athletic Administrator for the Sudbury District Secondary Schools Athletic Association. His column is weekly during the high school sports season.


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