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St. Clair Indoor Soccer Teams Qualify for OCAA Championships

(Windsor, Ontario) - The St. Clair Saints varsity indoor soccer teams were in Ancaster Tuesday taking part in the OCAA Regionals at Redeemer University.

The St. Clair women went 3-0 in their pool finishing first to advance to the OCAA Championships. The Saints got off to a solid start defeating St. Lawrence Cornwall 4-0. Cassie Nicholas (Windsor) scored two for the Saints with singles going to Julia Albeartie (Belle River) and Cassie Medeiros (London). Andie Albert (Melbourne) picked up the shutout in goal. In their second match St. Clair defeated the Durham Lords 2-1. Albeartie and Alexis Provost (Windsor) scored for the Saints. St. Clair wrapped up first place in their pool by defeating Redeemer 5-0. Alayna Banks (Tecumseh) led the way with 2 goals, while Nicholas, Jaclyn French (Windsor) and Alexandria Schooley (Tecumseh) each had singles. Albert and Allison Chopchik (Leamington) split the game in goal in picking up the shutout.

The St. Clair men ended up going 2-1 finishing in a three way tie for first place. However, due to tiebreakers the Saints ended up second. The top 2 teams advance to the OCAA Championship. The Saints got off to terrible start in their first game losing 6-0 to the host Redeemer Royals. St. Clair bounced back well winning their second match 2-0 over a tough Centennial Colts squad. Goal scorers were Martin Nyul (Hungary) and Chris Spadafora (LaSalle). Shane Beaton (Windsor) earned the shutout in goal. In their final match of the day in a must win game St. Clair defeated St. Lawrence Cornwall by a score of 8-0. Petar Stevkovski (Windsor) led the way with 4 goals, while Nyul and Matt Montaleone (Windsor) had 2 goals each. Peter Mar Burhoft (Iceland) was solid in goal in picking up the clean sheet.

The OCAA Championships are being hosted by Redeemer University in Ancaster from March 22-24 . The event features the top 10 male and female teams from across Ontario. Both St. Clair teams are the defending OCAA Silver Medalists.

St. Clair College Women’s Basketball Win OCAA Consolation Final

(Etobicoke, Ontario) – The St. Clair College Women’s Basketball team (15-9) won the Consolation Championship Sunday afternoon in Etobicoke at the OCAA Championship hosted by Humber College with a thrilling 82-75 overtime win over George Brown College (17-4). The Saints held a slim lead after the opening quarter (12-10) but fell behind when George Brown opened up a 31-24 advantage by halftime. George Brown continued to expand their lead to as much as 11 points midway through the third quarter. But St. Clair responded the remainder of the frame and were only down 46-45 headed to the final quarter.

This see saw affair was just getting started as the teams shared the lead 14 times overall in the contest. The game went down to the wire in regulation and St. Clair could have pulled it out late after gaining possession with a 2-point lead. George Brown hustled the ball up-court and put their Player of the Game on the line with just 0.6 seconds left. Tianna Sullivan (Toronto, ON) made both free throws to force 5 extra minutes of overtime. George Brown took another lead early in the overtime period but St. Clair stormed back and scored 16 points total in the overtime led by Logan Kucera (Chatham, ON) who earned Player of the Game honours for her team. Kucera scored 10 of her 26 points in overtime alone with 8 rebounds total in the game.

In her last collegiate game St. Clair’s Shannon Kennedy (Windsor, ON/St. Joseph’s) went out in style scoring 22 points and added 15 rebounds to go with 4 blocked shots. Jana Kucera (Chatham, ON) also reached double figures for the Saints scoring 12 points to go with 12 rebounds for her own double-double. Anna Ulicny (Tecumseh, ON/St. Anne) scored 11 points to round out St. Clair’s double figure scorers.

With the win the Lady Saints can lay claim to a 5th place overall finish in the OCAA.