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Spring Sports with Strong Finish to School Year

June 30, 2022

With the end of the 2021-22 school year also came the conclusion of a very successful spring athletics season at St. Michael’s College School (SMCS).

“After missing the last two Spring seasons due to COVID, we were reminded how exciting this season can be,” says Alex Frescura ’92, SMCS Director of Athletics. “With the most teams in action than any other point in the year, the spring championships, capped by our Annual Athletic Banquet, is always a really positive way to end the term.”

In total, 263 student-athletes participated in the spring inter-school athletics programme, resulting in three Conference of Independent School Athletic Association (CISAA) league titles, five individual gold medal performances, and numerous other team and individual accolades at the league and provincial levels.

SMCS Spring Athletics | U14 Lacrosse team
The SMCS U14 Lacrosse team at the CISAA final.

U14 Lacrosse

This spring’s edition of the U14 Blue Gaels was one of the most talented in recent history, finishing the CISAA regular season undefeated. In the league final versus rival Upper Canada College, the Gaels gave up some early goals in the first half, but rallied in the second half to finish with a strong 12-4 win and a CISAA championship. Several players contributed to the second-half offensive outburst, but the key to success all year was the team’s stellar defence and goaltending. The championship marks the team’s 13th league title since 2004.

SMCS Spring Athletics | Sr. Rugby team
The SMCS Sr. Rugby team with their championship medals.

Senior Rugby

This year’s senior rugby team rolled through an impressive undefeated regular season. In the playoffs, the Shamrocks continued their winning ways cruising to a convincing 14-0 defeat over Greenwood College School to capture their first Rugby 7s CISAA championship. Best wishes and continued success to graduating student-athletes James Boland, Finn Corkery, Jonathan Debus, Conor Dimmock, Andrew Fraser, James Heijmans, Patrick Hyland, and Kai Dashiell Luginbuhl.

Track and Field

With the loosening of pandemic restrictions paving the way for a more robust track and field season this year, the Varsity Track and Field Team returned with a mission to make up for lost time. In a typical season, the lead-up to the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) would feature a four-month training programme beginning in February. This year, the programme was condensed into a two-month run to the provincials.

The abbreviated season only allowed for two competitions before the CISAA Championships, with significantly more time spent preparing on the school’s track. In the end, the resilient group of student-athletes made the best of their situation, coming away as Novice Boys CISAA Champions and the overall Men’s Championship. This marks the 39th consecutive league title for the school’s track and field team, one of the longest winning streaks in high school sports in North America.

Individual CISAA Medalists:

SMCS track & field student-athletes Andrew and Phoenyx on the podium.
Andrew Wojnicki and Phoenyx Wyse on the podium receiving their silver and bronze medals at the OFSAA Championships.

U14

Timothy Fortier – Gold U14 800m & 1500m
Cristian Vitullo – Silver U13 Discus
Dylan Li – Silver U14 Triple Jump & Bronze U13 Triple Jump

Novice

Gold
Dallas St. John – 400m
Andrew Wojnicki – Shot Put
Phoenyx Wyse – Javelin

Silver
Benjamin Ottey – 1500m, and 3000m
Matthew Kmecz – 400m
Phoenyx Wyse – Shot Put
Raine Kreklewetz – Javelin
Dallas St. John – 800m
Lucas Hendrickson – Triple Jump

Bronze
Lucas Hendrickson – 100m
Matthew Kmecz – 1500m
Benjamin Ottey – 800m
Raine Kreklewetz- 300m Hurdles

Junior

Bronze
Emilio Kankankery – 400m
Gordon Wong – Long Jump

Senior

Gold
Simon Belaisis – 100m
William MacCuspic – Javelin

Silver
Ryan Regault – Triple Jump
Anthony Tulio – Discus, Shot Put
Max Roy – 2000m Steeplechase
Simon Belaisis 200m
Kynan Loftus – 400m Hurdles

Bronze
Nathan Reid – 100m
Kynan Loftus – 400m

Individual OFSAA Medalists:

Grade 9 Andrew Wojnicki – Silver OFSAA Novice Shot Put
Grade 9 Phoenyx Wyse – Bronze OFSAA Novice Shot Put

SMCS Varsity Tennis team silver medalists.
Arden D’Aniello and Christian Mainella received silver medals in doubles at the OFSAA Championships.

2022 Overall Spring Season Highlights

  • Badminton: Junior & Senior Doubles – CISAA Silver Medalists
  • Baseball – CISAA Silver Medalists
  • ESports – First season, undefeated in League of Legends
  • Golf – Junior – CISAA Silver Medalists; Senior – CISAA Bronze Medalists
  • Lacrosse – Senior – CISAA Silver Medalists
  • Rugby – U14 CISAA Bronze Medalists; Junior – CISAA Silver Medalists
  • Tennis – CISAA Silver Medalists
  • Tennis – OFSAA Doubles Silver Medalists – Arden D’Aniello & Christian Mainella
  • Track & Field – U14 Antique Bronze
  • Track & Field – Novice Boys 4x100m – Silver
  • Track & Field – Novice Boys 4x100m – Bronze
  • Track & Field – Junior Boys 4x100m – Bronze
  • Track & Field – Open Boys 4x400m – Silver
  • Ultimate – Silver at CISAA Tournament

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