A Straight Set Victory For Bronze 11.25.06
When Kingston hosts an OFSAA, RND gets set to take advantage. Following Soccer Gold last spring the Panther Senior Boys Volleyball team captured Bronze in the OFSAA AAA Boys Volleyball Championship tonight in the CND gym at RND.
The Gold Medal match between Chatham Kent (#1) and Oakridge (#2) is currently taking place, so the RND Scoreboard will have more info. about the Panther Bronze later tonight or tomorrow morning.
For now, RND Fans can feast their eyes on some images of our Bronze medal team.
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Congratulations to the OFSAA Convenors
Thank You From the OFSAA Convenors 11.25.06
Mr. Pat Farrell and Mr. Mark McKenna and the entire organzing committee of the 2006 OFSAA AAA Boys Volleyball Championships should be congratulated for their hard work in preparing for and carrying out a tremendously successful event.
The OFSAA event would not have been possible without the dedicated and selfless efforts of literally hundreds of volunteers, largely from the RND community, but also involving Holy Cross, Queen's Univ, Loyalist C.V.I., the local Officials Association and local volleyball clubs. Time and a bit of exhaustion means we are unable to name all of you, however if you were involved in OFSAA, from Pat Farrell, Mark McKenna and the Organzing Committee - THANK YOU!!!
Panthers on the Prowl
Sports - Saturday, November 25, 2006 Updated @ 11:11:27 PM
It’s clear from the evidence that the Regiopolis-Notre Dame Panthers played some fine volleyball yesterday. As one of only four undefeated teams remaining at the end of the first day of the provincial boys AA high school volleyball championship, that’s to be understood.
Panthers coach Mark McKenna is convinced there were other elements at work with his players. The silent hand of experience, he said, was raised to their benefit more than once.
"We’ve got tons of it," McKenna said after his team disposed of the fourth-seeded Southwood Sabres of Cambridge 2-0 last night.
He noted the presence of four players from last spring’s OFSAA gold medal-winning soccer team among his athletes, and also a history of playing important games before big crowds, such as four county volleyball finals in Bartlett Gym at Queen’s University and Carty Memorial basketball games.
"They’re used to crowds, they’re used to high-energy,
intense situations," McKenna said.
Diminutive Dustin Garrett Plays Big Role for Regi Volleyball Team
By Patrick Kennedy
Local Sports - Thursday, November 23, 2006 Updated @ 11:26:17 PM
By Patrick Kennedy Whig-Standard Staff Writer
The way he sees it, five-foot-four Dustin Garrett is just the right size for the position.
And that would be, what, a jockey? One of Santas helpers?
Diminutive Dustin is the perfect fit on a powerful Regiopolis-Notre Dame Panthers senior boys volleyball club in this weekends Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations triple-A championship in Kingston.
"Being short does have its advantages in this game," said the little libero, a fearless defensive specialist responsible for keeping spiked shots from hitting the hardwood.
"Think about it," reasoned the 17-year-old. "Im already low, Im already down there and, in most cases, Im already set. [Opponents] dont hit the ball high, they hit it low and Im already down there waiting to dig it out.
The oldest of Nancy and Paul Garretts three children is not the teams most valuable player, unless the criteria are unselfish behaviour and unfailing moral support. In that case, hes an MVP of any team.
"Dustins the type of kid who prefers to see his teammates do well over himself," observed OFSAA tournament convener Pat Farrell, who coached Garrett the past three years before relinquishing the coaching reins to ex-junior coach Mark McKenna this year. "Hes Regis biggest cheerleader."
The libero is principally employed as a passer or serve receiver.
"You wont see Dustin in the front row," said coach McKenna, "but he really stands out on the back row.
"Usually [Dan] McBride, [A.J.] Conway, [Joe] ONeill, [James] Draper and others get the ink, but Dustins a key member of this team," the coach said of the fourth-year Panther.
"He may not look like a typical volleyball player, but he plays like one.
"Libero is a position that tends to get overlooked, but if we kept stats on which player hits the floor most often for digs, Dustin would be the guy, hands down," he added.
"Most players use their forearms but Dustins very strong with his hands," McKenna continued. "He not only gets to the ball, but he can usually volley it with his hands and control it better."
Garrett started playing volleyball in Grade 4 at Holy Name School. Even then he preferred the back row.
"I love it when someone hammers the ball in my direction the harder the better."
As for this weekends competition, the puniest Panther in the pack is confident of a "good run" by his team.
"At the very least I see us in the championship round," he said.
Overall this is a noticeably smaller
Regi squad than the towering troupe that captured the 2005 county and regional titles before placing fourth at
"The Regi wall s been torn down," said McKenna of the since-graduated front line whose height averaged six-foot-six.
Instead these cats depend on speed, tenacity and boundless energy, traits that powered them to victory over the Holy Cross Crusaders in the county title match at Bartlett Gym.
"The key to our game is energy and strong defence," noted our lil libero. "Thats what the coach has stressed all year and so far its worked.
Regi Hosts Ontario Triple-A Volleyball Championship
By Patrick Kennedy
Local Sports - Wednesday, November 22, 2006 Updated @ 11:40:41 PM
By Patrick Kennedy
Whig-Standard Staff Writer
Seldom has a provincial high school sports championship featured such an overwhelming favourite as the Chatham-Kent Golden Hawks, the No. 1 seed in this weekends Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations boys volleyball tournament in Kingston the first locally hosted year-end triple-A event in three decades.
The Golden Hawks are not invincible but they may the next best thing, as indicated by a jaw-dropping 60-1 mark this season.
"We played them earlier in the year, our second match and their third tournament," said Mark McKenna, coach of the host Regiopolis-Notre Dame Panthers. "They laid a pretty good hurtin on us.
"I know anything can happen at OFSAA, but that team has to be the clear favourite."
Chatham-Kent has been the top seed at the last four championships, winning in 2003 and 2004.
"They have five fifth-year players, including a couple of provincial-team players," he added, referring to left-side power hitter Derek Lapp and middle Greg Houston.
Londons Oakridge Oaks (30-10-6) and Gloucesters Colonel By Cougars
(37-5-2) are seeded second and third, respectively. Oakridge is the
defending champion, having copped its third crown in the past decade
last year in Chatham.
Night at Bartlett 11.13.06
It was a dominating performance from the very first serve has the Panthers,
for the second consecutive year, convincingly defeated the Holy Cross
Crusaders to capture the the KASSAA championship. In a strong display
of team play RND dominated
all aspects of the contest. Strong serving from Joe O'Neill was coupled
with great defense from Dustin Garrett and veteran James Draper. A.J.
Conway and Derek Wilson were intimidating at the net and the entire
operation ran smoothly around the decision-making and execution of Daniel
McBride. The focus of the team was obvious throughout as they consistently
beat back any attempt the Crusaders made at creating momentum. This
confident group can now build on their fine play and considerable provincial
experience as they fine-tune their game for the OFSAA championship tournament
to be hosted at RND next week.
Panthers Sweep Holy Cross in Senior Boys Volleyball Final
Local Sports - Tuesday, November 14, 2006 @ 07:00
Regiopolis-Notre Dame Panthers wanted no part of taking the back door into the provincial high school Volleyball championship.
Already guaranteed a berth at the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations senior AAA championship in two weeks, the Panthers instead played as if there was no tomorrow against the Holy Cross Crusaders last night before a crowd of 400 in Bartlett Gym.
"We knew we had to prove we're going [to OFSAA] for the right reason and not because we're hosting," said co-captain James Draper, one of the many leaders in Regi's 3-0 sweep to the Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association title.
"Our defence, our intensity and our fans helped us," Draper said.
The Panthers, rolled over by the Crusaders in their only regular-season meeting, a 3-0 victory by Holy Cross, were a much different squad last night.
Led by Draper, Derek Wilson, Joe O'Neill and A. J. Conway, Regi never let the Crusaders find a comfort zone.
"Great defence by Regi. Balls that we scored on all year were not there tonight. That's a real credit to them," said Holy Cross coach Mike O'Brien.
"We put up so many balls and they turned them back. They deserve full credit."
Draper said the Panthers were overconfident in their regular-season meeting with Holy Cross. Regi began the season as the defending champions.
"We expected teams to roll over. Losing to Holy Cross then was a big reality check for us," Draper said.
The Crusaders' attack centres around the big hitting of Clayton Johnston, a senior who also plays on a high-performance Volleyball team in Ottawa. Regi adjusted its defence smartly against him.
"You have to be accountable with Clayton out there. If you don't look after him, he will beat you," said Regi coach Mark McKenna.
"We did that and our passing was really strong. We handled the extra space [of Bartlett] really well."
The Panthers used a blocking scheme that involved Wilson and a combination of teammates at the net as a double-team up front when Johnston was set up for a smash attempt.
"We knew where he hits it two-thirds of the time. Once we got the block set, it put some uncertainty into his game," the 18-year-old Draper said.
"He still played well for them. He was one of a few for their team who stepped up their game."
The Panthers turned a close opening set - it was 14-13 Regi at the midway part - into a 25-16 win by scoring four points off O'Neill's serves.
Over the final five points of the set and even for the important moments of the second and third sets, it was Regi's Wilson who became the central figure of the match.
He made three knockdown kills for points and two blocks on Johnston to close out the set.
In a 25-15 second-set win, although Johnston opened with a thunderous knockdown for a point, the Panthers responded quickly. Service points from Dan McBride and Wilson's two rejections at the net had Regi rolling again.
"Holy Cross really felt [Derek Wilson's] presence. He is always big up the middle for us," said co-captain Dan McBride.
At times it didn't matter where Holy Cross' Ryan Kerstens, Brock Poirier or Johnston returned the ball with authority. The Panthers found ways to make the digs and returns.
"We stepped it up halfway through the first set. I thought we were tight coming out. I think you're always nervous from the get-go in this setting," said McBride, who has now played on four straight Regi championship teams going back to his first two seasons of junior ball.
"It is so much better and means much more to be going on [to OFSAA] as the champion.
"This is my final year. It's a sweet way to end it."
Wilson said the Panthers were both ready and healthier last night than the team was when it lost to Holy Cross in the regular season.
"I don't think we were ready for them. We had James [Draper] out and A.J. was just back from a broken finger," Wilson said.
"We were ready for this. It's all we thought about today. We wanted to win KASSAA to prove we're just not in [OFSAA] as the host but because we earned it."
The Panthers will now host the Eastern Ontario Secondary School Association championship Thursday. If the Panthers win that crown, the runner-up team will advance to OFSAA.
The AAA provincial championship will be hosted by Regi, Nov. 24-25. The Panthers won the Ontario title in 2002.
Bartlett Bound - Seniors Look to Defend Their Title 11.10.06
A 3 - 1 home court victory over the Sydenham Golden Eagles propelled the Panthers into the KASSAA final, where, for the second consecutive year they will face the Holy Cross Crusaders for KASSAA Volleyball supremacy. RND will be attempting to defend it's hard fought championship from last year with numerous players who are familiar with the energy at Bartlett due to their multiple trips to the KASSAA finals over the past four years. RND's faithful fans should make plans to make some noise in support of the boys at Bartlett.
Senior Volleyball Quarter-Final 11.07.06
RND began their title defence with a solid overall effort in straight set victory over Ernestown (25-18, 25-16, 25-14 ). Joe O'Neill scored 12 kills while Derek Wilson led the serving attack with 4 aces. The boys continue their playoff run this Thursday at RND. Come out to support your Panthers!
Panthers Clash with Black Knights 11.05.06
The RND Seniors ended their regular season with a straight set victory over a scrappy Lasalle squad (25-22, 25-15, 25-10) . The Gananoque connection of Joe O'Neill and JJ Bosica led the team with 11 kills and 6 digs respectively. The boys are travelling to Ottawa this weekend to play in the Cougar challenge against some of the top teams in Ontario to help them prepare for playoffs that begin Tuesday.
Home Court Win versus Loyalist 10.30.06
For the fourth straight game the Senior Panthers had a different player lead in kills with AJ Conway recording 12 for the victors (25-22, 25-10, 25-19). Joe O'Neill and Derek Wilson chipped in with 8 apiece. After overcoming 7 serving errors in the first the squad was able to find their way in the second and made life difficult for the Lancer passers. Next up is the the Lasalle Black Knights before the second season begins.
Sizzling in Sydenham 10.29.06
With one of their best all around performances of the season the boys were able to defeat a powerful Sydenham offence (25-17, 25-17, 25-20)with precision serving and steady defence. Derek Wilson proved to be too much at the net with 8 kills and 5 stuff blocks. Dustin Garrett and Marcus Ruffolo were a solid passing tandem allowing Regi to run all facets of their offence. The team has improved to 8-1 in league play and is looking forward to their final two matches of the season next week. Go Panthers!
Frontenac Falls at RND 10.24.06
A balanced attack allowed the Senior Panthers to earn a straight set victory (25-16, 25-11, 25-15) . Five kills apiece were recorded by Derek Wilson, AJ Conway, James Draper and Joseph O'Neill. Next up, the boys travel north to face a powerful Sydenham opponent.
Napanee Road Trip Profitable 17.10.06
RND won 3 games (25-10, 25-14, 20-25, 25-15) to one over a strong passing Napanee squad. Anton Freundorfer recorded 4 kills and 8 service points for the winners while JJ Bosica led the team with seven digs.
Tournament Success in Toronto 10.18.06
RND had a successful weekend at the prestigious Rick Hansen/ St Joseph's tournament in Mississauga on the weekend. Playing against some of the perennial OFSSA favorites the boys played some of their best volleyball of the season. The squad won 3 games, split 2 and lost 1. Congratualtions and keep up the hard work. Game Results were: RND 2 Neil McNeil (Toronto)0 (25-11, 25-14) - RND 2 Loyala (Oakville) 0 (25-16, 25-18) - RND 1 Unionville 1 (16-25, 25-22) - RND 1 Rick Hansen (Mississauga) 1 (25-17, 22-25) - RND 2 Campion (Toronto) 0 25-22, 25-20 - RND 1 Colonel By (Ottawa) 2 (25-21, 19-25, 8-15)
Full House, Full Squad Versus the Blues 10.13.06:
The Senior Boys played with a full line-up for the first time all season and showed why they are one of the teams to be reckoned with in Kingston. Putting together their most complete performance of the season the boys knocked off previously unbeaten KCVI three sets to one (25-20 18-25 26-24 25-19). Leading the way for RND were left side hitters Joseph O'Neill and James Draper with 12 and 10 kills apiece and the fine defensive work of Dustin Garrett who recorded 6 digs. This weekend the boys travel to Toronto to tangle with some of the best teams in the province.
Back From Bayridge with a Win 10.11.06:
RND recorded their 4th win of the season with a 3-0 victory (25-17, 25-16, 29-27) over Bayridge. Kevin Daviau led the team with 6 kills and Dan McBride contributed 23 assists. Next up the boys play KCVI, Thursday at 3:30.
Trip North a Success 10.03.06
RND improved to 3-0 in the regular season with a straight set victory over the North of Kingston Panthers. Scores were 25-17, 25-10, 25-17
Sr. Volleyball Building for Important Matches 10.01.06
RND competed very well in the Crusaders "playday". Priorities for the day were working out the kinks and and preparing for the upcoming KASSAA schedule. The boys finished the day with a total sets won lost record of 9-1. Thanks to juniors Ben Plazzotta and Scott Wilson for helping with an injury depleted lineup. Match scores were: RND 2 SLHS 0 (25-10, 25-14), RND 2 FSS (25-11, 25-20), RND 1 KCVI 1 (17-25, 25-22), RND 2 ESS 0 (25-14, 25-16), RND 2 HC 0 (25-15, 25- 14).
Senior Panther Down Eagles at Home 09.28.06
RND improved to 2-0 in KASSAA with a straight set victory. Tough serving from Joe O'Neill and Kevin Daivau paced the way for the Panthers. The match scores were 25-8, 25-9, 25-10.
Senior Panthers Open Season at Home 09.26.06
RND defeated Marie Rivier 3-0. Scores were 25- 14, 25-9, 25- 13. The
Senior boys are now 1-0 in KASSAA play.
Tournament Action in Toronto 09.25.06
The senior boys opened their season by sending a patchwork lineup to the prestigious York University Volleyball Tournament. Competing against some of the top teams in Ontario, the boys steadily improved their play over the weekend and will be ready for KASSAA play this coming week. Many of the boys were playing in their first ever senior boys matches (Marcus Ruffolo, John Bosica, and Anton Freundorfer played in his first ever high school tournament!!) while others were playing positions that they had never played before (Dan McBride- right side, Kevin Daviau- middle, James Draper- left side). The boys are to be commended for learning their new positions and competing so well against some of the provinces best. The results of the matches were:
Round Robin Play:
Unionville (10) defeated RND (20) 2-0 (25-18, 25-13)
Chatham Kent (1) defeated RND (20) 2-0 (25-9, 25-11)
Durham Christian (11) defeated RND (20) 2-0 (25-19, 25-23)
RND (20) defeated Bishop Ryan (21) 2-0 (25-7, 25- 14)
RND (20) defeated Georgetown (12) 2-0 (25- 21, 25- 23)
Ancaster (4) defeated RND (20) 2-1 (25-23, 17-25, 15- 13)