High school roundup: Nobles secure first WECSSAA football championship in over a quarter century

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The Belle River Nobles captured the school’s first WECSSAA football title in more than a quarter century.

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Belle River also completed an unbeaten season in league play with a dominating 27-7 win over the Herman Green Griffins at Acumen Stadium.

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“We’ve won some Wilson Conference (lower tier) titles, but nothing top tier,” said Nobles’ head coach Gerald Hlady, who has been at the school since 2006. “It’s always been Herman and Holy Names.”

Belle River went right through the heart of area high school football to get to the title by beating Holy Names 45-7 in the semis and Herman in the final.

“I’ve coached a lot of different teams and it’s nice to finally have the horses to work with,” Hlady said.

Quarterback Nick Dimovski threw touchdown passes to Elijah Maxwell and Brayden Canto while running in another score. Kicker Matteo Triffon added three converts, two field goals and a single.

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“We won a junior championship in 2019 and had a good quarterback,” Hlady said of Dimovski. “They were super excited for football in 2020, but COVID hit for two years.

“(Dimovski) came back for a fifth year, which was a huge positive, and convinced a few friends to come back.”

Belle River will now face Sarnia St. Patrick on Thursday in the SWOSSAA final with the winner advancing to the OFSAA Eastern Bowl on Nov. 30 in Guelph.

Girls AAA basketball

The Holy Names Knights turned a three-point lead after the first quarter into an 18-point advantage at the half and never looked back in taking the WECSSAA senior girls’ AAA basketball title with a 556-36 win over the St. Anne Saints.

Leah Tate paced all scorers with 20 for the Knights, which included 10 in the second quarter. Kiki Sran added 13 points for Holy Names, which included a trio of three-pointers in the second quarter and Claire Pozzi chipped in with nine points.

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Ella Brazier paced the Saints, who will host the OFSAA girls’ AAA tournament, with 15 points and Abby Cullion added nine points.

Girls AA basketball

The Kingsville Cavaliers scored a double-digit win in the WECSSAA girls’ AA championship.

Molly Scherer had 11 points to lead the Cavaliers to a 39-28 victory over the North Star Wolves from Amherstburg, who got a game-high 16 points from Lily Mulder.

Girls A basketball

The Lajeunesse Royals earned the WECSSAA girls’ A basketball title with a tough 41-35 victory over the Academy Ste. Cecil Spirit.

Olivia Jasniewicz and Kilendya Pendeza each had eight points for the Royals while Meaghan Carvalho had a game-high 12 points for the Spirit.

WECSAA boys’ volleyball

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The WECSSAA senior boys’ volleyball season wrapped up on Saturday with a pair of finals at the Nature Fresh Center in Leamington.

The Sandwich Sabres finished off an unbeaten season with a three-game sweep of the St. Joseph Lasers in the senior boys’ AAA final. Sandwich took the match by scores of 27-25, 25-15 and 25-20.

The Kingsville Cavaliers needed a tough four sets to take out the Leamington Lions in the senior boys’ AA final by scores of 25-20, 22-25, 25-20 and 26-24.

The Lajeunesse Royals claimed the senior boys’ A title with a three-game sweep of the United Mennonite Educational Institute Lightning by scores of 25-22, 25-20 and 25-19.



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