High School Winter Sports Season Begins

With a successful fall return to high school sports, the winter season is now underway for local high schools in various sports.

The junior boys basketball season started earlier than the senior circuit.

The St Mark Lions lost a pair of games last week and saw their record fall to 2-3. After losing their opener to St. Francis Xavier 73-66, the Lions rebounded with wins over Glebe (62-32) and Woodroffe (63-62). Last week, the Lions fell 55-51 to Lisgar and 61-47 to Franco Cite.

The Lions have three games scheduled before the Christmas break, as they visit unbeaten St. Patrick Dec. 12, and then host Ridgemont Dec. 14 and Ashbury Dec. 22. All games have a 4 p.m. tip off.

St. Francis Xavier dropped their season opener to St. Patrick but has since gone on a six-game win streak. Last week, they posted a 61-43 win over Ashbury and a 75-42 win over Ridgemont. The Coyotes host Franco-Cite Dec. 14.

The South Carleton Storm has a 4-2 record after splitting games last week. On Dec. 5, the Storm fell 48-47 to Pierre-Savard before bouncing back with a 59-52 win over Pierre-de-Blois. The Storm also has wins over Redeemer Christian, Osgoode and Gloucester. They visit Hillcrest Dec. 12 and Brookfield Dec. 16.

Osgoode earned its first win of the season Dec. 6 by beating Redeemer Christian 38-13. The Panthers suffered tough losses to Gloucester (53-51) and Brookfield (57-40).

Hockey underway

The South Carleton Storm will play three games in a round robin format Wed., Dec. 21 as they begin their NCSSAA boys hockey season.

The Storm will play St. Pius X at 8:30 a.m., Beatrice Desloges at 11:30 a.m., and St. Mother Teresa at 3 p.m. All games are at the Nepean Sportsplex.

On the girls side, South Carleton is off to a 2-1 start after playing three games Dec. 7 at the Sportsplex. The Storm beat Pierre-Savard 7-2 and John McCrae 5-2 but lost to St. Mother Teresa 5-1. The Storm faces St. Francis Xavier Dec. 15 and Osgoode Dec. 20 at 3 p.m. in Richmond.

Osgoode sits with a 1-1-1 record with a 5-3 win over John McCrae, a 1-1 tie with Pierre-Savard and a 5-0 loss to St. Mother Teresa.

St. Mark is scheduled to begin their girls hockey season Dec. 15 at the Nepean Sportsplex. The Lions face Sacred Heart at 8:15 a.m., St. Joseph at 11 a.m., and Glebe at 2:15 p.m.

Curling begins

The South Carleton Storm boys team dropped their first curling match of the season as they lost to Woodroffe 8-6. The Storm will face Franco Ouest Dec. 21 and Pierre Savard Jan. 12. Both games are at the Nepean Sportsplex at 3 p.m.

St. Francis Xavier opened their season with a 7-4 win over Merivale. They play St. Paul Dec. 15 and Colonel by Dec. 22 at the Sportsplex.

The South Carleton girls were big winners in their first game, posting a 14-0 shutout over Woodroffe. St. Mark were 6-3 winners over Longfields-Davidson Heights. The Storm and Lions will battle each other Dec. 22 and Jan. 12 at the Sportsplex.