North Grenville Knights
The North Grenville District High School Knights pose with the championship banner after winning the Upper Canada Cup Intermediate Boys’ Basketball Championship.

by Michael Hoy

North Grenville Knights had a successful week in athletics with athletes performing well at both the high school and intermediate levels.

At the high school level, the badminton team competed at the LGSSAA championships in Brockville. In the junior division Abby Stewart and Alex Tym won a silver medal in mixed doubles. Simon Piche and Josh Foley won bronze in men’s doubles while Miah Thurler and Jada Wormald also took bronze in women’s doubles. In the senior division, with a trip to EOSSAA on the line, the Knights qualified four athletes. Regan Stevenson took home a bronze medal and will compete in women’s singles. In men’s singles, Bram Hazelton punched his ticket to EOSSAA with a silver medal. Also winning a silver and advancing was the women’s doubles duo of Laura Byrd and Ireland Thurler. In the overall standings for the day, the Knights finished in 3rd place. The EOSSAA championships will take place in Brockville on Wednesday, April 24.

The NG Intermediate basketball teams had a very successful week in competition at the Upper Canada Cup tournaments. On Tuesday, April 9, the girls travelled to Perth. There they breezed through the round robin portion of the tournament qualifying for the semifinals. However, an ankle injury to Kyla Perkins in the final round robin game hurt them as they dropped a hard-fought decision to the host Perth Blue Devils. This ended a very successful season for Coach Preston’s talented group.

On Thursday, April 11, the boys team also travelled to Perth for their UC Cup competition. Like the girls, the boys easily won their pool and went on to face TISS in the semifinals. The Knights defeated the Pirates in a close match, putting them in the finals against Perth. In the finals, Perth took a 6-point lead into halftime. However, NG battled back and pulled out a thrilling 3-point victory, making them the 2019 Upper Canada Cup champions.

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