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It’s the end of a saga for the athletes of Woodland Christian High School, as the girls’ basketball team’s season concluded with a shot at a bronze medal at the provincials last week.

Playing at the basketball championships in North Bay November 22-24, the Cavaliers played through the competition until the final stages, ultimately falling in the bronze-medal game to MacDonald Cartier.

The Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) championship was the culmination of a season that saw the Woodland team propel through the regular season and the regional championships with a perfect record.

Seeded second of 18 teams at the OFSAA championships, the girls kept their winning streak alive, going through the first three rounds undefeated, before finally dropping that medal-round decision. MacDonald Cartier proved the superior team, ultimately clinching the bronze over Woodland with a 61-44 final score.

Taking home the gold this year in girls’ basketball was the O’Gorman High School from Timmins, followed by silver medalist E.J. Lajeunesse.

Also making a showing at the provincials was the Woodland boys’ volleyball team. Seeded ninth out of a roster of 20 competing teams, the boys nonetheless climbed to the top of their respective pool, edging out the four other teams in a set of round-robin matches, including Durham Christian, which was seeded third overall.

The boys met their match, however, in the championship quarterfinals, falling to antique bronze medalists, Mère Theresa.

Medaling at the boys’ volleyball this year was the gold-winners Louis Riel, silver medalists St. Thomas Aquinas and the bronze Hamilton Christian.

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