JOCK TALK – Top General Amherst sports moments of the year


By Joel Charron

The General Amherst Athletic Banquet has come and gone which ends anther year in Amherst athletics. Here are my Top 10 General Amherst athletic moments of the school year.

Lady Gens Basketball – Once again the Lady Gens Basketball team is at the top of my list. Which is fitting seeing that they have been a top of Windsor-Essex County for a decade now. How did the Lady Gens do this year? Oh you know, they just won their tenth straight WECSSAA title, ninth straight SWOSSAA title and an OFSAA silver medal. Just your typical season.

Amherst Track – Amherstburg picked up their 22nd WECSSAA AA track championship, not to mention the athletes racked in copious amounts of medals and records through the track and field season. Dave Scott and his coaching staff had their athletes ready for every meet they went to. Not bad for a team that didn’t have a track to practice on. Brandon Allen – This kid has closed out his Amherst track career in style. Wherever Brandon Allen runs, magic is going to follow. He picked up gold in WECSAA, SWOSSAA, OFSAA regionals and OFSAA All-Ontario and he broke a few records along the way. All hail Amherst’s king of track!

Lady Gens Volleyball – After last year’s OFSAA quarterfinal exit, this team played like they had something to prove. They had some ups and downs but when the chips were down, the Lady Gens came to play. To go along with their WECSSAA and SWOSSAA titles the Lady Gens won silver at OFSAA.

Boys Baseball – This was a fun team to watch. Stacked with great pitching and a good mix of senior and junior students, Bulldogs baseball put up a fight in every game. Now the end result wasn’t exactly what they pictured but this is a sign of good things to come. Girls Slo-Pitch – These girls were a riot, whether it was Paige Bondy mashing out home runs like a champ or Renee Reid chirping me for use a photo of her with her mouth open, this team was fun to cover. Although I think they drastically underachieved they still played hard and had fun doing it…and that’s all you can really ask for.

Boys Basketball – I completely enjoyed watching the 2013 Bulldogs play on the hard court and if it wasn’t for a slow start in the first half of WECSSAA finals I could easily be talking about their title. Watching Max Reiner command the court, Todd Girard and Joel Wilson come into their own and Dylan Jaber take that next step was truly a treat this year. Badminton – Ryanne Stieler and Rebecca Krug This girls doubles team deserve a lot more attention than what they got. A WECSSAA title, silver at SWOSSAA and a berth to OFSAA, what a season! To be honest I can’t remember the last time Amherst sent student-athletes to OFSAA for badminton.

Jr. Girls Basketball – After watching the WECSSAA finals I got a glimpse into the future of Lady Gens basketball, and let me tell you the future is still very bright. Olivia Starling, Maddie Turner, Dani Leroux and Jasmine Hurst are definitely going to give us some exciting moment over the next few years. Jr. Football – It took a little while for this team to find its identity but once they did they became a good team, although their record didn’t really portray the way they played. Sam Girard, Eric Wismer and David Beaudoin established themselves as leaders and should be fun to watch as their high school years develop.

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