Little school has big heart

By Joel Charron

Just because they may be the smallest school in the county, doesn’t mean they’re push overs.

A lot of the larger elementary schools discovered that after the St. Theresa girl’s basketball team captured the “B” division finalist pennant in the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board basketball playoffs.

The girls accomplished the feat even although the girls were the lowest seed.

“This is the hardest working team I’ve ever coached,” said teacher/coach Vic DiNardo. “They beat schools that were more than double our size.”

Front row (L to R) Natalie DeMarco, Paige Carnahan, Sarah Beneteau, Leah Crowder, Chantal Charlton, Abbie Barron, Madison Broodbant. Back row (L to R) Coach Vic DiNardo, Charlotte Mesman, Emily Goggin, Sarah Menard, Julia Sloan, Gillin Shaw.

It’s a pretty amazing feat considering that DiNardo almost cancelled the season because the team only had nine players. The league requires schools to carry 10 players on each team.

DiNardo said he had to recruit Grade 6 girls, some of whom had never played basketball before. However as the season moved on the girls came together as a team.

St. Theresa matched up against larger schools because of the elimination of the “C” division.   DiNardo, along with Lorraine Roy, said under the old rules St. Theresa would have been matched up against schools their size. Now they are matched up against schools that are much large and have a larger pool of students to choose from.

The girls finished the season 9-1. Their only loss of the three came in the championship game, where they came up short by only three points.

“I couldn’t be prouder of a group of girls,” said DiNardo. “They never gave up even though people never gave them a chance.”

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