Abby Laframboise

General Amherst girls compete in junior hockey tournament

 

The General Amherst girls played in a junior hockey tournament for Grade 9’s and 10’s, organized by the Belle River Nobles in Lakeshore April 11-12.

Originally 12 players signed up to participate but due to injuries and illness we were only able to ice nine skaters and a goalie.  But true to Amherst spirit and determination, they battled on to the end.  Graduating seniors Carly Renaud and Emily Pontini coached the team as way of giving back to the program.  Their strong dedication to the program was evident as they organized and ran practices leading up to the tournament.  They dealt with a very short bench and kept the girls focused on playing hard till the final buzzer sounded.

On Wednesday, Amherst played their first game against Kingsville. They played a solid game and were able to defeat Kingsville 2-0.  Abby Bondy scored both goals for Amherst.  Jaiden Stiles played a great game in goal posting the shutout.  The Amherst defence corps of Abby Laframboise, Cassidy Zelle, Renae Hammond and newcomer Mia McGrath played a solid game in front of their goalie.  Taylor Dufour also made her return to hockey after taking a year off and played hard throughout the tournament.  Halle Higgins came out of her comfort zone and made her debut playing her first ever hockey game.

Carly Renaud and Emily Pontini give the General Amherst team encouragement during a junior hockey tournament game for high school girls. (Submitted photo)

Later that day we played our second game versus a strong Sandwich team.  Sandwich was able to come away with a hard fought 2-0 victory. Once again Jaiden Stiles played a solid game in goal for Amherst but we were not able to capitalize on our chances against a strong Sandwich team which was allowed to use their grade 11 goalie for the tourney. (They did not have a Grade 9 or 10 goalie)

On Thursday, Amherst played their third game of the tourney against another strong team from L’Essor.  Once again in spite of having a short bench Amherst played a spirited game but came away with a 3-1 loss.  Scoring for Amherst was Abbie Drouillard assisted by Cassidy Zelle. Jaiden Stiles played her usual solid game in goal.

Although we did not advance to the semifinals this tournament the coaching staff was very pleased with their effort and how they showed great potential for the future. With 10 players returning next year as well as a strong group of players coming in from Grade 8, we look forward to next year and can’t wait to get started.

The players and coaches would like to thank Carly and Emily for their time and commitment in coaching this team.  Their leadership and enthusiasm will be missed and we wish them great success in the future.  We would also like to thank the parents for their support throughout the season and a special thank you to John Holzel for his time and expertise in taking our team photo.  Have a great summer if it ever comes and see you in November.

 

-Submitted by General Amherst head coach Dan Pettypiece

(attached photo shows Carly Renaud & Emily Pontini giving the team encouragement)

Jr. Lady Gens now at 3-2 after winning two of three last week

 

By Ron Giofu

The General Amherst Lady Gens junior girls basketball team now has three wins and two losses after winning a pair of games last week.

The Lady Gens defeated the Essex Red Raiders 32-27 last Tuesday and then downed Lajeunesse 38-13 Thursday before losing 49-26 to Villanova Friday afternoon. All games were played at General Amherst.

The team, comprised of all Grade 9 players, is progressing as the season went on though the players weren’t overly happy with how the week was capped off.

Emma Macvoy (12, white jersey) drives to the basket during last Friday afternoon’s game against Villanova. The junior Lady Gens game won two of three last week.

Emma Macvoy (12, white jersey) drives to the basket during last Friday afternoon’s game against Villanova. The junior Lady Gens game won two of three last week.

“We came into the (Villanova) game not very energized,” said Danielle Brindley, who led Amherst in Friday’s game with nine points. “After the first half, we started picking up the pace and scoring.”

“Even though we lost we had a hard working game,” added Abby Laframboise.

Laframboise said if they come out with a lot of energy in games, “we’ll see where we can go.”

Both Brindley and Laframboise said the junior Lady Gens have come a long way since their first tournament where they had little confidence. After practicing and playing together, Brindley said “we got to know how people play and we play with them.”

The junior Lady Gens’ next game is Thursday at approximately 5:45 p.m. against Holy Names.