General Amherst

Lady Gens show improvement in pair of games last week

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

It was a productive week for the General Amherst Lady Gens senior girls basketball team.

The second of the two games turned out to be the second win of the season for General Amherst, a 47-18 victory over the St. Joseph Lasers last Thursday evening in Amherstburg. The halftime lead was 14-4 for the Lady Gens and they put the game away in the third quarter and led 31-10 going into the final eight minutes.

The previous game was two nights earlier in Kingsville, a 56-53 overtime loss to a strong Cavaliers team. Lady Gens head coach Dom Silvaggio said they played well in Kingsville against one of the better “AA” level basketball teams.

“Lexi (Dodds) made a three (pointer) at the end of regulation to send the game into overtime,” said Silvaggio.

The Lady Gens would build a six point lead in overtime but Kingsville would come back and win the game.

General Amherst’s Abby Orchard battles for the ball with a St. Joseph player during the Lady Gens’ win Oct 25.

“We stayed right there with them,” said Silvaggio.

Against St. Joseph, the Lady Gens controlled the game pretty much throughout. Silvaggio said they lost to St. Joseph by eight points at a tournament earlier this season so they are showing signs of progress.

“We didn’t play particularly well in the first half. We missed a lot of shots,” he said.

General Amherst is still battling inconsistency, Silvaggio continued. Even against Kingsville, they had a three to four minute stretch where they didn’t play well.

“Other than that, we played with high intensity on defense, we moved the ball well and hit our shots,” he said. “It was a good week.”

The gradual improvement was good to see, he added.

“Depending on what team shows up, we can challenge anyone in the ‘AA’ playoffs,” he predicted. “If our shooting is on, we’re a handful.”

Dodds and Taja Holmes led the Lady Gens against St. Joseph with 15 and eight points respectively.

General Amherst closed out the regular season yesterday, after this issue of the River Town Times went to press, with a road game in LaSalle against the Sandwich Sabres.

Bulldogs now 5-0 after defeating visiting Blenheim

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The General Amherst Bulldogs have won their first five games of the WECSSAA Tier 3 football season with the latest win coming last Thursday.

The Bulldogs knocked off the visiting Blenheim Bobcats at Centennial Park 27-13 with the Bulldogs scoring the first 27 points on the afternoon. The scoring began in the first quarter on 13-yard touchdown run by quarterback Emmitt Rosati on the game’s opening drive.

The Bulldogs would add 17 more points in the second quarter to take a 24-0 halftime lead. After kicker Matteo Gugliotta connected on a 24-yard field goal, running back Levi Reaume scored on a 20-yard touchdown run to make it 17-0.

Brayden LeClerc got in on the act later in the quarter on a seven-yard touchdown run.

Gugliotta, who also converted the three General Amherst touchdowns, kicked a 26-yard field goal in the third quarter. Blenheim had seven and 62 yard touchdown passes in the fourth quarter but could not close the gap any further.

“We played really well in the first half,” said Rosati. “We had penalties that cost us big plays. Overall we played pretty well.”

Brayden LeClerc makes a catch during first half action against Blenheim last Thursday. General Amherst beat Blenheim 27-13 at Centennial Park.

Rosati said they get a lot of penalties in games and that is something they have to improve upon. He said the 5-0 start was nice, particularly after both junior and senior teams went winless in 2017.

“It feels great, especially after last season,” he said.

The Bulldogs play two tough opponents in the final two games, both on the road, and Rosati said they will have to play hard to win them.

General Amherst head coach John Rudak said they controlled the ball well and “we didn’t have to pass too much.”

“They played us straight up. They didn’t try to cheat on us,” Rudak said of the Bobcats, adding the visitors were “undermanned” and used some trick plays to get scores.

“The best part was all of our future guys were all able to get in the game and have a chance to play,” he said, as the Bulldogs are a combined team this year with a lot of junior aged players on it.

Reaume and LeClerc both ran the ball well, he noted and Bryce Dougan played well on defense.

“Penalties are costing us,” he added. “We had two touchdowns called back.”

Both of the final two regular season games are at Tecumseh Vista Academy, with the opponents this week being Riverside at 7 p.m. Thursday. The Bulldogs close the season with a game next Friday against Tecumseh Vista Academy at 5 p.m.

For more photos from the Oct. 18 football game, view our photo album.

Lady Gens drop to 1-3 after pair of losses last week

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The General Amherst Lady Gens senior girls basketball team dropped to 1-3 after a pair of losses last week.

The Lady Gens dropped a 41-18 decision last Thursday evening at home to Lajeunesse. However, General Amherst head coach Dom Silvaggio wasn’t overly disappointed with a loss to the 4-0 Lajeunesse team.

“I was really proud of their effort tonight. (Lajeunesse) is the first place team,” he said.

Ramie Tytgat (foreground) brings the basketball up the floor during the first half of General Amherst’s loss to first place Lajeunesse last Tuesday evening.

General Amherst actually led 9-7 after the opening eight-minute quarter and trailed by only two points – 16-14 – the half. However, things unravelled for the Lady Gens in the third quarter when they were outscored 19-0.

Silvaggio said the Lady Gens ran their offense in the first half but got rattled in the third quarter.

“We couldn’t handle their pressure,” he said, adding new FIBA rules regarding timeouts diminished his ability to call timeouts when he wanted to.

The Lady Gens were missing some players, he added, including starter Lexi Dodds. Silvaggio said “that definitely hurt” but the players in the game didn’t stop hustling throughout. He added that the game was relatively even with the exception of the third quarter.

The Lady Gens were in Essex last Tuesday night and lost 40-23 to the Red Raiders.

“We played probably one of our worst games,” he said, “but we were still in the game at halftime. We made too many turnovers.”

General Amherst’s Dani Brindley looks for room to dribble during the first half of last Thursday’s WECSSAA Tier 1 senior girls basketball game against Lajeunesse.

Silvaggio said the coaches were not happy with the effort against Essex.

“Essex is a good team but we definitely didn’t play one of our better games,” he said.

Silvaggio added he is still happy the Lady Gens are playing in WECSSAA Tier 1 as they will learn more, develop better and be better prepared when the WECSSAA “AA” playoffs come around.

Ramie Tytgat led the Lady Gens in scoring against Lajeunesse with eight points while Dodds led them against Essex with 11 points.

The Lady Gens were at home versus St. Anne Tuesday night after this issue of the River Town Times went to press. They are in LaSalle Thursday night to battle the St. Thomas of Villanova Wildcats.

Bulldogs showing progress on the volleyball court

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The General Amherst senior boys volleyball team were on the court twice and experienced their first taste of victory.

While both matches were defeats, the Bulldogs scored a win in one of the three games against the Brennan Cardinals Thursday afternoon. Played at Brennan, the Bulldogs dropped the first two games 25-21 and 25-18 but rallied to win the third game 25-23.

The week started with a loss on the Bulldogs’ home court to Riverside last Tuesday evening. The visitors swept the Bulldogs in three straight sets, 25-17, 25-11 and 26-24.

Despite the loss, head coach Craig Lohnes was satisfied with his team’s performance.

Quenton Desjardins (14) of General Amherst bumps a ball back over the net during WECSSAA senior boys volleyball action last Tuesday night. The Bulldogs lost in three sets to Riverside.

“They are doing better, slowly but surely,” Lohnes said after last Tuesday evening’s match.

After a lopsided loss in the second game, Lohnes was pleased with how his team rebounded in the third match and nearly won it.

“They came back and had a good showing in the third game,” he said. “It would have been nice to finish off that set.”

Lohnes said the Bulldogs are getting better and applauded the work of his players, in particular those who come off the bench. He said it is tough to come off the bench cold and serve but credited players for doing just that. Players that stood out included Quenton Desjardins and Matteo Palumbo.

“We want to get better as the season progresses,” said Lohnes. “They are doing well.”

Riley Sesto (11) and Brady DeWaal (9) go up to block a ball at the net.

Lohnes added they knew Riverside had some talented players but thought the Bulldogs responded to the challenge.

“I thought we fared well with their skill level. We are happy with that,” he stated. “Riverside is a good team.”

The Bulldogs are in action only once this week, as St. Thomas of Villanova’s senior boys volleyball team comes to General Amherst for a 4 p.m. match Thursday.

Bulldogs improve to 2-0 in WECSSAA Tier 3 football action

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The General Amherst Bulldogs senior football team is now 2-0 on the WECSSAA Tier 3 season after a convincing win last Thursday afternoon.

The Bulldogs blanked Lajeunesse 26-0 in a game played at Centennial Park. General Amherst scored on their first possession as the legs and arm of quarterback Emmitt Rosati got the Bulldogs down the field before running back Levi Reaume scored on an eight-yard run.

General Amherst’s Ethan Reaume (36) heads upfield for a big gain Sept. 27 against Lajeunesse. Amherst won 26-0.

Levi’s brother Ethan got in on the act in the second quarter, as he reeled in a 65-yard touchdown pass from Rosati. Rosati scored the Bulldogs third touchdown on a one-yard plunge late in the first half to make it 20-0.

Kicker Matteo Gugliotta had a 12-yard field goal in the third quarter and booted a 19-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.

Bulldogs head coach John Rudak said they executed well in just about every facet of the game, except in the penalty department. He estimated they had 150-200 yards in penalties. The discipline aspect of their game will have to be cleaned up as Rudak acknowledged that it is difficult to win consistently with that many penalties.

Rudak said they knew Lajeunesse would have trouble passing the football, so they played close to the line of scrimmage and tried to force Lajeunesse to pass the ball.

“It’s a great confidence booster,” Rudak said of the win. “From the get-go, we moved the ball very efficiently.”

General Amherst’s Levi Reaume gets tackled after gaining positive yardage during the Bulldogs’ 26-0 win over Lajeunesse Sept. 27.

The touchdown on the opening drive was “probably our best drive of the season,” said Rudak.

The Bulldogs also escaped the game with no injuries and Rudak noted they were able to get playing time to some Grade 9 and 10 players.

General Amherst will try and pick up their third straight win in their third straight home game this week. The Bulldogs will be back at the Libro Centre Friday evening for a 5 p.m. game against the Leamington Lions.

For more photos from General Amherst’s 26-0 victory over Lajeunesse, visit our Facebook album.