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Bulldogs ousted in jr. boys basketball quarterfinals



By Ron Giofu


The General Amherst Bulldogs junior boys basketball team advanced to the WECSSAA “AA” playoff quarterfinals, but could get no further.

The Bulldogs were defeated 50-36 at Riverside and thus were eliminated from the playoffs. They made it to the quarterfinals thanks to beating Tecumseh Vista Academy 38-27 48 hours earlier.

Head coach Ben Pelger said they were matched up against a Tier 1 opponent in the Riverside Rebels, with General Amherst being a Tier 2 opponent.

“They fought hard until the end,” said Pelger. “They had a really good regular season with an 8-4 record. It’s really promising for next year.”

The General Amherst Bulldogs junior boys basketball team were eliminated from the WECSSAA playoffs last week. (Submitted photo)

Pelger said the junior Bulldogs learned something every game and played well as a team, particularly the last two games. He was also thankful for the support of the senior boys team and coaches Frank Palumbo and Alex Temesy.

“The parents were always of great support,” he said.

Pelger also thanked the students who served as the scorers as well as the players themselves from both the junior and senior teams “for their hard work, dedication and sportsmanship.”

Four students from the junior team are eligible to move up to the senior team next season, Pelger added.

“They’ll have a really strong group for next year,” he predicted.

Jr. Bulldogs show heart in season-ending loss



By Ron Giofu


The General Amherst Bulldogs junior football team may not have won a game this season, but the coaches still saw progress this season.

The Bulldogs lost to the Sandwich Sabres 34-10 last Tuesday afternoon at Centennial Park to finish the 2017 WECSSAA junior football season 0-6. The Sabres did all of their scoring in the first half and led 34-3. General Amherst took some pride in winning the second half, as they outscored Sandwich 7-0.

Austin Farmer (22, left) outruns a pair of Sandwich defenders during a run in the second half Oct. 31 at Centennial Park.

The Sabres started quick with a 60-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage. After recovering the ensuing onside kick, Sandwich scored again on a 32-yard touchdown pass to go up 14-0.

The Sabres scored three touchdowns in the second quarter thanks to a 39-yard run, a 13-yard run and a 22-yard pass with a fourth touchdown called back on a penalty. The Sabres also had another major called back due to a penalty in the third quarter.

Will Jones booted a 30-yard field goal for the Bulldogs in the second quarter with Anthony McCarthy scoring from a yard out in the fourth quarter. The latter touchdown was set up thanks to strong running from Austin Farmer on that drive.

Preston Muzzin (84) makes a catch in the first half of General Amherst’s Oct. 31 game versus Sandwich. The Sabres won 34-10.

Quarterback Emmitt Rosati missed the game due to his lingering ankle injury.

“We started a lot of Grade 9’s to give them experience,” said General Amherst head coach Dino Rosati. “They did well.”

The Bulldogs knew they were out of the playoffs, Rosati added, as they had to win the previous week’s game versus Catholic Central to have a shot. Despite being eliminated from playoff contention, Rosati said Amherst still played hard.

“They played right until the end,” he said.

Members of the senior team helped with the coaching, he added, with Emmitt also helping to coach as he called the plays on offense.

General Amherst quarterback Nolan Crain (82) throws a pass during General Amherst’s loss to the Sandwich Sabres Oct. 31 at Centennial Park.

Rosati said about 12-14 players are eligible to return next season. The junior Bulldogs featured a lot of Grade 9 players that were new to football this season.

“I think we learned a lot,” said Rosati. “We had a good number of inexperienced Grade 9’s.”

With a year of football under their belts, Rosati said the Bulldogs have a “good chance to be successful” next season.