Katie McEvoy

General Amherst wrestlers do well at OFSAA tournament

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The two wrestlers from General Amherst High School returned from OFSAA with solid showings.

Myah Trymbulak and Katie McEvoy and their coach Rodney Levesque travelled to Ottawa last week for the meet, which was the largest one in Ontario with over 900 wrestlers in attendance. Both competed in the 44kg weight class with Trymbulak coming home with a bronze medal and McEvoy with a sixth place finish.

“I’m a weight class above last year,” explained Trymbulak. “It’s definitely harder.”

There were 27 girls in the 44kg weight class and Trymbulak and McEvoy were seeded highly entering the tournament. Both had five matches over last Tuesday and Wednesday. Trymbulak said she didn’t wrestle the way she wanted to on the first day of the meet.

“I thought I could have wrestled better,” she said.

Trymbulak felt she competed better on the second day.

Levesque countered by saying they wrestled well.

“Sometimes a win isn’t pretty but it’s still a win,” he said.

Katie McEvoy (left) finished sixth at OFSAA in her weight class while Myah Trymbulak won a bronze medal.

While she would have liked to have finished first, Trymbulak said she is still pleased with her bronze medal that she earned at the provincial tournament.

“I’m still impressed with myself,” she said.

Trymbulak’s summer plans are to train weekly at the Windsor Wrestling Club and join a local gym to get stronger and gain muscle heading into next year. She was grateful to her parents Rob and Wendy Trymbulak for travelling with her to support her at out-of-town meets, including OFSAA, as well as Levesque. McEvoy offered similar thanks and also included principal Melissa DeBruyne for her support and allowing them to go to OFSAA.

McEvoy believed she would get a top six finish upon arrival at OFSAA but hoped for better after the tournament began.

“I was pretty bummed because I didn’t get higher than sixth,” admitted McEvoy, though added she is now fine with how she placed.

“I’m proud of my sixth place (finish),” she said.

McEvoy won two matches and lost three but competed well in all of them.

“I had really good matches,” she said. “On the second day, I had close matches, but I couldn’t pull them out and win them.”

The OFSAA experience was also positive, McEvoy added.

“It was pretty cool to go out there and watch everyone from our region do so well,” said McEvoy. “It’s fun to cheer for your team.”

Trymbulak will return to General Amherst High School next year for her Grade 12 year but McEvoy graduates this June and has likely wrestled her last match. McEvoy said she is “pretty satisfied” looking back at her high school wrestling career.

Two General Amherst wrestlers now competing at OFSAA

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

After finishing first and second in the 44kg weight class at SWOSSAA, a pair of wrestlers from General Amherst High School are now wrestling on the provincial stage.

Myah Trymbulak and Katie McEvoy are representing their school in OFSAA and trying to bring home some hardware. For Trymbulak, she admitted there is some pressure as well as she finished second last year in Windsor and she wants to at least match, if not beat that standard.

“I obviously want to finish first,” she said. “I feel I put in a lot of work and have a shot at it if I work my hardest.”

Myah Trymbulak stands atop the podium at SWOSSAA with Katie McEvoy on the right with her silver medal.

Trymbulak, a Grade 11 student, said she was excited to go to OFSAA again, with this year’s meet being in Ottawa, with McEvoy stating she is excited also.

For McEvoy, it is her third year going to OFSAA and she hopes to finish in the top six. It is also her last high school wrestling meet as she is in Grade 12.

“It’s kind of sad to give it up,” said McEvoy.

Trymbulak said they knew they had a shot at OFSAA and McEvoy said they know some of the competition at OFSAA including a girl from northern Ontario that has beaten them both. They may even have to face each other.

“Wrestling each other definitely sucks because we’ve been partners for so long,” said Trymbulak.

McEvoy and Trymbulak are the only two members of the General Amherst wrestling team left standing and they practice at Sandwich Secondary School with another wrestler they work with being Angelina Papia. They practice five nights per week until 5 p.m. and then work with the Windsor Wrestling Club two nights per week as well.

Katie McEvoy and Myah Trymbulak flex for the cameras.

Trymbulak said they stuck with that schedule in preparation for OFSAA.

“There’s not much more we can do,” said Trymbulak.

Both love the aggressiveness of wrestling and the fact it is an all-contact sport. McEvoy said there are still not as many female competitors in the sport so “I think it’s good to break barriers.”

Rodney Levesque, the teacher/coach of the General Amherst wrestling team, said there will be over 900 competitors at OFSAA and 31 weight classes. Both wrestlers thanked him for his efforts as well as everyone else who helped them get to where they are. The wrestling season lasts from November-March.

General Amherst staff, students hit the volleyball court in memory of former teacher

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Staff and students at General Amherst High School had a chance to gain calories in one gymnasium and work them off in the next, all in the name of fundraising.

The local public high school held a fundraiser which included a staff-student volleyball game in the main gymnasium and a bake sale in the smaller gymnasium. Proceeds will benefit the local chapter of the ALS Society.

This year’s event was originated by students Celina Varacalli and Katie McEvoy, and those two students brought the idea to the school’s fitness and recreational leadership class. Varacalli and McEvoy said the fitness and recreational leadership class did a lot of the work in organizing the event.

General Amherst teacher Jeff Miller hits a ball over the net during a recent staff-student volleyball game. The event raised over $2,000.

“We had a lot of hands on deck this year,” said Varacalli.

Varacalli noted that last year’s event raised about $1,300 and featured a walkathon and T-shirt sales. This year’s event topped $2,000.

While T-shirts were also available this year, they wanted to change things up and chose the bake sale and staff-student volleyball game that came as part of suggestions from the rest of the student body.

“We picked the ideas we liked,” said McEvoy.

McEvoy said the event was in memory of long-time coach and teacher Dave Scott, who had ALS and died last year.

“It’s great to give back to the community,” McEvoy added.

General Amherst High School held a bake sale as part of their fundraiser for the ALS Society, in
memory of former teacher/coach Dave Scott. From left: Lexi Newhook, Katie McEvoy, Grace Duggan, Celina Varacalli and Alyssa Jones.

Varacalli added they hope to keep the spirit alive to future Bulldogs. Both McEvoy and Varacalli gave credit to the fitness and recreational leadership class for their work in presenting the event.

Teacher Greg Scott said his students get an opportunity to work on such projects and when Varacalli and McEvoy came forward, they treated them as their clients and worked on their behalf. He added it took about three weeks to come together and groups worked on their own to complete the projects.

General Amherst wrestler takes silver at OFSAA

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

General Amherst had a small but strong wrestling team this year with one of its members coming home with a silver from OFSAA.

Myah Trymbulak, a Grade 10 student, captured the silver medal in the 41 kg girls class. It was an accomplishment she is pleased with but one she will try and improve upon in future years.

“It feels really good,” she said. “I know I put in a lot of work and effort (during the season). I wasn’t expecting it at first but I’m really proud of myself.”

Trymbulak wrestled twice on the first day of the tournament, held at the WFCU Centre in Windsor March 5-7, and twice on the second day. The first match on the second day was one of her toughest, she said.

“I felt she was just as aggressive as I was,” said Trymbulak. “She came at me hard. She wanted to win just as much as I did.”

Myah Trymbulak shows the silver medal she won at the recent OFSAA wrestling meet in Windsor.

Trymbulak said she was nervous at first going into the finals but that wore off as introductions were made. She was placed in a pinning situation and tried to get out of the pin but ended up on the short end of the match.

The OFSAA silver medal followed gold medals at both WECSSAA and SWOSSAA, where she wrestled the same two opponents. She hopes to add a gold at OFSAA next year.

“I would definitely like to make OFSAA and place first,” she said. “I think I have a good chance of doing it if I keep working as hard as I have been the last couple of years.”

Trymbulak started coming to the school and practising while in Grade 7. She first tasted tournament action last year as a Grade 9 and also joined the Windsor Wrestling Club. She thanked her coach at General Amherst, Rodney Levesque, her teammates and family, including brother Matthew.

“He’s the one that got me into wrestling,” she explained.

This year’s Amherst wrestling team consisted of (from left):
coach Rodney Levesque, Myah Trymbulak (1st WECSSAA AND SWOSSAA, 2nd OFSAA), Tate Levesque (1st WECSSAA, 2nd SWOSSAA),Katie McEvoy (3rd SWOSSAA), Matt Belanger. (Submitted photo)

Levesque said two other Amherst wrestlers made it to OFSAA including Tate Levesque in the 72 kg weight class and Katie McEvoy in the 44 kg weight class. Matt Belanger also was on this year’s team.

“Wrestling is one of the hardest high school sports to go into,” Levesque believed. Not only are there multiple practices per week, there were roughly eight tournaments that they competed in.

“We’re talking quite a few weeks that they were competing,” said Levesque.

 

General Amherst students raise more than $2,000 for ALS Society

 

 

By Jolene Perron

 

In the name of coach Dave Scott, leadership students Katie McEvoy and project partner Celina Varacalli have presented a $2,135.35 cheque to Sharon Colman, president of the ALS Society of Windsor Essex County.

“It’s kind of awesome because Coach Scott was my coach so it feels really nice,” said McEvoy. “Knowing where it’s going is also really nice, to help other people who have ALS. It was really stressful, I missed a lot of class to do it, but I think it was worth it in the final event. Everyone said that it turned out really good and a lot of people showed up. We raised past our goal and we got a lot of positive feedback.”

General Amherst students Celina Varacalli (left) and Katie McEvoy (right) present Sharon Colman, president of the ALS Society of Windsor Essex County (center) with a cheque for $2,135.35.

After the two held their run Oct. 23, they called Colman, who is also a General Amherst alumni, and said she was “dumbfounded” to hear how much they had raised.

“I think it’s a reflection of the community and the love they had for Dave,” said Colman. “We are just so grateful and I hope some of these kids will take forward what they know about ALS and when they hear about ALS, they will realize there are organizations out there that are helping. Their funding will help provide some equipment to those with ALS.”