Kennedy Clippers

Lady Gens eliminated from WECSSAA “AA” playoffs in semi-finals

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The General Amherst Lady Gens got to the WECSSAA “AA” playoff semi-finals but could advance no further.

The Lady Gens hosted the Sandwich Sabres last Tuesday night and won 40-31 to advance to the semi-finals Thursday night at Kennedy. In that Thursday night semi-finals, a second quarter surge by the Clippers doomed the Lady Gens and led to Kennedy defeating General Amherst 50-27.

The Lady Gens led 11-6 late in the first quarter but a pair of late three-pointers put Kennedy up 12-11 at the end of the eight-minute quarter. Those three-pointers were part of a 15-0 run the Clippers went on and that 15-0 run was part of an overall 24-2 run that closed the first half and gave Kennedy a 30-13 lead.

General Amherst’s Taja Holmes (22) lays in two of her nine points during last Thursday night’s
WECSSAA “AA” semi-final game against the Kennedy Clippers.

The Lady Gens played better in the second half but weren’t able to recover from the second quarter.

“I told them before the game that you can’t let them get on a run,” General Amherst head coach Dom Silvaggio said.

The last 30 seconds of the first quarter was the turning point of the game, he believed. The second quarter was a bad quarter and having a bad quarter per game was a problem this season for Amherst.

“In the second quarter, we just sucked. There’s no other way to say it,” he said.

The Lady Gens reverted to poor habits they were doing earlier in the season, including passes that would not connect. Silvaggio, who was coaching against his son Stephen in the Kennedy game, said his son told him that Kennedy wasn’t doing anything special in the second quarter but it was turnovers by Amherst that helped swing the tide towards the Clippers.

Lexi Dodds scored 12 points against Kennedy while Taja Holmes scored nine points.

The quarterfinal game against Sandwich saw Dani Brindley score 11 points while Brooklyn Prescott had ten points. Dodds and Holmes had eight and seven points respectively. Ramie Tytgat had five points.

“We played an excellent first half,” Silvaggio said after the Sandwich game. “In the second half, we didn’t have that extra step. Sandwich switched defenses and we didn’t run our offense.”

Brooklyn Prescott drives to the basket during the second half of the Nov. 2 playoff game at Kennedy.

The Lady Gens’ defensive intensity was better in the first half of the Sandwich game, Silvaggio added.

A positive sign from this season was a lot of players that received a lot of playing time, about six in total, will return next year.

“There are quite a few kids that improved a lot,” said Silvaggio.

The team will likely have more players to choose from next year and Silvaggio hopes for more consistency out of them.

“If we can get 32 minutes out of them, I think we’ll be good,” he said.

Silvaggio urged the players to work in the offseason at improving their games otherwise improvement will be stunted.

“If they are not going to put in the work in the offseason, we’re not going to get any better,” he believed.

This year’s Lady Gens were a respectful and good group to coach, he added.

Dani Brindley lunges after a loose ball during the fourth quarter of last Thursday’s WECSSAA semi-final game at Kennedy.

“I’d like to thank them for that,” said Silvaggio. “They were enjoyable for us to coach.”

Silvaggio, joined on the sidelines this season by Don Parks and Nicole Rusenstrom, believed that playing in WECSSAA Tier 1 was productive. They went 1-7 in the regular season but the caliber of play helped develop the players and should prove beneficial in the long run, he indicated.

“I am happy we played in Tier 1 this year, because even though we didn’t win many games, we were competitive in every game but one,” he said. “It also forced us to play at a quicker pace and we got to play a higher caliber of basketball, which will help us for the next couple of years. There was a big difference in the caliber of ball between the tiers.”

Jr. Bulldogs still looking for first win after 32-0 loss to Kennedy

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Despite a lopsided score going against them, the General Amherst Bulldogs junior football team believes they still had their chances against Kennedy.

The Kennedy Clippers downed the Bulldogs 32-0 Oct. 3 at Windsor Stadium. A pair of first half touchdowns – one in the first quarter and another in the second quarter – gave Kennedy a 12-0 lead at the half as neither two-point conversion try was successful.

General Amherst’s Evan Beadow (right, 8) evades a Kennedy tackler during first half action Oct. 3 at Windsor Stadium.

An apparent Kennedy 55-yard touchdown pass late in the second quarter was called back on a penalty.

Kennedy did score their third touchdown early in the third quarter before General Amherst had a chance of their own. Quarterback Emmitt Rosati ran from his own three yard line to the Kennedy 20 yard line but the Amherst drive stalled shortly thereafter.

Tyler Ryan (32, right) breaks up a pass attempt against Kennedy Oct. 3. Kennedy defeated General Amherst 32-0 at Windsor Stadium.

Kennedy scored on an 83-yard pass on the final play of the third quarter and added another touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Despite the loss, General Amherst coach Dino Rosati saw some positives from his team.

“We’ve just got to execute,” said Rosati. “We dropped a lot of balls that could have been game-changers.”

The Bulldogs also missed some tackles that, if made, could have changed their fortunes.

“The score is not indicative of the game,” said Rosati.

The Bulldogs feature many players that are new to football and Rosati added that there is some improvement from them and guys are stepping up.

“The score is not indicative of the game,” he stated.

Rosati added they have to “get back to basics” and work on their catching and tackling. He believed they will get better as the season unfolds.

General Amherst quarterback Emmitt Rosati (7, left) throws a pass as a Kennedy defender bears down on him during last Tuesday afternoon’s WECSSAA junior football game at Windsor Stadium.

“It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish,” he said.

The Bulldogs play next Tuesday at 4 p.m. against the Massey Mustangs at Centennial Park.

Lady Gens lose 41-28 in first game of WECSSAA Tier 1 season

 

By Ron Giofu

The General Amherst Lady Gens hope to bounce back after not winning a WECSSAA Tier 1 basketball game last year and there were positive signs last week.

However, they still were on the short end of a 41-28 defeat to the Kennedy Clippers.

General Amherst’s Taja Holmes goes in for a layup during second half action last week against the Kennedy Clippers. General Amherst lost their season opening game 41-28.

The Lady Gens trailed by one point midway through the second quarter but a spurt late in the quarter by Kennedy gave the Clippers at 31-17 at halftime. General Amherst outscored Kennedy 11-10 in the second half but it wasn’t enough.

“There were some positives and some negatives,” said General Amherst head coach Dom Silvaggio.

One of the negatives was the Lady Gens being too lackadaisical, he said.

“We’ve got to start getting more aggressive,” said Silvaggio.

Madison Pillon of General Amherst reaches back for the basketball during the Lady Gens game against Kennedy last week. The Lady Gens host a pair of games this week.

Silvaggio said they settled too much for outside jump shots instead of looking to go inside.

When Kennedy expanded their lead in the second quarter, Silvaggio said the Lady Gens couldn’t overcome it as the players haven’t developed enough as basketball players to this point.

“Right now, we’re just not there yet,” he said. “It’s good to see we are ahead of where we were last year.”

General Amherst’s Lexi Dodds battles for a rebound in the second quarter of last week’s game against the Kennedy Clippers. A second quarter offensive surge by the Clippers proved to be too much as they ended up defeating General Amherst 41-28.

The Lady Gens are still learning at the defensive end, he added, and have to learn when they can go for steals and when they can’t. Silvaggio said they aren’t running their offense properly all the time either. He believes there is some “angst” among the players holding them back from being as good as they can be.

“There is still a learning curve,” he said. “From the first game at the Western tournament to now, we’ve taken one step forward and two steps back. We need to turn it around and have two steps forward and one step back.”

An interesting side note to the game was that it was Silvaggio versus Silvaggio on the sidelines with Stephen Silvaggio, Dom’s son, coaching the Clippers. They had also coached each other last year. The elder Silvaggio remarked that his son knows what he is going to do during games so it is a challenge to come up with new ways to try and beat his team, but noted that Stephen’s team at Kennedy has a bright future.

Danielle Brindley of General Amherst dribbles along the baseline during fourth quarter action against Kennedy. It was the first game of the WECSSAA Tier 1 senior girls basketball season for the Lady Gens.

“He’s got a good, young team,” said the Amherst coach. “He’s going to be competitive. They are one of the teams we have to beat for the (WECSSAA) ‘AA’ championship.”

The Lady Gens are at home versus Lajeunesse Tuesday at 4 p.m. General Amherst will then host Gens host St. Anne Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

Jr. Bulldogs improve to 2-1 after shutting out Kennedy

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The General Amherst Bulldogs now have two wins and one loss on the 2016 junior football season after a shutout win over Kennedy.

The Bulldogs thumped the Clippers 28-0 last Wednesday afternoon at Centennial Park. The two teams were scoreless in a quick first quarter but the Bulldogs got the first of their four touchdowns in the second quarter when Justin Guy found the end zone from 23-yards out on an option play. Kennedy had two opportunities to tie the game late in the half but passes to the end zone went incomplete.

General Amherst running back Justin Guy (42, right) eludes a Kennedy defender Oct. 5 at Centennial Park. The Bulldogs beat Kennedy 28-0 with Guy scoring two touchdowns.

General Amherst running back Justin Guy (42, right) eludes a Kennedy defender Oct. 5 at Centennial Park. The Bulldogs beat Kennedy 28-0 with Guy scoring two touchdowns.

Guy scored his second touchdown in the third quarter on a five-yard touchdown run. Emmitt Rosati scored later in the third quarter on a one-yard quarterback sneak.

Rosati scored his second touchdown of the afternoon in the fourth quarter on another short yardage run.

Cole Chittle converted all four touchdowns while Calvin Cribley had an interception.

“It was a pretty solid win,” said Bulldogs coach Dino Rosati. “Our defense, offense and special teams all played well. Everyone did their jobs. It was a solid performance by everyone. They really stepped up.”

After losing 28-0 in the first game of the season at Massey, the Bulldogs have now won two straight. Rosati said the Bulldogs learned a lot from the Week 1 defeat and are playing a lot better.

“They are starting to understand the game more and getting better at understanding at what they need to do,” said Rosati.

The team is also a lot more confident, he added.

“A little confidence goes a long way.”

Cole Chittle (14) tries to break free from Kennedy tacklers during the Oct. 5 General Amherst win at Centennial Park.

Cole Chittle (14) tries to break free from Kennedy tacklers during the Oct. 5 General Amherst win at Centennial Park.

There is a lot to build on heading into this Wednesday’s game against the St. Thomas of Villanova Wildcats, he added, including the strong defensive effort that pitched a shutout against Kennedy.

“Shutting out anyone is always great,” he said.

The game against Villanova will be a tough one, Rosati predicted, as the Wildcats are a good team with a big quarterback. He said they will have to work on their gang tackling in order to bring the Villanova signal caller down.

“It’s going to be hard to take him on one-on-one,” said Rosati.

The Villanova-General Amherst game will be at Centennial Park with the kickoff currently scheduled for 4 p.m.