Bulldogs volleyball season ends, though coach happy with progress



By Ron Giofu


The General Amherst Bulldogs senior boys volleyball season has ended, but the team’s coach was happy with how they progressed this season.

The Bulldogs didn’t put a senior team on the court last season, so this year’s team re-entered WECSSAA Tier 1 play with a young lineup. Their final regular season game was last Tuesday night at home versus the visiting Sandwich Sabres and the Bulldogs lost two sets to one. The Bulldogs lost the first set 25-18, and got down 9-0 in the second set before making it close though they lost 25-19. The Bulldogs won the third set 25-21.

Mason Foreman (15) tips the ball over the net during General Amherst’s match with Sandwich Oct. 30.

“We did pretty well,” said General Amherst coach Craig Lohnes. “They played well. We did a great job. I think the key for our players is passing. If we can pass, we can get set up in the middle and be a better team.”

The Bulldogs played well defensively, he believed, and Lohnes noted the Bulldogs players take pride in not letting the ball hit the floor.

“I’d say it is steady progress,” he said last Wednesday of his team’s performance this season.

Lohnes said the goal was to “finish better than we started” and believes they have done that. He noted the Bulldogs are a group of Grade 11 players who are improving.

“We look pretty good for next year,” said Lohnes. “Hopefully they have learned from this year and get better.”

General Amherst’s Riley Sesto (11) goes up for a block during last Tuesday’s game against Sandwich.

There are also some good junior-aged players that could also infuse more talent into the Bulldogs.

General Amherst started the playoffs last Thursday at Brennan, but the host Cardinals put an end to the Bulldogs’ season. The Cardinals defeated the Bulldogs 25-22, 25-22 and 25-19 in the first round of the WECSSAA “AA” playoffs.


Lady Gens advance in girls soccer playoffs



By Ron Giofu


The General Amherst Lady Gens soccer team entered the WECSSAA “AA” playoffs undefeated and won their first playoff game.

The final regular season game was May 8 at the Libro Centre and while they kept their undefeated season alive, they left somewhat disappointed with the outcome. The Lady Gens finished the regular season 6-0-2 with a 2-2 tie with Lamothe-Cadillac.

Madison Salvati and Vanessa Pidutti scored the goals for General Amherst.

Coach Mark Sweet said it was a harder than anticipated game for the Lady Gens.

“I think that’s a clear example of overconfidence,” he said.

Kennedy Gault boots the ball up the field during General Amherst’s game against Lamothe-Cadillac last Tuesday afternoon. The Lady Gens had to settle for a 2-2 tie in that game but their first playoff game was a 1-0 win over the Essex Red Raiders.

Sweet pointed out they still came out of the game undefeated but noted they were sluggish and slow to the ball at times against Lamothe-Cadillac.

“We were very reactive instead of proactive,” he said.

The Lady Gens made about three key mistakes, Sweet added, and two of them ended up in the net.

General Amherst’s Halle Higgins (right) brings the ball up the field during last Tuesday’s game at the Libro Centre against Lamothe-Cadillac. The Lady Gens settled for a 2-2 tie but rebounded with a 1-0 win over Essex two days later in their first playoff game.

“You win as a team and you lose as a team,” he added.

General Amherst opened the playoffs at home two days later against the visiting Essex Red Raiders. Amherst recorded a 1-0 win with Jenna Fiala scoring the game’s only goal. They advanced to play the Sandwich Sabres with that game being played in LaSalle this past Tuesday afternoon.

Lady Gens pick up first victory of the season


By Ron Giofu


The General Amherst Lady Gens senior girls basketball team recorded its first victory of the WECSSAA Tier 1 regular season and hopes to build on that in the playoffs.

The Lady Gens were 0-7 heading into last Thursday afternoon’s game at Sandwich but the Sabres were also winless heading in. In the end, it was General Amherst coming away with a 53-41 win.

“We didn’t start out that well and trailed 10-2 at the end of the first quarter. We made a run late in the second quarter and closed the deficit to 18-17 by halftime,” said General Amherst head coach Dom Silvaggio. “We then played a strong second half and out scored them 36-23 to win 53-41.”

Taja Holmes had 11 points while Brooklyn Prescott, Lexi Dodds, Ramie Tytgat and Dani Brindley all had ten points each.

“This game was typical of our season where we have one bad quarter, this game being the first quarter,” said Silvaggio. “The only difference was in this game we scored enough points to make up for the bad quarter. We hit six three-pointers which helped. We also starting taking the ball to the basket which helped us getting to the free throw line more than we normally do.”

Silvaggio said they received a bye for the first round of the playoffs and host Sandwich Tuesday at 5 p.m. The juniors also play Sandwich, with that game scheduled at General Amherst at 3:15 p.m.

“Sandwich was missing a very important starter last (Thursday) night, so for us to beat them again we will have to play like we did in the second half and can’t have a bad quarter,” said Silvaggio.

Mixed results for Lady Gens slo-pitch team last week


By Ron Giofu


The General Amherst Lady Gens played twice last week with it looking like two separate teams donned the Amherst black and gold.

The Lady Gens lost their first game to Essex 19-3 last Tuesday in Amherstburg for their only loss of this season thus far. Amherst won their seventh game of the season two days later at the Vollmer Centre in LaSalle as they beat Sandwich 20-8.

Assistant coach Sarah Bondy said after Thursday’s win that the girls seemed off their game and felt stress going into the Essex game.

“Today, they came out relaxed,” she said.

Megan Wismer scoops the ball up at her shortstop position during May 17 action at Wigle Park against Essex.

Megan Wismer scoops the ball up at her shortstop position during May 17 action at Wigle Park against Essex.

Sarah said that Essex is a good opponent that can hit and field and that the Lady Gens weren’t as relaxed going into that game. The girls were looser and ready to play against Sandwich, she said, and showed what they really can do.

“As a coach, there is always room for improvement but the girls showed they are where they need to be at this point,” Sarah added after Thursday’s game.

Head coach Brad Bondy said they have had a tough time with Essex.

“They hit the ball,” he said after Tuesday’s loss. “(Essex) is crushing the ball. We didn’t hit the ball well.”

The Lady Gens concluded the regular season Tuesday afternoon after this issue went to press with a home game against the St. Thomas of Villanova Wildcats.

Jr. Bulldogs drop 41-0 decision to Sandwich Sabres


By Ron Giofu


The General Amherst Bulldogs junior football team dropped to 1-4 on the season after losing to Sandwich last Wednesday at Centennial Park.

The Bulldogs and Sabres were in a tight football game through the first quarter before Sandwich started pulling away late in the second quarter en route to a 41-0 final score.

“We just need to be better at blocking,” said Kolby Mayville of the Bulldogs.

Tackling is another issue for them, he added.

General Amherst's Kolby Mayville (black jersey, 49) tries to elude the outstretched arms of Sandwich tacklers during junior football action at Centennial Park Oct. 21.

General Amherst’s Kolby Mayville (black jersey, 49) tries to elude the outstretched arms of Sandwich tacklers during junior football action at Centennial Park Oct. 21.

Sandwich scored three touchdowns in the second quarter thanks to a pair of two-yard runs and another six-yard touchdown run. The Sabres added a 44-yard touchdown pass, a 30-yard interception return and a 45-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter. All touchdowns, with the exception of the last one, were converted.

Mayville said the Bulldogs need to build on “anything we can” and that running and passing plays need to be improved as well. He believed the Bulldogs did well most of the first half but “we just let it go.

“It slipped right through our fingers.”

Taking what they learn in practice and bringing it into games continues to be another issue, he added.

“I think some of us get too nervous during games,” said Mayville. “We are not in the zone.”

Mayville defended the coaching staff, stating the players have to come together and find ways to win.

“We’ve got good coaches. I don’t know why we can’t get it together,” said Mayville.

The Bulldogs have a chance at winning the next two games, he believed. They are at Windsor Stadium Wednesday at 4 p.m. to play the Kennedy Clippers before returning home to play Catholic Central Nov. 4 at 3 p.m.

“I’m hoping for the best in the next two games,” said Mayville.