Tecumseh Vista Academy

Lady Gens rebound after season opening volleyball loss



By Ron Giofu


After a season opening defeat at the hands of a strong Kingsville Cavalier team last Tuesday, the General Amherst Lady Gens senior girls volleyball team rebounded well two days later.

The Lady Gens lost 25-13, 25-10 and 25-8 in Kingsville but then swept the visiting Massey Mustangs 25-19, 25-22 and 25-15 in a match played at General Amherst High School to even their WECSSAA Tier 1 record at 1-1.

General Amherst’s Vanessa Pidutti spikes the ball during last Thursday evening’s senior girls volleyball match against Massey.

“We played much better today,” General Amherst head coach Jeff Miller said after Thursday’s match. “We played to our ability level. We played a much better defensive effort. We moved on defense and then we were more fluid on offence.”

Miller said the first game against Kingsville was tough as the Cavaliers return the bulk of their players from a team that went to OFSAA last season.

“We struggled and they jumped right on us and made us pay,” said Miller. “They gave us a serious kick in the butt.”
The Lady Gens rebounded well against a team in Massey that they thought going in they could beat if they played well.

Miller said they need Vanessa Pidutti and Emery Lucier, the latter a Grade 9 player, to be good outside hitters. They were able to be that against the Mustangs.

General Amherst went up against the Massey Mustangs last Thursday evening. Payton Laing hits the ball back across the net.

“(Thursday), they kind of dominated the game offensively. They didn’t make many errors and got a bunch of hits. They played the way they need to play if we want to get a bunch of wins.”

The Lady Gens’ success in Tier 2 last year moved them back up into the top tier this season but Miller said the program continues to develop. General Amherst hosts OFSAA next year and while they want to do well this season, the Lady Gens also have an eye for the future.

“We’re building for next year and beyond,” said Miller.

Lucier believed the Lady Gens played well Thursday, adding they “got better as the match went on.”

Emery Lucier spikes the ball over the outstretched arms of a Massey defender.

The Kingsville game was a difficult one, she stated, as she thought the team let the fact they were playing Kingsville get into their heads and drain their confidence before the match even started. She said she has been welcomed to the team as a Grade 9 player and enjoys the level of competition in senior girls volleyball.

“It’s harder but it’s going to challenge me and the team to play better,” she said.

Lucier added the focus is this season.

“I want to win,” she said.

The Lady Gens were at St. Joseph Tuesday after this issue went to press but have a 7 p.m. home game Thursday against Tecumseh Vista Academy.

Sr. Bulldogs blanked in final game of regular season



By Ron Giofu


The General Amherst Bulldogs hung in there against Tecumseh Vista Academy but then the dam burst.

The winless Bulldogs were in Tecumseh last Thursday for WECSSAA Tier 2 senior football action and were matched up against not only an undefeated Vortex team, but a team that hadn’t allowed a point all season either. The end result didn’t change anything as Tecumseh Vista Academy blanked the Bulldogs 43-0.

The Bulldogs played well in the first half, including having a long first half drive that took a lot of time on the clock but didn’t result in any points. The game was scoreless until two minutes and 30 seconds was left on the clock in the half when the Vortex scored on a nine-yard touchdown run. They would add two more touchdowns before the first half was out, one on a 43-yard touchdown pass thrown by quarterback Dan Mailloux and the other on an 11-yard touchdown run by Mailloux. One of the converts was missed meaning Tecumseh Vista Academy had a 20-0 halftime lead.

Bulldogs’ running back Ethan Lavigne (14) tries to evade a pair of Tecumseh Vista Academy players during Oct. 26 game action.

Mailloux added a five-yard touchdown run and a one-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter to bring his team’s advantage to 34-0 after three quarters. Amherst conceded a safety in the fourth quarter to make it a 36-0 game with Mailloux connecting on a 20-yard touchdown pass in the game’s final moments to round out the scoring.

“I thought we came out extremely strong,” said General Amherst head coach John Rudak. “We moved the ball on offense and were good on defense.”

Rudak said they had a good opportunity to go into halftime only trailing 7-0 but “bad things happened” and the Vortex were able to get another two scores that half.

General Amherst quarterback Spencer Hawkins throws a pass despite a Vortex defender diving for his legs during Oct. 26 action. Tecumseh Vista Academy won 43-0.

“The floodgates opened up,” said Rudak.

Rudak praised the efforts of many of his graduating players, roughly nine in all, but added some members of this year’s senior football team didn’t show the commitment needed for the team to be successful.

“What caused us not to be successful is a lack of dedication from half of the team,” he said.

The senior Bulldogs had difficulty getting their entire team to practices this season and that showed in games. Rudak said junior players they called up “saved us” and was thankful the team made it through the six game season without having to fold.

“It was definitely very trying,” he said of the 2017 season.

Sr. Bulldogs open season with 41-0 loss to Riverside



By Ron Giofu


The General Amherst Bulldogs senior football team is struggling to keep the number of players up and some of those players they do have suited up for the first time in a game last Thursday.

Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, it showed in the results.

General Amherst was on the short end of a 41-0 decision to the Riverside Rebels in a game played at Tecumseh Vista Academy. The teams were scoreless through one quarter though Riverside had a touchdown called back on a penalty.

General Amherst running back Levi Reaume (left, 21) heads upfield during last Thursday’s game against Riverside.

The Rebels put up three touchdowns in the second quarter thanks to a three-yard run, a 45-yard punt return and an 18-yard pass, the latter being on the final play of the half.

General Amherst’s best chance to score came in the third quarter when they got to the Riverside four-yard line. However, a third-and-goal play ended with a sack.

Riverside tacked on three more touchdowns in the fourth quarter through a 24-yard-pass, a 60-yard punt return and a one-yard run.

The low numbers and inexperience of the players wasn’t lost on Amherst head coach John Rudak.

“That’s definitely the headline,” said Rudak.

Rudak pointed out that the Rebels recently combined their senior and junior football teams, meaning they won’t play at the junior level this season, adding that he gave consideration to doing the same thing at General Amherst. When he put a challenge out to the players about bolstering the team’s numbers, about 28 showed up for practice and Rudak shelved the plan to combine the teams at that point.

General Amherst quarterback Spencer Hawkins (3) throws a pass last Thursday afternoon against the Riverside Rebels.

“That gave our team false hope because eight guys quit shortly thereafter,” said Rudak. “The best part of that is (the remaining players) don’t seem to care. They still love playing football.”

There is still a concern about the ability to finish the season as if more players quit or if some get injured, it could deplete the team’s roster too much. Rudak was encouraged that the new players now have a game under their belts.

“Their learning curve is going to be very good,” he said. “They can only get better.”

Rudak said they are still welcoming new players and if anyone wants to join either the senior or junior teams, they can attend practices at Centennial Park after school.

The Bulldogs’ next game is Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Libro Centre against Tecumseh Vista Academy.

Jr. Bulldogs season concludes with playoff loss at Tecumseh Vista Academy



By Ron Giofu


The season is over for the General Amherst Bulldogs junior football team but they went down swinging.

The Bulldogs lost a 28-20 decision to Tecumseh Vista Academy last Tuesday afternoon. Justin Guy had a rushing touchdown in the first half, said coach Dino Rosati, with quarterback Emmitt Rosati tossing 10 and 47-yard touchdown passes to Calvin Cribley and Cole Chittle.

General Amherst's Brayden LeClerc (left) avoids a tackler during the Nov, 8 game at Tecumseh Vista Academy.

General Amherst’s Brayden LeClerc (left) avoids a tackler during the Nov, 8 game at Tecumseh Vista Academy.

Dino Rosati said the team fought hard but miscues caught up to them.

“It was a tough loss,” said Rosati. “We made mistakes early on, we got behind, but we never gave up.”

The early mistakes caused the Bulldogs to have to move away from the way they wanted to call plays, Rosati added.

“When you are chasing, you tend to take more chances and get out our game plan,” he said.

Brayden LeClerc heads upfield during second half action against Tecumseh Vista Academy Nov. 1.

Brayden LeClerc heads upfield during second half action against Tecumseh Vista Academy Nov. 8.

The junior football team got better as the season went on, he believed.

“All in all, I thought it was a successful season. We got experience and we learned a lot,” said Rosati. “By the end of the season, we became a real football team. They were very coachable kids.”

Roughly half of the team is eligible to return next season, he added.

The General Amherst Bulldogs junior football team gather for a group photo following their 28-20 loss at Tecumseh Vista Academy Nov. 8

The General Amherst Bulldogs junior football team gather for a group photo following their 28-20 loss at Tecumseh Vista Academy Nov. 8

“We have a strong core. We could have a strong team next year,” said Rosati.

Rosati coached the team with John Tregaskiss with Dave Scott also providing some assistance. Bulldogs senior football coach John Rudak also assisted the team the last two games of the season following the conclusion of his team’s schedule.

Sr. Bulldogs drop to 0-5 after being blanked by Massey


By Ron Giofu

The General Amherst Bulldogs took the field on a chilly night last Thursday and the reception they got from the Massey Mustangs could be described that way as well.

The Bulldogs and Mustangs played in the third game of a tripleheader at Tecumseh Vista Academy as part of the annual “WECSSAA Football for Breast Cancer” event with the Mustangs coming away with a 36-0 victory.

General Amherst’s Ellis Rosati (28, white jersey) tries to fight off a pair of Massey tacklers last Thursday night at Tecumseh Vista Academy.

General Amherst’s Ellis Rosati (28, white jersey) tries to fight off a pair of Massey tacklers last Thursday night at Tecumseh Vista Academy.

Massey scored on their first three drives of the football game, including a nine-yard run on the opening drive, a 76-yard touchdown run on the second and a one-yard touchdown run, the latter being preceded by a General Amherst fumble.

The Mustangs added an unconverted touchdown in the second quarter, 31-yard touchdown pass, to make it 27-0 game at halftime. They got another touchdown in the third quarter on a one-yard run with the Bulldogs conceding a safety in the fourth quarter on a third down punt play deep in their own territory.

Bulldogs head coach John Rudak said his team is playing as best as they can but they don’t have enough players to overcome the challenges they face.

“The guys are working hard. We just don’t have the numbers,” he said. “In some situations, we don’t have the skill as well.”

The Bulldogs have been battling injuries and depth issues at points this season but Rudak said the players are continuing to work as hard as they can. He said they weren’t as worn down as they were in their previous game, a 64-12 loss at Essex, but they played hard.

Nathan Charron (13) carries the ball Oct. 13 against Massey.

Nathan Charron (13) carries the ball Oct. 13 against Massey.

General Amherst has a shot for its first victory of the season Friday night as they played the Brennan Cardinals at Windsor Stadium. The Cardinals are also 0-5. That game starts at 6 p.m.

The season concludes the following week with a game against L’Essor at Centennial Park Oct. 28 at 3 p.m.

In the other senior football games at Tecumseh Vista Academy last Thursday, Sandwich beat St. Anne 49-0 while Villanova downed Brennan 36-14.