A big congratulations goes out to Coach Kim Labrosse and the six members of the St. Benedict Girls Tackle Football team! After competing in jamboree setting mini-tournaments in both Ottawa and Toronto this spring, along with hosting a pair of games in the Nickel City, six Bears were invited to Team Ontario tryouts, with four moving on to compete at the 2023 U18 Women’s Tackle National Championship this month.
Neva Spadafora, Olamide Fadahunsi, Chiamaka Ivenso and Emily Rocha were selected following an assessment camp. Milana Hickey and Elsa Blum also received Team Ontario tryout invitations.
This latest achievement follows two very successful seasons for the Bears! St. Benedict Catholic Secondary School made history in 2022 when they hosted the first-ever Canadian girls tackle football game at the high school level.
Secondary student, Emily Levesque from St. Benedict CSS, has recently signed a commitment letter to join the Cambrian College soccer team, the Cambrian Golden Shield. This announcement was greeted with enthusiasm by Head Coach Evan Philips, who personally came to St. Benedict to welcome Emily to the team.
According to Coach Philips, Emily has already started training with the team during the winter months. He expressed excitement about working with Emily over the summer to further develop her skills.
“Emily has already begun training with us during the winter. I am excited to work with her more over the summer as we continue her development into the OCAA and beyond.” – Evan Phillips, Head Coach, Cambrian Golden Shield.
The St. Benedict Bears family is immensely proud of Emily’s accomplishments, and they wish her nothing but success on her new journey. They are confident that her hard work and dedication to the sport will serve her well as she embarks on this exciting new chapter in her athletic career.
As Emily prepares to take the field as part of the Cambrian Golden Shield soccer team, she can be sure that she has the support and encouragement of her St. Benedict Bears family behind her every step of the way. Way to go, Emily!
Andrew Kilby, student at St. Benedict C.S.S is taking his love of football to the next level! The 18 year old student signed his letter of commitment to play football with the University of Waterloo. Andrew completed the signing alongside his coach, Kim Labrosse.
“It’s something I have been working toward for a really long time, and it feels amazing to be here in this moment!” said Andrew Kilby. “Coach Labrosse has helped me so much throughout the years. He has made me a better player.”
In addition to his passion and talent for football, Andrew will be completing an undergrad in Kinesiology at the University of Waterloo. As a proud St. Benedict Bear, Andrew feels that the school helped prepare him for the future.
“St. Benedict is a school full of high achieving students – the teachers here really helped push me to the next level. I even had the opportunity to take a kinesiology course in Grade 11. I truly believe St. Benedict made me a better athlete and student and I feel very prepared for the next stage in both aspects” said Andrew.
Coach Kim Labrosse is very proud of everything that Andrew has accomplished.
“Academically, Andrew achieves what St. Benedict stands for. He will be an excellent addition to the University of Waterloo in that sense. When it comes to football, his work ethic is one of the best I have ever seen. He knows how to work hard, and he comes from a family that has taught him to be gracious and humble.”
“When we as coaching staff can help a student continue their dream, then we know we have done our job.” he adds.
We thank our Board of Trustees, Senior Administration, staff, students, families, volunteers, community partners, and our parishes for their continued support and commitment to Sudbury Catholic. Together we are providing a caring, progressive, high quality Catholic school system that is nurturing our students – mind, body, and spirit.
The 2020 NHL draft has been a week of dreams coming true for three former St. Charles College students.
Three SCC students were drafted this week leading with Quinton Byfield who made history for the Sudbury Wolves franchise as the highest draft pick in Wolves history with a 2nd overall selection by the LA Kings. Next came Jack Thompson who was drafted in the 3rd round by the Tampa Bay Lightning.
And the third draft made for a hat trick with Isaak Phillips being drafted in the 5th round to Chicago.
It’s history in the making for the players and the school says Athletic Director and Lead of the Hockey Skills Academy Darren Michelutti. Michelutti says “With Sudbury Wolves students attending St. Charles College, the Hockey Canada Skills Academy has had the opportunity to learn and work with elite athletes like Quinton, Jack and Isaak. The students enrolled in the program get a firsthand experience to see that hard work pays off and dreams really to come true when you commit to your passions.”
Next year, another student/player Chase Stillman will be a 2021 NHL Prospect.
Michelutti has been building the Academy at the school for the past three years. Currently there are ninety-five students enrolled in the program.
Students and staff at St. Charles College will have to wait a little longer to see fellow Cardinal Quinton Byfield and his gold medal from the World Junior Championships.
After accepting his gold medal, he left the Czech Republic and returned to his hometown of Newmarket. He will soon reunite with the Sudbury Wolves briefly before departing for the CHL Top Prospect game along with fellow St. Charles student Jack Thompson. This game showcases the top NHL Draft eligible talent from across the OHL, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the Western Hockey League with hundreds of scouts in attendance.
Kristy Hebert, who teaches Byfield says: “It has been an unbelievable opportunity to have such a talented athlete in our school and community. Quinton has added so much to our programs, bringing a plethora of hockey knowledge and skill. As part of the Leadership class, he has mentored Mrs. Fowke’s Grade 1 students at Holy Trinity Elementary school as well as here at St. Charles College in our Life Skills program. He has made many connections to students and has been an outstanding role model; we couldn’t be more pleased for Quinton and his recent success at the World Juniors!”
The students at Holy Trinity are also eager for his return. It shared messages on social media wishing him luck at the World Junior Championships just before the holidays.
Byfield is not expected to return from the CHL Prospect game for at least another week.
The Marymount Elementary Cross Country team shone bright at yesterdays Cross Country meet at Adanac. Our Regals took two spots on the podium with Lucia Salmaso taking first place and Ava Massimiliano taking 2nd place. Congratulations to all the Regals who took part!
It’s cross country season, and two St. James students are making their mark!
Elsa Blum and Caleb Mead are Grade 6 students at St. James School. They are both members of the St. James Cross Country Team and have both been running since their early years (Elsa has been running since Grade 2 and Caleb since Grade 3).
The cross country team has had a busy Fall already! Elsa and Caleb both placed first at the Laurentian University Cross Country Challenge as well as the CSPGNO Cross Country Meet in the Grade 5/6 divisions.
“I love to win and to compete,” said Caleb. Elsa agreed.
“I just love to run and to get faster after each race.” she explained.
The team is coached by teacher Kyley McHugh and consists of 45 students ranging from Grade 3 -8. When not competing for the cross country team, both Elsa and Caleb like to play hockey. Elsa is also part of the St. James robotics club and plays volleyball and soccer, while Caleb enjoys to play lacrosse.
The two will head with their cross country team to Adanac next Wednesday to compete in a Catholic school meet. They no doubt will look toward improving their times and above all enjoying the race! Good luck Elsa and Caleb!
St. Benedict took home its first OFSAA gold medal banner in Alpine Ski this season.OFSAA Alpine skiing was held in Collingwood at Osler Bluff Ski Club under adverse skiing conditions. The first day of racing got cancelled due to weather conditions, and the second day brought white out conditions. But the athletes prevailed and brought home the first OFSAA banner after competing at this level for a number of years.
The results are as follows:
Individual Tony Piro –Silver Medal High School Level Giant Slalom -4th Place High School Level Slalom
Team Gold Banner –High School Level Giant Slalom
Team Silver -High School Level Slalom
Members: Tony Piro, Alex Madden, Vincent Palladino, Elijah Jeffery, Nikolas Donato
Monica Dailey, one of the coaches says the win is “by far the most success the school team has had to date and with only two of the students graduating, there could be more success to come.”
The team was also coached by teacher John McDonald.