As the last leaves fall from their trees, and the winter frost start to creep in, it is evident that the fall sports season has ended, and the winter season is beginning. Before we move on to the winter sports season let’s take a look back on 2015 fall teams.
BASKETBALL – SENIOR GIRLS
The senior girls basketball team had a roller coaster of a season. The girls started off the season with a very exciting game against Bluevale, winning 41-40. The Vikings played strong with a 4-1 record in the first five games of the regular season.
This year they had a young team with only four veteran players trying to lead the senior girls back to their 17th straight CWOSAA and their 14th straight OFSAA bids. The senior girls finished the regular season with an impressive 10-2 record with their only losses coming against Cameron Heights and SJAM.
The girls played Bluevale in the quarter final match, who they had had a tight game against during their season opener. The Vikings took a 19 -1 lead going into halftime, but a unrelenting Bluevale team stormed back into the game, and after some debatable foul calls, the Vikings lost 33-36.
A disappointing season the the Senior Vikings, but what was a young team this year will be a veteran one next, and they will surely be ready to make another deep OFSAA run.
CROSS COUNTRY – CO-ED
Cross country is a team sport unlike any other: although one is part of a team, events are competed by individuals. It is a sport that is both mentally and physically demanding. The athletes of WCI exerted themselves in a total of five races this season, including CWOSSA. The top ranking athletes from each category at CWOSSA were as follows; Julie G. (midget girl), Scott A. (midget boy), Erin H. (top junior girl), Jaden S. (top junior boy), Jessica B. (top senior girl), and Jason H. (top senior boy). With the conclusion of the season, five of the team members completed their fourth and fifth years on the cross country team: Jessica B., Natalie C., Jason H., Daniel L., and Thomas M.
FIELD HOCKEY – GIRLS
The varsity girls field hockey team had bit of a shaky start to their season. They won their first game in a landslide over Galt Collegiate Institute 6-1, but in their very next game, Cameron Heights got a couple lucky bounces and won 4-1.
In their first five games the team managed to go 3-2. Despite the rocky start, the girls worked hard at practice, which would pay off for them as they would go on to have a very strong season, finishing 10-4-2.
The girls went on to play in the quarter finals against Bluevale, a team they had only played once during the regular season, a game that had ended in a 0-0 tie. The quarter final game was bound to be a good one, but unfortunately mother nature was not cooperative. Bluevale was able to get the first goal and, unfortunately for the Vikings, that would be the only goal scored. The rain never let up, making it hard for the Vikings to try and get back into the game and so they lost 0-1. The season ended sooner then they would have liked, but they fought hard right until the end.
FOOTBALL – SENIOR BOYS
This year the Senior Boys’ Football team had an unexpected, successful season after finishing their last two seasons with records of 0-8 and 2-6. They finished the regular season with a record of five wins and one loss. Their only loss was to the SJAM Highlanders, a game they lost 12-9 at Spirit of Waterloo.
The Vikings had a powerful offence this year, putting up an average of 28 points per game. The Vikings “D” only allowed an average of 9 points per game. The WCI football team outscored their opposition with 187 points for and only 57 points against.
Despite these high scores, the team suffered many key injuries during this season, which was especially unfortunate as they were already short numbers. A significant loss happened when starting quarterback, Mark C., broke his wrist during Spirit of Waterloo.
The Vikings did advance to the semi-final playoff game after beating the KCI Raiders in the quarter final 21-0. Mark C. stepped in as a running back during the semi final game, playing with a casted left arm. Going into the playoffs, the Vikings were seeded second. They played the undefeated JHSS Hawks, who had outscored their opponents by an average of 40 points per game. In the semi final, the Vikings took a 14-0 lead on their first two drives of the game, putting JHSS behind for their first time all season. The Hawks’ offence started to click and, going into half-time, they tied the game at 14-14. JHSS would not stop there and went on to score another 17 points, silencing the Viking offence for the rest of the game. The final score was 31-14 for the Hawks. The Hawks’ comeback marked the end of the Vikings’ tremendous season, but the Vikings were proud of how well they performed throughout the season.
VOLLEYBALL – SENIOR BOYS
The fall season for the Senior Boys Volleyball team was about perseverance until the very end. What may have been most important about these boys is that they grew both as players and as men over the course of the season.
The team finished the season with nine wins and five losses at the end of the regular season, earning them the sixth seed going into the playoffs. The team handled their first playoff game easily, winning three sets to none against KCI. Their next matchup was against the number three seed, the GRCI Renegades, but the Vikings lost three sets to none. The score of the game really is not a testament to how the team played as they lost all three sets with a score of 25-23. Despite being a disappointing end to the season, the team can take pride in their grit and resilience.
TENNIS – CO-ED
In previous years, WCI has been very successful in tennis matches, winning many events at WCSSAA, CWOSSA and even OFSAA. This year, the Vikings’ open tennis team had much success yet again.
At WCSSAA, the girls doubles duo, Ritu S. and Christina W., the girls singles player Sierra O. and the boys singles player Tom P., all came in second place. The boys doubles team of Cameron K. and Kevin Y. as well as the mixed doubles pair Elizabeth D. and James D. placed third. With such results, these players continued on to CWOSSA. At the tournament, the girls doubles, boys singles, girls singles, and mixed doubles players all qualified for OFSAA, with the girls doubles team placing first.
As a whole, the WCI team placed second overall at WCSSAA and tied for first at CWOSSA. OFSAA will be taking place in June 2016, and the Vikings hope to be just as successful as they have been so far this year.
Photography: Natalie Carmichael