The girls hockey team from Holy Cross has the top seed position of the six Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association teams that will begin contesting Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations championships Monday.
The Crusaders are the fourth-seeded team at the 20-team girls AAA/AAAA hockey tournament in Ottawa. They are in a pool with No. 7 St. Marcellinus of Mississauga, No. 10 Elmira, No. 13 Midland St. Theresa and No. 17 North Toronto.
Holy Cross will begin round-robin play at 8 a.m. with a game against North Toronto at the Leroux Arena in Stittsville.
The top-seeded team is Appleby College of Oakville. No team from eastern Ontario has ever won an OFSAA championship.
At the boys tournament in St. Catharines, the Frontenac Falcons will play Medway from Arva at 2:15. Sixteen teams are vying for the provincial title, including the other two teams in Frontenac’s pool, Denis Morris of St. Catharines and Brother Andre of Markham.
Sydenham Golden Eagles will put their 17-game winning streak in league and post-season competition on the line at noon Monday against No. 14 St. Ignatius of Thunder Bay in the opening round of the boys AA basketball tournament in Ottawa.
The Eagles are seeded eighth among 18 teams, and they’ll open at noon at St. Joseph high school in Barrhaven.
It will be Sydenham’s first appearance at OFSAA since 1995, and only the second time in school history the Eagles have been at a provincial championship tournament.
St. Francis of St. Catharines is the No. 1 seed at the 18-team event. Vaughan Road, at No. 2, and Burlington Assumption, at No. 3, are the other top-ranked teams. Vaughan Road, which won the championship in 2012, and Smiths Falls, this year’s No. 17 seed which won the tournament in 2011, are the only past champions in the field.
The last Kingston-area team to win this tournament was Ernestown, in 2004.
Frontenac, meanwhile, is the 12th-seeded team at the 16-team AAA championship in Windsor. The Falcons will play defending champion Hamilton Saltfleet, this year’s No. 2 seed, in its first-round game at noon.
Frontenac won the AAA championship in 2003. Since then, only three teams east of Whitby have won a medal, most recently Ottawa St. Patrick, which won bronze in 2013. St. Pat’s is also at this tournament, seeded seventh.
Windsor Catholic Central, last year’s silver medalist and the provincial AAA champion in 2013, is the top seed.
Regiopolis Notre Dame Panthers begin play at the girls AAA volleyball tournament in Ingersoll Monday morning at 10:30 against fifth-seeded Governor Simcoe of St. Catharines. The other teams in Regi’s round-robin pool are No. 2 London Central and No. 15 Father Redmond of Toronto.
The Panthers are seeded 12th at the 16-team event, where defending champion Oakville Abbey Park is the No. 1 seed.
Sydenham is definitely the interloper at the AA tournament in Dryden, where the Golden Eagles find themselves in a pool with three northern teams: No. 9 Dryden, No. 14 Timmins and No. 3 North Bay Widdifield.
Sydenham is the tournament’s eighth-seeded team. The Eagles will play their first game at 11:30 EDT Monday against Dryden.
Sixteen teams are seeking the title, which no team from EOSSAA has ever won. The tournament should be wide open, as Gisele Lalonde of Orleans, winner of the last four AA titles, is not among them.