The Billings Blazers midget girls basketball squad from Chateauguay capped off a near-perfect season by winning the Greater Montreal Athletic Association’s regional high school final. As a result, the Blazers have been invited to the provincial midget championships in April.
The Blazers had dominated their regular season by rolling up ten victories in 12 encounters. This record enabled them to gain a bye directly into the regional finals which they won 52-32 over Lower Canada College on February 25.
The final was very emotional for the players, their parents and the coaches of this team which was created with few resources at the start of the season. In addition to gold medals and the banner presented to the winning team in the league final, head coach Adrian Colquhoun had prepared a surprise for his players.
‘’I paid out of my own pocket for a medal for each of the players and wrote something personal on each medal,’’ the coach disclosed. ‘’Everyone was crying; even me!’’
Colquhoun had also prepared three trophies : two were issued to Regan Cornford and Alisha Calliste for their performances on the court. Cornford also received the trophy for being the best player in the final. A third trophy was given to Jessika Shaffer, the club’s most improved player during the course of the season.
The Blazers were surprised to learn that they were invited to participate in the regional basketball championships in Sherbrooke in April. (Translation Dan Rosenburg)
Rayanna Jonez Dailleboust