Cardinal Newman Cardinals senior boys basketball squad begins OFSAA AAA championship charge

Sports Mar 06, 2017 by Laura Lennie Stoney Creek News

The Cardinal Newman Cardinals senior boys basketball squad is about to start its quest for Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations AAA championship supremacy.

Cardinal Newman will face the Vaughan Voyageurs in its first game at OFSAA on March 6. The Cardinals are ranked fourth going into the 16-team tournament, which runs until March 8 in North Bay.

Assistant coach Andrew Sergi says the team is feeling confident heading into the provincials and its first matchup.

“We definitely respect our opponents,” he said. “We know the history of Vaughan and they have a rich basketball tradition. The team feels confident going in as a group and we know that this is the first step towards the ultimate goal.”

Cardinal Newman earned its spot at OFSAA after beating the St. Thomas Aquinas Raiders 68-53 in the Golden Horseshoe Athletic Conference AAA championship on Feb. 27 at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School and garnering its second GHAC crown. The Cardinals scored their trip to GHAC after defeating the Cathedral Gaels 60-51 in the city Catholic high school championship on Feb. 21 at McMaster University and winning its fourth high school title. The squad finished atop the standings in regular season action with a 12-0 record.

Sergi says the team continues to get better with each passing week.

“The improvement that we’ve had since November is noticeable,” he said. “The players’ ability to buy into his (head coach Victor Raso’s) vision for what he wants them to do as a team on offence and on defence is more visible now. That’s a credit to the players because they’ve bought into his message.”

Cardinal Newman will be looking to earn its first OFSAA crown this week. The Cardinals have been to OFSAA two times, garnering a bronze medal in 2013 and losing in the quarter-finals in 2014.

Sergi said the goal is to make it to the semifinals on March 8.

“I think it’s possible for us to win it all this season,” he said. “There are so many good teams, so it’s not going to be easy. You have to take it one game at a time, move from one round to the next round and move on and on, and the only way you can do that is you have to keep winning.”

Cardinal Newman Cardinals senior boys basketball squad begins OFSAA AAA championship charge

Team battles Vaughan in first game of provincial championships March 6

Sports Mar 06, 2017 by Laura Lennie Stoney Creek News

The Cardinal Newman Cardinals senior boys basketball squad is about to start its quest for Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations AAA championship supremacy.

Cardinal Newman will face the Vaughan Voyageurs in its first game at OFSAA on March 6. The Cardinals are ranked fourth going into the 16-team tournament, which runs until March 8 in North Bay.

Assistant coach Andrew Sergi says the team is feeling confident heading into the provincials and its first matchup.

“We definitely respect our opponents,” he said. “We know the history of Vaughan and they have a rich basketball tradition. The team feels confident going in as a group and we know that this is the first step towards the ultimate goal.”

"The team feels confident going in as a group and we know that this is the first step towards the ultimate goal.”

Cardinal Newman earned its spot at OFSAA after beating the St. Thomas Aquinas Raiders 68-53 in the Golden Horseshoe Athletic Conference AAA championship on Feb. 27 at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School and garnering its second GHAC crown. The Cardinals scored their trip to GHAC after defeating the Cathedral Gaels 60-51 in the city Catholic high school championship on Feb. 21 at McMaster University and winning its fourth high school title. The squad finished atop the standings in regular season action with a 12-0 record.

Sergi says the team continues to get better with each passing week.

“The improvement that we’ve had since November is noticeable,” he said. “The players’ ability to buy into his (head coach Victor Raso’s) vision for what he wants them to do as a team on offence and on defence is more visible now. That’s a credit to the players because they’ve bought into his message.”

Cardinal Newman will be looking to earn its first OFSAA crown this week. The Cardinals have been to OFSAA two times, garnering a bronze medal in 2013 and losing in the quarter-finals in 2014.

Sergi said the goal is to make it to the semifinals on March 8.

“I think it’s possible for us to win it all this season,” he said. “There are so many good teams, so it’s not going to be easy. You have to take it one game at a time, move from one round to the next round and move on and on, and the only way you can do that is you have to keep winning.”

Cardinal Newman Cardinals senior boys basketball squad begins OFSAA AAA championship charge

Team battles Vaughan in first game of provincial championships March 6

Sports Mar 06, 2017 by Laura Lennie Stoney Creek News

The Cardinal Newman Cardinals senior boys basketball squad is about to start its quest for Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations AAA championship supremacy.

Cardinal Newman will face the Vaughan Voyageurs in its first game at OFSAA on March 6. The Cardinals are ranked fourth going into the 16-team tournament, which runs until March 8 in North Bay.

Assistant coach Andrew Sergi says the team is feeling confident heading into the provincials and its first matchup.

“We definitely respect our opponents,” he said. “We know the history of Vaughan and they have a rich basketball tradition. The team feels confident going in as a group and we know that this is the first step towards the ultimate goal.”

"The team feels confident going in as a group and we know that this is the first step towards the ultimate goal.”

Cardinal Newman earned its spot at OFSAA after beating the St. Thomas Aquinas Raiders 68-53 in the Golden Horseshoe Athletic Conference AAA championship on Feb. 27 at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School and garnering its second GHAC crown. The Cardinals scored their trip to GHAC after defeating the Cathedral Gaels 60-51 in the city Catholic high school championship on Feb. 21 at McMaster University and winning its fourth high school title. The squad finished atop the standings in regular season action with a 12-0 record.

Sergi says the team continues to get better with each passing week.

“The improvement that we’ve had since November is noticeable,” he said. “The players’ ability to buy into his (head coach Victor Raso’s) vision for what he wants them to do as a team on offence and on defence is more visible now. That’s a credit to the players because they’ve bought into his message.”

Cardinal Newman will be looking to earn its first OFSAA crown this week. The Cardinals have been to OFSAA two times, garnering a bronze medal in 2013 and losing in the quarter-finals in 2014.

Sergi said the goal is to make it to the semifinals on March 8.

“I think it’s possible for us to win it all this season,” he said. “There are so many good teams, so it’s not going to be easy. You have to take it one game at a time, move from one round to the next round and move on and on, and the only way you can do that is you have to keep winning.”