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District 4/10 high school sports to make their return

GUELPH – Local high school sports are scheduled to return this fall, according to the following note posted Wednesday on the District 4/10 website.

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Welcome back District 4/10 athletes, coaches, and friends and families of District 4/10!

OUTDOOR SPORTS – Practices for outdoor practices are starting this week, accompanied by a delayed start to the competition schedule.  Please note that for the 2021-22 season, baseball will not be contended as a fall sport.  It has been moved to the spring.

INDOOR SPORTS – Information coming soon regarding indoor sports.

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However, the only schedules posted on the website at the time of writing are for the D4/10 boys’ and D10 girls’ hockey leagues.

The boys’ league is to be a seven-team affair this season with Guelph’s Bishop Macdonell Celtics, Centennial Spartans, Guelph CVI Green Gaels and Ross Royals to be joined by the Centre Wellington Falcons of Fergus, Norwell Varsity Reds of Palmerston and the Orangeville Bears.

The league is down one from 2019-20, its previous season as all high school sports from early in March that school year and the entire 2020-21 school year were cancelled. Wellington Heights Wolverines of Mount Forest and Centre Dufferin Royals of Shelburne are not involved, but Bishop Mac has returned after sitting out the 2019-20 season.

The regular season is to begin Oct. 29 with Ross hosting Orangeville at the Victoria Road Recreation Centre and conclude with a pair of league games Feb. 8.

The D10 girls’ league is also to consist of seven teams with Centre Wellington joining the six Guelph D10 schools – Bishop Mac, Centennial, GCVI, Lourdes Crusaders, Ross and St. James Lions. All are back from the 2019-20 season.

Its regular season is to start Nov. 2 with Bishop Mac hosting GCVI at the West End Recreation Centre. Bishop Mac is to host the first three games of the regular season at the WERC as they’re to play Centre Wellington Nov. 3 and St. James Nov. 9.

Like the boys’ league, the D10 girls’ league is also to conclude with a pair of games Feb. 9.

While the schedules for the other fall team sports have yet to be posted, the expected participants in most can be seen.

D10 schools are Bishop Mac, Centennial, GCVI, Lourdes, Ross and St. James of Guelph, Centre Wellington of Fergus and Orangeville.

The D4 schools are College Heights Huskies of Guelph, Emmanuel Christian Eagles of Fergus, Wellington Heights of Mount Forest, Erin Raiders, Centre Dufferin of Shelburne, Norwell of Palmerston and Westside Thunder of Orangeville.

The D10 football league is to remain an all-Guelph affair with all six Guelph schools participating.

All eight D10 teams are expected to compete in both the senior and junior girls’ basketball leagues while D4 is to have a six-team senior league (all but College Heights) while the number of expected participants in the junior league is unknown.

Girls’ field hockey is a combined D4/10 league and is expected to have eight participants – Bishop Mac, Centennial, GCVI and Ross of Guelph, Centre Dufferin, Centre Wellington, Orangeville and Wellington Heights.

All eight D10 teams are also expected to compete in the senior and junior boys’ soccer leagues. The D4 senior league is to be a four-team affair with Centre Dufferin, Emmanuel Christian, Norwell and Westside participating while the junior loop is to consist of three teams – Centre Dufferin, Norwell and Westside.

The D10 senior boys’ volleyball league is expected to have five participants in Bishop Mac, Centennial, GCVI, Ross and St. James while all eight schools are to be represented in the junior league. Emmanuel Christian, Erin, Norwell, Wellington Heights and Westside are expected to contest the D4 senior league while teams competing in the junior group are expected to be Emmanuel Christian, Wellington Heights and Westside.

D4/10 fall championships are also expected to be held in cross country and tennis. No mention of golf, the usual first D4/10 championship meet of the season. However, CWOSSA championships are to be held in Kitchener at the beginning of October.

CWOSSA junior boys’ soccer championship tournament is to be held in Guelph Oct. 21 and 22, likely at the Gryphon Soccer Complex.

Guelph is also to be site of the CWOSSA AA boys’ basketball championship tournament Feb. 24 and 25 and the AAA girls’ rugby championship tournament May 18 and 20.

The CWOSSA AAA boys’ hockey championship tournament is to be held at Fergus March 8 and 9. High school sports in the area were shut down right after the CWOSSA AAA boys’ hockey tournament at Fergus in 2020.

There’s also to be an OFSAA qualifying event for AAA boys’ field lacrosse in Fergus in May.

 

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