Six weeks to go until start of high school sports seasons

GUELPH – It might be the first week of August, but we’re just under six weeks away from the planned start of the District 4/10 high school sports season.

The baseball and field hockey leagues are the first scheduled to start their regular seasons with games on Sept. 16.

Girls basketball and boys soccer and volleyball are slated to start the following day.

Football is to kick off its season Sept 19.

As is usual, the first championship meet will be the golf tournament that is to go Sept. 25 at the Guelph Lakes Golf Club.

The tennis championship tournament is scheduled for Oct. 11 at the Royal City Tennis Club

The cross-country championship meet is to run Oct. 16.

While things can change just after school starts, here are the planned participants in the team sports.

Football is to go with its usual lineup of six Guelph squads – Bishop Macdonell Celtics, Centennial Spartans, Guelph CVI Green Gaels, Lourdes Crusaders, Ross Royals and St. James Lions.

Nine of the league’s 15 regular-season games are to be held at the University of Guelph’s Alumni Stadium including a tripleheader set for Saturday, Oct. 19 when the Gryphons are to close out their regular season against the Toronto Varsity Blues at Toronto’s Varsity Stadium.

Both home games for defending champion St. James are to be held at St. James while Ross is also to play two home games on their own field. Lourdes and Centennial each have one home game on their own campuses.

Eight teams are entered in baseball with Bishop Mac, Centennial, GCVI, Lourdes, Ross and St. James being joined by the Centre Dufferin Royals of Shelburne and the Westside Thunder of Orangeville who will both use Orangeville’s Princess of Wales Park as their home diamond. Most of the games in Guelph are to be played at Pearson Park although there are three games slated to be played at Hastings Stadium.

All D10 schools are entered in both senior and junior of girls basketball, boys soccer and boys volleyball. That means the Centre Wellington Falcons of Fergus and the Orangeville Scarlet Bears join the six Guelph squads.

Field hockey is to expand by a team with the Norwell Varsity Reds of Palmerston returning after taking a year off. Others in the loop are Bishop Mac, Centennial, Centre Dufferin, Centre Wellington, GCVI, Orangeville, Ross and the Wellington Heights Wolverines of Mount Forest.

District 4 boys soccer is to operate with four teams (Centre Dufferin, Norwell, Westside and the Emmanuel Christian Eagles of Fergus) in senior and three (Centre Dufferin, Norwell and Westside) in junior.

Six teams are entered in both senior and junior in D4 boys volleyball. They’re Centre Dufferin, Emmanuel Christian, Erin Raiders, Norwell, Wellington Heights and Westside.

While the participants in D4 girls basketball are not available, those six schools fielded teams in the senior league last year and all but Norwell competed in junior.

The ice hockey participants have also been named with all eight schools entered in the D10 girls’ league and five (Centre Dufferin, Erin, Norwell, Wellington Heights and Westside) in the D4 girls’ loop.

The combined D4/10 boys’ hockey league is down to seven teams from the nine that competed last season with Wellington Heights and Westside pulling out. Left are Bishop Mac, Centennial, Centre Wellington, GCVI, Norwell, Orangeville and Ross. That, though, makes the scheduling easy with each team getting a home game and an away game against each of its league mates for a 12-game regular season.

The high school hockey season is to start in November.


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