By Larry Moko
The most successful Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic girls’ high school hockey team over the past couple of decades travels to Midland this week for the 2019 OFSAA tournament.
The Bishop Tonnos Titans, champions of the Golden Horseshoe Athletic Conference, will vie for a medal at the provincial level along with 15 other AAA schools from March 19-22.
Tonnos goes in as the fifth seed.
“This is the highest that we have been ranked going into OFSAA,” Tonnos’s veteran head coach Dino Cavarzan said. “With that said, it really has no bearing on how well you will finish. Lower seeds have won just as much as higher seeds.”
The Titans are in the same pool as Aurora’s Maximilian Kolbe Mustangs, Fergus’s Centre Wellington Falcons and Barrie’s St. Peter’s Panthers.
Tonnos begins its schedule Wednesday against 10th-seeded Centre Wellington and against 16th-seeded St. Peter’s. Third-seeded Kolbe provides the opposition the following day before quarter-finals get under way Thursday evening.
Semifinals and all medal contests are Friday.
“The competition is so tight that it’s the little things you have to pay attention to,” Cavarzan said. “Each player has to know their strengths and weaknesses and at the same time compete every shift.”
The No. 1 seed at the tournament is Medway. The Cowboys ride in from Arva as two-time defending champions. Including its bronze-medal win in 2016, Medway has strung together 13 straight victories at OFSAA competition.
Said Cavarzan: “We haven’t played any of the teams in our pool. Even if we had, it would make little difference. If you’re not on your own game any team can beat you.”
Titan players with OFSAA experience include Paige Kenyon, Alyssa Alampi, Ciara Craft, Julia Klepp and Morgan Luis.
Since opening its doors in 2004, Bishop Tonnos Catholic Secondary School has 10 Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic Athletic Association girls’ hockey championships to its credit. In addition, the Titans have claimed nine GHAC titles.
Previously at OFSAA, Tonnos has come home with two silver and two bronze medals.
Only one team from the HWCAA has ever captured a gold medal. That was the St. Jean de Brebeuf Braves — at the AAA/AAAA level — in 2005.
Source: Marnie Jadon