Hoyas junior girls basketball team takes gold at GBSSA championships

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Main photo: The Huntsville High School (HHS) Hoyas junior girls basketball team won gold at the 2018 GBSSA Championships. (Back from left) Hayley Smits, Eliana Zystra, McKenna Allen, Sydney Flynn, Lauryn
Oliver, Jenna Gill, Grace Mitchell, Grace Kujala, coach Debi Austin; (front from left) co-captain Riley Truax, co-captain Emma Fawcett, Morgan Smith, Monique Boyko, and Caitlin McInally.

Huntsville High School’s junior and senior girls basketball teams have ended their 2018 season with great accomplishments.

Both teams played in the Muskoka Parry Sound (MPS) Championships on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 in Bracebridge and both won gold.

For the senior Hoyas, the MPS win was a glory. HHS played challenging games against Parry Sound all year long but in the final game at the championships, the Hoyas pulled ahead by in the last quarter to steal the win, 35-23. Top scorers were the captains, Gabby Arsenault and Celeste Dupuis.

“They are an amazing team, full of amazing athletes,” said senior Hoyas coach Sam Garrod.

The Hoyas senior girls basketball team are 2018 MPS champions (back from left) assistant coach Jessica Bilz, Kanon Okura, Celeste Dupuis, Zoe Long, Gabby Arsenault, Taea Schmidtke, head coach Samantha Garrod; (front from left) Kaiya Roberson, Ayan Shibano, Lauren Hooey, and Anjali Jindal. Missing from photo: Megan Simson and Jenna Yeo. (supplied)

The Hoyas senior girls basketball team are 2018 MPS champions! (Back from left) assistant coach Jessica Bilz, Kanon Okura, Celeste Dupuis, Zoe Long, Gabby Arsenault, Taea Schmidtke, head coach Samantha Garrod; (front from left) Kaiya Roberson, Ayan Shibano, Lauren Hooey, and Anjali Jindal (supplied)

Their MPS wins earned both Hoyas teams a berth in the Georgian Bay Secondary School Association (GBSSA) Championships on November 14, 2018 in Orillia.

The senior Hoyas gave it their all but could not surpass the level of playing by the other teams. It was a collaborative team effort, but they lost to Saint Joe’s and held their heads high knowing they did their best.

The junior Hoyas team fought hard to take the win and brought home the gold medal for Huntsville. It was a beautiful end to a stellar season—they had a near-perfect record on the courts with 21 wins and just one loss. In addition to their MPS and GBSSA golds, the junior Hoyas also earned a bronze medal at their tournament.

“But more than the success we had on the court, it was the work ethic, the positive attitude, and the teamwork that made this group of girls such a pleasure to coach,” said coach Debi Austin. “The parent support was also outstanding and much appreciated.”

Every player on the junior girls team showed amazing improvement, a testament to their commitment and hard work, added Austin. “I look forward to coaching these girls again in the future. Great season, girls.”

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