BAA season opens this week

Knights volleyball, basketball teams prep with tourneys

High school sports are back in full swing.

Though students have only been back in class for two weeks, most teams at Kincardine District Secondary School have seen exhibition action in preparation for the opening of the Bluewater Athletic Association (BAA) regular season schedule this week.

The senior girls basketball team opened up two weeks ago, hosting the team’s annual tournament. The Knights finished third at the tournament, and were in action again over the weekend.  Both the juniors and seniors travelled to Jacob Hespeler for another tournament with strong competition. The KDSS seniors fell 50-22 to Our Lady of Lourdes Friday night, but bounced back with a win over London’s Beal on Saturday. That win put them in the consolation finals, where they were defeated by Galt. The juniors were at the same Cambridge tourney, and dropped three all three games. Against Orangeville, Carly Schmidt had 17 points in the juniors first game. Taylor Risteen, Jenna Rees and Margot Treidlinger each added six. The Knights then dropped a 31-26 decision to Elmira and a 23-16 game to the host team.

Both teams began the regular season began Monday at home.

The senior boys volleyball team has already played in one preseason tournament, at Monsignor Doyle Secondary School. The Knights advanced to the championship finals before bowing out to Jacob Hespeler in a close game. The juniors were at the University of Waterloo on the weekend to play in the Overkill Warrior Classic, where the squad won eight of 10 sets to finish first in round robin play. However, the juniors fell in the semi-finals to Grand River, who took 27-25, 25-19 wins to move to the finals. In the bronze medal game, KDSS fell 25-14, 25-19 to Eden.  Both volleyball teams opened the season yesterday at home against the Walkerton District Secondary School Raiders. The BAA championships go Nov. 4 and Nov. 5 for junior and senior, respectively. The top four teams in the North and South qualify for the playoffs.

The junior soccer season got underway yesterday for both the boys and girls teams. Both teams opened the season yesterday at home against the Chesley Cougars. Tomorrow (Thursday), the Knights will play host to John Diefenbaker Secondary School of Hanover. Both the girls and boys teams play home games at the Davidson Centre. The soccer teams play an eight-game regular season, continuing until late October. The BAA Final Four tournaments will be held before the end of the month, with the boys playdown set for Oct. 28 and the girls event Oct. 30.

Rugby practices have begun, and the season will soon kick off, though the Knights will play no home games. Rugby 7s and 9s are played in the fall, while 12s rugby is played in the spring time. Coach Watson Morris is heading up the girls program, while Dan Ogilve is coaching the boys teams. The teams are slated to play in three tournaments, which will make up the fall season.

Also, the KDSS tennis program has been holding try-outs and practices to prepare  for this year’s BAA tournament, which is Oct. 2. This year the tournament will be played in Southampton. The CWOSSA tournament will be in Waterloo Oct. 16.

Led by Taylor Schmidt and Breanna Cooper, KDSS will be heavily favoured to repeat as BAA golf champions. The girls BAA is at Chippewa Wednesday in Southampton, while the boys tournament is two days later at The Ferns Golf and Country Club.

The BAA cross-country chanpionships are slated for late October, and KDSS has been training for two weeks. The hockey team has yet to hold try-outs with the start regular season still more than a month away.