Bishop, FHS, Opeongo advance to basketball finals
Fellowes, Bishop Smith and Opeongo will be battling for the Renfrew County boys basketball titles. The Upper Ottawa Valley High School Athletic Association (UOVHSAA) semi-finals were held on Feb. 12 with Fellowes senior boys squad defeating St. Joseph's Catholic High School with a score of 69-47 to advance to the championship round which will be a best two-out-of-three series. In the other semi-final, Opeongo edged out Bishop Smith 57-50.
At the half-time mark, Fellowes led the St. Joseph Jaguars 37-21. With the Jaguars surging in the fourth quarter, Falcon Gavin Davidson blunted any opposition nailing two three-point field goals, while Elijah Morris sank three consecutive baskets.
Morris was stellar putting up 17 points, while Davidson, who sank four field goals overall, contributed 16 points. Logan Mahoney recorded 13 points, while Tyler Hartwick sank four baskets. Gavin Lauderdale grabbed six points for the Falcons, while Connor Skeggs added two baskets. Ryan Lapointe nailed one field goal, while Connor Rose made a basket.
Leading the Jaguars was Tyler Blackburn, who scored three field goals and dropped three baskets for 15 points. Liam Retty recorded 10 points, while Damian Wierzbicki successfully dunked two three-point shots. Kolby Lister added six points, while Andrew MacKaskil connected two baskets and a free throw. Cole Turcotte contributed a three-pointer.
In the junior boys semi-final, Bishop Smith outdistanced Arnprior District High School 60-39. The most valuable player for the Crusaders was Adam Gdaniec, who scored 22 points. Andrew Plazek nailed a three-pointer for 12 points overall, while Aiden Letourneau finished with 10 points. Nick Maiski made three free throw shots, added a basket and sank a three-point shot for eight points. Noah Russell also recorded eight points.
The top scorer for the Arnprior Rapids was Ty Letourneau who led with 18 points. Austin Farr sank a trio of three-point baskets for nine points, while Kyle Brum dropped two baskets. Jackson Friske landed a three-point basket and Seth Malina grabbed two points. Jeff Birmingham made a free throw and a basket.
In the second junior boys semi-final, Fellowes made it past St. Joseph's 57-50.