Panthers go from a one-win season a year ago to a BCSSAA junior boys volleyball championship

Sports Nov 14, 2017 by Darryl Smart Brant News

After one win last season, Sam Szmeretzky and his Paris Panthers teammates knew there was only one way to go this year.

And that was up.

The Panthers did exactly that, climbing all the way to the top of the mountain to capture the Brant County Secondary School Athletic Association (BCSSAA) junior boys volleyball title, sweeping the Assumption College Lions in two-straight games.

“It feels great. I’ve never been able to be part of a winning team at Paris and it just means a lot to win this for the school,” Szmeretzky said. “We won one game against St. John’s last year. To be that far down and come all the way back says so much about this team. We trained so hard and our coaches really worked with us to be better.”

In getting to the BCSSAA final and beating the Lions in Game 1 on Tuesday (Nov. 7) 3-1, the Panthers wanted to finish it off at St. John’s College on Thursday (Nov. 9). They did that with a convincing 3-0 (27-25, 25-18, 25-18) victory.

It was an end result that none of them would have imagined last year.

“I don’t think anyone thought we would make it this far,” Szmeretzky said. “Once we got going it was like, wow, we’re really doing this.”

A sign of things came early in the season, according to Szmeretzky and Grade 9 teammate Adrian Reynolds.

“It was the first game of the year against BCI (Brantford Collegiate Institute),” Reynolds said. “After the first game, we thought we were going to lose. But winning that game gave us so much confidence. And then the more we won, the more confident we got.”

Now the Panthers have the BCSSAA title in tote and will participate in the Central Western Ontario Secondary Schools Association (CWOSSA) AA championships Nov. 15 and 16 at Holy Trinity in Simcoe.

“We’re going there to win,” Reynolds said. “We just need to keep playing like we are and hope for the best.”

Despite the loss, the Lions will take part in the CWOSSA AAA championships on Nov. 16 at the University of Waterloo and Forest Heights Collegiate in Kitchener.

 

dsmart@norfolknews.ca

twitter.com/darrylsmart1


Panthers go from a one-win season a year ago to a BCSSAA junior boys volleyball championship

Sports Nov 14, 2017 by Darryl Smart Brant News

After one win last season, Sam Szmeretzky and his Paris Panthers teammates knew there was only one way to go this year.

And that was up.

The Panthers did exactly that, climbing all the way to the top of the mountain to capture the Brant County Secondary School Athletic Association (BCSSAA) junior boys volleyball title, sweeping the Assumption College Lions in two-straight games.

“It feels great. I’ve never been able to be part of a winning team at Paris and it just means a lot to win this for the school,” Szmeretzky said. “We won one game against St. John’s last year. To be that far down and come all the way back says so much about this team. We trained so hard and our coaches really worked with us to be better.”

In getting to the BCSSAA final and beating the Lions in Game 1 on Tuesday (Nov. 7) 3-1, the Panthers wanted to finish it off at St. John’s College on Thursday (Nov. 9). They did that with a convincing 3-0 (27-25, 25-18, 25-18) victory.

It was an end result that none of them would have imagined last year.

“I don’t think anyone thought we would make it this far,” Szmeretzky said. “Once we got going it was like, wow, we’re really doing this.”

A sign of things came early in the season, according to Szmeretzky and Grade 9 teammate Adrian Reynolds.

“It was the first game of the year against BCI (Brantford Collegiate Institute),” Reynolds said. “After the first game, we thought we were going to lose. But winning that game gave us so much confidence. And then the more we won, the more confident we got.”

Now the Panthers have the BCSSAA title in tote and will participate in the Central Western Ontario Secondary Schools Association (CWOSSA) AA championships Nov. 15 and 16 at Holy Trinity in Simcoe.

“We’re going there to win,” Reynolds said. “We just need to keep playing like we are and hope for the best.”

Despite the loss, the Lions will take part in the CWOSSA AAA championships on Nov. 16 at the University of Waterloo and Forest Heights Collegiate in Kitchener.

 

dsmart@norfolknews.ca

twitter.com/darrylsmart1


Panthers go from a one-win season a year ago to a BCSSAA junior boys volleyball championship

Sports Nov 14, 2017 by Darryl Smart Brant News

After one win last season, Sam Szmeretzky and his Paris Panthers teammates knew there was only one way to go this year.

And that was up.

The Panthers did exactly that, climbing all the way to the top of the mountain to capture the Brant County Secondary School Athletic Association (BCSSAA) junior boys volleyball title, sweeping the Assumption College Lions in two-straight games.

“It feels great. I’ve never been able to be part of a winning team at Paris and it just means a lot to win this for the school,” Szmeretzky said. “We won one game against St. John’s last year. To be that far down and come all the way back says so much about this team. We trained so hard and our coaches really worked with us to be better.”

In getting to the BCSSAA final and beating the Lions in Game 1 on Tuesday (Nov. 7) 3-1, the Panthers wanted to finish it off at St. John’s College on Thursday (Nov. 9). They did that with a convincing 3-0 (27-25, 25-18, 25-18) victory.

It was an end result that none of them would have imagined last year.

“I don’t think anyone thought we would make it this far,” Szmeretzky said. “Once we got going it was like, wow, we’re really doing this.”

A sign of things came early in the season, according to Szmeretzky and Grade 9 teammate Adrian Reynolds.

“It was the first game of the year against BCI (Brantford Collegiate Institute),” Reynolds said. “After the first game, we thought we were going to lose. But winning that game gave us so much confidence. And then the more we won, the more confident we got.”

Now the Panthers have the BCSSAA title in tote and will participate in the Central Western Ontario Secondary Schools Association (CWOSSA) AA championships Nov. 15 and 16 at Holy Trinity in Simcoe.

“We’re going there to win,” Reynolds said. “We just need to keep playing like we are and hope for the best.”

Despite the loss, the Lions will take part in the CWOSSA AAA championships on Nov. 16 at the University of Waterloo and Forest Heights Collegiate in Kitchener.

 

dsmart@norfolknews.ca

twitter.com/darrylsmart1