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A perfect season ends in heartbreak for the Lady Lions

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Photo: CEGEP Champlain-St. Lawrence website

The CEGEP Champlain-St. Lawrence Lady Lions women’s basketball dream season came to an end recently with two straight playoff losses.

After a perfect 14-0 regular season, the double blue had high hopes for the upcoming regional championship of the Réseau du Sport Étudiant du Québec (RSEQ).

High school basketball season is over: it’s championship time

The St. Patrick’s Fighting Irish junior girls team is closing the 2017-18 basketball season on a winning note.

After finishing eighth in their division, St. Pat’s qualified for the Réseau du Sport Étudiant du Québec (RSEQ) regional consolation championship on March 25.

Welcome home, Alex Harvey! Champion skier returns to Quebec

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Alex Harvey is home after five months of intense international competition. Harvey, the most decorated Canadian cross-country skier to date, arrived at Jean Lesage International Airport​ on March 19.

Laurie Blouin “on a cloud” after Olympic and Big Air success

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Photo: Jason Ransom/Canadian Olympic Committee

As the Snowboard & Ski Jamboree street festival wrapped up at the Îlot Fleurie on Sunday afternoon, local snowboarder and Olympic silver medalist in slopestyle snowboard Laurie Blouin had a scheduled autograph session. Only one problem – no one seemed to know where it was. “Wherever the people are,” shrugged a member of the event’s communication team.

Fighting Irish move on to the LHPS quarterfinals

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Photo: St. Pat’s Hockey Facebook page

The St. Patrick’s High School Fighting Irish hockey team season continues. On March 23 and 24, the Irish played a round robin tournament in Baie-Saint-Paul with three other schools to open the 2018 playoffs in the Major Under 17 (U17) conference in the Ligue de Hockey Préparatoire Scolaire (LHPS).

Local athletes fly high at Big Air World Cup Finals

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
From March 22 to 25, warm spring weather, even some snow, welcomed the arrival of over 100 athletes from 20 countries for the FIS Ski and Snowboard Big Air World Cup Finals. Quebec Olympic snowboarders Max Parrot and Laurie Blouin and skier Alex Bellemare stole the show. 

Sled dog racing around the mountains in Valcartier

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Photo: Lise Lafond
The sixth annual International de Chiens de Traîneaux sled dog races were held in Valcartier on March 17 and 18. An impressive 130 teams came from Quebec, Ontario and the United States to participate in this popular race. The scenery was fantastic, the snow was nice and hard and the temperature was ideal for the dogs, even if it was a bit cold for human spectators.

2018 Paralympics: Canada has its best showing ever with 28 medals

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Photo: Scott Grant/Canadian Paralympic Committee

Canada will have some heavy baggage to declare when its 2018 Paralympic team comes back home, as the Canadian athletes are leaving South Korea with a record 28 medals, second only to the United States, who dominated with a total of 36.

Canada picked up its last medal (silver) at the para hockey final against the United States on March 17.

Ryerson Rams capture the U Sports women’s volleyball title

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Photo: Mathieu Bélanger, courtesy of U Sports

The Ryerson University Rams completed their perfect season with a resounding 3-1 win over the University of Alberta Pandas to capture the U Sports national women’s volleyball title at the PEPS at Université Laval on March 18. (U Sports, formerly Canadian Interuniversity Sport, is the governing body for university sport in Canada).

Local Sports Briefs

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Photo: St. Pat’s Hockey Facebook page
St. Pat’s Hockey 
The St. Patrick’s High School Fighting Irish hockey team has conquered Washington, D.C. Playing in the 2018 Congressional Cup Spring Classic in the American capital, the Green and White won all four of its games and allowed only three goals on its way to the gold medal.  

Lady Lions capture basketball title with 14th win

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Photo: Lions Facebook page

Lady Lions basketball: a perfect season

Eight St. Pat’s grads to play in CEGEP football programs next season

Recruiting season has come and gone for CEGEP football programs across Quebec. This is the time of year where coaches and recruiters try to get the best possible graduating students onto their school’s football team for the fall.

2018 Paralympics: After four days, Canada has seven medals​ ... and counting​

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Photo: Dave Holland/Canadian Paralympic Committee

The 2018 Paralympic Winter Games have begun in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The Games opened March 9, and after four days of events, Canada had a total of seven medals.

Rouge et Or fall to Martlets in heartbreaker

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Photo: Yan Doublet

A Saguenay sweep for the Lady Lions

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Photo: courtesy of the CEGEP Champlain-St. Lawrence website

Already assured the regular season title in the RSEQ northeast regional division 2 conference, the CEGEP Champlain-St. Lawrence Lady Lions swept the weekend series this past week against teams from Chicoutimi and Jonquière.

Canada sends record delegation to Paralympics

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Photo: Matthew Murnaghan/Canadian Paralympic Committee

Canada will send 55 athletes to the upcoming Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, its largest delegation ever. The Games will take place March 9-18, on the same sites as the Olympic Winter Games.

Sixteen coaches and 26 support staff will accompany the Canadian athletes to South Korea.

Pentathletes and triathletes race around the Plains

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Photo: Roch Lamontagne
As February turns to March, athletes of all sorts take to the Plains of Abraham. From Feb. 23 to March 4, skaters, runners, snowshoers, cyclists and cross-country skiers are competing in the 14th Pentathlon des Neiges. 

Team Canada brings home the hardware from Pyeongchang Games

Canadian athletes brought a record 29 medals home from the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, the best performance ever by a Canadian team. The Games came to a close on Feb. 25.

Note: 17 of these medals have been won by Quebecers or teams including Quebecers (names in bold print)!
GOLD:

- Ted-Jan Bloemen (Calgary), men’s 10,000-metre long-track speed skating;

High school basketball on hold for March Break

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Photo: Luc Lang

The teams at St. Patrick’s and Quebec High schools will take a breather during the upcoming March Break, to recharge their batteries for the playoff run.

The St. Patrick’s High Fighting Irish bantam CC girls head to the break tied for first place in their division, coming an impressive 50-10 win over Louis-Jobin of St-Raymond-de-Portneuf on Feb. 22.

Dutch and Canadians skate together at Lac Beauport

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

After a few years’ absence, the Pentathlon des Neiges returned to Lac Beauport, where it all began back in 2005. The Pentathlon invited international and local skaters, young and old, wearing hockey skates, figure skates and long-bladed speed skates, to the frozen lake on Feb. 22 for the Défi Patin.

Annyeong Pyeongchang! Běijīng láile! Goodbye Pyeongchang, Beijing, here we come!

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Photo: COC/Jason Ransom

The curtain has fallen on the XXIIIrd Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Sixteen athletes from the Quebec City area were part of the Canadian delegation that returned home from South Korea with a record total of 29 medals, two more than at the 2010 Vancouver games.

Snowshoeing and ducks at the Domaine de Maizerets

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Voice of English-speaking Quebec (VEQ) and Be Active Quebec (BAQ) held their fourth annual snowshoeing activity for newcomers on Feb. 17. Some 25 people gathered for the event at the Domaine de Maizerets.

2018 Olympics: Bronze for Beaulieu-Marchand of Quebec

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Photo: Vincent Ethier/COC

Quebec City skier Alex Beaulieu-Marchand won a bronze medal in the men’s ski slopestyle event on Feb. 18, at the Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, becoming the first Canadian man to win an Olympic medal in slopestyle skiing.

Rouge et Or get back on track with second blowout win

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Photo: Dan Gilbert

The Université Laval Rouge et Or men’s basketball team won their second consecutive game of the season, and did so in the most convincing way possible, trouncing the Citadins from the Université du Québec à Montréal ​(UQAM) by a score of 94-42 on Feb. 17 at the PEPS.

Blazers, Irish hoops teams get busy as they head toward March Break

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Photo: Luc Lang

It’s been a pretty busy week, once again, for basketball teams at local anglophone high schools as they head into March Break.

The St. Patrick’s High School Fighting Irish junior girls are holding onto first place in the CC division, with an impressive 53-27 win over the Diables of Donnacona Feb. 16 to raise their record for the season to eight wins and two losses.

Canada’s Olympic success: Being one with winter

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As of this writing, the Winter Olympic Games are well underway in distant Pyeongchang, South Korea. Canada has sent its largest delegation ever to the competition – 225 athletes, competing in all 15 of the events in the snow, ice and sliding competitions.

Rouge et Or drop fourth straight game, fall to 6-6 on season

The Laval Rouge et Or men’s basketball team lost their fourth consecutive game of the season, falling to the Bishop’s University Gaiters by a score of 80-74 in RSEQ action at the PEPS this past Sunday.

Canadians host Japanese Pee-Wee hockey players

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

As most of the world has their eyes on the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, Quebec City turns its focus toward 59th International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament at the Centre Vidéotron.

This year, 120 teams from across the globe are competing in five categories: AAA, AA, AA-Elite, International B and Scolaire.

An award-winning Olympic display at Holland School

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

In honour of the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, students at Holland Elementary School set up this display in the school’s main entrance, with Canadian flags, Olympic rings, and “torches” representing the Olympic flame. Go Team Canada!

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