Northumberland Breakers 18U Boys Team got Bronze at the Provincial
Gold for the 18U Boys
Back Row left to right: Coach Gord Ley, Andrew Dube, Adam Strickland, Harrison Wood, Blake Scheerhoorn, Brandon Bouwmans, Lucas Pichl, Mark Wikkerink, Lowell Hannam, Assistant Coach Ross Dube,
Middle Row left to right: Assistant Coach Bobby Olympia, Jake Gray, Bryn Ramsay, Zachary Jilesen, Kyler Woodburne
Front Row left to right: Trey Olympia, Tum Abel
Absent Assistant Coach Brian Woodburne, Brett Whitley
Northumberland Breakers 17U Boys Team got Silver at the Provincial
Northumberland Breakers 17U Boys team – Definition of success
April 13, 14, 15, 2012 – RIM Park, Kitchener, Ontario
How does one define success? For the Northumberland Breakers Boys 17U team it is coming into the Ontario Provincial Championships and going home with a medal. Or is it putting in a lot of hard work and coming out second in the province. Or is it improving each individual’s skills and becoming a better player at the end of the long season. Or is it simply competing against the best of the best in the province and gaining their respect at the end of competition.
The 17U Boys Gold Medal Finals is now available on SSN Canada’s website.
17U Boys All Stars at the 15U/17U Ontario Championships
- Blake Scheerhoorn, Northumberland Breakers
- Brett Whitley, Northumberland Breakers
18U Boys All Stars at the 14U/18U and 16U boys Ontario Championships
- Blake Scheerhoorn, Northumberland Breakers
Bronze for the 17U Boys
The 17u boys went to their first Premier Division Tournament in Kingston on March 3rd and came home with a bronze medal. The boys played at the top level in their division and proved that this is where they belong.
Next up Provincials!
Gold for the 17U Boys
Back Row left to right: Coach Gord Ley, Mark Wikkerink, Brett Whitley, Andrew Dube, Blake Scheerhoorn, Kyler Woodburne, Lucas Pichl,
Assistant Bryn Ramsay, Assistant Coach Ross Dube, Absent Assistant Coach Brian Woodburne
Front Row left to right: Brad Crain, Lowell Hannam
The medal came as a result of solid play by the entire team.
Breakers U14 Boys won Silver at Home
Back Row: Assistant Coach John Semplonius, Ewan Mireault, Noah Geens, Brayden Stoffers, Riley Wolters, Joel Semplonius, Chris McShane, Coach Marc Mireault
Front Row: Drew Harrigan, Matthew Tedford, Kristian Paschalis Missing from the photo is Trent Clapperton
Northumberland Breakers 18U Girls Team got Silver at the National
As for input from the season from the coaching perspective … for me, it was fun to see some of the girls in their final year that have been with the club since they were youngsters – Cindy Lang & Heather Behan – I think I coached them in our first year as a club when they were 12U! So, that was special to see how they have developed over the years and how the Breakers has been a big part of their growing up years.
It was also satisfying to see the team improve on their record from last year. To come middle of the pack in the province and the country – from a small town with all local girls – except Rachel and Amy – is an accomplishment in the girls division where it is highly competitive.
Also, the girls seemed to get along well and support each other for the most part – no drama. The best part was seeing you guys fight hard and get balls that I know you would not have even tried for earlier in the year. You played better at the provinicals and nationals than you had all year. That is how it should be and it was satisfying to see you do that.
The other nice suprise was how the parents (and athletes) showed their gratitude and support of the coaches. Again, that is how it should be but often isn’t. It makes the effort worthwhile when the parents and athletes recognize coaching efforts.
2012 VolleyFX Winter Challenge tournament
in Rochester, NY
Silver for the 18U Girls
left to right in back – Amy Parker, Olivia Bowman, Courtney Pryce, Heather Behan, Rachel Ryan, Cindy Lang, Patti Ley (Coach)
left to right in front – Maddie Maillet, Anna Brogan, Monique Sheehan, Courtney Crossey, Nina Vahamaki (Captain)
This is the 18U girls Breakers team. For most of them it is their last year of playing with the Breakers and they were thrilled to win a silver medal in the Championship Division in their new ‘home’ of the CCC last Saturday.
This is the second time they have medalled in Championship Division this season. They played very well to beat the Clarington Grizzlies in the crucial cross over match then came from behind to beat Pegasus from Kingston to earn a spot in the Gold Medal match.
In that match they were defeated by the Diamonds – a team from Toronto. The Diamonds were strong and there were scouts from Syracuse and Columbia University present.
Northumberland Breakers U18 Girls take Bronze in OVA Action in Barrie on Saturday, December 10, 2011
Top left: Head Coach Patti Ley, Amy Parker, Cindy Lang, Heather Behan, Courtney Pryce, Olivia Bowman, Rachel Ryan, Maddie Maillet
Front left: Monique Sheehan, Nina Vahamaki, Anna Brogan, Alex Stewart, Courtney Crossey Absent: Assistant Coach Gord Ley
In Breaker’s pool play, the girls fought valiantly against Ottawa Fusion, Phenix and the Orillia Suns. They opened up the day strongly against Ottawa Fusion but were not able to secure a win. Although they split against their next two opponents, they placed third in their pool. This pitted the girls against a tough opponent – Sudbury Northern Chill. The Breakers turned up the heat and defeated the Chill in an exciting match they won in straight sets.
At the same time, Fusion also won their cross over match. This meant the Breakers would have to defeat Fusion this time for a chance at the Gold Medal round. This was not to be but the Breakers left some gas in the tank to go on and defeat the Georgian Cubs from Barrie and clinch the bronze medal in a decisive manner – 25-19, 25-18.
This medal means that the girls have earned the right to continue to compete in the Championship division for the next OVA tournament.
Standing L-R Coach Patti Ley, Maddie Maillet, Renee Smith, Olivia Bowman, Emily Hacker, Sydney Leguard, Courtney Koomen
on floor L-R Kennedy McMahon, Monique Sheehan.
A group of 16U and 17U girls recently put together a team and entered into an OVA 17U tournament at the Royal Military College in Kingston and came away with a Bronze Medal.
Gold for the 16Ugirls
Back Row: Sydney Waller, Renee Smith, Monica Closs, Sydney Leguard, Emily Hacker, Leah Patterson, Brian Bruce
(Head coach) Front Row: Megan Egan, Courtney Koomen, Kennedy McMahon, Dani Carmichael,
On November 19th, the Northumberland Breakers 16U Girls Volleyball Team took home gold in the 16U Girls Provincial Cup Trillium F tournament in Trenton. This was the first tournament of the season, and the girls played hard to beat teams from Peterborough and Ottawa.
Northumberland Breakers 15U Girls had a busy volleyball weekend. They spent Saturday and Sunday at two different tournaments.The team travelled to Scarborough on Sat, Nov 12th to compete in the Titans Invitational.
With new players, new lineups and new positions the team of 11 girls played 6 matches and finished the day in 4th. They really came together as a team and demonstrated what they are capable of. Excellent volleyball all around. This was just a warm up to the tournament they had lined up for the next day.
They travelled to Woodbridge for the Markham Stingers Invitational on Sun, Nov 13th. Here, with the full team of 12 girls, they finished first in their pool and went on to win the silver medal.
A great start and a great warm up for the OVA season which starts Nov 26th. It was a great weekend of volleyball, fun and team building.
Awesome job Breakers!!!
Cobourg Police Association Breakers ‘Golden Girls’ Again
Front: Laura Essak, Emma Taylor, Mackenzie Stokes, Hannah Pybus, Sarah Sheils. Middle: Mark Essak (coach), Jamie Rosa, Ainsley Leguard, Emma Flewell, Bessie Hodder-Olivera, Amber Bisset, Andrew Mamajek (coach). Back: Aleks Steins, Chantal Pryce.
After competing with the top teams in the Province last month the Northumberland 14U Cobourg Police Association Breakers were back in their regional tournament last weekend as the first seed. Competing at Regiopolis Notre Dame in Kingston against teams from Ottawa, Kingston, Durham and Northumberland the girls were hoping for a repeat of the December tournament and another gold medal.
Round robin play saw the Breakers defeat two local teams in straight sets setting up a quarter-final match against their club mates the Van Vark Electric Breakers. All the girls on both teams were eager for this match, the first meeting of the teams in tournament play!
The match was a close one with the C.P.A. Breakers finishing on top 25-16, 25-23. This was the closest any team came to beating the C.P.A. Breakers at this tournament as they went on to defeat Ottawa Maverick Revolvers 25-20, 25-19 in the semi-final and then Kingston Pegasus Nitro 25-12, 25-22 in the final earning the girls their second gold medal of the season.
Next up, the Provincials Championships in Waterloo where the C.P.A. Breakers hope to compete in the top division.
C.P.A. Breakers Golden for the First Time
(front) Aleksandra Steins, Amber Bisset, (middle) Chantal Pryce, Hannah Pybus, Ainsley Leguard, Jamie Rosa,
(back) Coach Mark Essak, Laura Essak, Bessie Hodder-Olivera, Sarah Sheils, Mackenzie Stokes, Emma Taylor, Emma Flewell, Coach Andrew Mamajek.
Playing in front of a home crowd was a definite boost for the Cobourg Police Association Northumberland Breakers 14U Girls as they topped all 10 teams in the Ontario Volleyball Association Challenge Cup (Zone F) on Saturday taking home the gold medal!
Competing against teams from Ottawa, Kingston, Peterborough and Oshawa as well as their sister team, the Van Vark Electric Breakers stretched the girls to their limits as both the semi-final and the gold medal match went three games.
The day started well for the C.P.A. Breakers as they handily won their first two matches 25-15, 17 against the Kingston Cats and 25-10, 16 against the Kingston Pegasus Wings. Strong serving was the key to winning both matches.
The third match of the day saw the Breakers pitted against a higher seed, the Ottawa Maverick Revolvers. Dropping the first game 22-25 the girls rebounded with a stronger effort and took the second game 25-12 placing the team tops in their pool and earning a bye to the quarter-finals that afternoon.
After a quick win over Ottawa Fusion Purple 25-12, 13 the Breakers were in the medal round and up against some stiff competition. The semi-final saw the girls take the first set off Peterborough Thunder 25-17 before dropping the second to a refocused Thunder 15-25. In the deciding third set the Breakers started quick and kept the lead earning a berth in the gold medal match with a 15-9 victory.
Making the final accomplished the goal the team had set for itself at the start of the day – get a medal. Now the only detail left to decide was whether the first medal for this team in OVA competition would be gold or silver.
From the start of the final it was evident the Breakers wanted gold. They served well, passed well and played defense well taking the first set 25-12 from the Ottawa Maverick Gold Diggers. Another set won and the girls would not only get gold but would also move up to the top Division in the province for their next tournament. Starting the second set the Gold Diggers showed they weren’t giving up and taking charge they took the second set 25-21. With momentum on the side of the Ottawa team it was imperative that the Breakers start well in the deciding set of the day. And that they did, riding a quick start to a 15-5 win and the gold medal.
Both the athletes and their supporters were tired but happy after a long day of volleyball. With Christmas around the corner the Breakers next see OVA action in early February, hopefully at home again at the CCC.
Tyler Scheerhoorn, 2011 Ken Davies Memorial Award Recipient
The Ken Davies Memorial Award is presented annually at the Ontario Championships to a male Youth Division athlete who best demonstrates the qualities of determination, leadership, athletic ability, sportsmanship and fair play. OVA Past-President, Brenda Willis, was on hand to present Scheerhoorn with his Award.
Described as ‘a coach’s dream,’ both as a player and captain, Scheerhoorn led his high school team to their first OFSAA Championship ever. Scheerhoorn is also an honours student who will serve as valedictorian of his graduating class. He also maintains a part-time job and still he has an unwavering work ethic, as well as tremendous focus and drive to improve and excel when it comes to volleyball.
He has also played both provincial and national beach volleyball and was a member of Team Ontario Indoor last summer, competing in the National Team Challenge Cup. This year’s recipient went on to be one of only three high school students in Ontario to be selected to receive Quest for Gold carding by the Provincial body.
Scheerhoorn, a true ambassador of the sport, gives back to his elementary school by running volleyball clinics for 10-13 year old students, passing on not only his skill but also his love for the game.
‘AMAZING 8’ Win Gold at Provincial Championships
16U Girls Strike GOLD!
This past weekend the Northumberland Breakers 16U Girls team travelled to Waterloo for the Ontario Provincial Games. Going into this tournament the girls were seeded 4th out of 24 teams in Division 2.
On the first day of the tournament the girls played Tigers Red (Waterloo). The Breakers easily beat this team 25-10, 25-14. Next they played DRVC Orange (Whitby). The girls lost the first game 22-25, won the second 25-17 and lost the tie breaker 13-15. Next the team played Stingrays Whip (Richmond Hill). The Breakers won the first game 25-13, lost the second 22-25 and won the tie breaker 15-11. These results landed them second in their pool. It was important to place 1st or 2nd in the preliminary games to stay in Tier 1. The team wanted to play in the higher tier to have a more competitive weekend of volleyball.
Saturday April 16 was the Power Pools. The Breakers played the Cambridge Hawks (Cambridge) and beat them 27-25, lost the second game 24-26 and won the tie breaker 16-14. Next the girls played West Elgin Warriors (Wallace town). The Breakers beat them in two straight sets 25-22, 25-20. Next they played MVC (Hamilton). The girls won the first game 25-21, lost the second game 21-25 and also lost the tie breaker 9-15. At the end of the day these results landed the Breakers 1st in their Power Pool. This was very important because the first place teams from all the power pools advance right into the Quarter Finals in the playoffs.
Sunday April 17 was the Playoffs. The first match had the Breakers playing Toronto West (Mississauga). The Breakers easily beat this team 25-11, 25-15. This win advanced them to the semi-finals. Next they played Ottawa Fusion Red (Ottawa). The girls beat this team 25-20, 25-21 (this game the Fusion had us 12-2 but the girls rallied back and took the game). This win guaranteed the girls a medal. The Gold/Silver medal match had the Breakers matched against Pegasus (Kingston). The girls were so focused. They wanted the Gold and the Silver wasn’t going to be good enough. The Breakers beat this team in two straight games 25-15, 25,21. They dug up some amazing balls, the passing was great, the blocking was timed perfectly and the hits were strong.
The girls had an amazing weekend. They look forward to attending the National Championships in Sherbrook, Quebec next month.