Grade A weekend for Astros

Nicholas Mercer
Published on October 16, 2012
Grade A weekend for Astros

If you could grade Ascension Collegiate’s sports teams after this weekend, they would get an A.

The Bay Roberts’ school sent three teams to provincial tournaments over the Oct. 12-14 weekend and came away with two championship banners.

Both the boys’ softball and boys’ hockey team captured championships in two prestigious tournaments, while the girls’ soccer team posted a record of no wins, one loss and two ties, narrowly missing the opportunity to advance to the final.

In softball, the boys’ team captured its second straight 4A provincial crown after defeating the Holy Trinity Tigers of Torbay 10-6 in the championship game at the Wilbur Sparkes Recreation Complex, Oct. 13.

Ascension suffered only one defeat in the tournament, to the same Tigers it beat in the final, besting teams from Roncalli High in Avondale, Clarenville High and Exploits Valley High in Grand Falls-Windsor.

In the Octoberfest Hockey Tournament, the Astros took home the title for the first time in 16 years after defeating the Holy Heart Highlanders of St. John’s, 3-2 in the title game.

Played at the Mount Pearl Glacier, Ascension got timely goaltending and scoring from a couple of first-year forwards in the win.

Coaches Trevor Dixon and Jeremy Mercer had a busy weekend as well.

Moments after guiding the boys’ softball team to the title, they were beating it over the highway, making it in time to watch the Astros’ defeat the Gonzaga Vikings in the semi final of Octoberfest.

Both Dixon and Mercer are coaches on the boys’ hockey team as well. Mercer paces the bench, making coaching decisions, while Dixon handles the defence corps.

They weren’t the only people pulling double duty with both teams this weekend. Forward Tyson Drover and defenceman Brandon Moriarity played key roles in both victories. While he could not play in the Octoberfest final due to injury, Drover was a beast at the plate during the 4A win, belting two homeruns in the final. Moriarity was key on the point and at shortstop for both teams


For comprehensive stories on both, see Oct. 23 edition of The Compass.