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2001-2002 Senior Boys Basketball Team

Inducted - 2018

Back Row (L to R): Cole Eden, Morgan Jackson, Nick Timmers, James McKay,  Bob Thompson (Coach)

Front Row (L to R): Derek Dunlop, Neal Wereley, Chris Frost, Tyler Perkins, William Hennessy, Rodney Champagne.

Absent: Ryne Gove

Despite a high school population of only 200 students, the 2001-2002 Senior Boys Basketball Team had the depth, talent, and commitment to be a championship team.  The team played the regular season and tournaments facing “AA” and “AAA” squads with school populations that generally range from 500 to 1000 students.  By the end of the season the team had competed in 25 games and managed wins against large school such as St. Joseph Secondary, La Citadelle, and those from the Kingston region.  The Lancers finished as SD&G Champions for the first time in a decade after defeating Char-Lan in the Finals by a score of 78 to 54.  The Team would represent the area at EOSSAA where they managed to defeat larger schools from St. Francis and Rockland, and staged a fourth quarter comeback against host team Grenville Christian in the semi-finals.  The victory punched their ticket to OFSSA and they finished the tournament as EOSAA Finalist.

At OFSSA the team opened up with a 52-50 victory in front of a packed gymnasium versus the host team from Timmins.  The Lancers would eventually end their season with a loss to Trinity College in the OFSA quarter-finals. 

Tyler Perkins was the leader on the court scoring more than 600 points that year.  Neal Wereley, Nick Timmers, Chris Frost, and Morgan Jackson pulled down numerous rebounds and all scored some important points.  Derek Dunlop, Bill Hennessy, and Cole Eden were the defensive specialists on the team but all three were known to be able to hit 3 point shots when needed.  Rodney Champagne and James McKay were the assist leaders who always seemed to find the open shooter.  Ryne Gove was the fastest player on the court but unfortunately injuries kept him out of some of the games or the team might have fared even better.  It was a season that long-time head coach Bob Thompson was quoted in the paper saying thanks to his players for “the most interesting season in my coaching career”.

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Members of the team and coach Bob Thompson accepting their award at the 2018 ceremony.