Basketball The Senior A team won the Thomson Trophy for the second year in a row. The team finished the season unbeaten, which was an outstanding feat. In a closely fought final, College defeated St Andrew’s College, 92–88. The opposition came out very strongly and put pressure on College throughout the entire game. St Andrew’s College took a nine- point lead into half-time. It took a huge second half from College to eventually take the lead and hold on late for the win. Josh Book led the way with 45 points and 14 rebounds, with Hunter Adam adding 17 points, 10 rebounds and four assists. Josh was also named MVP for the final. Saturday basketball at College continues to grow, with six teams competing this season in the CBA competition. There were teams in the U20 and U17 competition and three teams in the U15 grade. The U15 Black team won its A grade for the first time since 2018 when several current Senior A players were members. The team held off a spirited comeback by Rangiora High School to take the win, 63–57. The whole team put in an impressive performance on the defensive end, to limit Rangiora throughout the game. Truman Heath was named the game MVP and finished with 17 points and five assists while Ihaka Cate added 14 points and seven rebounds, with many others coming up with big plays. In Friday basketball, College had three teams in the finals of their respective grades. CC Senior Black lost to Rangiora New Life, 88–72, to place 2nd in Open Grade Division 2; CC Senior Blue defeated Kaiapoi 58–38 to win Open Grade Division 3; and CC Intermediate Grey defeated Mairehau, 36–31, to win Intermediate Grade Division 4. Two other teams were placed in the top four of their grade.
Cycling The South Island Schools’ Road Cycling Championships were held at Ruapuna Raceway at the start of the July holidays, with a College team of seven riders competing over a variety of disciplines. After two days of racing, the boys had claimed several medals. The U16 team of Oli Aitken, Art Aitken, Ben Crawford and Henry Hiatt were 2nd in the 16km team trial, finishing behind CBHS. Ben Crawford collected two other silver medals in the U15 road
race and the individual time trial while Oli, Henry and Art also scored top-10 finishes in these events. At the end of Term 3, the annual Litoff Cup cycling event was held. In the junior event, the College team continued its form from the South Island championships to claim silver in the team time trial, only 22sec behind CBHS. The team featured Oli Aitken, Ben Crawford and Art Aitken.
College Issue 41 2021
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