Coach Bill Foster passes on


for his involvement and support of rugby. He was the long-time coach for theWild- cats girls rugby programand for many years guided and guarded the varsity girls to regio- nal and eastern championship titles. Many of his players went on to continue with rugby as part of their college or uni- versity careers. Foster had strong ties with the Ottawa Irish rugby club. He was also instrumental in developing the Sevens rugby programat the high school, and often remarked that Sevens rugby emphasized speed and passing skills more than full-squad rugby, which played to the Wildcats’ strengths on the field.

Besides his coaching duties, Foster made his presence felt at the school both inside and outside the classroom, being available to help students during his own lunch hours, whether classroom tutoring or helping su- pervise the open gymperiods during lunch breaks. The funeral service for Coach Foster was held on March 4. Those who wish to honour his memory are asked to donate to the Bill Foster Sports Legacy Award at Rockland District High School. Details on making donations are available from the high school or may be done through www.

A living legacy has left the sports program at Rockland District High School. Coach Bill Foster, the man behind the success of theWildcats varsity girls rugby squad, has passed away. Born William Charles Foster, Bill Foster, or Coach Foster as he was better known to many, died at home on February 29, the result of a heart attack. He was 56. Coach Foster was involved inmany of the extra-curricular sports programs at Rockland District High School. But he was best known Falcons fly off with EOSSAA banner






In Hammond, the junior girls volleyball team is still flying high after bringing home the trophy banner for being the best team on the court in Eastern Ontario. The St. Francis Xavier Catholic High School Falcons junior girls won the single- A title at the Eastern Ontario Secondary School Athletic Association (EOSSAA) cham- pionships, Feb. 26, in Deep River. SFX stole the win from Perth & District Collegiate Institute two matches to one in the finals. “They weren’t super close (scores),” said Coach Stéphane Wilcox, adding that the Falcons are still excited a week after retur- ning home victorious from EOSSAA. “They’re definitely very very happy. It’s the first volleyball EOSSAA championship at the school, as far as I can tell.” There are no provincial championships in junior girls volleyball so the EOSSAA title finishes the season off for the Falcons. Coach Wilcox noted that the past season’s Falcons junior girls has proven a good overall team on the volleyball court. “The girls support one another.There are no superstars.They all do their job. One thing they’ve learned is not to give up.” Bringing the EOSSAA banner home to SFX this year are: Nakeisha Borgella, Saman- tha Gauthier, Caitline Harmison, Stefanie Koch, Jennifer Lafave, Chloe Lavallée, Brian- na Lecavalier, Meghan McDermid, Ashley Meness, and Krystina Pepper.

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