Wildcats rule senior boys basketball court Rockland

Coach Falcioni referred to a recent game in the Prescott-Russell league between the Wildcats and the Falcons from St. Francis Xavier Catholic School (SFX) in Hammond. He noted that the Wildcats have proven very successful this season in senior boys basketball despite having just an eight- member roster to work with, which means limited player substitution available during a game compared to other teams. The Wildcats’ winning strategy has hinged on piling up points early in the game to give them a long lead against the opposition. Then the coach encourages them to focus attention on their defensive techniques and other skills to sharpen them up. “Theyworkonbothaspectsofthegame,” Falcioni said. “But we are an offensive dynamo.”

regarding the junior Wildcats’ strength on the court. “It’s a collaborative effort.” Falcioninotedthisseasonsawthereturn of several second- and third-line veterans from the past two seasons for the junior teamand he is optimistic about the benefits this will have for next year’s senior league lineup. “We’re definitely going to have a strong senior team next year.” two francophone districts have strong volleyball programs. But Rockland has managed a three-three split on its win-loss recordsofarthisseasonforthePoolBgame schedule. The higher-ranked schools in the region are in the Pool A schedule. Coach Hollingsworth noted that the senior Wildcats are holding their own at the past tournament sessions. “We’re top of our tier,” she said. “We have quite a few girls with natural talent.” Paquet noted that the juniors have shown strong teamwork on the court and that has proven their strength. “They play very tight together, always covering each other.” 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Fridays, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Open house events for weekend registration sessions are planned for Feb. 4 and 18. The club is also on a recruiting drive for volunteers to help fill various positions and also welcomes past and new sponsors for teams and other projects. More infor- mation on volunteering and sponsorship is available online at The RUSC is also on Facebook at

He noted Wildcats centre Christopher Walker is the team’s top shooter, scoring almost three-quarter of the points in the recent game against SFX. The Wildcats junior basketball squad is in development mode this season, Falcioni reported, with a three-and-three win-loss record as the January play schedule resumes. “Everyone is playing as a team,” he said, TheWildcats at Rockland District High School are on the bounce in this season’s regional high school volleyball league action. Seniors coach Judy Hollingsworth reported the Wildcats at the top of their game in their division pool while junior coach Monica Paquet is more than pleased with how her players are performing. “Right now I think we’re seventh or eighth(ranked),”Paquetsaid.“We’redoing muchbetterthanIthought.Thecompetition in this region is really fierce.” She noted that many of the schools in the Shovelling snow is the main thing on the minds of many as the end of January nears. But local soccer fans are already looking ahead to the spring thaw. The Rockland United Soccer Club (RUSC) launched advance registration for the 2012 season on Jan. 17 at the RUSC office in the Rockland Museum building on Laurier Street. The office is open for early registration every week on Tuesdays, from

The Wildcats are the ones to beat in high school senior basketball in Prescott- Russell this year. Coach Andrew Falcioni reported that Rockland District High School (RDHS) is enjoying a clear sweep of the competition so far this season with six straight wins and no losses as the January game schedule begins. He noted that the Wildcats have a shot at the Eastern Ontario title but the players need to avoid complacency and make a point of attending practice. “While we are tops in the league, we are going to face a very tough playoffs,” he said. “They (Wildcats) have a chance to go to EOSSAA (Eastern Ontario Secondary School Athletics Association) since we beat the second-best team around here.”

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