Great weather, great company, great events, and loads of fun and bonding. A great way to start the school year for our students and staff. The House competitions featured a variety of events culminating in the Olympiad Relay. All participants proved to be fierce competitors with House Minotaur prevailing as champions for the Wahanowin-portion of the House Competition. Next up is the Terry Fox Run.
Just a friendly reminder to get your donations in to your period one teachers. Additional pledge forms can be found, and donations can be made online by visiting the Terry Fox Group on Edsby. Our online total is approaching $4,000. With 3 days until the run, we still have a lot of work to do to reach our goal. Let’s all do our part to surpass last year’s total of $20,000.
On Wednesday, September 26, the U20 Ultimate team competed in the SSAF Championships at Sheppard’s Bush in Aurora. It was a blustery day that made playing frisbee quite difficult, but our intrepid Spartans played on despite the suboptimal conditions. We got off to a rocky start with a 3-2 loss to PCA, but we went on to win four straight matches and claim TPS’ first banner of the school year. Both Mr. Eason and Mr. Oest are extremely proud of everyone’s effort and they were also impressed with the fine manner in which every team member represented TPS. Once again, the TPS squad has been crowned the champions of ultimate frisbee.
The elementary ultimate frisbee team battled the harsh elements of wind and rain at Sheppard’s Bush Field and put forth a valiant effort. They displayed some glimpses of greatness but unfortunately lost in the quarter finals after a hard fought game. Shout outs to Matt Moshoian for his amazing throws, Jessie Pearl for her outstanding hands, Alaina Tsimicalis for her leadership, Ronan Wismer for his tenacity and Rachel Madej for her ferocious stall counts! Mr. Rosenbaum and Mr. Herman had a blast with all of you!
The TPS Muses had a great turn out for the annual Introductory Breakfast this past Friday. The girls mixed and mingled with their fellow members, and learned about this year’s mentorship program lead by our Grade 12 girls, Layla Gutmann and Ami Seeligsohn. Listen to the daily announcements and check the TPS Muses Edsby group to stay updated!
The Junior Spartan Tennis Team participated in the TDCAA Junior Tennis Tournament at the Aviva Centre. All team members participated with great sportsmanship and skill. Charli Abitbol, unfortunately, came up against the tournament winner in round 1, which ended her day early. Ellie Farrell and Ryann Hiltz improved each game and took out 4th place in the girl's doubles. Chris Grieve and Jesse Beaudin demonstrated great team work but were eliminated in the quarter finals. Finally, Harrison Wheler picked up from where he left off last year by dominating the tournament and taking the gold medal! Harrison was clearly the best player at the tournament and won the final 8-3. Well done to all team members.
Under some blustery conditions, the TPS golf team captured 2nd place in the SSAF Golf tournament held at Bathurst Glen. Blake “DJ” Pepper, Teddy “Tiger” Vihant, and Michael “Mickelson” Stuart all went low to contribute to the 2nd place finish. Mr. Y and Mr. Closest to the Pin Pizzuto would like to thank all participants for a great day.
The Spartan tennis players attended the TDCAA Regional Qualifiers at the Aviva Center. In what was a successful day, all team members qualified for the TDCAA City Championships. Allan Politsky went through undefeated in the senior boys, while Noah Kindler and Ryan Loganadhan formed a lethal doubles tandem to also finish the day undefeated. Despite playing girls several years older than her, Karla Lindell Lindbloom also qualified after losing only 1 match. Well done to all team members!
The Spartans recaptured the SSAF U20 Flag Football Championship after a 4 year hiatus. The Spartans swept through the round robin portion of the tournament winning 38-0, 28-0, 20-0, and 12-8. They defeated Metro Prep 14-0 in the semi-finals and met Everest (last year’s champions) in the finals. This “Motley Crew” participated in a final for the ages. After surging to a 12-0 half lead, they let Everest tie the score and take the championship game into overtime for the first time in decades. The overtime featured a “convert” overtime with each team trading convert attempts until one of the team’s was victorious. After the first round both teams had attempts fall incomplete. The second round featured an Everest incomplete pass which set the stage for Ethan Richmond to fire a “bullet” to the waiting arms of Harrison Wheler, sealing a Spartan victory. A big congratulations to all players for a fantastic and successful tournament. Mr. K and Mr. T were proud of each and every player.
The Spartan Tennis Team travelled to Mayfair West Tennis Club yesterday to compete in the TDCAA City Championships. In the girls singles, Karla Lindell Lindblom came out of the gates swinging quickly disposing of her first opponent 8-0. In the semi-final, Karla started off great but ran into a strong competitor and lost 8-2. Congratulations to Karla on taking the bronze medal, which is quite an achievement considering she was playing against grade 12 students. In the senior boy's doubles, Ryan Loganadhan and Noah Kindler came ready to play by dominating their opponent 8-2 to qualify for the final. In an epic Federer - Nadal style final, the boys were narrowly defeated and claimed the silver medal. Congratulations to all team members. We are still awaiting final results to see if Karla, Ryan, and Noah qualify for OFSAA.
On Monday, October 29, the U16 Indoor Soccer team participated in the Metro Cup. They got off to a great start by winning the first two games. The competition picked up later in the day, but the team still managed to finish the round robin with a 3-3 record. They made it to the B final where they had to face Everest; a team that beat them in the round robin 7-0. In the final, TPS rallied from a 2-0 deficit to tie the score at 2-2 with only 2 minutes left in the game. Sadly, Everest scored with little time remaining and TPS lost 3-2. Still, both Mr. Kinnear and Mr. Oest were very proud of the team’s effort and sportsmanship throughout the day. We are looking forward to the next indoor tournament.
The U20 Indoor Soccer team travelled to the Toronto City Sports Centre yesterday with a chip on their shoulder and a swagger to their step. Their round robin matches featured excellent play and ball movement, which allowed them to finish with a 3-0-1 record and the #1 seed moving into the playoff round. With a bye to the semis, the team came out rested and continued its dominant performance against the team from Blyth Academy. The finals saw TPS pitted against the host Metro Prep team, which squeaked out a penalty kick win over ARS. In the final, TPS showed it’s superiority of skill and touch beating Metro by a very wide margin. The team was lead by it’s starting four of Spencer Coke, Reid Kappele, Diadie Traore and Alex Galbraith and supported by its excellent depth on the bench. Mr. Rosenbaum and Mr. Yiasemakis would like to congratulate the entire team for their effort and sportsmanship throughout the day.
House Captains Calla Chapnik and Noah Kindler (and Mr. Rosenbaum) help deliver our December Food Drive donations to The Teresa Group. TPS donated 1187 items and $2940 in gift certificates!!! Way to go TPS.
Due to the imminent storm the school will be closed and classes cancelled. We feel that the conditions throughout the day will be worsening and the journey home from school at the end of the day will be too treacherous for students to attempt. As such, we are asking our students to remain at home and follow Edsby for your class work.
The team travelled to Mount St. Louis Moonstone for the TDCAA Ski and Snowboard Championships on Tuesday. It was another successful day on the slopes for the Spartans. In the Open Boys Ski Division, Charlie Nogas clocked some slick times to almost pull out the victory. He finished on the podium in 3rd place. In the High School Boys Ski Division, Ethan Jones had two very consistent and impressive runs to finish in 4th place. In the Boys Snowboarding, Dylan Adud ripped the course apart to finish in 2nd place, while Cole Marotta was 1 cleaner turn away from winning the event. Cole finished in 3rd place. Ethan, Dylan and Cole all qualified for the OFSAA Championships next week which is an outstanding achievement. Congratulations to all team members who clocked excellent times and proudly represented the school at the event..
Ethan Jones represented the Spartans the OFSAA Alpine Ski Championships on Monday and Tuesday. Despite challenging conditions, Ethan was raring to go. In the Giant Slalom event, Ethan came bursting out of the gates but unfortunately lost control on a challenging turn and did not finish the first run. His second run was amazing and saw Ethan clock a top 25 time. In the Slalom event, Ethan strapped on the equipment for the first time. Like a seasoned pro, he clocked an outstanding time and finished the event in 17th place. It was an outstanding effort by Ethan. Well done!
The Boys’ Indoor Soccer Team competed in the SSAF Championships at the Hangar on Friday. TPS entered the 12-team tournament with a bullseye on their backs as the odds on favourite. The team quickly settled into its successful ball moving style and breezed through the round robin with 3 victories. With a bye going into the playoff round, TPS earned a well deserved rest between the quarter and semi-final games. In the final, the boys’ faced an equally talented opponent from LFT. A back and forth affair saw both teams tied at the end of regulation. TPS dominated the golden goal 5 minute overtime but could not convert on any of its chances. The game was inevitably decided by penalty kicks, which saw Spencer Coke calmly slot in the winner on the final kick. Congratulations to all of the team members on an excellent tournament, which featured good play and sportsmanship.
The U20 boys set out to defend their title last week at the SSAF Outdoor Soccer Championships. The team faced somewhat stiff competition in the round-robin with 2 disappointing ties to open the tournament. TPS quickly found its form and was able to win their remaining 2 games and qualify for the playoffs. In the semi-final, the boys faced a familiar rival from St. Jude’s. In a spirited affair, TPS demonstrated their dominance and was able to advance to the finals with a 2-0 victory. In the final, the team faced an athletic and hungry squad from Metro Prep. Despite dominating possession, TPS was unable to score during regulation and avoided disaster thanks to the turf monster, which tripped up a Metro player on a breakaway. In the golden goal overtime, Alex Galbraith stepped into a shot from distance and beat the Metro keeper for the winning goal. Special mention goes to Tristan Carman for his strong play and hustle on defence, Xavier Baldwin for his cool play in the midfield, Spencer Coke for his dominance in the middle and Alex Galbraith for his timely winning goals. Congratulations to the entire team on their victory and for their resilience throughout the day.