It wasn’t particularly wintry outside on Jan. 20, and several Upper Canada College teams turned up the heat inside as part of the school’s annual Winterfest celebration. (Scroll to bottom for full video highlights.)
A Prep and U14 swim meet with UCC and Sterling Hall School participants kicked Winterfest off with a splash as the boys worked on their strokes and technique.
From then on it was basketball and hockey for the rest of the day, as well as a 3 p.m. pep rally in Laidlaw Hall that got the Upper School boys pumped to either participate or cheer on their classmates.
Prep boys were active in all three of the College’s gyms, before older players took over later in the afternoon, as basketball teams from various age groups and skill levels honed their shooting, passing and dribbling proficiency in games against Crescent School. UCC dominated on the court, winning nine of the 10 basketball games.
One of those victories was a 52-28 win by the varsity team, which was preceded by the debut of the successor to Cookie as UCC’s new mascot: Ice the Husky. An excited group of fans gave him a warm welcome and that enthusiasm carried on through the game.
There were three hockey games in the Olympic-sized Mara Rink, beginning at 2 p.m. with a U12 game in which UCC shut out Crescent by a score of 5-0. UCC’s Grade 7 and Grade 8 U14 teams squared off against each other, with the Grade 8 boys coming out on top with a 3-2 victory.
The final event of Winterfest was a varsity hockey game between UCC and St. Michael’s College School. Principal Sam McKinney, with Ice standing behind him, dropped the ceremonial first puck before the game.
There were some big body checks early in the game and things got pretty chippy with lots of post-whistle pushing and shoving, which resulted in several penalties for both sides. The home team went up by a goal 7:08 into the game and added another with 1:08 left in the first period.
Ice joined the Ice Chips for a loosely structured scrimmage during the intermission and, what the little kids may have lacked in skill was definitely overcome by their obvious love of the sport.
UCC had the better part of the play in the second and third periods, but the St. Mike’s goalie made several big stops in both of them and kept what could have potentially been a lopsided score to a reasonably tight 2-0 final margin in favour of the Blues.
You can see a gallery of photos taken by members of the Blues Booster Club here.
Here are all of the scores from Winterfest:
U10A basketball: UCC 32 – Crescent 26
U10B basketball: UCC 28 – Crescent 16
U10C basketball: Crescent 14 – UCC 8
U11 basketball: UCC 38 – Crescent 18
U12B basketball: UCC 35 – Crescent 17
U13A basketball: UCC 64 – Crescent 44
U13B basketball: UCC 47 – Crescent 29
U14 basketball: UCC 50 – Crescent 30
U16A basketball: UCC 44 – Crescent 39
Varsity basketball: UCC 52 – Crescent 28
U12 (Grade 5) hockey: UCC 5 – Crescent 0
U14 hockey: UCC (Grade 8) 3 – UCC (Grade 7) 2
Varsity hockey: UCC 2 – St. Michael’s 0