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Adam Sellan studying and playing basketball at Dalhousie

Adam Sellan, Upper Canada College’s 2016-17 athlete of the year, will play basketball at Halifax’s Dalhousie University this season.

The 6’3” Sellan was the captain and most valuable player of UCC’s varsity basketball team last season and was also a member of the varsity football team. He was also a versatile member of the track and field team, taking part in the high jump, triple jump, four-by-100-metre relay and four-by-400-metre relay. He qualified for the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations championship in the high jump.

Sellan maintained an academic average of more than 90 per cent and was the head of McHugh’s House in his final year at UCC. He’s enrolled in Dalhousie’s bachelor of management program.

“I am honoured to be studying at Dalhousie and playing for the Tigers,” says Sellan on the Dalhousie sports website. “I look forward to being a part of the Dalhousie basketball culture and playing under the guidance of such a well-respected coach. I’m excited to help further the success of the team that Coach Plato and his staff have created at Dalhousie.”

The Tigers had their best-ever season in 2016-17. After finishing atop the regular season standings, they won their third consecutive Atlantic University Sport championship before earning a bronze medal at the U SPORTS championship in Halifax.

Sellan’s playing university basketball places him in the footsteps of recent UCC grads including Mattia Colangelo ’16 at The University of Chicago and Chris Tugman ’11 at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn.

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Perren, Peters and Boyden win national lacrosse title

Perren, Peters and Boyden

Coach Max Perren is flanked by Team Ontario and UCC lacrosse players Dom Peters and Jack Boyden.

Upper Canada College teacher Max Perren coached Ontario’s U18 lacrosse team to a national championship for the second year in a row, and this time he had two UCC students on his squad.

Grade 12 students Dom Peters and Jack Boyden both made their debuts in the tournament, which was held in Saskatoon, Sask. from Sept. 1 to 4. Boyden was an attackman and Peters was a defender who played so well that he was named a first team all-Canadian for the tournament.

Team Ontario went undefeated in pool play and then vanquished Team British Columbia in the final on Sunday by a score of 17-13 to capture the First Nations Trophy.

Peters and Boyden will play for Team Ontario again in December when they compete for the North American championship and the Brogden Cup in Jacksonville, Fla.

UCC student and lacrosse player Elliot Fish joined Perren in capturing the Canadian title last year.

Perren, who teaches English and history at the Prep, is also the head coach of UCC’s varsity lacrosse team and the head of its Prep hockey program.

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Save the date for Association Day

Mark your calendar, UCC families and friends — Association Day (A-Day) is September 23, 2017. A-Day is one of the biggest community events of the entire school year. Join Old Boys, students, parents, past parents and friends of the College for a wonderful day of friendship, fun and UCC spirit.

Here’s coverage from last year’s event.

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Keenan Conlon wins OFSAA tennis championship

Upper Canada College Grade 12 student Keenan Conlon improved upon his third place finish last year to capture the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations high school boys’ tennis championship.

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Keenan Conlon on the court.

“I felt I had put in the necessary hours throughout the tennis season to prepare myself for the moment,” says Conlon. “Over three days, I had some tough matches, but I felt like I raised my level at key points during my five matches.”

Conlon was the top seed and went undefeated through the tournament, including 8-3 wins in the semi-finals and final.

“Winning gold was an unforgettable experience, made that much sweeter given that I knew that moment would be the last time that I would don the UCC crest,” says Conlon. “Furthermore, my family has a long history of OFSAA tennis success, including my brothers Alex and PJ, who won a bronze and a silver medal respectively, so to be able to complete the family trophy case is an incredible feeling.”

“Keenan was a terrific ambassador for UCC, showed excellent sportsmanship, and made us and his teammates very proud,” says varsity tennis assistant coach Derek Poon. “He played very well, problem-solving each opponent along the way, battling through all the challenges he faced.”

Vlad Kotov also took part in the singles competition for UCC, while two doubles teams qualified for the tournament.

Kevin Berghuis and Gijs Noteboom won a bronze medal in the open boys’ doubles event while Alex Osipov and Charlie Dunbar had to withdraw from the high school boys’ draw to an ankle injury suffered by Osipov.

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Great results for Prep track and field athletes

Upper Canada College’s U11 and U12 track and field teams both placed first in their divisions to give the school the overall title at the Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario Athletic Association (CISAA) championships for their age group.

The U10 team also took part in the May 23 meet at York University.

Brodey Bitove finished first in the U12 80-metre hurdles and set a new city record in high jump for his age group. Davey Seeman set a CISAA record in the U12 800 metres.

Spencer MacInnis set a CISAA record in the U11 javelin event and just missed one in the 200-metre race.

CISAA Prep Track

Action on the track.

JP Mahony set the CISAA record in the U10 200-metre race, while setting a UCC record in the 100 metres. Mahony, Gordon Wu, Cameron Samek and Henry Metcalfe combined to win the U10 four by 100-metre relay. Hunter Vilanez just missed a CISAA record in establishing a school best time in the U10 400 metres. Jonah Dale set a school record in the U10 discus.

UCC’s U13 and U14 teams also competed in a CISAA championship meet at York and had some strong performances.

Ethan Mistry set three UCC records in the U14 400-metre, 800-metre and 1,500-metre races. Colin O’Dwyer set a school record in the U14 shot put.

Jamie Selfe set a school record in the U13 javelin.

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UCC rowers win at prestigious regatta

Upper Canada College rowers had a very successful long weekend, starting with a victory for the boys junior eight crew in Philadelphia.

UCC won the Charles Butt Trophy for the first time in more than 20 years after finishing first in the 91st Stotesbury Cup Regatta on the Schuylkill River. The Stotesbury Cup Regatta is the oldest and longest running scholastic regatta, drawing more than 5,000 competitors from all over the United States and Canada.

The UCC boys competed in timed trials and a semi-final race against more than 50 crews to advance to the final, where it comfortably clinched the title.

“The crew executed the plan for the weekend perfectly,” says head coach Grant Boyd. “They raced with intensity, poise and confidence.

“This is a very good result for the program overall, and for the boys in the crew. This is definitely something we can build off of.”

There was more to celebrate at the South Niagara Rowing Club Regatta in Welland, Ont., where UCC junior rowers captured seven medals.

The 72-kilogram 4+, 72-kilogram 8+ and 8+ teams won gold. The 4x boat captured silver. The 2x, 1x and 4+ teams received bronze medals.

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UCC’s first Varsity Day wins battle with the elements

Upper Canada College’s inaugural Varsity Day may have been dampened by wet and cool weather, but the home teams came out ahead in all of the league matches that were played.

“Varsity Day replaces May Day, which was held annually on a Saturday,” says Lisa Assaf, the co-president of the Blues Booster Club (BBC) along with Carita Sheehy.

“Varsity Day has been in the works for two years and was the idea of the boys to celebrate the spring athletic teams at UCC and provide a social event for the boys, especially those graduating.”

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UCC’s varsity lacrosse team lost its exhibition game.

The varsity badminton, rugby and tennis teams won their Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario Athletic Association matches, while the varsity lacrosse team lost an exhibition game against Detroit Catholic Central High School. Exhibition games for the varsity baseball and cricket teams were unfortunately cancelled due to the inclement weather.

Mascot Ice the Husky was in attendance to raise spirits, but the planned activities organized by new Blue Army Generals Calvin Jeffrey and Max Pentland were iced because of the poor weather conditions.

The BBC set up a spirit wear table to sell UCC apparel and almost sold out of its new visors. A Meltdown Cheesery food truck, making its first appearance on campus, drew steady lineups of fans for its gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches and macaroni and cheese.

“Despite the weather, we had some hardcore fans come out,” says Assaf. “Next year we hope to have better weather that will significantly increase fan attendance.”

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Cameron White ‘15 will play NCAA D1 hockey

Former Upper Canada College student Cameron White ‘15 has announced his commitment to attend National Collegiate Athletic Association Division One school St. Lawrence University and play hockey for its team the Saints in 2018.

The former assistant captain of the varsity hockey team has played in the Central Canadian Hockey League for the Ottawa Junior A Senators for the past two seasons, helping lead the team to two successive Bogart Cup final appearances.

White, the son of UCC Prep athletic director Nigel White, is a defenceman who scored five goals and had 16 assists in 134 games with the Junior Senators. He’ll remain with the team for one more year to complete his junior hockey career before moving on to St. Lawrence.

Junior Senators head coach Martin Dagenais calls White “one of the top defensive defencemen in the CCHL” and “a great young man who also leads by example off the ice.”

White played for UCC’s varsity football, hockey and lacrosse teams and earned the Logie Medal in his graduating year. He credits much of his success to his many UCC coaches and has strong words of support for both varsity hockey head coach Carl Beaudoin and former assistant coach Mike Clarke, who he says taught him to be the kind of player that he is today.

White says his time playing varsity hockey at UCC was his most enjoyable experience and invaluable to his development as a player.

“The varsity program allowed me to learn, develop and play against stronger and older players in Prep school programs all over the States. The CISAA league is an incredibly strong league, with many players working to earn a spot on NCAA teams. There is no question in my mind that it is the best place for a UCC student to play if they are looking to play beyond high school.”

White will join former UCC varsity hockey teammates Will Reilly and Matt Baker in playing hockey for Division One universities. Reilly plays for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute while Baker is at Dartmouth College.

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UCC wins third straight CISAA varsity squash title

Upper Canada College’s varsity squash team was the underdog going in but persevered to win its third straight Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario Athletics Association (CISAA) championship on March 1.

The Blues were seeded second at the beginning of the season-ending tournament at Toronto’s Mayfair Lakeshore club and advanced to the final against Crescent School after victories over Ridley College and St. Andrew’s College.

“The stage was set for the CISAA championships, with UCC as defending champions very much in a dark horse role, having lost all three encounters with Crescent this season,” says coach Peter Frost.

UCC’s third and fifth-seeded players won their matches against Crescent while the second, sixth, seventh and eighth-seeded players were defeated. The Blues were down four matches to two and needed to sweep the final three, which were played simultaneously, to retain the championship.

Ninth-seeded Todd Joy and fourth-seeded Griffin Manley came through with victories for UCC, leaving the championship riding on the shoulders of the top seeds from the two schools. UCC’s James Flynn won the first game and was ahead in the second when his opponent, Alex Collins, hurt his ribs in a collision with Flynn while attempting to retrieve a ball.

“Despite attention by the Mayfair Lakeshore physiotherapist, Alex clearly could not continue and, although he gamely attempted to carry on, he was forced to concede the match to James,” says Frost.

It wasn’t the way that Flynn wanted to win the match, but it gave UCC its fifth victory and a narrow 5-4 decision to claim the CISAA title.

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Rowing team acquires barge to help with training

Upper Canada College has had a powerhouse rowing program for years, sending boys on to competitive rowing universities and even Olympic medals.

Now UCC rowers have another weapon in their arsenal to help with their training: a still water teaching barge named “Admiral” John Ashbee in honour of the school’s freshman rowing coach. It’s believed that UCC is the first high school in Canada to have this equipment, which was acquired through generous contributions from past and present members of the College’s rowing community.

Barge walkway

The teaching walkway of the barge.

The dual-hulled barge has multiple seats to accommodate several boys. It provides a stable platform for training and will be especially useful for new rowers, including coxes. It will also enable head coach Grant Boyd to walk up and down the plank so he can examine each rower and better focus on helping them with their form.

“This will help us to develop and encourage our new athletes with a safe and stable platform to work from in developing technique and learning the rowing stroke,” says Boyd.

Boyd added that UCC will also institute “learn to row programs” that previously weren’t possible before acquiring the barge.

In addition to the support of the donors, Boyd also acknowledged Ashbee for being instrumental in making the barge acquisition happen.

UCC rowers had their first race of the 2017 season on Feb. 5 at the Canadian Indoor Rowing Championships at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ont. Raphael Berz placed first in the Junior B Lightweight category and Mathieu Hansen was first in the Junior Novice category. Many other rowers achieved personal bests and placed in the top 10 of their groups.

The outdoor rowing season will begin with the Hoover Regatta in Westerville, Ohio on April 22. More events will follow in May and the season will culminate with the Canadian Secondary Schools Rowing Association national championships at the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta Course in St. Catharines, Ont. on June 2.

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