For this year's 24th annual St. John's-Ravenscourt School's (SJR) "Hold Back the Snow" (HBTS) Ultimate tournament. Located in Winnipeg, SCDS Wildcat Ultimate athletes came out victorious in the most unusual of circumstances—two SCDS teams competed against each other in the championship match.
SCDS sent 29 Wildcats divided into two teams: Green Tide and Blue Tide. Grades 6-8 Math Teacher Eddie Feeley and Ms. Lowry coached Blue Tide; while Green Tide was coached by Grades 6-8 PE Teacher Shiloh Greenhaw and Grades 6-7 Math Teacher Stephen Gussin. Over the course of two days, each team played a total of seven games which, according to Ultimate Coach and SCDS Grades 7-8 Social Studies Teacher Mary Lowry, is a testament to their good fitness. After a rigorous round robin play pool on Saturday, both SCDS teams sailed through their quarter final games on Sunday. In the semi-finals, SCDS's Green Tide met St. Johns-Ravenscourt Green and the Blue Tide met the Lincoln Lasers. Both SCDS teams beat their opponents by a score of 13 to 9.
The two SCDS teams faced off against challenging teams in the tournament's semi-finals but they had no idea that one of their toughest challenges was yet to come—facing off against each other. After spirited play, Green Tide defeated Blue Tide by a score of 12-4. While Green Tide won the HBTS competition, SCDS's Blue Tide was voted the most spirited team by their opponents and was awarded the tournament's Spirit of the Game Award.
"Needless to say, the coaches were blown away by the success and excellent sportsmanship of the SCDS teams. It has never happened that SCDS teams played each other for a tournament title. For me this is the pinnacle of success as an SCDS coach—to win the event AND the Spirit of the Game Award at an away tournament," Ms. Lowry said. "Before the final game we framed the experience as a victory for the whole SCDS team no matter the outcome of the game. We shared the experience and its rewards equally. The kids seemed to appreciate this idea, from what we can tell."
This trip is a fun and fulfilling tradition for SCDS Ultimate athletes. Though there was a brief hiatus in the mid-2000s, SCDS has proudly participated and partnered with SJR for many years. Wildcat teams claimed HBTS victory in 1998, 1999, and more recently in 2015 (which also included winning the Spirit of the Game Award). Go Wildcats!