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  The Dundas Valley midget girls cross country team completed an outstanding season, with three major accomplishments.

   The team led Dundas Valley to the overall Hamilton team title by finishing first; their secondplace finish at SOSSA led to the school’s first overall girls’ championship, and last week they finished 11th in the province at the OFSAA cross       country championships at the Christie Conservation Area, the highest finish of all Hamilton schools.


  The Dundas Valley midget girls cross country team: From left, Hildy Zalepa, Cara Sealey, Emma Due, Emma Norris, Quincy Rotsaert-Smith and Sarah Merry.

Help Name the Field and the Track at Dundas Valley

HWDSB is now seeking suggestions from the community to name the track and the field located at Dundas Valley Secondary School.

The deadline to provide your suggestion is November 11, 2018, at 4 p.m.

Parents, School Council members, staff, students and members of the community are urged to respond. To provide your suggestion, go to www.hwdsb.on.ca/feedback.

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Dundas Valley Secondary School wins track meet

Top five advance to OFSAA

Dundas Valley was the top team at the Hamilton-Wentworth Interscholastic Conference track meet May 16.

The Gryphons racked up 306 points, 88 more than runner-up Guido de Bres.

Dundas Valley was tops on the female side, with the girls team scoring 213 points. The boys were third in their division, with 93 points. Guido de Bres boys won that division.

Winning multiple events were Patrice Temush (senior girls 100 m, 200 m, 80 m hurdles, 4x100 m); Kaylee Allen (junior girls 400 m, 300 m hurdles, 4x100); Zoe Lowe (midget girls long jump, triple jump); Alec Purnell (senior boys 800 m, 1500 m); and Allyson Sober (senior girls 800 m, 1500 m). From Westdale, Declan Sutherland-Case, Sarah Cushnie, Myles Misener-Daley and Dax Chamot also won multiple events.

The top six in each event qualify for the Southern Ontario Secondary Schools Association meet May 24 in St. Catharines.

From there, the top five advance to the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations south region meet for a chance to compete at the OFSAA championships June 7 to 9 in Toronto.

Dundas’ Shanien O’Neill collects Mohawk College award

Highland grad earns Dr. Sam Mitminger honour

Mohawk College’s Dr. Sam Mitminger Award for consistent academic and athletic excellence by a graduating student athlete has been awarded to women’s basketball and softball star Shanien O’Neill.

The Highland Secondary School graduate averaged 85 per cent over seven semesters, including 91 per cent over her last semester. Over the past year, she managed to schedule an intensive two-year program into one year and still starred for two OCAA bronze medal-winning teams.

In women’s basketball, O’Neill was a key cog in a team which had a sparkling 17-3 record and was named an OCAA tournament all-star.

O’Neill also won an OCAA bronze medal with the women’s softball team in which she was an OCAA Athlete of the Week and was an OCAA Player of the Game against Humber for smacking two home runs.

O’Neill tied a record for most triples in a season with seven and had the highest on base percentage of .462 for her single season and her career.

Dundas Valley girls water polo team earn quarter-final playoff

Gryphons pick up three points in final week to hold on to 4th place

Evelyn Brown (3) of Dundas Valley, who scored the Gyrphons second goal Friday afternoon against Ancaster, races for the ball with Royals' Jessica Holmes (13) 


Dundas Valley Gryphons senior girls water polo team held on to fourth place as the regular season finished, earning a quarter-final playoff date against fifth place Waterdown on Friday, April 6.

The Gryphons finished the regular season with one win, one loss and a tie in three straight games over three days. Dundas Valley topped upcoming playoff opponent Waterdown 7-4 on March 27, lost 5-1 to first-place Westdale the next day, and tied Sir Allan MacNab 5-5 on Thursday, March 29.

Dundas Valley finished the season with a record of five wins, two losses and two ties for 12 points — four points behind first-place Westdale, three points behind second-place Ancaster and two points behind third-place Orchard Park.

Waterdown finished with a record of five wins and four losses, two points behind Dundas Valley.

Dundas Valley and Ancaster tie in close girls water polo league

Royals hold onto 2nd place, Gryphons in 4th

Ancaster Royals and Dundas Valley Gryphons senior girls water polo teams ended a long day of play in the pool last Friday with a 2-2 tie, leaving both teams in the tight top half of the league heading into the regular season's final stretch.

Ancaster jumped to a 1-0 lead over Dundas Valley in the first quarter with a goal from Holly Connor. Strong defence, goaltending and a few missed shots on both sides kept Ancaster's lead to one heading into the second quarter.

Dundas Valley's Sierra Birthelmer scored to tie the game, and the score remained deadlocked at one apiece heading into the second half.

The Gryphons took the lead when Evelyn Brown scored in the third quarter to put Dundas Valley up 2-1. Ancaster came back in the final quarter when Saskia Simunovic found the net to tie the game again, and that's where it stayed.

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Dundas Valley Gryphons girls hockey team prepares for semifinal challenge

Dundas Valley drops final regular season game to first-place Waterdown


Dundas Valley Gryphons' Jenna Christiansen gets the puck past Ancaster Royals' defence during girls public high school hockey play on Tuesday, Feb. 13. Dundas Valley once again put plenty of pressure on an opponent, but this time failed to come up with a goal - losing 2-0 on a first period goal, and a empty-netter in the final five seconds of play after the Gryphons pulled their goalie in favour of an extra skater.

Dundas Valley Gryphons girls hockey team ended its regular season with a 3-1 loss to Waterdown, the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board's top team in Division 1.

Only four public high school teams — Dundas Valley, Waterdown, Saltfleet and Ancaster — qualified to play in the board's sole competitive hockey league for girls. Dundas joined the league last season for the first time.

The Wednesday, Feb. 14 loss marked Dundas Valley's sixth in six games this season, but four of those losses came by just one goal, including two 3-2 games with Saltfleet and a 4-3 squeaker with Ancaster.

"Considering we only had 10 skaters, we were pleased with the performance." 
Coach Bob Gardiner

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