OFSAA Girls’ 2023 Basketball Championships

November 26, 2023 by  
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GoldNCSSAA – Osgoode Township High SchoolGHAC – Kings Christian CollegeGHAC – Cathedral High School
SilverEOSSAA – Académie catholique Ange-GabrielEOSSAA – Arnprior District High SchoolGHAC – St John Henry Newman Catholic Secondary School
BronzeSOSSA – Hamilton District Christian High SchoolSOSSA – Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School (St Catharines) (OT)LOSSA – Pickering High School
Antique BronzeCWOSSA – Woodland Christian High SchoolNOSSA -Lo-Ellen Park Secondary SchoolSWOSSAA – St Patrick’s High School
Consolation ChampionGHAC – École secondaire catholique Sainte-TrinitéCWOSSA – McKinnon Park Secondary SchoolYRAA – Sir William Mulock Secondary School

Osgoode Township High School

Kings Christian College

Cathedral High School

OFSAA 2023 Girls’ Basketball Participants

CISAA – Villanova CollegeCISAA – Bayview Glen Independent SchoolCOSSA – St Peter Secondary School
COSSA – Nicholson Catholic CollegeCOSSA – Centennial Secondary SchoolCWOSSA – Orangeville District Secondary School
COSSA – Norwood District High School CWOSSA – McKinnon Park Secondary SchoolEOSSAA – Frontenac Secondary School
CWOSSA – Woodland Christian High SchoolCWOSSA – Holy Trinity High SchoolGBSSA – Eastview Secondary School
EOSSAA – Académie catholique Ange-GabrielEOSSAA – Arnprior District High SchoolGHAC – St John Henry Newman Catholic Secondary School
GBSSA – Elmvale District High SchoolGBSSA – St Theresa’s Catholic High SchoolGHAC – Cathedral High School
GHAC – École secondaire catholique Sainte-TrinitéGHAC – Kings Christian CollegeLOSSA – Pickering High School
LOSSA – École catholique Saint-Charles GarnierLOSSA – Anderson Collegiate and Vocational SchoolNCSSAA – St Mother Teresa High School
NCSSAA – Osgoode Township High SchoolNCSSAA – École secondaire catholique Béatrice-DeslogesNOSSA – Korah Collegiate and Vocational School
NEOAA – O’Gorman High SchoolNEOAA – Englehart High SchoolROPSSAA – St Roch Catholic Secondary School
NOSSA – École secondaire catholique L’HorizonNOSSA -Lo-Ellen Park Secondary SchoolSOSSA – Westdale Secondary School
NWOSSAA – St Thomas Aquinas High SchoolNWOSSAA – St Ignatius High SchoolSWOSSAA – St Patrick’s High School
SOSSA – Hamilton District Christian High SchoolROPSSAA – St Augustine Catholic Secondary SchoolTDCAA – Bishop Allen Academy
SWOSSAA – John McGregor Secondary SchoolSOSSA – Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School (St Catharines)TDSSAA – Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute
TDCAA – University of Toronto SchoolsSOSSA – E L Crossley Secondary SchoolWOSSAA – Mother Teresa Catholic Secondary School
TDSSAA – Ursula Franklin AcademySWOSSAA – Great Lakes Secondary SchoolYRAA – Sir William Mulock Secondary School
WOSSAA – Mitchell District High SchoolTDCAA – James Cardinal McGuigan Catholic High School 
YRAA – Toronto District Christian High SchoolTDSSAA – Harbord Collegiate Institute 
 WOSSAA – East Elgin Secondary School 
 YRAA – Thornlea Secondary School 


Cathedral girls going for third-straight OFSAA basketball title, at home

Team has won 85 straight games and is looking to add another provincial championship to its suddenly bursting trophy case this week.

By Scott Radley Spectator Columnist

Matt Trabucco / Supplied
The Cathedral Gaels girls basketball team celebrates its third Catholic school city title in a row earlier this month. On Thursday, it will try to win its third straight OFSAA AAA title when it hosts the provincial tournament.

She’s in Grade 13, or taking a “victory lap” if that’s what you want to call it. She’s played on the school basketball team since she transferred to Cathedral High School three years ago where all she’s done is win.

And win and win and win. And then she won some more.

Does the 18-year-old even remember the last game she lost?

“Honestly?” Nubeah Clarke says. “I don’t.”

That’s because her Cathedral team is riding a rather astonishing 85-game winning streak that stretches back to sometime before COVID. Before she was even there.

Beginning Thursday, she and her teammates will be trying to extend that number by a few on their home court. Cathedral is hosting the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations AAA (the category for the most populous schools) tournament.

It’s the first time it’s been in Hamilton in more than a decade. That’s significant. Much more so? They’ll be shooting for their third-straight provincial championship.

Turns out the Gaels of November aren’t just a line in a Gordon Lightfoot tune.

“We don’t want it to stop,” says head coach Kevin Daly.

No kidding.

There have been dominant girls’ teams in this city over the years. St. Mary has won a bunch of OFSAA titles. St. Thomas More and Bishop Ryan, too. Westdale and Ancaster have also won a couple.

This group is now in that conversation. Five members of the squad have implausibly never lost a high school game. What makes this crew unique isn’t just the success it’s having, though. It’s who’s playing.

Many successful high school teams — most, really — are loaded with kids who spend much of their year playing in the rep system and then doing this on the side. Not here.

“Five don’t play any basketball outside Cathedral,” Daly says. “It’s expensive to play club.”

Sure is. Often you’re looking at a couple thousand bucks for a season. For many kids at an inner-city school, that just isn’t possible. In Clarke’s case, she got into the game late, never played club ball as a kid and figured it was too late to start once she got this far.

There’s another challenge facing high schools these days. Many top players at this age attend prep schools that focus on the game and offer specialized training. These expensive, private academies are now often the gateway to big university scholarships. As a result, they tend to lure away the biggest stars.

“We’re from a different demographic,” Daly says of the school’s population.

Some could go. His twin daughters — Keira and Nicole — surely could’ve chosen that route. In the summer, they play in an elite club league that faces top American teams. They’re really good. Yet they’re here for Grade 12.

They didn’t want to miss the full high school experience, they say. They wanted to be able to play other sports, go to school dances and do other non-hoops things. So they chose to stay. They’d play rep and play for Cathedral.

“I love it here,” Keira says.

She and her teammates open the tournament against Peterborough’s St. Peter on Thursday at noon. Depending on how they do, they could face Hamilton’s St. John Henry Newman (which faces Korah Collegiate from Sault Ste. Marie at the same time) in the second round, later in the day.

Westdale is also here. Its first game is against Brampton’s St. Roch at 10:30 a.m.

The championship game is Saturday at 2 p.m.

It’s big for all of them. For Cathedral, this is uniquely huge. Until 2021, the school had never won a provincial title. Now they have a chance for a three-peat. At home.

“That’s so special,” Nicole says.

Students can buy their way out of class for $2 on Thursday to watch. She expects lots will, so the gym will be jammed and rather wild.

Coach Daly says the first title run was nerve-racking because it had never been done by the school before. The second was a little sweaty too, because a few folks had pointed out to him that not every team was back from COVID that first year so they had to win again to prove it was legit.


“This year, honestly, I’m just enjoying it,” he says.

Though you know he’ll enjoy it even more if the winning streak hits 90 on Saturday and there’s a gold medal around his players’ necks.

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