As Fogtober rolls on, several senior high school teams are looking to emerge from the mist as North Shore champions this week as the playoff picture in a number of sports begins to clear up.
In AA field hockey old West Vancouver foes Sentinel and Collingwood will battle for the North Shore title Monday starting at 3 p.m. at Rutledge Field.
Collingwood, the defending provincial champions, ran the table in regular season action, posting a perfect 7-0 record while scoring 37 goals and giving up just eight. The Cavaliers then dispatched Rockridge 3-0 in a playoff semifinal Tuesday to book their spot in the championship game.
Sentinel, meanwhile, finished with a 5-2 record to put themselves into a three-way tie for second place with Windsor and Rockridge. The Spartans knocked off Windsor in a tight 3-2 match in the other playoff semifinal Wednesday night to earn a spot in the final.
In AAA field hockey there were only three teams in the North Shore league this season so the math is a lot simpler. Handsworth, two-time defending provincial champions, racked up a perfect 4-0 record to finish first and advance to the North Shore final. West Vancouver finished second at 2-2 and will play 0-4 Argyle on Tuesday at 3 p.m. at
Rutledge Field with the winner moving on to meet Handsworth in the final.
The North Shore AAA final will be played Monday, Nov. 4 starting at 3 p.m. at Rutledge Field.
In senior boys soccer action, North Shore AAA league winners Sutherland will battle AA champs Sentinel for the North Shore championship Tuesday starting at 3:30 p.m. at Sutherland. The Sabres were nearly perfect in the tough AAA league, scoring 21 points with six wins, one overtime win and one OT loss. The Spartans also racked up 21 points in eight games on the AA side, finishing with a 7-1 record.
In addition to the North Shore final there are also important provincial soccer qualifiers happening this week on the North Shore. In AAA action fourth place Argyle will meet third place West Van in a must-win game Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Ambleside D. The winner of that match will move on to play second place Handsworth Thursday at 3:30 p.m. at Sutherland with a berth in the zone playoffs on the line.
Handsworth, West Van and Argyle all finished within two points of each other in regular season play. Whichever team emerges from that tangle will join Sutherland in taking on the top two finishers from the Burnaby/New Westminster league in the zone playoffs starting Nov. 5 with two provincial berths on the line.
At the AA level third place Windsor will host fourth place St. Thomas Aquinas in an elimination game Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. The winner will play second place Collingwood Nov. 5 starting at 3 p.m. at Ambleside with a berth in the zone finals on the line.
For full schedules and updated scores for all leagues check out the North Shore Secondary Sports website.
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