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Panther Pride

Fred

By Fred Wallace

 Hi, this is Fred Wallace with " Off the Wire ".

 

The Spring season for the Bluewater Athletic Association is at it's climax and will morph quickly into CWOSSA & OFSAA Championships over the next 3 weeks in a variety of sports and competitions.

Interestingly, one of the more unique stories in high school sports this Spring has come out of Bruce Peninsula District School at Lion's Head.

The high school population at BPDS is about 60 students and remarkably, close to 40 of those students are members of either the Boys or Girls Soccer team.

I spoke last week with Lady Panthers coach Tara Stanton along with Jennifer Cameron who coaches the Boys team and they confirmed the high percentage of students paying on the school teams.

If the same percentage applied to my high school in the 70's, that would equate to more than 1,000 kids playing soccer.

Make no mistake, neither of the Panther entries are champions, in fact combined they managed one victory.

But that's not the point.

First, the students are participating in large numbers percentage wise

Second, they're representing their school and their region very well; I was tipped off to this story from someone far outside the walls of BPDS who was highly impressed with the numbers and the attitude of the Panther squads.

Third, some youngsters, in what is a small community & region, are getting their first taste of team sports and seeing the value & benefits of teamwork.

Plus, Coach Cameron is enthused by the leadership roles players are assuming not only on the field, but in terms of their practices and preparation.

Coach Cameron will lose 2 boys to graduation. Coach Stanton has everyone eligible to return.

So possibly, the Bruce Peninsula Panthers will become a soccer power in Bluewater, but again that's not the point, nor the remarkable aspect of what took place this Spring at BPDS.

 

I'm Fred Wallace


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