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Women’s Basketball on their way to Provincials

The women’s basketball team qualified for the RSEQ Division 2 provincial championships as they went 2-2 in the South West Conference finals to claim the fourth and final playoff berth.

The Islanders opened with a solid 80-51 in over St. Jerome Friday night at Abbott as Annie Pollender led all scorers with 25 points while Andrea Batrla and Kelly Corsi chipped in with 17 and 10 points respectively.

The action switched to Ahuntsic Saturday as the Islanders dropped a 74-57 decision to St. Jean. Pollender was the top scorer with 15 points. The Isles punched their ticket to Chicoutimi with a 79-40 win over Heritage College, with Pollender (19 points), Girlie Owusu (15) and Aaliyah Hamilton (10) all scoring in double figures in the victory.

Abbott closed out the weekend with an 85-63 defeat at the hands of the Montmorency Nomades. Darnelle Noel was top scorer with 20 points while Alexis Maniatis tallied 16 points and Pollender added 10.

Hockey Pushed Edouard Montpetit to the Limit

In a must win game at home on Friday night the Isles came away with a 5-4 overtime win. Hailey Burns had a hat trick and 2 assists, while Sara Levesque scored the overtime winner and potted 2 assists. This pushed the series to a deciding game 3 at Edouard Montpetit on Saturday night.

The Isles could only score once in the deciding game a goal by Jessica Bouchard in the third period but the Lynx already had a 3 goal lead. With the 3-1 loss the Isles season comes to a close.

Men’s Volleyball Season Comes to a Close

With a 1-2 record at the Conference finals, the Isles fail to qualify for Provincials. An easy win against Marianopolis (25-18, 25-18), did little to prepare them for what was to come. A driven Edouard Montpetit team came out and the Isles could not find an answer for the high hitting offence, losing 17-25, 21-25.

Now in a must win game against Montmorency the Isles fought back from an early 7-1 deficit to win the first set 26-24. The Nomades took the second set 19-25 to force a deciding third set with the provincial berth on the line. The Isles had the early lead and momentum at the side switch, up as much as 10-6, but the Montmorency team were able to capitalize on some untimely unforced errors by the Isles to take the match 14-16. Good luck to graduating players Justin Pemberton and Markus Nitka.

Cheer wraps up their season at Conference Finals

With another 8th place finish the Cheer team will not qualify for provincials at the end of the month.

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Swim Team Brings Home Another Banner

For the 9th consecutive year, the Isles claim the regular season banner. Although finishing 2nd at the last meet of the year, the Isles had built up enough of a lead to claim the title. Maisonneuve got the better of the Isles besting the men by 38.5 points and the women by 279.5 points. Our swimmers will now prepare for the Provincial Championships being held in Jonquiere April 1-2. With over 40 swimmers qualified the Isles look to bring back their 9th consecutive Provincial title.

Men’s Volleyball Could not Close the Deal

The Isles had a shot at their first regular season title in the 9 years since the rebirth of the program. All that was needed was a victory in the last match of the day against St Jerome, unfortunately fatigue and injuries got the better if the Isles.  They ended the day 2-2 with victories against Montmorency (25-21, 25-19), Edouard Montpetit (15-25, 25-16, 15-10) combined with losses to Abitibi (25-27, 23-25) and St Jerome (19-25, 19-25).

The Isles will finish in 2nd place overall, still their best result in 9 years. This will set-up a quarter final showdown at the southwest Conference Championship against Marianopolis at 10h30 on Sunday March 19th. The tournament will be held at Champlain St Lambert. The top four seeds at the conclusion of the championship will be granted access to the Provincial Championship in Chicoutimi April 1-2.

Women’s Hockey Lose Their Playoff Opener

In the best of 3 series the Isles put themselves in trouble as they let the first game slip away to Edouard Montpetit by a score of 2-0. Game #2 will be on home ice Friday, March 17th at 19h20.

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Women’s Basketball Getting Ready for the Playoffs

The Isles continued their winning ways Friday evening when they defeated the Edouard Montpetit Lynx 82-51. Annie Pollender led Abbott with a solid 22-point performance while Rikki Blumenfeld added 18 and Darnelle Noel chipped in with 11. Prior to the game three graduating players, Sydney Netto, Blumenfeld and Noel, were recognized for their invaluable contributions to the team.

Swim Team Come Back Strong

The Isles regained top spot with a 117 point win over rivals Maisonneuve. As long as the Isles finish no more than 3 spots back of the Vikings they will bring home another regular season banner. It was a close battle for the men’s team, edging out the Vikings 365.5 to 352, but the women’s team had a dominant performance surpassing Maisonneuve by 103.5 points.

5 Isles Find the Back of the Net Against Lennoxville

In a balanced attack that led to a 5-3 win, 5 Isles were on the score sheet. Goals were scored by Jessica Bouchard (2), Sandrine Hachez (7), Juliana Classen (13), Hailey Burns (11) and Kate Ward (3). Five other Isles found the score sheet with assists. Aube Racine stopped 34/37 shots for her 12th win of the year.

Men’s Basketball Season Comes to a Close

In a must win game to get into the playoffs the Isles came up on the short end of an 83-77 score against Edouard Montpetit. Although they had the lead after 1 quarter of play, the Lynx fought back with a 14-4 run and never looked back. Graduating player Jordan Thornhill led the team with 22 points and 10 rebounds.

Cheer Looking to fine tune for Regionals

With an 8th place finish in the Winter competition the Cheer team will have to make some improvements if they want a top 4 finish to make it to Provincials.

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Women’s Basketball on a Roll

The Isles ran their win streak to three with a 79-61 victory over Ahuntsic College Friday evening. Annie Pollender led the Islanders with 23 points followed by Andrea Batrla with 13. Darnelle Noel and Aaliyah Hamilton chipped in with 10 points apiece.

The Islanders will close out their regular season home stand this Friday night when they entertain the Edouard Montpetit Lynx at 19h00.

Men’s Volleyball Still Leading the Way

The Isles entered the day in 1st place overall with a shot to seal up a regular season banner. The day started well with a straight sets win against Marianopolis 25-12, 25-20. The boys hit a bump in the road as they lost to Edouard Montpetit 25-16, 25-17. They were able to rebound nicely against Brébeuf winning 28-26, 25-19.

This set up the last match of the day against St. Jérome with a chance to clinch the banner on the line. The Isles came out strong but struggled midway through the first set and lost 25-20. They we able to fight back and force a decisive 3rd set with a 29-27 win. A back and forth 3rd set turned St. Jérome’s way on 2 questionable calls at 12-11, resulting in the loss 15-11.

Finishing in 3rd place in a 3-way tie, the Isles still hold a 1 point lead on St. Jérome going into the last league tournament in Abitibi on March 12th.

Men’s Basketball Split Weekend Action

Winning against St. Lambert 85-63, but then losing 90-72 to Montmorency, the Isles still control their own playoff destiny. A win on Thursday night at home versus Edouard Montpetit will put them in a ¼ final game at Vanier.

Hockey will be on the Road to Start the Playoffs

With a 4-1 loss to St. Laurent on Saturday night the Isles can finish no higher than 5th place. They will be on the road at either St. Laurent or Edouard Montpetit. The Isles still have 2 games remaining to close out the regular season. This week they are on the road to Lennoxville Friday night @ 20h00.

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Women’s Basketball Lock in a Playoff Spot

The Isles solidified their hold on third place with a 75-64 victory over the Dawson Blues. The Islanders jumped out to a 24-11 lead in the first quarter and maintained a double-digit lead throughout the game.

Darnelle Noel led all scorers with 20 points while Andrea Batrla added 13 points to the winning cause. Zoe Arvanitis and Kelly Corsi chipped in with 11 and 10 points respectively.

Hockey Looking to get Home Ice Advantage for Playoffs

The long bus ride to Rimouski did not seem to affect the Isles as they came out strong and controlled the game from start to finish. Julia D’Alleva opened the scoring on a power play goal early in the second period, assisted by Annabel Faubert. Melina Krallis added a second goal in later that period. Aube Racine was again stellar in nets stopping all 16 shots she faced for her 5th shutout of the year leading the Isles to the 2-0 victory.

This sets up a critical game in St Laurent on Saturday night at 20h00. St Laurent is currently 3 points ahead of the Isles with a game in hand.

Women’s Volleyball Keeping Their Playoff Hopes Alive

The Isles needed to finish in the top 3 to keep their Regional hopes alive. They started the day with two tough matchups and fell behind 0-2 losing to Andre Grasset (20-25, 14-25) and St Jerome (17-25, 19-25). This left them with having to finish the day with wins in their last two matchups to keep those hopes alive.

They managed to pull off the win vs. Vieux Montreal (25-21, 25-21), setting up a must win game against Brebeuf. The Isles won the first set 25-22 in a set which was much closer than it needed to be. In the second set, fatigue started to set in as the Isles started with a 6-0 deficit. The deficit grew to 17-6 in the critical set, but the Isles fought hard and dug deep to slowly chip away at the lead and finally win the game 25-23.

The offense was led by Hayley Nesbitt (27 Kills) and Maxime Simoneau (20 kills). The team’s serving did not produce many aces but did manage to a solid 95% success rate on the serve. Blocking was led by Natasha Fracassi (12), Nesbitt (11), and Charlotte Dansereau (9). Defense was spread throughout the team with Olivia Sledge leading with 28 digs. Marjorie St Louis, celebrating a birthday, finished the day with 61 assists and 3 kills.

Swim Holding onto Top Spot

For the first time this season the Isles did not finish the combined meet in first place. The men held on to their undefeated record besting hosts Outaouais by 116.5 points. The ladies, due to many absences fell to 4th place 206.5 points behind 1st place Maisonneuve. The combined result still had the Isles in second place, good enough to hold on to top spot with 2 meets remaining before Provincials.

Men’s Basketball Slip out of a Playoff Spot

In the rescheduled game against Ste. Foy the Isles came out very flat and fell behind 24-9 after one quarter of play and then down 21 going into the locker room. It took some time but they did chip away to bring the deficit down to 5 points midway through the 4th quarter, but then Ste. Foy went on a 9-2 run to put the game out of reach.

Justin Owen-Renwick led the offence with 17 points will Terrell Shaw-Campbell added 11 points and 13 rebounds.

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Women’s Basketball in Tough vs Undefeated St Jean

The Isles faced the Géants from St. Jean-sur-Richelieu on Friday night for the second time in 3 weeks. It was a rollercoaster of a game as the Isles were down 10 early in the first and as much as 13 in the in the second. The ladies fought back each time and took the lead for the first time in the fourth quarter 56-54. That’s when the first place Géants took over the game. They went on a 17-1 run to close out the game 71-56.

Top scorers for the Isles were Kelly Corsi with 13 points and Andrea Batrla with 11. They will be back on the floor Friday Feb 10th @ Dawson.

Hockey Playing Catch-up all Game

In a battle for playoff positioning the Isles opened the front end of a home and home against Edouard Montpetit with a 3-2 loss. The Lynx scored only 15 seconds into the game and added a second goal late in the first. Edouard Montpetit added to their lead in the second period to take a 3-0 lead into the third period.

Alyson Blanchette broke the shoutout late in the third. With the goalie pulled, Juliana Classen  brought the Isles to within one with 25 seconds left, but it was too little too late. In the loss the Isles were still able to outshoot the Lynx 38 to 22. The Isles will complete the home and home on Wednesday Feb 8th at 20h00.

Men’s Basketball Game Postponed      

Due to the accident on highway 40 the Ste Foy Dynamiques were stuck in traffic for over 3 hours. The game for the final playoff spot could not be played and has been moved to Wednesday Feb 8th at 20h00 in the Casgrain gyms.

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Corsi Leads the Way Against the Griffons

The women’s basketball team improved their league record to 7-2 Saturday evening with as 60-54 road victory over the Outaouais Griffons. Kelly Corsi led the way for the Islanders with 18 points while Annie Pollender chipped in with 15 points.

The squad is back in action Friday evening when they host the first-place, undefeated St. Jean Geants. Tip-off is slated for 21h00.

Hockey Held Their Own Against the Titans

The Isles played the high powered offence of the Limoilou Titans last Friday and came out on the short end of the 3-2 score. Savannah Leroux’s first goal of the year gave the Isles the early lead in the first but the Titans took the lead with back-to-back goals. Alyson Blanchette tied the game up late in the second period. Limoilou scored in the dying seconds of the second period to take the lead for good. The Isles could not take advantage of 2 third period power plays to even the match.

The Isles will host Edouard Montpetit on Friday at 19h20 in the front end of a home and home concluding next Wednesday in Longueil.

Men’s Volleyball Slip Coming Out of the Gate   

In their first league action of 2017 the Isles went 1-3, finishing in 4th place. They still hold the top spot in the league but that will change after the next tournament. Middles Tim Quinn and Chris Cyr held their own in their first full time action. Highlight of the day was Justin Pemberton’s kill down the line that six-packed St-Jerome’s setter!

The Isles have 3 weeks to get the kinks out as they look to improve their side out game. They will be at Lionel Groulx on February 19th.

Other Scores

Swim Team finished 1st in the men’s meet by 110.5 points and by 48 in the women’s.

Men’s Basketball lost 83-66 to Dawson.

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Racine Shutout Streak Still Alive

Aube Racine has yet to concede a goal in 2017! It was a complete effort from the entire team, from defence blocking shots to forwards batting in the corners. The Isles beat St Laurent for the second time this year on a late power play goal in the dying minutes of the game. The goal from Juliana Classen was her 10th on the year with assists from Julia D’Alleva and Sara Levesque.

Pollender Shoots the Lights Out Against Vieux Montreal

Annie Pollender had a career high 34 points as the Isles basketball team had a huge come from behind win on Sunday afternoon, 55-46. After being down as many as 15 points in the first quarter the ladies showed resilience as they chipped away at the Spartiates lead. Isles took the lead early in the fourth as Pollender had 12 points in the final frame. The defence also held strong limiting Vieux Montreal to only 17 second half points.

On Friday night in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu the Isles suffered their second loss of the year by the score of 62-59. The Isles again were down 23 in the first quarter, but fought back to keep the game close. The Geants sealed the victory with a basket in the last minute. Kelly Corsi led Abbott with 14 points while Darnelle Noel chipped in with 13 points and Alexis Maniatis had 10.

Men’s Basketball Lose a Chippy Game to Vanier      

In a very physical game that saw 5 technical fouls, 2 players fouling out, the Isles lost 78-71 to the Vanier Cheetahs. Vanier went on a 10-0 runat the end of the 1st quarter and never looked back. Justin Owen-Renwick had a game high 23 points followed by Dylan Cruickshank with 18 and Jordan Thornhill with 14.

Women’s Volleyball on the Right Track for a Playoff Run

The Lady Islanders started their 2nd half of the season needing to finish atop the section to move up and keep their Regional hopes alive. Despite the difficulties on Serve Receive, the Lady Islanders fought hard all day to grind out some much needed wins to finish in first place on the day! With Maxime Simoneau not able to play as much as she would have liked due to injury (25 kills, 5 aces, 42% kill percentage) and Libero Melissa Haber also injuring herself late in the day (28 digs), the Lady Islanders were led by 2nd year player Charlotte Dansereau (10 aces, 5 kills) playing some very intelligent play and first year players Natasha Fracassi (17 kills, 36% kill percentage, 6 aces, 6 stuff blocks, 5 digs) and Sophia Bouchard (25 digs, 4 aces, 15 kills, 43% kill percentage) to finish the day with an overall 4-0 record in head to head play!

The elevated play of Fracassi and Bouchard helped breathe life into the Lady Islanders playoff hopes.

They move to Section B to continue on their quest for the Regionals!

Islanders Women’s Soccer Coach Resigns

Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue – January 16, 2017 – It is with regret that the Sports & Recreation department announces the resignation of Women’s Soccer Coach Valmie Ouellet.

Valmie is Club Head Coach – Technical Committee for the Pierrefonds Soccer Association. Her duties with the club along with the loss of assistant coach Ronaldo Singh who has left for Toronto with a new and promising job, made it clear that Valmie would be unable to have the time to devote to preparing and coaching the John Abbott team for the 2017 season.

“The opportunity that I was given of working for the college was a great experience from which I emerged enriched and thankful to the people who have made it possible,” said Valmie.

“We feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to have Valmie with her wealth of knowledge and experience be a part of our program for the past three seasons,” said Islanders Sports & Recreation Manager Chris Hunter. “She is going to be very difficult to replace.”

The Sports & Recreation department is in the process of hiring a new women’s soccer coach. Interested candidates are invited to submit application via email to Chris Hunter at

The deadline for applications is Monday January 30, 2017.

About John Abbott College Athletics

The John Abbott College Athletics Department is proud to be fielding 17 varsity teams for the 2016-17 season. Over 420 driven and dedicated student-athletes have the privilege of donning the blue and gold of the Islanders and Lady Islanders each year. The teams are thrilled to have access to first-class facilities, such as Memorial Field, the Casgrain Pool and the Casgrain Gymnasiums.

About John Abbott College
John Abbott College is a public Anglophone college serving students since 1971. Today, the increasingly diverse student body is approximately 6500 fulltime day students and an additional 2000 continuing education students. John Abbott is situated on the western tip of the Island of Montreal.

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Hockey on a Roll to Start the New Year

The Isles completed a suspended game from 2016 as they finished off the André Laurendeau Boomerang on Friday afternoon. They shut them out 1-0 on a goal by Juliana Classen. Aube Racine finalized her 2nd shutout of the year.

On Saturady at home the Isles dominated the visiting Cougars from Lennoxville. Racine was again on top of her game and recorded her 3rd shutout of the year stopping 23 shots. Classen had her 2nd game winning goal in as many matches as she scored midway through the 2nd period. Julia D’Alleva added an insurance goal as the Isles improved their record to 9-6-0-1.

Men’s Basketball Could not Keep up Their Early Success

The Isles came out on fire Friday night against the Brébeuf Dynamiques as they jumped out to a 23-18 first quarter lead. The tide turned halfway through the 2nd quarter and Brébeuf took a 45-36 lead to the locker room. After the break the Isles could not find their rhythm or their shot as the Dynamiques cruised to an 87-64 win. Isles top scorer was Jordan Thornhill with 16 points, while Dylan Cruickshank added 13.

Women’s Basketball in Exhibition Action

The Isles prepped for the second half of league play by winning three of four games at an invitational tournament hosted by CEGEP Edouard Montpetit this past weekend.

The Islanders opened the two-day event with a disappointing 53-51 loss to the Old School Lynx. John Abbott trailed by 16 in the first half but a spirited rally saw the Islanders tie the game at 51 in the final minute of play. The Old School Lynx scored the winning basket in the dying seconds of the game. Kelly Corsi led Abbott with 14 points while Annie Pollender and Rikki Blumenfeld collected 11 points apiece.

In their second game the Islanders routed Limoilou 63-37 behind Corsi’s 20-point effort. Pollender chipped in with 15 points while Andrea Batrla had 10 points.

Five Islanders scored in double figures (Pollender -16, Zoe Arvanitis -13, Darnelle Noel -12, Corsi -11 and Batrla -10) as John Abbott cruised to an 82-41 win over Merici. They rounded out the tourney with a hard-fought 58-54 win over Garneau.