Athletics at Notre Dame

The Notre Dame Hounds are known internationally for their athletic achievements. Countless Hounds have advanced to post-secondary, amateur and pro-ranks over the years, thanks largely to the College’s commitment to developing the whole athlete – on and off the ice/court/playing field. In 2006 alone, Notre Dame Hounds were awarded more than $1.6 million in athletic and academic scholarships to U.S. and Canadian universities.

Male and female hockey programs at Notre Dame have proven particularly successful through the years, causing the school to sometimes be perceived as a ‘hockey factory’. In reality, all high school sports teams excel at Notre Dame and provide equal post-secondary opportunities. Notre Dame teams have tallied league and provincial championship titles in football, rugby, lacrosse, basketball, volleyball, soccer, baseball, badminton and golf, with a number of athletes advancing to post-secondary and Team Canada ranks. It is interesting to note that athletes who come to Wilcox to ‘specialize’ in a particular sport, often find they excel at another!

Athletes at Notre Dame receive the benefits of elite training through state-of-the-art facilities and high calibre instruction. The College boasts an Olympic-size indoor ice rink, an on-site Frappier Acceleration program, a university calibre weight and cardio training centre, a fully equipped gymnasium and various sports fields.

Notre Dame supports the following Athletic programs:

Badminton

Junior and senior badminton teams at Notre Dame compete in the Prairie View District Athletic Association during the season. Boys and girls teams often advance to divisional and provincial levels.

Current Teams:

Baseball

Notre Dame baseball/fastball teams compete in Regina leagues and travel to various tournaments across Saskatchewan.

The boys’ squad, bolstered by coaching assistance from former professional baseball player the late Walter Bigos, made one of its most impressive showings in 2005, winning the Regina High Schools Athletic Association title. In 2011 Notre Dame history was made when pitcher Ella Matteucci pitched a no hitter in Regina High School Baseball action.

Current Teams:

Basketball

Though Notre Dame offers both boys and girls basketball programs, it is quickly becoming a destination point for up & coming female basketball greats – thanks largely to a winning reputation.

Coached by Wayne Morrison the senior girls basketball team has enjoyed a consistent talent depth in recent years, helping the Hounds tally many tournament and league championships along the way. Recent tournaments have included trips to Victoria, Moncton, Quebec City and other points across the prairie provinces.

The senior boys basketball team has compiled an impressive record of league and tournament wins. Though less travelled than their female counterparts, the boys’ squad is no less competitive, taking part in various tournament and exhibition matches within the province.

The junior girls basketball team offers younger and/or less-experienced players an introduction to the game and an opportunity to develop/enhance individual skills, emphasizing the meaning of team play and good sportsmanship.

Current Teams:

Football

Notre Dame football teams have won numerous provincial championships over the years, with many alumni excelling at the college and professional levels. Taylor Inglis was a six year CFL veteran who played with Edmonton Eskimos.

Alumni who have played in the CFL include Grey Cup Champions Stanley Van Sichem (Montreal Alouettes), Scott Hendrickson (Saskatchewan Roughriders), Don Blair, Brock Balog and Dave Heasman. Walker Morrison is a two time Canadian Bowl Champion and all-star with the Vancouver Island Raiders of the BCJFL. Zach Schmidt is Notre Dame’s most recent Canadian Bowl Champion as his Sasktoon Hilltops were crowned the 2010 National Champions.

Don Blair was a past winner of the Hec Creighton trophy (as the Outstanding Player in Canadian University football) and was a First Team All-Canadian. He won the Outstanding Player award in the 1995 Vanier Cup game and was a first overall draft choice of the Edmonton Eskimos in the 1996 CFL draft. Mike Kushnir was an All-Canadian who won the J.P. Metras Trophy as the Outstanding Lineman in the CIS while playing for the St Francis X-Men. He also was named an All-Canadian.

Some of Notre Dame’s top hockey players have also played on its football teams over the years as our students are encouraged to be well-rounded athletes. Team Canada Hound & future NHLer Jaden Schwartz quarterbacked the Hounds to a City Championship in 2007.

Current Teams:

Golf

The Notre Dame golf team plays and practises at the beautiful and challenging Long Creek Golf and Country Club in nearby Avonlea. Due to the efforts and dedication of our young golfers and their coaches, Notre Dame has consistently been able to send players to the provincial championships. The team anticipates greater success now that the new ‘team play’ format has been adopted at the Saskatchewan Athletics level.

Current Teams:

Hockey

Current Teams:

Lacrosse

Though the Notre Dame lacrosse program is relatively young, each year the popularity and success of Canada’s official national sport grows at the Wilcox campus. In recent years Notre Dame lacrosse teams have garnered their share of provincial hardware with many alumni moving on to the post-secondary and/or national scene after graduation. Hound alumni Keegan Durovick, Brennan Durovick, and Patrick Belise all continue to participate at the CIS level after earning lacrosse scholarships out of Notre Dame.

Current Teams:

Rugby

The Notre Dame rugby program has become a tradition at the Wilcox campus, with more students joining, learning and excelling at the game each year. A long history of producing high-calibre athletes, more recently through the tutelage of Doug Branchflower (boys) and Darren Beaulac (girls), has earned Notre Dame more provincial gold medals than all other teams in the league combined. In recent years, a number of female players have advanced to Team Canada ranks, including Meagan Mutrie, Miranda Seifert, Leysa Matity, Lana McInnes and Megan Vestby. Katelyn Jonsson most recently captained the University of Lethbridge Women’s team to back to back CIS National Championships. Earning spots on CIS Rugby squads in 2011 are Kristine Lovatt (Acadia), Mia Huysmans (St. FX), Ashlyn Higgs & Richelle Paiha (U Lethbridge), and Megan Galbraith (U of Calgary).

On the men’s side Team Canada Hounds Scott Franklin and Chauncey O’Toole play professional rugby in England and Scotland respectively. The legend of Notre Dame rugby is played out over and over again in rugby clubs across the province as rugby players recount stories of their most memorable battles, usually against the Hounds.

Notre Dame Boys Rugby Coach & Notre Dame Alumni Doug Branchflower ’83 has recently been named a Canadian Master Coach and consistently coaches squads at both provincial and national levels.

Current Teams:

Soccer

Since the early 1980’s when the roster included the likes of NHL’er Gary Leeman, Notre Dame has grown to develop one of the best high school soccer programs in Saskatchewan. Fuelled by the ever-increasing popularity of the sport nation-wide, Notre Dame male and female soccer teams have made regular appearances at the final four Provincial Championships, posting an impressive and consistent winning record.

Current Teams:

Softball

Softball goes back to Notre Dame’s beginnings. The Notre Dame girls participate in the Regina High School Athletic Association spring league. “Flinging” Frankie Germann ’42 is Notre Dame’s own “A League of Their Own” athlete. During WWII the National Girls Baseball League formed and Hound Frankie Germann pitched for the team in Chicago, IL. Class of ’90’s Nada Hlohovsky was a member of the the Canadian National Softball Team in 1998.

Current Teams:

Track and Field

Though the track and field season is short, Notre Dame is usually able to send a contingent of athletes to the provincial level – our success due largely to the great number of talented, all-around athletes at the College.

Notre Dame track athletes compete at school, division and provincial meets and are regular participants at the provincial championships.

Current Teams:

Ultimate Frisbee

Ultimate is an exciting, non-contact team sport, played by thousands the world over. It mixes the best features of sports such as Soccer, Basketball, American Football and Netball into an elegantly simple, yet fascinating and demanding game. Notre Dame participates in the Regina Ultimate Co-ed Jr. Division. It is the perfect spring/summer sport for athletes who want to keep up cardio fitness while participating in a fast paced, competitive environment. Spirit of the Game is at the heart of Ultimate and is a defining characteristic of the sport. With no referees the onus of sportsmanship and honourable play is put on the players themselves.

Current Teams:

Volleyball

Junior and senior girls’ volleyball teams at Notre Dame traditionally display high levels of competition – a testament to the strength of the school’s off-ice athletic programs.

Coached by Bonnie Humphreys and Jennifer Lockwood the senior girls volleyball team plays an aggressive league and tournament schedule during a season that culminates in an annual berth into the Western Canadian Independent Schools Volleyball Championships.

The junior girls volleyball team, coached by Kate MacLean and Shannon Normandeau, also plays a league and tournament schedule that, more often than not, includes regular appearances at the divisional and provincial playoffs.

Current Teams:

Wrestling

Notre Dame is now in its fourth season of wrestling since taking a hiatus from the sport for 10 years. We started off with 6 wrestlers 3 years ago and now have 20 wrestlers on our roster including 5 ladies. The team is coached by Randy Lewis and Doug Branchflower.

The Hounds compete in the Regina league having dual meets once a week and this season will be in 4 tournaments as well as the Regional tournament and Provincials in March.

Current Teams:

Badminton

Junior and senior badminton teams at Notre Dame compete in the Prairie View District Athletic Association during the season. Boys and girls teams often advance to divisional and provincial levels.

Current Teams:

Baseball

Notre Dame baseball/fastball teams compete in Regina leagues and travel to various tournaments across Saskatchewan.

The boys’ squad, bolstered by coaching assistance from former professional baseball player the late Walter Bigos, made one of its most impressive showings in 2005, winning the Regina High Schools Athletic Association title. In 2011 Notre Dame history was made when pitcher Ella Matteucci pitched a no hitter in Regina High School Baseball action.

Current Teams:

Basketball

Though Notre Dame offers both boys and girls basketball programs, it is quickly becoming a destination point for up & coming female basketball greats – thanks largely to a winning reputation.

Coached by Wayne Morrison the senior girls basketball team has enjoyed a consistent talent depth in recent years, helping the Hounds tally many tournament and league championships along the way. Recent tournaments have included trips to Victoria, Moncton, Quebec City and other points across the prairie provinces.

The senior boys basketball team has compiled an impressive record of league and tournament wins. Though less travelled than their female counterparts, the boys’ squad is no less competitive, taking part in various tournament and exhibition matches within the province.

The junior girls basketball team offers younger and/or less-experienced players an introduction to the game and an opportunity to develop/enhance individual skills, emphasizing the meaning of team play and good sportsmanship.

Current Teams:

Football

Notre Dame football teams have won numerous provincial championships over the years, with many alumni excelling at the college and professional levels. Taylor Inglis was a six year CFL veteran who played with Edmonton Eskimos.

Alumni who have played in the CFL include Grey Cup Champions Stanley Van Sichem (Montreal Alouettes), Scott Hendrickson (Saskatchewan Roughriders), Don Blair, Brock Balog and Dave Heasman. Walker Morrison is a two time Canadian Bowl Champion and all-star with the Vancouver Island Raiders of the BCJFL. Zach Schmidt is Notre Dame’s most recent Canadian Bowl Champion as his Sasktoon Hilltops were crowned the 2010 National Champions.

Don Blair was a past winner of the Hec Creighton trophy (as the Outstanding Player in Canadian University football) and was a First Team All-Canadian. He won the Outstanding Player award in the 1995 Vanier Cup game and was a first overall draft choice of the Edmonton Eskimos in the 1996 CFL draft. Mike Kushnir was an All-Canadian who won the J.P. Metras Trophy as the Outstanding Lineman in the CIS while playing for the St Francis X-Men. He also was named an All-Canadian.

Some of Notre Dame’s top hockey players have also played on its football teams over the years as our students are encouraged to be well-rounded athletes. Team Canada Hound & future NHLer Jaden Schwartz quarterbacked the Hounds to a City Championship in 2007.

Current Teams:

Golf

The Notre Dame golf team plays and practises at the beautiful and challenging Long Creek Golf and Country Club in nearby Avonlea. Due to the efforts and dedication of our young golfers and their coaches, Notre Dame has consistently been able to send players to the provincial championships. The team anticipates greater success now that the new ‘team play’ format has been adopted at the Saskatchewan Athletics level.

Current Teams:

Hockey

Current Teams:

Lacrosse

Though the Notre Dame lacrosse program is relatively young, each year the popularity and success of Canada’s official national sport grows at the Wilcox campus. In recent years Notre Dame lacrosse teams have garnered their share of provincial hardware with many alumni moving on to the post-secondary and/or national scene after graduation. Hound alumni Keegan Durovick, Brennan Durovick, and Patrick Belise all continue to participate at the CIS level after earning lacrosse scholarships out of Notre Dame.

Current Teams:

Rugby

The Notre Dame rugby program has become a tradition at the Wilcox campus, with more students joining, learning and excelling at the game each year. A long history of producing high-calibre athletes, more recently through the tutelage of Doug Branchflower (boys) and Darren Beaulac (girls), has earned Notre Dame more provincial gold medals than all other teams in the league combined. In recent years, a number of female players have advanced to Team Canada ranks, including Meagan Mutrie, Miranda Seifert, Leysa Matity, Lana McInnes and Megan Vestby. Katelyn Jonsson most recently captained the University of Lethbridge Women’s team to back to back CIS National Championships. Earning spots on CIS Rugby squads in 2011 are Kristine Lovatt (Acadia), Mia Huysmans (St. FX), Ashlyn Higgs & Richelle Paiha (U Lethbridge), and Megan Galbraith (U of Calgary).

On the men’s side Team Canada Hounds Scott Franklin and Chauncey O’Toole play professional rugby in England and Scotland respectively. The legend of Notre Dame rugby is played out over and over again in rugby clubs across the province as rugby players recount stories of their most memorable battles, usually against the Hounds.

Notre Dame Boys Rugby Coach & Notre Dame Alumni Doug Branchflower ’83 has recently been named a Canadian Master Coach and consistently coaches squads at both provincial and national levels.

Current Teams:

Soccer

Since the early 1980’s when the roster included the likes of NHL’er Gary Leeman, Notre Dame has grown to develop one of the best high school soccer programs in Saskatchewan. Fuelled by the ever-increasing popularity of the sport nation-wide, Notre Dame male and female soccer teams have made regular appearances at the final four Provincial Championships, posting an impressive and consistent winning record.

Current Teams:

Softball

Softball goes back to Notre Dame’s beginnings. The Notre Dame girls participate in the Regina High School Athletic Association spring league. “Flinging” Frankie Germann ’42 is Notre Dame’s own “A League of Their Own” athlete. During WWII the National Girls Baseball League formed and Hound Frankie Germann pitched for the team in Chicago, IL. Class of ’90’s Nada Hlohovsky was a member of the the Canadian National Softball Team in 1998.

Current Teams:

Track and Field

Though the track and field season is short, Notre Dame is usually able to send a contingent of athletes to the provincial level – our success due largely to the great number of talented, all-around athletes at the College.

Notre Dame track athletes compete at school, division and provincial meets and are regular participants at the provincial championships.

Current Teams:

Ultimate Frisbee

Ultimate is an exciting, non-contact team sport, played by thousands the world over. It mixes the best features of sports such as Soccer, Basketball, American Football and Netball into an elegantly simple, yet fascinating and demanding game. Notre Dame participates in the Regina Ultimate Co-ed Jr. Division. It is the perfect spring/summer sport for athletes who want to keep up cardio fitness while participating in a fast paced, competitive environment. Spirit of the Game is at the heart of Ultimate and is a defining characteristic of the sport. With no referees the onus of sportsmanship and honourable play is put on the players themselves.

Current Teams:

Volleyball

Junior and senior girls’ volleyball teams at Notre Dame traditionally display high levels of competition – a testament to the strength of the school’s off-ice athletic programs.

Coached by Bonnie Humphreys and Jennifer Lockwood the senior girls volleyball team plays an aggressive league and tournament schedule during a season that culminates in an annual berth into the Western Canadian Independent Schools Volleyball Championships.

The junior girls volleyball team, coached by Kate MacLean and Shannon Normandeau, also plays a league and tournament schedule that, more often than not, includes regular appearances at the divisional and provincial playoffs.

Current Teams:

Wrestling

Notre Dame is now in its fourth season of wrestling since taking a hiatus from the sport for 10 years. We started off with 6 wrestlers 3 years ago and now have 20 wrestlers on our roster including 5 ladies. The team is coached by Randy Lewis and Doug Branchflower.

The Hounds compete in the Regina league having dual meets once a week and this season will be in 4 tournaments as well as the Regional tournament and Provincials in March.

Current Teams: