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Crowning Achievement
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By Kajan Thiruthanikasalam

Kendell Wilson was struggling all night against the Georgian Grizzlies. The six-foot-one fourth-year shooting guard, born in Pickering, Ont., was 18 points away from becoming the first ever Centennial Colt to reach 1,000 regular season points but had only seven through three quarters.

All this did not come easy for Wilson. After starting in the 2013-14 year and playing three years with the Colts, he took a year off. Wilson admitted that the biggest jump in his game came last summer as he came into this season with a different mentality.

“Mainly, it’s the work ethic, putting in the time. Before, when I first got here, I went through the motions and did everything at my own pace,” Wilson said. “Now, I push myself. I don’t leave the gym until I’m satisfied and get the work done.”

The veteran guard is currently taking two programs simultaneously – business administration and business marketing. But Wilson says he will have two diplomas by April of this year if everything goes according to plan.

“Obviously, after basketball, there always has to be something,” Wilson said. “I’m hoping, that with marketing and business admin, I have learned the skills and tools to work in a bank or firm. That’s my goal.”

But Wilson says he intends to play basketball at the highest possible level for as long as he can.

“I’m not saying I could go to the NBA but I see a lot of people that have played in this league and university that play in the NBL or other pro (leagues),” Wilson said. “I honestly think I’m good enough to play in those leagues. I still have a lot more work to do but I’m capable of doing that.”

Centennial head coach Trevor Challenger has noticed the growth in Wilson since two seasons ago as a player and a person.

“Kendell’s growing into a very decent young man. He still has many years of basketball but his money maker is (his preparation) when he graduates from school and goes on to life,” Challenger said.

Wilson says that this is the best coaching staff that he’s ever had during his time with the Colts.

“Usually, when you’re on a team, you want to win for yourself and your team. This is the first time I could say (that) I want to win just to make our coaches happy and make them proud,” Wilson said. “They make you want to work harder for them and it just shows the level of respect I have for them.”

Now, about the game against Georgian. With four minutes to go in what was a close game, Wilson heated up. He scored nine points in three minutes, including a massive triple, the Colts’ first of the game, with a minute to go as the anticipation built up – he was only  two points away.

The Grizzlies then called for time after the Colts extended the lead to double digits with 34.9 seconds left. However, on the ensuing possession, Georgian turned the ball over and Centennial ran out on the fastbreak. Wilson had one more shot at the milestone. With 24.9 seconds left, Wilson received the ball and headed towards the rim and laid the ball up over the contest of Georgian’s Carter Dunlop. It felt like an eternity but the ball rolled around before dropping through, sending the Colts bench and the crowd into a frenzy. Wilson had reached 1,000.

“It lets me know that the hard work I’ve put in to get to the point that I am really paid off and just to keep going,” Wilson said about the milestone. “I’m not done yet. I want more.”

Challenger says it was stressful seeing the chase towards the milestone all unfold.

“I wanted him to score 1000 earlier in the game, but credit the Grizzlies team defense,” Challenger said.

Centennial men’s basketball alumni Michael Brown (1989-90 OCAA leading scorer), also a member of the Colts Hall of Fame, says that Wilson’s offense is coming within the flow of the team now rather than forcing his own offense.

“The most important thing is he wasn’t forcing the shot; he took the right shots,” Brown said. “He’s a lot more mature than he was before.”

The Colts then called a timeout shortly afterward and honoured him by presenting him the game ball, as Wilson received a standing ovation and was mobbed by his teammates.

“No, I didn’t. I think that’s what makes this so special,” Wilson said when asked if he knew about the potential landmark and ceremony heading into the game. “I had no idea at all; it caught me by surprise.”

“Myself and the other coaches are extremely proud of Kendell’s accomplishments thus far,” Challenger said. “We’ve been telling him to be more aggressive on offense, but his personality is so unselfish.”

Brown agrees with the unselfish nature that Wilson brings to the team, although he says it has been shown a lot more now than before, which speaks to his growth.

“It was there. But before, because he was young and immature, he would tend to force the ball a lot more than he’s doing now,” Brown said.

Wilson finished with a game-high 18 points in the Colts’ 77-67 win over the Grizzlies, despite the team shooting just 5.9 per cent (1-17) from downtown.

“It just lets us know that we don’t just need the three ball to win games,” Wilson said. “Obviously, it’s better if we get some more shots in, especially against a better team but it’s good to know even though our shots are not falling, we can find other ways to win.”

For the time being, however, Wilson will enjoy this historic achievement.

“It’s unbelievable. I’m so excited and I just want to embrace the moment.”

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2018 Olympic Weightlifting Extramural Competition
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By Joshua Delgado
Photos By Jonathan Bumanlag and Leo Solorsano

On Saturday, January 27th, 2018, the CCSAI hosted its first College and University Olympic Weightlifting Extramural in the Athletic & Wellness Centre. The event was sanctioned by the Ontario Weightlifting Association and presented as an OCAA Extramural. We hosted student athletes from 12 colleges & universities from across the province. 

58 athletes competed in 13 weight classes with the event serving as a qualifier for provincials and nationals occurring later this spring. 

Centennial had a team of six athletes with one of our athletes earning a podium finish. Wahbzii Shognosh-Diaz won a silver medal in the women’s 53kg weight class.

The top team and strongest school award went to McMaster University/ McMaster Barbell Club.

The OCAA/OCR Fair Play Team Award, an award voted on by the coaches, went to Canadore College.

This was the first OCAA Olympic Weightlifting Competition and was the first weightlifting competition in Ontario for post-secondary students only.

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Board Game Cafe and Laser Tag Gallery
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Photos By Rinni Sharma and Leo Solorsano

The CCSAI started the Winter Semester off with some fun and games. Students got a chance to let loose with board game cafés at Morningside and Progress Campuses. All the classics were there including Jenga, Uno, Twister and many more.

Students got the chance to enter the laser tag arena at the Ashtonbee Fitness Centre Thursday Jan. 28th. Like a real life game of Call of Duty, students completed missions and went head-to-head to test their skills.

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February Letter From the President
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Letter From the Presidet

The Winter Semester is flying by. We hope you have settled in and are getting the most out of your time.

We have been busy holding events including the Headphone Experience, laser tag at Ashtonbee, games nights at Progress and Morningside, vintage video games college-wide and many more. Make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and on our events page at CCSAI.CA to stay up-to-date on everything you can get involved with.

We also just finished Thrive, a campus-wide campaign that held events to promote mental health and well-being for all community members. Thrive encouraged people to be mindful, provided education on resources and stress management, and provided opportunities to de-stress to help our community feel motivated and prepared to deal with the many challenges we can face, We hope to continue to build on these important themes through February as we celebrate the month of love. The CCSAI is promoting self-care, and learning to love yourself by bringing positive well-being initiatives on campus and across the college.

This is an exciting time of year for the CCSAI as well, as our election period gets underway. Follow CCSAI.CA for information on all the candidates and to find out more about our new online voting process. We have an exciting group of candidates running for positions, so make sure to read up on their platforms and vote!

Last but not least, March will mark a new clubs ratification. So if you are looking to get involved visit CCSAI.CA/CLUBS  to see all the opportunities to meet new people, try something new, and find others that share your interests or hobbies.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have any ideas, questions, or concerns.

Ravneet Kaur
President, CCSAI

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Social Prejudice Against Black Females in Canada
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By: Lovey Reid

Afrocentric women face social prejudice and discrimination on a regular basis in Canada. As a Black Canadian growing up in various areas around the GTA, I’ve experienced first-hand prejudice, ridicule and even isolation from my own peers because of my race and gender. Being Black holds a world of unequal opportunities, stereotypes and discrimination. Being a woman while also being Black doubles the stigma. Facing sexism and racism and thus becoming the butt of every joke, being hypersexualized in media, disrespected and ridiculed for our unique features.

Women of Afrocentric backgrounds are constantly mocked, hypersexualized and disrespected within media and daily life. In a speech given by Malcolm X at the funeral service of Ronald Stokes in Los Angeles, who was killed by the LAPD, Malcolm stated, “the most disrespected woman in the world is the Black woman. The most unprotected person in America is the Black woman. The most neglected person in America is the Black woman.”

This quote dates all the way back to 1962, but I believe it still applies today, even within a Canadian context. It is 2018, yes, but still– the Black woman is constantly disrespected, overlooked and discarded throughout our society.

In my own experience in Toronto as an adolescent, I experienced men twice my age gawking at my pre-pubescent body, my male counterparts giving themselves the permission to cop a feel of my body and witnessing Black women I looked up to have their bodies and sexuality devalued and disrespected. The female Black form and our culture have been oversexualized, shamed and mocked in our culture. From our hairstyling, to our mannerisms, to
dancing and “twerking.”

The issue continues beyond just our sexuality. Black women are still treated as less beautiful and deserving of love and respect, than those of lighter and fairer skin complexions. We have been shamed for the darkness of our skin, the width of our hips, and thickness of our hair. 

Growing up in Canada I was taught from a young age that my hair was a mess. It was referred to as “nappy, dirty, and unacceptable.” If I chose to style my hair in other ways whether it was a perm, braids or weave, I was still ridiculed, there is no winning. This is only part of my story, one Black female growing up in Toronto. So many Afrocentric women in Canada share similar stories. The Black female has gone undervalued and oppressed for too long all across North America. The idea that this form of prejudice and discrimination does not exist in Canada is absurd. It’s time to have conversations about race relations and hold ourselves accountable for how we raise and treat Black women in Canada.

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Time to Beat the Demands of Being a Student
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By: Rachael Wallace
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am naturally anxious. Much of the anxiety I feel stems from time or feeling like I have a lack of it. I know that I am not alone in this. As fellow students, I am sure that you can relate. We all face many demands, academically and personally. 

How, as a student, are you supposed to attend class, study, raise a family, socialize, work, eat, sleep…oh, and of course, watch the latest episode of Riverdale on Netflix? This is when you need to take a step back and ask yourself, “what is most important?”

Here is where time-management comes into play. Time management is a process, and it involves conscious control over the amount of time we spend on a specific activity. It is meant to help increase productivity, effectiveness and efficiency. Sometimes, though, it is hard to know where to start, or to know what methods work best for you.  

For me, I find using a planner to be the most helpful. It allows me quick access to know where I’m meant to be and when. I make sure everything is colour coded so that, for example, I can easily identify what class I’m meant to be in. Tentative plans are written in pencil, so they can be easily changed. I use a physical planner but some of you may find using an app on your phone or computer to be most helpful. This is something that you should play around with until you feel comfortable, organized and at ease. 

Another great tip I can give is to go through each syllabus and write out any assignments or tests you may have. Be sure to make note of how much each is worth and when they are due. Then, create a chart that identifies the course, the assignment, how much it’s worth, your grade, and a space to check off whether you completed the assignment or not. This helps you keep track of when things are due, what needs to be done and how you’re doing in each of your classes. Colour coding is very  helpful with this. 

One last suggestion I can give is specific to Centennial College itself. There are many great resources on campus to help you. Book an appointment with the learning strategist that’s located at your campus. Part of their job is to create a schedule designed to fit your needs – it will take into account your class times, travel times, when to work on assignments and any other commitments you may have. Or, if you feel that talking through the stress of your demands is what you need, book an appointment with the counsellor that’s located at your campus. They will provide you with more tips and tricks on how to deal with the demands, reduce anxiety and lessen the stress. 

Remember, these are just suggestions. You need to find the strategies that work best for you! You’ve got a lot going on. You’re a student; a mother; a father. You’re working a few part time jobs. You’re on a sports team. You run a club. It’s okay to tell your friend you can’t go out for a meal. It’s okay to have a bubble bath. It’s okay to sleep it off. Self-care is not selfish. Make sure you’re finding time for you. If you need a little reminder, schedule it in. 

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Let’s Face It We All Deal With Stress
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By Rashida Powankumar

It happened during the five-week-long strike. For first-year Marketing and Advertising Communications Management student Daisy Warwick she explains that she experienced overwhelming feelings of stress caused by the sudden strike. Her studies became stressful during the five-week-long strike. For Daisy Warwick, there was only one answer to combat her stressful encounter.

“Music, of all genres,” Warwick said. “Music makes me feel calm, I usually start singing alone and then I am happy,” she said. 

She added that her stress came within the first week of the strike, from worrying and contemplating on whether she should find a job or not. 

Experts say that stress is a combination of good and bad emotions, and that it affects an individual’s psychological, physical and behavioural well-being. In a 2010 mental health survey, statistics revealed that eight out of 10 Canadian university students experience stress during academic years. Melinda Smith, an American health professional, defines stress as the body’s response to perceived dangers.

“Stress is your body’s way of responding to any kind of demand or threat,” Smith said. “When you sense danger — whether it’s real or imagined — the body’s defence mechanism kicks into high gear, which is the automatic process known as ‘fight-or-flight.’”

Lorene Stanwick , a former disability counsellor at Centennial College, explained that she met with students from various backgrounds. They often came to her with their stress-related problems. Stanwick provided a definition of stress.

“Stress is life’s demands and challenges … greater than one is capable of handling at any given moment,” Stanwick said. “One’s cognitive process becomes cloudy and disorganized when under stress.”

I agree with Stanwick’s definition of stress. I recall during the strike being emotionally overwhelmed because this was my first time placed within this situation. The high and low emotional periods during the strike led me to seek counselling with Good2Talk confidential services.

Possible resources for Centennial College students

  1. The College offers confidential Counselling services to students at councilling centres across each campus. For a list of resources available to the Centennial College community visit
  2. Student Wellness Programs are available through the Full Time Domestic Students health plan.
    Visit Wespeakstudent to access resources through the Student Resilience Program.
  3. We Speak Student services also offers a number of services for students who are feel overwhelmed including in-person, online and phone counseling and support. The services are 24/7, multi-lingual and confidential. There are other resources and tools as well. 
  4. The Centennial College Student Association Inc. (CCSAI) offers a number of services for healthy living and with academic support including our advocacy services, the Good Food Box, health and wellness programming, and free legal advice.
  5. Good2Talk also offers confidential support, professional counseling, information and referrals for mental health and addictions. Find more information at
    or call 1-866-925-5454.

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Centennial Talks Net Neutrality
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By Alice Chen

Net neutrality, like Bitcoins, tends to stay in that nebulous area of the public consciousness, where people know the term but don’t truly understand what it means.

But with the recent FCC repeal of the United States’ net neutrality laws, the debate has been pushed into the spotlight.

Net neutrality refers to the idea that all internet data should be equal. It’s the idea that internet service providers like Rogers and Bell should not be allowed to charge more for, slow down or block access to specific websites and online services

Proponents argue that the principle is a core part of an open and free internet. Others say that modern sites like Netflix and YouTube burn up tons of bandwidth and that should be considered.  

Here’s what Centennial students thought.

Chris Dodds Robotics Automation Progress Campus

Say you’re talking about the roads in terms of traffic on the streets, and say there was a trucking company that started to create a lot of congestion on the roads. Do I think that everybody should be paying on that share including that traffic company or do I think that maybe that trucking company that’s now occupying 30 per cent of the space on the roads should be requested to pitch in a little extra? I’m not for net neutrality. 

Bham Hoang Dang Student Morningside Campus

I think net neutrality’s important because it makes it a fair world to use the internet and to get what we need. If there’s no net neutrality that makes some companies become monopolies and then raise the costs, [frustrating the customer].

Ashar Khan Mechanical Engineering Progress Campus

Why should the customers pay more for a service [that they’ve always had]? They’re already making more profits out of that because if you go in any other countries the amount that they’re spending on telecommunications is far less than what we spend here. I feel like North America has the highest coverage for the phone plans, for the internet, for all that.

Devin Galton Mechanical Engineering Progress Campus

I think it’s really important to maintain net neutrality because, at the end of the day, information is power and one of the biggest things about why the internet was so important, had such a huge impact over the last decade or two, is the fact that now all this information that you didn’t have access to previously is now really accessible. You can go on any device really and pull out information on any topic. It’s important to maintain that.

Maulina Vaigya Biotechnology Morningside Campus

It’s the internet. You’re free to use what you want because that’s what it is, the free world. For internet you can do anything, you can search anything, you can go anywhere. So I don’t think this should be like that charging
more type of system.

Mohammad Nofil Architectural Technician Morningside Campus

Me personally, I don’t really care as long as the service that I’ve been provided with fits to my needs and standards…It’s not better nor is it worse, again it’s preference what people choose and like. I’m not that much of a watching shows guy, so for me that doesn’t really matter. What matters is if I have good connectivity on my internet service.




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Centennial Talks Minimum Wage
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By Alice Chen

The Ontario government has recently announced its plans to raise the province’s minimum wage. Specifically, it jumped from $11.60 to $14 on Jan. 1, 2018 and will rise to $15 on the same date in 2019.

Many are lauding the move as a smart decision that will benefit Ontario’s minimum wage workers in the long run.

But, others argue that the changes could be too expensive for businesses, raising costs and ultimately hurting the people it intends to help.

So, what do Centennial College students think about such a complicated financial situation? Find out below.

Irene Bivkina, Second-Year Digital/Visual Effects, Story Arts Centre

I have my doubts about it. On the one hand it’s obvious to me it’s positive, because yes it’s higher, I’m going to get more money, but from another point of view about it some people like employers, they don’t know how to increase this minimum range, for example they don’t earn enough money to increase for everybody and it will bring some terrible news for them.

Eston Chan, Second-Year Paramedic Student, Morningside Campus

I feel like you should get a very low wage for a very low [job] or lack of skills. What it does, a lot of people like to point to the big corporate, okay, fine this minimum wage hike, in the long run, doesn’t really mess up any corporate or big-time companies, it really messes up small-time companies that are trying to get big…People at McDonald’s making 15 bucks an hour shouldn’t be making the same as somebody in a more dangerous job that makes 20-something per hour. You have no schooling or education for your skill.

Nisha, Hotel Management Operations, Progress Campus

It’s good for students only, citizens who are getting paid at 15, 16 dollars are not getting anything more, so they are stuck.

Tina Adamopoulos, Second-Year Journalism Student, Story Arts Centre

I don’t think about the teenagers that are working minimum wage as a starting job, I think about the people who have just come here that are trying to support families and can do nothing but a minimum wage job and [they have to] provide a comfortable home on that salary.

Yug Rao, Second-Year Paramedic Student, Morningside Campus

I know quite a few friends who own small businesses and stuff, they’re already wondering what they’re going to do about this how they’re going to compensate for this and stuff like that…I say it’s 50/50. Really can’t tell what’s going on with that but I say it’s 50/50 for people who are going to have their job and it’s going to increase by $3, it’s a good thing for them, but for people who are going to lose their job I don’t know about that.

Jeff Parsons, Part-Time Business Instructor, Progress Campus

A lot of people feel that it’s going to render the country uncompetitive as a result of (the) minimum wage. I am not convinced that is indeed the case and I think there is a case for minimum wage out there…It’s the companies that employ a lot of people at minimum wage so they’re concerned about their corporate cost structure, but if you legislate this across the country then it would seem to me that those companies will be competing on a similar basis.

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Catching Up With the Colts
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By Kajan Thiruthanikasalam
Photos Courtesy Centennial College Colts, Taken By Yvano Antonio & Khree Fearman

It’s been a rather inconsistent first half of the season for the Lady Colts but despite all that, they are still in the hunt for a playoff spot.

Consecutive road wins against the Georgian Grizzlies and the Algonquin Thunder brought the Colts’ record to an even 4-4 on the season. For the Colts, it was the first time that they had won consecutive games this season.

Sophomore forward Yasmeen Smith has taken a major step forward in her development this year. Smith is second in the league in scoring and leads all players in rebounds per game. She has also improved her shooting from the field (46.3%) and the foul line (54.9%)

Don’t let the low free throw percentage fool you. Smith has made 18 of her last 25 free throws (72%) over the last three games. Guard Mariam Konate ranks sixth in the OCAA in steals per game.

Yasmeen’s been putting in a lot of work and she’s taking it personal,” head coach Justin Bobb said. “She’s accepting the challenge of being a leader on our team. She knows that she’s going to get hit and get to the line and she’s improved her confidence getting to the line. Her touch has improved a lot.

Meanwhile, the men have kept pace in the OCAA East with a 7-3 record heading into the second half of the season.

Jahshua McFarlane continues to build upon what he started last year. In his second year at Centennial, the point guard leads the team per game in rebounds, assists, and steals.

In terms of the OCAA, McFarlane ranks second in assists per game and assist to turnover ratio. He also ranks fourth in steals per game.

The trio of Kendell Wilson, Alastair Cole (17.0 ppg), and Bailey Burton (14.8 ppg) have combined to average almost 50 points per contest.

The story, however, has been the play of the bench thus far. Heading into this season, head coach Trevor Challenger and the coaching staff wanted to develop the bench so that they can have depth.

This season I wanted to develop a deeper bench to be competitive at OCAA so hence the reason why we played so many preseason games versus tough OCAA West opponents,” Challenger said. “Guys like Daniel Humphrey, Jason Dennis, Parker Brooks, Nathan Collins, Khaleel Sutherland, Edose Etomi and Hussein Mahdi got a chance to get comfortable. Now they’re starting to find their rhythm and stride. Their energy off the bench brings a different flow once the starters take a seat.

The improved bench play was evident in the final game of the semester as the Colts beat the Georgian Grizzlies, 93-85. Centennial had 43 bench points to Georgian’s 10 and were led by career high performances from Walshak Yusef, with 15, and Khaleel Sutherland, with 11. 

“As the first semester comes to the end, this team has done everything we asked for, from playing hard and being professional off the court,” Challenger said. “Areas of work for the second semester is to be more disciplined on our sets, improve our shooting percentages (41% FG, 26% 3PT, 62% FT) and to better on the defensive end; we’re giving up 79 PPG.

Both Centennial basketball teams begin second half action on Jan. 12 and Jan. 13 on the road against the Loyalist Lancers and St. Lawrence Vikings before a four game home stand. They each close out the season against the Durham Lords on Feb. 20.


Since the Centennial Colts men’s and women’s volleyball teams came back into the OCAA three years ago, they have not experienced much success. But that has changed this season.

Heading into the end of the first semester, both teams have winning records so far. The women’s squad are 6-3 and the men’s squad are 5-4.

The mantra that the Colts are embracing is to trust the process.

As Philadelphia 76ers as it is, we’ve got to trust the process,” men’s assistant coach Chichky Hua said. “Working hard at practice and making sure we hold each other accountable will be key to a long and successful season.

Expectations were high heading into this season for the Centennial women after finishing 10-8 last year. Although the women have had moments of frustration early on (losing to Seneca and Georgian), they have won their last three games.

“In previous years, whenever we’ve been down, we’ve really struggled with coming back up because we never figured out a way to push through,” Pikkov said. “But this year, we’ve accepted that we just have to fight a little bit harder.

Pikkov says that the team has just simply played the game more, instead of over-thinking.

We’re playing point-by-point,” Mari Pikkov said. “Half of the time, we don’t even look at the score.

Pikkov ranks fifth in the OCAA with 95 kills and is 12th in points per set. The Lady Colts have also gained an automatic berth at provincials, due to being the hosts.

We really want to finish top three in our division,” Pikkov said about a provincial berth. “Next semester is going to be very crucial for us. Every single game matters so we’re going to have to buckle down and study every single team in order for us to win.

Meanwhile, the Colts men have rebounded after a dismal season, finishing 1-17. They are led by standout rookies Griffin Dubbeld (hitter), Adam Yu Qiu (setter), Eric Slyfield and Arya Yaghini. They have new energy and have brought forward a positive culture to the team.

“Our team is hyped up whenever we score a point; it’s always celebration after celebration,” Dubbeld said. 

The rookies’ presences have been amazing,” Hua said. “It’s a testament to our growing program and the desire to play for the Colts. We rely heavily upon them but one thing that we’ve stressed is that they can’t settle for mediocrity.

A high point of the season and for Colts volleyball, came on Nov. 30, 2017, when both teams headed on the road and beat the Durham Lords. Before this day, Durham had dominated both teams, winning all eight matches and just losing one set over the span of two years.

The Lady Colts won rather easily, dispatching the Lords in straight sets (25-22, 25-19, 25-13). 

Everyone always looks at us as the underdog team,” Pikkov said. “What matters most is whoever walks off the court with a win.”

Pikkov took great pleasure in winning in front of a stunned Durham crowd, especially after seeing the frustration of the Lords’ coach during the game.

He assumed that his team would sweep us in three and we just handed it back to them, sweeping them in three,” Pikkov said. “It’s satisfying.

Meanwhile, the men held their composure after losing a two set lead, taking the fifth and final set decisively (25-22, 25-20, 22-25, 24-26, 15-12). Dubbeld watched the live stream after the game and was satisfied at the surprise from the Durham broadcasters.

They were pretty shocked at how well we were playing on defense and how well we were scoring,” Dubbeld said. 

The double victory signified a slow but certain change of how people view the Colts volleyball teams. Dubbeld says that the rest of the OCAA will find out the hard way if they take the Centennial Colts lightly.

We are not going to let you walk all over us.



What a bounce back year it has been for the men’s soccer team.

After a season in which they finished tied for last in the OCAA East with a 1-9 record, the Colts surpassed that win total in the first two games, beating the St. Lawrence Vikings and the Fleming Knights at home.

Despite losing the next two games to the Durham Lords and Algonquin Thunder, Centennial then won four of their next six games (4-1-1) and clinched a playoff berth with a 4-0 win at home against the Seneca Sting.

The Colts finished with a 6-3-1 record, which was good for third in the OCAA East, and headed to Oakville to play the Sheridan Bruins (OCAA Central) in a crossover matchup on Sunday, Oct. 22. This game would determine who would advance to provincials.

Unfortunately, a first ever berth at the provincial championships would have to wait another year as Sheridan scored four goals in the first 23 minutes of the game and ended Centennial’s season, winning 6-2.

Liam Cox, Amjad-Abdul Faragallh, and Tristan Wilson led the team with three goals each this season while Taejon Mikle-Ryan and Ashton Vaz were named OCAA East Division All-Stars.

Goalkeeper Tristan Martino finished third in both clean sheets (four) and wins (five). Martino also finished ninth in the OCAA with 48 saves.

Congratulations to the men on an outstanding season.


It was a trying season for the women’s team as they went 1-9-2, finishing second last in the OCAA East. Offense was a struggle to come by for the Colts as they scored nine goals in total over 12 games.

But although the results weren’t there, the effort definitely was. Despite going winless in their first seven games, the women did not give up.

Their efforts were finally rewarded on Wednesday, Oct. 4, as they beat the Loyalist Lancers at home, 1-0, for their first win of the season. The lone goal was from Rachel Morcos in the 30th minute.

It was clear that the support for the women’s team was there as the men’s team led a packed house in cheering on the girls to 

the victory.

It just amped up everybody on the team,” midfielder Nicole Warren said after the win. “It’s fun to hear them (cheering us on).” 

Warren led Centennial with three goals on the season.

The support both teams showed to each other during the outdoor season was never higher. Good luck to both teams in the upcoming indoor season!

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