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December 6, 2001 Stingers still competitive, individuals shine



by John Austen

Sommer Christie, a third-year science student in athletic therapy, has been invited to join Canada’s national senior women’s rugby team for monthly practices.

Christie, 22 and a Quebec conference all-star, will work out with the team in Kingston, Ont., with the hope of making the Canadian squad for the World Cup, to be held next May.

Stingers see Red

Teams from the pesky university in the provincial capital — Université Laval — continue to give the Stingers fits. After beating out Bishop’s, McGill and Concordia for the second straight year in football action, it’s now the boys and girls of the hardwood that have the nation talking.

Both the Laval Rouge et Or men’s and women’s basketball teams are flying — and both scored wins over Concordia last weekend at Concordia Gym. The Lady Stingers were competitive, but lost 88-83 in double overtime, while the men lost for the second time this year to Laval, succumbing 86-53.

“I think by the end of the year we can beat Laval,” said Stinger co-captain Phil Langlois. “They’re big and fast, but with a lot of work we’ll compete. We’re just not good enough to beat them right now. We’re definitely lacking some size on our side.”

Coach John Dore agreed. “We’re a step or two away from competing with Laval, but it will come,” said Dore. “There are a number of good teams out there, including the [McGill] Redmen.”

The Laval men’s team is the No. 2-ranked team in Canada. They use their size and strength to advantage and are a combined 11-1 this season (3-0 in regular season action, and 8-1 in pre-season). After competing in separate holiday tournaments, both Stinger squads will resume conference action Jan. 12.

Hockey team does the splits

The men’s hockey team, coached by Kevin Figsby, split its two games in Kingston last weekend. The Stingers doubled Queen’s 8-4 on Saturday before falling 7-4 to Royal Military College on Sunday. The Stingers have a 5-6-1 record heading into the Christmas break.

The women’s hockey team (5-2-1) will host the Theresa Humes Tournament at the Ed Meagher Arena from jan. 2 to 4. The Lady Stingers swing back into regular season action Jan. 11 when they host McGill. The men will play the same day, travelling to Trois-Rivières. Next home game in Jan. 13, when they host the McGill Redmen.

Chris Page, of the men’s hockey team, and Kristina Steinfort, of the women’s basketball team, were named Concordia Stinger athletes of the week, to wrap up the month of November.

Big mat attack

Toni Ronci, of the Concordia wrestling team, finished first in his weight class (65 kg) at the Eastern Canadian men’s Championships, held Nov. 25 in Fredericton, N.B. The men’s teamis currently ranked 10th in the country, while the women are ranked seventh.