/Home hill advantage shines at COSSA 
Red Hawks snowboarder Sydney Churko holds her heel edge at the COSSA championship on Wednesday Feb. 22 at Sir Sam's Ski and Ride in Eagle Lake. Churko finished as the top Hawks female with her second place in the girls field and also second with her team. DARREN LUM Staff

Home hill advantage shines at COSSA 

The Red Hawks snowboarding team had 20 riders compete at the annual COSSA (Central Ontario Secondary School Athletics) snowboarding championship on Wednesday Feb. 22 at the Sir Sam’s Ski and Ride in Eagle Lake.

They captured a team gold two team silvers an individual gold silver and bronze. Fourteen members will advance to the all-provincials on March 2 at Beaver Valley Ski Club in Markdale located south of Collingwood.

Individually the Hawks Hunter Francis who finished with a combined time of 65.52 beating second place Tyler Hartwell of LCVI by five seconds led the boys again after winning at Kawartha a week earlier while teammate Glenn Bagg joined him on the podium with third. Sydney Churko finished second in the girls field finishing with a combined time of  after two runs.

The girls team (Dakota MacDonald Sydney Churko and Mia Quigley) finished second while the boys finished first (Hunter Francis Keagan Gilliam Logan Roylance Glenn Bagg and Abe Churko) and second (Lucas Haedicke Jake O’Neill Zak Shantz and Jack Merrifield) in the team competition.

Results (top 10)

1st Hunter Francis

3rd Glenn Bagg

4th Lucas Haedicke

6th Gage Roylance

7th Zak Shantz

8th Abe Churko

9th Jake Merrifield

10th Logan Roylance

Note: the top three individual finishers outside of the team finishers also advanced to OFSSA.