Vedder Viper Connor Holding (left) battles Mt. Slesse’s Sheldon Williams during last week’s middle school boys soccer championship at Vedder middle school. Williams and his Timberwolves captured the crown with a 15-1 win. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

Mt. Slesse vanquishes Vedder for middle school soccer championship

The Timberwolves rolled to a one-sided win over their arch-rivals in last week’s final.

The Mt. Slesse Timberwolves captured the Grade 7/8 boys soccer championship last week with a 15-1 win over the Vedder Vipers.

The T-Wolves went up early on a goal scored from outside the box by winger Dante Colebourne.

The Vipers kept it close for a while, and only trailed 3-1 midway through the first half, but Mt. Slesse turned on the jets and pulled away.

Included in the offensive onslaught was a strike by Sheldon Williams, who headed in a ball off a corner kick. Williams lost his arm this summer in an ATV accident, but it hasn’t affected his soccer ability.

Gunnar Jackson was a key player for the T-wolves, controlling the pace of play from his left wing position. Jackson Vandenbrink was solid defensively and set up several goal-scoring plays from his left fullback spot.

Captain Joe Corke battled through injuries and worked tirelessly from the first whistle to the last.

“This was an extremely special team,” said coach Joshua Bloch. “Every boy on the roster was beyond talented. More importantly, though, every player bought into our game plan and executed effectively.

“There was never a moment of jealousy or competition between our players. This group is all best friends and extremely encouraging/positive. It felt good for the boys to win the banner back after losing it to Vedder last season.”

“It’s unfortunate that the season could not have been longer, because this was a team that could’ve rivalled some of BC’s best,” added coach Mitchell Rainkie. “One thing is for sure. At the end of the year, the Sardis Falcons and G.W. Graham Grizzlies are going to be getting some outstanding athletes!”

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