By Larry Moko
The trophies and awards just keep coming for Aiden Carne of Bishop Ryan Catholic Secondary School.
Last month the Grade 10 student and his Celtic teammates celebrated their second consecutive Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic league junior boys’ volleyball championship.
Carne then added to his collection of awards by being selected Most Valuable Player at the third-annual Battle of Hamilton junior high school all-star volleyball game at Mohawk College Wednesday night.
Catholic won the third-annual contest against the Hamilton Public board, 3-2.
When asked how he felt about receiving the MVP plaque for 2018, Carne said: “It’s special because I want to go further in volleyball. I’m getting one step closer to that. It just proves I worked as hard as I could and got rewarded for it.”
Catholic set scores in the match were 21-25, 25-16, 15-25, 25-22, 15-12. A turning point was when Catholic rallied to capture the fourth set after being down 16-10. Leading the charge were Bishop Ryan’s Carne and Josh Padmore, a Grade 9 student at BR. Setter Jacob Versaci also represented the Celtics and a fourth member of the Celtics – Anthony Cuicani – was in attendance but unable to play due to injury.
“I wasn’t really worried,” Carne said of the hole the Catholic team dug for itself in fourth set. “I wanted to win, but an all-star game is more about having fun.”
Carne’s digs and passing ability were particularly impressive about his performance. “Usually,” he said, “I’m better at offence.”
Other members of the Catholic side were: Peter DeForest, Marcelo Sangueza and Jacob Gasiorowski (Cardinal Newman); Justin White and Liam Schwedyk (Bishop Tonnos); Dillon Morphet and Sam Rath (St. Mary); Julien Cisternino (St. Thomas More) and Dion Pogorzelec (ACMT).
Catholic coach Mike Hall can look back on an undefeated season. In addition to the all-star outcome, Bishop Ryan recorded 16 victories and no losses in league play.
“As a coaching staff we tried to make practices as hard as possible,” Hall said of the Celtic junior squad. “So when it came to game time, nothing would faze them. They worked really hard and put in extra time to make sure they were prepared.”
Hamilton Catholic leads the junior all-star series, 2-1.