With basketball and hockey winding down at Portage Collegiate, students are starting to look forward to the spring sports season ahead.
Baseball, fastpitch, track & field, soccer, lacrosse, and badminton will all be back to full force this year after having some alterations due to COVID-19 last season.
"Some sports didn't have tournaments, and others did," says Vice Principal Darin Arnold. "With no restrictions on anything, it should be wide open for everyone this year."
Arnold says some of those sports already have sign-up sheets posted in the building and adds the spring season will get started as soon as the snow melts.
The Trojans' lacrosse team is excited to build on the season they had last year. Only two of their players moved on, and the rest now have a year of experience under their belt.
The Saints and Trojans' soccer teams are hoping to pick up a playoff win this year. The girls went 3-2 in the regular season before being eliminated in the first round of the playoffs, while the Trojans went 2-2-1 before suffering the same fate.
The Saints' fastpitch team will be looking to capture their zone championship in 2023 as they fought hard but fell in the league final 2-1 last year. As for the Trojans' baseball team, they won their zone championship and made it to the semi-finals at provincials in 2022. They hope to see similar success this season.
"I think so. Everyone's excited after the winter to get back outside and play again. It should be a very popular spring season."
The Trojans hockey team is the last team standing for PCI's winter sports. When their season ends, all focus will go to the spring season.