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Springhill High School Student Brenna Casey (right) hits the ball during a game against ARHS student Danielle Young.
RIVER HEBERT – Junior and senior high school students from throughout Cumberland County recently travelled to River Hebert to take part in Cumberland County Table Tennis Fun Tournament at River Hebert District High School.
“It’s good for kids who aren’t usually involved in athletics to get out and have fun,” said Danielle Young, who plays table tennis for the Amherst Regional High School senior girls team. “It’s an opportunity for players from throughout the county to get together and play a less competitive tournament.”
75 students from six different schools competed against each other on nine tables.
Students from ARHS, E.B. Chandler, Oxford, Springhill and Advocate converged in River Hebert.
ARHS Student Willie Legere and his teammates Joey O’Dell and Joel Boyle lost 5-1 to River Hebert, with Legere winning the single game for ARHS.
“Joey and Joel came over and gave me a big hug after the win,” said Legere.
He said the tournament is a great way to meet old friends and make new friends from other schools.
River Hebert has a strong table tennis program, and it’s the first year RHDHS invited students from throughout the county to become more familiar with the game.
“We’ve been playing it for a few years and once the other schools have a few years of exposure to the game they’ll catch up quickly,” said Andy Doucette, teacher at RHDHS, and the assistant regional director for the Nova Scotia Schools Athletic Federation.
Doucette said the day was a success.
“This is our first year with this many schools, but we’re going to try to make it an annual tournament,” said Doucette.
The table tennis regional championships are May 2, in Truro.
More pictures from the tournament can be seen on the slideshow at www.cumberlandnewsnow.com.