Souris Regional High School Spartans

It was not until the summer club program, which was introduced in 1987, started concentrating on skill development, did the school program begin to achieve success. In previous years Souris High coaches had to in some cases, take the athletes and teach the basics of the game. The natural athleticism soon adapted to the game and close to the end of each season, the young players would bring the teams close. In 1988 Senior "AA" Girls soccer was introduced and the Dave MacDonald coached squad brought home a Bronze Medal, defeating Westisle. The Midget Boys team lost a heartbreaker of a match in a gale of wind to Queen Charlotte, or they too would have contended for a medal.

P.E.I.S.A. "AA" Girls Bronze Medalists - 1988 (photo by Waldron Leard)

The fall of 1989 argueably would have to be deemed as the most successful fall in the School's history. The "AA" boys finished in the top 6 and just barely missed out playing for a medal. The "AA" Girls, Midget Boys and Midget Girls all lost close matches in the final and won Silver Medals.

Colonel Gray 1 vs. Souris 0 - Gold Medal Match on October 30, 1989, played at Hampshire P.E.I. (photo by John Dixon)

The fall of 1990 saw yet another advance. The "AA" boys team won their first Mud Bowl, the Town Soccer Championship. In one of the best matches played in the series, the skill level of scholastic soccer was a treat to watch.

A happy group of Spartans accepts the Mud Bowl from Souris High Principal, Albert Fogarty (photo by Waldron Leard)

Support for high school soccer came from many directions. Here Dundalk, Ireland native Adrian Harrison gave Souris High keeper Rick Cheverie some tips (photo by Waldron Leard)

The medals continued to come to Souris. In 1990, the "AA" Girls took Bronze.

Michelle Pilon making a splash versus Colonel Grey on a soggy Souris High pitch in the fall of 1990 (photo by Waldron Leard)

The Brendon MacCormack coached Midget Girls took the first of two consecutive Island titles, upsetting the previously undefeated Queen Charlotte Crusaders in 1990 and in 1991, a new side in the league, Stonepark Junior High School. Titles were becoming difficult for Souris to achieve from this date. Souris soccer was improving, but so was the rest of the province. Youth soccer in the summer months was growing by leaps and bounds across the Island and these talented players were continuing their efforts in the fall season.

Keeper Colleen MacGregor is mobbed by her happy teammates at MacAdam Field in 1990 (photo by Waldron Leard)

A Gold Medal for the Souris Regional High Midget Girls - 1990 (photo by Waldron Leard)

The Senior "AA" Boys came into their own in 1998 winning a Bronze Medal for long serving coach Shane MacClure. In 1999, the team under Brendon MacCormack (filling in for MacClure who was on a year's leave), finished with Silver, losing a close match to Charlottetown Rural under coach and Souris native Dylan Mullally. The interesting sidelight of this match was that MacCormack and Mullally were best friends. Mullally was in MacCormack's wedding party eight years earlier. This team was probably the best Boys team to come out of the High School.

Spartan Spirit is what it's all about. . . .Souris High is a close-knit school (photo by Ellen MacCormack)

The "AA" Boys loudly exude school spirit at the Pep Rally before the Final versus Charlottetown Rural in 1999. (photo by Leanne Garland)

#15 - Bradley MacAulay, #18 J. J. Chaisson and #6 Mitchell Chaisson in action against Three Oaks Senior High.
J. J. Chaisson is a member of the popular Celtic group Celtic Tide (photo by Leanne Garland).
Jeff C. MacDonald with Bradley MacAulay in action vs. the Three Oaks Axemen (photo by Leanne Garland)

Year Side Division Honours
1974 Senior Girls"A"Gold
1979 Senior Boys"A"Silver
1980 Senior Boys"A"Gold
1988 Senior Girls"AA"Bronze
1989 Midget Girls Silver
1989 Midget Boys   Silver
1989 Senior Girls"AA"Silver
1990 Midget Girls   Gold
1990 Senior Girls"AA"Bronze
1991 Midget Girls   Gold
1991 Senior Girls"AA"Bronze
1992 Midget Girls   Silver
1992 Senior Girls"AA"Bronze
1993 Senior Boys"A"Bronze
1998 Senior Girls"A"Silver
1998 Senior Boys"AA"Bronze
1999 Senior Girls"A"Gold
1999 Senior Boys"AA"Silver

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