Carleton named twice in top 50 Ottawa sports moments

Joining the wave of Canada 150 celebrations across Canada, the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame revealed the top 50 moments in Ottawa’s sports history at its yearly induction gala on June 2. Carleton was mentioned in two of the top 50 moments, etching Carleton’s athletic feats into the city’s history. The moments chosen were the Ravens men’s basketball championship dominance and the first-ever Panda Game in 1955. Ranked as number 13 on the list, the tradition began when a University of Ottawa student donated a stuffed panda bear named Pedro to be used as the trophy for the annual football game between the rival schools. Following a 14-year absence after the Ravens football program was cut in 1998, the rivalry […]

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Three Ravens named to OUA all-star, all-rookie teams

If 2013 was the year of the Ravens’ return to the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) football scene, 2014 was the rebirth of the competitive Ravens. Steve Sumarah’s team fought their way to a 4-4 record in a season filled with highs and lows, as Carleton’s Panda Game victory over the rival University of Ottawa Gee-Gees was somewhat dampened by the letdown of missing the playoffs due to a 37-15 loss to the Queen’s University. Despite missing the playoffs, the Ravens had multiple players named to the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) all-star and all-rookie teams. Receiver Nate Behar was named a first-team OUA all-star after averaging over 100 receiving yards a game and hauling in seven touchdown receptions as a sophomore. “It’s always […]

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Mills and Gorgichuk: A tale of two quarterbacks

As the Carleton Ravens football team enters their final game of the regular season with a shot at the Ontario University Athletics playoffs, Jesse Mills and Nick Gorgichuk are competing for field time as starting quarterback. After starting as quarterback for the first Ravens win since their resurrection last season, Mills was pulled in the first half of the second game against the McMaster Marauders in favour of Gorgichuk. While the Ravens lost the game to the Marauders, Gorgichuk started the Panda Game and recorded his first win as a starting quarterback. Since that time, the Ravens have started Gorgichuk every game, but Mills has entered the last two contests in the second half. Ravens head coach Steve Sumarah said he […]

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Letter: Ottawa rivalry turning into the best in the CIS

Rivalry games often take sports to another level, both for athletes and for fans. It becomes more than just a win or loss—it becomes a matter of team pride.The players all know the importance of the rivalry game, and the atmosphere in the crowd often produces amazing things. One of these unforgettable moments happened in the Panda Game on Sept. 20, in what will be enshrined forever as one of the most amazing football games in Canadian history. Trailing, and down to their final play of the game, the Carleton Ravens football team completed a last-second Hail Mary pass to win city bragging rights over the University of Ottawa (U of O) Gee-Gees in a 33-31 victory. But the Carleton-U […]

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