St. Mary’s CSS Thunder - Firsts during 35 Yr Growth of Athletic Department
1984 St. Mary’s Catholic Secondary School (SMCSS) opens its doors.
1985/86 The first athletes compete for the school in Swimming, Cross-Country and Track & Field. A small handful of students.
1986 The first year of organized sports teams competing in Kawartha Athletics as the St. Mary’s Marauders.
1988 The beginnings of Track, Basketball, Badminton, Soccer, Tennis, Weightlifting and Girls Softball
1989 The beginnings of Wrestling, Weightlifting, J/S Boys Soccer, J/S Girls Basketball, M/J Boys Basketball, M/J Girls Volleyball, M Boys Volleyball, Cross-country, Badminton, Boys Hockey, Girls Softball, Girls Soccer, Tennis, Swimming
1990 Name changed from Marauders to THUNDER
1990 The beginnings of Track, M/S Boys Basketball, M/J Girls Basketball, J/S Badminton, Tennis, Weightlifting, M/J/S Girls Volleyball, M/J Boys Volleyball, Mixed Softball, Swimming, J Girls Soccer, J Boys Soccer
1991 The beginnings of Cross-country, Track, M/J Boys Basketball, M/S Girls Basketball, M/J/S Girls Volleyball, M/J Boys Volleyball, Mixed Softball, Tennis, Badminton, Weight Training, Boys Rugby, J/S Girls Soccer, J/S Boys Soccer, Swimming, Boys Hockey
1991 The first Kawartha Championship. Midget Boys Basketball.
1992 The first sports tour at St. Mary’s. Boys Hockey competed in the Irish Rover Tournament at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.
The beginnings of J/S Girls Soccer, J/S Boys Soccer, Boys Hockey, Mixed Softball, M/J/S Girls Basketball, M/J Boys Basketball (KAWARTHA CHAMPS), S Boys Volleyball (KAWARTHA CHAMPS), M/J/S Girls Volleyball, Tennis, Badminton, Boys Rugby, Swimming
1995 Girls Rugby begins.
1997 Golf begins.
1999 Girls Hockey begins.
1999 The First COSSA Championships are won. Junior Girls Soccer AND Senior Girls Rugby
2002 The first OFSAA Medal is won. Brian Hamilton wins Silver in the 400m Hurdles in Track & Field.
2004 Boys Football begins.
2007 The First OFSAA Individual Champion – James Nearing wins Tennis Singles.
2010 Ultimate Frisbee begins.
2011 Floorball begins.
2012 The First Repeat OFSAA Individual Champion – Kristina Steins wins the 100m Backstroke. She won the same event in 2010. She also became the first athlete to win multiple OFSAA medals.
2012 St. Mary’s hosts its first OFSAA Championships – Boys A/AA Rugby.
2015 Boys Baseball begins.
2016 The First OFSAA Team Medal – Boys Golf win Bronze.
2018 The First OFSAA Team Champion – Boys Rugby.
2019 The First OFSAA Repeat Team Champion – Boys Rugby.
Reviewed August 2020