Here they are - my picks of the week.
Some real dandy performances, and in playoff games too. Taken from the high school results pages of the Toronto Star the past week.
To those who made it, well done. To those who missed, we still have the rest of the school year.
- Daniel Heslop, Pickering. Despite all the attention his school has received about using an ineligible player, Heslop - a transfer from East York - just keeps piling up the touchdowns. He had four more in a 35-7 win over Pine Ridge, a team that was the first to score points on the Trojans in the past four games.
- Jenea Barrett, Eastern Commerce. Playoff time in senior girls' basketball and that means when the going gets tough, teams turn to their dominant players. Barrett, a former Toronto Star all-star, was solid on defence and scored 15 points in a 59-43 East Division semifinal win over Lawrence Park.
- Jake Davis, Macdonald. Nine goals in four games in field hockey. He scored twice in a 3-2 squeaker over Oakwood in the Tier One final of the Toronto Field Hockey Club Invitational tournament. Looks like the guys are trying to make a case for this sport - or, without a boys' team, can they get approval to play on a girls' team?
- Vaneil Simpson, Riverdale. Some say, she might be one of the top senior players in the city in the next year or two. For now, she's been dominant at the junior level. Leading scorer for the majority of the team games this year, she had 31 points in 53-46 playoff thriller over Humberside.
- Dontay Williams, Senator O'Connor. Blues running back piled up four touchdowns and more than 100 yards in quite possibly his best game of the year, leading the senior football team to a 37-10 win over Malvern in a Toronto East Division senior semifinal.
- Samantha Pui, North Toronto. Rookie and in grade 9. She scored the winning goal as North Toronto beat Earl Haig 2-0 for the Toronto District School Board girls' field hockey final. That's three of four for North Toronto, trying to be the first public school in the big city to win a provincial title since Macdonald did it in 1997.
- Shaquille Lawrence, Laurier. Make a note of his name. Only 15 years old, he scored both touchdowns as Laurier eliminated West Hill 13-7 in a Toronto East Division junior football semifinal.
- Nick Smith, Lorne Park. Busy guy, two touchdowns, six converts and a field goal as Lorne Park, looking like it will meet St. Marcellinus in a semifinal, crushed Loyola (Mississauga) 51-3.
- Roger Sabat, St. Jean de Brebeuf. They may have been singing "Oh when the Saints go marching in...." at the York Region Tier One boys' soccer final. If so, it was for the guys at Brebeuf, who beat St. Theresa of Lisieux 1-0. Sabat scored the lone goal. Now, they wait until next spring for the provincial playoffs.
- Jahmari Bennett, Our Lady of Mount Carmel. I know, again. Yes. Three more touchdown passes for the 7-0 Peel Region senior football team in a 28-9 win over St. Joseph.