Hmm. Seems like there are quite a few people going through a down time right now.
Getting lots of comments from readers who claim to be missing some form of high school sports or, as several people have put it in voice messages and emails, certainly could use more stories about young student athletes. Well, school is out. Click on the video attachment of Alice Cooper and the Muppets and while you're at it, think about your school sports story of the year. I'd like to hear your views.
Here are a few suggestions.
- A school of about 500 students, Eastern Commerce wins provincial gold medals in basketball for both the girls' and boys' teams.
- How about teenage sprinter Dushane Farrier winning the provincial gold medal in the 100 metres - after his one-on-one conversation with Oympian Donovan Bailey?
- Or those Bears, the ones at St. Edmund Campion in Brampton, whose boys' soccer season ended the year unbeaten in 33 games and with an Ontario gold medal - won on penalty kicks.
- Remember Ontario Justice Bruce Duncan finding a now 18-year old high school rugby player guilty of manslaughter in the death of an opposing player and also saying the sports field is not a "criminal law-free zone."
- St. Michael's dominated in football, again. Seniors won the Metro Bowl and the juniors were champs of the Ontario Invitational.
- Time to ban the starter's pistol at track meets.
- Mandatory certification for all high school sports coaches
- And Pickering basketball coach Mike Gordensky, despite admitting to making a mistake allowing two players to compete at a U.S. tournament, being suspended from coaching by OFSAA, which also wouldn't allow him in to a school gym to watch a game.
Lots more. So, what was the story of the year?