So, there you have it - the final list of the top male and female high school athletes from the recent year in today's Star and on our website. And they are from the regions of Dufferin, Peel and York.
Very impressive group, as some readers have said to us. Some surprises too are the opinions of others after glancing through the list. Hmm, maybe they know something that I don't? But don't blame us. The athletes listed in the Star for the past three days were chosen by their respective schools.
What is becoming more and more common is that many schools are limiting students to one sport per season. Can't figure that out. Maybe it should be one "team" sport. I know coaches don't want to face a conflict of an athlete caught with two games on the same day - and, believe me, it has happened. Also, coaches are very picky about practices - and they should be.
But, for years, students could play as many sports as they wanted. Oh well, chatter for another day. Just before we close the book on this 29th annual salute, some additional information on a few of the great stars of this past school year.
- Vaughan's Anton Shchipillo. His life revolves around wrestling. Chosen school team MVP, he was a regional gold medallist on the mat and he also won a silver at the Ontario finals. Going to York U.
- Cardinal Carter's Alana Smith. Now has the senior athlete of the year award to put beside the junior award she won in past. Soccer MVP but great hockey player. Off to Queen's University.
- Sacred Heart's Chris Bergin. He won 11 York Region sports medals. Also, MVP awards in hockey, track and cross country. Had a 92% class average. Going to Western for kinesiology.
- Lorne Park's Nicholas Smith. He was on the football team. Did some Nordic skiing, but rugby was his specialty with a Peel Region gold medal and Ontario silver. Has chosen U of T in the fall.
- Applewood's Phylicia Watts. Was on five teams that qualified for provincial playoffs and won a bronze in rugby. Bunch of MVP and Peel region league awards. Will attend Brock University.
- Mayfield's Jordan Steele. Was a coach, three-time member of his school athletic association and won medals in swimming and lacrosse. Going to study marine biology at Dalhousie in Halifax.
- St. Edmund Campion's Jermaine Simpson. He'll never forget returning a field goal 110 yards for the game-winning touchdown over Pocock - and in double OT. Has selected the University of Windsor.
That does it for another school year.