Lots of people took time to offer their opinions last week, and wow - the flood gates opened this week again. Thanks for the info to everyone. Lots to read, including my notes, and here are the ones, I believe, worth singling out this week.
Connor Anderson, Huron Hts. There are some who claim he just might be the best all-purpose running back in the Greater Toronto Area. Five touchdowns (and he could have had more) for the Toronto Star all-star in a 63-0 whipping of Woodbridge in a York Region senior football playoff.
George Daniel, Villanova. Here’s another football player who can pick his university. He scored three touchdowns – two on receptions – but also piled up close to 300 yards of net offence in a late fourth quarter loss to Trinity in a private school senior game. No fluke, he’s been solid all season.
Ryan Dixon, Donald Wilson. Take him out of the game and, likely, his team gets blown away. A very good athlete, and only in grade 10, he knows what to do with a football. Scored five touchdowns in a 36-27 win over Ajax in a Durham region junior football game. That’s 14 majors in his past four games.
Leanne Fernandes, Pope John Paul II. In track, she’s competed in the National Scholastic Indoor Championships in New York. Also at the Ontario high school finals. Off to the provincial cross country finals after winning the TDCAA senior girls’ 5,000 metres easily in a time of 20 minutes, 10 seconds.
Travis Jennings, Don Bosco. The Eagles keep winning, now at 8-0, and this guy is a big reason. He scored two majors, converted four, had a single and a two-point convert in a 37-0 victory over Forest Hill. Off to the North Division final against Chaminade, who forfeited the previous game.
Paige Johnson, Nelson. Field hockey is her sport. She scored the winning goal, on a penalty stroke, to defeat the six-time former champs from Notre Dame in the Halton Region final. Then does it again - the winner, this time in OT - in a 1-0 Golden Horseshoe win to get her team to the Ontario playoffs.
Grace Kay, Pearson. Only 15 years old, she scored 35 points in a four-point basketball league loss to St. Thomas Aquinas of Oakville. Points come easy for this guard, she’s had 30 or more in six games for her Halton region school and is a two-time tournament MVP. She also coaches – yup, basketball.
Pat Kelley, Trinity. I know. It’s pressure, but if he keeps up the fabulous performance pace, his senior football team could be in for a CISAA league title. Three majors and the winner in the final minute on a 60-yard pass-and-run. He had a total of 280 net yards against a good Villanova team.
Shanice McKoy, Pope John Paul II. Couldn’t keep her off the list. Chosen MVP of the Applewood Invitational, which her basketball team won. She had 28 points in a 66-53 win over Etobicoke in that tournament, but also led her team in scoring in the first two games of the Centennial Colts Classic.
Chrissie White, Applewood Hts. Yes, the sports team nickname for this school is the “Axemen”. Swinging her stick, she scored both goals in a 2-0 win over Lorne Park for the Peel Region field hockey title. Undefeated in nine games this year, the school is six-time league champs.