Top Ten Athletes of the Week
Here we go, and after careful scrutinizing of dozens of scores from nine leagues throughout the Greater Toronto Area, my high school picks of the week.
Just a reminder, considered were impressive performances by athletes - based on the information submitted to us in the daily package of results appearing in the Star. Have to admit, lots of e-mails and telephone calls from parents pulling for their kids to get attention. And I had to remind them all, this is no contest. No prizes are handed out, just plenty of recognition.
Connor Anderson, Huron Heights. Scored three touchdowns and had more than 100 yards rushing in a 47-0 cakewalk over St. Joan of Arc. Yup, York Region senior football and this kid is the same one who was MVP in the league last year with close to 2,000 all-purpose yards.
Micha Arkhangorodsky, Maple. She might have one of the longest surnames in the region, but she's also one of the top tennis players too. She won the York Region junior girls' singles title, make that the high school division, beating Alexandra Sarsu, of Langstaff, 8-4.
Dillon Campbell, St. Mary. Can't figure this one out. He scored four touchdowns, and yet the coaches kept him on the field returning punts in an ugly 70-7 Durham Region senior football win over Dunbarton. Great individual performance, so he gets the nod.
Evan Esselink, Courtice. Won something like 32 gold medals in seven years of distance running. He competed in Italy this past summer at the World Youth track and field finals, but still looking for his first Ontario school gold. Finished first in the Colt Classic, 6,030 metres in 19 minutes, 25.75 seconds.
Bilqees Grant, Father Henry Carr. She's on the school track team, but she can also play some hoops. A junior on the senior team last year, she could have had more than just 14 points in a 41-10 league win over Archbishop Romero. Top scorer in a previous game too.
Heather MacKinnon, Loretto Abbey. Three goals for her, when only one would have been enough to win, in a 6-0 thumping of Dante Alighieri. Yes, field hockey in the Toronto District Colleges Athletic Association. Can't figure out why there are no leagues for boys.
Garret May, Birchmount Park. Recently returned from England after competing in the under-21 World Beach Volleyball championships. He's the starting left side hitter for his school team that is 3-0 in league play. Case you're wondering, this school won the Ontario high school volleyball gold medal last year.
Brandon Mills, St. Theresa of Lisieux. Playing soccer in cold and rainy conditions is not an easy thing to do. Scoring goals is something this kid does well. In a battle of the Saints, he had two goals for his senior boys' soccer team in a 3-0 York Region win over St. Robert.
Jack Sedgewick, Richmond Green. He's no Tiger Woods, but this 16-year old shot a one under par 70 at the Cardinal Golf Club to win a York Region senior qualifying tournament by eight shots over his nearest competitor. He's likely off to the provincial playoffs later this month.
Matt Zanfini, Lorne Park. Coaches dream of having a football player like him. Let's see, a touchdown and a field goal and a single and five converts in a 39-0 senior victory over St. Joseph. That's a Peel Region senior game. The Spartans are 2-1 in a tough race for a league title.