Top Ten School Athletes of The Week
Another week, and here are my picks for 10 of the better performances in the past seven days from athletes at schools across the Greater Toronto Area.
Judging from previous correspondence, some people will agree my picks are worthy. Others won't. Fair game. Keep in mind, we like equity, but performance is No. 1. For the record, we also get more people informing us about boys' sports and plugging the efforts of guys.
Have fun reading.
Melvin Abankwah, Michael Power/St. Joseph. Four games, four wins. Not bad for the Trojans senior football team and this running back has had something to do with all of them. He had four touchdowns in a 63-6 demolishing of Western Tech in a league game the other day.
Kingsley Amankwaa, Michael Power/St. Joseph. Like me, you probably had to look twice at the surname and then above too. Nice day on the gridiron for this youngster with five rushing touchdowns in a 38-14 junior football win over Central Tech.
Nekeia Barclay, Central Tech. Haven't heard much of this basketball player, likely because she's playing at a school that is not known as a powerhouse in this sport. Still, 32 points for her in a 56-48 win over Oakwood is worth a tip of the hat. She might have the most points for a junior this season.
Daniel Haber, York Mills. His first soccer goal was enough to win the game. Instead, he went on to get four in a senior match, leading the Titans to an 8-0 whipping of C.W. Jefferys in Toronto District School Board league action.
Marcus Hanson, Gonzaga. He did it again for his junior football team. This time: a touchdown, a field goal, a single, a two-point convert and two kicking converts in a 50-0 win over Mississauga in a Peel league game. And while he might have the same name, he’s not the rising star of country music.
Shannon Labelle, Notre Dame. She won her third consecutive cross-country race of a short season. The latest was a tee-up for the Ontario finals in two weeks. At the Cardinal Carter Classic, she ran 3,800 metres in 15 minutes, 25.78 seconds. It was 12 seconds faster than the runner-up.
Jamie Liang, Bethune. Two-time female athlete of the year at her school. Three-time basketball MVP. She once had a 40-point game, but highest this year so far is 29. Read on. This Grade 12 point guard had the 29 in a 33-26 win over Leacock in a Toronto Divisional league game.
Brandon Ng, Upper Canada. Shot a three-over par 75 on opening day of the Ontario high school boys’ golf championships in Vineland. The next day, with gusty winds and frigid conditions, he did it again – same score - and went home with the overall provincial individual title.
Tyler Pritty, Markham. Putting up a strong case for being the best high school quarterback this season in the Greater Toronto Area. Try five touchdown passes on Friday in a 38-0 blasting of Dr. G.W. Williams (yup, that's a school) in a York Region senior football game.
Ilana Wurman, Community Hebrew. Three goals for her in a 4-0 win over Mary Ward in a Toronto District Colleges Athletic Association varsity girls' field hockey game. She also scored once in a 2-0 victory over Cardinal Newman. In the spring, she plays soccer for her school.