Could This Be The Week for GTA School Medals?
For schools in the Greater Toronto Area, this could be a very interesting week in sports.
First, with 10 major championships jammed in one week, the law of averages could favour a GTA school winning a gold medal or a provincial championship - or both.
How is this for a prediction: the Metro Bowl will stay in the GTA. I know, too easy. Toronto's Birchmount Park (12-0) and Markham District (9-1) - and both looking for their first championship in the 28-year history of this event. Someone has to win - and both teams look equal. One of those situations when a team gets hot, and it will be very warm indoors at the Rogers Centre on Wednesday when this final game of five on the day is played.
I like the game-breakers. For Birchmount Park, it could be speedy receiver Aaron Brown. For Markham District, looks as if everything could rest on talented quarterback Tyler Pritty. He was at tghe Dome last year, but sharing the quarterback duties and playing for St. Michael's - who won. But both defences haven't received the recognition deserving of them this year - and are strong too.
As for the Golden Horseshoe Bowl, this could be the most exciting of the gridiron games. A repeat of last year that was a one-point nail-biter. Lakeshore Catholic won 8-7 over Notre Dame of Burlington. Can Notre Dame, the Star's No. 1 team all year, get even?
Then, to volleyball, likely the easiest shot at an Ontario title and a gold medal in the Quad-A category taking place in London. Birchmount Park, again? They won it last year - with only one loss all year. Fast forward, the No. 1-ranked team - and undefeated. Got to think the chances are good, eh? But, no gambling on school sports.
Now, the toughest to gauge. How about girls' basketball? Not so sure that any of the GTA teams will come out with the big prize - the gold medal. By the way, it's a cheap fake gold imported from somewhere and not the real stuff. This not the Olympics. Matter of fact, if there is a hope of a medal, it could be from Notre Dame of Burlington, Notre Dame of Ajax, St. Marguerite d'Youville of Brampton or Thomson from Toronto. I said, a medal. Don't think it will be gold.
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