Grossman's High School Stars of the Week
It's time. My weekly search through the high school sports world in the Greater Toronto Area to seek out 10 performances by athletes that deserve a pat on the back. Well, they all do, but these 10 just a bit more. Didn't realize how popular this is until I started hearing from people with names, facts and scores. Keep it coming.
Fidel Benjamin, George Harvey. Chosen MVP of the Rising Star senior boys' basketball tournament in Toronto. He's a 6-foot-5 forward and had 23 points in a 71-53 championship game win over Thornhill. I like his 39 points in a 90-50 whipping of Victoria Park in a preliminary game.
Aaron Brown, Birchmount Park. Some claim this world class track star is taking a big chance playing football. Try to catch him. Two touchdowns, the winner too, on a 31-yard run in a 16-10 game over Trinity. I still like his run from 19 yards deep in the end zone, then across 25 yards and the length of the field for a TD.
Drake Caggiula, St. Mary. He's a fairly good lacrosse player. This time, it was with the longer hockey stick and skates, scoring the winning goal in a 3-2 victory over Brother Andre in the final of the Spartan Invitational. He also had two goals in a 9-0 drubbing of Eastdale in a Durham Region league game.
Kate Easton, Northern. Give this kid a basketball, and room to shoot from the three-point line, and you're asking for big trouble. That's if you're on the other team. She had six second half three-point buckets in the Toronto Quad-A final, an 11-point loss to Thomson. Going to the Ontario playoffs.
Melanie Enright, St. Thomas Aquinas. A shooting guard in her graduating year, she's been the bread-and-butter player for this senior girls' basketball team in Oakville. Fired a game-high 28 points, all needed too, in a 68-62 squeaker over Ascension to qualify for the Ontario Double-A playoffs in Belleville.
Sergey Grabovsky, Aurora. At 6-foot-3, he is quite the volleyball player on a York Region junior team that had an 11-2 season record, but lost 3-2 to Williams in the Tier One final.
Keith Lagace, Notre Dame. Solid for the Star's No. 1 team all season. Team is off to Wednesday's Golden Horseshoe Bowl against Lakeshore Catholic from Port Colborne at the Rogers Centre. Two more touchdowns for this 1,000-yard running back in a 36-14 whipping of MacNab from Hamilton in a semifinal.
Symone Murray, St. Marguerite d'Youville. She's been a starter on the senior girls' basketball team since grade 9, a Toronto Star Peel Region all-star and a former athlete of the week. Tack on a game-high 15 points in the Tier One senior final - a 51-33 victory over Cardinal Leger. Off to the provincials.
Joseph Ojelade, Central Peel. Basketball time for the guys and this rookie senior hasn't wasted much time putting up some big numbers. Try 43 points in a game - and his team still lost. Cardinal Leger beat Ojelade and Co., 80-78, in a Brampton-area school tournament. Can hardly wait for his next game.
Steve Trivieri, Lawrence Park. He piled up points for Lawrence Park - as a running back. Try three touchdowns in a 36-0 victory over Senator O'Connor for the Toronto District Secondary Schools Athletic Association junior football championship. Lawrence finished the year unbeaten in nine games.