Lots of interest from readers about why the delay and what happened to the Top Ten this week?
Well, with double-digit provincial playoffs - and the majority this past weekend - I thought it would be fair to include any key highlights in the list. I think it makes sense. So, here we go as a Fall season of sports now becomes memories - with some good and, well, no so good performances.
Picks for this week and for those who still think it's based on performance with the best first, not so. It's in alphabetical order.
Julian Clarke, Oakwood. An exceptional shooting guard with Oakwood, scored 18 points for his Toronto school team in a 50-36 win over St. Thomas More of Hamilton in the Court Heinbuch Classic gold medal game. Chosen tournament MVP. He once scored 64 points in a game, has a 90 per cent academic average and calls U.S. President Barack Obama his role model.
Tyler Ennis-McIntyre, Father Henry Carr. I know he was our athlete of the week a few days ago, but can't ignore what he did after the selection. Watch for this junior to get elevated to the senior roster soon. He scored 27 points in an 85-33 drubbing of Bishop Allen. Then, 28 more in a 94-56 win over Chaminade in Toronto District Colleges basketball.
Nicholas Gucciardi, St. Mary. I was told this kid can really skate with the puck - and also score goals too. He did. Try five in one game. Not too sure if they were all necessary, especially against a much weaker team, in a 12-0 shellacking of Pine Ridge. It was a Durham Region junior boys' hockey league game.
Shannon Jewer, Loyola. Look out for two reasons. Her career goal is to be a politician and is quite the hockey player. She's won medals for her club team, but is a big reason her Mississauga school being in first place in the Peel Region varsity girls' league. She scored two goals in a 7-2 win over Xavier and added another in a 3-1 league win over Aquinas.
Billy McPhee, Notre Dame. A fifth year player, admitting he returned to his Burlington school for football, led his senior team to an undefeated season capping it with a 33-10 win over Lakeshore Catholic of Port Colborne in the Golden Horseshoe Bowl. He completed 14 of 19 passes for 257 yards and three touchdowns.
Garrett May, Birchmount Park. Could be the best teenage volleyball player in Canada. He was dominant as the Panthers won all 13 sets at the provincial quad-A playoffs. That also includes the gold medal (over Macdonald from Waterloo). Toss in an undefeated season and 73 consecutive matches without a loss. No surprise, he did score the last point.
Shane Morrisey, St. Andrew's. A stalwart playing hockey in Newfoundland, he had a choice: play Junior A this season or accept the Herder Hockey scholarship at the private school in Aurora. He scored twice in the Saints 4-1 win over Upper Canada and St. Andrew's has chosen not to compete for Ontario high school medals playing instead in the Mid-West Prep and CISAA school leagues.
Connor Pritty, Markham District. Caught the game-winning touchdown from his brother in the Metro Bowl. Brilliant on defence too. As linebacker (also played for the championship Team Ontario squad in last summer's National finals) was the team leader shutting down an explosive Birchmount Park offence in a 19-0 victory.
Tyler Pritty, Markham District. He was MVP of the Metro Bowl completing 15 of 20 passes for 265 yards. Very talented quarterback proved he could accomplish what others said he could not do: win the big game. Two touchdown passes in the first quarter of a 19-0 win over Birchmount Park. For him, three consecutive Metro Bowl titles.
Jamie Ruttle, Notre Dame. Top scorer in four of five games and led her basketball team to a provincial silver medal in a 41-37 championship loss to St. John's of Brantford. A five-sport athlete at her Burlington school, she has averaged 22 points a game. Also a former school athlete of the year, she's off to Canisius in Buffalo on a scholarship.
There it is. Quite a group. Take a bow.