My Ten Standouts Of The Week
My apologies for the short delay. It has been a very busy week of school playoffs and, well, pulling together all the information to try come up with 10 very good performances has been a bit of a struggle.
Nice variety of sports too. Let's see, boys' basketball, girls' basketball, volleyball, cross country, hockey and football. Yes, heavy again on the gridiron but well deserved.
Glad this is as popular as it seems from so many e-mails, voice mail messages and people stopping me at various events. Remember, here are 10 from what I know - and sure wish more coaches would be plugging their athletes. In alphabetical order, we have:
Rohan Boney, Loyola. This Oakville basketball star has created lots of attention early and chosen MVP of the Pinky Lewis tournament. Top scorer in the final with 17 points in a 67-64 win over Eastern Commerce.
Brandon Bridge, St. Marcellinus. Former Team Canada quarterback had three touchdown passes and 300 yards in the air in a 25-15 Peel Region senior football title win over St. Joan of Arc. Lots of U.S. scouts watching.
Matt Coates, Markham. Caught seven passes (three for TDs) for 127 yards, solid game at safety, two kick-off returns for 95 yards and player of the game in a 22-15 senior win over Huron Hts in the York football final.
Justin Danforth, Maxwell Hts. Can`t avoid history at new Oshawa school. He scored the first hockey goal at 2:14 of the third period in a 4-1 loss. School bringing in new Hockey Canada PE course. Could attract players.
Eamonn Kichuk, Bill Crothers. Almost forgot. Yes, he is in Grade 10 and now has back-to-back Ontario cross country gold medals. Midget two years ago, junior this year. Future Canadian Olympic distance runner.
Aaron Milton, Sinclair. Gets my vote as MVP in his league. Can kick for points and score touchdowns. Had 30 points in a senior football playoff and 10 points in a 16-13 win over O'Neill for the Durham Tier Two title.
Fabian Nardone, King City. Scored five touchdowns, one off a 100-yard kickoff, and piled up 400 all-purpose yards as the Lions chewed up Brother Andre 44-7 for their third straight York Region football junior title.
Camilla Paluch, Christ the King. She had 15 points in the Halton Tier Two basketball final, a 49-27 win over Iroquois Ridge, capping an undefeated junior season. She also had 24 points in a quarterfinal and 11 in the semi.