Ten Athletes for Santa
With schools counting the hours until the doors shut for the last time in 2009, I thought I would also make an early jump and pick out the 10 athletes of the week. There's another reason: I'm compiling my last blog of the calendar year with highlights of the school sports year - some oohs and ahhs. Yes, memorable moments and disappointments that also became news. That's coming, maybe in 48 hours.
For now, the athletes - and I hope Santa Claus is good to them next week.
Hassan Abdullahi, Pope John Paul II. He's a 6-foot-2 guard for the Panthers senior basketball team. Apparently, an above average rebounder but he likes to leap - with the ball. Had a game-high 18 points in an 85-43 crushing of Neil McNeil in a Toronto District Colleges league game. The Pope is unbeaten in five.
Motii Ali, Vaughan. Yup, another basketball player. He scored 31 points for the Voyageurs in their 75-42 snoozer over Brampton Centennial in the final of the Vaughan tournament. It wasn't a fluke - the points. In a 63-47 league win over Brebeuf the other day, again he led the team in scoring.
Gillian Beggs, Eastdale. A grade 12 student and forward with the Eagles girls' hockey team that plays in the Durham Region Tier Two loop. Likely headed to a Canadian university in the fall, she has 12 goals and 11 assists for her 5-1-2 squad. In an 8-1 crushing of O'Neill, she had two goals and a pair of assists.
Rick Bota, St. Thomas Aquinas. Got to admit up front, don't know much about him - but that will change. he scored 12 goals and assisted on three more in four games for the Oakville school hockey team. That could be a good reason why the team has an overall 11-5-2 record.
Matt DiMarco, Meadowvale. Could have been DiMarco 3, Mount Carmel 2. He outscored a very good team and Peel region league rival. Three goals for the winger - including one on a powerplay and another while his team was shorthanded. Meadowvale won 6-3 and DiMarco has been consistent all season.
Tevin Findlay, Father Henry Carr. Gosh they have a lot of basketball teams at that school - and some very good players as well. He scored 32 points, as a junior, in a 101-34 league blow-out of Archbishop Romero. No surprise at his scoring, he's hit the 30-point plateau several times this year.
Genevieve Harvey, Northview Heights. I count four recent games for her Toronto high school varsity girls' hockey team - and four losses. But, she's scored in every game. The closest, a 2-1 loss to Clarke High from Newcastle in the Canlan Christmas tournament final. She had three goals in a 6-4 loss to Mowat.
Tyler Lynch, St. Aloysius Gonzaga. Not sure if the excitement is still there for the boys' hockey team that won the Ontario quad/triple-A final last march in North Bay. This winger is showing signs that he wants another gold medal. he scored three goals in a 4-3 win over Mayfield in a Peel Region league game.
Nolan Pettipiece, Notre Dame. I know he's the son of the coach, but he's also a very good hockey player and appears to score in every game. Got two in a 3-1 win over Pearson, another in a 3-1 victory over Robinson and a big one in a 3-2 nail-biter over Nelson. The Irish are 10-3-3, might be the best in Halton.
Aaron Redpath, Richardson. He's been the top scorer in pre-season, league and tournament games for this Ajax-area senior basketball team. In four games this week,he's an explosive player that led his team in scoring three times - including 26 points in a 79-67 Rimrocker tournament win over Ascension.