Ten Athletes Who Stood Out
Here we go, ten who get the spotlight this week,
Abass Ahmed, Etobicoke. He's only a junior-age basketball player, but he's coached by Blue Jays radio baseball announcer Jerry Howarth. Twice this week, I heard from that great baseball voice - and both times Ahmed was mentioned. Start with 23 points in a 50-48 thriller over George Harvey and a dozen in a 28-point win over Lakeshore.
Justin Ali, Northview Heights. He's at a school that likes to brag about its Academic Program for Gifted Athletes. Don't know much about Ali, or even if he's in it, but the soccer team at Boylen Secondary does. He can score goals and had all four in a 4-2 soccer win over Boylen. Yes, soccer. Yes, played indoors too.
Ryan Bennett, St. Mary's. Don't hear much in the way of sports from this Toronto Catholic school. That is, until 43 points are scored in a senior basketball game. Check out the score, wait for it, 102-83 over Bishop Allen. That's an NBA-type score - but these kids only played eight-minute quarters. Defence, what defence?
Brandon Bos, Markham District. You might think I'm the president of his fan club by mentioning him for a second consecutive week. Well, when you lead your team in scoring in six consecutive senior basketball games, you deserve to get the nod again. The point guard had 25 points in a 63-62 tournament game win over Mount Carmel.
Aidan Bronca, Villanova. Not one, but five goals in a hockey game is impressive. They came in a 9-2 spanking of Lakefield in the Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Associations. That's the long way of saying private schools. Villanova, just so that you know, is in first place in the 12-team Tier Two league.
Tori Charron, Uxbridge. They play some very good hockey at this school.- and always turn out one of the best players in the league. She might very well be the next after scoring four times in a 7-1 drubbing of Pine Ridge in a Durham Region varsity girls' game. She has already passed the 20-goal plateau - and it's not even Christmas.
Theadora Imbrogno, St. Basil The Great. You will be hearing her name quite a bit. She scored three goals and the opposing team from Bishop Allen got off easy losing 6-1. Imbrogno is a two-time member of the Star's all-star girls' hockey team and brilliant in the school's 2009 Ontario championship. I think she can easily play on a boys' team.
Chris McLaughlin, Abbey Park. Yet another basketball player to hit for big points this week. In his case, 42 in a 92-83 overtime thriller over Bishop Reding from Milton in a Halton Secondary Schools Athletic Association senior game involving two schools that had not won a game this season.
Scott Morrison, Richview. When a player scores 50 points in a senior boys' basketball game, he makes this list. Only 15 years old, he had quarter scores of 8, 13, 21 and 8 - which included six three-pointers in a 63-53 Toronto District School Board league win over Runnymede. He's the first player this year to crack the half century point total in T-O.
Nicholas Stojanovski, Emily Carr. He's a 17-year-old grade 12 student at the Woodbridge school - not one of your powerhouses. He scored 29 points in a basketball win over Maple and earlier in the week had six three-pointers and 25 points for the Thunderbirds in a York Region game against Toronto District Christian.