Dusting Off A Cluttered High School Desk
Yet another quiet week on the school scene as the final week of exams rolls on for many students.
So, I thought I'd would try clean up my messy desk and see what kind of interesting stuff I could find to generate some dialogue. People are never short of opinions and others hope that the issues and topics of the day simply disappear - forever.
Well, this Sunday, the Star is having a forum to discuss a variety of things related to hockey violence - and I am sure the recent situation in Oakville will surface. That's the racial slurs that occurred in the second and third periods of a high school game with Thomas A. Blakelock and Milton District. I am told that some six players were involved in making derogatory comments and some parents were ticked that their children had to pay the price when Blakelock's Principal canned the entire team. That's the same Principal who instructed his staff to zip up - so this thing would get lost forever. It hasn't.
Down the highway, at St. Ignatius of Loyola - the school whose senior basketball team played in a sanctioned event in Florida without OFSAA approval. Well, the boys and girls at OFSAA have apparently closed their eyes, stuffed their ears and refuse to deal with this violation of rules - unless someone complains. Guess what? Someone has complained. Let's see if OFSAA does anything.
Did you catch that hockey game, or was it football? Villanova (the one from King City) beat Country Day 12-11. Yup, hockey. Wonder if the goalies were up late the night before? Whoops, maybe I shouldn't ask. It appears that some people were upset when I mentioned tuition costs in a previous blog and they think I should stick to just sports scores, names and nothing else.
Couple of big tournaments coming up: the Bur Bear hockey invitational Jan. 28 to 30 in Oakville and Burlington followed by the Cardinal Carter Classic at the Canlan Ice Complex at York University on Feb. 2 and 3. And the Ontario Catholic Classic. That's girls' volleyball on Feb. 4 and 5 at Loyola in Oakville. On the topic of tournaments, or even the slew of OFSAA championships, haven't heard anyone say that donations at the door will go towards helping the people of Haiti?
That is, unless it's "Hoops for Haiti" - a series of senior basketball games on Feb. 13 at Pickering High School in Ajax. Some of the best teams will be there - Richardson, Pickering, Father Henry Carr, Vaughan, Mother Teresa, Eastern Commerce and more. Admission, and donations, will go to help the people affected by that tragic earthquake. Mike Gordensky at Pickering High, remember him? He's the voluntary coach who was suspended for a year from coaching basketball because he used two ineligible players in a U.S. tournament a year or so ago? Well, it's his idea.
Hmm, hope he doesn't get suspended for being creative and thoughtful.