Just going through my desk and lots of recent e-mail, voice mail messages, letters - even a fax - and came up with a number of items that I thought were worth sharing.
Reading through some notes after meeting Sanjeev Malhotra, coach of the senior basketball team at St. Edmund Campion in Brampton, at the recent 50th annual St. Mike's tournament. His team, now at full strength, looks good. He had some issues with players - attitude, attendance, academic and truancy. Malhotra insists on standards to play on his squad and he said players have been removed and suspended if they don't adhere to rules. Life lessons and a good education come first and he's right. His players got the message. Give this guy a medal.
Celebrations in Keswick after the school senior boys' hockey team beat Cardinal Carter of Aurora, 9-7. It was Keswick's first win in seven games while Cardinal Carter is considered to be one of the top teams in York Region.
Gerome Mair scored 48 points in a 32-minute game for his senior basketball team at L'Amoreaux Collegiate - but the Saints, struggling with a 2-7 record, still lost 83-80 to Macdonald.
And Josh Jameer, from St. Theresa of Lisieux, scored 46 points in a 67-61 win over Ottawa's Mother Teresa in an exhibition junior game. Jameer might have the lead for the most points in a game by a junior-age player in the Greater Toronto Area.
Clement and Clayton Law, tough to tell these twins apart I am told. Apparently, tough to beat them in the pool too. Both, who came to Canada last year from Hong Kong, swim for Richmond Green High and combined for five individual wins and a relay first at a recent York Region qualifying meet for the league final.
Things are heating up in Halton region hockey. The world hasn't collapsed even though highly touted Notre Dame and Nelson lost the other day. Iroquois Ridge. Who? The Trailblazers are now 9-0-1 in first place and don't rule out Christ the King who have seven of the top nine point-getters in the league on their roster.
Max Grossman. Don't think he's related to me. He scored a game-high 19 points in a York Region basketball game for Thornhill. Sorry, got to praise a kid with that last name.
Whatever happened to the high school sports of curling, wrestling and skiing as I rarely hear from a school or coach....and if they have high school bowling and mountain biking and frisbee, why not squash? St. Andrew's leads the nine-team private school boys' league with a 4-0 record.
Does the name "Keon" sound familiar? Well, Kaitlyn Keon won a bronze medal at the Toronto Science Fair a few years ago. She plays a number of sports at her high school - but is also a forward in the Ontario Women's Hockey League. She attends Birchmount Park Collegiate and scored a goal in a 3-2 loss a few days ago to Martingrove. Yes, old guys like me will know her grandfather - NHL Hall of Famer Dave Keon, No. 14 with the Toronto Maple Leafs of the past.
Also received an e-mail from a reader angry that I insist on having accurate names of scorers in games. Need I say anything more? And how about the coaches who like to communicate - but only when their team wins? Here's another one, and I'll spare mentioning his name, submits score to a daily newspaper - late - and then questions why we don't have flexibility and threatens that he will have better things to do in future.
Time for a coffee - or a good stiff drink.