Top Ten Athletes - Despite Exam Interruption
I was never a big fan of exams. Tests, yes. Projects, yes. Multiple assignments, yes. They all give students more options to get to the next grade while one bad exam could blow a course.
Why am I mentioning exams? Simple, those darn things have shut down high school sports in the majority of schools for almost two weeks. Yikes. Teams are building for sports championships or coming off very good individual performances - and then this moratorium.
Well, there was still enough to come up with our performances of the week - and we had some darn showings too. Here we go:
Matthew Beckford, Monsignor Johnson. He's a 6-foot-4 centre - on the junior basketball team. Only in grade 10, he has been the top scorer on the squad for all but one game. Averaging 27 points a game, he had 28 in an 80-43 thumping of Marrocco/Merton in a league game.
Ryan Bennett, Bishop Allen. His senior basketball team, after losing several players for various reasons, has a 2-7 record. He scored a personal best and school-high 44 points in a 97-92 double overtime win over St. Basil. Toss in 32 more in a four-point loss to Monsignor Johnson.
Tony Crema, Crescent. Yes, a hockey player who has made opposing players look like pylons. He's at a private school that charges over $20,000 a year for tuition. On the ice, he had four goals in a 9-1 thumping of Holy Trinity. His team is in fourth place in the CISAA Tier Two league.
Jenna Dingeldein, Martingrove. A former school athlete of the year, she scored the only goals of the game in a 2-0 league win over York Mills. Nothing new for this elite skater, who played in the National under-18 womens hockey championship last year.
Jenny La, York Memorial. She's the captain of the junior volleyball team, now 4-2. On the defensive side, she made some great plays off the net and also had six consecutive serves (some were aces) in the Mustangs win over George Harvey - 25-22, 24-26,15-8.
Abi Moody, Malvern. Her school junior volleyball team is 8-0 and also champs of the York Mills and Woburn tournaments. A power hitter, she was solid in a 25-18, 25-16 sweep of Northern in a league game. She's also on a club team that finished fifth in Canada for players 15 and under.
Nerquaye Netty, Father Redmond. The only thing I know about this senior basketball player is that he leads his team in scoring in almost every game - win or lose. He had 21 points in a 61-46 win over St. Mary`s and 26 in a three-point loss to Michael PoweréSt. Joseph.
Matthew Rubinoff, Appleby. Saw him play hockey and he`s always hustling. He scored in the Blue Dogs gold medal hockey win over Gilmour (Gates Mills, Oh.) at the MacPherson Tournament. Also scored against St. Francis (Buffalo, N.Y.). Next up: the Bur Bear tourney - and he`ll score.
Patrick Street, Richview. A dangerous player on the basketball court. He`s quick, smart and when he`s on his game, look out. Only 13 points, but stellar defensive job, in a 57-27 win over West Humber. He had 23 points in a six-point loss to Martingrove in the Richview tournament final.
Stef Thomson, Trinity. Not only did she score three of her team-leading 30 goals in a 4-2 hockey win over Havergal, but she`s the only female hockey player to score more than 100 goals in the 116-year history of her private school. Team captain and academic honours student too.