Best of the best - high school's top ten
We're coming to the end of the Winter Season for high school sports in this part of the world and while there might be fewer games, the individual performances have been outstanding. That means, picking 10 athletes for this weekly feature continues to be a tough job.
Last week I would have assumed lots of correspondence on how I missed someone here or there. Instead, lots of support for the athletes chosen. Thank you. Let's see what the response is this week. Here we go, my picks of the week.
Hassan Abdullahi, Pope John Paul II. He was singled out in December in this blog and now, back again. A 6-foot-2 guard with the Panthers. Yes, they're in Sunday's senior basketball final at Ryerson against Mother Teresa. Abdullahi scored 26 points in a 65-41 semifinal elimination of Michael Power/St. Joseph.
Richard Abbot, St. Mary. He's a third year forward with his Pickering-area senior hockey team. Lots of speed, great goal scorer, highly respected by his teammates and a good student. Can't ask for much more. He scored four goals, two each in 5-2 and 4-3 Durham Region semifinal wins over Anderson.
Caleigh Cruickshank, Richview. Her volleyball coach likes to praise this Grade 10 middle hitter. Her offensive performance in the Toronto District School Board citywide Double-A final was something special. She had 18 kills in a 3-1 championship win over Henry. Now, it's off to Perth for the Ontario playoffs.
Josee Daoust, Brother Andre. Great hockey player - quick and can score. She had three goals in an 8-2 playoff win over Huron Heights. No surprise, she had three in a win over Bill Crothers and three in another victory over Sacred Heart. Yes, her father is Dan who played over 500 games for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Andrew Ferizovic, Richview. Another one from this school. Hockey this time. Top scorer on the team, his eight-game goal streak ended in a 9-2 win over Silverthorn. But, he found another way to help: a personal best five assists. Oh yes, in grade 10 he was 14-0 in wrestling before he packed it in with an injury.
Tevin Findlay, Father Henry Carr. Well, the junior basketball team won a league title - and this 6-foot-3 point guard was a huge factor. When he gets on a run, look out. He scored a game-high 28 points - average for him this year - in a 98-35 crushing of Cardinal McGuigan in the Toronto Catholic final.
MiKyle McIntosh, Pickering. Some claim he's only 15 years old and 6-foot-5. Not sure, but he did bow away two Ajax schools. Scored 20 points in the Durham Region 83-74 senior basketball gold medal win over Richardson. In a semifinal, 23 points over Notre Dame. He likes to attack the rim, rebound and score.