Ten Great Performances
Back from spending time with the family to mourn the loss of my mother-in-law.
Trying to pick up the pieces from the past week can be tough, so please forgive me if I leave a name out that you think should be recognized in our look at some of the best individual performances by high school athletes from the past seven days. And, as always, you can add names.
One more thing. Got to like the coaches who suddenly surface in the playoffs asking for special attention. Ah, where were they during the season? And, how about the coaches who also disappear when their teams - lose a game. I had always assumed there is more to coaching than winning games.
Now, 10 of the better showings of the week.
Keiran Brennan-Hinton, Etobicoke School of the Arts. He loves oil painting and has been accepted next year for university by major art schools at Yale and Columbia. On the ice, he can score goals too. Try six in 10-2 thumping of Runnymede in a Toronto District School Board Tier Two hockey game.
Justin Edwards, Anderson. He's a former athlete of the year at the Whitby school. Basketball is his specialty. He scored 19 points in a 79-56 Durham Region senior basketball league game. What's also interesting is that he has scored more than 2,000 points in his high school hoops career.
Seth Evershed, Michael Power/St. Joseph. I remember telling you about this kid when he played junior basketball. He's even better as a senior. Scored 24 points in a 72-58 Toronto District Colleges league win over a far from shabby Father Henry Carr team. Then, he pumped in 23 in a 98-61 thumping of Bishop Allen.
John Gage, Richmond Green. Still a relatively new school, hit has only won two games all season in boys' hockey. Forget that, it was his winning goal, in double-overtime of a sudden-death quarterfinal over Unionville, that put the Tier Two team in the York Region Final Four.
Danielle Gagne, Mayfield. She plays piano, is a part-time hockey instructor, raises money to help people with leukemia and is an honours student in school. On the ice, she's the backbone of her Peel Region girls' hockey team (now 8-1). Scored in a 7-0 win over Loyola and again in a 7-0 victory over St. Marcellinus.
Genie Gokhman, Mackenzie. Could be wearing a medal, if not at the Ontario wrestling finals then certainly at the Toronto District School Board championships. She won the 44 kilos at the North Region final and has finished third at the Cadet Provincials. And, she's only in grade 9.
Ilya Manukov, Lakeshore. He's had his share of silver medals in wrestling and, in his final year of high school, wants to leave with the Ontario gold medal in the Unlimited category. Just missed it last year, taking home a silver. Having won his West Region title, next is the Toronto District School Board finals. Bet on gold.
Miquel Martin, Downsview. He's got talent. Yes, basketball again - and he's junior age too. Fifteen times this year, he's scored 25 or more points in a game. He also almost out-scored two opposing teams last week. Had 43 in a 75-46 win over Emery and then scored 39 in an 86-36 clobbering of Victoria Park.
Nicholas Poon, York Mills. He won three individual races - the 100-metre breaststroke, 50-metre freestyle and 100-metre individual medley. Then helped the medley relay team also finish first at the North Region swim qualifiers. Now, off to the Toronto District School Board citywide finals.