High School Notebook
So, I went out to watch a high school boys' rugby game, not because I had a pile of time to waste, but it was a nice day and I wanted to watch a good game and try change my record of seeing anything but a kid helped off the field with some kind of nasty injury.
I was impressed with flyhalf Conor McCann, a member of the traditionally strong Malvern Collegiate program and a key player on Canada's under-17 team. He scored four tries (could have had more) and kicked five converts in a 52-7 win over Riverdale. The Black Knights are two-time defending Toronto District School Board champs and head coach Doug Underwood is one of the better coaches in this city.
As for injuries, one Malvern player left with his shoulder wrapped in so many ways that I was aching just watching him. A Riverdale player also had a bloody nose - just gushing too. I am told that the Toronto EMS know Brichmount Stadium in Scarborough very well, showing up to frequently help female rugby players with head injuries and broken ankles.
Having enough rugby, I went back to the office to listen to a pile of calls from people all bragging about their athletes being the best in what they do - and all the time. Throughout all this, I tried to clean up my desk and see what was around that might be of interest to you.
Andre Ford-Azonwanne, a grade 9 sprinter from Cardinal McGuigan is putting up some impressive numbers and setting meet records. How about 10.89 in the 100 metres? Yes, faster than any junior or senior-age athlete at the Cardinal Carter Classic.
Sticking to the track, Eric Dillon is leaving the country. I mean, he's accepted a full scholarship to the University of Missouri. It will be quite a difference from his hometown of Oshawa and running at McLaughlin Collegiate. Dillon had the fastest time over 1,500 metres in Canada for his age group last year and finished 11th at the World Youth track and field finals in Italy.
In lacrosse, how about Victoria Powers from Denis O'Connor High in Ajax? Win or lose, she can score goals. She had six in a Durham Region league win - 10-2 over Paul Dwyer. After a breather, she scored six more but Holy Trinity beat her team 13-10.
One more thing about rugby, our Halton Region correspondents tell me that teams called a halt to a girls' game at halftime. Oakville Trafalgar was winning, 57-0 over Burlington Central - a team that started with 15 players but left with less on the field because of injuries and having to forfeit.