Yes, time to look some of the many outstanding achievements by high school athletes in the Greater Toronto Area over the past seven days. There were many, but I had to trim the list to 10.
I know there are some that I have missed - and, to the parents and students who could complain - my apologies. Here we go, and yes, in alphabetical order. This is done so that people don't interpret that one athlete is better than another.
Richard Abbott, St. Mary. He had a brilliant hockey season for his Durham Region championship team and was also chosen to the Star's annual all-star hockey team. He pitches for the school baseball team and sending signals of another all-star selection. Tossed back-to-back victories last week. His latest was a 10-5 win over Ajax.
Eva Amo-Mensah, Father Henry Carr. Four letter word to describe her: fast. I can see why Temple and Ball State Universities have been interested. Great athlete and genuine person, too. She anchored the 400-metre relay team to victory at the Cardinal Carter Classic. Gold medal collection is now up to 10 for this season. She had a second place finish in the 100 metres.
Lee Braunstein, Abbey Park. It appears that this baseball player can pitch and hit. Opening game for his Halton Region team and he got the win in a 13-6 victory over Pearson. Pitched four of the seven inning game and had had 11 strike outs. He also belted a three-run home run.
Tyler Clements, Country Day. Another star on the mound and at the plate. Fanned 13 batters of his 15 outs. Final score of the private school baseball game was 19-2 over Royal St. George's and Tyler, who pitches for the Ontario under-18 elite team, was 2-for-2 at the plate (both doubles) and reached base in all five plate appearances.
Vanessa Gass, Bethune. She's a soccer player who scores goals - and game winners. Had the only goal in a 1-0 win over R.H. King and a few days ago scored all three in a 3-0 victory over Pearson in Toronto District School Board league games. I am told that she knows what to do with a field hockey stick, too. Yes, score goals.
Jesse Lofthouse, Stouffville. He's a fly half and a member of the Ontario under-17 rugby team. Here's more. He scored five tries in four games at the recent Stouffville Invitational tournament. His team won it and guess who had a big role in it? Point count in sports and he had a try in the Spartans 15-5 overtime win over Saltfleet for the tournament title.
Kayla Picanco, Loretto College. Name sound familiar? Yes, a former Star athlete of the week. Soccer is her sport. She knows what to do with a ball - goals (and lots of them too). In grade 9, was her school team MVP in soccer. Now, in Grade 12, six goals in one game - an 8-1 yawner over Archbishop Romero in TDCAA soccer action.
Alicia Polkhoy, Weston. She plays rugby for her school and scored three tries in a 30-7 varsity girls' rugby win over Forest Hill. No fluke either. Her team is in first place in the Toronto District School Board's West Division with a 3-0 record giving up just seven points.
Chantal Singer, Toronto French. She's a top notch water skier and has hopes of making Canada's team that is at the World Junior championships in Italy this summer. For now, it's gymnastics. In Grade 9, she was Toronto's only gold medalist at the Ontario school finals tying for first place in the entry level competition on the balance beam.
Matt Whittall, Richview. He's not the classical music composer of the same name. This Matt is a multi-sport athlete and a very good swimmer. No surprise that he's also one of the top water polo players on his team - and, maybe, his league. He scored five goals in a 16-9 win over Don Mills in a Toronto school league game.