Alright, so it is my day off, but I did check my e-mail and saw there are some people wondering if and when I'll be resuming the Top Ten list of weekly high school athletes.
With the Spring season of sports still a hodge podge of activities, and the majority of leagues still in the pre-season mode of exhibition games and invitational tournaments, I could have created some excuse to leave it for another week. But why procrastinate? Let's recognize student athletes - and also encourage schools and coaches to not rely on others and keep us informed.
Here we go - and, yes, in alphabetical order:
Bryan Addo, Father Henry Carr. Give this young man some cleats and space and stand back. He's fast. Winner of the 200 metres at the Metro track and field final last year may have been his highlight. He also plays football for the Crusaders football team. Now a senior, he's running with the big boys and won the 100 metres at the Redmond Classic timed in 11.38 seconds.
Stephen Ajayi, Neil McNeil. Some people might remember him as the sprinter who was bounced from the school relay team after he lost track of time and missed the 100 metres at a big event last year. Lesson learned and this year, he's showing this could be a break-out year. First place at the Redmond meet in the junior boys' 100 metres in 11.29 seconds and same in the 200 metres in 22.94.
Tyler Albrecht, St. Michael's. The surname might sound familiar to some sports fans. He's the grandson of former Canadian Football League legend J.I. Albrecht. Tyler also plays football, but this week got the spotlight in lacrosse with 13 goals in three games at the Spring Thaw Invitational in Ottawa. Yes, St. Mike's won and also host the Ontario high school finals in June.
Brittany Crew, Birchmount Park. She's 16 years old, plays two musical instruments, attends the Birchmount Exceptional Athlete Program and excels in soccer. But, it's track and field that caught my attention. At the Redmond track and field meet, she won the junior girls' shot with a heave of 11.34 metres and also placed first in the discus throwing 35.68 metres.
Candace Diptee, Wexford. Things are still very quiet in the Toronto District School Board league with a handful of games played and one of them was a 5-0 win by Wexford over Woburn. Two goals from the foot of this forward. Diptee, based on previous TDSB league games over the years, seems to have her foot on a goal in almost every game.
Derek Higgans, St. Michael's. I remember watching him pancake opposing football players. He's a Toronto Star all-star defensive lineman and going to Queen's University, so you know he has good grades. Yes, off to Kingston to help the Gaels try and win a second straight Vanier Cup. But, it's shot put that's taking up his time now and a heave of 14.01 metres to win the senior boys' event at the SnowBall Relays.
Bosco Lau, Albert Campbell. Only in Grade 9, and he's going to the Ontario high school badminton boys' Singles playoffs. That's because he's the Toronto District School Board champ. After losing his opening game, he won the next seven for the gold medal. Last year in Edmonton, he played in the National Junior Under-14 tournament and lost in the boys’ Singles semifinals.
Bobbi Sheppard, Cardinal Newman. She's played six sports at her Toronto Catholic high school and has been a three-time nominee for athlete of the year. Now, her focus is in rugby and the inside centre (her team is 6-2 over-all) scored three tries in a 46-0 league win over St. Basil and two more in a 25-0 victory over Pope John Paul II. The Knights didn't give up a point in four games.
Divyanthan Thasarathan, Bill Crothers. He's a long jumper and we singled him out almost a year ago for his excellence at the school known for attracting great teenage athletes. No surprise, at the York Region Indoor track and field championships, his distance of 6.18 metres in the long jump was good for first place. Then, in the triple jump, 13.67 metres for another gold medal.
Jordan Tripp, St. Andrew's. He's a running back on the football team and and was a winger on the school hockey team that won the Mid-West Prep League title and private school championship. Now, he's do very well in lacrosse. At a recent yournament, he scored twice in an 11-4 drubbing of Father Leo Austin from Whitby and had four goals in a 12-11 loss to Holy Cross of Peterborough.