North Region's finalists shine

Top prospects feted for spirit, leadership

[u]A.Y. Jackson Secondary School[/u]

Jason Appiah-Ampofo
The Jaguars cager had a top-notch year, propelling his team to a four-way tie for first in the North Region. The team’s captain was considered a positive role model by coaches and teachers.

Lily Kao
No birdie was a match for Kao as she took flight on the badminton court, qualifying for OFSAA in mixed doubles. The Jaguar also captained the girls’ field hockey team and played ultimate Frisbee this spring. While she was giving her sporting best, Kao maintained a 92-percent average.

[u]Bayview Glen School[/u]

Chand Shah
Never one to be biased, Shah has been involved in anything sports related at Bayview Glen. But he does tend to appreciate the nuances of basketball, soccer, softball and track and field the most. The 18-year-old has six soccer championships (both indoor and outdoor) as well as a basketball title. He will be attending University of Toronto for economics in the fall.

Katie Shaw
Shaw hits the links, shoots hoops, spikes the Wilson and spins a mean Frisbee. During her lengthy stay at Bayview Glen, the 18-year-old has been athlete of the year seven times. In all her sports she’s accumulated MVP status 16 times. Head of the student council and top notch in the classroom, she will be attending Queen’s University to study commerce.

Christina Rustscheff
A provincially ranked tennis player, Rustscheff also participated in volleyball, basketball, soccer, ultimate Frisbee as well as track and field. She’s won three championships for volleyball and three more for basketball, and kept an excellent academic record in her back pocket. In September she’ll be off to Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina, majoring in biology and pre-Med.

[u]Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts[/u]

The Willowdale school nominated Katie Ross as their top senior female athlete of the year and Michael Foe as their senior male standout performer.

[u]Crescent School[/u]

Taylor MacPhail
The 17-year-old was best in soccer, alpine skiing and rugby for the Bayview and Lawrence area private school. He had great results, finishing seventh at the OFSAA giant slalom. Also acting as sports prefect, he maintained an academic standing of 90 percent.

[u]Crestwood Preparatory School[/u]

Mark Colvin
He may be the MVP of rugby, but don’t dismiss Colvin’s role on the basketball and soccer teams. The 18-year-old vice president of the athletic council always puts his team first, according to coach Phil Santomero.

Emma Minden
The magic number for Minden is five. Basketball, volleyball, soccer, ultimate Frisbee and badminton were her points to athletic prowess. MVP of her soccer and volleyball squads, she was also an MVP in the classroom, making the honour roll and getting elected president of the athletic council.

[u]Don Mills CI[/u]

Ian Hodge
Making his presence felt on the rugby 7s and 15s troupes as well as contributing to the swim and basketball teams, Hodge has been a true sportsman for the Bruins. Coach Dan Kunanec noted, “While extremely involved in rugby 15s and 7s, his foray into swimming and his overall support for his fellow athletes exemplify the team player that he is”.

Joanna Niles
When it came to playing hard, this 17-year-old rugby 7s player rucked and rolled. She was also captain of the flag football team and a member of the volleyball squad. Though there’s no horseplay at high school, Niles is a nationally ranked dressage and western competitor. When she’s not hitting the books the student council rep is researching plays for the rugby team.

[u]Earl Haig Secondary School[/u]

Kyle Docherty
Starting power for the boys’ volleyball team, Docherty didn’t stop there. He was captain of the hockey squad, ranked seventh in the city in golf and was the baseball team’s MVP. Coach Daniel McFadden said, “He is the player you want on ice, in the batter’s box, on the court or at the putting green when the game is on the line”.

Sitan Zhang
She was a dynamic force on the cross-country and track and field teams. No stranger to the OFSAA circuit Zhang qualified in 2009 for cross and 2010 for track. The 17-year-old was also a perennial honour roll student, nailing 90 percent in all four of her years at Earl Haig.

[u]École secondaire Étienne-Brûlé[/u]

Peter Luyeye
It’s not every day you come across a ping pong team at the high school level, but Luyeye definitely dominated the sport along with volleyball and soccer. It was a big change from winning the TDCAA B championship and Franco Ontarian Tournament with Étienne-Brûlé’s basketball team. But with no senior team, coach Marc Daneault observed of the 17-year-old, “Instead of complaining, Peter just looked at what other teams he could join”.

[u]George S. Henry Academy[/u]

Beata Dye
A very talented athlete, Dye put in four hard years on the basketball, volleyball and track teams. She also played tennis for three and rounded out her schedule with soccer in grade 12. Chipping in behind the scenes as well, the 18-year-old was the Athletic Council president and a straight-A student.

Ryan Sullivan
Sullivan played on the basketball, baseball and volleyball teams all four years as a Lion. In the past, he’s also played on the hockey team and helped coach the girls’ softball squad. He’s had staying power on the honour roll too, being there all four years.


Bobby Thompson
Whether on the pitch, field or mat, Thompson was a dynamic force in sports. The 17-year-old was MVP of the football and wrestling teams, won a leadership award for rugby and finished fifth at OFSAA with his grappling skills.

Rebecca Mayers
Mayers is skilled in cross-country, rugby, wrestling and track. City wrestling champ in 2009 and 2010, she ranked second at OFSAA in 2010, but withdrew due to a dislocated elbow. But no small injury was going to stop her, so she joined the track and field team, qualifying for the city championships.

[u]Senator O’Connor CSS[/u]

Jacob Rumball
If there’s a rough-and-tumble game, Rumball will be there. He was a member of the football, hockey and rugby squads, where he earned two TDCAA silver medals. Coach Lorraine Kelly said he is “a very athletic and versatile player who has dedicated countless hours to the athletic program at O’Connor.”

Kristin Vidi
A two-time rugby MVP, Vidi has been given the Leadership in Athletics Award and has also contributed to the fabric of the O’Connor sports world. Considered a very determined athlete, she’s not afraid to also be a positive role model both on and off the field.

[u]St. Joseph’s Morrow Park CSS[/u]

Jacqueline Ross
An 18-year-old dynamo, Ross put in time on the basketball, volleyball, curling, soccer and tennis teams. She dug up volleyball MVP titles four times and fought hard to make OFSAA in tennis. Administratively, she was an athletic minister, member of the student council and the athletic committee.

Michelle Uniana
Softball and field hockey MVP, Uniana also competed in volleyball, swimming and badminton. Coach Jane Hudson-Fraser noted Uniana had “outstanding sportsmanship and attitude throughout the past four years.”

Melissa Viado
Hoopster MVP for three years with a second-place finish at the Michael Paver tournament, Viado knows as much about sports as there are bevels on a basketball. Not one to stop at hoops, she also played on the volleyball, soccer and badminton teams. She even took time out to help coach the junior volleyball team and volunteer for the athletic ministry for three years.

[u]Toronto French School[/u]

Marc McGuire
Although only in grade 10, McGuire proved his prowess for junior soccer and basketball, and stepped up his level of competition in senior track and field. Maintaining an 85-percent average, the 16-year-old qualified for OFSAA in high jump, was an active member of the athletic council, wrote for the school paper and was a model UN member.

Robyn Pearson
If there was a girls’ sports team, Pearson was on it. Taking part in basketball, volleyball, soccer, ultimate Frisbee within the school, she also coached EABA boys’ development basketball and played on the Triple Threat Basketball Club. She also won two CISAA titles with the junior girls volleyball team and senior girls soccer team.

[u]Victoria Park CI[/u]

Prasana Devanand
A three-time volleyball and two-time baseball MVP for the Panthers, Devanand has been a key player in the sports lineup, especially as Athletic Council treasurer. He will be attending Wilfrid Laurier in the fall.

Charlene Leung
A leader both on and off the field, Leung lent her talents to the soccer and volleyball teams. A two-time leadership award winner and co-president of the Athletic Council, she will be attending Queen’s in September 2010.

[u]York Mills CI[/u]

Hugh Bousfield
Soccer, soccer and more soccer, that’s what Bousfield lives for. But don’t forget his consistent excellence in cross-country, track and field and ultimate Frisbee, as the MVP has evolved from an individual athlete to a team player in the four years he’s been a Titan.

Jane Tang
A golfer and volleyball aficionado, Tang made an appearance at OFSAA for varsity girls golf. With an academic standing of 90 percent, she was accepted to the University of Waterloo’s kinesiology program. When she’s not in school she’s teaching beginners how to golf at the York Mills Golf Clinic — an initiative she created herself.

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By: Brian Baker
Posted: Jul 8 2010 10:22 am
Filed in: Sports
Edition: Toronto