Our top athletes from Central Division schools

The Bishop Strachan School

Victoria Pilon: Having attended BSS since grade 5, this 17-year-old was a star for the volleyball and spring and fall soccer teams. Pilon earned MVP honours in both sports, leading the volleyball team to a CISAA title and a trip to the OFSAA provincials this past season. The grade 12 student was also head of the school’s wellness committee. Coaches describe Pilon as a talented athlete who works exceptionally hard and is well respected by her teammates.

Branksome Hall

Jessie Denison: This talented athlete was a standout for Branksome’s soccer, hockey, rugby, softball and track and field teams. Denison was a five-time MVP for soccer, three-time MVP for softball and earned MVP honours once for both rugby and track. In addition to her athletic accomplishments, this 17-year-old travelled to Costa Rica last summer to participate in an environmental community service project with Canada World Youth. Denison is described as an excellent mentor and role model who does much to encourage the development of younger students.

Central Technical School

Justin Cappiccotti: He may have served as captain for both the Blues’ football and rugby teams, but this 18-year-old also had great success on the wrestling mat. Cappiccotti won a wrestling city title earlier this year, placed in the top 12 at the provincial tournament and was awarded the OFSAA sportsmanship award. Cappiccotti is described as a great leader, a dedicated athlete and a good student.

Theresa D’Cunha: This multi-sport athlete played three seasons on the field hockey team, serving as captain in 2005 and 2006 and earning MVP honours from 2005 to 2007. D’Cunha also starred on the Ultimate Frisbee team for two years, the wrestling squad for four seasons and the rugby team in grade 12. The 17-year-old was also the manager for the boys hockey team this season and was awarded the student achievement award in history. D’Cunha is described as a dedicated and spirited student athlete.

Forest Hill Collegiate Institute

Brandon Bernick: This 17-year-old was a starter for the Falcons’ senior basketball and baseball teams this past season. Bernick led the baseball team to the Tier 2 South Region title one year after finishing second. He was also part of a basketball team that won silver in the Tier 2 South Region earlier this year. Bernick, co-president of the athletic council, is described as showing strong, quiet leadership and having intense passion and commitment.

Beth Caplan-Matlow: This grade 11 student was part of the field hockey, volleyball, soccer and co-ed volleyball teams. Caplan-Matlow was a leader for every team, exhibiting strong work ethic and talent. Coaches describe the 17-year-old as tremendously dedicated and having a positive attitude that motivated her teammates on and off the field.

Harbord Collegiate Institute

Paige Schultz: She is only 16, but Schultz is one of Canada’s top young swimmers. The grade 10 student led Harbord’s swim team to the OFSAA open title, the first provincial title in any sport in the school’s history. Schultz captured two gold and one silver at OFSAA, in addition to winning three gold that led the Tigers to a Toronto district crown. She also competes as part of the Canadian national youth team, travelling to Australia in January as well as around North America.

Jarvis Collegiate Institute

Joseph Munn: This 18-year-old was a leader and top performer for the Bulldogs’ volleyball, basketball and co-ed volleyball teams throughout his high school career. Munn was named co-ed volleyball MVP this season, while serving as captain for the senior volleyball and basketball teams. An honour roll student throughout his four years at Jarvis, Munn is a two-time athlete of the year recipient, winning it this year and in grade 10. Coaches describe the grade 12 student as an excellent role model who is admired by his peers.

Heather Sinclair: A recipient of the physical education award in grades 9 and 10, this 18-year-old starred for the cross-country, swim, soccer and track and field teams. Sinclair earned MVP honours in cross-country and in the pool, where she won a city bronze in the 100-metre breaststroke this year. She also qualified for the OFSAA swim championships in grades 9?11. Sinclair served as president of the girls athletic council in 2005-06 and is described as having a positive outlook that rubs off on her peers.

Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute

Russell Gray: This Panther was part of the school’s rugby and hockey teams, earning MVP honours in both sports this season. Gray received the Roy Graham Award for his excellence in rugby and the Colin Hood Spirit Award in addition to being named Lawrence Park’s male senior athlete of the year. The future Queen’s University student and outgoing student council vice president was also named junior athlete of the year two years ago.

Kelly Cathcart: In her four years at Lawrence Park, Cathcart was part of the rugby and ski teams, and served as player/coach for the field hockey squad. Cathcart had great success as a level two skier, winning the city title and OFSAA bronze in 2007, and two OFSAA silvers in 2006. This recipient of the Colin Hood Spirit Award was also president of the music council and was part of several other school committees. Cathcart is heading to Queen’s University in the fall.

Leaside High School

Jack Malone: This graduating student was an integral part of the Lancers’ baseball and hockey teams, leading both squads to regional and city success. Malone was the pitching stud of a Leaside baseball team that won the South Region championship in May, one year after winning a city title. On the ice, Malone was a top-six forward, helping the Lancers win a South Title and finish as city finalists.

Rachel Hoday: This grade 11 student is a stalwart on the tennis court, leading Leaside to a girls city championship. Hoday was also part of the senior volleyball team last season and is sure to be a key part of both teams next year.

Loretto College

Diana Viveiros: This grade 11 student was part of Loretto’s soccer, basketball, cross-country, track and field, badminton and volleyball teams. She earned MVP honours for soccer and basketball.

April Wali: Named softball MVP, Wali also starred with Loretto’s cross-country, basketball, badminton and volleyball squads.

Marshall McLuhan Catholic Secondary School

Lillian Goncalves: This 18-year-old is a multi-sport athlete, as she was part of the badminton, Ultimate Frisbee, track and field, volleyball, basketball and soccer teams. Goncalves, named junior athlete of the year in 2005, is also an accomplished javelin competitor. She won the TDCAA title in 2005 and 2006, placed first in the 2006 Metro meet and second in the same event a year later. The grade 12 student is also strong in the classroom and is described as a team player, hard worker, talented and coachable.

North Toronto Collegiate Institute

Matt Carew: This golf star not only excelled on the fairway, but as a leader for the Norsemen’s baseball, basketball and soccer teams as well. Carew was crowned individual regional golf champion in 2005 and earned MVP honours in soccer and baseball in 2007. The 18-year-old maintained an 85 percent honour roll average and is described as having effective leadership skills, keen competitor and very hard working.

Pao Ming Lee: This 18-year-old is a force in the pool, winning an OFSAA provincial medal and earning MVP honours for four consecutive years. Lee claimed two OFSAA silver medals in March, in addition to being crowned freestyle relay regional and city champions. The honour roll student also played volleyball, basketball, Ultimate Frisbee, track and field and badminton in her time at North Toronto. Lee is described as having strong commitment and reliability, and is very coachable.

Northern Secondary School

Michael Farine: This 17-year-old was a stalwart on four Red Knight teams: senior football, senior basketball, baseball and track and field. Farine led the basketball team to a AAAA city crown and OFSAA berth in 2006, and was a South Region finalist in football the past two seasons. The grade 12 student also represented Northern at the 2007 city track meet and manned left field for the baseball team in the 2006 city championship. Farine is described as having a strong work ethic, great dedication and is an athlete who leads by example.

Oakwood Collegiate Institute

Mark Boughton: This 17-year-old was bold enough to cross the gender line and participate with Oakwood’s synchronized swimming team this year, a squad that won a regional bronze medal. Boughton was also a strong swimmer, qualifying for OFSAA every year, and last year won a regional gold in boys tennis. In addition to athletics, Boughton was an honour roll student who performed in the drama and dance programs. Coaches describe him as one of Oakwood’s most well-rounded student athletes.

Julia and Sarah Endicott: The twin 18-year-old sisters were stalwarts for the Lady Barons’ Tier 1 hockey team. Away from school hockey, this past season the Endicotts donned the jersey of Etobicoke Dolphins, one of 17 teams in the Provincial Women’s Hockey League.

St. Clement’s School

Zahra Jamani: This 18-year-old is an accomplished squash and soccer player outside of school, while serving as captain for St. Clement’s senior basketball and volleyball. Jamani, who also played on the school tennis team, is an honours student who has been accepted to many universities across Ontario and the U.S. She is described as a hard working and dedicated student athlete.

Alicia Martin: This graduating student played hockey and soccer both in and outside of school, in addition to being part of St. Clement’s softball team. Martin served as captain of the soccer and hockey teams, leading the latter squad to a Tier 2 CISAA title in March. Despite serious recruitment from American schools, the 18-year-old accepted an academic scholarship from Laurier University, where she will play for the women’s hockey team.

St. Michael’s College School

Andrew Aguanno: This 17-year-old was a track and cross-country star for the Kerry Blues this past year, winning five CISAA gold medals and one OFSAA silver medal in the senior boys steeplechase. Aguanno placed first in the CISAA cross-country meet last fall and followed with top spot in the 1500-metre, 3000-metre, steeplechase and 4×100-metre relay races in the CISAA track championships this spring. St. Mike’s coaches describe Aguanno as one of the best distance runners in the province.

University of Toronto Schools

Lyndon Shopsowitz: This grade 12 student was a multi-sport athlete in his four years at UTS, playing for the hockey, volleyball and rugby teams. Coaches describe Shopsowitz, 17, as a strong leader and a star for all three teams.

Maria Cusimano: This 18-year-old suited up for the basketball, volleyball and wrestling teams, but was a giant star for the varsity soccer team. Cusimano served as captain on the pitch, leading UTS to an A city championship title and a second consecutive trip to OFSAA in early June. Described as an excellent leader, Cusimano is also captain for a Vaughan team ranked in the top five across the province.

Upper Canada College

Peter Gordon: This 18-year-old was captain of the varsity soccer and hockey teams in addition to suiting up for the varsity rugby squad. Gordon was named best defenceman for hockey and earned MVP honours in soccer for leading a team to Canadian and Ontario independent schools championships. The head of a house at UCC is described as an outstanding athlete who leads by example through a solid work ethic, integrity and sense of responsibility.

Vaughan Road Academy

Novin Saraci: This 18-year-old was part of the Vipers’ senior volleyball and soccer teams in 2006-07. The grade 11 student, who was Vaughan Road’s soccer MVP in 2005, was also active in school intramurals, playing soccer, volleyball, ball hockey, football and ping pong. Coaches describe the vice-president of the boys athletic association as a good athlete with strong leadership skills.

Ina Carcani: This grade 11 student was a standout for the Vipers’ senior volleyball, soccer and softball teams. Carcani earned MVP honours for soccer and led both the volleyball and soccer teams to the AA city championship final. The 17-year-old was also active in intramural sports, serving as president of the girls athletic association while playing volleyball, soccer, hockey and flag football. According to coaches, Carcani exhibits great leadership skills, supports all her teammates and is an outstanding athlete.

The York School

Graeme Capelle: This three-sport star was named MVP for the senior volleyball, basketball and Ultimate Frisbee teams. Capelle led all three squads to the final four in CISAA competition.

Elisabeth Hass: The 18-year-old is a repeat female athlete of the year recipient, as she starred with the senior basketball, senior volleyball and equestrian riding teams. Hass won an equestrian gold at a competition for Canadian Independent Schools in British Columbia earlier this year, in addition to being named basketball MVP.

Other nominees

Central Commerce Collegiate Institute: Jamal Paisley and Deidre Roop

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Posted: Aug 10 2007 3:30 am
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Edition: Toronto