The best of the rest in East Region

[u]Danforth Collegiate and Technical Institute[/u]

Samantha Pickett
When the basketball, volleyball, hockey, soccer, lacrosse, swimming or flag football teams need that added boost, Pickett is there. The 18-year-old is a well-rounded athlete who puts in as much effort in the classroom as on the field.

Michael Furac
The Red Hawks most improved tennis player for 2010 and the top skater on the hockey team, Furac also competed in soccer and baseball. Not detoured by a busy schedule, he also helped coach the senior girls soccer team and he is a Don Mills Civitan instructor.

[u]Eastern Commerce CI[/u]

Brandon Sam-Hinton
The Saints standout guard on the basketball court, Sam-Hinton led his team to OFSAA after a stunning 64-61 victory over Oakwood Barons in the boys AAAA city finals.

Vaneil Simpson
Donning number 24 for the girls’ basketball team, Simpson soared when given the opportunity to hit the court for coach Barry Benjamin. A very adaptive player, Simpson learned Eastern Commerce’s playbook fast after arriving from Riverdale. She’s also been known to sing a few tunes with choirs.

[u]East York CI[/u]

Jordan Ball


Ball’s fantastic four: football, hockey, lacrosse and baseball. The 19-year-old also contributed to the East York Athletic Association, and was awarded the John Papas Memorial Award for overcoming adversity after his older brother died during the season. Ball will be attending McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont. for social sciences and football.

Nicole Hebert


Captain of the Athenas field hockey, soccer and hockey teams, the star performer has had a lengthy list of MVP accolades throughout her high school career. Always encouraging her teams to do their best, Hebert was honoured with the Hager Hull Miller Scholarship to go towards her post-secondary endeavours.

[u]Malvern CI[/u]

Matt Spanger
A key player for the Black Knights hockey and football teams, Spanger exhibited great leadership both on and off the field.

Stephanie Hyde
An ace pitcher for the girls’ softball team and a talented hockey player, Hyde led her fellow ice denizens to a 5-1-1 record on the season.

[u]Metropolitan Preparatory Academy[/u]

The Predators picks for 2010’s top athletes are Brian Horvath, who contributed to the flag football and ultimate Frisbee teams, and Jahmar Thompson, who gave an outstanding performance on the school’s basketball team.

[u]St. Patrick Catholic Secondary School[/u]

Tanner Ford
Ford is a busy man. Hockey (both ball and ice), soccer, basketball and volleyball are on his resumé. His coaches regard him as “highly motivated to succeed” and say he “has an enormous amount of school spirit”.

Ashleigh Angeles
An 18-year-old phenom on the basketball and volleyball courts, Angeles pulled in Athlete of the Year honours both in 2009 and 2010. She was also MVP for the senior girls basketball team.

Brandon Hutley
On both the ball and ice hockey teams as well as the soccer crews, Hutley exhibits great athleticism and has been described by coach Sal Mannella as being “prepared to do what it takes to make our school a more positive place to be”.

[u]Neil McNeil Catholic Secondary School[/u]

Tim Flynn
The top athlete of the year from Neil McNeil, Flynn was top notch on his volleyball and soccer teams.

[u]Riverdale CI[/u]

Colin Bell
Master spiker for the volleyball team, hockey player, ultimate Frisbee member and avid swimmer, Bell has certainly done it all while at Riverdale. He’s even presided over the Boys’ Athletic Association and maintained a strong academic standing with an 82-percent average.

Nicki Forster
Raiding the opponents as a member of the girls and co-ed volleyball teams, field hockey, soccer as well as track and field rosters, Forster was standout performer for Riverdale. She co-coordinated the school-wide, weeklong “Five Alive” program to promote girls’ health. She’s an honour roll student with an 88.5-percent average and has been a peer buddy to grade 9 students at the school.


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By: Brian Baker
Posted: Jul 19 2010 12:48 pm
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