Back and somewhat refreshed after a two-week hiatus, now seems like the perfect time to catch up on a few items that have slipped through the cracks in my absence.
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First off, it was somewhat surprising -- not in a bad way -- to see St. Benedict guard Zubair Seyed (pictured, above) named MVP of the District 8 senior boys basketball league.
I had somewhat expected to see a player from the five-time champion St. Mary's Eagles get the MVP award but the speedy Seyed got the nod after averaging 21 points per game during the season, including a 30-point effort in a semifinal win over Resurrection.
Jamari Stephenson, Tesloth Simon and Jermaine Lyle of St. Mary's, along with Korbil Gany of Resurrection were named to the first-team all-star unit along with Seyed.
Second-team selections went to Muyang Iluya of Rez, Mason Cummings of St. David, Ryan Stafford of Monsignor Doyle, Justin Malnerich of St. Benedict and Nathan Riley of St. Mary's.
Tyrick Thompson of St. Mary's and Alex Douglas of St. Benedict were honourable mentions.
Jason Jaros and Tyreak Farquharson of St. Mary's were first-team junior all-stars along with Brent Lasovich of St. David, Patrick Martini of Père-René-de-Galinée and Jemu Iluya of Rez.
The second team features Demar Holness of Rez, Matt Kipfer of Rockway, Kanayo Nnadi of St. Mary’s, Jake Polski of St. Benedict and Matt Radocchia of St. David.
Bryan Avila of Monsignor Doyle and Daniel Zeglen of St. Benedict were honourable mentions.
The District 8 all-star teams will play against the District 10 all-stars on Tuesday night at the University of Guelph.
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Resurrection added Cheyenne Omand and Maria Prudencio to the all-star first team. Woodland’s Marika Frank and Michaela Hellinga also made the first unit along with Sierra Dowling of St. David.
The first-teamers are shown here.
Maddy Antwi of Resurrection was named as a second team all-star along with teammates Erika Howitt and Cassy Toschkoff, Megan Dalley of St. David, Maddi Kerr of St. Benedict and Hannah Klassen of Rockway.
Lorena Tasedan, Nicole Laslavic and Jade Nowe of St. Mary’s were first-team junior all-stars along with Rachel Southern and Marley Dowling of St. David, Jenna Banz of St. Benedict and Jade Hickey of Resurrection.
Maya Danis and Monica Zeglan of St. Benedict were second-teamers, along with Makenna Edissi of St. Mary’s, Maya Sokolowski of St. David, Kara Howitt of Resurrection and Liliana Paroski of Père-René-de-Galinée.
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Spring schedules have yet to be finalized for soccer, rugby, slo-pitch, track and field and ultimate but we do have the dates for the WCSSAA badminton championships.
WCSSAA will hold its shuttlecock showdown next Tuesday and Wednesday at RIM Park before concluding on Thursday at Huron Heights.
No word on when D8 will stage its championship although CWOSSA will be held on April 15 and 16 at RIM Park.