A few notes and thoughts to pass along on a Wednesday afternoon.
Nathan Laird is the regular-season scoring champion in the WCSSAA boys hockey league.
The Grand River Renegades forward recorded 15 goals and 13 assists to finish seven points ahead of Preston's Nick Mior (10-11) and GRCI teammate Nick Andriotte (8-13).
Matt Walsh (11-9) of Preston and Jordan Hoekstra (9-11) of WCI are next.
Here is a link to the rest of the list.
I had a nice chat with SJAM basketball coach Steve Maloney after Tuesday's win over Eastwood and was somewhat surprised to learn the Highlanders had yet to cross paths with the St. Benedict Saints in tournament or exhibition play.
The two powerhouses won't meet unless they collide at the upcoming CWOSSA tournament, assuming both teams make it.
There was only one minor upset in the WCSSAA boys hockey league quarter-final playoff round Tuesday as SJAM downed Bluevale 4-2, thanks in part to a two-goal performance by Brett Peake. Jack Marlow and Cam Leung also scored for the Highlanders, who earned a date with the Grand River Renegades in the semifinal round. Preston and WCI meet in the other semifinal series.
Four members of the Metro Bowl champion Resurrection Phoenix will continue their football careers this fall at the University of Waterloo.
District 8 MVP Devon Hinsperger, Nick Snider, Paul Mclaughlin and Kurtis Gray have all agreed to suit up for the Warriors next fall.