Here we go again with the Monday shout-out to some of the week's top performers. Thanks to those who took time to nominate a student-athete.
Nik Paradis, WCI: The Grade 9 striker scored twice on Thursday to lead the Vikings to a 3-0 win over SJAM in the WCSSAA junior boys soccer final. It was WCI’s first junior title since 1981 and Paradis chipped in by scoring 10 goals on the season. The Vikings and Highlanders will compete at the CWOSSA championship in Fergus later this week.
Kelly Burns, Sir John A. Macdonald: The Grade 10 goalkeeper was outstanding in leading the Highlanders to victory in the CWOSAA field hockey championship. She recorded four shutouts leading up to the championship game with Resurrection and then stopped four of five penalty flicks as SJAM won the title. Burns, who plays defence with the Cambridge Fury ice hockey team, had never been involved in a penalty-flick situation before that.
Kellee Snider, Resurrection: The Grade 10 goalkeeper was also great at CWOSSA, recording four shutouts before facing SJAM in the gold-medal game. Snider had not conceded a single goal during the District 8 season until St. David got one past her in the championship game.
Emma Leger, St. David: The Grade 11 student showed great class as the Celtics field hockey team lost the D8 title to Resurrection and then dropped three straight games at CWOSSA. She scored the only goal that Rez had surrendered during the D8 season and was given a sportsmanship award at CWOSSA. She also plays softball and ice hockey at St. David and is a member of the Waterloo K-W Rangers of the Provincial Women's Hockey League.
Ben Flanagan, St. Mary's: The Grade 11 student won the senior boys 7.2k race in 21:58 to finish seven seconds ahead of Logan Chappell of Saugeen at the CWOSSA cross-country championship in Brantford. It was only Flanagan’s second competitive race this season as the Laurel Creek Track and Field Club member has been battling a sacroiliac joint issue that has caused pain in the area near the bottom of his back. He will compete at OFSAA this Saturday in Ottawa.
Kevin Connell. KCI: The versatile Grade 12 didn't leave the field on Friday as he led the Raiders to a 37-7 win over the St. David Celtics in WCSSAA senior boys football league action. A slotback and corner who does all the kicking and punting at KCI, he caught caught two touchdowns, and scored a rouge off the opening kickoff, adding up to a 19-point day. He's an excellent student, great leader and willing to do anything to help his team win.
Jeff Mayhew, Southwood: The Grade 12 receiver caught several deep passes, including a touchdown reception that put the game out of reach, as the Sabres continued their solid play in the WCSSAA senior boys football league with a 24-7 win over Cameron Heights. His strong play this season has earned him the nickname "Moneyhands."
Krista Wiens, Elmira: The talented Grade 11 guard is the Lancers' leading scorer and turned in two strong performances last week despite battling the flu bug. She played less than 12 minutes against Hurron Heights and was the game's high scorer with 14 points. Two days later, she tallied 29 points in a 54-39 win over Grand River. A three-sport athlete who also plays volleyball and soccer, she was Elmira's junior athlete of the year last year.
Mike Lynch, Sir John A. Macdonald: The Grade 10 quarterback and team captain rushed for two touchdowns and 125 yards in a 34-7 win over Glenview Park as the Highlanders improved to 5-1 in the WCSSAA junior boys football league. He's averaging 221 yards per game rushing and has 15 TDs in six games. He rushed for 333 yards in a 15-14 win over WCI two weeks again and has had four games of 200-plus yards.
Joe Sheridan, Alec Elliot, Ravi Patel, Declan Outhit, Cameron Heights: The four runners combined to give the Gaels a first-place finish in the junior boys team competition at the CWOSSA cross-country championship, edging the Preston Panthers at Brantford's Northridge Golf Course. Competing in a field of 144 other runners from the region, Sheridan finished 10th, Elliot was 12th, Patel was 17th and Outhit was 22nd.