A tip of the hat goes out to these performers who turned in strong performances last week. With WCSSAA sports on a hiatus until 2013, the weekly list will be limited to District 8 performers until that time.
Jamal Murray, Grand River: The Grade 10 guard led the Renegades in scoring in back-to-back wins during the opening week of play in the WCSSAA senior boys basketball league. He posted 28 points in a 70-61 win over Huron Heights, two days after scoring 20 in a 60-43 win over Preston. At six-foot-three, he passes like a point guard, shoots effortlessly from the three-point line and rebounds like a forward. He is also an excellent defender.
Javon Bryce, Jacob Hespeler: The Grade 12 forward led his team in scoring twice as the Hawks split a pair of games in WCSSAA senior boys basketball league play. He had 26 in a 62-45 win over Forest Heights and also had 24 in a 61-56 loss to Eastwood.
Jake Winter, St. David: The Grade 12 guard led his team with 18 points as the Celtics shocked the previously undefeated Resurrection Phoenix 48-47 in District 8 senior boys basketball action. He was also St. David’s top scorer two days earlier, putting up 12 points in a 63-47 win over Monsignor Doyle.
Drake Smith, Huron Heights: The Grade 12 forward set a team record by scoring three goals and adding four assists in the Huskies’ 8-3 win over Cameron Heights in WCSSAA boys hockey league play. He also plays soccer at Huron Heights and is the younger brother of Huron Heights graduate Dhane Smith, who will play for the Buffalo Bandits of the National Lacrosse League in January.
Jessica Staats, Southwood: The fifth-year forward had a pair of hat tricks as th Sabres recorded a win and a tie in WCSSAA girls hockey league play. She had three in a 7-1 win over Cameron Heights and did the same against Resurrection in a 3-3 tie. She also plays for the Cambridge Rivulettes of the Provincial Women’s Hockey League and has enjoyed success as a soccer player at Southwood.