We’ll call them a Super Seven this week for these players who turned in big efforts as the WCSSAA and District 8 fall leagues come to a conclusion.
Sarah Schulz, Resurrection: The Grade 12 guard scored 31 points in a semifinal win over Woodland and then 19 against St. Mary’s as the Phoenix won their second consecutive District 8 senior girls basketball title. Schulz, who plays rep ball with KW Lightning of the Junior Elite League, broke the 30-point barrie four times with the Phoenix this season and scored 20 or more on three occasions.
Tess Pettigrew, Waterloo-Oxford: The Grade 12 player stepped up with outstanding two-way performance as the Crusaders defeated the Waterloo Vikings and advanced to the WCSSAA senior girls basketball league final against Jacob Hespeler. With the Vikings paying close attention to Crusaders’ all-star guard Maddy Horst, Pettigrew stepped up with a 16-point performance in a 45-37 victory.
Courtney and Candice Wright, Jacob Hespeler: The Grade 11 twins helped the Hawks earn a spot in the WCSSAA senior girls basketball final with strong performances in quarter-final and semifinal victories. Courtney led the Hawks in scoring both games as she collected 15 in a 41-31 win over Grand River and 21 against Cameron Heights. Candice chipped in with 10- and 18-point efforts. The sisters play for KW Lightning and have verbally committed to play at the University of Vermont in the fall of 2014.
Zach Newman, Forest Heights: The fifth-year player is widely regarded as the best player in the WCSSAA senior boys volleyball league and led the Trojans to an appearance in Tuesday’s championship final against Jacob Hespeler with back-to-back standout games against SJAM and Cameron Heights. He was also a key player on the KW Predators 18-and-under team that won bronze at the Ontario Volleyball Association championship in May.
Wyatt Hogan-Crawford, Jacob Hespeler: The fifth-year linebacker had one big hit after another as the Hawks advanced to their third consecutive WCSSAA senior boys football final with a 17-7 win over the Elmira Lancers. Hogan-Crawford, who has played for the Cambridge Lions of the Ontario Varsity Football League, will hope for a similar performance on Thursday when the Hawks face the Resurrection Phoenix at University Stadium.
Marcus Joseph, Resurrection: The Grade 12 receiver scored a pair of long touchdowns as the Phoenix advanced to the WCSSAA senior boys football final with a 51-21 win over Sir John A. Macdonald. Joseph, who played for the Twin Cities Predators of the Ontario Football Conference, had a 65-yard TD run on the second play of the game and then scored on a 72-yard completion-and-run.