Mathew McCarthy, Record staff
James Carr-Pries of Rockway.
Here are some of last week's top performers in WCSSAA, District 8 and CWOSSA play.
James Carr-Pries, Rockway: The Grade 12 setter turned in a solid two-way performance as the Flames clinched first place in the District 8 senior boys volleyball league with a 3-1 win over St. David. The Rockway captain plays club volleyball for the Waterloo Tigers and has represented his school in badminton. He was a D8 second-team all-star last season as the Flames won league and CWOSSA championships.
Xavier Pineda, Jacob Hespeler: The Grade 12 running back (photo by David Bebee, Record staff) scored three rushing touchdowns to lead the Hawks to 51-9 over the Waterloo Vikings in WCSSAA senior football league play. The versatile speedster rarely leaves the field as he also plays cornerback and special teams for a Jacob Hespeler team that is going for the school’s fifth consecutive WCSSAA title. He plays for the Cambridge Lions outside of school and soccer at Jacob Hespeler.
Marcus Kemp, St. Mary’s: The Grade 12 student won the senior boys 6,000-metre race at the CWOSSA track and field championship in 20:07.7 to finish ahead of WCI’s Scott Arndt and Corbett Kator of Grand River. The District 8 champion is a member of the Speed River Track and Field Club and represented Canada this past summer at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Bahamas, where he finished seventh in the 1,500m race.
Meagan Desormeau, Bluevale: The Grade 9 goaltender was outstanding as the Knights captured the CWOSSA field hockey championship with a 1-0 win over the Southwood Sabres. Earlier, in a semifinal win, she held Resurrection to just one penalty flick goal in five attempts as the Knights won 3-1 after the teams played to a scoreless tie in regulation and extra time. Outside of school, she plays for the Toronto-based Goa Reds and played ice hockey last winter for the Woolwich Wild bantam BB team.
Brookie Ritchie, Southwood: The Grade 12 forward (left, photo by Peter Lee) scored a pair of goals as the Sabres downed Guelph’s John. F Royals 3-2 at the CWOSSA field hockey championship and punched their ticket to this week’s OFSAA championship in Burlington. She is a hockey player as well with the Cambridge Roadrunners midget AA team and has been on two Southwood teams that advanced to OFSAA hockey championships.
Colin Conant, St. David: The Grade 12 student is making his second appearance of the season but it’s hard to ignore a three-tocudhdown performance that includes a rushing score, receiving score and defensive score. That’s exactly what he pulled off last week in a 27-14 win over St. Mary’s in District 8 senior football league. Conant, who plays soccer outside of school, has been one of his team’s top performers as the Celtics clinched a first-round playoff bye and will take on either St. Benedict or Resurrection in the D8 final.
Jenna Crawford, Grand River: The Grade 12 power forward/defensive stopper scored 16 points in a 44-32 win over Galt and 10 in a 45-31 win over Preston as the Renegades improved to 7-4 in WCSSAA senior girls basketball league play. Her first sport is actually soccer and she has helped the Renegades win WCSSAA and CWOSSA championships and a bronze medal at OFSAA. Outside of school, she has played for the Kitchener Spirit and now plays with the Guelph U18 Gryphons. She is being recruited for both sports.
Jeremy Wydryk, Glenview Park: The Grade 10 fullback rushed for three touchdowns on inside runs as the Panthers downed Elmira 32-14 in WCSSAA junior football league play to finish the regular season with a 5-0 record. As a Grade 9 student, he played basketball, competed in shot put, discus, long jump and triple jump for the Glenview Park track and field team and he also played for the school’s volleyball team that won a CWOSSA championship.