Author: Stephen Sweet

Brother Andre still a soccer power

They were so close, it can be agonizing. But there’s no denying it, the St. Brother Andre Cardinals senior girls soccer team is a quality side. For the third straight year, the Cardinals reached the York Region Athletic Association Tier One finals, doing so after running the table in regular-season play. “Basically everyone on our team played rep soccer, so we have a really good selection of players,” said St. Brother Andre’s Jade Vyfhuis. “I think our team is very good on the ball and are just as good as club teams. We could play as a club team...

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Romano wins in triple-A debut

It may have been a brief stay, but it was a memorable debut for Jordan Romano. The Markham native, who leads baseball’s minor leagues in wins, made his triple-A debut for the Buffalo Bisons on May 27, starting the first game of a doubleheader against the Rochester Red Wings. Romano scattered four hits, four walks and struck out three through five innings while giving up just two earned runs to pick up his first-career triple-A victory, an 11-2 romp at Rochester. It was Romano’s ninth win of the season. He was 8-0 with a 2.04 earned-run average pitching for...

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Tam the McGivney maestro

In the Central Soccer League, Ginia Tam provides some offence and attacking flair. But while playing for the Father McGivney Magic, she needs to do a bit of everything. The Glen Shields FC attacking midfielder and sometimes left winger plays a very different role for her Tier 2 senior girls high school soccer team. “Pretty much, the coach just sees you at tryout, and so even though I might play wing or attacking mid outside of school, the coach might think that I’m better in the centre with this group of girls, because it is a team sport, so...

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Thunder rumble through rugby season

High school sports are filled with life lessons. Few of them are as quite on the nose as the ones taught in rugby. For the Thornlea Thunder senior boys team, it’s an exercise in resilience. “I think the hardest thing to get used to about the game of rugby is that people don’t realize how hard it is to get hit and get back up again, and then get hit again and get back up again,” said Thunder coach Nathalie Bendavid. “It really displays the character of the athletes and whether they’re able to do that or not.” As...

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Thunder advance to Clarkson Cup

The Markham Thunder have been on a roll. After finishing the regular season with a seven-game winning streak and and picking up points in 16 consecutive contests, they entered the playoffs with a head of steam. That run continues, as Markham upset the defending champion Les Canadiennes de Montreal in two straight games to advance to the Clarkson Cup. The Thunder took game one on March 16 in overtime, thanks to Jamie-Lee Rattray’s shorthanded marker. In game two on March 17 in Brossard, Montreal would strike first, but Jenna McParland notched the equalizer just 18 seconds later. The game...

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