Author: Stephen Sweet

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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Cardinals connect for curling crown

It took five tries for Sarah Wallace, but she finally got it. As skip for the St. Brother Andre Cardinals Tier 1 girls curling squad, she was determined to win a York Region Athletic Association (YRAA) championship. This season, it came to fruition at last. “It feels really good, because I’ve never won a YRAA,” Wallace said. “It’s the fifth one I’ve been in, but the first one I’ve won and to do it with my team feels fantastic.” Wallace and her rink, consisting of her sister Claire, second Ayesha Basu and co-leads Melissa Lamanna and Jessica Issa, took...

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Markham’s Rathan-Mayes signs with NBA Grizzlies

Xavier Rathan-Mayes is officially an NBA player. The Markham-born guard signed a 10-day contract with the Memphis Grizzlies on March 5, helping the basketball club fill a need at both the one and two. Rathan-Mayes wasted no time getting into the rotation, making his NBA regular-season debut later than night against the San Antonio Spurs, where he put up eight points, five assists and two rebounds in 26 minutes of action. The former CIA Bounce and Florida State Seminole (and son of former Florida State University (FSU) star and NBA player Tharon Mayes) had been playing this season with...

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