Author: Stephen Sweet

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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Knights slay once, fall twice at OFSAA

As the York Region Athletics Association double-A qualifier, the Milliken Mills Knights went out swinging. The local squad received a tough draw in the boys basketball OFSAA competition at Pembroke, getting the 16th seed. In their opening matchup against sixth-ranked Corpus Christi, the Knights led 31-28 at the half. A rough third quarter put them in a hole they couldn’t dig out of. The Knights were edged 60-58, despite a game-high 27 points from Feng Liu. That defeat meant the Knights had to beat 17th-seeded Francis Libermann in order to stay in the championship bracket. A consistent effort through...

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Thunder takes hoops title

It looked like the perfect finish for Nizam Alkins. In a moment, though, it nearly disappeared. Coach Alkins and his Thornlea Thunder blew a 23-point lead in the senior boys basketball York Region Athletic Association ‘AA’ finals with just a minute to go, but recovered thanks to a couple of late baskets by Jordan Carty. The Thunder knocked off one of Alkins’ former squads, the Milliken Mills Knights, by a 68-66 score, while playing at Vaughan Secondary School, which was the other York Region building where the coach had worked during his 23 years. “If I had the energy...

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