Author: Stephen Sweet

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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McGivney volleyball makes Magic

A set, a game, a season. One point can change the course of everything for a volleyball team. For the Father McGivney Magic, playing in the senior girls York Region Athletic Association’s triple-A final, their game-breaker came in the third set. Tied at one win apiece and 18-18 in the penultimate set, three Magic players made outstanding defensive plays to keep the ball off of their floor and get it over the net. It led to a critical point, the third set and ultimately the title, as the Magic knocked off the Unionville Wolves 19-25, 25-20, 25-23, 25-20 at...

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Silver Hawks come up short

This was going to be the year where things were different. The Middlefield Silver Hawks, having run the table in regular-season play, were looking to finally take the York Regional Athletic Association (YRAA) senior boys triple-A basketball title away from the perennial champion Vaughan Voyageurs. When the final buzzer sounded at Vaughan, the Silver Hawks came up two buckets short, falling 60-56 to the Voyageurs. “It hurts, and you can’t believe it,” said Middlefield coach Nigel Escoffery. “We didn’t see it going this way. We can talk about how great this season was, the tournaments we won this year...

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Romano looks to move up in the ranks

Springtime is near, and baseball in the air. For Jordan Romano, things have already begun. The Markham native and Toronto Blue Jays prospect is in Florida, getting his first shot at being at a major-league camp following a great season playing high-A ball with Dunedin. “That was my first full year off of Tommy John surgery, so it was definitely a process, because I’ve never pitched a full year like that before or pitched that many innings,” Romano said. “It was about listening to my body, learning my body more. I didn’t miss any starts, so that was a...

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