There are no excuses for the Leaside Lancers this football season.
At Cosburn Middle School every Saturday, more than a dozen volunteer coaches teach basketball to kids from grades 1 through 10.
But more than just giving kids the opportunity to develop skills, the East York Basketball Club serves as a way to bring the community closer together.
Jordan and Jaimie McDonell attend East York Collegiate, the same school as both of their parents. Active participation must be hereditary because the girls have followed in the paths of their mom and dad, getting into sports in a big way.
Leaside quarterback Michael Gallagher threw two touchdowns and ran for another as the Lancers cruised to a 43-7 victory over the Lawrence Park Panthers in the Tier I South Region semi-final on Friday. Receivers Abhina Archarya and Robert Miles each had touchdown receptions and running back Michael Williams added two rushing majors, capitalizing on a balanced offence.
East York Collegiate’s junior girls’ basketball team is midway through its season, continuing a streak of success. After a perfect record and city championship last year, they have yet to lose this season.
East York Collegiate’s senior football team was defeated by the Lawrence Park Panthers by the remarkable score of 1-0. The game’s only point came moments into the fourth quarter after a missed 20-yard field-goals attempt by the Panthers that East York was not able to run out of the end zone.
For the second straight year, the Leaside Lancers stole the show at East York Collegiate’s annual Friday Night Lights game.
Just six years ago, Chris Tanev was entering grade 10 and it appeared his dreams of playing in the NHL were over.
On Oct. 3, East York Collegiate played host to an alumni event which brought together former football players from the school for a three-day weekend festivity.
The Northern Knights handed the Goliaths their fourth straight loss, taking them out in two sets.