By Ned Bekavac
The step from high school sports to the university level is a pretty huge one for most athletes.
If the numbers are any indication, Erica McFadden seems to be handling it all rather well indeed.
McFadden, a graduate of Fergus’s Centre Wellington high school, is the Guelph Gryphons women’s basketball team’s top scorer through five games of this, her rookie OUA season.
The guard, who led her Centre Wellington Falcons to back-to-back District 10 senior titles before she moved on to the U of G, is averaging 13.6 points per game so far this season, tops on the Gryphons. Her 68 points total is a team-high, too.
McFadden, of Alma, Ont., was courted by a whole whack of schools to play ball at the next level – lots of U.S. schools among them – but she chose Guelph. Along with being the team’s top scorer early in the season, she’s also logged the most minutes for the Gryphons, averaging 30.4 a game.
The Gryphons (2-3) host York (1-5) on Friday at 6 p.m.
That game is followed by the Gryphons men’s team (1-4) taking on York (3-3) at 8 p.m.
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Guelph swimmer Grant Harding was recently named The Summit League’s swimming and diving male athlete of the week.
Harding (Guelph CVI) is a swimmer for the Oakland University Golden Grizzlies. The school is in Rochester, Mich.
In recent action against Eastern Michigan, he won both the 50m freestyle event and the 100m free, both in league-best times this season.
The Summit League is an NCAA Division I college athletic conference which operates in the Midwestern United States.
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Shane Hart‘s hockey career has taken him all the way to Alabama.
The former Guelph Storm player – who won the OHL title with the team in 2004 – is these days playing for the Huntsville Havoc in the Southern Professional Hockey League. The Guelph native has six points in 11 games so far this season.
Prior to this season Hart was lined up to be an assistant coach of the Guelph Hurricanes, but he stepped down to give playing another shot.
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A pair of St. James Lions football players are committing to the Wilfrid Laurier University Golden Hawks football program.
The Lions’ Ron Nolan and Ron Kinga are to attend the Waterloo school and suit up for the Hawks.
Laurier recruiting coordinator and coach Dwayne Cameron was to visit St. James on Wednesday to formally acknowledge the intent to sign.
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Guelph football player Nick Anapolsky has been named a First Team All-Canadian.
The Guelph CVI graduate is a wide receiver for the University of Waterloo Warriors.
He played a season with his hometown University of Guelph Gryphons in 2010 when Waterloo was suspended for a steroid scandal.
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While it was a rotten Grey Cup for the Calgary Stampeders, the day was a good one, individually, for their kicker, Rob Maver.
The 25-year-old former Guelph Gryphon kicker had six punts in the game for 252 yards, an average of 46.5 yards a punt.
Toronto Argonaut Noel Prefontaine hit seven punts for 283 yards, an average of 44.6 yards.
Maver, of Brampton, also had the game’s longest punt, a 57-yarder.
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Guelph swimmer Stephanie Papadedes, a rookie with the Guelph Gryphons, has qualified for the CIS championships.
Papadedes (John F. Ross CVI) made CIS qualifying team at a divisional championship event at the University of Guelph.
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The Guelph CVI Green Gaels’ recent CWOSSA junior girls basketball title was just their second ever. The Gaels beat Kitchener C.I. to win the AAA championship in Brantford.
Earlier they topped St. James to win the junior District 10 title, just the school’s third ever.
They did it all with a rather thin roster, too, as the team was made up of just nine players.
For a photo of the champs see the print edition of the Tribune.
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A pair of locals were among those winning Inter-County Baseball Association awards at the group’s recent annual general meeting in Woodstock.
The Guelph Minor Baseball Association’s Steve Toms was named Senior Coach of the Year and John Lannutti earned the President’s Award.