By Ned Bekavac
Not many high-schoolers can say that they’ve pitched against the Toronto Blue Jays.
But Guelph’s Isaac Anesty can.
The 16-year-old hurler is on the Canadian junior baseball team that faced a Toronto Blue Jays split squad Tuesday in Florida.
Anesty, a student at Our Lady of Lourdes high school, is a 6-foot-2 left-handed pitcher.
The Canada team, made up of players born in the years 1996-1998, lost the game 12-2.
Anesty, who plays for the Ontario Blue Jays baseball club, pitched one inning of relief in the game, allowing one hit and three runs, two of them earned.
The Jays split squad included big names such as Jose Bautista, Brett Lawrie and Colby Rasmus. Starting pitcher for the Jays was Brandon Morrow, who went three innings, allowing two runs, one of them earned.
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Last weekend, three Guelph players went for gold at the CIS men’s basketball championship.
One of them, Connor Wood (Bishop Macdonell) struck gold as the powerhouse Carleton Ravens won the national title for the 10th time in the last 12 seasons. Wood, a second-year Raven, won the title with the team last year as well.
This coming weekend, five local players are suiting up for teams at the CIS women’s basketball championship.
Gemma Bullard (John F. Ross CVI), Andrea Priamo (Bishop Macdonell) and Claire Endicott are on the No. 6-seeded Queen’s Gaels while Laura Doyle (Bishop Macdonell) and Bree Chaput (Bishop Macdonell) are on the No. 8-seeded Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks.
The Windsor Lancers, hosts of the eight-team tournament, are the No. 1 seed.
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Speaking of Chaput, she is one of four Laurier athletes in the running for this year’s Outstanding Women of Laurier Award.
The award recognizes a female student who combines athletic and academic achievement, and shows leadership in the development of young athletes.
Also up for the award are Emily Brown (soccer) of Waterloo, Doreen Bonsu (basketball) of Oakville, and Kelsey Tikka (soccer) of Thunder Bay.
The winner will be announced on March 26.
Last month, Chaput was named one of 20 recipients across Canada of the McGraw-Hill Ryerson Scholarship.
The award recognizes student who enhance the learning environment at their college or university through strong academic and person integrity, as well as classroom engagement and initiative.
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Two receivers from Guelph CVI have committed to the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks football program.
Evan Geddis and Jonah Hopkins, who were both District 10 all-stars at the receivers position for the Guelph CVI Green Gaels this past season, are joining the Hawks for the 2014 OUA season.