Catholic board names top November athletes
Zachary Kuhn, a Grade 12 student at St. Theresa’s in Midland, was named the top male atlete for November by Catholic School Athletics of Simcoe County. SUBMITTED
Catholic School Athletics of Simcoe County (CSASC) has announced its athletes of the month for November.
On the girls side, the honour went to Natsuki Szczokin, a Grade 10 student at St. Joseph's high school in Barrie.
“As a captain of the senior girls basketball team, she brings her energy, athletic talent and positive encouragement to all of her teammates,” said teacher-coach Michele May.
From the point-guard position, Szczokin led the Jaguars to an undefeated regular season, capturing both the CSASC senior 'AA' girls basketball championship and Georgian Bay Secondary School Association title. As a result of this outstanding performance, the team earned a ticket to the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) championship in Belle River in late-November.
In the OFSAA semifinal game against Ma team from London, Szczokin was instrumental by tying the game in last seconds of regulation play as she drained two free throws to push the game into overtime. Unfortunately, the Jags came up short and lost a close battle. However, the team, consisting of only junior junior girls, was led by the remarkable work of Szczokin throughout the entire OFSAA championship, averaging 18 points per game.
Szczokin also participates in the Juel Prep basketball team, which travels throughout the province and the United States.
On the boys side, the November honour went to Zachary Kuhn, a Grade 12 student at St. Theresa’s in Midland.
Kuhn is a focused and determined young man who proved to be a great leader on the Thunder football team this fall.
Early in the season he logged many hours on the field practising his technique and building strength in the weight room, which allowed him to play offense, defense and special teams.
“Always pushing himself to be better, Zac played an integral part in the success of St. Theresa's football team this season,” said teacher-coach Shaun Laurin, adding it wasn't until an injury to the team’s quarterback that Kuhn’s full strength was realized.
“To say he was versatile would be an understatement,” the coach said.
As a senior on the team, Kuhn stepped into the quarterback position without hesitation.
“Zac made the most of his new position. He knew all the plays, helped his teammates adjust to their roles and was very positive throughout the rest of the season,” said Laurin.
Kuhn led the Thunder to a 2-3-1 record in the regular season. The team defeated the St. Peter’s Panthers on Nov. 8 to advance to the CSASC championship against the reigning champion St. Joan of Arc Knights.
While not having the success they hoped for in the final game, Kuhn continued to make an impact and be a positive contributor until the final whistle went.
Over the last few years, Kuhn has also competed for the Huronia Stallions football club and in the future hopes to combine his athletic talents with a university education.