Monday, July 28, 2008

Campus corner: Rivals might land top lineman

Notes on our teams/athletes of interest from The 613 ...

Gaels hoops: One of coach Rob Smart, Sr.'s stalwarts from last season, swingman Travis Mitchell of Navan, is indeed heading to Sheridan College. If memory serves, he was accepted into the school's animation program. (Michael Grobe, the hardest-working man in the sports information game, confirmed over the weekend that Travis was travellin'.)

Both Mitchells — Simon graduated in June — will be tough to replace, but the Gaels have a good recruiting class.

Football (rivalry edition): The latest dot-orger buzz is swirling around the whereabouts of Ahmad Jaradat, a highly touted football lineman from London who went down to North Carolina State.

Jaradat, like most guys who play at the bulk positions, went down in January to enrol early at the ACC school — the 6-foot-4, 290-lb. who played left tackle, tight end and nosetackle in high school was rated as the top O-line prospect in this country by All Canada Gridiron. The talk among N.C. State fans is that he's gone home. In theory, he could enrol anywhere and play right away.

Anyone want to place bets on whether we'll see him in a Western Mustangs uniform this fall?

Hockey: Isabel Ménard of Ottawa helped Canada Red win the gold medal at the national under-18 women's hockey team selection camp over the weekend; she chipped in a goal in Sunday's finale, a 5-0 win over Japan. 

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