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Ottawa High School Best 2022

The Ottawa Sports Pages’ 2022 High School Best Series profiles some of the top student-athletes graduating from local high schools this year and moving on to next-level sport.

The Series is presented by the Sports-Études Program at École secondaire publique Louis-Riel – the local leaders in combining athletic and academic excellence since 2005.

Starting June 20, we’ll post a new story on OttawaSportsPages.ca to tip our caps to these great grads. You can also follow along here on this webpage.

Guard Jaden Kirkwood follows family footsteps into university basketball

The family tradition of playing varsity basketball while attending university continues to thrive for the Kirkwood family of Ottawa. Jaden Kirkwood is becoming familiar with his new surroundings at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. READ MORE…

Nepean Raider Luke Posthumus commits to Northeastern U, but when will he start?

When Luke Posthumus looks into his future, the end goal appears clear, promising and fulfilling. On May 7, the gifted Nepean Raiders U18 AAA player committed to attend Northeastern University, but the unanswered question is when he’ll officially walk onto the campus in Boston. READ MORE…

After pandemic & broken foot at worlds trials, swimmer Regan Rathwell rebounds

The one-year-delayed Summer Olympic Games were on the horizon for 2021 and Ottawa swimmer Regan Rathwell was in a rut – she wasn’t going any faster as a backstroke racer. The COVID-19 pandemic was all around and there were annoying, but necessary restrictions and mandates. READ MORE…

After 10 years together, it’ll be a bittersweet goodbye for coach & NCAA-bound diver Grant

When Ottawa National Diving Club head coach Brennan Villemaire talks about the pride he feels in seeing all that Kathryn Grant has achieved, and the person she’s become, he gets a little choked up. He explains that he feels a bit like another parent to Grant, and she’s about to leave the nest. READ MORE…

‘This is success’: Five OSU players headed to national development centre in Toronto

The Ottawa South United Force under-15 girls have totally dominated their competition over the last three years, with only one defeat in that time period. Now, five of the team’s star players are taking their game to the next level and going to the Ontario Regional Excel Super Centre. READ MORE…

Heidi Knoll is turning Orange, set to join many past Nepean Wildcats at Syracuse U

As a young girl who grew up near the Rideau Canal, Heidi Knoll spent countless hours every day each winter skating with her cousins, all hockey players. Neither of her siblings played the sport growing up, so it came as a surprise to her father when his seven-year-old daughter asked to play. READ MORE…

Ethan Boxall and Noah Fahey walking in fathers’ footsteps at Carleton football

More than two decades ago, before Carleton Ravens football was shut down, Scott Boxall and Chris Fahey were teammates. Now, as the rebooted Ravens prepare for their ninth season since returning to the field, Carleton will once again see a Boxall and Fahey together on the gridiron. READ MORE…

Volleyball/track & field athlete Audrey Goddard has plenty of jump in her sporting career

Audrey Goddard loves to jump. Put her in a single lane on a track and she’ll fearlessly attack a sprint hurdle. Have her endure a fast trip around a 400-metre oval and clear multiple hurdles, she’ll do that, too. And you can also see her jumping ability as an elite volleyball player. READ MORE…

Alizé Lemieux off to Florida as Ottawa’s first NCAA beach volleyball student-athlete

Alizé Lemieux had the family vacation of a lifetime in 2019. After experiencing all the sights and sounds of Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, she travelled 200 kilometres south to the Altitude Academy to attend a one-week beach volleyball camp. READ MORE…

Orléans basketball phenom reaping rewards of lifelong dedication to his game

Merrick Palmer remembers the day a small 11-year-old boy with light skin and a big blonde afro entered his Orléans gym for drop-in basketball training. Palmer, who runs Capital Courts Training Centre, was immediately drawn to Brayden O’Connor, now set to leap into the NCAA. READ MORE…

Royal Ottawa’s James Newton commits to Rutgers U, named to national junior golf team

Golfer James Newton is at the top of his game. The Royal Ottawa Golf Club junior had many choices, but on Nov. 10 he signed his National Letter of Intent to attend Rutgers University in Piscataway, New Jersey, and become a member of the Scarlet Knights men’s golf team. READ MORE…

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