Junior ‘A’ lacrosse season wraps up

The Toronto Beaches hit a high-water mark for local box lacrosse this year. Beaches fans got to see the Ontario Junior ‘A’s score a four-game winning streak in the regular season, then land their first playoff spot since 2006. “Everybody’s been part of it, and everybody’s been pulling in the same direction,” said Beaches head […]

Neil McNeil earns OFSAA spot

For a school that just made the big leagues in high school baseball, Neil McNeil is a surprise hit. After stepping up to Tier 1 this season – the only East End Catholic school to do so – the varsity boys team edged past rivals Michael Power to land a spot in the Ontario championships. […]

Beach swimmer will run with Pan Am torch

She trains in the Pan Am pool with the Scarborough Swim Club, and has tickets to watch swimming with her family during the upcoming Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games. So you can imagine how thrilled Lily McDonald was to be chosen as one of the 3,000-plus torchbearers taking part in the 41-day Pan Am Games […]

Malvern boys take silver at Ontario championship

They came in as a dark horse, but the senior boys team at Malvern Collegiate finished Ontario’s rugby championship with a flash of silver. Undefeated in Toronto, the Black Knights knew they would face another level of competition when the OFSAA rugby finals kicked off in Hamilton on June 5. Reaching the final game against […]

Gymnast best in eastern Canada

Ten year-old Clara Raposo really goes head over heels for a birthday. On May 9, the young Beach gymnast won gold at the Eastern Canadian Gymnastics Championships in Moncton, New Brunswick. It was Raposo’s first time competing for Ontario at a provincial championship, and it came the day after her 10th birthday. “She’s a very […]

Hale plays Wimbledon champ for charity

Sometimes when you lose, you win. Local tennis pro Karl Hale discovered that after playing two tough sets against Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli in Jamaica last month. The benefit match raised over $20,000 for Hale’s Helping Hands Jamaica Foundation, which will build five new schools for kindergarten-age students across the island this summer. Bartoli, who […]

Rookies help Toronto Beaches to a winning start

Jack Kelly grew up watching the Toronto Beaches. Today, he’s scoring for them. At 17, Kelly is among the youngest rookies to join the local Junior A box lacrosse team, which has players up to 21. “It’s so much faster,” says Kelly, a Grade 11 student in the athletics program at Birchmount Collegiate. “Everyone’s bigger, […]

Brewing a new tradition in Boston

If Dave Emilio wanted water in the Boston marathon, he could ask for it. But when Emilio runs by mile 10 in Boston, he knows to ask for something else: ice-cold beer. At 47, Emilio has run 36 marathons, six of them in Boston, where runners need fast times just to qualify. Last year, a […]

Out for a spin with Beaches Cycling Club

Sunday cyclists catch hell if they forget when church gets out. Of all the things Dan Yang tracks for the Beaches Cycling Club – safety, speed, routes and riding skills – church schedules may seem a bit off-course. But eight years after founding the club, Yang knows to avoid church traffic when he plans a […]

Beaches Spring Sprint results

More than 500 runners and walkers hit the boardwalk on April 11 for the annual Beaches Spring Sprint. Despite some threatening clouds, the weather remained dry and cool, with a breeze to keep runners working on the flat course. The race is a fundraiser for the Beaches Recreation Centre, organized by the centre’s advisory board. […]