15 Titans Earn Averages Over 90% in Semester 1
Report card collections after the conclusion of Semester 1 painted a positive picture of Titans student-athletes and their continued success in the classroom. Fifteen Titans earned averages of 90% or above at the conclusion of first semester. The Median mark based on report cards collected was 85.5%, up .5% from midterms.
Titans Director of Baseball Operations and 17U Head Coach Lawrence Vera couldn’t be happier about these school results: “It’s amazing to see these young athletes hit the books and take pride in being a student-athlete. With the grades our players are achieving, there won't be many schools off limits.” Coach Vera was also pleased that four of his 17U Titans earned 90 or above averages on their report cards. He noted how high marks like these create “great post-secondary opportunities” and that “numerous US and Canadian scholarships are available to high-achieving student-athletes.”
Leading the way in the competition for academic scholarships is 17U Titan Brennan Hedrick who earned an impressive 98.75% average. The Keswick HS student won the Titans “Student-Athlete Performance Award” in 2021 and appears headed for a second consecutive award. Hedrick acknowledged the challenge of balancing the demands of school work and high performance baseball, but added it is all possible by “taking pride in the preparation of writing assignments” and demonstrating “proper time management” which allow him to make changes to work prior to deadlines and get help as needed on his assignments. The Honor Roll student also added that sacrifices to a student-athlete’s social life have to be made at times in order to maintain a high GPA.
Finishing just behind Hedrick was Caden Reed who earned an outstanding 95% average at Brooklin High School. The 18U Titan third baseman/shortstop committed last week to the UBC Thunderbirds of the NAIA and will be studying Engineering at the prestigious university’s Vancouver campus. Reed disclosed his formula for success in the high school classroom in which he currently resides and looked ahead to the university lecture halls awaiting him on the West Coast: “Academically, I always strive for perfection. As a top student, I am committed to continuing to be at the top of my class. University will be exponentially harder than secondary school and I know that I have to increase my focus and discipline while using resources that the University provides to excel in the Engineering program.”
Equaling Reed’s sparkling 95% average was 17U Pitcher Marquez Allard who attends St. Mary’s Catholic High School in Pickering. Allard’s commitment to his course work and his improvement in the classroom has been “exemplary”, according to Titans Coach John Michael Tashos. Coach Tashos acknowledged that “a light switch has been turned on by Marquez, both athletically and academically. He’s been so receptive to feedback on his school work and his pitching. It has resulted in a vast improvement in Marquez’s on-field and in-class performance and is reflective of extra individual, familial, and organizational efforts.”
Rounding out the Top Five Academic Performances were 14U Titan Mark Gregato (Bill Crothers SS) and 15U Titan Ricardo Lora of (St. Mary’s CHS) who earned averages of 93.75% and 93.67%, respectively.
The Top 15 Titans student-athletes’ averages from Semester 1 are listed below:
17U—Keswick HS, Keswick
18U—Brooklin HS, Brooklin
17U—St. Mary’s CHS, Pickering
14U—Bill Crothers SS, Unionville
15U--St. Mary’s CHS, Pickering
17U—Cardinal Carter CHS, Aurora
14U—Bayview SS, Richmond Hill
15U--Upper Canada College, Toronto
16U—Aurora HS, Aurora
18U—Huron Heights SS, Newmarket
16U--Bill Crothers SS, Unionville
18U—Bill Crothers SS, Unionville
17U--Vaughan SS, Vaughan
16U--Stephen Lewis SS, Vaughan
14U—Bill Crothers SS, Unionville
Congratulations to all Titans student-athletes for excelling in the classroom during Semester 1 and for accruing an 85.5% median mark, collectively. Keep up the excellent work in Semester 2.