SportsLife 2015, issue 3 - Page 23

eason Top 10 Matt Kaneski: OL – St Paul’s: Kaneski, 17, the left guard for the powerhouse AAA St. Paul’s Crusaders, is a 6-foot, 260-pound Grade 12 star who was the first Grade 10 player at St. Paul’s to make the AAA team. In 2011, he was selected as the best offensive lineman at a camp in Chicago and then played in Dallas Cowboy Stadium as an “All American” in the O-D Youth Bowl. In 2013, he represented Canada against the Americans in the Eastbay U-15 Youth All-American Bowl in San Antonio and then dominated the U-16 Blue-Gold game in May where his play “blew away” Team West coaches who said his skills “are exceptional” for his age.” Now a senior and an outstanding student, this member of U-18 Team Manitoba will be one of the most sought-after high school linemen by Canadian – and American – universities next season. Marcel Arruda Welch: DB/RB/KR – Garden City: A cornerback with tremendous hands and speed, he can cover, intercept and run with the ball after he takes it away. Scouts believe he might be the best defensive back ever to come out of the WHSFL and that says a lot, considering how good University of Manitoba starting safety Jayden McKoy was in his final year at Murdoch. He’s a 6-foot, 175-pound corner who has been timed at 4.5 in the 40-yard dash. He’s also a tremendous basketball player in a very good Fighting Gophers program. According to his coach, Beau Wilks, “Marcel is the one of the most explosive athletes in the WHSFL. He is a very exciting player to watch. Marcel is such a versatile athlete that he can make game-changing plays in numerous capacities. He can break a long run, catch a pass out of the backfield and make defenders miss, intercept a pass and take it the other way or return a kick to the house. Marcel’s overall athleticism and strong desire to compete allow him to do the special things he can on the football field.” sportslife / 23