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 DeSousa set to begin NCAA career


   The CECI grad among seven local athletes competing south of the border


January 18, 2022

By Rob. J. Ross

While university and college sports in Ontario are again on pause, action continues or is starting soon for seven local athletes playing south of the border.



Tayah DeSousa begins her NCAA track and field career at Long Beach State university this week.

A multi events athlete, the freshman from St. Thomas will be competing in the 60-metre hurdles and long jump, at the Air Force team challenge, an indoor meet, Friday and Saturday at Colorado Springs, Colorado.

The NCAA indoor championships, are March 11-12, at College Station, Texas. The outdoor season begins in March.

DeSousa, a graduate of Central Elgin C.I. this past June, is studying criminal justice.

Last July, DeSousa won the women's 100-metre hurdles, in a personal best time of 14.32 seconds, at the Athletics Ontario U20 outdoor championships. DeSousa placed seventh in long jump.

In 2019 at OFSAA, the high school track and field championships, DeSousa won the junior women's 80-metre hurdles.

Lexie Adzija, of St. Thomas, is tied for second in scoring on the Quinnipiac Bobcats' women's hockey team.

Adzija has five goals and 12 assists in 22 games. The senior is also plus 19 and 58 per cent in the face-off circle, although Adzija has been winning 80 per cent of the draws over the past five games.

Quinnipiac is ranked fourth in the entire NCAA, with a 16-3-3 overall record.

Kristen Bisschop is in her junior season with the Marian University Wisconsin women's hockey team.

The defenceman from Dorchester, has three assists in 14 games, including a helper in Marian's 2-0 shutout of Northland, January 15. Bisschop also has 29 shots on net and 14 penalty minutes.

The Sabres are 4-8-2 overall, 1-3-2 in the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association.

Marian University is located in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, half way between Milwaukee and Green Bay.



Malachi Ndur is in his first season on the hard wood for the Brown Bears' men's basketball season, in the NCAA Ivy League.

The six-foot eight 215 pound forward has seen action in eight games, with seven points being his season game high.

The St. Thomas native who attended Central Elgin CI for Grade nine, had his freshman season at Brown cancelled a year ago due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Bears are 9-11 overall.

Michael Roth, of St. Thomas, has transferred from Windsor University to the University of Texas at San Antonio, in the Lonestar State.

Roth has become one of Canada's rising young track stars after representing Canada in both the men's 200-metre dash and 400-metre run, at the World Athletics U20 championships last summer. Roth placed sixth in the 400-metre final, with a personal best time of 47.25 seconds and advanced to the semifinals in the 200, posting another PB, of 21.14 seconds.

The 2020 graduate of Parkside Collegiate feels it's a better opportunity for scholarship and competition and definitely warmer weather.

The UTSA Roadrunners are NCAA Division 1 in the Conference USA.

Baseball begins in February.

Josh Niles, of St. Thomas, is an infielder at Canisius College, in Buffalo.

Dorchester's David Mendham, a first baseman and catcher, will be at Oklahoma State.

Mendham was with South Carolina in 2021, batting .243, with 28 RBIs and five home runs and was on the SEC academic honor roll.