Noah’s medals could fill an ark

Up­per Is­land Cove youth has busy, suc­cess­ful sum­mer

The Compass - - SPORTS - BYNICHOLAS MERCER THE COM­PASS

Thir­teen-year-old Noah Dono­van of Up­per Is­land Cove does not like to sit still. If there is some­thing to be done, or a game to be played, the young teen is usu­ally front and cen­tre, ready to give his all.

Such was the case dur­ing a mem­o­rable three-day stretch in late Au­gust when Noah was part of two pro­vin­cial ti­tle-win­ning teams, in two dif­fer­ent sports — base­ball and ball hockey.

On Aug. 19, Noah and his Con­cep­tion Bay North Bull­dogs cap­tured the pro­vin­cial pee­wee AA cham­pi­onship with a 10-3 vic­tory over the Gan­der Pi­lots. Three days later, on Aug. 21, Noah was a part of the gold medal-win­ning Avalon boys’ ball hockey team at the 2012 NL Sum­mer Games. “It was re­ally spe­cial,” said Noah. The two cham­pi­onships capped off an ex­tremely busy and suc­cess­ful sum­mer for Noah, who is the son of Brian and Corinne Dono­van. He also has two younger broth­ers, Ni­cholas and Chase.

His busy sum­mer be­gan in earnest on July 23, when Noah took part in the pee­wee AA por­tion of the 2012 Water­ville Val­ley Sum­mer­fest II tour­na­ment in New Hamp­shire with a num­ber of other young hockey play­ers from the At­lantic prov­inces. His team cap­tured sil­ver.

His sum­mer ended in fine style with a gold medal at the Sum­mer Games.

What’s more, Noah and his CBN Bull­dogs team­mates picked up two sil­ver medals in tour­na­ments this sum­mer.

Busy cou­ple of days

Noah’s busy week­end started the evening of Aug. 17 when he and his Bull­dog team­mates met CBS in Paradise for the pee­wee base­ball cham­pi­onships. CBN rolled over CBS, 20-5.

From that point, Noah’s week­end was a ex­haust­ing mix of car rides, base­ball, ball hockey, open­ing cer­e­monies and medal pre­sen­ta­tions.

On the morn­ing of Aug. 18, Noah was in Paradise help­ing CBN put a 104 beat­ing on the St. John’s Cap­i­tals.

By the af­ter­noon, he was in Car­bon­ear check­ing into the ath­lete’s vil­lage and in the early evening, Noah was with his ball hockey team­mates, march­ing onto Pike’s Field for the open­ing cer­e­monies of the Games.

On Aug. 19, Noah played his first game in ball hockey, fin­ished that game and made the one-hour jour­ney to Paradise for the semi­fi­nal base­ball show­down.

Noah’s team was trail­ing head­ing into the fifth in­ning, but the Bull­dogs put up nine runs in the fi­nal two in­nings, tak­ing the game 9-5.

Noah had to miss the sec­ond ball hockey game for the Avalon club be­cause of a lit­tle thing called the cham­pi­onship game, with the grand prize be­ing a trip to At­lantics in Prince Ed­ward Is­land.

It would be the only game Noah would miss. The pro­vin­cial cham­pi­onship Noah capped off his im­pres­sive run by help­ing Avalon to the Games cham­pi­onship in boys’ ball hockey.

In the fi­nal against Eastern, Noah, the youngest player on the team, would play a key role in se­cur­ing the gold.

In the first half, Noah jumped on the floor and set up team­mate Rod­ney Slade for the first — and even­tual game-win­ning — goal.

Noah looks at each medal with a cer­tain affin­ity.

“The pee­wee cham­pi­onship is spe­cial, but it wasn’t as spe­cial as the Sum­mer Games medal,” he said. “The pro­vin­cial base­ball you get to do ev­ery year, but the Games, you’re only in the age cat­e­gory once.”

nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

Photo by Ni­cholas Mercer/the Com­pass

Noah Dono­van of Up­per Is­land Cove cap­tured two pro­vin­cial cham­pi­onships in a span of three days. Here is he with his pro­vin­cial pee­wee AA base­ball gold medal and the 2012 NL Sum­mer Games gold medal for ball hockey.

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