Noah’s medals could fill an ark
Upper Island Cove youth has busy, successful summer
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.”
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.