By Larry Moko
It was a ceremonial signing for the latest Bishop Tonnos Catholic Secondary School product to agree to play women’s NCAA Division I hockey for Cornell University.
Paige Kenyon, who committed to Cornell’s Big Red 2 ½ years ago, finalized her intentions by inking the deal Wednesday. In attendance was her father (Richard) mother (Pamela), along with teammates, friends, teachers and coaches.
Ivy League schools don’t give scholarships but they do provide generous financial aid packages.
Also on hand for the mid-day event at the Ancaster high school was Tonnos graduate Laura Fortino, who did rather well for herself as a hockey player at Cornell.
“She’s like a role model because she did what I’m wanting to do,” Kenyon said. “It would be nice to follow in her footsteps. She made the Olympic team. That is obviously a goal.”
Fortino and Kenyon are both offensive-minded defencemen. Both, too, played high school hockey for Tonnos and at the club level for Stoney Creek Sabres in the Provincial Women’s Hockey League.
Fortino, it should be noted, has occasionally been behind the Tonnos Titans bench in recent years helping Dino Cavarzan and Laura’s father, Ignazio, with the coaching duties.
Kenyon also credits Ignazio for his guidance and help in steering her through the whole educational process of what Cornell required.
“He knows what it’s all about,” she said.
Kenyon won three Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic championships and three Golden Horseshoe Athletic Conference titles during her four years of HWCAA hockey.
“I am way more excited than nervous now,” Kenyon said. “I’m ready to go.”
Said Fortino: “Today is a super exciting day for Paige. Educationally and athletically, she’s going to one of the top schools in the world.
“She’s a great person who works super hard. On the ice she is so skilled offensively and defensively – the full package. I think she has a lot of potential. She’s going to be a great asset to Cornell.”
Fortino plans to travel to Cornell and watch Kenyon and her alma mater in action. “I’m really excited to see her path and her journey continue.
“I know she’ll be in good hands with coach Doug Derraugh. He’s incredible. He helped me get to where I am today.”
Kenyon plans to study Development Sociology.
Source: Marnie Jadon