Where are they now? – Rheault, Kiviaho and San Cartier
At 6-9, 240 pounds, Dylan Rheault easily has the size to pursue a career in basketball. Yet it was a passion for baseball that drew the graduate of Northeastern Public School in Garson back to his native Illinois, hoping to find his “field of dreams” on the diamonds.
The talented pitcher, whose father (Anthony) graduated from Lasalle and played basketball at Cambrian College, seems to have made the right choice. Leaving Lasalle Secondary after completing Grade 9, Rheault enrolled in Glenbard South High School in Illinois, and was eventually recruited by the Central Michigan Chippewas of the NCAA.
Currently in his sophomore year, Rheault was recently mentioned on baseballamerica.com as one of the players from the Mid-American Conference who might be selected by a Major League Baseball team in the upcoming draft.
“Western Division favorite Central Michigan has a pair of intriguing sophomore arms,” author Jim Callis wrote. “Right-handed pitcher Dylan Rheault … can reach 94 mph with his sinking fastball and is making strides with his secondary pitches and command.”
Making 17 appearances with the Chippewas in 2012, Rheault twice struck out a season-high seven batters. He played both baseball and basketball during his time in Sudbury, helping Northeastern reach the Rainbow Elementary Board final in April of 2005.
At the young age of six, Lively native Erika Kiviaho was introduced to the sport of ringette, a passion that she continues to pursue to this day. Currently in her third year at Wilfrid Laurier University, Kiviaho plays with the Richmond Hill Lightning in the National Ringette League, and remains on the radar, having been invited to Team Canada tryouts.
A member of Team Ontario at the 2011 Canada Winter Games, Kiviaho helped her squad to a gold-medal performance. However, it was a branching-out, of sorts, within the sporting world that has garnered the smooth-skating ringette star more recent attention.
Given her full commitment to ringette, Kiviaho did not pursue any interest in hockey until she attended Lively District Secondary School. Her phenomenal skating ability allowed her to integrate herself quickly in the sport, though she seldom played at a more competitive level.
All of that changed this past year. Despite having little or no experience in rep hockey circles, Kiviaho decided to try her luck at cracking the Laurier women’s hockey roster, one of the top university programs in the country.
Balancing her interest in hockey with her commitments to both post-secondary studies and ringette, Kiviaho appeared in 15 games for the Hawks this year, playing in a pair of playoff encounters.
Serena San Cartier
Lo-Ellen Park Secondary School graduate Serena San Cartier was recruited to Oakland University in Michigan first and foremost to play with the varsity Grizzlies soccer team. But it’s track and field coach Paul Rice who is reaping the additional benefits.
San Cartier, a multi-sport athlete during her time at Lo-Ellen, decided to add track and field, specifically the hurdles, the her already busy schedule from the time she arrived at Oakland. In the 2012 outdoor season, she established a new school record in the 100-m hurdles, finishing fifth in a time of 14.42 at the Summit League Championship.
In her 2013 indoor campaign, San Cartier captured a bronze in the 60-m hurdles, running a personal best time of 8.56 seconds in her conference championships (the second fastest ever recorded in school history). San Cartier finished 8/100th of a second behind teammate Breanna Peabody as the hurdles tandem accounted for two of the three medals the Oakland women’s track team won.
Capping off a superb indoor season, San Cartier was also one of just two Grizzlies athletes to be named to the Indoor Track and Field Academic All-Leagues Teams.
“Transitioning from soccer to track has always been a huge challenge, but being my third year, I feel more prepared coming into this indoor season,” she said. “I am ahead of where I was at this time last year, and it’s giving me the confidence to attack this year with a positive outlook and high expectations.”