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ontario basketball presents u19 junior Girls ontario cup Kitchener and Waterloo may 3-5 Letter from Ontario Basketball Letter from Kitchener Mayor - Carl Zehr Letter from Waterloo Mayor - Brenda Halloran Letter from Ontario Premier - Kathleen Wynne Letter from KW Lightning Ontario Basketball Awards Editorial - Play 3x3 Editorial - AAU and Ontario Basketball Division 1 - Schedule Division 1 - Roster Division 2 - Schedule Division 2 - Roster Division 3 - Schedule Division 3 - Roster Ontario Basketball Merchandise Kitchener and Waterloo Map Division 4 - Schedule Division 4 - Roster Division 5 - Schedule Division 5 - Roster Division 6 - Schedule Division 6 - Roster Editorial - Club Excellence Editorial - Canadian Sport for Life OUA Player Profile - Danielle Boiago (McMaster University)

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Printed by Medallion Press About Ontario Basketball Provincial Championships is owned and operated by Ontario Basketball, in collaboration with 18 host clubs throughout 12 Ontario communities. Over eight weekends each Spring, more than 16,000 athletes playing for nearly 1,200 club teams will compete for approximately 150 divisional provincial titles. Tournaments are held for both genders in all age categories between Under 10 through Under 19. In remaining dedicated to the Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L) model, teams are grouped into eight-team divisions to ensure quality competition and a positive playing environment. Ontario Cup remains one of the largest basketball events in North America. For updated scores, standings, photos and more, visit www.basketball.on.ca or follow us on Twitter @OBANews and use #ItAllStartsHere.

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MESSAGE FROM

THE PRESIDENT AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

On behalf of the board of directors and staff, welcome to the 2013 Ontario Cup Provincial Championships. Ontario Cup represents the pinnacle of the season for many Ontario Basketball (OBA) teams, who under the guidance of dedicated coaches and passionate volunteers, arrived here with great preparation and leave with memories that will last a lifetime. This year, Ontario Cup is hosted in 12 communities representing all corners of the province. These communities offer a wealth of experiences that we encourage you to explore during your downtime. Thank you to the 20 Ontario Basketball member clubs who work extremely hard to ensure that Ontario Cup is an enjoyable experience for all. Please join us and take a moment to acknowledge the great work being done by the convenors, table officials, volunteers and those running concession and merchandise stands throughout the weekend. Most importantly, let us collectively acknowledge the achievement of more than 16,000 players on more than 1,150 teams who are participating at an Ontario Cup event this year. Let us all be reminded that this is a game in which we want to create a positive environment for all participants. Thank you to Ontario Basketball corporate partners and local sponsors for their enthusiasm and support of amateur basketball. Sport tourism is a growing business in Ontario and this event represents a significant impact on local economies. Members of the Ontario Basketball staff are available in all host cities. We welcome the opportunity to discuss the many programs and services available to you. Please enjoy yourself in this weekend of basketball celebration and competition. Yours in basketball,

Ken Urbach President

Michael T. Cvitkovic, ABC Executive Director

MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR Welcome everyone to the 2013 Ontario Cup Provincial Championships, being held March 22 – May 26, 2013. A special welcome to those attending the tournaments taking place in Kitchener on the weekends of April 26-28 and May 3-5. On behalf of members of council and the citizens of the City of Kitchener, it is my pleasure to invite each of you to personally experience the many attractions and outstanding hospitality for which our community has become so well known. During this tournament, athletes ranging from U10-U19 boys and girls can look forward to the opportunity to experience elite competition and to showcase the skills that they have worked so hard to develop throughout the season. I trust all the participants will have the opportunity to spend time with teammates, get to know members of the competing teams and form friendships that will last a lifetime. Thank you to all of the hard working volunteers and dedicated supports, including family members and friends, for your encouragement of these athletes and your commitment to basketball. You are excellent role models for our young athletes! Good luck and enjoy the tournament! Sincerely, Carl Zehr ~Mayor~ City of Kitchener

February 27, 2013 On behalf of the City of Waterloo, I would like to welcome you to the 2013 Ontario Cup Provincial Championships. We’re delighted that this tournament is coming to Waterloo. This community embraces sports, fitness and recreation, and is pleased these basketball championships will be held here. While you’re in Waterloo, I encourage you to explore all that this great city has to offer. There is so much to see and do here between games thanks to our recreational facilities, vibrant uptown, trails, parks, heritage elements, public art and much more. Whether you’re here as an athlete, a coach or a spectator, I truly hope you enjoy your time in Waterloo and at the tournament. Good luck!

Mayor Brenda Halloran City of Waterloo

Premier of Ontario - Première ministre de l’Ontario

March 22 – May 26, 2013

A PERSONAL MESSAGE FROM THE PREMIER On behalf of the Government of Ontario, I am delighted to extend warm greetings to everyone attending and competing in the 2013 Ontario Cup Provincial Championships, organized by Ontario Basketball. Ontario enjoys a special connection to basketball, given that James Naismith, a native of Ontario, organized the first competitions. With the game coming to Canada as early as 1892, it can be safely said that it is a sport of enduring popularity — clearly demonstrated by the 2013 championships which are taking place 121 years later. I commend all the young athletes who are participating in these championships — your dedication and hard work have brought you to this exciting event. And to the parents and coaches: thank you for supporting these young people in their quest to excel in the sport they so obviously love. I wish to acknowledge Ontario Basketball for giving Ontario youth the opportunity to participate in organized basketball and for raising awareness of the positive role this sport can play in young lives — from building self-confidence to enhancing physical well-being. Please accept my best championship games.

Kathleen Wynne Premier

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May 3-5, 2013 Dear Players, Coaches, Managers and Fans, On behalf the KW Lightning girls’ basketball association, it is our pleasure to welcome you to Kitchener-Waterloo and the 2013 U19 women's Ontario Cup provincial championships. The KW Lightning girls’ basketball association is a non-profit organization that was formed 17 years ago to create an opportunity for girls to learn and develop basketball skills. Last year over 200 players participated on KW Lightning teams. Many athletes from our organization have moved on to have successful basketball careers at universities in both Canada and the United States. More importantly, they have developed into outstanding young ladies that give back to the game and the community. To the players: Your hours of practice to refine your individual and team skills have earned you the right to represent your city, town, village or district in this provincial championship. Play hard, play well and most importantly, enjoy this special moment in your basketball career. To the coaches and managers: Without your investments of time, energy and passion, none of this would be possible. Thanks for everything that you do to teach the wonderful game of basketball to your athletes. To the parents and family members: Thank you for all of the sacrifices (the delayed and missed meals, the extra driving and the financial commitments etc.) you make to allow your daughters/granddaughters/sisters/nieces to be part of Ontario’s basketball family. To the fans: Enjoy the incredible competition that you will be witness to this weekend. These athletes are the best and most dedicated basketball players in Ontario. Cheer loudly for your team and demonstrate respect for officials and opponents. Best wishes to everyone involved for a most memorable 2013 U19 women's Ontario Cup! Yours in basketball, Allan Bush President KW Lightning Girls’ Basketball Association

OABO Ontario Association of Basketball Officials

Winners will be honoured at the annual oba awards gala

FROM THE PLAYGROUND TO THE PODIUM, IT’S RESHAPING OUR GAME The international governing body for basketball (FIBA) has invested a tremendous amount of resources to fully develop the 3x3 game. FIBA introduced the 3x3, half-court version of basketball to a global audience at the 2010 Youth Olympics in Singapore, where it was regarded as the most popular sport throughout the Games. Last summer, Ontario Basketball (OBA) hosted one of three Canadian qualifiers for the 3x3 World Tour Championships. FIBA states that with more than 250 million players worldwide and among the most played recreational sports in the world, 3x3 will help the growth of basketball. Combine these initiatives with FIBA submitting an application for 3x3 to become an Olympic sport, and the once playground-only game is now becoming a world phenomenon. In addition to its high performance programming, FIBA, Canada Basketball and OBA have identified the significant impact the 3x3 game can have on skill development for active youth. There are tremendous benefits to having young children learn the game through 3x3 before being introduced to a full-court, five-on-five competition. BENEFIT 1: MORE TOUCHES In five-on-five games, one or two players can go an entire game rarely touching the ball. This especially happens in youth basketball where you have one or two dominant players who are by far the best ball handlers on the team. The team tends to get the ball into those players’ hands and those players tend to take the ball to the basket. The problem with this is that other players are not developing their skills when they don’t get to touch the ball, and the team isn’t developing as a whole.

Above: Eventual U13 Champions, SBA Blues taking on Kings Court at the inaugural OBA Challenge at Rexall Centre in July 2012.

In 3x3, it’s really difficult for two players to monopolize the ball and still play well. The third player gets involved almost by necessity. All players get to handle the ball and handle it a lot. This allows all players to develop their skills in live game play.

BENEFIT 2: MORE SPACING Even with the smaller bodies of young players, five-on-five games can be crowded affairs. Youth basketball isn’t the best time or place for a kid to learn to fight through double teams or pass into multiple coverage. 3x3 games loosen everything up and give young players more room to operate. This allows them to practice their basketball skills without overcrowding. Once the basic basketball skills of dribbling, passing, rebounding, shot selection, etc. are learned and mastered, then they can advance to learn to beat double teams and making passes into tight areas. BENEFIT 3: REMOVE PRESSES & ZONE DEFENCES 3x3 games remove the issue of presses and zone defences. They are strictly person-to-person. This again allows young players to learn and master the basics before moving on to more complex game play.

Above: KW Selects represented Toronto, Ontario at the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Masters Competition in New York City on August 18-19, 2012

There soon may be structured provincial and national teams for 3x3 competition. There are countless 3x3 adult leagues throughout the province. More importantly, OBA and its stakeholders must strategize the most effective way to implement the 3x3 game in youth basketball since it serves as the best way for our children to increase skill development, confidence, enjoyment and the desire to play the game for life. With editorial from Canada Basketball.

ONTARIO BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION AND AAU The basketball landscape in this province, and the country, has changed significantly over the past few years. While Ontario Basketball (OBA) attempts to provide services and programming to all elements of the game, it is through collaboration and the strength of its member clubs that the mission is delivered. These clubs also provide OBA with the necessary knowledge and trends in the game to help shape its direction. The origin of clubs in Ontario stemmed mostly to provide concentrated basketball programming that complemented the high school season. Clubs would run teams after OFSAA finished and everyone would take the summer off. A chosen few would make Team Ontario while the many enjoyed “summer sports,” while others enjoyed an "off season" of rest and recovery. Things have changed significantly over the past few years. Today, many clubs run for an entire 12-month period - the good ones, who understand periodization - also understand the significant importance of rest and recovery periods to create optimal performance. While the less informed clubs simply run summer teams that, at times, can fragment the existing club system and overuse the athletes. In this day and age, it seems the best recruiters win the best athletes instead of clubs that understand the long-term development of an athlete. We need to help OBA member clubs do both; provide a pathway for athletes to develop their skills through international competition and opportunities for exposure. As the governing body for the sport of basketball in Ontario, it is vital for OBA to strengthen and protect its clubs and at the same time, educate parents and coaches about all the stakeholders in the game. In a study taken during the 2012 OBA season, more than half of the responding clubs indicated at least one of its teams play summer ball. As a result, OBA developed a three-year partnership with the Amateur Athletic Union of the United States (AAU). Some OBA clubs with AAU experience understand the wide range of good and bad events that exist in the USA, no different than tournaments within Canada. This partnership will help teams who wish to travel with the education of recommended events. Through partnerships with InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) and AVIS-Budget car rental, the OBA is attempting to make summer travel easier for its members as well. The foundation of Ontario Basketball (OBA) remains its more than 200 member clubs that represent the game from Windsor to Ottawa; from Niagara to Thunder Bay; and everywhere in between. How, when, where and why they play the game is different than even just five years ago. The partnership with the AAU isn’t going to solve recruiting challenges or eliminate “rogue” clubs, but it will hopefully send the message that OBA recognizes it needs to address the challenges that face its member clubs and create a better environment for its members to flourish – whatever their basketball pathway might be. Above: Scarborough Basketball’s U16 Major Midget girls pose following their 2012 provincial championship in Kitchener-Waterloo.

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When James Parker, AAU Director of Sport, attended the announcement last year in Toronto, he indicated that OBA should become the focal point of AAU in the province and can also see the association coordinate AAU events within Canada. Beginning at these 2013 Ontario Cup Provincial Championships, the winners of Division One in U13-17 age categories will automatically qualify for the AAU National Championships. Many of these championship events are staged at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Zone in Orlando, Florida. OBA will cover the registration fees while teams will be required to fundraise in order to have the necessary fees for travel and accommodations. Some have confused AAU Above: Toronto Triple Threat celebrate their Division One title at the 2012 with NCAA exposure. While there are events Ontario Cup Provincial Championships in Ottawa. that may generate significant recruiting opportunities with college coaches, as an executive from NCAA indicated to the OBA membership at the Annual Meeting of the Members last year, “if you are good enough, they will find you in Canada.” The AAU summer circuit, for the most part, is simply additional competition for players and coaches who wish to develop over the summer months. That being said, there are major events that demand significant exposure opportunities for athletes. There is no reason why Team Ontario or OBA clubs cannot experience this side to the game. It does not exist for a chosen few who claim to have all the answers. The opportunities are endless for Ontario athletes to pursue a high performance basketball pathway. With increased quality of programming on home soil, OUA, CIS, OCAA is now a viable option. For those wishing to pursue NCAA basketball, and many have with great success, there needs to be increased education on the road to college scholarships. Because for every Anthony Bennett, Natalie Achonwa, Kevin Pangos and Dakota Whyte (all OBA and Team Ontario alumni), there are thousands who do not have a positive experience and we are all collectively to blame.

Above: Oakville Vytis claim the U14 Major Bantam Division One Championship following a hard-fought win over Brantford CYO in our nation’s capital.

A partnership with the AAU and an education partnership with NCAA are two ways OBA is attempting to serve its members. There is a long way to go before a true balance of power exists, but with the collective approach of 200 member clubs, OBA will get there – one dribble at a time.

2013 AAU Boys and Girls Basketball National Championships - Schedule Boys 6th Grade: July 22-28, 2013 in Hampton, Virginia. 7th Grade: June 23-30, 2013 in Memphis, Tennessee. 8th Grade: July 11-17, 2013 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Florida. 9th Grade: July 9-14, 2013 in Little Rock, Arkansas. 10th Grade: July 22-28, 2013 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Florida.. Girls 6th Grade: June 23-28, 2013 in Hampton, Virginia. 7th Grade: July 12-17, 2013 in Kings Island, Ohio. 8th Grade: July 8-13, 2013 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Florida. 9th Grade: July 8-13, 2013 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Florida. 10th Grade: July 8-13, 2013 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Florida.

U19

Junior

WLU

4:30PM

WLU

Transway

7:30PM

Girls DIVISION 1

Transway Guelph Phoenix

Mississauga Monarchs

YAAACE

6:00PM

Transway - Hahn SBA - Persaud

WLU

Advantage Titans

9:00PM

Blessed Sacrament

WLU

Transway - Hahn Guelph Phoenix Vosper

SBA - Persaud

WLU

9:00AM Mississauga Monarchs Rogers

Advantage Titans YAAACE Blessed Sacrament Adachi

WLU

Transway SBA - Persaud

Mississauga Monarchs

12:00PM Blessed Sacrament

WLU

3:00PM

WLU

6:00PM

Transway Transway - Hahn

Transway - Hahn 10:30AM Guelph Phoenix WLU

WLU

1:30PM

WLU

4:30PM

Mississauga Monarchs

WLU

Advantage Titans

7:30PM

WLU

Advantage Titans YAAACE Guelph Phoenix SBA - Persaud

YAAACE Blessed Sacrament

U19 junior GIRLS DIVISION 1

Advantage Titans Anderson, Victoria Balkissoon, Emily Beals, Eboni Brissett, Katiesha Cousins, Shyhien Grey, Layne Hassan, Iman Newman-Adams, Jahleesa Noble, Shian Rai, Manpreet Rutschmann, Jasmine Woodburn, Rachel

HC - Woodburn, Joel AC - Anderson, Dave

Scarborough Blues Persaud

Caplice, Sarah Cheung, Priscilla Easton, Megan Hay, Flora Ing, Ashley Johnson-Barker, Jazlin Kuun, Abigail Quinn, Jillian Quinn, Rebecca Simons, Jazlyn Sullivan, Tianna Wright, Katie

HC - Persaud, Raj AC - DaBreo, Caroline AC - McNeil, Sheila

Blessed Sacrament Adachi Barber-Pin, Rachel Brillinger, Molly Camillo, Nicole Cone, Laura DelSordo, Alex Donald, Samantha Gaunt, Jayanne Hrymak, Stefanie Sloan, Sarah Smith, Francine Wallace, Jane

HC: Adachi, Erin AC: Gaunt, Jim

Transway Abella, Charlene Bowie, Haley Collins-Samuels, Katrina Douse, Jakayla Edwards, Diedre Gordon, Sherrise Mayer, Cassidy Randazzo, Julia Ruscica, Alex Sestili, Alicia

HC - Hart, Rachel AC - Ciancone, Lisa

Guelph Phoenix Vosper Benham, Ashley Brombal, Victoria Dennis, Taylor Ferguson, Hilary Gazzola, Brittany Gazzola, Chelsey Labron, Katie Morris, Rebecca Pearsall, Hannah Valeriote, Alexandra Vettoretto, Madison Young, Jamie

HC - Vosper, Kurt AC - Brombal, Larry AC - Ferguson, Peter M - Vettoretto, Jodie

Transway Hahn Brandt, Allison Gilmore, Nicole Hahn, Chelsea Hahn, Mackenzie Licata, Pamela O'Neill, Shanien Shea, Nicole Torosantucci, Alyssa Torosantucci, Cierra

HC - Hahn, Wes AC - Shea, Randy AC - Torosantucci, John M - Licata, Kathy

Mississauga Monarchs Rogers Alnajjar, Jiana Cooper, Madison Haney, Danielle James, Stephanie Kababj, Batoul Kabengele, Nseya Macleod, Caitlin Momic, Jovana Samardzija, Sasha Tamo, Hayley

HC - Rogers, Stephen AC - Berringer-MacLeod, Patricia

YAAACE Antonnia Blake, Kiana Galloway, Ashley Hassan, Rochelle Koomalsingh, Nakissa Myers, Daniellia Ramsay, Chelsea Timm, Tamara Walker, Aaliyah Wiggins, Angelica Wright, Nickeela

HC - Niles, Corey AC - Boisselle, Cory

U19

Junior

WCI

4:30PM

Gloucester Wolverines Navarro

Girls DIVISION 2

Gloucester Wolverines

London CYO

7:30PM

Blessed Sacrament Thunder Bay Wolves

WCI

Gloucester Wolverines

WCI

WCI

6:00PM

WCI

9:00PM

London 86ers Guelph CYO

London Ramblers #1 Valhalla Youth

London 86ers London CYO Guelph CYO Knights

9:00AM Blessed Sacrament Palamarchuk

London Ramblers #1 Thunder Bay Wolves

Valhalla Youth

WCI

Guelph CYO

Blessed Sacrament

12:00PM Valhalla Youth

WCI

3:00PM

WCI

6:00PM

Gloucester Wolverines

London 86ers

Blessed Sacrament London Ramblers #1

WCI

London 86ers 10:30AM London CYO WCI

WCI

1:30PM

WCI

4:30PM

WCI

7:30PM

London Ramblers #1 Thunder Bay Wolves

London CYO Guelph CYO

Thunder Bay Wolves Valhalla Youth

U19 junior GIRLS DIVISION 2 Blessed Sacrament Palamarchuk Coates, Kayla DiGregorio, Eva DiPietro, Ariana McVicar, Keely Morrison, Michaela Mulkewich, Jordanne Palamarchuk, Laura Pugliese, Alexandra Simpson, Alanna Sousa, Stephanie Webber, Rachel

HC - Palamarchuk, Steven

AC - Kennedy, Jim AC - Pugliese, Carmine

London CYO

Gloucester Cumberland Navarro Baaklini, Amelie Blanchard, Melanie Bourgon, Melanie Collie, Sarah Hadwen, Nicola Harris, Olivia Huneault, Emilie Lachance, Emilie Murray, Shaudae Poter, Erin Presley, Amanda Rambo, Teeghan Wells, Taylor HC - Navarro, Karina AC - Shoup, Murray AC - Snow, Michael M - Rambo, Dan

London Ramblers #1

Guelph CYO Knights Achonwa, Kendra Calzonetti, Sarah Cazzola, Sabrina Clark, Sandra Fenton, Claire Ferguson, Hannah Krushnisky, Rachel Lin, Vicky Markes, Emily Mikulik, Samantha Resch, Sydney Salvian, Hailey Tassone, Brianna Zuk, Pier H - Tassone, Ange AC - Ferguson, Robert M - Zuk, Mitchell

Thunder Bay Wolves

London 86’ers Elkholy, Hoda Forbes, Shannon Jovichevich, Alexa Kolkman, Jamie Meadows, Laura O'Reilly, Bridget Rakic, Aleksandra Sanchez, Maria Scholtes, Tina Serodio, Kiera

HC - Chapman, Peter M - Gill, Kirit

Valhalla Youth

Angou, Chuot Arcia, Martha Calderon, Isabella DiLoreto, Erika Grabarczyk, Stephanie Heine, Christina Long, Hope Mahon-Hodgins, Lauren McIntosh, Georgia Muir, Megan Sylvester, Maya Vandervoort, Laura

Arcese, Alex Arcese, Samantha Frijia, Lauren Hawkins, Haly Jackson, Shannon Kerr, Caroline Martin, Paige Nolte, Teal Sanders, Carleigh Silverthorn, Caitlyn Suderman, Eilisha Vlasman, Alison

Andrea, Katelyn Foster, Megan Heiskanen, Aliisa Houlton, Laura Lavoie, Gillian Maki, Jessie McKitrick, Shannon Murphy, Maggie Peng, Sarah Setala, Kristen Soulias, Cassandra

Adamski, Caroline Basso, Maddie Carey, McKinley Crowe, Cassidy Dechet, Claire Earle, Hannah ferguson, Brianne Goodman, Sarah Handy, Carmen Handy, Lauren McShea, Lexi Shaw, Jessica

HC - Lambert, Peter AC - Marques, Kori AC - Szewczyk, Jill AC - Yumol, Jena

HC - Shaddick, Scott AC - Denneny, Brittany

HC - Kreiner, Jon AC - Pero, Lou

HC - Jean, Morgan AC - Nield, Lindsay

U19

Brantford Briers

Junior

Girls DIVISION 3

St David

Brantford Briers

St David

4:30PM

DCBA - Chameleons

6:00PM

St David

Titan Basketball Windsor Valiants

St David

7:30PM

IEM Newmarket Whitby Wildcats

9:00PM

Toronto Lords Capital Xelles

St David

IEM Newmarket

IEM Newmarket DCBA - Chameleons Whitby Wildcats

St David

9:00AM

Titan Basketball Toronto Lords Windsor Valiants Capital Xelles

Brantford Briers Whitby Wildcats

St David Titan Basketball 12:00PM Capital Xelles

St David

3:00PM

St David

6:00PM

Brantford Briers IEM Newmarket

Titan Basketball Toronto Lords

St

10:30AM DCBA - Chameleons

1:30PM

Toronto Lords Windsor Valiants

St David

DCBA - Chameleons

4:30PM

Whitby Wildcats

St David

Windsor Valiants Capital Xelles

St David

7:30PM

David

U19 junior GIRLS DIVISION 3

Brantford Briers

Capital Xelles

Durham City Chameleons

IEM - Newmarket

Adkins, Rachel DeLorenzi, Allyson Dubois, Lauren Foster, Jamie Hayes, Ciara Lancaster, Lexis MacNeil, Sara Mangifesta, Sarah Polgar, Monica Sowa, Kirsten Vachon, Bayley Wray, Kyanna

Chapman, Raiel Cornfield, Tiana Elliott, Hannah Faris, Jordan Lamont, Joellyn Mitchell, Erin Popovic, Maja Powers, Mordan Price, Sarah Skotnicki, Natalie Sullivan, Abby Vance, Logan

Alphonso, Joanna Authorworrey, Keisha Chua, Alicia Clayton, Raquel Dender, Maddie Graham-Singh, Marissa Lagman, Julia Lindsay, Kate Lindsay, Megan Smith, Sheridan Thanni, Moyinoluwa Wood, Shanieka

Camick, Krista Collins, Lianna Edwards, Shanicka Kielar, Madeline Kwamie, Akpene Ladouceur, Kristie Marghetis, Melinda McKerracher, Lyndsay Orsi, Daniella Parr, Ocean Shrimpton, Jessie

HC - Bryne, Paul M - Ford, Carolyn

HC - Price, Chris AC - Elliot, David M - Faris, Ian

HC - Clayton, Ervin AC - Lagman, Russ

HC - Marghetis, Ion

Titan Basketball (Sault)

Bellerose, Brooke Bordin, Carley Bruni, Adriane Bruni, Monica Dovigi, Alyssa Gurevitch, Mackenize Harrisson , Kara Mageran, Tianna Olar, Kerstin White, Courtney Zagordo , Anastasia

HC - Oliveira, Matt

AC - Shrimpton, Courtenay

Toronto Lords Gold

Windsor Valiants

Adams, Delphine Brown, Rashida Gibb, Tayla Ifearylundy, Chidera Lawrence, Hannah Lee, Rebecca Palmer, Surayya Virag, Henrietta Vukicevic, Sara

Azzopardi, Samantha Beausoleil, Katie Bevacqua, Julia Bishop, Alexa Boniferro, Jenna Glisic, Teodora Heenan-VanHorn, Darby Jones, Jamie Kearns, McKenzie Mancini, Bianca Rocheleau, Brittany

Creeden, Abby Cruickshank, Kaitlyn Dumbuya, Helen Kent, Gennell Kirkby, Leanne MacEachern, Angel McDonald, Tashana McLeish, Bailey Sinclair, Shantel Steer, Shemeka Tushingham, Alex Ward, Donna

HC - Griffin, Kareem AC - Lawrence, Greg AC - Poole, Jody

HC - Beausoleil, Mike AC - Jones, Patti M - Bevacqua, Tony

HC - LaFontaine, Heather

Whitby Wildcats

AC - LaFontaine, Kauri AC - Creeden, Paul

2013 Ontario Cup T-Shirt Small to XX-Large Price: $20.00 OBA Zip-Hooded Sweatshirt Small to XX-Large Price: $60.00 Ontario Basketball Shorts Large to XX-Large Price: $20.00 OBA Long Sleeve Shirt Large to XX-Large Price: $30.00

OBA Golf Shirt Small to XX-Large Price: $45.00 Ontario Basketball Hat Adjustable Price: $20.00 Team Ontario Jersey Small to XX-Large Price: $60.00

Holiday Inn Kitchener-Waterloo Conference Centre Friday: 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Sunday: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Wilfred Laurier University Friday: 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Glenview Park S.S. & Waterloo Collegiate Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Forest Heights CI & Huron Heights Saturday: 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

U19

Junior

Cameron

Etobicoke Thunder

4:30PM

Peterborough Power Stratford Optimist

6:00PM

Toronto Triple Threat

Cameron

Brockville Blazers

Cameron

7:30PM

Brampton Warriors

9:00PM

Shooting Stars Ottawa South

Cameron

Peterborough Power

Cameron

Etobicoke Thunder

9:00AM

Toronto Triple Threat

Cameron

Peterborough Power

Girls DIVISION 4

Etobicoke Thunder Stratford Optimist Toronto Triple Threat

Brockville Blazers Ottawa Shooting Stars

Brampton Warriors Ottawa South

Cameron Brockville Blazers 12:00PM Ottawa South

Cameron

3:00PM

Cameron

6:00PM

Peterborough Power Etobicoke Thunder

Brockville Blazers Shooting Stars

10:30AM Stratford Optimist

Cameron

Shooting Stars

1:30PM

Brampton Warriors

Cameron

Stratford Optimist

4:30PM

Toronto Triple Threat

Cameron

7:30PM

Cameron

Brampton Warriors

Ottawa South

U19 junior GIRLS DIVISION 4 Etobicoke Thunder Rep

Brampton Warriors

Brockville Basketball

Balkgransingh, Sangeeta

Corney, Marla Curran, Mackenzie Dale, Celiah Dixon, Molly Everett, Alexandra Everett, Victoria Greer, Shannon Joyce, Emily Landon, Emily Lassen, Mikayla O'Brien, Emma O'Connor, Bridget Rutherford, Molly

Allen, Samantha Bak, Andrea Chambers, Julia Clifford, Genevieve D'Ippolito, Arielle Eimer, Alyssa Fotopoulos, Cori Haney, Erin Johnson, Eliora Lynett, Emma Magnee, Louise Pellegrino, Chiara Pusey, Celina Reale, Daesi

HC - Carpenter, Cassandra AC - Carpenter, Kimberlea

HC - Clifford, Patrick AC - Mullins, Michael M - Allen, Josie

Ballott, Erica Campbell-Miller, Nazreen

Clarke, Jade Gates-Julien, Tianna Gordon, Ashley Lowe, Breanna Lowe, Jada Pinnock, Adrianna Thomas, Trisha Wallace, Rachel Wick, Nimisha

HC - Julien, Glen AC - Lowe, Stafford

Ottawa South Beatty, Katie Chartrand, Julia Downey, Tieasha Farrell, Karissa Haystead, Cassandra Jencz, Hayley Park, Chloe Seruna, Stephanie Thomas, Emily Thornill, Ashley Wilson, Michelle Wouters, Julia

HC - Wouters AC - Upshaw, Ted M - Vanderwal, Beatrice

AC - Walker-Roche, Kendra

Stratford Optimist Revolution Bender, Hilary Brookshaw, Stacey Caven, Hailey DeWetering, Becky Goetz, Emily Louwagie, Nancy Shepard, Stephanie Simpson, Kaitlynn Simpson, Shauna Veve, Laura Zehr, Amanda

HC - Hurley, Dave AC - Brookshaw, Scott

Toronto Triple Threat Asefa, Isabel Bery, Aliya Brown, Brittania Ellis, Shanelle Karkavitsas, Nicole Kisonas, Erika Leslie, Maura Melkis, Justina Mitchell, Leah Patchett, Mayla Ratz, Ella Salifu, Neena Ta, Judy Vukovich, Rachel Xu, Rose HC - McPherson, Kate AC - Mullings, Naomi AC - Murray, Kate M - Patchett, Lori

Ottawa Shooting Stars Bellehumeur-Moya, Noemi

Brown, Margot Brugmans, Rebecca Desir, Victoria DiFonte, Natalie Farhat, Alia Fawcett, Claire GORDON, MIKAYLA Harris, Madelyn Kalenga, Judy Lascelle, Dana Mercier-Mallet, Sam Salvino, Cailtin Van Woezik, Rachel

HC - Pompeo, Angela AC - Obst, Jane Marie

Peterborough Power Adair, Abby Anderson, Madison Bax, Robyn Corkery, Erin Forbes, Hannah Gerus, Jody House, Rachael Laplante, Breanna McConnell, Amber Schevers, Michelle

HC - Corkery, Mark M - Forbes, Dawna

U19

Junior

Forest

Girls DIVISION 5

SBA - Pardo

4:30PM York North Avengers

Forest

SBA - Pardo

7:30PM

North Toronto Huntsville Hurricanes

Forest

Goulbourn Hornets

6:00PM

Stoney Creek NYB #1

Forest

9:00PM

SBA - Kirby ABC Magic

Goulbourn Hornets York North Avengers Stoney Creek NYB #1

Forest

9:00AM

North Toronto Huskies

SBA - Kirby Huntsville Hurricanes

ABC Magic

SBA - Pardo Stoney Creek NYB #1

Forest North Toronto 12:00PM ABC Magic

Forest

3:00PM

Forest

6:00PM

SBA - Pardo Goulbourn Hornets

North Toronto SBA - Kirby

Forest

Forest

Goulbourn Hornets

10:30AM York North Avengers

Forest

1:30PM

SBA - Kirby Huntsville Hurricanes

Forest

York North Avengers

4:30PM

Stoney Creek NYB #1

Forest

Huntsville Hurricanes

7:30PM

ABC Magic

U19 junior GIRLS DIVISION 5

Ancaster Magic Ahrens, Mollie Athanasiou, Olivia Keen, Paige Kehoe, Lisa MacDonald, Kathleen Maki, Stephanie Michiels, Julianna Pattison, Larissa Toner, Kelsey

HC - Michiels, John AC - Robertson, Al M - Maki, Scott

Scarborough Blues Kirby

Barrett, Shae-Lynn Elliott, Jessica Gourdine, Kelsey Henry, Kayla Johnson, Brittney Kirby, Dekota Lopez, Leticia Nnane, Chelsea Shokri, Monica Viterbo, Susana

Goulbourn Basketball Bhangu, Bhavjot Byck, Alexandra Kironde, Cecilia Lough, Alexis McCormick, Taylor McCoy, Megan Morrison, Brianna Villena, Jessa-Rae Villena, Regina Zoryk, Natsha

HC - Graham, Ken AC - Byck, David

Scarborough Blues Pardo

Basha, Esra Campbell, Domina Germinal, Nancyca Grey, Layne Hood, Lachae Lumzel-Brown, Shenelle McIntosh, Elexica Ndaye, Belinda Reid, Kalilla Taylor-Walters, Amiya

Huntsville Hurricanes Austin, Madeleine Coleman, Olivia Connell, Erin Fletcher, Sarah Lapp, Elly Payne, Seanna Roberson, Marah Robertson, Kristy Stilwell, Laura Van Eynde, Fleur

HC - Payne, William AC - Sharpe, Martha

Stoney Creek NYB #1 Ahilamara, Insaf Bloomfield, Sylvia Booth, Sarah Dunk, Anita Farbotko, Kristen Martin, Sadie McMurrich, Meaghan Ruber, Kaitlynn Short, Rebecca Sicard, Jaclyn

North Toronto Anderson, Rebecca Andrinopoulos, Katerina (Katie)

Coville, Madiso (Maddy) Ho, Emilia Ho, Natalie Kalifer, Amanda (Andie) Phillips, Michelle Progosh, Dorothy Wallace, Katelyn

HC - Ho, Paul AC - McPhee, Shawn M - Ho, Silvana

York North Huskies Bathish, Nadia Connett, Mackenzie Conroy, Kathleen Conzelmann, Nicole Donald, Kelsey Ihejirika, Yael Kizovski, Laura Mallory, Taylor Marchetta, Michaella Thome-Dos Santos, Elizabeth

Tinnes, Emily

HC - Kirby, Ryan AC - Murrell, Michael AC - Weissberger, Ilana

HC - Pardo, Bryan AC - Gland, Aleia

HC - McMurrich, Jim AC - Sicard, Blair

HC - Kizovski, Bill AC - Mallory, Mike

U19

Junior

Glenview

4:30PM

Glenview

Girls Division

KW Lightning Grimsby Grizzlies

8:30PM

Grimsby Grizzlies Norfolk Youth

Burlington Skyhawks

Glenview

KW Lightning

Norfolk Youth

10:30AM Burlington Skyhawks

KW Lightning

6

Glenview

Kingston Impact

6:30PM

Burlington Skyhawks

Glenview

Norfolk Youth

Kingston Impact Grimsby Grizzlies 12:30PM Kingston Impact

Glenview

Burlington Skyhawks

Glenview

2:00PM

Grimsby Grizzlies

4:00PM

Glenview

5:30PM

Grimsby Grizzlies Kingston Impact

Glenview

Burlington Skyhawks

9:00AM Norfolk Youth

Glenview

KW Lightning Norfolk Youth

Glenview KW Lightning 10:30AM Kingston Impact

U19 junior GIRLS DIVISION 6

Burlington Skyhawks Causer, Melissa Corby, Rebecca Freeman, Victoria Mackay, Bryanna Maxwell, Jen Mindra, Jackeline O'Halloran, Madison Raymond, Brooklyn Roberts, India Sova, Haley Thompson, Mallory Trinidad, Charmika Veloce, Marisa Zagala, Janeille HC - FitzPatrick, Bill AC - MacKay, Frank AC - Thompson, Peter

Grimsby Basketball

Kingston Impact

Badgerow, Olivia Beach, Madison Bieksa, Miranda Capostagno, Lisa De Graaf, Annalies DeCoste, Ashley Hughes, Margaret Pavlik, Miranda Thomas, Kaitlyn Zima, Natalie

Andrews, Taylor Bourette-Knowles, Madelyn Campbell-Kellar, Mandi Chamberlain, Emily Duguay, Chelsea Faulkner, Brianna Griffith, Laura McAuley, Eleanor McCuen, Nicole Rowe, Jessie Simpson, Desiree

HC - Zima, Charles M - Zima, Patricia

HC - Siltanen, Kirsti AC - Taylor, Matt

KW Lightning

Norfolk Nets

Barnard, Nicole Bertoia, Rachel Dawe, Kelsey Doran, Cali Fishbein, Hannah Gardiner, Hannah Hutt-Taylor, Kayleigh Kivell, Jocelyn Osman, Omnia Page, Tyshaine Pettigrew, Tess Saleh, Shama Zebib, Beth

Bacro, Amy Hotz, Morgan Jansen, Nicole Krisko, Rachel Little, Amanda Matthews, Tori

HC - Beacotte, Laura AC - Foo, Stephanie AC - McCrae, Kate

HC - Montgomery, Jean AC - Macovik, William AC - Malcolm, Barry

Muntz-Flowerday, Taome

Pettersen, Taylor Schott, Jenna Taylor, Haley

OABO

GET INTO THE GAME...

Ontario Association of Basketball Officials

WE ARE LOOKING FOR OFFICIALS ACROSS THE PROVINCE.

Go one step further than the best seat in the house...get in the game. Enjoy the sport you love from the floor while: 路 staying active. 路 subsidizing your income. 路 acting as a community leader in sports. 路 developing your decision-making and communication skills.

Contacts: Don Thorne donthorne@sympatico.ca Tim Laurain tlaurain@basketball.on.ca

www.oabo.ca

CONTACT YOUR REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE

ONTARIO BASKETBALL LAUNCHES CLUB EXCELLENCE

Club Excellence is a program built to support any sport, is third party operated, using fair and transparent methods to deliver a national certification program. It was developed by a group of likeminded organizations (Gymnastics Canada, Swimming Canada, CanoeKayak Canada, Athletics Canada, and Speed Skating Canada) who came together around the development and delivery of a national, workshop-based program designed to help sport clubs provide quality programming and effective club management practices. The certification program recognizes clubs and associations that invest in building capacity to meet and exceed a basic set of operating principles. The six core areas of Club Excellence are program delivery, coaching, people management, governance, financial accountability, and marketing, recruitment and revenue generation. Great sport organizations are those that develop strategies on the field and off. Club Excellence can help. Best of all, your club or association will be recognized for the investment made in establishing policies and processes to meet your day-to-day challenges.

CLUB EXCELLENCE WORKSHOP McBain Community Centre 7150 Montrose Rd. Niagara Falls, ON L2H 3N3 Saturday, June 1st 2013 9:00am – 5:00pm $25.00 per participant (plus applicable tax) Maximum two participants per member club Includes coffee, lunch and materials REGISTER ONLINE http://clubexcellencensc2.eventbrite.ca (613) 521-3340 ext.3226

kjohnston@cces.ca

WWW.CLUBEXCELLENCE.COM

IS YOUR CLUB EXCELLENT? Participation in sport and recreation is more than just finding a club that wins a lot of basketball games. Throughout amateur sport in Canada, there exists an increased focus on accountability to parents and their children, risk management assessment, development programming, quality coaches and administrators, and fiscal transparency. It is for these reasons that Ontario Basketball (OBA) recently announced its partnership with the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport, True Sport Foundation and the Club Excellence Cooperative (CEC) to launch a basketball club excellence strategy throughout province. “We are proud of the more than 200 member clubs within Ontario Basketball that represent our sport in communities across Ontario. Most of these clubs are administered by dedicated local volunteers. The launch of Club Excellence will strengthen the capacity of our clubs and provide invaluable resources, enabling them to deliver the sport with excellence to the thousands of members who rely on our professionalism and quality standards,” said Ken Urbach, president, Ontario Basketball. “We share an incredible responsibility with our clubs to ensure our members enjoy a safe and rewarding basketball experience. OBA looks forward to working with the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport and continue to strengthen our existing member clubs.” OBA has joined leading national sport organizations in embracing the Club Excellence program which is helping to build a network of healthy, strong and sustainable sport clubs across Canada. As an Associate Member, OBA now enjoys access to a range of customized tools and resources to improve club programs. Targeted workshops will help member clubs become Club Excellence certified, building capacity in a number of critical areas including coaching, people management, governance, recruitment, financial accountability, marketing, and revenue generation. OBA will be working with its Regional Stakeholders Network and member clubs to identify the sport-specific categories required in addition to the Club Excellence mandated standards. The Club Excellence Cooperative (CEC) was created in 2007 with common goals to identify a stable and supportive environment for coaches, improve implementation of Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) at the community level, and ensure quality club programming. The Club Excellence program was then created to help build a network of healthy, strong and sustainable sport clubs and sport organizations, across Canada. Based on 30 standards, Club Excellence can help in building capacity within program delivery, coaching, people management, governance, financial accountability, and marketing, recruitment and revenue generation. Founding Members of the Club Excellence Cooperative (CEC) include Swimming Canada, Speedskating Canada, CanoeKayak Canada, Athletics Canada, Gymnastics Canada, and the True Sport Foundation. “OBA is the first major team sport organization to join Club Excellence. They clearly see the opportunity to apply the Club Excellence certification program to raise the quality of the sport at the grassroots level. We look forward to their contribution to our campaign to improve sport delivery at the local club level,” said John Edwards, Chair of Club Excellence Cooperative. Through the Associate Membership paid for by OBA, the Club Excellence program will be available to Ontario Basketball member clubs in good standing, focusing on all the characteristics of strong, sound clubs, from management to governance and program delivery. It will also allow OBA to provide discounts to their member clubs on Club Excellence services, and gives them a voice in the stewardship of this innovative, standards-based certification program. “Club Excellence represents a significant financial investment from OBA to its member clubs,” said Michael Cvitkovic, executive director, Ontario Basketball. “We believe this investment aligns our clubs more closely, provides strong risk management and continues our commitment to Canadian Sport for Life principles. OBA clubs are the foundation of our organization and so it is imperative that we provide them with the necessary resources to succeed. No matter where our parents and athletes live, they should expect the same services from their local clubs.” For more information, visit www.clubexcellence.com.

CS4L is proud of all athletes aspiring to represent Canada.

Train to Compete

Quality sport matters. The Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) Model is designed to promote physical literacy, improve performance, and increase lifelong participation in physical activity. Best wishes to the athletes as they progress along their LTAD pathway. canadiansportforlife.ca

Quality sport and physical activity

WHY CAN’T WE? By: Michael T. Cvitkovic Most sports have recognized the issue. Children should not be playing an adult game. Baseball has had T-ball, Rookie Ball and other modified games for years. Soccer nets and fields are significantly smaller than professional standards all across the world. Tennis legend Roger Federer learned his craft with mini tennis - a smaller racquet, net and court with lighter tennis balls to encourage proper technique. We’ve all seen Sidney Crosby and those Timbit Hockey TV commercials. Yet a majority of our basketball youth can still be found attempting to shoot a NBA-sized ball on a 10-foot net from a 15-foot free throw line in full-court, five-on-five competition. It’s time we take a good look in the mirror. There is a large movement across the country called Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L) or the Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model. It’s been around for years and Ontario Basketball (OBA) has taken some steps to properly adapt. OBA has strong alignment with CS4L in the Train to Train (Girls 11-15 years; Boys 12-16 years) stage with programs such as Talent Identification and Development Program (TIDP) and the successful Team Ontario Under 14, 15 and 17 teams, however there exists a tremendous gap in earlier stages such as FUNdamentals (Girls 6-8 years; Boys 6-9 years) and Learn to Train (Girls 8-11 years; Boys 9-12 years). Teaching children physical literacy and investing quality gym time to catch, throw, jump, pivot, and balance must be a priority. So is creating a fun, inclusive environment that promotes skill development before competition and recognizes the social, emotional and psychological growth of young people. More practices, less games. It’s scientifically proven that children will become attracted or disinterested in a particular sport by the age of 12. That puts a lot of pressure on early childhood sport development, volunteer coaches, clubs, officials and parents. It is vital that all support networks for children, especially parents, understand the significance of developing the athlete in the child before the basketball player. Over the course of the next few months, Ontario Basketball will be participating in an in-depth CS4L review of the programs and services it currently offers. With its Regional Stakeholders Network and other basketball experts, OBA will formulize a long-term strategic plan to chart how it should address existing gaps. This will include a complete competition review. Change is challenging, but when it comes to our kids, isn’t it worth it? It’s time for basketball to step up and lead again. Together, let’s enjoy this significant transformation. If other popular sports can properly adjust their programming to ensure children are receiving age, stage and skill appropriate development, why can’t we? To learn more, visit www.CS4L.ca. Cvitkovic is the executive director of Ontario Basketball, having previously held sports management positions with York University, the Toronto Raptors Basketball Club and Tennis Canada.

The Talent Identification and Development Program (TID) is a systematic revision of the Player Development Program (PDP) that provides a clear pathway for athletes and coaches in the high performance stream. The outcomes of this restructuring include a downward shift in the ages of athletes that OBA high performance programs target and better alignment with the appropriate age categories as per the principles of Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD). More athletes with high performance potential will be identified and provided the right training. Ontario Basketball is pleased to announce the dates and locations for the 2013 Talent Identification and Development Program as follows: Georgian College U12 Boys Centralized Camp: July 2 - 5 U12 Girls Centralized Camp: July 6 - 9 U14 Boys Centralized Camp: July 17 - 20 U14 Girls Centralized Camp: July 21 - 24 Abilities Centre / Durham College U16 Boys Centralized Camp: August 16 - 18 U16 Girls Centralized Camp: August 16 - 18 Georgian College U12 Identification Camp: August 21 - 23

Regional Tryouts ($25.00): April - May · Athletes receive a TID Nike / OBA Tshirt. Regional Training ($300.00): May - July · 360 selected athletes receive 30 hours of LTAD age / stage appropriate training. Centralized Camp ($350.00): July · 288 athletes receive an additional 35 hours of high performance training alongside the best players in Ontario. · Off-court strength and conditioning training. · Educational sessions (ie. Canada Basketball, NCAA, CIS, AAU). · Meals and accommodations (four days / three nights). · Special guest coaches. · Personal athlete evaluations. · Opportunity to be identified and selected for additional high performance development programs (ie. Centre for Performance, Team Ontario). · Nike / OBA shorts and reversible jersey. · Spalding composite basketball.

Regional Tryouts (Free): April - May Regional Training ($300.00): May - July · 720 athletes receive 30 hours of LTAD age / stage appropriate training. · Nike / OBA reversible jersey. Centralized Camp ($350.00): July · 240 athletes are chosen from regional training sessions. · Athletes receive an additional 35 hours of high performance training alongside the best players in Ontario. · Off-court strength and conditioning training. · Educational sessions (ie. Canada Basketball, NCAA, CIS, AAU). · Meals and accommodations (four days / three nights). · Special guest coaches. · Personal athlete evaluations. · Opportunity to be identified and selected to compete against the top 20 athletes in Ontario at the U12 Identification Camp in August. · Nike / OBA shorts. · Spalding composite basketball.

Regional Tryouts ($25.00): May - June · Athletes receive a TID Nike / OBA Tshirt. Regional Training ($300.00): June - August · 360 athletes receive 30 hours of LTAD age and stage appropriate training. Centralized Camp ($350.00): August · 288 athletes receive an additional 35 hours of high performance training alongside the best players in Ontario. · Tournament style competition. · Off-court strength and conditioning training. · Educational sessions (ie. Canada Basketball, NCAA, CIS, AAU). · Opportunity to be identified and selected for additional high performance development programs (ie. Centre for Performance, Team Ontario). · Meals and accommodations (four days / three nights). · Special guest coaches. · Personal athlete evaluations. · Nike / OBA shorts and reversible jersey. · Spalding composite basketball.

TEAM ONTARIO ALUMNI DANIELLE BOIAGO CONTINUES HER SUCCESS AT MCMASTER UNIVERSITY Danielle Boiago is a shining example of how hard work and strong support and coaching from an Ontario Basketball Association (OBA) club program can help a player achieve success wherever they go, be it at a university down the road or on a court across the Atlantic. Boiago made a name for herself coming up through the Blessed Sacrament program, an OBA club in her native Hamilton. It was as a member of the Blessed Sacrament Yellow Jackets that Boiago got her first taste of basketball on the world stage. The talented guard with a nose for scoring was chosen to represent Team Hamilton at the 2009 International Children's Games in Athens, Greece. She starred for her squad in Greece, lifting the team to the gold medal. The summer of elite hoops continued for Boiago that same year. After returning from Greece, she joined a powerful Team Ontario and represented her province at the U15 National Championship in Kamloops, B.C. An impressive performance there allowed her star to shine a little brighter. She finished second in the tournament in scoring, averaging 13 points per game, and was named tournament most valuable player, while lifting Ontario to the national crown.

Photo credit: Blair Hough

Not willing to settle for her success with Team Ontario U15, Boiago trained hard with her Blessed Sacrament teammates and coaches to earn a sport on Ontario's U17 entry to the national championship in each of the next two years. In her first year with Team Ontario U17 in 2010, Boiago's squad settled for silver but returned to the top of the podium in 2011. In 2012 Boiago competed for Blessed Sacrament once again, this time in the OBA-sanctioned JUEL , a league for the top U-19 female hoopsters in Ontario. Once again she was a star among stars in the JUEL circuit, being named the most valuable player of the league's all-star game. When Boiago announced she would play her university basketball with her hometown McMaster Marauders in 2012-13, the city of Hamilton was abuzz. And after having a phenomenal rookie campaign in Ontario University Athletics for the Marauders, where she led the OUA West in rookie scoring and finished eighth overall (15.3 PPG), Boiago was named the OUA West rookie of the year.

Photo credit: Blair Hough

Her accomplishments and success at every level of her basketball career can be traced back to her time as a member of an Ontario Basketball Association club; Hamilton's Blessed Sacrament.

WELCOME TO A FAIR PLAY FACILITY IN THE SPIRIT OF FAIR PLAY, ONTARIO BASKETBALL WOULD LIKE YOU TO... CHEER AS MUCH AS YOU WANT. SUPPORT OUR COACHES, ATHLETES, OFFICIALS AND OTHER SPECTATORS. HAVE FUN AND ENJOY OURSELVES. ENJOY THE SPORT AND THE COMPETITION. ...BUT IF YOU DISRESPECT THE SPIRIT OF FAIR PLAY YOU WILL BE ASKED TO LEAVE THE FACILITY. Olympia Sports Camp is an official partner of Ontario Basketball and the proud sponsor of Ontario Basketball's Fair Play Program.


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