September Highlights

September 30, 2012 by  
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With a new school season kicking off also comes a new season for high school sports! This September has been in full swing bringing sports back into the forefront of students’ minds.  We are going to take a look at some football and basketball teams from Ontario, the Whistler Spirit run in BC, High School Golf championships in Saskatchewan, and a look at Basketball Coaches day in Canada.

Basketball – Ontario

b-ball-ONThe basketball season is off to a great start for the Rockway Flames Senior girls’ basketball team in the District 8 league. They won their first league game in two years, 28-21, against the Monsignor Doyle Mustangs in the season’s first game. Emma Kscheninski was the lead scorer with 15 points.

With the support of their coaches, the Rockway Flames are full of optimism towards this upcoming season. Coach Bernie Burnett , who has been coaching now for 17 years, states that winning is, “ not the be all and end all.” The team hopes to qualify in the CWOSSA single-A tournament.

Whistler Spirit Run – British Columbia

The 5th annual Whistler Spirit run was held this September. The run is a Cross Country event that is held at Whistler Olympic Park and supports British Columbia High School and University athletes through charitable donations and scholarship programs. There has been increasing interest in the event and registration exceeded last year’s numbers with 240 people. This year the event featured cross-country races for school and club teams, a team relay, a family fun-run, and individual competitive races for all ages.


In the senior boys high school 17 and under 5km race, Mike Rogers took first with a time of 19:39 followed by Max Lindley-Pert and Daniel Rogers with 21:01 and 21:05 respectively. In the senior girls 4km race, Lucy Smyth came in first with Lauren Doak and Allison Marlyn coming after with times of 19:11 and 20:15.

For the 3 km junior high school races for students 15 and under, Danielle Steer came in first for girls with a time of 11:36 and for boys the winner was Kieran Lumb with a finishing time of 10:33.

For the 2km elementary school 12 and under, Nina Watson won with the time 8:44 and for the boys Michael Mitchell in 8:10.

Golf –Saskatchewan

The Saskatchewan High School Athletic Association Grass Green Golf Championships took place this September at the Cooke Municipal Golf Course. Carlton Comprehensive High School displayed their athletic abilities during the tournament, finishing with both the Team Title and Boy’s Championship. Zach Hurd from Carlton won the boys title by a total of six strokes by finishing with a 70 and 74 during his rounds. His teammates – Cory Sawchuk, Cory Selander and Cole Hobson – also showcased their talents and helped lead the school to their victory in the Team Competition.


In the girl’s competition, Leboldus’s Brooke Hill won the championship by a total of 6 shots after overcoming a one-shot deficit in the first round. The SCCHS Ardens golf team was out of medal contention by 4 strokes at the end of the first day. They made a comeback on the final day of tournament and ended up on the podium with a bronze medal. This is the third year in a row that the Ardens golf team has won a medal at the Provincial Championships.

Basketball Coaches Day in Canada

September 29th was the National Basketball Coaches Day. The day is geared towards the celebration and recognition of all Canadian basketball coaches to thank them for the commitment and dedication they put towards athletes, teams, programs and community sport. Coaches were recognized across the nation through various mediums – coaching clinics, thank you e-blasts, awards, and recognition in newsletters – to name a few.


For example, in British Columbia, Basketball BC held a Youth Coaching Summit for coaches who work with kids from 8-14 years of age.  The Summit included sessions developed to assist coaches with new and fun drills to use with children, new warm-up activities, and the development of fundamental game tactics and strategies.

Basketball Alberta held the 2nd Annual Basketball Alberta Coaching Conference for coaches of high school and junior high school teams. The conference gave coaches, for example, the opportunity to learn how to master teaching team defense and offense, and on how to become a better shooting coach.

Basketball New Brunswick and the University of New Brunswick offered a free coaching clinic in conjunction with Accreon Helen Campbell women’s basketball and Eric Garland men’s basketball tournament. In addition, all coaches who attended the clinic were given a free day pass to the men and women’s tournament at the UNB Currie Centre.

The day is a great opportunity to remind coaches their team and community appreciates all the work and time they have contributed to the development of basketball in Canada.

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