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Thursday, April 17, 2014

CWOSSA Alums: Cvrkalj Receives Scholar Athlete Award; Achonwa Picked 9th in WNBA Draft

Cvrkalj Named Scholar Athlete Award Winner
Stefan Cvrkalj (Bluevale CI '11), who just finished up his junior year at Lehigh University (NCAA D1) in Bethlehem, PA, was named as Lehigh's Scholar-Athlete Award Winner during their annual awards banquet recently.

According to the release, "As an Accounting major, he owns a cumulative GPA of 3.81. Cvrkalj has been named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll every year. He has also excelled on the court, playing in 23 games last season and averaging 4.5 points per game. Cvrkalj scored 14 second-half points at both Navy and vs. Bucknell to lead the Mountain Hawks to key Patriot League wins."

Achonwa Selected 9th Overall by Indiana Fever
Despite a torn ACL that will force her to miss the entire 2014 season, Guelph native Natalie Achonwa was selected 9th overall in the WNBA draft earlier this week.

Achonwa was selected by the Indiana Fever, meaning that those who followed her career at Notre Dame (South Bend, Indiana) will be able to keep tabs on her at the professional level, as well.

Achonwa averaged 14.7 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.9 assists for Notre Dame this past season, prior to being injured in the Elite 8 of the NCAA Women's Tournament.  Notre Dame eventually lost in the national championship game to UConn.

"I was just ecstatic that a team took that chance on me on being hurt and not being able to play this season, that they really had faith that I would come back in 2015 and be able to improve and help their team," said Achonwa in an interview with the Guelph Mercury.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

The Record: Grand River's Teny Wins Moser Award

Photo via Twitter; @ThalerMade
Article By:  Mark Bryson

WATERLOO — He is one of the hardest working players in Waterloo Region, a vocal leader who pushes his teammates to be the best they can be.
But when Grand River Renegades head coach Tolly Henderson is asked about Chuder Teny's greatest on-court strength, it's his single-handed ability to take over a game that impresses him most.
"He's just an explosive scorer. When he gets on a roll, I don't want to say he's unstoppable, but he can put up big numbers very quickly, and that frees up space for the rest of the team," said Henderson.
"I still don't think he gets the recognition he deserves, but that's changing."
Teny's recognition level received a significant boost on Wednesday night when he was named this year's winner of the Mike Moser Memorial Award as the most valuable player in the Waterloo County senior boys basketball league. The announcement was made during halftime of the WCSSAA boys-girls all-star doubleheader at Waterloo Collegiate Institute.
The Moser award caps a memorable season for Teny, a fifth-year guard who led the Renegades to a berth in the WCSSAA final and a strong showing at the Central Western Ontario championship. He scored a season-high 37 points against the Galt Ghosts in January and scored 20-plus points in nine of 12 WCSSAA regular-season games.
"It's a great honour. I didn't expect to get this but I did put in a lot of work this year, so it's a great feeling," Teny said while clutching his Moser plaque. "It's a great achievement, obviously. Only one player wins it every year and to do it in my final high school game is special."
In addition to being a standout basketball player, Teny is one of the most popular students at Grand River because of his upbeat demeanour and ever-present smile.
"He's just so happy-go-lucky and I've never heard anyone say anything negative about the guy in the five years I've known him. He popular with both teachers and students," said Henderson.
Teny, who came to Canada from Sudan in 2001, is also something of a star in the classroom.
After spending his first-year at Grand River in the fast-forward program that helps students make the transition from the classroom to the workplace, he is now taking university level courses and posting impressive grades.
Several Canadian university basketball programs have expressed an interest in Teny, who hopes to continue his studies and playing career at a post-secondary school.
Teny's award comes just a week after his cousin, Tesloth Simon of the St. Mary's Eagles, captured his second consecutive MVP award in the District 8 league.

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

GoKnights.ca: Women's Basketball Add Courtney Banham

Photo Courtesy Niagara College Athletics
Retrieved From:  http://goknights.ca/sports/wbkb/2013-14/releases/201403286eazro

The Niagara College department of athletics & recreation is pleased to announce the addition of Courtney Banham to the women's basketball program. Banham attended Waterloo Collegiate Institute and competed as a member of Ontario Basketball Association's KW Lightning.

Niagara College women's basketball head coach Mike Becarria commented "Courtney projects as a talented shooting guard for us. She has good shooting mechanics, a great work ethic, and is exceptionally competitive. She will be a strong addition to our program."

The five-foot-eight Banham will bring the Knights experience and athleticism beginning in September of 2014. The Waterloo native added that her reason for electing to pursue a post-secondary education at Niagara College included "the team and the people. Everyone around the women's basketball program has been great, and the atmosphere and education just seemed right to me."

The Knights will graduate two key members of their 2013-14 back court in second-team OCAA all-star Tara Giallonardo and veteran Katie Beaucock. Looking to fill the void left by the departure of his experienced guards, the recruitment of Banham was a 'key focus' said Beccaria.

Banham will enroll in the Niagara College pre-health sciences program, but has the goal of graduating from multiple Niagara College programs in years to come. She continued "I want to succeed in my program right away, and transition that success into the college's Dental Hygiene program down the road."

The Knights enjoyed a strong season in 2013-14, finishing with a record of 11-7. Banham continued "on the court, my goal is to grow as a player and I feel like Coach Becarria can help me achieve that. I really want to help build on the team's success."

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Junior D8 & D10 All-Star Pictures

D8 Junior All-Stars
D10 Junior All-Stars

D8 Takes Junior, Senior All-Star Games in Annual Showdown

D10 Sr. All-Stars
The District 8 junior and senior all-stars were victorious yesterday evening in both games against their District 10 (Guelph) counterparts.  The games were held at Resurrection CSS in Kitchener.

D8 Sr. All-Stars
Both were competitive games, with the junior D8 team taking the opener 86-74 before the seniors came back from a double-digit halftime deficit to win 77-67.

On the junior side, D8's game MVP Zubair Seyed netted 12 of his 16 points in the second half, while St. Mary's Adham Eleeda also did the majority of his damage in the second stanza, nettting 10 of his 15 points as the D8 squad gradually took charge of a game that was tied at halftime.

Alex Durigon (St. James) had a game-high 23 points for the D10, while Shan Lekhi (ODSS) was also in double-figures with 11.

Also hitting the balanced scoresheet for D8 aside from Seyed and Eleeda were Barnaba Niel (10), Mason Cumming (9), Minas Abara (9), Muyang Iluya (8), Alex Douglas (8), Ali Rashid (6), and Justin Malnerich (5).

For D10, other scorers included Nick Marquis (8), Julian Ranzetti (8), Keegan Feeney (7), Mengis Hiyabu (6), Nate Scott (3), Curtis Gordon (3), James Gerstenkorn (2), Kyle Tuohy (2), and Kyle Kush (2).

Mengis Hiyabu (JF Ross) was named D10's player of the game.

On the senior side, the all-star game could certainly be categorized as a "game of runs".

D8 jumped out to a 19-13 lead at the end of one, only to see a couple of big D10 runs in the second quarter (12-3 run, then another 13-4 run to end the quarter) as the Guelph area stars took a 38-26 halftime lead in a relatively low-scoring affair.

D8, though, found their offensive mojo in the third quarter, equalling their first-half output with a 26-point frame, and then used the strength of a 13-4 fourth quarter run to extend to a 74-61 lead late before things ended with the D8 ahead 77-67.

Rez's Patric McGlynn (three 3's), SMHS' trio of Tesloth Simon (two 3's), Tyrick Thompson (10 of 14 points in the second half) and Nathan Riley (2 dunks) were all instrumental in the second half comeback.

McGlynn had four three-pointers in all en-route to 16 points and D8's game MVP nod.  Tesloth Simon, the league MVP, had five three-pointers and an 18-point effort, while also hitting the scoresheet for the D8 were Tyrick Thompson (14), Nathan Riley (10), Avery Sutton (9), Ryan Stafford (3), Jermaine Lyle (3), Tyler Hergott (2), and Sohrob Sultani (2).

D10's scoresheet was led by Tommy Yanchus (12), James Scott (8), Andrew Folkerson (8), Owen Brombal (7), Joey Hasson (7), Kevin Roche (5), Smith (5), Adam MacEachern (4), Jonah Hopkins (4), Craig Valeriote (3), Mitch Marquis (2), and Jesse Kendall (2).

Folkerson was named as the D10's game MVP.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

D8: All-Stars Announced

By:  Michael Grobe (Retrieved from D8 Website)

WATERLOO REGION (March 24, 2014) – St. Mary’s Tesloth Simon collected his second consecutive District 8 MVP award as the league announced its senior and junior boys basketball all-star teams on Monday.

Simon led St. Mary’s to their third straight appearance in OFSAA and an impressive perfect 11-0 record in District 8 play. He was one of the league’s top scorers all-season long registering a season high 23 points in a 65-34 win over the St. David’s Celtics back on December 2nd. Similar to last season, he would play a key role throughout the Eagles push towards D8 and CWOSSA titles and an OFSAA appearance.

Altogether, District 8 champion St. Mary’s scored five players on the all-star squad with Simon being joined by Tyrick Thompson and Jermaine Lyle on the first team squad while Tyler Hergott and Avery Sutton garnered second team honours. For Simon, Thompson, Lyle, and Hergott it marked the second time in their career that they have appeared on the senior all-star squad having all been named last season as well.

Resurrection’s Patric McGlynn also earned his second senior All-Star selection being named to the first team while Phoenix teammate Adam Schneider earned a second team mention. Resurrection finished as runners up to St. Mary’s with their only defeats coming at the hands of the Eagles.

Monsignor Doyle placed Jamal Bell on the first team and Ryan Statfford on the second team while St. David’s Alex Scheffler was the lone Celtic named to the second team. Both Stafford and Scheffler were the only grade 11’s named to the squad.

On the junior side of the ball, St. Mary’s and St. Benedict’s put two athletes each on the first squad with Adham Eleeda and Barnaba Niel representing the D8 champion Eagles. Alex Douglas and Zubair Zeyed were the representatives from the Saints on the first team while Resurrection’s Ali Rashid rounded out the first team.
Second team junior all-stars included Resurrection’s Joseph Hunter, Muyang Iluya, along with Mina Abara (St. Mary’s), Mason Cumming (St. David) and Justin Malnerich (St. Benedict’s).

The entire District 8 all-star team will be in action to showcase their skills this Wednesday at the annual Basketball All-Star game between District 8 and District 10 (Guelph). The event goes March 26th at Resurrection CSS. Junior tipoff is scheduled for 6:00pm while the senior game goes at 8:00pm. Admission to the event is free.

2013-14 District 8 Senior Boys Basketball All-Stars

Most Valuable Player: Tesloth Simon (St. Mary’s HS)
First Team
Jamal BellForward12Monsignor Doyle CSS
Jermaine LyleGuard12St Mary’s HS
Patric McGlynnForward12Resurrection CSS
Tesloth SimonGuard12St Mary’s HS (MVP)
Tyrick ThompsonGuard12St Mary’s HS
Second Team
Tyler HergottForward/Guard12St Mary’s HS
Alex SchefflerGuard11St David CSS
Adam SchneiderGuard12Resurrection CSS
Ryan StaffordGuard11Monsignor Doyle CSS
Avery SuttonGuard12St Mary’s HS
Honourable Mentions
Korbil GanyGuard10Resurrection CSS
Jacob GilbertForward12Resurrection CSS
Tyler MoultonGuard12St. Benedict CSS
Nathan RileyForward12St Mary’s HS
Sohrob SultaniForward11Monsignor Doyle CSS
2013-14 District 8 Junior Boys Basketball All-Stars
First Team
Alex DouglasForward10St. Benedict CSS
Adham EleedaGuard10St. Mary’s HS
BarnabaNielForward10St. Mary’s HS
Ali RashidGuard10Resurrection CSS
Zubair ZeyedGuard10St. Benedict CSS
Second Team
Minas AbaraGuard10St. Mary’s HS
Mason CummingForward10St. David CSS
Joseph HunterGuard10Resurrection CSS
Muyang IluyaForward10Resurrection CSS
Justin MalnerichGuard10St. Benedict CSS
Honourable Mentions
Jordan Deveney – ReidForward10Monsignor Doyle CSS
John McElroyGuard10St. David CSS
Teddy NewmanGuard10Woodland CHS
David NguyenGuard10St. Mary’s HS
Isaac RegierGuard10Rockway MC

Monday, March 24, 2014

CWOSSA News - Junior: Top 40 Camp Rosters

Camp director Imad Qahwash has released the rosters for his annual junior boys' "Top 40 Camp", which will be held May 9th - 11th.

Although there's a couple notable absences (WCI & St. Benedict players), he's done a pretty good job of amassing many of the region's top players, including several junior-aged players that played up in the senior ranks this past season:

Chris Jin, 6-0, Point Guard, Centennial
Eddie Omari, 5-7, Point Guard, St. Mary’s

Mark Shinouda, 5-10, Guard, Centennial
Adham Eleeda, 6-1, Guard, St. Mary’s

Jamie Grant, 6-0 Guard, North Park
Luke Wouters, 6-0 Guard, Orangeville HS
Patrik Martini, 5-9 Guard, Pere Rene
Ben Kawawukumey, 5-7 Guard, Father Henry Carr
Brenden Lyver, 6-3, Forward, Centre Dufferin
Eli Hesse, 6-3, Guard, Centre Wellington

Jake Chaput, 5-9, Point Guard, Bishop Mac
Chris Poloniato, 6-0, Point Guard, Bishop Mac
David Nguyen, 5-11, Guard, St. Mary’s
Minas Abara, 6-1, Guard, St. Mary’s
Jasmer Brar, 5-9, Guard, Centennial
Devon Gallivan, 5-8, Guard, SJAM
Julian Renzetti, 6-1, Forward, J.F. Ross
James Gerstenkorn, 5-10, Guard, Lourdes
Jordan Kenning, 6-4, Forward, Resurrection
Eric Purdy, 6-1, Guard, Jacob Hespler

Michael Dubois, 5-11, Guard, St. John’s
Ali Rashid, 5-9, Guard, Resurrection
Luke Kivell, 6-1, Guard, Glenview Park
Ben Jenkins, 6-1, Guard, Huron Heights
Jordan Deveney-Reid, 6-1, Monsignor Doyle
Kyle Tuohy, 6-3 Forward, Orangeville HS
Nigel Carey-Kockan, 6-1, Guard Orangeville HS
Joe Hunter, 6-0, Guard, Resurrection
Blayke Ferguson, 5-11, Guard, Westside
Liam Courtney, 6-8, Center, SJK Prep

Greg MacEachern, 6-1, Guard, Bishop Mac
Zach Hamed, 5-11, Guard, North Park
Kyle Webster, 6-2, Forward, North Park
Antoney Bell, 6-2, Guard, Pere Rene
Brandon McIver, 6-1, Guard, North Park
Adam Dingwall, 6-2, Guard, J.F Ross
Mitchell Devonish, 6-1, Guard, Preston HS
Jake Rush, 6-0, Guard, Resurrection
Korbil Gany, 6-4 Guard, Resurrection
Curtis Gordon, 6-0, Guard, J.F Ross

Friday, March 21, 2014

CWOSSA News: St. Mary's Tesloth Simon Verbally Commits to UMass-Lowell

Tesloth Simon, a 6'3" guard from St. Mary's HS in Kitchener, has recently announced a verbal commitment to the University of Massachusetts-Lowell Riverhawks, an NCAA D1 school participating in the America East conference.

Simon has been the scoring backbone for a very strong Eagles' nucleus over the past few seasons; he's also appeared in the CWOSSA AAAA finals (with three straight senior victories) each year that he's been in high school.  He was the D8 MVP last season, and I'd certainly expect him to make that a "back to back" effort this year.

He impressed at the recent OFSAA "AAAA" championships in Mississauga with a couple of eye-raising scoring performances against Father Henry Carr (29 points) and Oakwood (19 points) --- the two teams that would end up playing for the gold medal at the tournament's conclusion.

UMass-Lowell finished their first season as a D1 school this past year, going 8-8 in the America East conference for a 5th place finish in the 9-team conference.  As part of their transition to NCAA Divison I, they are ineligible for postseason play until the 2017-18 season.

There were several schools interested in acquiring his services; I had also heard that Louisiana-Monroe (Sun Belt Conference) demonstrated "significant" interest.

Congratulations, Tesloth!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

WCSSAA Announces All-Star Details

For the first time in WCSSAA history, the girls' and boys' all-star games will be played on the same evening.

The games will go down as a doubleheader on Wednesday, April 2nd, with the girls game tipping at 6:30pm, followed by the boys at 8:00pm (games at Waterloo CI).

Also, the full listing of the boys all-stars has now been released.  We'll start with the first and second-team selections, which were previously mentioned:

1st Team WCSSAA Sr. Boys All-Stars
Nikola Farkic, Cameron Hts. (Gr. 12 / G)
Nedim Hodzic, SJAM (Gr. 11 / F)
TJ Lall, Galt CI (Gr. 12 / G-F)
Stefan Simic, KCI (Gr. 11 / G)
Chuder Teny, Grand River (5th Year / G)

2nd Team WCSSAA Sr. Boys All-Stars
David Bajic, Grand River (Gr. 12 / F)
Sean Davidson, Glenview Park (Gr. 12 / G)
Nick Johnny, WCI (Gr. 12 / G)
Simon Petrov, SJAM (Gr. 10 / G)
Jason Thompson, Cameron Heights (Gr. 12 / F)

Honourable Mention Selections
Garrett Large, Bluevale
Ivan Cucak, Cameron Heights
Sasha Simic, Cameron Heights
Ousmane Kromah, Eastwood
Cham Ujullu, Eastwood
Miro Iliev, Grand River
Darcy Jacobs, Huron Heights
Brandon Roth, Jacob Hespeler
Matt McKinnon, KCI
Tanner Derjugin, Preston
Quinn Turner, SJAM
Sean Wyse, Southwood
Shafi Mutware, WCI

The teams will be distributed as follows:

"Home Team" - Players from Bluevale, Cameron Heights, Glenview Park, Jacob Hespeler, KCI, Preston and Southwood.

"Away Team" - Players from Eastwood, Forest Heights, Grand River, Huron Heights, SJAM, and WCI.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

CWOSSA's OFSAA Consolation Champions

Again, as I catch up on a few things from when I was away, congrats to the 3 CWOSSA teams that captured consolation championships at the recent OFSAA championships --- Walkerton (A), Bishop Mac (AA), and St. James (AAA).

Bishop Mac's win was perhaps the most impressive of the three given that they were without scoring star Jesse Kendall for the final two games with his high ankle sprain.  Bishop Mac only had 6 members of their usual roster --- four of whom were in grade 10 (Chris Poloniato, Evan Hosker, Jake Chaput and junior call-up Greg MacEachern).

The Celtics topped Korah of SSM (who defeated Kitchener Cameron Heights earlier this year) with their 7-member squad in the consolation final.

We would be remiss not to mention St. Mary's tremendous consolation run to the AAAA consolation final --- as well as the fact that their (close) losses in their first two games were to the two teams that ended up playing for the OFSAA championship!

Walkerton DCS - "A" Consolation Champs

Bishop Mac - "AA" Consolation Champs

St. James - "AAA" Consolation Champs