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It's been about 6 years of running CWOSSABasketball.com, and it's time for some changes -- in a positive way. With some additional time to dedicate to the site this year, there's a few things I'm looking at accomplishing and improving during the 2015-16 season. Of course, considering the expenses associated with the following, I'll need your help along the way:

#CWOSSARoadTrip: Stretching from Delhi through to Wiarton, my goal for this season is to visit EVERY CWOSSA school that fields a basketball team (keeping in mind there's 60 or so!) for at least one game during the 2015-16 (girls or boys) season. Along with reporting on the game that I see that day, I also hope to include additional features or information about a student, the school itself, or the surrounding area (not necessarily basketball related). Some of the funds raised will be used to offset the expenses associated with this massive project.

OFSAA Coverage: Helping to defray the cost of attending the OFSAA championships (boys and girls) in Windsor this coming year, and reporting on things from a CWOSSA-specific perspective.

Photos/Videos/Highlights: Hiring an individual (and/or company) to provide game highlight videos that will be posted on the website. My goal is to start with major games (championships, etc.) and have highlights of other games if funding allows.

Website Improvements: Although the blogger platform is functional, I would like to switch to a more professional look. Any funds left over after the first several items will be put towards this purpose.

Whether you can spare $2, $5, or $25, any donation is appreciated to help continue the promotion of CWOSSA Student Athletes. Please take a look at the Indiegogo Crowdfunding link for CWOSSABasketball.com here, and thanks in advance for your support!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Alumni: Qahwash's Aggressive Style Paying Dividends

Guard Imad Qahwash (Grand River '06) led his Central Arkansas Bears in scoring this weekend despite scoring just one field goal.

Confused? Don't be. Qahwash has an uncanny knack for getting to the line for a point guard --- he attempted 16 free throws on Saturday (making 11) and scored 13 points in total, albeit in a 68-53 loss to McNeese State.

Qahwash has been getting to the line regularly as of late and actually attempts more free throws per game than he does field goals. He is
one of only 5 Division I players that can say that they fall into that category.

The Bears are in their final year of the "transition" phase from NCAA Divsion II. In other words, they won't be eligible for postseason play this season --- but they will be next year when Qahwash is a senior.

Speaking of their past, alumni Scottie Pippen was back in town last week to have his number retired by UCA during halftime of the game between UCA and Nicholls State. In the photo attached at right, Pippen is seen giving a pre-game talk to the Bears (Qahwash is the closest player seated).
UCA (7-12, 1-4 in Southland Conference Play) ended up winning that game 64-50 before a record crowd at the Ferris Center of 5,297.

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