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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.
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Thursday, December 30, 2010
The win did not come without controversy, however, as Resurrection was "shorted" 2 points on the scoreboard that would have gone a long way towards an RCSS victory. The error went uncorrected.
North Park tops Lourdes
Meanwhile, in another all-CWOSSA friendly, North Park defeated Guelph Lourdes 53-42 backed by a strong performance from Cale McDonald.
Banting vs. St. Joseph's
Thursday, December 23, 2010
WCI is in the "Rattler Pool" with La Mirada (California), Poston Butte and Tucson Sunnyside.
Of those teams, Poston Butte would appear to be the toughest squad in the pool. They feature 6'9" F/C Maurice Kirby (pictured), a sophomore who has already committed to Arizona State. He's averaging about 13 PPG and 13 RPG on the season, but isn't even their leading scorer. That would be another sophomore, 6'2" G/F Jalen Richard, who is equally as good as a slasher as he is a shooter; he's averaging around 20 PPG.
The team's website is: http://www.pbhsboysbasketball.com/
Meanwhile, WCI's first opponent, La Mirada (CA) features a 6'3", 299 lb. monster in the middle by the name of Isaac Luatua. Luatua was La Mirada's leading scorer and rebounder last year, and is also a beast on the football field as an offensive lineman. In fact, he was heavily recruited and has committed to the University of Alabama for football.
We'll keep you updated on the Vikes' progress throughout the week. For more details on the tournament, check out http://www.northwestdesertclassic.com/.
The list was to include (at least) one player from each of the top 8 teams (SJAM, BCI, FHCI, GRCI, SSS, KCI, CHCI and WCI) and then the remaining spots were to be filled in accordingly.
Copp has a solid skill-set and his early-season play has attracted the attention of several university coaches. He currently leads the Vikes in scoring and is averaging double-figures in scoring during WCSSAA play.
He and the rest of the Vikings will be participating in the Tucson "Northwest Desert Classic" next week. WCI's first game will be against La Mirada (a suburb of Los Angeles) High School.
The Vikings are also scheduled to do battle against Poston Butte HS (San Tan Valley, AZ) and Sunnyside HS out of Tucson.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
1. Bishop Macdonell (Guelph) - AA
2. St. Mary's (Kitchener) - AAAA
3. Cameron Heights (Kitchener) - AAAA
4. Forest Heights (Kitchener) - AAAA
5. St. John's (Brantford) - AAAA
6. JF Ross (Guelph) - AAAA
7. North Park (Brantford) - AAA
8. St. James (Guelph) - AAA
9. Centre Wellington (Fergus) - AAAA
10. Eastwood (Kitchener) - AAAA
HM: Grand River (Kitchener), Resurrection (Kitchener), Bluevale (Waterloo).
T1. Resurrection (Kitchener) - AAAA
T1. St. Mary's (Kitchener) - AAAA
3. SJAM (Waterloo) - AAAA
4. Bluevale (Waterloo) - AAAA
5. Cameron Heights (Kitchener) - AAAA
6. Forest Heights (Kitchener) - AAAA
7. JF Ross (Guelph) - AAAA
8. St. James (Guelph) - AAA
9. North Park (Brantford) - AAA
T10. St. David (Waterloo) - AAA
T10. St. John's (Brantford) - AAAA
HM: Grand River (Kitchener), Centennial (Guelph)
Firstly, an interesting note is that several teams have made significant strides from a season ago. Already, three teams have equalled or bettered their win totals from 2009-10. Yes, several teams may have benefitted from an extra win against "Elmira", but again, keep in mind we are only 6 games into the season.
Here's a quick look at those teams who have already accumulated at least 67% of last year's wins:
"At or Better than 2009-10"
Huron Heights (1-11 last year): 2-4 this season
Eastwood (2-10 last year): 2-4 this season
Glenview Park (2-10 last year): 2-4 this season
Grand River (5-7 last year): 4-2 this season
Waterloo-Oxford (4-9 last year): 3-3 this season
Galt (3-9 last year): 2-3 this season
Forest Heights (7-5 last year): 5-0 this season
All of the teams that are "at or better than 2009-10" have improved primarily through solid talent coming up from junior. Erist Wame (GPSS) and Sean Samuel (HHHS) are grade 11s that have both cracked the 30+ point mark during league play this season. Eastwood, meanwhile, has Jerelle Vaughan and several others from a "top 5" junior team last season.
Of course, there's a couple clubs that have had some difficulty matching last season's success after graduating some key players. The Preston Panthers, for instance, have already matched last season's loss total with an 0-5 start to their season. That said, the Panthers have been quite competitve (i.e. losing to several teams, including SJAM by single digits). In addition, the youthful WCI Vikings have already picked up 3 losses this season (3-3), whereas in 2009-10 the Vikes were a surprise squad that went 10-2 during the regular season. However, the Vikes did come within a second of handing the FHCI Trojans their first loss right before the break.
The Rest of the Way
At the mid-way point, it looks as though the favourites to take the title would be (in no particular order) Bluevale, SJAM, Cameron Heights and Forest Heights. WCI and Grand River seem to be next in line and, as evidenced by some of their results to this point, have the ability to take out the current "top 4" if they play well.
Eastwood, KCI and Southwood are "darkhorses" that could definitely make some noise if they're peaking at playoff time.
Midway WCSSAA All-Stars
(Based upon WCSSAA games only)
Note: Where applicable, I've added scoring averages for those that were "calculable".
Stefan Cvrkalj, Bluevale - 20.2 PPG
Javon Masters, Forest Heights*
Ben Reyhani, SJAM - 19.6 PPG
Edem Ame, SJAM
Amjed Osman, Cameron Heights
Sean Samuel, Huron Heights* - 22.7 PPG
Osama Qahwash, Grand River
Brodi Verbiski, Grand River
Alex Copp, WCI
Erist Wame, Glenview Park*
Vedran Dmitrovic, Cameron Heights*
Brian Doran, Southwood - 19.0 PPG
Alex Galea, KCI - 15.5 PPG
Quinn Turner, SJAM**
Ian Farquharson, Bluevale
Karsten Beney, Bluevale
Gage Paquette, Forest Heights
* = grade 11
** = grade 10
Both Murphy Burnatowski (Maine) and Imad Qahwash (Central Arkansas) cracked the 20+ point mark on Tuesday evening as follows:
Maine 74, Penn State 64
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. (AP)—Murphy Burnatowski scored 20 points and Terrance Mitchell added 17 as Maine beat Penn State 74-64 on Tuesday.
The Bears (6-5), who won their fourth straight game, led by double digits for the majority of the final 10 minutes and by as many as 15 points. Maine shot 53 percent (20 of 38) from the field. Penn State got to within seven points on three different occasions in the final four minutes but could get no closer.
The Nittany Lions shot 39 percent (20 of 57) from the field and made only 7 of 23 3-point attempts (30.4 percent).
The Nittany Lions (7-4) got 26 points from Talor Battle and 18 from David Jackson but will head into Big Ten play having dropped two straight games. No other Penn State player had more than six points.
Maine, paced by 14 first-half points from Burnatowski, led 31-24 at halftime.
Retrieved From: http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/basketball/recap?gid=201012210459
Burnatowski's Stat Line:
6-8 FG (5-7 3PT), 3-4 FT - 20 points. 3 REB, 2 TO, 1 STL - 23 minutes.
Central Arkansas 81, Lyon College 67
CONWAY, Ark. (AP)—Imad Qahwash scored 21 points to lead Central Arkansas past Lyon College 81-67 on Tuesday night.
Carlos Dos Santos had 19 points and a game-high eight rebounds for the Bears (4-8). Mike Pouncy added 12 points and T.K. Smith 11 for Central Arkansas.
Slater Belew led Lyon College (6-5) with 20 points. Tyler Sergent had 17 points and Aaron Farris 12 for the NAIA Scots, who led only once in the game, at 12-11.
Central Arkansas led 40-28 at halftime and kept a double-digit lead for the last 17 minutes of the game.
Retrieved From: http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/basketball/recap?gid=201012211262
Qahwash's Stat Line:
7-12 FG (1-3 3PT), 6-8 FT - 21 points. 6 REB, 5 AST, 5 TO, 2 STL - 28 minutes.
Monday, December 20, 2010
This tournament is always a competitive event and features many of the top junior teams in the province.
Last year, the Celtics went 2-1 in pool play before dropping a 67-55 decision to Toronto's Eastern Commerce in the round of 16.
Bishop Mac is in a competitive group with:
Joan of Arc (Vaughan) - #13 in GTA Ranking
Pine Ridge (Pickering) - HM in GTA Ranking
D'Youville (Brampton) - #16 in GTA Ranking
Meanwhile, Grand River CI was originally scheduled to participate in the Rimrocker, however, due to a depleted roster the weekend of the tournament they have elected to withdraw. They will be replaced in the draw by Pickering HS of Ajax.
4:00pm - A.B. Lucas vs. Central Elgin
5:30pm - Riverside (Windsor) vs. London Banting
7:00pm - Walkerton DSS vs. Ancaster
8:30pm - St. John's vs. East Elgin
Friday, December 17, 2010
For the first time in the 2010 calendar year (i.e. since January), the Bluevale Knights have dropped from the top spot in the AAAA rankings after their losses to Cameron Heights and St. James (though Stefan Cvrkalj was out of the lineup in the latter).
The beneficiary? D8 teams St. Mary's and Resurrection, who are both seeking to make their first OFSAA AAAA appearances in school history. Of course, only one of those two schools will qualify for the CWOSSA championships.
Interesting trivia note -- the only D8 school to qualify for AAAA OFSAA was actually the St. Benedict Saints, back in 2003, when they were ranked #6 in the 8-team CWOSSA draw but pulled two upsets over #3 WCI and #2 Guelph Centennial to reach the championship final.
St. Mary's won the Knights-Vikes Shootout last weekend, while Resurrection went 2-1 at the competitive Chancellor Tournament in Hamilton (Andrew Mwangi was injured in game #1).
There were some significant changes throughout the senior rankings; although all the teams remained the same the average change in ranking was a staggering 2.3 spots per team --- probably the highest ever in rankings history. Of course, this is due to some great league and tournament matchups that often pitted ranked teams against each other.
1. St. Mary's HS - Kitchener (1)
2. Cameron Heights CI - Kitchener (3)
3. Forest Heights CI - Kitchener (2)
4. St. John's College - Brantford (4)
5. JF Ross CVI - Guelph (5)
6. Centre Wellington DHS - Fergus (7)
7. Eastwood CI - Kitchener (8)
8. Grand River CI - Kitchener (6)
9. Resurrection CSS - Kitchener (10)
10. Bluevale CI - Waterloo (HM)
Dropped Out: SJAM - Waterloo (9)
T1. Resurrection CSS - Kitchener (2)
T1. St. Mary's HS - Kitchener (4)
3. SJAM - Waterloo (5)
4. Bluevale CI - Waterloo (1)
5. Cameron Heights CI - Kitchener (6)
6. Forest Heights CI - Kitchener (9)
7. JF Ross CVI - Guelph (3)
8. St. John's College - Brantford (10)
9. Grand River CI - Kitchener (7)
10. Centennial CVI - Guelph (8)
HM: Centre Wellington - Fergus (NR)
Meanwhile, on the senior side, a nice week for the KCI Raiders (including wins over Southwood & Galt, along with a tournament championship at Glenview Park) sees them shoot up the rankings after being unranked last week.
1. North Park - Brantford (1)
2. St. James - Guelph (2)
3. Galt CI - Cambridge (7)
4. Glenview Park - Cambridge (3)
5. Kitchener CI (4)
6. Brantford CI (5)
7. Jacob Hespeler - Cambridge (8)
8. Elmira DSS (T10)
9. Huron Heights - Kitchener (9)
10. Paris DHS (T10)
Dropped Out: Southwood SS - Cambridge (8)
1. St. James - Guelph (1)
2. North Park - Brantford (2)
3. St. David - Waterloo (3)
4. Centre Dufferin - Shelburne (4)
5. Kitchener CI (NR)
6. Southwood SS - Cambridge (5)
7. Paris DHS (8)
8. Galt CI - Cambridge (NR)
9. Huron Heights - Kitchener (NR)
T10. Waterloo-Oxford - Baden (10)
T10. Brantford CI (9)
Dropped Out: Preston HS - Cambridge (7).
2. Owen Sound CVI (2)
3. Our Lady of Lourdes - Guelph (3)
4. Sacred Heart CHS - Walkerton (4)
5. Norwell DSS - Palmerston (NR)
Dropped Out: Kincardine DSS (5)
1. Our Lady of Lourdes - Guelph (1)
2. Owen Sound CVI (T2)
3. Bishop Macdonell - Guelph (T2)
4. Sacred Heart CHS - Walkerton (4)
5. Kincardine DSS (5)
1. Walkerton DSS (1)
2. Delhi DSS (2)
3. Rockway MC (3)
4. Waterford DHS (4)
5. Peninsula Shores (5)
1. Walkerton DSS (1)
2. Rockway MC (2)
3. Delhi DSS (NR)
4. Peninsula Shores (4)
5. Waterford DHS (T5)
Dropped Out: Woodland CHS (T5)
Centre Dufferin 36, Erin DHS 22
CDDHS: Dhruy Patel 13
EDHS: Mason Johnston 4, Matt Napier 4, Andrew McEwan 4
Norwell 38, Westside 24
NDSS: Jeremiah Wideman 12, Eric McDonald 10
WSS: Luke Milican 7
1. Norwell 3-0
2. Wellington Heights 2-1 (.667)
3. Centre Dufferin 3-2 (.600)
4. Westside 1-2
5. Erin DHS 0-4
Norwell 44, Westside 41
NDSS: Andrew Pronk 23, Aley Lebbink 6
WSS: Josh Milican 14
Centre Dufferin 80, Erin DHS 27
CDDHS: Marco Zanette 15, Jon Armstrong 13
EDHS: Keiran Wozniak 7
1. Centre Dufferin 5-0
2. Woodland 2-1
T3. Norwell 2-2
T3. Westside 2-2
5. Wellington Heights 1-2
6. Erin DHS 0-5
WATERFORD -- One team is focused on improving their defence, the other their offence. Such is life less than two weeks into a new high school basketball season.
The Holy Trinity Titans senior boys were in Waterford Tuesday where they handed the defending champion Wolves a 49-32 loss. The Titans were scoring right from the get-go and pulled away in the second half after putting extra pressure on the Wolves offence.
"We did all right -- could've done better if we didn't miss those easy layups -- but yeah, overall it wasn't bad," Titans point guard Josh Johnson said.
Johnson and centre Kevin MacDonald led the scoring with 13 each. Both MacDonald and Johnson attacked the rim aggressively and the inside-outside combo was responsible for most of the 26 Holy Trinity points in the first half.
Waterford managed to stay within striking range though, putting up 19 in the first 16 minutes of play. They too missed numerous layups underneath the basket, yet offset that by draining outside shots. Aaron Hall hit a couple threes and finished with nine points, while Mark Sheridan was on target from the corner of the key, leading the team with 10.
In the second half, Holy Trinity switched to full-court pressure and dialed up the intensity. Andrew Mattan showed off his quick hands and feet with several steals and easy baskets, as the Titans pulled away for a 40-28 lead after three.
Waterford was struggling to put up points through the remainder of the game, something that has plagued this young team in all three games this season.
"We're a young team and a lot of these guys haven't even played league basketball before, but they're coming along pretty good," Wolves guard Jeffery Paul said. "Our offensive play needs to improve, but the defence is looking good. We just need to box out, create shots and keep working at it."
After dropping their season opener against the Simcoe Sabres, Holy Trinity has reeled off two straight, beating Port Dover by almost a wide margin last Thursday. The key for HT is protecting the rim and forcing bad shots.
"We have to keep working on our defence," Johnson said. "In this league, if you can play D, you're in pretty good shape. We already know we got guys who can score. It's coming."
Waterford has now lost three straight to open the year, but that isn't unexpected. In high school, being a two-time defending champion doesn't mean much when the majority of your players graduate.
The Wolves were right there with Holy Trinity though. They have good athletes on the roster and their defence was pretty solid for much of the game. As Johnson said, in the Norfolk loop, it all starts with that.
In the junior game it was Waterford coming out on top against the Holy Trinity Titans.
Elsewhere around the league: Donte Richardson led the Delhi Raiders in scoring as DDSS toppled Valley Heights 56-46.
In the junior game, Marshall Winsor nailed three shots from beyond the arc to help the Delhi juniors beat the Bears 57-43. Drew Murray also chipped in with close to 10 points and a handful of assists for the 3-0 Raiders.
Games between the Port Dover Lakers and Simcoe Sabres were cancelled.
Tuesday's games were the last of 2010, as the high school league goes on hiatus for the Christmas break. Play resumes Jan. 4.
Retrieved From: http://simcoereformer.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=2890942
Centre Wellington 48, GCVI 41
CW: Ian Newman 14, Braewyn Bird 12
GCVI: J. Hopkins 12
JF Ross 62, Centennial 32
JFR: Kristian Vande Kemp 20, Nolan Ireland 10
CCVI: Jeremy Seed 8, Tyler Burton 7
Junior D10 Standings
1. Bishop Mac 7-0
T2. St. James 6-2
T2. CWDHS 6-2
4. JF Ross 5-2
T5. Lourdes 2-6
T5. GCVI 2-6
7. Orangeville 1-5
8. Centennial 1-7
JF Ross 58, Centennial 43
My Pick: JFR
JFR: Jack Cornett 11, Shamlo Saeed 10, Wil de Groot 10
CCVI: Serge Khayipangi 16, Erik Sterne 10
Centre Wellington 64, GCVI 38
CW: Gavin MacNamara 16, Tim Francis 15
GCVI: Emin Spahic 14, Andrew Hood 8
Senior D10 Standings
1. JF Ross 7-0
2. St. James 7-1
3. Centennial 5-3
T4. Lourdes 4-4
T4. CWDHS 4-4
6. GCVI 2-6
7. Bishop Mac 1-6
8. Orangeville 0-6
SJAM 60, Cameron Heights 53
My Pick: CHCI
The Gaels come crashing down after their big win against Bluevale. Looks like Ben Reyhani did play, and along with Edem Ame were a two-man machine in this one (Ame - 26, Reyhani - 22). Cameron was led by Amjed Osman with 16 while Adnan Shah chipped in 12.
Grand River 58, Eastwood 54
My Pick: GRCI
I said it might be close, and it was. The Rens get the important win thanks to another 20+ effort from Osama Qahwash (22) while Filip Cvrkalj added 13. ECI saw Jerelle Vaughan lead the way with 15; Gondor Teny added 13.
Forest Heights 63, WCI 62
My Pick: FHCI
In a near replication of the junior score, the Trojans get a nail-biting win. WCI actually led by 1 with a few seconds left but turned the ball over and Gage Paquette had a put-back at the buzzer to win the game. Javon Masters continued his solid play, pouring in 28 points; Paquette had 20 more for FHCI. WCI received 20 from grade 10 guard Adam Anagnostopoulos while Alex Copp added 17.
KCI 48, Galt 36
My Pick: KCI
The Raiders are a bit of a surprise to start the year (4-2). Lazar Dabic (14) and Alex Galea (11) led the way while GCI received 10 from Gabe Vidal and 9 from Jack Simmons.
Southwood 48, Glenview Park 37
My Pick: SSS
Big win for the Sabres as they move back to .500 (3-3). They were able to withstand a 22-point effort from GPSS' Erist Wame in this one, thanks to 19 from Brian Doran and 10 from Greg Marjerrison.
Huron Heights 81, WODSS 72
My Pick: WODSS
In the (combined) highest-scoring game of the season thus far, Huron Heights received a WCSSAA regular-season high 38 points from Sean Samuel and 21 from Shayan Butt as they pick up win number 2 on the season. WODSS' balanced effort was led by Tyler Bowman and Chris Thomson (12 each).
Preston/Jacob Hespeler - Not Reported
Bluevale - Bye Win (EDSS)
WCSSAA Senior Standings
1. SJAM 6-0
2. Forest Heights 5-0
T3. Cameron Heights 5-1
T3. Bluevale 5-1
T5. Grand River 4-2
T5. KCI 4-2
T7. WCI 3-3
T7. WODSS 3-3
T7. Southwood 3-3
10. Galt 2-3
T11. Eastwood 2-4
T11. Glenview Park 2-4
T11. Huron Heights 2-4
T14. Preston 0-5*
T14. Jacob Hespeler 0-5*
* - pending last night's result