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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, March 19, 2012

CWOSSA Alumni: Patriot League Teams Come Up Just Short in Respective Tournaments

There was certainly some CWOSSA flavour in NCAA arenas on Sunday as both Bryson Johnson (Bucknell - NIT) and Stefan Cvrkalj (Lehigh - NCAA) were in action.

Johnson's Bison were first up with a 3:00pm second-round NIT game against the University of Nevada.  Though Nevada held a double-digit lead (as many as 12) in the second half, Bucknell battled back to get things within 3 points (70-67) and :44 remaining in the game.  Unfortunately, they would not score again and the 'Pack hit five free-throws down the stretch for the final margin.

Johnson played 31 minutes, scoring 6 points (1-8 FG, 1-7 3PT, 3-4 FT), and adding 3 rebounds, 2 assists and one steal.

Meanwhile, later in the evening, Stefan Cvrkalj (Lehigh) became the first CWOSSA player -- to my knowledge -- to participate in the NCAA's second round since Cameron Heights grad Dave Kipfer was a key member of Providence's Final Four team back in 1987 as a senior (11.3 PPG).

Cvrkalj saw action late in Lehigh's game against Xavier as part of Coach Brett Reed's "offensive substitution" package.  Cvrkalj went 0-1 from the floor and grabbed an offensive rebound during his on-court appearance.

As most of you know, Lehigh dropped the game 70-58, though it was tied at 52-52 before Xavier closed on an 18-6 run.

Despite the losses, both teams obviously did their respective schools proud by pulling a couple of upsets --- Lehigh's 75-70 win over Duke obviously being the more impressive of the two.  That fact wasn't lost on LU students, who lined up to welcome the team back to campus early this morning at 2:45am (!).  Here's the video, courtesy of LehighValleyLive.com:

We can look forward to another year of great opportunities for both of these players; Johnson, a junior, will have one more year of eligibility at Bucknell while Cvrkalj still has another three years to play at Lehigh.

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