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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!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

CWOSSA End of Season Awards: Junior Rookie and Newcomers of The Year

We'll start our "end of season awards" by announcing the "Rookie of the Year" and "Newcomer of the Year" award winners (CWOSSA-wide) in both the junior and senior basketball divisions (senior to be posted separately).

The difference between a "rookie" and a "newcomer" would be that a "newcomer" has played in another school district before transferring to a CWOSSA school, whereas a rookie has not.

Let's get right to it:

Junior CWOSSA "Rookie of the Year"

Jamal Murray - Grand River, 6'2" G/F
No doubt about this one.  Murray was sensational throughout this past season, not only pouring in the points but also coming up with timely baskets, including several buzzer beaters during the season.  He keyed a 10-point comeback early in the season against St. Mary's, then would go on to hit two buzzer-beaters against Cameron Heights, the latter in the WCSSAA semifinals that advanced the Rens through to CWOSSA.

Murray is a smooth shooter who can "pull up and pop" with the best of them.  He's also gifted on the defensive end, where his length and wingspan can make things difficult for opponents.  I've been hearing rumblings that Murray may be moved up to the senior level next season at Grand River, so his one season of junior basketball may also have been his last.  That said, he certainly left a mark on WCSSAA and CWOSSA courts this season.

Junior CWOSSA "Newcomer of the Year"

Michael Ganson - Bishop Macdonell, 5'10" G
Ganson, who attended provincial powerhouse (and current OFSAA "AAAA" reigning back-to-back champions) Vaughan SS before moving to Guelph this year for grade ten, was a straight up scoring machine in games this season.

In fact, Ganson hit for 40+ points three times in league play, and he didn't do it against slouches either --- 44 against Lourdes ("AA" CWOSSA champions) and 44 against CWDHS (D10 finalists).  He added 42 against GCVI, 37 against Ross and another 36 against Lourdes in other league games.  Yikes!

Ganson is a great shooter, but also has an excellent mid-range game, which can be attributed to his shooting regimen of taking about 500 shots a day.  He's had some interest stateside from prep schools, so it will be interesting to see if he sticks around the CWOSSA region over the next year or two --- if he does, he will make a youthful Bishop Mac senior squad even better next season.  

He's a pleasure to watch, so obviously I'm hoping that he does.

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