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Greater Sussex Basketball Community Newsletter

    Hoop It Up!

    Greater Sussex Basketball Community Newsletter

    Volume 1 Issue 8: December 2, 2005

    th Sonic Men host Leo Hayes Upcoming Events….. Mark your Dec 87:15PM thcalendar Dec 10 Mini Boys host thDec 4 Capers Clinic: tournament @ SMS thBantam/Middle School 12-2; Dec 11 Mini Girls host JV/Varsity Girls 2-4; Moncton/KV’B’ @ SES JV/Varsity Boys 4-6. 1:15PM thSessions are at SRHS Dec 13 Sonic Men host thDec 5 Capers Clinic: Puppy Kennebecasis 7:15PM thgroup #1 3-4; Puppy group Dec 15 Stinger Boys host RNS @ #2 4-5; Jr. Mini’s 5:15-6:45; SMS 5:00PM thMini’s 7-8:30. Sessions are Dec 20 Sonic Men host Fredericton at SES. 7:15PM thstDec 12 Dairy Town Classic general Dec 21 Sonic Ladies host Harbour meeting @ Pizza Delight View 7:15PM nd6:30PM Dec 22 Sonic Men host Hampton thJan 8 Mini Basketball Association 7:15PM executive meeting @ Pizza Delight 7PM thOther important info….. Jan 20 Knights of Columbus Free

    BeOne Membership Requirement Throw competition @ SMS

    Deferred Open to ages 10-14

    Jan 27 & 28 Ian Leask Tournament On November 20th, in direct response to

    Jan 31-Feb 4 Dairytown Classic feedback from our membership, the Board

    of Directors of BNB unanimously voted to remove the requirement of mandatory

    Game Times….. Mark your calendar membership in the Canada Basketball thDec 4 Mini Girls host Riverview BeOne (National Membership Program) for

    @ SES 1:15PM the 2006-07 Season. BeOne membership thDec 5 Stinger Girls host requirements will be phased in over a two

    Rothesay @ SMS 5:00PM year period, with mandatory membership a thDec 6requirement for the 2007-08 season. Stinger Boys host

    Rothesay @ SMS 5:00PM thDec 7 Stinger Girls host Harry Canada Basketball’s Be One Program will

    Miller @ SMS 5:00PM unify the basketball community with a quality thDec 8 Stinger Boys host Harry membership program that benefits coaches,

    Miller @ SMS 5:00PM

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    UCB Coaches Jim Charters and Fabian athletes and referees. But it will also mean MacKenzie increases in player registration fees.

    As luck would have it, the Guest Speaker for rdSussex-native Jim Charters is the coach of the DTC banquet, to be held February 3the University of Cape Breton Capers Men’s will be Mr. Fred Nykamp, the executive team and Fabian Mackenzie is the coach of director of Basketball Canada and the chief the UCB Capers Women’s team. spokesperson for the Be One program.

     Elementary School RulesFor more detail of BNB’s plan follow the link

    Please supervise all children before, during below

    and after games!! They must remain in the

    gym area ONLY!! The equipment rooms are BNB BeOne Implementation Plan

    off-limits and balls must not leave the gym. At this point, the Association does not pay a

    fee to use any of the area schools. This

     In the Beginning there was could change if we abuse our privilege and

    as a result registration fees could rise. At Mini:

    Sussex Corner Elementary - please Sussex Minor basketball house league play

    is underway as is the Rep teams’ play why continue to remove outdoor footwear at the don’t you come out, see a game and support front door of the school this will minimize the young hoopsters. The kids love the fans. the winter mess and keep the custodians Sussex Minor basketball in conjunction with happy ? the University of Cape Breton will host

    December Basketball Clinics on Basketball Hoodies & Hats Red and thDecember 4th & 5. These clinics are free black hoodies with a stitched Sussex of charge to all players registered with Minor Basketball Logo and a name on Sussex Minor Basketball. These clinics are the sleeve are available through Sussex made possible by the proceeds of the Irving

    Source for Sports on Main Street Mulch Sale. Please note there will not be

    any house league basketball practices this (433-4542). Youth hoodies are $28 + ththweek (Dec 5 -8) the clinic will replace tax and Adult hoodies are $34 + tax. the house league practices. Please note that the youth sizes run

    small. Black snowboarding-style toques High School Gym, Sunday, Dec. 4:

    with fleece liner are $9 + tax with Bantam/Middle School 12:00-2:00 PM stitched logo and $12 + tax with JV & Varsity Girls 2:00-4:00 PM stitched logo and name. If you are

    interested in a personalized hoodie or JV & Varsity Boys 4:00-6:00 PM

    hat as a Christmas gift for your Sussex Elementary Gym, Monday, Dec.5: favourite player please order by Dec.

    Puppy #1 (Burgundy & Powder rd3. Blue) 3:00-4:00 PM

    Referees In our Association we have over Puppy #2 (Yellow, Sapphire

    &Purple) 4:00-5:00 PM 50 referees ranging in age from 12 to 17

    years. Our referees are all students and like Junior Mini (Boys & Girls) 5:15-6:45 PM the players they are learning too!! Please try Mini (Boys & Girls) 7:00-8:30 PM to be kind, patient and encouraging!! Thank House league coaches should make you Reminder to all coaches please take a

    every effort to attend these sessions as minute to fill out ref evaluation forms in order well in order to help manage the large to provide our refs with constructive feed-number of players but also to pick up back. some helpful coaching tips.

    *NOTE: Dec.8 & Dec.9 games will be played Dairy Town Classic (Jan. 31-Feb.4) Mini

    as scheduled. night is Tuesday, Jan. 31 and this is the

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    sponsor is the Blue Bird while SuperValu night of Dairy Dunkers. Participants will be has upgraded to the Gold level as well. picked through the schools under the The committee is finishing up the advertising supervision of Brenda Leask and Ivy spots for the Program if you wish to place Doherty. Minor Basketball runs the canteen an ad please write at this tournament and parents may be Ads are $40.00

    called to volunteer. for business card, $55.00 for 1/8 page,

    $80.00 for 1/4 page, $120.00 for ? page Merry Christmas! Sussex Minor and $200.00 for a full page. Deadline is thBasketball takes a break after the . December9thRemember to set aside Jan. 31 Feb. 4 for games Dec. 9 and resumes our th5 days of great basketball action. schedule the week of Jan. 9 when For further information see: school restarts. ‘Rep’ Teams The season has started for the Sussex Stars

    Mini Boys Rep Team. The Stars started off

    Meeting in the Middle…: the season with two losses but then won

    their next 4 games and currently have a 5 Sussex Middle School Girls Basketball team and 3 record. The team which is coached by has been selected and the 13 player roster Jim Ryan with assistants Alan deWinter and that will be coached this year by Kelly Jack Davidson is comprised of Brandon Stackhouse and Ken Stackhouse is:

    Carhart, Nicholas Huggard, Bryce Habraken, #1 Madeline Belding Gr 7 Guard Colin deWinter, Brody Jackson, Ryan Lackie, #2 Kendra Sabine Gr 8 Guard Malcolm Secord, Jake Folkins, Justin #3 Jade Baxendale Gr 7 Guard Shanks, Broghan Ryan, Brady Mallory, #4 Brittany Wallace Gr 7 Guard Marcus Robinson and Brandon Moore.#5 Laisia Howe-Hayes Gr 8 Forward

    #6 Sloane Ryan Gr 7 Forward The Stars will be hosting their annual

    #7 Sarah Holt Gr 7 Guard tournament on Saturday December 10th

    #8 Brittany Mallory Gr 8 Forward against 7 other invited teams. The

    #9 Larissa Verhoeven Gr 8 Post tournament which is a one day event held at

    #10 Krista Snider Gr 8 Post the Sussex Middle School will be a

    #12 Lynn Symington Gr 8 Forward great opportunity for all fans to come out

    #13 Courtney Clement Gr 7 Post and see these young players in action!

    #14 Natalie McCullum Gr 7 Post

    SUSSEX MIDDLE SCHOOL STINGERS Classic News…: November Report DTC Update Advance tickets for the upcoming DTC The Stingers Boys team started the season Basketball Tournament will be on sale by with 10 games in November. This included 2 thDecember 12 at Source For Sports on tournaments, a couple of exhibition games Main Street. These make great stocking and the Middle School league began during stuffers. the last week of November. The boys ended The Honourary Chairperson for this years’ up the month with 9 wins and a single loss. Tournament is Mr. Mike Swift who has had a In the team’s first tournament on November long association with the Tournament in 12 and 13 in Fredericton, Sussex went 4 many different capacities. and 0 defeating Moncton B 52 to 29, KV B The Guest Speaker for the banquet will be 81 to 33, Lancaster 56 to 33 and Fredericton Mr. Fred Nykamp, the executive director of B Kats in the final 60 to 41. Basketball Canada and the chief Their second tournament was against much spokesperson for the Be One program. stiffer competition in Fredericton on The DTC Committee would like to welcome November 26 and the team finished second PCS, New Brunswick Divisions, aboard as a with a 2 and 1 record. They started the day Major Sponsor this year. A new Gold by dropping KV A 45 to 43 and then dumped

    Fredericton A Kats 61 to 54. In the final the

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    The Sonics JV Girls Basketball Team team lost a close game 60 to 51 to opened their season on November 15/05 on Woodstock. the road against the Simonds High School In two exhibition games with Moncton A, the Seabees. The Sonics will be playing in the Stingers came out on top 49 to 48 and 69 to Southwest Conference. The Sonics will be 60. The boys opened up league play with a playing 16 regular season games, several convincing 64 to 20 romp over Rothesay exhibition games and as of the time of Netherwood. submission 1 tournament. The tournament Statistically the team is be led by Sean the Sonics will be attending is the annual deWinter (18 points and 9 rebounds per Yellow and Black tournament put on by game), Aaron Tabor ( 10 ppg ) and Mark FHS. The tournament takes place January Folkins ( 8 ppg ). 13th and January 14th/06. The Lady JV December sees league games at home on th against Rothesay Park, Sonics are comprised of 13 players. Three Tuesday the 6thThursday the 8 vs. Harry Miller and of the players are Grade 10 and the thThursday the 15 vs. Rothesay Netherwood. rest of the players are in grade 9. The boys will also complete in 2 The coaches are Mr. Ed Belyea and Mr. Jim tournaments, on December 10 in Woodstock Huggard and the following are the list of and December 16 and 17 at Quispamsis team members: Maria Titus, Jill Titus, Middle School. Bridget Gushue, Martha Lopez, Kelsey Doug Doney, Head Coach Almon, Angelica Armitage, Kerri Armstrong,

    Hannah Barrett, Kathryn-Anne Stackhouse,

    Megan Spicer, Janelle Greenslade, Lindsay

    Murphy, Courtney McEwen.

    Coach Jim Huggard



    The Sussex JV Sonics went 4-0 and

    defeated Simonds JV Seabees in the final of

    the Simonds High Tip-Off Tournament.

    Regulation time ended in a deadlock 50-50

    tie (Half time score Sussex 33, Simonds 31).

    Jordan Wilson hit 2 foul shots to put Sussex ahead by 2 with 21 seconds left, only to

    have Simonds score with 8 seconds on the

    The Varsity Beat: clock, sending it into overtime. Sonics: In the overtime, with both teams struggling Here are the 2005-2006 Varsity Lady Sonics: with foul trouble, Luke Belding, with 3.3 #4 Carla Norrad Gr 10 Guard seconds remaining, hit 2 crucial free throws #5 Justine Dearman Gr 10 Forward to put Sussex ahead by 2. Simonds was #6 Alyshia Witt Gr 12 Guard unable to equalize on a long shot at the #7 Kelly Debow Gr 11 Forward buzzer. Final score 54-52. #8 Kalie Symington Gr 10 Guard Top scorers for Sussex were Luke Belding

    with 17, Jordan Wilson with 14 and Shawn #9 Hilary Cummings Gr 12 Forward

    Meehan with 10. Jeff McLeod chipped in #10 Ellen Watters Gr 12 Guard

    #11 Karen Creighton Gr 10 Forward with 4 points and 14 rebounds. Belding #12 Samantha Dixon Gr 10 Forward was awarded tournament MVP, with #13 Jenna Strang Gr 10 Forward teammate Adam Sparks awarded #14 Cory Meehan Gr 11 Guard tournament all-star. #15 Janelle Jarvis Gr 11 Forward The coach for the team is Spencer Jeffrey Coach: Mike Maxwell with Steve Wilson as his assistant. Asst Coach: Peter McAleenan The JV Boys team is made up of: Grade 9 - Chris Corbett, Adam Sparkes, SONICS JUNIOR VARSITY GIRLS’ Jordan Wilson, Luke Belding, Colin Phillips BASKETBALL and Shawn Meehan.

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    Coach, SCS Boys’ Varsity Basketball Grade 10 - Jeff McLeod, Mike Mitton, Adam Aiton, Adam Waugh, Jesse McGlassen, Jon Sheppard and Sam Van de Brand.

    College Days: November 26, 2005

    BBC Blazers Men’s Basketball Team

    Splits Games Over the Weekend

    On Friday, November 25, the BBC Men’s

    Basketball Team lost 74 54 to the Akerley

    (Nova Scotia Community College in

    Dartmouth). Akerley led 29 19 at the half.

    The 16 points of Richard Cox; the 14 points

    of Ben Forsman; and the 10 points of Chris

    Massie led BBC. On Saturday, November 26, the BBC Men’s Team defeated the NSCC Truro 65 56.

    BBC led 35 21 at the half. Richard Cox led Sussex Christian:

    Sussex with 23 points. Trevor Wright scored Sr. Men’s Basketball: The season is off to 17 points and Chris Massie hit for 15 points. a good start. The boys won the Cambridge On Friday December 2, Both BBC teams Narrows Tip Off Tournament winning all travel to NSCC Truro for games. three of their games. Despite being down On Saturday, December 3, 2005, BBC hosts by 18 mid way through the second half, the NBCC Moncton at Sussex High. The game Warriors won the championship over times are 1:30 p.m. for Women and 3:15 Cambridge with a 91-87 overtime p.m. for men victory. The game was highlighted by a 54

    point performance from Brendan BBC Women’s Basketball Seniors Defeat

    Jones. SCS has started their league play Freshmen 42 - 35 in an Inter-squad Game with a victory over Belleisle. Their next The BBC Seniors defeated the Freshmen in game is in Doaktown on Friday night. With a Saturday morning showdown. Sheena many changes from last season the team of Grant led the Seniors with 18 points. Erica 8 players consisting of 5 grade 9s and 10s Swazey and Heather Rice added 12 points will run into many challenges but are looking each. The Freshmen were led by the 17 forward to improvement and having fun this Points of Katie Myers and the 10 points of year.Lindsey Harris.

     Sr. Women’s Basketball: This is a

    rebuilding year for the SCS ladies. With half Coaches Corner: the team members in grade 9 or below this Owner’s Circle will be a learning season. So far the At Marquette University, Head Coach Tom learning is coming at the right time. The Crean teaches his players to take ownership lady Warriors went 0-3 at the Cambridge of their teamboth on the court and off. Narrows tip off tournament but have started

    league play with confidence. In their first By David Hill game they beat Belleisle, who were David Hill is an Assistant Editor at Coaching undefeated at the Cambridge tournament, Management. convincingly 59-47. They maintained their

    winning way by defeating the Minto Tigers This article was from Coaching Management, 38-18. Coach McCallum is pleased with the 12.6, August 2004 leadership her older players are showing

    and the development of her younger It was early January, and Marquette players. To date Lauren McCullum is University’s men’s basketball players were leading the team scoring averaging 16 ppg. huddled together in a film room. They had

    split into teams of three and were watching Terry Jones film of the Houston Cougars, the team they

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    Hoop It Up! Newsletter Volume 1 Issue 8: December 2, 2005 would soon face to open the 2003-04 one another raise their games. It is an Conference USA season. The athletes’ job: awareness, or alertness, to what needs to come up with a scouting report, complete be done. with plays to run on the floor. "That’s when you see true benefits on the Not a lot of coaching staffs would delegate floor," Crean continues. "When you have a this task to players, especially for the first team that can go on the court and practice, conference test of the season. In fact, it was can go to the weight room or the film room the first time Marquette Head Coach Tom and talk to each other about what needs to Crean had done so. But it succeeded so well be done and point things out, then you’re on that he plans to do it again. the way to some serious ownership, and that It’s a chance for players to learn the art of transfers right to the floor."

    Start Early devising a game plan, Crean says. Perhaps

    more important, though, it forces the players Crean says ownership begins during the to work together off the court for a common recruiting process. As a program with a goal. "We’re not going to win many games if championship pedigree and one that’s been we’ve got players who don’t want to spend to the Final Four as recently as 2003, time with each other and try to help each Marquette typically has its pick of statistical other become better," says Crean. standouts. But what sets true prospects Team events like the scouting-report apart in the recruiting eyes of Crean and his session are at the heart of Crean’s coaching staff is the ability to put winning ahead of philosophy at Marquette. He calls it "team immediate personal gain. ownership," and it has become a big reason "The three things we’re always looking for in behind the program’s success. When trying to build our program are unselfishness, players see themselves as part of a larger toughness, and character," says Crean. enterprise whose success will lead to their "And someone’s character directly relates to individual achievements, everyone will focus how they help others attain their goals. At more, work harder, help each otherand this level, you’re recruiting a lot of leading win. scorers and rebounders. Well, are they also Creating a team mentality is hardly a new great teammates who are trying to move the idea in the coaching world. What coach ball? Are they also guys who spend time doesn’t want players to focus on team goals? with the younger players?" Crean, though, has taken the ownership The willingness to sacrifice self for team idea farther, including student fans, alumni, gain is getting harder to spot in high school and athletic department employees in the players, says Crean, given NCAA picture. They’re made to feel a part of a restrictions on recruiting and the increasing larger enterprise, which in turn inspires the focus among younger basketball players on players. That larger enterprise has benefits the highlight-reel professional game. But it’s in itself, but the central point is to build team a crucial part of building a cohesive program. togetherness that’s like no other. "I don’t think someone who’s totally "When you don’t get a pass or someone concerned about himself from top to bottom shoots too much, you have the kind of is going to change in college in a way that relationship that you can say, ‘Hey, that’s will enable your team to win at a high level," not helping,’" explains Brian Wardle, who he says. "There has to be a certain ability to played under Crean for two years at give of yourself, even when you’re in high

    Marquette in the late 1990s and rejoined the school and leading the team in scoring and program as Director of Basketball winning all-state awards." Operations before the 2003-04 season. Once on the team, Marquette players are "You can get on each other when you have asked to take ownership in subsequent a strong enough relationship. When you get recruiting efforts. Crean says current 10 guys buying-in, the sky’s the limit." players’ opinions of whether a prospect Crean puts it this way: "There is no way truly would fit into the team are crucial in deciding great things can be accomplished if you which players to offer a place in the program. don’t have a team of people who are totally "When a young person comes to campus, trying to work for each other. You bring we want him to spend more time with the players in and they have to understand that players than he does with the coach," Crean personalized attention comes from helping says. "He’s going to play with the players,

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    Hoop It Up! Newsletter Volume 1 Issue 8: December 2, 2005 and they’re all going to live together." process." Crean points to Golden Eagles alumnus Along the way, coaches constantly reinforce Dwyane Wade, now of the NBA’s Miami the team ownership theme and the values Heat, as an example of what he looks for. associated with it. For example, Crean says, "He always talked about winning "It’s important that your team understands championships when he was here," Crean that the two most important expressions are says. "You’ve got to get players who are ‘please’ and ‘thank you.’ When players get talking about winning championships as away from that, it’s your job as a coach to much or more than they are about individual get them back in line. And when the goals. The great ones realize that the more leadership of the team shows that’s what is they win, the more their goals come to life. important to them as well, they police each It’s our job as coaches to keep looking for other. Then you’ve got a chance to really

    that." grow." Team of Leaders A Larger Circle Like most teams, Marquette has a team Part of Crean’s ownership strategy involves leadership structure. Crean names summer going beyond the immediate basketball captains for offseason preparation, as well team. He wants others to feel ownership in as pre- and in-season captains in the fall. the program, too. That, in turn, helps players But Crean prefers to see team leadership see that they’re part of something larger.

    emerge organically from the players. If The primary circle of connections is right in athletes are a part of a team of mutual trust the athletic department. Crean makes it a and knowledge, they’ll each take on some point to talk up the program with everyone. leadership responsibility in their own way. "Tom Izzo [Head Men’s Coach at Michigan

    "The loudest and most vocal players aren’t State, where Crean was an assistant] taught always the most respected," Crean says. me something a long time ago," says Crean. "You can have as many captains as you "He said it about the secretaries, the athletic want. The players are going to respect the trainers, the manager, the coaches, and the teammates they feel deserve it." entire support staff: When the team wins, One ways Crean allows that leadership to everybody wins, and you really want to try to emerge is through film study sessions. To understand that as much as is possible." start, he quizzes players to bring them into The next circle is on campus. Wardle the fold. "He wants each player to feel a part remembers feeling perplexed when Crean of what’s going on," Wardle says. "For took over and told the team they had to take example, he’ll show film of a guy on the ownership. But he and his teammates soon opposing team, then ask one of our players began to see what their new head coach to explain what the opponent is doing. They had in mind. understand quickly that they’re not going "It means you’re on campus promoting the into the film room to just stare at the screen program, associating with fellow students

    and listen to the coaches’ words." almost a marketing type of thing where The assignment last January in which you’re taking ownership of getting students players were asked to come up with a game to games," he says. "It’s the little things you plan completely by themselves was an do, and it’s everything you do to benefit the extension of a previous film study. program. It’s realizing that you’re part of a "Everybody had a different area of program, and that you’re trying to take it to responsibility to watch for in the opposing another level—but that you’re trying to do

    team," says Wardle. "They pretty much ran that as a team." practice the next day. They were extremely Crean organized Fan Appreciation Day for prepared, and if one guy wasn’t, the others students and meet-the-team nights for said, ‘Weren’t you paying attention?’ They alumni to personalize the relationships and knew everything about that opponent, and it thank both groups for their support. There turned out well. We won that game. were burgers and fries for students and

    more formal settings for alumni, but the "We also found that the guys really enjoy it. thrust of the nights was to have players They’re like coaches in a sense, and it introduce themselves. keeps them on their toes," continues Wardle. "There were three, four, five different events "They enjoy feeling a part of the preparation where he wanted the players to represent

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    Hoop It Up! Newsletter Volume 1 Issue 8: December 2, 2005 the team in a good way and see what we is getting our athletes to talk enoughand

    could to sell the program," Wardle says. "He to talk about the right things that make each just said, ‘Go around and shake hands, be other better," Crean says. "Most teams social.’ From there, everybody started aren’t going to be shy in the locker room. feeling a little closer to the program and But it’s amazing—all the lips can get tripped

    they’d come to the games a little more." up when they’re in the film room or when The point was to personalize the programthey’re forced to talk about things they’re not to give it a face. That helps others buy in. comfortable with. It’s our job as coaches to "Students and alumni and fans don’t get to help them learn to deal with things that they interact with a lot of head coaches," Wardle may not be comfortable with and express says. "But Coach Crean came in with a their feelings about them. hands-on approach. He said, ‘I’m going to "If you’re not teaching your athletes about get out there, talk to everybody, and we’re each other, and you’re not allowing them the

    going to make a big buzz around campus opportunity to learn about each other, then about the program. And you guys will, too.’" you’re not only short-changing your team,

    Student season ticket sales went from about you’re short-changing yourself as a coach," 800 to 5,000 within a couple years, Wardle Crean adds. "Because it’s a lot of fun to says. watch a team grow up. It really is. It’s a lot of The responsibility for building relationships fun to watch your athletes learn about each doesn’t end at the Marquette campus edge, other." however. The Golden Eagles have taken on

    numerous community-service projects, An interesting article including cleaning up a Milwaukee

    This month’s interesting article neighborhood, visiting hospitals for cancer

    highlights an Annual International event patients, children’s wards, and nursing

    that is carried out every year in our homes, and telephoning sick and shut-in

    community: The Knights of Columbus people in the area. These activities pay off in

    Free Throw Championship. This year the several ways: They help players make

    local Council’s event will take place connections to the greater world while

    Friday evening, January 20, 2006 at the promoting their program and university, and

    Sussex Middle School. More information they build perspective, camaraderie, and the

    will follow through your local schools. mutual trust that enables the athletes to play

    basketball as a team. "When you go and do those community-

    service things as a team, you learn more

    about each other," Wardle explains. "For

    instance, I remember when I went to visit

    children with cancer, I found out one

    teammate’s aunt died of cancer and another Young basketball standouts by the teammate’s sister-in-law had cancer at one thousands step to the line and score their point. It’s like, ‘Hey, he’s had a tough life hoop dreams. going through these health issues with his

    BY MIKE LATONA family.’ It’s little things like that you pick up

     on that might help you as a team and as a

    PREPOSTEROUS AS IT MAY SEEM, teammate." National Basketball Association players Talking It Up could learn a thing or two from some young Whether in a film session or at a booster and very talented free throw shooters. club function or during a community service Consider what occurred earlier this year project, the key comes down to one simple at the Pyramid Arena in Memphis, Tenn. component, says Crean: keep athletes Following the end of a game involving the talking. That’s what team ownership really is NBA's Grizzlies, stars such as Shane Battier about. Crean wants players who are and Jason Williams stuck around to watch concerned about the program they own and youths compete in a Knights of Columbus are interested to talk about its welfare. Free Throw Championship. "They look up to "As coaches, our number one Achilles’ heel

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    Hoop It Up! Newsletter Volume 1 Issue 8: December 2, 2005 the NBA players, but some of our kids levels in the United States. "We try and embarrassed the players in shooting their involve the youth in everything we do," he free throws,” said Tennessee State Deputy said, emphasizing the Knights' reputation as a Martin E. O'Haver. fraternal family organization. All across the Order, young people find the STRONG GROWTH bottom of the net with amazing regularity, Ontario Knights annually lead the Order in thanks to the opportunity provided them by the number of participating youths and the Knights. What started in 1972 as a councils. In 2005 it boasted more than program to get the Knights known in more 100,000 competitors and 217 councils communities has turned into the largest conducting the program. youth outreach program conducted annually "The councils just love it and my 14 by the Order. In 2005, approximately regional chairmen make a lot of effort. They 200,000 boys and girls and more than push it," said Joe Cinti, provincial free 3,000 councils took part in local, regional throw chairman. "Our biggest thing is, we go and state free throw competitions. These into the schools. We don't just publicize it numbers include all 50 states as well as in and put it in the newspaper. A lot of the Canada, Mexico and the Philippines. councils go and sit down with the principals." International winners in all 10 age divisions Further success stories involve this year made at least 24 out of 25 free competitions that take the floor at NBA throws in their respective state finals facilities. Tennessee held its Western including several who hit a perfect 25-for-25. Regional for the first time at the Pyramid While these youngsters are models of Arena, and O'Haver said the Knights have

    been invited to hold a future state consistency on the court, the Knights of

    championship there as well. Columbus serve as shining examples for how

    The Minnesota state finals took place this to run a quality, large-scale event. year at the Target Center in Minneapolis, OPEN TO ALL home of the NBA's Timberwolves, Konrardy The tournament is open to boys and girls noted that youths competed right on the ages 10-14, with competitions generally Timberwolves' home court, even sitting in taking place between January and March. the players' chairs for photographs and They start at the council level with 15 receiving player-autographed basketballs, free throws each. Winners then proceed to "I think the competitors are in awe to be regional and state rounds, shooting 25 free able to be on that floor shooting baskets," throws. In the event of a tie, as many five-Konrardy said. The Timberwolves also shot tiebreaker rounds as necessary are provided T-shirts with the team logo on one employed. Regulation balls and distances side and the Knights of Columbus emblem are used; the only exceptions are boys and on the other. girls ages 10-11, who shoot from 12 feet away THE THRILL OF VICTORY instead of 15. The basket remains 10 feet While the free throw tournament is high for all. enjoyable for all, satisfaction ranks highest The international champion in each division for the winners. Consider Mary Beth is determined by the highest total from all Canfield of Oklahoma City, Okla., who state winners. If more than one person ties nailed all 25 of her free throws at this year's for the top spot, co-winners are declared. In state final and won the international girls' addition to receiving a trophy, each 12-year-old division. international champion gets a personal "People say free throws are the easiest shot. congratulatory letter from Supreme Knight But when you think about it, it's really not," Carl A. Anderson. said Mary Beth, citing such distractions as Any local council can get a tournament crowd noise. She added that for the state final, going with some willing volunteers, a gym "actually I was very nervous. I missed two of and some basketballs. Youth participants

    my three warm-ups." After the 25th shot can be of any religious or ethnic background.

    bounced around the rim and fell in to The tournament projects a positive image of

    complete her perfect effort, "I had a big smile the Knights because "it's a wholesome

    on my face and I looked up to my parents. competition in an environment that's morally

    They were really happy." sound," said Joe Konrardy, state program

    Similar elation was felt by John Swinton of director for Minnesota.

    Mount Pleasant, S.C., whose 25-for-25 O'Haver oversees the Tennessee program, outing in the state final made him an which has one of the highest participation

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    coach Jim Charters. "He had multiple international champion for 11-year-old

    games last year where he had more than boys. "I was pretty happy because I hadn't

    five steals. He’s got very good done that before," he said.

    John said he has enjoyed local basketball instincts. With those instincts fuelling an success, but earning the distinction of increasingly developed all-around game, international champ broke new ground. "It Blake is off to a torrid start in the new AUBC makes me kind of feel special," he said. season. During Cape Breton’s road swing It is indeed a special feat to make so many last weekend at Acadia and Dal, Blake consecutive free throws, especially at the scored 31 and 32 points respectively, higher levels when competitors know that collected eight steals and shot 5-for-9 from even one miss could put first place out of three-point range. Through three games, reach. This pressure-cooker atmosphere he’s shooting 57 per cent from the field and could well explain the reaction of Todd averaging 27.7 points per game, second in Medallis after he achieved perfection in the league behind UNB’s Doug Thompson the Ohio boys' 14-year-old state final. (29.7).The Brampton, Ont. native credits his "I was just glad I got it over with," the early-season success to a summer of hard Newton Falls resident said. work "In the off-season, coach told me, ‘If Todd, like Mary Beth and John, was the sole you want to be an elite player in this league, international winner in his age group. He you’ve got to put in the work,’" Blake added that he had dreamed he was going to said. "So I put in the work all shoot a perfect 25-for-25 baskets. "But when summer." Disappointment was another key it happened it was just an unbelievable off-season motivator for Blake and the rest experience." ? of the Capers. In both of Blake’s first two This article was from Columbia Magazine, years, Cape Breton had a strong regular November 2005 season and earned a first-round playoff bye,

    only to fall in the AUS semifinals and miss Mike Latona is a Catholic Press Association award-winning reporter for the Catholic Courier, official out on a trip to the CIS Final 10"I’ve been newspaper of the Diocese of Rochester, N.Y. here for both (semifinal losses), and it’s

    rough," Blake said. "Every summer it makes

    us want to get in the gym and work harder,

    become a better team. "The Capers are

    serious this year. We’ve got high hopes, Letters and Opinions high expectations of each other. "The six- foot-five swingman carries many of those Capers Update expectations. With veteran guard Anthony Dear Hoop It Up! Here is a little update of Breland graduated, Blake has become one the Capers Basketball team. of Cape Breton’s main guns. "He’s a really

    tough person to defend, since he can shoot Blake steps up offensive the ball and he can take it all the way to the

    basket," Charters said of Blake. "He’s a game for Capers pretty complete offensive player The Capers Playoff losses motivation for star scorer coach said Blake has matured plenty since By CHAD LUCAS Sports Reporter he arrived in Sydney as a 17-year-old from

    Brampton, Ont. "He’s always had a great In the first half of a game at Acadia last skill set," Charters said. "He’s starting to Saturday, Cape Breton Capers guard Paul mature physically, (and) I think his game has Blake intercepted a pass, raced down court developed mentally. "Charters said he alone and soared to the basket for an easy asked Blake to focus on becoming a better lay-up. The scene repeated itself just a few defensive player last season, and that in moments later and then again Sunday at turn has sparked both his own offence and Dalhousie, where he finished with a big the Capers’ transition game. "You get steals, dunk. With long arms and quick hands, fleet you get going in the open court, you gain feet and big hops, Blake is a one-man fast confidence," Blake said. "We’re looking to break waiting to happen. "He’s a very smart get out and run. That’s been our focal point player, and he reads the opposition’s plays since I first got here. When we get out and as well as he reads defenders," said Capers run, we can really put teams away.

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