Viper U12 Major Atom Elite Girls win Provincial gold
The U12 Major Atom Viper Elite Girls set a new standard of excellence in March when they won the gold medal in the OBA Ontario Cup for Division 1. After two straight finishes with D1 bronze medals the previous two years, these girls put it all together and beat both teams that had blocked their path in the past. In pool play they defeated Guelph CYO Knights 37–25, York North 27–23 and Transway Basketball 49–47. In the gold medal game, they beat Welland 40–35.
Members of this championship team were: Leia Brown, Dacia Chin, Tasha Farquharsen, Milana Nenadic, Katie Leudy, Brie Whitby, Brooke Whitby, Macy Weber, Roisin Djukic, Kara Lowell, Lily Vrugteman, and Caela McLellan.
The coaching staff consisted of Head Coach Jody Brown, Assistant Coaches Robert Weber, Craig McLellan and Sarah Dillon and Manager Paula Raymond.
Vipers also bring home three silver and four bronze
The KW Viper U11 Atom Boys Elite were five points short of matching the girls’ achievement at their Ontario Cup. They lost the D1 championship game to Scarborough Blues by a 46–41 score. After winning all three of their pool play games over Cambridge (46–36), Mississauga (59–44) and Glouchester (65–48), they advanced to the gold medal game for their first time. This silver medal was an amazing accomplishment for a team with a very bright future.
Silver medals also went to U10 Novice Girls Francis in D4 and U14 Major Bantam Boys Tyszka also in D4.
Bronze medals were won by the U10 Novice Boys Cowburn in D2, U11 Atom Boys Mathew in D6, U12 Major Atom Boys Deep in D4, and U19 Junior Women Weber in D4.
All the rest of the Viper teams played hard in their Ontario Cups and, although they might not have won medals, they were still winners in our hearts.
KW YBA Summer basketball camps to run in July and August
The KW YBA will once again be holding the Community Summer Basketball Camps in July and the beginning of August. These are open for all players, whether experienced or brand new to the game. Objectives of these camps are skill improvement through teaching techniques, drills and game experience. Junior Camps (ages 6 to 9) will be held at Eastwood CI, Intermediate Camps (ages 10 to 12) at KCI and Senior Camps (13 to 18) at Huron Heights SS. Week 1 runs July 10-14, Week 2 July 17-21 and Week 3 July 24-28. In addition, there will be a number of specialty camps held:
Viper Elite Development Camp — July 31-August 4 — at Huron Heights and, new this year, Viper Girls Elite Development Camp — also July 31-August 4 — at KCI. Each of these camps needs a Viper or other Rep coach’s recommendation. Non-Viper players can apply for approval for this camp from their House League coach or a Summer Camp coach.
The Basketball Shooting Camp (August 8-11) will teach all aspects of the skill of shooting a basketball. Beginner’s camp (ages 10-12) runs in the morning from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., and the Advanced camp (ages 13-18) runs in the afternoon from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Registration for any of these camps can be found through the website.
KW YBA to hold AGM in June
The KW YBA will hold its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, June 28 at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium, Subscriber’s Lounge at 7:00 p.m. This meeting is open to all families who were members of the YBA’s House League, Vipers or Summer Camp in 2016-17. Each family will have one vote on all matters coming from the Executive Board. In addition, there will be the annual election of five members to the Board for two-year terms. All details can be found on the website.
Check our website, www.kwyba.com, for all upcoming events. If you are interested in volunteering at any level, please email us with your interest.
Submitted by Mike Quigley, Executive Administrator of Kitchener-Waterloo Youth Basketball Association