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Schools protest elite hoopsters

The collapse of a Basketball Canada program has created a messy situation for a local girls’ league.

Mac recruits top cagemen

One of Ontario’s leading evaluators of high school basketball talent says McMaster Marauders face a “high-risk, high-reward” situation by recruiting Ryan Christie.

Johnson named Ontario first-team all-star

Meanwhile, over at the, basketball guru Jim Thomas has selected his all-Canadian and all-Ontario all-star teams.

Centennial Spar-Tens! Back at It

Coaches rank ’em in Ontario Top 10 – Ned Bekavac, Guelph Tribune (Jan 12, 2008)

Basketball coaches in Ontario are ranking the Centennial senior boys Spartans among the top 10 teams in the province.

The web site, which uses coaches from different parts of the province to volunteer time to follow and research notable leagues, tournaments and teams, has the Spartans ranked No. 10 in Ontario. Ranked No. 1 is Father Henry Carr of Toronto.

The site has coaches submit rankings and they mainly focus on game results from notable tournaments since most of the top teams meet there, said the site’s Kirk Alfaro. “Tournament organizers do a great job of keeping track of who the top teams are and it looks as though Guelph Centennial is one of those teams this year with Jonathon House leading the way,” he said.

The Spartans, who won five straight District 10 titles before losing in the finals last season, were 9-0 in District 10 play heading into action Thursday and had outscored opponents 717-367.


Father Henry Carr (Toronto)
Pickering (Ajax)
Eastern Commerce (Toronto)
Vaughn Road (Toronto)
Cathedral (Hamilton)
D’Youville (Brampton)
Nicholson (Belleville)
Emery (Toronto)
STM (Hamilton)
Centennial (Guelph)

Results from District 10 boys basketball Tuesday as action resumed after the holiday break. Senior scores: John F. Ross 69 (Jani Hlinka, 16) Bishop Macdonell 65 (Jason Schmidt, 18); Our Lady of Lourdes 53 (Tyler Courtney, 14) GCVI 33 (Rob Hicks, 8); Centennial 81 (n/a) St. James 37 (n/a); CWDHS 47 (David Albano, 12) ODSS (Cory Shody, 13).

Junior: Ross 73 (Rob Dewar, 17) Bishop Mac 31 (Justin Interisano, 9); GCVI 48 (James Ingram, 11) Lourdes 35 (Robert Gibson, 16); CCVI 58 (Brian Sinclair, 12) St. James 24 (Ryan Higgins, 7); CWDHS 54 (Marek Sharp, 28) ODSS 48 (Clay Couchman, 12).

Canada’s Best Come Together to Be One

This weekend marks the second year that Canada Basketball will be holding the Be One All-Canadian Weekend.

St. Anne Saints to face top-ranked Pickering Trojans

The University of Windsor high school basketball invitational is a good news, bad news deal for the St. Anne Saints. The good news? They’re one of just two local teams (Catholic Central is the other) included in the 51st annual draw, which runs Friday and Saturday. The bad news? They open Friday against No.1-ranked Pickering Trojans, who feature Devoe Joseph, the top-rated high school prospect in Canada.

Basketball remains shut out

When the talk turns to high school boys’ basketball in London, the question is never far behind: “Why can’t London produce an Ontario champion?”

The Hoopla all about West Hill’s Jevohn Shepherd

Jerret Smith has heard the from a bevy of critics over the years. Slowly but surely, though, they are starting to decrease in number. With three minutes remaining in the game and the Eagles behind 67-65, Smith canned a huge triple to put his team up for good. That capped a furious comeback from 15 points down, as Romulus went on to win 75-69. He told afterwards, “I had to take that shot! I wanted to take that shot.” He finished with 20 points. (GBW will have more from Smith later in the week).

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