The top girls’ high school basketball players within in the Hamilton public school board will take centre stage on Thursday night as it hosts the second annual HWDSB Girls Basketball All-Star Classic game.
Tipoff for the event is at 7:00pm at Glendale Secondary School with the game featuring 26 of the best senior girls basketball players within the HWIAC league.
As part of the game, the school board along with McMaster University and Mohawk College, have once again teamed up to help deliver this year’s event. Both McMaster and Mohawk will have student-athletes from their varsity program act as “Head Coaches” for the two teams.
Team Mohawk will be coached by HWDSB alumni and current Mohawk women’s basketball players: Stef Hrymak, (Westdale), Shanien O’Neill & Jasmina Kucic (the former Highland), and Emilee Champigny (Sir Winston Churchill).
Hrymak is in her firth year playing with the Mountaineers while O’Neill is in her 4th. Already this season Hrymak claimed Athlete of the Week honours with O’Neill earning a selection as All-Star at the Georgian Tournament. Kucic is in her second year at Mohawk while Champigny is a rookie with the squad.
For Team McMaster they will be led by Hilary Hanaka and Erin Burns who are both from the Hamilton area. Hanaka is in her fourth season with the Marauders averaging 17.6 points per game so far this year. Burns is also in her fourth year of eligibility at McMaster and the guard has appeared in nine games with the Marauders averaging 5.9 points per game.
Team McMaster University
Ancaster HS: Paige Bell, Jessica Holmes; Dundas Valley SS: Taylor Cumming; Glendale SS: Belma Boskovic; Orchard Park SS: Natasha Centurione; Saltfleet DHS: Sofia Djurcic; Sherwood SS: Abigail Oates; Waterdown DHS:Olivia Baker, Elizabeth Howlett; Westdale SS: Jordan Denkers, Taylor Marof, Amy Stinson.
Coaches: Hilary Hanaka and Erin Burns
Team Mohawk College
Ancaster DHS: Tori Cramm; Dundas Valley SS: Jenna Button; Glendale SS: Tawny Yates; Saltfleet DHS: Quinn Hardy, Kate McPhail; Sherwood SS: Amber Hewitt; Sir Allan MacNab SS: Kyra Guzylak-Messam; Sir John A. Macdonald SS: Tionna Hull, Ruby Espinoza; Sir Winston Churchill SS: Brittney O’Rourke; Waterdown DHS: Elise Euale; Westdale SS: Patyon Marof; Claire Sutherland-Case
Coaches: Stef Hrymak, Shanien O’Neil, Jasmin Kucic and Emilee Champigny
Want to Go?
- What: Second annual HWDSB Girls Basketball All-Star Classic
- Who: Top varsity players from the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board & HWIAC league
- When: Thursday, December 7, 2017
- Where: Glendale Secondary School (145 Rainbow Dr, Hamilton)
- Admission: $2 at the door
Source: Michael Grobe