With the Hamilton area being the hub of girls’ basketball in Ontario, it is always great news when a local standout decides to stay home for university. The McMaster women’s basketball program is thrilled to confirm that Ancaster product Rachel Webber has committed to join the Marauders in the fall of 2015.
“We’re excited to add one of our top local athletes to the lineup,” beamed Marauder Coach Theresa Burns. “Rachel’s compete level is through the roof; her presence will lift the intensity level in our practices right away and she can be a game changer with the energy she brings to the court.”
Running the show as the point guard for the senior girls’ squad at Ancaster High School, Webber led her team to the 2014 Hamilton Public School Senior City Championship and the Royals then captured the consolation title at the Quad-A OFSAA tournament.
A multi-sport competitor, who also excels at soccer, Webber says she has had her eye on the McMaster program for some time. “Ever since grade nine I always wanted to be a Marauder and wear the maroon colours,” she explained. “I would go see the soccer and basketball teams play and I just loved watching them and always wished that one day I could play for them. I’m really looking forward to being able to put on that Marauder uniform and represent McMaster.”
Along with helping her teams to success on the court and the pitch, Webber has been the recipient of many individual accolades, including being her school’s female athlete of the year.
Webber’s high school coach Andrew Baillie, who is also an assistant for the McMaster men’s team, says the Marauders are getting a player with tremendous character who loves to compete. “Rachel is a great ambassador for the game as she works hard in practice, she plays tough and is extremely respectful of her opponents,” said Baillie. “She attacks the basket ferociously and never backs down regardless of who she is facing.”
Coach Burns believes Webber will be a great addition to her young Marauder roster and brings a skill set that should enable her to contribute early in her varsity career. “Rachel can handle the ball in the full court and in tight spaces and she makes good decisions to create offense for herself or her teammates,” said Burns. “She wants to be the one guarding the opposition’s top player and she wants the ball in her hands in key moments in the game.”
“Rachel is passionate about being a Marauder and will fit perfectly into the team culture and work ethic that are trademarks of our program.”
Webber’s decision to become a Marauder is a great start to the McMaster recruiting effort and Coach Burns expects to announce additional recruit commitments in the coming weeks.
Source: Bill Malley