KELOWNA, BC – Saturday, March 29, 2014
2014 Okanagan Basketball All-Star Game
Junior Girls - 3:00 p.m.
Junior Boys - 4:30 p.m.
Senior Girls - 6:00 p.m.
Senior Boys - 8:00 p.m.
KELOWNA, B.C. – The UBC Okanagan Heat men's and women's basketball programs are pleased to present the 2014 Okanagan High School basketball all-star games this Saturday, March 29 at the Gym on UBC’s Okanagan campus.
For the sixth straight year the Heat’s home court will house four separate all-star games as the best players from the Okanagan Valley in both the junior and senior divisions will look to challenge themselves against the other top players this Saturday in Kelowna.
Kicking things off will be the top junior girls at 3 p.m., immediately followed with the best junior boys taking the main court at 4:30 p.m. The evening will bring out the senior all-stars; the girls will tip-off at 6 p.m., and the senior boys will slam home the day’s event with an 8 p.m. tip-off.
Since 2009 the UBC Okanagan men’s and women’s basketball programs have hosted this event and have seen numerous players graduate from the All-Star game to wear the Heat uniform, or else continue to play basketball at competitive levels all the way up to and including the NBA.
Last year Alex Hart starred in the senior boys’ game scoring 29 points, the highest total on the day. This past season he was a freshman forward for UC Santa Barbara in the NCAA Division I.
Julia Reichert was a four-time attendee of the Interior All-Star game and was player of the game last Spring, this past season Julia toiled in the paint on the very same floor she enjoyed success as an All-Star as she suited up for Heather Semeniuk’s Heat squad in Canada West.
The tournament’s biggest success undoubtedly has to be Kelly Olynyk who played in this game in 2009 as a representative of South Kamloops – last June he was drafted by the Boston Celtics and has upgraded his All-Star experience from the UBC Okanagan experience to the NBA’s Rising Star Challenge, the tip-off to NBA all-star weekend in New Orleans this past February.
The driving force behind this weekend’s all-star event, Heat women’s coach Heather Semeniuk has once again worked many hours to ensure its success. Heather has just completed her twentieth season coaching women’s basketball at the Okanagan campus of UBC and is always looking to promote the game of basketball in the Valley, and finds this event one of the best ways to do so.
“This All-star game is worth every minute of the time we put into it,” says Heather, “and it all goes into celebrating a group of people that deserve to showcase their efforts on the court. Every All-star player has worked countless hours to get to this level, and from here they can see where this sport could potentially take them. There is no limit; Kelly Olynyk played at this event and now he is in the NBA.”
“I’d also like to use this event as a thank-you to all the coaches, players, officials, parents, and volunteers who work so hard all year, this ‘All-Star Day’ is to celebrate all those involved in basketball in the area. Everybody out here today has volunteered, including the officials; it truly is a community event celebrating basketball,” finished a thankful Semeniuk.
Rosters for 2013-14:
|Junior Boys||Senior Boys|
|Noah Alleyne||Clarence Fulton||Sol Benson||Kelowna Christian|
|Cruz Anderson||Kelowna Christian||Joe Davis||Westsyde|
|Reid Bentz||Westsyde||Leighton Demidoff||Valleyview|
|Mason Bourcier||Dr. Knox||Keith Errington||Rutland Secondary|
|Landon Brickendon||Summerland Secondary||John Garvie||Vernon Secondary|
|Anthony Cave||Brocklehurst||Michael Gini||Immaculata|
|Gurshan Dhaliwal||South Okanagan||Evan Helgason||NorKam|
|Mitch Glutec||Constable Neil Bruce||Quincy Johnson||Mount Boucherie|
|Nathan Humes||Constable Neil Bruce||Chris MacDonnel||Immaculata|
|Owen Keys||Dr. Knox||Michael Mayhew||St. Anns|
|Jordan Komarniski||South Kam||Jason Pinneo||Sahali|
|Tyler Kreway||OKM||Michael Rouault||Clarence Fulton|
|Taylor Labonte||NorKam||Reid Sellers||South Kam|
|Matt Lafontaine||Kelowna Secondary||Jas Sihota||Princess Margaret|
|Jon Landie||Kelowna Secondary||Cooper Simson||Kelowna Secondary|
|Gurveer Madurai||Rutland Secondary||Buzz Trus||Kelowna Secondary|
|Mitchel Mathison||Brocklehurst||Jesse Vissia||Similkameen|
|Dylan Moorman||Penticton Secondary||Evan Yarrow||OKM|
|Tommy Nguyen||Rutland Secondary|
|Jae Rudrum-Steinhauer||Kelowna Secondary|
|Junior Girls||Senior Girls|
|Drewe Charlton||OKM||Megan Admussen-Blair||Princess Margaret|
|Alley Corrado||KLO||Hannah Friesen||Kelowna Secondary|
|Jordyn Cullum||Vernon Secondary||Karley Fugel||Vernon Secondary|
|Ashlyn Day||Immaculata||Haylie Gibb||Salmon Arm|
|Claire Demug||Kelowna Secondary||Hannah Johnson||Immaculata|
|Amanda Grant||Immaculata||Emma Johnson||Immaculata|
|Kate Johnson||Immaculata||Jordan Korol||Vernon Secondary|
|Azalya Klippenstein||Keremeos||Kaitlyn Lafontaine||Kelowna Secondary|
|Ally Lincoln||South Kam||Zahyna Lewis||Salmon Arm|
|Courtney Olexa||Princess Margaret||Charlotte Lewthwaite||Kelowna Secondary|
|Rachel Peters||South Kam||Ana Moroziuk||Penticton Secondary|
|Jayne Reid||KLO||Jaedyn Penkala||Immaculata|
|Vanessa Richards||Kelowna Secondary||Emma Piggin||South Kam|
|Megan Rouault||Clarence Fulton||Kanesha Reeves||South Kam|
|Tamiko Tallio||South Kam||Jacquie Sellers||Kelowna Christian|
|Reilley Terbasket||Keremeos||Nicola Terbasket||Keremeos|
|Madison Terbasket-Winser||Keremeos||Emily Vilac||South Kam|