From the Daily Courier: Junior Heat show well in Calgary


Winning four games in less than 24 hours, the UBC Okanagan Junior Heat girls basketball team earned top spot at an under-13 tournament in Calgary recently.

Made up of Grade 6 and 7 players from throughout the Okanagan, the Heat came from behind to win their opening game and breezed to victory in their next two.

Up against the top-ranked Alberta team in the final, the junior Heat, spurred on by the support of the U-15 and U-17 teams in attendance, cruised to a 16-point win.

The Heat played a solid defensive game throughout the weekend, while Alley Corrado and Ashlyn Day led the team offensively in each match.

In under-17 play, the Heat won two of three games. Down by more than 20 points in the third quarter, the Okanagan representatives put on a late charge, but fell 69-60.

The Heat pulled together in their final two games, winning 81-53 and 60-50.
The under-15 girls placed third. They defeated the regional Basketball Alberta team 50-41 and downed the Saskatoon Slam 69-37 before losing 82-57 to the Elite Calgary Cobras.

Outstanding rebounding came from Brettelle Ellerton, Danielle Maclennan, Jordan Koral and Megan Admussen-Blair, while Alexis Percival and Maggy Corrado contributed stellar efforts with their shooting from the outside and superb defence.

Avery Watson came through with several blocked shots and Kiana Ajamzedeh used her speed to steal the ball on a consistent basis.

Identification camps for the teams were held in February and tryouts in March under the watchful eye of UBCO's Heather and Darren Semeniuk.

The program is intended to have an Okanagan-wide flare and produce the quality and depth that will allow the teams wearing the familiar UBCO blue and gold jerseys to compete with Lower Mainland and Alberta summer teams.

All three girls teams will travel together later this month to compete in the Great Western Shootout in Edmonton on the 10-court fieldhouse on the University of Alberta campus.

2012 Junior Heat Rosters (All teams)

U13 Boys

#  Name Pos HT School
Grant Shepard  Anne McClymont Elem.
Noah Ringness-Law  Rutland Middle School
Taylor Knoll  Anne McClymont Elem.
Spencer Doody  KLO
Mitch Glutek  Constable Neil Bruce
Connor White  KLO
Mason Bourcier  Dr. Knox
Joel Semeniuk  Shannon Lake Elem.
Kanaan McGoran  Dr. Knox Continue reading

2012 JR. Heat U13 Girls

Photo contributed.

The Junior Heat U13 girls in their first tournament of the year did extremely well in Richmond at the 2012 U13 Girls Provincial Club Championships, hosted by Basketball BC.

Coach Jay Corrado and his team finished third at the two day, 18 team tournament held April 6-7, 2012 at the Richmond Oval.

Visit the recap at the tournament website: