Mar 2013 28

High School Basketball All-Star Game

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The UBC Okanagan Heat men’s and women’s basketball programs are pleased to present the 2013 Okanagan High School all-star games this Saturday, March 30 at the Gym on UBC’s Okanagan campus.

The home of the Heat will house four separate all-star games as the best players from the Interior in both the junior and senior divisions will descend on Kelowna to challenge themselves against the other top players in the Interior.

The junior girls will kick things off at 3:00 p.m. with the best junior boys taking the main court at 4:30 p.m. The evening will bring out the senior players; the girls will tip-off at 6:00p.m., and the boys will close the evening up when the all-stars put on a show at 8:00 p.m.

This will be the fifth consecutive year the UBC Okanagan men’s and women’s basketball programs have hosted this event and have seen players graduate from the All-Star game to wear the Heat uniform.

Last year Greet Gill starred in the senior boys’ game scoring 32 points, the highest total on the day, this past season he was a fixture in the starting lineup for the Heat in his rookie season.

The top point getter in last year’s senior girl’s games was Julia Reichert with 17 points. Julia, just in grade 11 last year, has signed on to star with coach Semeniuk’s Heat next season. She will be back for her fourth straight year at the all-star game this Saturday.

Although he did exit the NCAA Tournament in an upset last weekend, potential NCAA college basketball player of the year and Sports Illustrated cover-boy Kelly Olynyk played in this game in 2009 as a representative of South Kamloops – who will be the next from this game to go on to international fame?

“It is always an honour to be selected to an all-star game. There are many basketball players in the Valley that deserve this opportunity to compete against their Valley peers. As evidenced by the amount of Provincial Championships won by teams from the interior this season – there is a high level of basketball being played in this Valley.This is my first year and I’m overwhelmed by the response we get for hosting this game. This is the Heat’s chance to give back to all the support we get from the basketball community,” said Pete Guarasci, the coach of the Heat men’s basketball team who finished his first season at UBC’s Okanagan campus.

The driving force behind this event, Heat women’s coach Heather Semeniuk, is always flabbergasted at the positive response she receives from hosting this game. “Every person I talk to they are just so excited to participate in the event. It makes the effort worth it for all involved.”

Game Times for Saturday
Junior Girls – 3:00 p.m.
Junior Boys – 4:30 p.m.
Senior Girls – 6:00 p.m.
Senior Boys – 8:00 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Greystoke Photography

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