By: James Nielsen, Vikes Communications
Janyary 15, 2014, VICTORIA (ISN) – The University of Victoria Vikes are pleased to announce the commitment of forward Amy Sprangers to the Vikes women’s basketball program for the 2014-15 varsity season.
The current Holy Cross Regional High School Crusaders team member experienced several tournament wins in her grade 11 year, including the AA provincial championship title. As a result, the Crusaders moved up to the British Columbia AAA division for her final year of high school.
In addition to her team’s success, Sprangers received several individual accolades during her secondary career. These include being named the B.C. Catholic Most Valuable Player in 2012, a B.C. Catholic First Team All-Star in both 2012 and 2013, Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year in 2013, as well as being named as a AA provincial First Team All-Star selection in both 2012 and 2013. She has participated provincially for U-15 and U-17 teams in the 2010 B.C. Summer Games and 2013 Canada Summer Games.
“Amy will add good size and experience for us up front,” said Vikes women’s head coach Dani Sinclair. “She is fundamentally very sound, has a great understanding of the game and is highly competitive. We are very excited to welcome her to our program. It’s a great fit for her and for us and she has the potential to make an impact right away.”
Sprangers credits both the academic and athletic areas of UVic as key reasons for pursuing a varsity career with the Vikes.
“I want to come to UVic because personally, I love Victoria,” explained Sprangers. “I have heard that UVic has a very good nursing program. Also, I really admire Dani Sinclair and Leanne Evans as coaches and could really see myself fitting into their style of play and the level of competition and determination the team brings to each game and practice.”
Since picking up the sport at the age of four, Sprangers lists her experience of winning a provincial championship as one of the top moments in her basketball career up until this point.
“My favourite moments so far in basketball would probably have to be my first game as a Holy Cross Crusader,” said Sprangers. “As well as the moments after the final buzzer in last year’s AA provincial finals, because we had finally achieved the goal we had been working towards for the past two seasons.”
Sprangers, who has a younger brother and older sister attending the University of Fraser Valley, will be the first member of her family to pursue a post-secondary sport when she joins the Vikes women’s basketball program, beginning in the 2014-15 season.
- Age: 17
- Height: 6’1″
- Position: Forward
- Hometown: Langley, B.C.
- High School: Holy Cross Regional High School