Spartans recruits earn honours at BC Basketball Championship

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by Scott Stewart

March 13, 2014, LANGLEY, British Columbia (ISN) – Future Trinity Western University women’s basketball players Jessie Brown (Langley, B.C.) and Tessa Ratzlaff (Abbotsford, B.C.) were honoured in their final high school tournament of the year this past weekend at the Langley Events Centre – the “Home of the Spartans”.

Brown was named to the first all-star team for helping her Brookswood Bobcats win the BC High School Girls AAA championship, while Ratzlaff earned honourable mention for leading hear M.E.I. squad to a fifth place finish.

“We are excited to have Jessie and Tessa join our squad after finishing a rewarding high school career. The experience of playing in such big games on their future home court is great and we look forward to having them join us once their high school journeys are completed,” commented TWU head coach Cheryl Jean-Paul. “We congratulate both of their teams, the Brookswood Bobcats and the MEI Eagles, on a great tournament and also thank their high school coaches, Neil Brown and Rick Thiessen respectively, for all the hard work they’ve put into developing our future Complete Champions.”

The Brookswood Bobcats earned their first B.C. senior girls Triple A basketball championship with a 64-57 victory over Oak Bay Saturday evening at the Langley Events Centre in Langley, B.C. In addition to earning first team all-star honours, Brown was also named BC High School Senior Player of the Year earlier in the week.

The MEI Eagles finished the championship in fifth place with a 74-66 win over Handsworth Royals.



  • Jessie Brown – Brookswood
  • Tayla Jackson – Brookswood
  • Morgan Roskelley – Oak Bay
  • Lauren Yearwood – Oak Bay
  • Nicole Vander Helm – Holy Cross


  • Michelle Bos – Holy Cross
  • Rachel Beauchamp – Holy Cross
  • Taylor Claggett – MEI
  • Alanna Martin – Handsworth
  • Alicia Roufosse – WJ Mouat


  • Cierra Roufosse – WJ Mouat
  • Vanessa Gee – Riverside
  • Marisa Harrington – Oak Bay
  • Tessa Ratzlaff – MEI
  • Sophie Swant – Argyle


  • Aislinn Konig – Brooskwood


  • Lauren Yearwood – Oak Bay

About Spartan Athletics:
Since Trinity Western entered the CIS in 1999, Spartan student-athletes have accumulated a number of significant awards including a CIS Athlete of the Year (BLG) award, three Canada West Athlete of the Year awards, five CIS Player of the Year awards, a CIS Elite Eight Academic All-Canadian award, three CIS Rookie of the Year awards, two CIS Libero of the Year awards, four CIS Coach of the Year awards, four CIS community service awards and numerous CIS All-Canadian and Canada West All-Star awards. In their 15 years as members of the CIS, the Spartans have won 13 Canada West championships, eight CIS national titles (women’s soccer in 2004, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013 and men’s volleyball in 2006, 2011 and 2012), 24 CIS championship medals including six individual CIS championships in track.

About TWU:

Trinity Western University, in Langley, B.C., is an independent Christian liberal arts and sciences university enrolling approximately 4400 students. TWU offers 41undergraduate majors, ranging from biotechnology, education, nursing, theatre and music, to psychology, communications and biblical studies. TWU’s 17 graduate degree programs include counseling psychology, business, theology, linguistics, and leadership, and interdisciplinary degrees in English, philosophy and history. TWU holds Canada Research Chairs in Dead Sea Scroll Studies, Developmental Genetics and Disease, and Interpretation, Religion & Culture.

About Canadian Interuniversity Sport
Canadian Interuniversity Sport is the national governing body of university sport in Canada. Every year, 11,000 student-athletes and 700 coaches from 55 universities and four regional associations vie for 21 national championships in 12 different sports. CIS also provides high performance international opportunities for Canadian student-athletes at Winter and Summer Universiades, as well as numerous world university championships. For further information, visit

About Canada West Universities Athletic Association
Canada West is consistently the most decorated of the four conferences in Canadian Interuniversity Sport, winning 100 CIS national titles over the last 10 seasons. Comprised of 17 schools from the provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia, Canada West produces numerous major award winners and Academic All-Canadian student-athletes each year, with many going on to athletic success around the globe in pro leagues or events such as the Olympics, Paralympics or Universiade Games. / / @cwuaa on Twitter

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