Seventh annual Okanagan High School basketball All-Star Games
By Cary Mellon on March 24, 2015
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 2015 Okanagan High School basketball all-star games this Friday, March 27 at the Gym on UBC’s Okanagan campus.
Friday will mark the seventh straight time the hardwood that the UBC Okanagan Heat call home will honour the best players from the Okanagan Valley in both the junior and senior divisions will look to challenge themselves against their peers in a slate of four games.
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 approximately 20 players from each gender and age group are selected to attend and star in the event and should put the number of attendees over the 500 mark in this, its seventh year. Many players have been selected for the event more than one year and numerous players have graduated 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.
Kelly Olynyk now and NBA regular with the Boston Celtics, who played in this game in 2009 as a representative of South Kamloops, is the most notable alumni from the event. Alex Hart from Immaculata and Braxton Bunce from Kelowna Secondary both played in more than one all-star game and have moved on to the NCAA Division I.
Mitch Goodwin, Dario Gini, and Ryan Linttell all three members of the men’s Heat roster played in the game while Olivia Johnson, Haylie Gibb, Emily Kanester, Tia Sadler and Rachel Knoll all played in the event and now suit up for the women’s Heat team.
The strength of Okanagan basketball is evident not just in this event but in the finishes of the high school programs in the Valley. For the first time since 1990 the Kelowna Owls were in a AAAA boys Provincial semi-final, the last Interior team to medal at the boys top tier was Kelly Olynyk’s South Kamloops squad. Also in the boys side at the provincial championships the A final was an all Kelowna affair with Kelowna Christian topping Immaculata in the final. At the AA level Clarence Fulton and Valleyview finished fifth and seventh respectively at the provincials. With only one berth to the championships, Mount Boucherie, a top ranked team in the province all year, lost to KSS and didn’t even get a chance at the ‘Big Dance’.
The Immaculata senior girls team played up this year and competed at the AA level, the larger schools all finished below the Mustangs as the Kelowna squad won provincial gold. The Owls finished sixth at the AAA championships and their junior girls team third, while the junior boys from KSS ended up ninth.
With all of these teams bringin home provincial medals to the Okanagan the talent on display at this year’s all-star team will once again be first rate.
Rosters for 2014-15:
|Cruz Andersen||KCS||Riley Bruschinsky||Immaculata|
|Blaise Beauchemin||Immaculata||Michael Burnham||George Elliot|
|Money Boparai||Similkameen||Evan Cave||NorKam|
|Mason Bourcier||KSS||Paul Garcha||Princess Margaret|
|Prabh Chahal||Princess Margaret||John Garvie||Vernon Secondary|
|Gurlal Dhaliwal||Osoyos||Michael Gini||Immaculata|
|Mitch Glutek||Mount Boucherie||Brandon Isaac||Fulton|
|Devin Halcrow||NorthKam||Kache Kopec||Mount Boucherie|
|Nate Humes||Mount Boucherie||Ben Kornelsen||Pleasant Valley|
|Owen Keys||KSS||Matt Lafontaine||KSS|
|Mason Laughren||K.L.O||Abhishek Lekhi||Summerland|
|Ben Macdonald||SouthKam||Kohl Linder||Princess Margaret|
|Mitchell Mathieson||NorthKam||Rashaun Roulhac||KSS|
|Parm Sandher||Rutland||Amar Sandher||Rutland|
|Simranjit Sandher||Rutland||Navtej Sandhu||KSS|
|Nick Sarai||SouthKam||Parker Simson||KSS|
|Grant Shephard||KSS||Jack Small||Aberdeen Hall|
|Nick Smith||OKM||Jeff Tubbs||Mount Boucherie|
|Jacob Stokker||Pen High||Treyton Waardenburg||Mount Boucherie|
|Matt Williamson||KSS||Avery Walline||OKM|
|Coaches: Landry Ndayitwayeko, Mitch Goodwin||Coaches: Dino Gini, Glenn Garvie|
|Abby Cullen||KSS||Megan Admussen-Blair||Princess Margaret|
|Desiree Day||KLO||Liz Anderson||South Kam|
|Chelsea Espenberg||KSS||Jordyn Cullum||Vernon|
|Brianna Falk||Vernon||Brettelle Ellerton||Mt. Boucherie|
|Marin Felt||OKM||Kristy Fugel||Vernon|
|Celine Francisco||Pen-Hi||Nicole Hart||Immaculata|
|Mackenzie Horst||Immaculata||Emma Johnson||Immaculata|
|Kate Johnson||Immaculata||Jordan Koral||Vernon|
|Ryallie Jorgensen||Westsyde||Selma Kusturica||KSS|
|Jamie Lane||Sa-Hali||Lindsay Lalash||Immaculata|
|Ally Lincoln||South Kam||Tessa Lannon-Paakspuu||Pen-Hi|
|Darian Mahmi||OKM||Danya Lincoln||South Kam|
|Jollee Perrier||Pen-Hi||Sadie MacDonald||South Kam|
|Mariah Perry||Rutland||Lindsay Nicholas||KSS|
|Megan Roualt||Fulton||Reiko Ohama||Nor Kam|
|Kinsey Vosper||Westsyde||Natasha Reimer||Pen-Hi|
|Teaghan Wallace||Immaculata||Anna Rice||Vernon|
|Hannah Walline||OKM||Danielle Ruocco||Princess Margaret|
|Rene Watson||KSS||Madison Terbasket-Winser||South Okanagan|
|Coaches: Kim Whelpton, Jody Vesper||Coaches: Andrew Gini, Mandy Trenholm|