Category: News & Updates

Major Bantam AA Girls Win Silver in Kingston

The Belleville Spirits major bantam girls came up a bit short in their bid for 3 straight tournament golds this past weekend at the Kingston Impact Mega tournament.   Having went 3-0 in pool play, the Spirits lost in the final to the host Kingston team 43-30. Belleville led most of the first half thanks to some hot shooting but gave up a 7-0 run to the Impact at the end of the second quarter.  Tied at 21 going into the half, Belleville fell behind in the third quarter and could not recover.  Grace Callahan led the scoring attack with 10 points with Melina McLellan and Brigid Bechervaise each scoring 9. Belleville opened the tournament with a convincing win over the Orillia Lakers 47-26.   A great way to start the weekend with all Spirits players hitting the score sheet.  This was big win for the girls as Orillia is sitting higher in the provincial rankings. Callahan and Bechervaise led the scoring with 15 and 8 respectively.  McLellan added 6 and Talia Vreugendhill and Kira Fair each with 4. Game 2 of pool play saw Belleville match up with the Dawson Bluehounds, the #2 ranked bantam team in Quebec.  Belleville never trailed in the game after jumping out to an early 8-0 thanks to some impressive shooting from Bechervaise.  The lead was pushed to as many as 14 in the first...

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Atom AA Girls Shine in Hamilton

The Spirit girls went 3 and 2 in a Division 1 tournament in Hamilton, winning the 1B bracket Gold medal! Game 1:  Spirits surprised the #6 currently ranked team in the province Windsor Valiants with a strong defensive effort on route to a well deserved 26-23 win.      Kayla Martindale led the team with 14 points.  Samantha Middleton pitched in with 4. Game 2:  Spirits had their chances with the eventual tournament champions, Stoney Creek (#8 ranked team) losing 32-20.  We played them tough and could have won if we had finished a bit better.  Martindale with 7 and Middleton with 4. Game 3:  Spirit lost to #15 Huron Lakes 39-28.  It was a disappointing lose as this was the only game we didn’t play well.  Huron jumped on us early and we couldn’t close the gap.  Martindale with 10, Middleton with 6 and Madelyn Bardell with 5. Game 4:  Spirits re-grouped and defeated the host team Blessed Sacrament (#12 ranked team) 32-29.  It was a well-deserved victory that was close only due to some foul trouble we ran into. Martindale with 9, followed by Vanessa Edgett with 6, Madison Lees, Vanessa Gauthier and Lily Haslett with 4 each. Game 5:  The Spirits finished in a 3-way tie for 2nd in the tournament and were matched up with a return date with Huron Lakes for 1B Gold medal game (actually...

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Major Atom AA Squad Strikes Gold in Gloucester

The U12 AA girls attended the Gloucester tournament this past weekend going 5 and 0 on route to winning the AA/AAA pool Gold Medal laying claim to being the ‘Beasts of the East’ for the 2nd straight year! Good teams find ways to win when they’re not at their best and are confident in their abilities to come back from behind which we did 3 time over the weekend. Game 1: The girls jumped to an early 9-0 lead against West Lake and defended well the entire game on route to a 28-12 win over their opponents from Montreal.   Kayla Martindale led with 8 points, player of the game Madison Lees with 6 and Vanessa Gauthier and Samantha Middleton pitched in with 4 each. Game 2:  The girls followed that up with a total team effort;  impressive and dominant performance defeating Ottawa Shooting Stars 41-11.  Martindale led the team with 14 points, Middleton with 6, Marlee Maracle and Sarah Paul with 4 each. Game 3:  The girls started slow  in Game 3 against a stubborn Goulborne team and had to come from behind before winning going away 47-25.  Kayla Martindale literally took the game over and scored 22 points sparking the rest of the team.  Vanessa Edgett pitched in with 6 while Lees, Gauthier, Lily Haslett and Maracle with 4 each. Game 4:  In the semi-finals, the girls played...

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Junior Spirits Win the Hoop Classic

The Spirits junior girls won 5 straight games over the weekend to take gold in their own tournament, the Spirits Hoop Classic. In game 1 the Spirits defeated Durham City 56 to 30 and then went on to win their pool with victories over Aurora (46 – 25) and Cornwall (46 – 38). In the Sunday morning semi-final the Spirits defeated Orillia by a score of 37 to 23. In the championship game the Spirits once again played Durham City with the result being much closer the second time. However, the Spirits demonstrated great poise down the stretch and held on for a 43 to 41 victory. Congratulations to all members of the...

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Bantam AA Girls Win Gold in Markham

Game 1 Opening the tournament against a tough Barrie Royals team, Belleville hung on for a 25-22 win. Brigid Bechervaise led the local scoring attack with nine points; Talia Vreugendhill chipped in with six. • Game 2 Belleville had an easier time with the Huntsville Hurricanes, with The Friendly City crew posting a 53-23 victory. Grace Callahan led a balanced Belleville scoring attack with nine points. Next in line were Sydney Drain (8), Melina McLellan (7), Avery Shortland (5) and Emily Harvey (5). • Game 3 Next, the Belleville girls faced-off against a familiar foe — IEM Newmarket. After a tight, one-point win against IEM two weeks ago, the Spirits created some breathing room in the rematch in Markham, winning 43-25. Bechervaise and Callahan each netted 13 points. • Game 4 Against Niagara Falls — a close, low-scoring game from start to finish — Belleville hung on for a 24-18 win. Callahan paced the Spirits offence with eight points; Bechervaise chipped in with five while Aleisha Rose produced...

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Tournament Results

MAJOR MIDGET Fri, 6:00 Belleville 44  vs.County 45   Sat, 9:00 Belleville 17 vs. Kingston 41 Sat, 10:30 County 25 vs. Lindsay 33 Sat, 12:00 Ottawa 28 South vs. Kingston 45 Sat, 1:30 Belleville 27 vs. Lindsay 43 Sat, 3:00 County 40 vs. Ottawa South 36 Sat, 4:30 Lindsay 11 vs. Kingston 35 Sat, 6:00 Belleville 24 vs. Ottawa South 43 Sun, 10:30 County 22 vs. Kingston 45 Sun, 10:30 Lindsay 43 vs. Ottawa South 47 Sun, 1:30 Kingston 45 vs. *Lindsay 42 for gold/silver * Lindsay won the tiebreaker over Ottawa and County JUNIOR Fri, 6:00 Belleville 56 vs. Durham City 30 Fri, 7:30 I.E.M. Aurora 23 vs. Cornwall 37 Sat, 9:00 I.E.M. Newmarket 56 vs. Peterborough 19 Sat, 10:30 Belleville 46 vs. I.E.M. Aurora 25 Sat, 12:00 Durham City 49 vs. Cornwall 27 Sat, 1:30 I.E.M. Newmarket 50 vs. Orillia 44 Sat, 3:00 Belleville 46 vs. Cornwall 38 Sat, 4:30 Peterborough 35 vs. Orillia 58 Sat, 6:00 Durham City 54 vs. I.E.M. Aurora 25 Sun, 9:00 Belleville 37 vs Orillia 23 @ Nicholson Sun, 9:00 Newmarket 31 vs Durham City 44 @ St Theresa Sun, 9:00 Aurora 32 vs Peterborough 38 @ Bayside Sun, 12:00 Cornwall 54 vs Peterborough 22 @ Bayside Sun, 12:00 Orillia 50 vs. Newmarket 45 @ Nicholson for bronze medal Sun, 1:30 Belleville 43 vs. Durham City 41 @ Nicholson for...

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JUNIOR GIRLS WIN 3 IN NEWMARKET

The Junior girls team had a successful weekend in Newmarket competing in the AA division of the IEM tournament defeating Oakville Vytis in the first game 45-37. Game two saw a tough one point loss to MUMBA (Markham) by a score of 51-50. The girls dug deEp playing their third game in one day with a win over the host club IEM Newmarket 38-31. That win was enough to send them to the semi-final on Sunday where they fell short to a very strong Scarborough team losing 43-32. Top scorer on the weekend was Sierra Peck with 62 total points! The girls competed hard all weekend, played amazing team defense and showed great...

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Major Bantam AA Squad Wins Gold in Newmarket

The Belleville Spirits major bantam AA girls team won gold this past weekend in Newmarket posting a perfect 5-0 record.  The Spirits won a thrilling gold medal game against Timmins Select 30-29.  After jumping out to a 9-0 lead in the first 3 minutes, Belleville saw their lead slip away and went into halftime tied at 12.   From there on, neither team led by more 4 points.  Belleville made some crucial free throws in the final quarter to seal the win.  Brigid Bechervaise led the scoring in the final with 12 points. Aleisha Rose with 6, Kira Fair and Talia Vreugendhill each with 4. To reach the finals, Belleville had to gut out another one point victory against the host club, IEM Newmarket by a similar 30-29 score.  Bechervaise scored another dozen with Aleisha Rose with 7 and Grace Callahan with 6. In round robin play, the Spirits opened the tourney with a sloppy  26-25 win over the Brampton Briers.  After taking an early 11-2 lead, Belleville let Brantford back in the game, scoring only 1 point in the second quarter to take a 12-9 lead into the half.  With Belleville up 1 with only seconds remaining, Brantford missed a wide open layup at the buzzer which would have won the game.  Bechervaise and Vreugendhill led the scoring with 7 and 5 respectively. In the their second game, Belleville...

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