Category: News & Updates

Major Atoms Finish Strong at Provincials

It’s lucky 13 for the atom girls Belleville Spirits basketball team. The local hoopsters competed in Division 2 of the recent Ontario Cup, going into the tournament as the No. 14-ranked team in a field of 70. Spirits went 2-and-2, moving up one spot to finish 13th in the province to achieve the highest ranking in the history of the Spirits. Spirits opened the tourney with consecutive losses, rallying to finish with two straight wins. • Mississauga 35, Spirits 20 Belleville opened the competition with a 15-point loss to No. 10 Mississauga but trailed by only four prior to...

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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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