Category: News & Updates

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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Spirits Prep in Full Swing

40 players between 9 and 13 years old have been attending Friday night clinics to develop their basketball skills. Shooting, passing, and ball-handling are three of the crucial areas that are emphasized each night. The clinics are run by knowledgeable and experienced local coaches who hope to see the kids develop not only skill, but confidence and a passion for the game. We look forward to seeing many of these youngsters in a Spirits uniform next...

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Spirits Prep in Full Swing

40 players from 9 to 13 years old have been spending part of their Friday nights working on basketball skills. While some of these players are already Spirits and hoping to upgrade their skills, most are not playing rep basketball but hope to be part of the Spirits club next season. The emphasis is on the fundamental skills such as ball-handling, shooting, and passing. The experienced and knowledgeable coaches involved with Spirits Prep are hoping to see not only skill development but also an increase in confidence and passion for the...

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