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NEWS: 3rd Annual Niagara Region Basketball Showcase ready to hit the court

NEWS: 3rd Annual Niagara Region Basketball Showcase ready to hit the court

For the third straight year, the Niagara Knights men's and women's basketball programs are set to host the Niagara Region Basketball showcase at the Welland Campus Athletic Centre on December 18th. Opening tip for the girls game is slated for 6:00pm, while the boys will tip-off at 8:00pm.

The event is part of a series of showcases that were launched in June 2013 by the Knights' soccer programs. Spearheaded by Head Coach Frank DeChellis and assistant coach Rino Berardi, the annual showcase events features high school student-athletes from across the Niagara Region. Played for the first time in 2016, the basketball games joined a line-up that includes the aforementioned soccer showcases annually in June and volleyball showcases in March.

"Adding the showcase to our lineup a couple of years ago was a huge boost for our program," said Knights women's Head Coach Mike Beccaria. "This is another opportunity for high school athletes to compete with their peers and celebrate the state of basketball in Niagara."

Coaches from participating high schools throughout the region have nominated their student-athletes to compete in the game, with schools from Port Colborne, to Grimsby, to Niagara Falls being represented. The teams will be split up by zone, with Zone 3 taking on Zone 4 to Niagara Region bragging rights. In total 67 student-athletes representing 22 Niagara Region high schools will participate in the two matches.

Both games will be broadcast live by the Niagara College Broadcast, Radio, Television, and Film (BRTF) programs at www.goknights.ca/watchlive. Like all Knights home broadcast, the games will feature BRTF students providing play-by-play, colour commentary, and in-game interviews with the participants.

Previous participants in the showcase that now suit up for the Knights include women's basketball's Sophia Al-Kayed (St. Catharines | St. Francis High School) and Kirstyn Atkins (Welland | Centennial High School) and men's basketball's Braiden Moore (Welland | Notre Dame College School) and Johnnie Richardson (Niagara Falls | St. Francis High School).

Girls Participants

Team White Team Blue
Isabelle Sincler - Jean Vanier Viktoria Cubelis - St. Francis
Alyssa Arcand - Jean Vanier Rachel Bufalino - St. Francis
Corynn Parker - Jean Vanier Beth deBoer - Eden
Destiny Paquin - Centennial Terin Hultink - Smithville Christian
Breanna Ferrara - Centennial Esther Dehaan - Smithville Christian
Emily Babyak - Centennial Michailah Jones - St. Catharines Collegiate
Maddie Coleman - Port Colborne Selena Jones - St. Catharines Collegiate
Jennifer Kozeli - Port Colborne Leanne Dekorte - Heritage Christian
Phoenix Hill-Doxtator - Stamford Ruth Vandyk - Heritage Christian
Emma Lagace - Stamford Sarah O'Rourke - Holy Cross
Emily Foest - Notre Dame Maddie Caughill - Holy Cross
Alissa Mete - Notre Dame Ally Dyck - Holy Cross
Abigale Philips - Notre Dame Charlize Breulman - Great Lakes Christian
Hannah Nicholls - EL Crossley Lauren Nugent - Grimsby
Emily Bonisteel - EL Crossley Asha-Lee Crooks - Grimsby
Sydney Grummett - EL Crossley Madelyn Strongitham - Grimsby
Tess Puchalski - EL Crossley Olivia Gaspich - Blessed Trinity
Tori-Rigas DiDomenico - AN Myer Mia DiPasquale - Blessed Trinity
Emily Braun - AN Myer Makayla Giddings - Blessed Trinity
Taylor Doyle - Fort Erie Allie Addy - Governor Simcoe
Megan Loui - Fort Erie Lily Empringham - Niagara Christian

 

Boys Participants

Team White Team Blue
Reese Radobenko - Centennial Adrian Wazsak - Holy Cross
Nick Yioldassis - Centennial Calvin Bultje - Heritage Christian
David Jones - Notre Dame Sam Braithwaite - St. Francis
Shamar Campbell - Notre Dame Igor M'Baya - St. Francis
Jacob Labonte - Jean Vanier Brendan Barker - Sir Winston Churchill
Ricard Werner - St. Paul Noah Honsberger - Dennis Morris
Jerwin Tutanes - St. Paul Clayton Thomas-Harris - St. Catharines Collegiate
Neil Naharai - Stamford Collegiate Tykree Llewellyn - St. Catharines Collegiate
Abdul Sheik-Ali - Westlane Colton Spencer - Thorold
Jason Carter - EL Crossley Darren Johnston - Governor Simcoe
Auston Ladouceur - Fort Erie Charlie Edgar - Eden
Nick Murdaca - AN Myer Josh Enns - Blessed Trinity
Neil Wangler - Niagara Christian