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Help Support Basketball in Manitoba this Holiday Season with a Donation to the Three Point Club

Basketball Manitoba is pleased to announce a new special fundraising initiative.  The Three Point Club has been designed to raise funds to support members of Manitoba's Provincial Teams and Centre for Performance programs.

Individuals, groups or corporate members of the community, which make a financial gift to the program will allow us to continue delivering a quality program to a wide demographic.  By joining the Three Point Club, you will be recognized on the Basketball Manitoba website and receive an official tax receipt to recognize your gift and know that 100% of your donation is going to help a child pursue their basketball dreams.


Happy Holidays from Basketball Manitoba

We wish you the very best over the holiday season and a happy and prosperous 2015!  The Basketball Manitoba office will be closed from Tuesday December 23 through to January 2, 2015 inclusive for the Holiday Season and will reopen Monday January 5, 2015.

REMINDER: Just for Kicks Charity 3on3 Basketball Tournament Announced for Feb 7 at Westgate Collegiate

DEADLINE JANUARY 5: The Just for Kicks 3on3 Basketball Tournament is a three-on-three charity basketball event in support of Winnipeg’s Got Sole. The tournament takes place at Westgate Mennonite Collegiate on February 7, 2015 and includes 16 teams that will compete for a grand prize. Just for Kicks will feature a three-point competition and highlight local brands by offering vendor tables to them.

In 2013, the non-profit charity was established by Frendell Cano, Jerry Legaspi, and Johann Generao.  When they created Winnipeg’s Got Sole, they had one goal – to give back to the community that
helped them grow up. In June 2013, Winnipeg’s Got Sole introduced the city to its first Sneaker Swap Expo, and has been an annual event since then. The charity has collected over 1000 pairs of shoes since its inception.

  • Each team will have a maximum of four players and are guaranteed a minimum of two games.
  • Instead of a registration fee, Just for Kicks asks that participants raise at least $55 for Winnipeg’s Got Sole. Just for Kicks will supply pledge forms.
  • Participants must be at least 18+, however guests of all ages are invited to support Just for Kicks at Westgate Mennonite Collegiate.
  • There are no gender restrictions and co-ed teams are encouraged.
  • Participants in Just for Kicks also have the chance to enter the three-point competition. 
  • All proceeds will go directly to Winnipeg’s Got Sole to help fund in future events.
  • All clothing/ outerwear/ shoes will be given to Winnipeg’s Got Sole for distribution.

Download the registration form and pledge form to register your Just for Kicks team. As a reminder, the minimum donation is $55, which includes your $5 insurance courtesy of Basketball Manitoba.
 The registration form must be filled out by each team member. Please ensure phone numbers and emails are correctly entered for updates and information.

Please mail your registration form to:
58 Pincherry Lane
St. Andrews, Manitoba
R1A 3S1

You may also scan your registration form and email it to giuliano@justforkickswinnipeg.com
Team spots are reserved on a first come, first serve basis.


If you have any questions, please contact
event creator Giuliano Bellabono


SCOREBOARD - Dec. 18, 2014

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Gray Academy Hosts Children's Hospital Toy Drive Basketball Tournament

Gray Academy hosted its annual Raiders Rumble this week in Winnipeg. The Basketball tournament included Gray Academy and St John's Ravencourt schools, Mayhem, Spirit and Junior Bison clubs. Gray Academy athletic department would like to thank all the participants for their donation to the Toys Drive that will be offered to the Children's Hospital for the Holidays season. Congratulations to Team SPIRIT for winning the first place of the friendly tournament!

SCOREBOARD - Dec. 17, 2014

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Emmanuel Akot Invited to Canadian Cadet Men's National Team Assessment Camp in Toronto Dec 18-21

Basketball Manitoba is very pleased to announce that Manitoba Provincial Team Member Emmanuel Akot of Winnipeg has been invited to the Canada Basketball Cadet Men's National Team Assessment Camp in Toronto this weekend!  Emmanuel is coming off a tremendous summer representing Manitoba at the 15U Canadian National Championships where he helped Manitoba earn a 4th place finish.  In recognition for an outstanding national tournament, he was named to the Tournament All-Star Team.  He is currently in his grade 10 year with the number 2 ranked Kildonan East Reivers, who won the 32-team Brandon Sun Spartans Invitational this past week in Brandon.  Emmanuel is also a member of the Winnipeg Wolves Basketball Club.

The camp are open to Canadian athletes born January 1, 1999 or later and have a valid Canadian passport.  Canada’s Cadet Men's National Team will compete in the FIBA Americas U16 Championship for Men in June 2015 in Argentina, for qualification to the 2016 FIBA World U17 Championships.  More information can be found at http://www.basketball.ca.



Full Name: Emmanuel Akot
Team: 15U Male
Position: Guard
Hometown: Winnipeg Manitoba 
Present Grade: Grade 9
School: Kildonan East Collegiate
Basketball Club: Winnipeg Wolves
Summer Goals: To win a gold medal 
Years in Basketball: 5 years
Basketball Aspirations: To play D1 basketball and to hopefully be a pro
Favourite Player & Team: Chris Smoove and Yunnan Honghe Running Bulls 
Fondest Memory in Basketball: Playing in the Jayhawk Invitational 
Biggest Basketball Influence: Medu Bera 
After High School: Play D1 basketball 

2014 15U Manitoba Male Provincial Team

Manitoba 17U Male Provincial Team & William Kohler Named Finalists as MSSA Team & Athlete of the Year

Basketball Manitoba is pleased to share the news that the 17U Male Provincial Team has been named named a finalist as the 2014 Manitoba Sportswriters and Sportscasters Team of the Year.    Recognized as a finalist as Male Athlete of the Year is William Kohler who was named MVP at the National Championships.  The recognition comes as the team captured the first ever male National Championship at the Provincial Team level this past summer.

As a result of final voting, the winners will be declared at the 59th annual Athletes of the Year awards dinner on Sunday, January 25th, 2015, at the Delta Winnipeg Hotel.

The University of Manitoba has finalists in all three categories, and two in the team bracket. All-Canadian stars Taylor Pischke in women's volleyball and Nic Demski in football are nominated for Female and Male Athletes of the Year, while the Manitoba Bison national champions in women's volleyball and men's golf are up for consideration as the province's Team of the Year.

Pischke, who sparked the Bisons to a seventh CIS title, is opposed on the final ballot to be cast by the Manitoba sports media by another volleyball standout in UBC's Lisa Barclay, the CIS women's volleyball Player of the Year who is nominated for a second straight year; Jennifer Saunders, who set a women's racquetball record by winning her eighth national singles title; Mandy Marchuk, a member of Canada's silver medallist women's World Cup rugby team; and Jocelyn Larocque, a defensive star on Canada's gold medal winning women's hockey team at the Winter Olympics.

Also on the male ballot against Demski, who is the first Bison football player to be named on four CIS all-Canadian teams, is the 2007 and 2013 Male Athlete winner Jonathan Toews of Chicago Blackhawks, who scored the winning goal in Canada's Olympic gold medal victory over Sweden; Olympic curling gold medallist Ryan Fry, the outstanding third on the Brad Jacobs team; Basketball Manitoba's Male Athlete of the Year William Kohler; and Bret Thompson, chosen as the provincial amateur golfer of the year for 2014 by Golf Manitoba.

Two curling teams have been nominated to oppose the Bison women's volleyball and golf squads; the Jennifer Jones Olympic women's gold medallists at the Winter Games in Sochi, and Mike McEwen's foursome that captured an exceptional six titles and posted 45 victories in seven events entered through mid-December on this season's curling tour. The Jones quartette won the team award for 2013. The fifth team finalist this year is the Team Manitoba under-17 male basketball national gold medallists, a first time achievement for this province.

Among the MSSA awards to be presented at the dinner are the Cactus Jack Wells Memorial trophy, to recognize the event or individual creating a major impact on the Manitoba sports scene; the Dallis Beck Memorial Good Guy award to an individual providing excellent support to the sports media; and the Jack Matheson Memorial awards to post secondary students interested in a career in sports journalism or sports public relations.

In addition, former Manitoba sportswriter Patti Dawn Swansson and CKLQ Brandon sports director Bruce Luebke will be inducted into the MSSA Media Roll of Honour for their outstanding service to sports journalism. Garth Pischke and Ken Bentley of the University of Manitoba will receive special achievement awards, and former CBC sportscaster Ernie Nairn will receive the MSSA longtime recognition award.

MSSA dinner tickets

Source: http://www.manitobasportswriters.ca/

SPECIAL OFFER: Human Kinetics Basketball Training Books Available

Basketball Manitoba is pleased to offer its membership an opportunity to buy a number of basketball and training books through Human Kinetics Canada in 2015 at a discounted rate.  Details on the books include...


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2014 Super Coaches Clinic Videos Now Public; Watch on Web, Phone or Tablet

Just in time for the holiday break, Basketball Manitoba is pleased to now share the entire video collection from the 2014 Super Coaches Clinic held in October.  The clinic featured Brian McCormick, Mike MacKay, Kirby Schepp, Mike Raimbault, Michele Hynes, Jon Giesbrecht, Martha Bradbury, Dan Becker and Randy Kusano.  All sessions were video taped in their entirety and can be watched streaming online.  Up until now, the videos were shared exclusively with the 320+ coaches who were in attendance at the clinic.  The 2015 Super Coaches Clinic will be held on October 23-24, so save the date!  You can also view all videos through our FREE mobile app on your iPhone, iPad, Android or Windows based phone or tablet!  To view the full collection, including the videos from all clinics since the clinic began in 2009, go to...

VIEW ALL SCHEDULES: 48th Annual Wesmen Classic Coming Up - December 27-30

The 48th Annual Coca Cola Wesmen Classic will be taking place on December 27-30 in the Dr. David F. Anderson Gymnasium at the Duckworth Centre. Tournament passes are now available online for the low price of $25.00. In conjunction with the Classic, the following events will be held prior to December 27th. The Inner City Girl's Classic and Exhibition Game (December 8) and the adidas Jr. Varsity Classic (December 12-13).


Purchase tickets here

More information at http://www.wesmen.ca

The 48th Annual Wesmen Classic Will Kick Off On Friday With The Adidas JV Boys Tournament. All The Information On The Classic Is Available Here.

Welcome to the 48th annual Wesmen Classic, a holiday tradition at the University of Winnipeg's Duckworth Centre. The 48th Annual Wesmen Classic begins with theaddidas Junior Varsity Boys Classic taking place on Friday and Saturday (December 12 and 13) and concludes with the Metro High School Boys Classicand the Coca Cola University Men's Classic from Saturday, December 27 to Tuesday, December 30. 

For all the latest information including game schedules, results please see below for all the links to stay up to date on all the latest happenings. 

Ticket Information:Tournament passes are on sale online and  at the Duckworth Customer Service Centre (Main Level, Duckworth Centre) until 6:00 pm on December 22nd. The University of Winnipeg will re-open for the Classic at 9:00 am on December 27th. Tickets are available for purchase during the tournament.

Tournament passes are $25.00, and are valid for all games.  Day passes are available on game days only.  Prices for day passes are as follows:

Dec. 27    $5.00 (5 games - 4 high school, 1 junior varsity final)
Dec. 28    $10.00 (6 games - 4 university, 2 high school)
Dec. 29    $10.00 (6 games - 4 university, 2 high school,)
Dec. 30    $12.00 (7 games - 4 university, 3 high school) 

The Wesmen Classic offers even greater value for young families !

FREE ADMISSION FOR FANS AGES 12 AND UNDER !!! (accompanied by an adult)

Please Note: Season tickets, UofW student cards, Entertainment Book, Show & Save, Varsity Gold coupons etc. are NOT valid for the Wesmen Classic. For more information please call 786-9349.

Wesmen Classic Press Conference took place Thursday afternoon at Garbonzo's. A big thank you to the media, sponsors and University of Winnipeg staff who attended. 

results and stories of all HS and University Classic games
2014 Wesmen Classics   Popular Links of the 2014 Classic

2015 Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame Call for Nominations

Canada Basketball has announced that the 2015 call for nominations for the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame is now open.
“The Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame is our way of honouring and celebrating those who have contributed to the development and enhancement of basketball in Canada and internationally,” said Michele O’Keefe, Executive Director. “Our Hall of Fame currently includes outstanding members of the Canadian Basketball community and we’re very proud of their contributions.”
Inductees are awarded bi-annually. In 2013, Andrea Blackwell, Bill Coulthard and Candace Jirik (nee Clarkson) were inducted in the athlete category.

Nominations can be made in any one of five categories: athletes, teams, coaches, officials and builders.  Nominations will be accepted from the following:

  • The Board of Directors;
  • Any member in good standing;
  •  Any citizen of Canada, provided that the nomination has been signed by 10 individuals and receives the signed approval of either the Board of Directors of Canada Basketball or an active member association prior to the submission to the Hall of Fame; and
  • Any Canadian media representative provided that the nomination is received on official letterhead and is signed by an official representative of Canada       Basketball
  • All nominations should contain a complete record of the merits and achievements of each candidate, including a biography, letters of support, and news clippings.


All nominees must be either a Canadian citizens, a resident of Canada for a minimum of five years, born in Canada or made their distinguished contribution to the game of basketball while in Canada.

Players must be retired for a minimum of five years from active duty at their highest level.  Teams must be at least five years removed from their significant milestone.  Coaches and officials must be retired for a minimum of two years or one year if the individual is 65 or older.  Builders are exempt from specific timelines with respect to entry.

The deadline for nominations is January 16, 2015.  Please submit all nominations to:

Selection Committee
c/o Ron Yeung
Canada Basketball
1 Westside Drive, Unit 11
Toronto, ON  M9C 1B2

For nomination forms and more detailed criteria, please visit www.basketball.ca

SCOREBOARD - Dec. 16, 2014

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SCHEDULES RELEASED: New Year's Basketball Classic for JV and Varsity Girls Set for Jan 2-4 At BU

Brandon University has announced details on its New Year’s Basketball Classic (NYBC) which is an annual basketball event that is a weekend full of basketball activities. The 2nd annual NYBC will run January 2, 3 & 4, 2015 at Brandon University's Healthy Living Centre.

There will be a girls’ varsity tournament, girls’ junior varsity tournament, 3-point competition, and a free co-ed basketball camp.  There NYBC promises a weekend full of basketball opportunities for children of all ages

The New Year’s Basketball Classic (NYBC) is an annual basketball event that is a weekend full of basketball activities co-hosted by the Brandon University Bobcats women's basketball team and Vincent Massey Vikings Basketball. 

NYBC is a unique event to Manitoba. One of its primary goals is to recognize grade 12 participants (student-athletes and student managers) who demonstrate leadership qualities and provide them with a financial award to assist with post-secondary school tuition and expenses. See Leadership Award Criteria link below for details.


The New Year’s Basketball Classic will also present leadership awards to qualifying grade 12 participants (student-athletes and student-managers)

NYBC 2014 youth camp participants pose with the Bobcats


  • Varsity Girls Basketball tournament - $300 per team
  • Junior Varsity Girls Basketball tournament - $275 per team
  • Basketball Camp for grades 2 through 8 – co-ed - FREE

Teams from outside of Brandon are eligible to receive free room nights at BU Athletics' host hotel, the Victoria Inn. 


  • Minimum of 3 games
  • Leadership Award opportunities for grade 12 participants
  • Championship Team Awards
  • All-star team awards
  • Coaches hospitality room
  • All-star team awards

NYBC Quick-Links

Leadership Award winner Logan Biccum receives her award
from longtime Bobcat supporter Murray McLeod and
Bobcats coach Novell Thomas. 
Leadership Award Criteria
Coaches Information
Brandon University Athletics Visitor's Guide
Competition Rules
Tournament Draw/Schedule
Tournament Partnership/Sponsorship Opportunities
Host Hotel Information
Local Dining Options
Varsity Division Results
Junior Varsity Results


For more information on the New Year's Basketball Classic or to register a team contact:
Novell Thomas
Women's Basketball Coach
P: (204) 727-7431
Email: thomasn@brandonu.ca 

Jordan Tully, Robyn Boulanger & Victoria Zuke Recipients of Sport Manitoba Women to Watch Grants

Basketball Manitoba is pleased to announce that Jordan Tully, Robyn Boulanger & Victoria Zuke have each been named a recipient of the Sport Manitoba 'Women to Watch' athlete & coach grant!  

Jordan is a member of the Manitoba Provincial Team who led Manitoba to its first Gold Medal in 25 years at the National Championships in July.  In recognition for an outstanding summer, she was named the national tournament MVP.  Last month, Jordan committed to the NCAA Division 1 program at Boise State University.  She is currently entering her final high school season with the Oak Park Raiders.  

Robyn is a 15 year old basketball player from Berens River. Robyn plays for the University of Winnipeg Collegiate and Anishinabe Pride. Robyn was part of the provincial team program attending Nationals and Team Manitoba that participated in NAIG 2011 and 2014. Robyn was granted the opportunity to travel to Japan this summer, to further her basketball development.

Victoria is a school and club coach and just recently coordinated the PGC basketball camp that occurred at Glenlawn Collegiate in November.  She is the current head coach and founder of the Manitoba Spartans Girls 17 and under team and current assistant coach of the Westwood Warriors Varsity Girls.  She has coached inner city athletes and participated as a coach in a grassroots basketball program for grades 2-6 for the past two years called the Mini Warriors along with coaching in the Steve Nash Youth Basketball Program for two years.

Past basketball recipients of this award include Kerilynn MacLennan, Atoosa Jalayeri, Jasmine & Sara Ibrahim, Kerri Kuzbyt, Emily Potter, Brittany Wiebe, Danielle Baril, Adele Baril, Morgan Cross, Danielle DeGagne and Krystal Schouten. 

ImageWorking in partnership with Provincial Sport Organizations and Coaching Manitoba, Sport Manitoba provides a monthly grant of $500 to a female athlete, team, official or volunteer to assist them in enhancing their women in sport career.  A $500 monthly grant is awarded to a female coach to assist them in further developing the skills necessary to attain a higher level of coaching or increased level of coaching experience.





Full Name: Jordan Tully
Team: 17U Female
Position: Forward
Hometown: Winnipeg
Present Grade: Grade 11
School: Oak Park High School
Basketball Club: Manitoba Magic
Summer Goals: My goal this summer is for our team to medal at Nationals
Years in Basketball: 7 years
Basketball Aspirations: My basketball aspirations are to go to university in the states and play D1. Then to go on and play semi-pro somewhere in Europe.
Favourite Player & Team: LeBron James & Miami Heat
Fondest Memory in Basketball: My fondest basketball memory is when we beat Team Ontario in double overtime at Nationals in 2012. 
Biggest Basketball Influence: Michael Jordan
Biggest Influence in Life: My Dad
After High School: After high school I would like play in university in the United States.
When Basketball Career is Over: continue being involved with the basketball community and coach.

Full Name: Robyn Boulanger
Team: 15U Female
Position: Guard
Hometown: winnipeg
Present Grade: Grade 9
School: U of W Collegiate 
Basketball Club: Anishanabe Pride
Summer Goals: To become stronger and faster
Years in Basketball: 6 years
Basketball Aspirations: To win this summer at nationals 
Favourite Player & Team: Kevin Durant OKC
Fondest Memory in Basketball: winning division champs in grade 8
Biggest Basketball Influence: my dad
Biggest Influence in Life: My parents
After High School: i would like to get a scholar ship to play in united states for UND. (University of North Dakota) and play NCAA. After NCAA i would like to play WNBA and make my family happy and represent aboriginal athletes. 
When Basketball Career is Over: Coach multiple basketball teams and a gym teacher.


Wesmen "I Can Score" Basketball Program Begins Phase Two in January - Register Now

The University of Winnipeg has announced details on phase 2 of the "I Can Score Basketball" Program that will in the New Year on Sunday, January 11 for a third season at the Duckworth Centre.  The "I Can Score" program is designed to help players develop their one on one skills needed to score in game situation.

The fundamentals of being a scorer whether in the paint or on the perimeter revolves around footwork, shooting form, reading the defense and creativity on the move while handling the ball. Wanting to be a scorer and being a scorer are two different things. Being a scorer takes work.  The "I Can Score" program that coach McKay is implementing is designed to develop the overall player with the ability to put the ball in the hoop from different areas of the floor.
Wesmen players and coaches will provide 16 hours of on-court training per phase.  Sign up now; when everyone else is sleeping in on Sunday mornings, you will be at the Duckworth Centre getting to work.


Program Details

  • Two phases Available (September to December (Phase One)...
  • Phase Two January to April - Boy's and Girl's grades 6-12 - Homework provided


  • Footwork - with and without the ball
  • Finishing lay-ups (right and left)
  • Creative post moves
  • Learn to read the defense to score one on one from the perimeter
  • Improve shooting form and range
  • Gain confidence with the ball

Phase 2:

  • January-  11, 25
  • February - 1, 22
  • March - 8, 22
  • April -  12, 19

All times are 9-11 am and all sessions are in the new Community Gym inside Rec Plex!

$150 per player each phase. Includes: sessions, homework, Wesmen season pass, 1 on 1 and 2 on 2 tournaments.


For more information contact:

Tanya McKay
Head Coach - Women's Basketball Program
(204) 786-9329