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    January 1, 2018

    17U Female - 2018 Provincial Team Profiles


    Basketball Manitoba is proud to present the Manitoba Provincial Team program which identifies, trains and develops the top basketball players in the province.  Get to know the current team members below.  Click or tap on an image to view it in full size.









     TEAM 17U Female
    NAME Holly Klassen
    POSITION Guard
    HEIGHT 5'6"
    PRESENT AGE 17
    CITY/TOWN Winnipeg
    PRESENT GRADE Grade 11
    YEARS IN BASKETBALL 10 years
    SCHOOL PRESENTLY ATTENDING Oak Park High School
    SCHOOL ATTENDING THIS FALL Oak Park High School
    BASKETBALL CLUB NAME Centre For Performance
    FAVOURITE PLAYER & TEAM Klay Thompson
    SUMMER GOALS I would like to improve my shooting and overall basketball skills this summer.
    BASKETBALL ASPIRATIONS I would like to play university basketball.
    FONDEST MEMORY IN BASKETBALL Winning the high school provincial championships this year.
    BIGGEST BASKETBALL INFLUENCE My family
    AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I would like to attend university
    WHEN BASKETBALL CAREER IS OVER I would like to become an occupational therapist.



     TEAM 17U Female
    NAME Emily Mandamin
    POSITION Guard
    HEIGHT 5'10"
    PRESENT AGE 15
    CITY/TOWN Winnipeg
    PRESENT GRADE Grade 10
    YEARS IN BASKETBALL 4 years
    SCHOOL PRESENTLY ATTENDING Dakota Collegiate
    SCHOOL ATTENDING THIS FALL Durham Elite Preparatory
    BASKETBALL CLUB NAME Centre For Performance
    FAVOURITE PLAYER & TEAM Kyrie Irving, Los Angeles Lakers
    SUMMER GOALS Become a better overall player and to do well at Nationals.
    BASKETBALL ASPIRATIONS Playing NCAA basketball and going to play professionally.
    FONDEST MEMORY IN BASKETBALL Every time I step foot on the court.
    BIGGEST BASKETBALL INFLUENCE My people, family & my home community.
    AFTER HIGH SCHOOL Go to university, travel and play basketball.
    WHEN BASKETBALL CAREER IS OVER Become a social worker & start a foundation. 


     TEAM 17U Female
    NAME Anna Kernaghan
    POSITION Guard
    HEIGHT 5'7"
    PRESENT AGE 16
    CITY/TOWN Winnipeg
    PRESENT GRADE Grade 11
    YEARS IN BASKETBALL 8 years
    SCHOOL PRESENTLY ATTENDING College Sturgeon Heights Collegiate
    SCHOOL ATTENDING THIS FALL College Sturgeon Heights Collegiate
    BASKETBALL CLUB NAME Centre For Performance
    FAVOURITE PLAYER & TEAM Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
    SUMMER GOALS Win a medal
    BASKETBALL ASPIRATIONS Play university basketball
    FONDEST MEMORY IN BASKETBALL Getting bronze at the Canada Games
    BIGGEST BASKETBALL INFLUENCE My dad
    AFTER HIGH SCHOOL Go to university
    WHEN BASKETBALL CAREER IS OVER Start career and travel


     TEAM 17U Female
    NAME Lauren Bartlett
    POSITION Guard
    HEIGHT 5'4"
    PRESENT AGE 16
    CITY/TOWN Winnipeg
    PRESENT GRADE Grade 11
    YEARS IN BASKETBALL 10 years
    SCHOOL PRESENTLY ATTENDING Oak Park High School
    SCHOOL ATTENDING THIS FALL Oak Park High School
    BASKETBALL CLUB NAME Centre For Performance
    FAVOURITE PLAYER & TEAM My favourite player is Russell Westbrook and my favourite team is the Toronto Raptors.
    SUMMER GOALS My goals for the summer are to win the gold medal at Nationals and to improve upon my 3-point shot.
    BASKETBALL ASPIRATIONS I aspire to play basketball at the university level.
    FONDEST MEMORY IN BASKETBALL Winning the bronze-medal game at the 2017 Canada Summer Games.
    BIGGEST BASKETBALL INFLUENCE My sister.
    AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I would like to attend university and study either Business or Sciences-Medicine. I would also like to move to Hawaii and adopt a pug.
    WHEN BASKETBALL CAREER IS OVER I'd like to coach and give back to the sport.


    TEAM 17U Female
    NAME Rusheda Gibbs
    POSITION Guard
    HEIGHT 5'7"
    PRESENT AGE 17
    CITY/TOWN Winnipeg
    PRESENT GRADE Grade 11
    YEARS IN BASKETBALL 7 years
    SCHOOL PRESENTLY ATTENDING Daniel Mcintyre Collegiate Institute
    SCHOOL ATTENDING THIS FALL Daniel Mcintyre Collegiate Institute
    FAVOURITE PLAYER & TEAM Steph Curry & Golden State Warriors
    SUMMER GOALS To become a better shooter
    BASKETBALL ASPIRATIONS Play university basketball
    FONDEST MEMORY IN BASKETBALL Winning basketball cities and provincials in grade 9
    BIGGEST BASKETBALL INFLUENCE My brothers Nick and Dwhyte
    AFTER HIGH SCHOOL Continue playing basketball
    WHEN BASKETBALL CAREER IS OVER Pursue in basketball while trying to become a dentist


     TEAM 17U Female
    NAME Lana Shypit
    POSITION Guard
    HEIGHT 5' 8"
    PRESENT AGE 17
    CITY/TOWN Winnipeg
    PRESENT GRADE Grade 11
    YEARS IN BASKETBALL 12 years
    SCHOOL PRESENTLY ATTENDING Glenlawn Collegiate
    SCHOOL ATTENDING THIS FALL Glenlawn
    BASKETBALL CLUB NAME Centre For Performance
    FAVOURITE PLAYER & TEAM Larry Bird, Boston Celtics
    SUMMER GOALS Win a medal at Nationals
    BASKETBALL ASPIRATIONS To play at University
    FONDEST MEMORY IN BASKETBALL Watching my sister play when I was 3 years old and knowing I wanted to play basketball 
    BIGGEST BASKETBALL INFLUENCE Family and all my great coaches through the years
    AFTER HIGH SCHOOL Attend University
    WHEN BASKETBALL CAREER IS OVER Become a museum curator



    TEAM 17U Female
    NAME Emily Johnson
    POSITION Guard
    HEIGHT 5'11"
    PRESENT AGE 17
    CITY/TOWN Winnipeg
    PRESENT GRADE Grade 11
    YEARS IN BASKETBALL 10 years
    SCHOOL PRESENTLY ATTENDING Oak Park High School
    SCHOOL ATTENDING THIS FALL Oak Park High School
    BASKETBALL CLUB NAME Centre For Performance
    FAVOURITE PLAYER & TEAM LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
    SUMMER GOALS My goals for the summer are to win a bronze medal at nationals, as well as work on my outside shooting.
    BASKETBALL ASPIRATIONS In the future I would like to play university basketball.
    FONDEST MEMORY IN BASKETBALL My fondest memory in basketball is winning bronze at the Canada Summer Games.
    BIGGEST BASKETBALL INFLUENCE My two brothers Ryan and Owen.
    AFTER HIGH SCHOOL After high school I would like to go to university and pursue a career in medicine.
    WHEN BASKETBALL CAREER IS OVER When my basketball career is over I would like to stay involved in the basketball community and possibly do some coaching.


     TEAM 17U Female
    NAME Claire Signatovich
    POSITION Forward
    HEIGHT 6'0"
    PRESENT AGE 17
    CITY/TOWN Winnipeg
    PRESENT GRADE Grade 11
    YEARS IN BASKETBALL 10 years
    SCHOOL PRESENTLY ATTENDING Oak Park High School
    SCHOOL ATTENDING THIS FALL Oak Park
    BASKETBALL CLUB NAME Centre For Performance
    FAVOURITE PLAYER & TEAM James Harden
    SUMMER GOALS Win a medal at nationals
    BASKETBALL ASPIRATIONS To play basketball in university
    FONDEST MEMORY IN BASKETBALL Winning the MHSAA Provincials the past two seasons
    BIGGEST BASKETBALL INFLUENCE My mom
    AFTER HIGH SCHOOL Go to university and play basketball
    WHEN BASKETBALL CAREER IS OVER Become a pediatric cardiologist


    TEAM 17U Female
    NAME Madan Frolek
    POSITION Forward
    HEIGHT 6'0"
    PRESENT AGE 16
    CITY/TOWN Winnipeg
    PRESENT GRADE Grade 10
    YEARS IN BASKETBALL 10 years
    SCHOOL PRESENTLY ATTENDING Miles Macdonell Collegiate
    SCHOOL ATTENDING THIS FALL Miles Macdonell Collegiate
    BASKETBALL CLUB NAME Centre For Performance
    FAVOURITE PLAYER & TEAM Kelsey Plum, Las Vegas Aces
    SUMMER GOALS Overall improvement as a player
    BASKETBALL ASPIRATIONS play basketball competitively for as many years as possible
    FONDEST MEMORY IN BASKETBALL Breaking my nose was "memorable" - playing with my mask was just as memorable.
    BIGGEST BASKETBALL INFLUENCE Rick Pokrant - My first coach
    AFTER HIGH SCHOOL Pursue university
    WHEN BASKETBALL CAREER IS OVER Have a career as a prosthetic designer



    TEAM 17U Female
    NAME Aira  Abello
    POSITION Guard
    HEIGHT 5'4"
    PRESENT AGE 15
    CITY/TOWN Winnipeg
    PRESENT GRADE Grade 10
    YEARS IN BASKETBALL 7 years
    SCHOOL PRESENTLY ATTENDING Sisler High School
    SCHOOL ATTENDING THIS FALL Sisler High School
    BASKETBALL CLUB NAME Centre For Performance
    FAVOURITE PLAYER & TEAM Kyrie Irving/Boston Celtics
    SUMMER GOALS To improve overall as a player and to win a medal in the Nationals.
    BASKETBALL ASPIRATIONS To get a University Scholarship.
    FONDEST MEMORY IN BASKETBALL Making the Manitoba Provincials Team.
    BIGGEST BASKETBALL INFLUENCE My family.
    AFTER HIGH SCHOOL Go to University and coach basketball.
    WHEN BASKETBALL CAREER IS OVER To hopefully become a Police Officer and still be involved in the basketball community. 


    TEAM 17U Female
    NAME Abby Smith
    POSITION Forward
    HEIGHT 6'1"
    PRESENT AGE 15
    CITY/TOWN Winnipeg
    PRESENT GRADE Grade 10
    YEARS IN BASKETBALL 9 years
    SCHOOL PRESENTLY ATTENDING Dakota Collegiate
    SCHOOL ATTENDING THIS FALL Dakota Collegiate
    BASKETBALL CLUB NAME Centre For Performance
    FAVOURITE PLAYER & TEAM Kevin Durant and UConn women's college team.
    SUMMER GOALS To become more confident to score more and make smarter decisions. Also become a talkative and supporting teammate.
    BASKETBALL ASPIRATIONS To play university or college basketball.
    FONDEST MEMORY IN BASKETBALL Playing on the provincial team three years in a row.
    BIGGEST BASKETBALL INFLUENCE Eric Sung
    AFTER HIGH SCHOOL Go to university or college.
    WHEN BASKETBALL CAREER IS OVER Work in the medical field 



     TEAM 17U Female
    NAME Izabella  Marquez
    POSITION Guard
    HEIGHT 5’10
    PRESENT AGE 15
    CITY/TOWN Winnipeg
    PRESENT GRADE Grade 10
    YEARS IN BASKETBALL 8 years
    SCHOOL PRESENTLY ATTENDING Oak Park High School
    SCHOOL ATTENDING THIS FALL Oak Park High School
    BASKETBALL CLUB NAME Centre For Performance
    FAVOURITE PLAYER & TEAM Paul George - OKC Thunder
    SUMMER GOALS Work on lockdown defence
    BASKETBALL ASPIRATIONS To play university basketball
    FONDEST MEMORY IN BASKETBALL Making the U17 provincial team
    BIGGEST BASKETBALL INFLUENCE My dad
    AFTER HIGH SCHOOL Study medicine and become an anesthesiologist
    WHEN BASKETBALL CAREER IS OVER Ref or coach in the basketball community 


     TEAM 17U Female
    NAME Macaila Russell
    POSITION Forward
    HEIGHT 5'8"
    PRESENT AGE 16
    CITY/TOWN Winnipeg
    PRESENT GRADE Grade 10
    YEARS IN BASKETBALL 2 years
    SCHOOL PRESENTLY ATTENDING Miles Macdonell Collegiate
    SCHOOL ATTENDING THIS FALL Miles Macdonell Collegiate
    BASKETBALL CLUB NAME Centre For Performance
    FAVOURITE PLAYER & TEAM Toronto Raptors
    SUMMER GOALS Train hard in order to perform well at nationals.
    BASKETBALL ASPIRATIONS To play CIS or NCAA.
    FONDEST MEMORY IN BASKETBALL Going to Nationals.
    BIGGEST BASKETBALL INFLUENCE Akida Lewis
    AFTER HIGH SCHOOL Hopefully begin my college or university career.
    WHEN BASKETBALL CAREER IS OVER Become a coach or do something in relation to basketball.


    TEAM 17U Female
    NAME Catherine Marquez
    POSITION Guard
    HEIGHT 5'7
    PRESENT AGE 16
    CITY/TOWN Winnipeg
    PRESENT GRADE Grade 10
    YEARS IN BASKETBALL 8 years
    SCHOOL PRESENTLY ATTENDING Ecole Oak Park High School
    SCHOOL ATTENDING THIS FALL Ecole Oak Park High School
    BASKETBALL CLUB NAME Manitoba Magic
    FAVOURITE PLAYER & TEAM Dwayne Wade and Golden State Warriors
    SUMMER GOALS My summer goals are to play competitively and improve my shooting skills.
    BASKETBALL ASPIRATIONS Given the opportunity, I would like play at a very high level of intense basketball and be able play efficiently both offence and defence
    FONDEST MEMORY IN BASKETBALL My fondest memory in basketball was when I played school basketball 2017-2018. 
    BIGGEST BASKETBALL INFLUENCE My biggest influence is my dad because he never fails to always push me to become a better player every time I step onto the basketball court. He not only supports my decisions in my basketball career but also challenges my strengths and encourages me to take any opportunity that I can to improve my skills in every aspect of the game. Taught me how to love and respect the game. Be a better athlete on and off the basketball court and respect others.
    AFTER HIGH SCHOOL After high school I'd like to continue my basketball career while I attend and graduate from either a University or College.
    WHEN BASKETBALL CAREER IS OVER I'd like to either work as a paediatric nurse in a hospital or as a teacher.



    TEAM 17U Female
    NAME Nikki Gebken
    POSITION Forward
    HEIGHT 5'9"
    PRESENT AGE 16
    CITY/TOWN Cartier
    PRESENT GRADE Grade 10
    YEARS IN BASKETBALL 4 years
    SCHOOL PRESENTLY ATTENDING St. Mary's Academy
    SCHOOL ATTENDING THIS FALL St. Mary's Academy
    BASKETBALL CLUB NAME Junior Bisons
    FAVOURITE PLAYER & TEAM Kyrie Irving, Boston Celtics
    SUMMER GOALS Get my Basketball IQ to the next level and improve my shooting accuracy.
    BASKETBALL ASPIRATIONS Would like to play on a college or University basketball team and one day play in the WNBA
    FONDEST MEMORY IN BASKETBALL Being named the MVP of the Brandon High School Tournament. Winning the city club championship and being the finalist in the club provincial championship.
    BIGGEST BASKETBALL INFLUENCE Deb May
    AFTER HIGH SCHOOL Going to University pursuing a degree in psychology and hopefully making a university basketball team.
    WHEN BASKETBALL CAREER IS OVER Stay involved with the basketball community.
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