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    July 30, 2020

    Sisler's Aira Abello Commits to CMU Blazer's Women's Basketball for 2020-21 Season


    Sisler High School's Aira Abello has officially committed to the CMU Women's Basketball program for 2020-21, becoming the highest-ranking Manitoba High School girls player to ever sign with the Blazers. The offensively-gifted Spartans guard was listed as the #3 ranked player in the province in the annual Winnipeg Sun's list of the top ten high school players in 2020.

    "We are thrilled to have Aira join us," said veteran CMU head coach Joe Di Curzio. "She is an impact player that has the ability to break down defenses because she possesses the innate ability to take on any player one-on-one off the dribble. She also possesses an incredible basketball IQ, has great leadership qualities and shows terrific range from the 3-point line."

    Abello became the third player in the history of Sisler to play three seasons of varsity basketball for the Spartans. The 2020 Basketball Manitoba Graduating All-Star leaves her high school as one of the top scorers in the program's history and became only the fifth player to surpass 1,000 career points as a Spartan. Abello led her team in the majority of statistical categories throughout her Sisler career and was the only graduating player to be named to the Winnipeg Top Ten Coaches Poll in each of her three seasons of varsity basketball.

    "The Sisler program will miss the impact that Aira has had on the players and the community and I could not be more proud of how much she has grown during her time at Sisler," said Abello's high school head coach, Michael Tan. "I look forward to following the next chapter of her basketball career."

    Added to her numerous awards, Abello was named an All-Manitoban in 2019 and 2020 and has represented her home province with the Manitoba Provincial Team program since 2016.

    Arsenio dela Cruz of the Manitoba Magic, who has served as Abello's club coach for much of her youth development, said the now 5'6 guard showed evidence of being a uniquely talented basketball player, even as an 8-year old. "Her skills and basketball IQ were far ahead of a lot of others in the league," said dela Cruz. "I believe that her four years of playing in the coed division in the WAAY community league helped develop her tenacity and drive to compete. Her up-tempo style coupled with her court-vision and awareness makes her a definite threat for any opposition."

    The CMU Blazers have competed in the Northern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (NIAC) since 2016-17 along with the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference, who since joining the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association, have seen interest growing at several Manitoba campuses about future growth in basketball in hopes of competing soon for a CCAA National Championship.

    The Blazers 2020-21 NIAC season has been pushed back to a January start date due to the current pandemic while the regular season portion of MCAC basketball is scheduled to tip-off in late November.

    2019 MANITOBA PROVINCIAL TEAM PROFILE

    TEAM
    17U Female
    POSITION
    Guard
    FIRST NAME
    Aira
    LAST NAME
    Abello
    PRESENT AGE
    16
    CITY/TOWN
    Winnipeg
    PRESENT GRADE
    Grade 11
    YEARS IN BASKETBALL
    9 years
    SCHOOL PRESENTLY ATTENDING
    Sisler High School
    SCHOOL ATTENDING THIS FALL
    Sister High School
    BASKETBALL CLUB NAME
    Manitoba Magic
    FAVOURITE PLAYER & TEAM
    Kyrie Irving/Boston Celtics
    SUMMER GOALS
    My goals for the summer are to win a medal at Nationals and improve as an overall player.
    BASKETBALL ASPIRATIONS
    To play for a University basketball.
    FONDEST MEMORY IN BASKETBALL
    Defeating the #2 ranked Tier 1 team and making it to finals.
    BIGGEST BASKETBALL INFLUENCE
    My parents and Michael Tan.
    AFTER HIGH SCHOOL
    After high school, I would like to attend University/College and be a Kinesiologist.
    WHEN BASKETBALL CAREER IS OVER
    When my basketball playing career is over, I'd like to be apart of the Basketball Community.

    Source: https://athletics.cmu.ca/2020/07/30/superstar-spartan-makes-plans-to-join-blazers-in-2020-21/
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