2017 was another successful year for James Hargest basketball. With an increasing number of teams entered in the Secondary schools a total of 11 teams played in the competition on Friday nights. Not only was there a large number of teams entered into the competition, but eight student coaches volunteered their time to pass on their basketball knowledge in trainings, they also committed to attend their team's games each week. With two 1st v teams, two Senior Boys, one Senior Girls, two Junior girls and four Juniors. We are also very thankful for all the other coaches who put their names forward to coach teams, also like to recognise teachers involvements such as Mr Carteson, Mr Kreshmere, Mrs Rose and many others for coming down and supporting Hargest Basketball. This success was evident in the season results:
Junior A Girls’ JHC Girls’ A: 2017 Junior A Girls’ Round Robin Winner
JHC Girls’ A: 2017 Junior A Girls’ Winner Junior A Boys’
JHC Boys’ A: 2017 Junior A Boys’ Round Robin Winner
JHC Boys’ A: 2017 Junior A Boys’ Winner Senior B Girls’
JHC We Dunk: 2017 Senior Girls’ B Runner Up Senior A Girls’
JHC 1st V Girls’: 2017 Senior A Girls’ Runner Up Senior A Boys’
JHC 1st V Boys’: 2017 Senior A Boys’ Round Robin Winner
JHC 1st V Boys’: 2017 Senior A Boys’
Winner Individual Awards:
2017 Secondary School Junior Girls’ - Most Valuable Player Madison Grieve:
2017 Secondary School Senior Boys’ - Most Valuable Player Tom Cowie
2017 Secondary School Girls’ All Star V - Elly Koehler and Gabby Arnott
2017 Secondary School Boys’ All Star V - Mac Stodart, Tom Cowie and Fraser Wiseman
The boys and girls first fives both took part in the A grade competition this year player on tuesday night. The after round robin the boys were sitting in the top four, the girls went into the semi finals in third place. And came out fourth. The boys went into semis in third place and ended up in third place in the competition. Definitely a good effort from both teams, for high school students to be performing this well against adults is an accomplishment in any sport. Tom Cowie received most valuable player under 21 in this competition and in the girls team Elly Koehler received most improved player.
Along with the success from both teams for hargest basketball, players Tom Cowie was named in the u17 boys New Zealand team and Mac Stodart was named in the u16 New Zealand team. A great accomplishment for both of these boys.
The first five girls and boys teams continued their season participating in the South Island Secondary Schools Tournament, held in Dunedin. Both teams had fairly tough pools, the boys had Rangiora and Christchurch Boys and the girls had Rangi Ruru who placed second at last year's SISS. The girls came close to Rangi Ruru losing by 3 and Rangi’s quick layup won the game, it was a great team effort, coming close to last years second place. The Hargest boys team qualified 3rd from a 3 way tie for top eight. Girls qualified 4th out of their pool, unfortunately both teams missed out on making the top eight.
The end to tournament for the boys came with a loss to Timaru Boys High school, two of the teams started were injured, yet the bench players stepped up and it was still a close game.
The girls finished the tournament with another close game, losing to Burnside in the final seconds, as Hargest player Hayley Van Beek sent us into over time with a three pointer. The girls then went on to fight back but in the end came up short. Both the boys and girls finished 14th, overall a great effort from both teams.
We would also like to thank SBA who organised school and A grade leagues, and to all the referees and officials. Not only congratulating ever player on their season but also the current Year 13’s from the first five’s who will be leaving James Hargest Basketball this year. Haifeng Huang, Fraser Wiseman, Harry Sapwell and Gabrielle Arnott.
Year 7 and 8 Basketball
Junior Basketball continues to grow at the Junior Campus. With 11 teams entered in the main competition during Term One. The competition grew many great friendships and great skills. It was good to watch the sportsmanship and fair play values on display.
With many teams in the final it led to four teams winning their grades. A Grade Girls, A Grade Boys, B1 Grade Girls and B3 Grade Boys.
Congratulations to those Junior Campus students selected for the Under 13 and Under 15 Southland representatives teams.
Thank you to all the parents and Senior Campus students for volunteering to help with coaching and mentoring the teams throughout the season.