Congratulations to Cam Archer who has been signed by the SIT Zero Fees Southland Sharks as a development player for 2021. Being part of the team means Cam is balancing his studies with training and games. He currently trains with the team two to four times a week and attends all gym sessions.
Cam takes the court in all home games and gets to play with some outstanding team mates who have played overseas and experienced high level basketball for a long period of time. Cam is learning skills for life such as leadership, commitment and dedication in the Sharks’ environment.
Cam has played basketball at James Hargest College since Year 7. He made the 1st V in Year 10 and has been Captain for the last three years. We wish him all the best for a fantastic season and beyond!
2020 was a year for Basketball like no other. There was a late start to the season due to Covid-19 but it didn’t stop the girls’ teams from having a successful season. Four girls teams were entered into the Friday night basketball league with all of them having a successful season. The girls’ 1st V took a different approach to the season splitting the squad into two even teams, red and black. This change was for the purpose of giving each other competitive games so that they can take the South Island title in 2021. With the cancellation of SISS qualifying for Nationals it came down to a one off game against OGHS which the girls took out in thrilling fashion at Hargest. Unfortunately Nationals were subsequently cancelled as the country was back in Level 2. The teams improved heaps throughout the season with many of the team members making their age group southland representative teams. Both teams were very dominant in the league with both teams making finals. The black team just came out on top taking 1st place in the girls A grade with the red team only falling short by 3 points in the final. Maddie Tinnock was a superstar in the Friday night grade receiving MVP and making the All star V, which was very well deserved. Laura Jackson, Hayley Van Beek and Madi Grieve also made the All Star V.
Once the season started it was successful for both junior and senior boys’ teams with a total of 10 teams entered in the 2020 competition across many grades. Firstly there was the junior competition which was filled with mixed results. However, overall I’m sure all the boys were just excited to play basketball again and enjoyed finally having a season. The Junior A boys’ grade involved two teams, the boys’ A team and a team of year 10s. The year 10s ended up winning the first match against the two teams. However, the A team came for revenge in the second encounter and ended up winning the game tying the series 1-1. Overall positive to see so many junior teams entered after all the uncertainty around the 2020 season. The Senior Boys’ A grade saw the addition of a boys 2nd V team coached by Mr Page and really showed the depth Hargest has in their senior boys. Along with this came brand new uniforms for most of the teams which were also a great new addition. The 2nd V did well in their first season in the top grade finishing in 6th place. This also meant a clash with the 1st V boys who were coached by Mike Collett and Jayson Collett that took place at Hargest and was a tight contest with the 1st V winning 89-57. The 1st V boys who looked to bounce back after a disappointing 2019 season finished runner up in the bottom 3 in the A grade men. Another success was the comfortable 96-37 win in the Taeri exchange. However, the biggest improvement was the boys being able to go through the regular season undefeated and earning themselves a spot in the final. Unfortunately, the boys weren’t able to complete the perfect season and lost the final. However, there were many positives throughout the season with the boys travelling up to Otago to play the top schools in a mini-tournament which resulted in a loss against Waitaki Boys’ High School. However, it was good to experience some competition outside Southland as the South Island tournament was cancelled due to Covid.
Another mini tournament held due to Covid was a Southland 3x3 tournament. This saw the Hargest boys team win the competition after a shoot out against St Peters in the final. Cam Archer and Mitchell Tinnock gained places in the 2020 All-Star V team. Also, congratulations to Liam Martin, Lachlan Burgess and Mitchell Tinnock who will be leaving the 1st V team after their final year at school and in the team. A big thank you to all coaches, managers and parents for putting a lot of time and effort into getting all the boys teams back into action in 2020.
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.