Saint John NB–The New Brunswick Interscholastic Athletic Association hosts its Provincial Championships Friday February 24 and Saturday February 25 at Harbour Station. To my knowledge, New Brunswick is the only province in Canada to host provincials in the manner in which they do, which is creating an excellent event for player’s fans and schools of all classes in one location.

Each team goes through a series of play downs that are designed to get the two best teams into provincials and not by regional representation.

Then they go out and host the event at the same location every year in an arena that sits 6300 people and bring the finalist for A, AA and AAA to play in the same weekend.

I believe this is of a huge benefit as it allows basketball players to see each other and create a great environment for friendship and competition.

Also of advantage, especially compared to Nova Scotia who has 8 championship tournaments on the same weekend, you get the best officials. This shows the game a respect across the board.

Over the years you would always here players in New Brunswick saying their goal was to get to the Aiken Centre (Former Location, Arena in Fredericton). This created a real vision for athletes and coaches alike and a common language for championship basketball in New Brunswick.

I have not been fortunate enough to take in one of these events but through many coaching colleagues, I know that this is an amazing event and one that any basketball enthusiast would enjoy. If you’re like me and cannot attend, follow their website at www.thefinal12.com.

I’ve been to provincial Championships as a coach and my one issue was that it never seemed to be a big enough event for what it was suppose to be. And they always seemed to be in isolation from the basketball world unless it was the Division 1 Boy’s.

Therefore my hat is off to the NBIAA on this one.

Schedule

Friday, Feb. 24, 2012

7:00 PM A Girls

Grand Manan vs John Caldwell

(There was no Class A last Year)

 

9:00 PM A Boys

Devon Park vs Harvey

(There was no Class A last Year)

 

Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012

1:00 PM AA Girls

Rothesay vs Rothesay Netherwood

(Rothesay Netherwood River Hawks Defending Champions)

 

3:00 PM AA Boys

Woodstock vs St. Stephen

(Devon Park Christian School Eagles 2011)

 

6:00 PM AAA Girls

Riverview vs Fredericton

(Riverview Royals 3 Time Defending Champions)

 

8:00 PM AAA Boys

KVHS vs Fredericton

(Bathurst Phantoms 2011 Champions)

 

The NBIAA is also hosting an All Star Game on Sunday February 26 at Sussex High in Sussex New Brunswick, which is sponsored by Sobeys. The Girl’s Game tips off at 1:00pm and the Boy’s Game tips off at 3:00pm. Congratulations to the following players on their selection.

New Brunswick top 30  female players

Shannon Anderson, Caledonia Jesseca Brown, Grand Manan

Sarah Fanjoy, Petitcodiac Abbey Donnelly, Harvey

Madison Howatt, Petitcodiac Lauren Doucette, Tobique Valley

Emma Wissink, Caledonia Vanessa Dufresne, John Caldwell

Jessica Northup, Stanley Emma Dufresne, John Caldwell

Katie Cadman, Tantramar Chelsey Colette, Rothesay

Schyler Campbell, Bona Law Marissa Duguay, Rothesay

Jordan Cassie, JMA Armstrong Julia McCain, Carleton North

Danielle Colpitts, JMA Armstrong Leah Robinson, Southern Victoria

Emma Sigworth, Tantramar Anna Simmonds, Rothesay Netherwood

Josee Jobin, L’Odysee Amy Appleby, Fredericton

Holly Jones, Riverview Emily Hazlet, Fredericton

Lyndsay Melanson, L’Odysee Nicole LaFleur, Leo Hayes

Laura Richard, Miramachi Valley Tori McCarty, Leo Hayes

Grace Ward, Bernice McNaughton Madison Peters, St Malachy’s

 

New Brunswick top 30  female players

Jeremiah Branscombe (Petitcodiac) Justin Bernard (Harvey)

Brody Jackson (Belleisle) Ben Coburn (McAdam)

Jared Parsons (Caledonia) Jacob Hambrook (John Caldwell)

Matt Pickett (Petitcodiac) Matthew Harrington (Devon Park)

Liam Sipkema (Belleisle) Brandon Moffitt (McAdam)

Duan Fournier-Ash (Sugarloaf) Devin Elsemore (St. Stephen)

Jared Legacy (Dalhousie) Isaac Gray (Woodstock)

Pat MacNaughton (Sugarloaf) Sam Gray (Woodstock)

JV VanBlarcum (Tantramar) Dan McShane (St. Stephen)

Conner Walton (Tantramar) Jon Whelan (Rothesay)

Sean Boulay (Harrison Trimble) Kyle Arsenault (Fredericton)

Shaik Bundy (Moncton) Wes Durling (Fredericton)

Steve Ethelston (Riverview) Ryan Foster (Kennebecasis Valley)

Nolan Levi (James M Hill) Nick Huggard (Sussex)

Chris Murray (Riverview) Erik Nissen (Kennebecasis Valley)

Deon Wilson

Written by Deon Wilson

Deon Wilson is a Provincial Analyst for NPH, providing coverage on high school, CCAA, and CIS basketball in Atlantic Canada. Wilson is also a Kinesiologist and personal trainer who focuses on athlete development. Team Nova Scotia 15s Head Coach for 2013 Nationals, 4-1 record 5th place finish. Team Nova Scotia 17s Head Coach 2014, 4-1 record, Nationals Bronze Medalist.

Website: http://www.NorthPoleHoops.com

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