The Major Bantam Girls went undefeated at the OBA Provincial Championships and took home the Gold Medal for Division 5 in emphatic fashion! Congratulations ladies and coaches on a spectacular end to a terrific season! The results show that the girls were able to handle the pressure in close finishes for all but one contest: Game 1: EY 44 - 42 (OT) Flamborough Fire Game 2: EY 38 - 22 Napean Basketball #4 Game 3: EY 44 - 39 Blessed Sacrament Gold Medal Final: EY 36 - 31 Toronto Triple Threat
Congratulations to the U11 East York Girls Atom Basketball team for winning the Hoopdome Tournament in Toronto on Sunday, January 31st, 2016. The team went undefeated & captured the championship with a score of 32-20. After finishing their Pool play by going 2-0, they then pulled out a 1 point victory in the Semi-Finals against the Sudbury Jayhawks & a 12 point Finals victory over the St. Catharines CYO Rebels!!! From L to R (ground): Clea Oshinowo, Josie Zipete, Olivia Hutton , Nicoletta Babatsikos, Lizzie Hamilton, Vicky Babatsikos, Kiara McKelvey, Trinity Asimakis; (standing) Coach Gerald Rozario, Renee Watson, Julia-Rose Rozario, Riley Vilis; Quinn Turkington (inset).
The Major Midget Boys U16 team competed in the King James Tournament in Akron, Ohio over the weekend of April 24th - 26th, 2015. The boys faced stiff competition from teams hailing from Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Ohio and were definitely pushed to their limits and out of their comfort zone. Although the results may not have been what was hoped for by the squad, the experience of competing in such a large tournament (the U16 Division alone had 16 pools of four teams!!!) was invaluable as the team prepares for the stretch run in their season, which will culminate with the Ontario Provincial Championships in Kingston, Ontario from May 29th - 31st. The boys all wore "We The North" socks as a source of pride for their roots and no doubt left Ohio with memories of a terrific shared experience that can only come from a classic team road trip.
Congrats to the East York U10 Novice Boys for capturing gold in Division 4 at the 2015 Ontario Cup! The boys opened the tournament with a hard fought 26-19 win over Durham City East. They defeated the Chatham-Kent Wildcats (41-21) and Milton Stags (44-34) to win their pool and advance to the gold medal game against Oakville Venom. A tremendous team effort resulted in a narrow 25-24 win in the finals. The team made a tremendous amount of improvement over the course of the season. And the gold medal was a great reward for all their hard work and dedication. A big thank you to the parents and families of these fine athletes for your support throughout the season! And a special thank you and congratulations also to the coaches (Geoff, Justin, and Mark) for their hard work and dedication to the team and for making this a most memorable season for all concerned!
The draw for the prize winners of the fundraising raffle organized by one of the parents of the Atom Boys team was held on Wednesday, March 25th and the entire team was excited to see the fruits of their labours realized. Prior to the start of their last practice of the season each player was tasked with retrieving a ticket stub from the bag. A big cheer was had for the following winners as each one was announced: Mercedes-Benz Men’s Sports Wrist Watch - winner RAPHAEL KEFSENIDIS (ticket #613) Floka Salon and Spa Gift Voucher and L’Oreal Gift Basket - winner HELEN KATSIGIANNIS (ticket #255) Mercedes-Benz Remote Control Sports Car - winner KOSTAS (ticket #204) Two passes for Ripley’s Aquarium - winner DARREN WATSON (ticket #024) Cafe Crepe gift voucher - winner MARK ARNSTEIN (ticket #660) Cafe Crepe gift voucher - winner CHRISTINE LOUBE (ticket #122) Pickle Barrel gift voucher - winner MICHAEL MOUTAFIS (ticket #278) Pickle Barrel gift voucher - winner HAROLD FRANKEL (ticket #661) Raptors basketball autographed by Terrence Ross - winner DEAN ALLEN (ticket #978) Thank you to everyone who helped to support the team through this initiative and a special thanks to those who donated the wonderful prizes! The fundraiser was a big success as a result and the team will benefit greatly from your generosity! All winners are being contacted to ensure that they receive their prizes.
Good luck to three of East York Basketball's Rep Teams as they finish off their 2014/15 seasons at the annual OBA Provincial Championships in three different locations from March 27th until March 29th, 2015! First up the Novice Boys U10 team will take their success at the Blessed Sacrament Tournament in Hamilton earlier this month, where they captured a Gold Medal in their division, to Burlington, Ontario for a chance to bring home more hardware as they compete in a very impressive Division 4! The Atom Boys U11 team will also be hoping to build on their success at Blessed Sacrament, where they took home the Bronze Medal, in Aurora as they battle some familiar foes in Division 6 action. Previous results against teams like the Whitby Wildcats, St. Catherines Rebels, London CYO, and YNBA will make this a very competitive tournament. Go team! And the Atom Girls U11 team will be on the road in London, Ontario to finish off an inaugural season on a high note. After capturing their own Gold Medal at Blessed Sacrament the ladies will be looking to make some more memories as they compete in Division 4 in the Forest City. All the best! The whole East York Basketball Club will be cheering for all of these fine athletes as they represent our community with spirit and sportsmanship and have a lot of fun playing basketball!
The Major Bantam Boys U14 team is hosting a fundraiser that is most definitely aimed at basketball fans. It's March Madness time and this is your chance to get in on the action and help the team with expenses. Half the funds collected goes to the winner, the other half goes directly to the team. For information on this wonderful opportunity to help the boys of the Major Bantam team out contact Coach Leo Bishop at bishopl[at]rogers.com Simply pick the teams you think will reach the Elite 8, the Final 4, the Final and the Champion! Each entry costs just $5!
Congrats to the East York Major Atom Boys for winning bronze at the Blessed Sacrament Tournament in Brantford. The team went 2-1 to finish in second place in their pool, including wins over the Riverside Falcons and Ottawa Shooting Stars. Although they went down in defeat to one of the host teams in the semi-finals, the boys bounced back to post a 44-32 win over Etobicoke Thunder #2 in the bronze medal game.
Congrats to the East York Novice Boys for winning gold at the Blessed Sacrament Tournament in Hamilton. The boys opened the tournament with a 34-25 victory over the South Simcoe Supersonics before losing a close 32-30 match to the ABC Magic. They bounced back with a 32-29 victory over the Chatham-Kent Wildcats to capture first place in their pool. On Sunday, a 30-26 semi-final win over the Cambridge Centaurs set up a rematch with the Wildcats for gold. And the boys ended the tournament with a decisive 37-15 win. Looks like the squad is really coming together well heading into the Provincial Championships, which happen March 27-29th. Good luck for the rest of the season!!!
The Blessed Sacrament Tournament in Hamilton proved to be a veritable medal factory for the East York Basketball Club with all three teams competing over the March 6-8 weekend bringing home hardware. (The Novice Boys took home the Gold Medal, while the Major Atom Boys won a Bronze Medal in their divisions!) The East York Atom U11 boys started off their tournament in Division 4 a bit off form with a 55-36 loss to the Mississauga Jayhawks after spotting the opponent a 22 point lead through two periods, but rebounded with resounding victories over the Sudbury Selects (48-36) and the Brantford Hawks #2 (51-31). The boys held a 2-1 record after Saturday. In the fourth game of the tournament on Sunday morning the contest came down to the final buzzer as a three point attempt rolled on the rim for an eternity but would not drop, leaving the boys with a 34-32 loss to the Norfolk Nets in a thrilling event for both sides. However, the boys would face off against Norfolk once more in the afternoon, this time with the Bronze Medal on the line. The team came out strong right from the tip off and played a solid defensive game, never trailing when each period ended, to win the third place prize by a score of 38-30. Every single player contributed to a terrific bounce back victory and, more importantly, had a lot of fun over the course of a great weekend of basketball! Congratulations!