July 25 local sports report: Niagara Tigers basketball; Ontario senior ladies golf; Beechwood golf
Saint Paul’s Jerwyn Tutanes (3) was a member of the Niagara Tigers Grade 11 team. BPSN file photo.
NIAGARA TIGERS BASKETBALL
The Niagara Tigers AAU Grades 9 to 11 boys travel basketball teams concluded their seasons at the recent Canadian National Invitational Tournament in Burlington.
The Grade 9 Tigers opened with a victory over Evolution of Toronto and lost a close game to Triumph of Winnipeg in pool play. A 64-44 loss to eventual champion, Mississauga, eliminated them from the playoffs.
“We are very proud of this group of kids who continue to improve and stick together as a unit,” coach Pat Sullivan said. “They were able to execute offensively and neutralize pressure. Ultimately, they were a little undersized and will need to continue to finish plays around the basket to take the next step.
“They were not out of place in such a high-profile field which speaks volumes to their growth.”
Members of the team were: Alex Ruiz and Luca Namestnik from Sir Winston Churchill; Nixon Provesano and Vlad Brundula from Saint Francis; Wes Hanlin and Ben Johnson from Eden; Jayson Madome and Lucas Ponting from Notre Dame; Nathan Sanchez from Saint Paul; Darell Abubo from Denis Morris; Nathaniel Ens from Blessed Trinity; and, Quinn Bendlis from Centennial.
The Grade 10 team opened up with a victory over Triumph of Winnipeg and then suffered defeats to Halton and eventual champions Montreal Prospects, that eliminated them from advancing to the semifinals.
“It was a disappointing finish for this group who had a number of good results this season,” Sulivan said. “The group lacked the necessary focus and teamwork to win at this level on the weekend and I have to take responsibility for that.
“I have to do a better job of eliminating distractions and ensuring the kids stick to our principles moving forward.”
Making up the squad were: Sacade Kasamba, Connor Landell, Max Riddell and Grady Vandersloot from Saint Francis; Trent Thorpe from Eden; Enrico Gibson from Eden; Johnny Graovaz from Saint Paul; Owen Dobbie from E.L. Crossley and Christian Barone from Cardinal Newman.
The Grade 11 squad had a very solid tournament with wins over London Gold Medal and Winnipeg Triumph before falling to Waterloo in pool play. Unfortunately, a tie breaker eliminated them from the semi finals.
“We had a very solid weekend and some of our kids are now on the radar of a number of university coaches which is one of our goals,” Sullivan said. “We just got off to such a poor start vs Waterloo highlighted by some very poor shooting and dug ourselves too big a deficit.
Niagara never quit versus Waterloo.
“We were proud that the boys showed a ton of character and won the second half by 12 points and stayed together after a very unfortunate incident which resulted in an ejection of a player from Waterloo,” he said. “These kids are great role models for our younger Tiger team.”
Members of the team were: Austin Ladouceur from GFESS; Jimmy Hillyard, John Ens, Noah Monteforte and Cole Arnold from Blessed Trinity; David Jones and Andrew Zezela from Notre Dame; Jerywn Tutanes from Saint Paul; and, Kayleb McLaughlin and Frank Hayden from Burlington.
“We continue to receive great support for what we are doing from our parents and players,” Sullivan said. “We have grown in numbers from last year and demonstrated some great results on the floor.
Sullivan believes the Tigers have build a solid reputation on both sides of the border.
“The combination of high-level training and exposure to high level competition on a consistent basis is enabling our kids to show tremendous improvement on an individual and team basis which is the ultimate goal.”
Tryouts for high school ages will be in September and for grade school teams in January. More specific details will be posted on our social media and at niagaratigers.com.
Former St. Catharines native Judith Kyrinis placed second at the Ontario Senior Women’s Golf Championship at the Grey Silo Golf Course in Waterloo.
Kyrinis carded rounds of 71, 73 and 70 to finish four shots behind the winner, Mary Ann Hayward of the St. Thomas Golf and Country Club.
St. Catharines Golf and Country Club’s Chris Critelli tied for fifth with a 79-72-78=229 total.
Rockway Vineyards’ Betty Divok finished alone in 20th place with a 81-90-77=248 total
Helen Wylde aced the par 3 11th hole (95 yards) using a 5 Hybrid. Her playing partners were Carol Dupuis and Terry Beck.
League Draw Winners: Ardeth Staz, Sue Buchan, Mary Lynn.
Competition Winners: Low putts: Debby Dyck (13), Jen Norquay (14), Carol Dupuis (14), Beattie Sokoloski (14).
Tuesday Ladies Points Leaders
Debby Dyck 31; Connie Mack 30; Kim Cowan 30; Kim Kanwisher 29; Jen Norquay 29; Jenny Wensink 28.
League draw winners: Maureen Good, Bunny Hamilton, Vera Henry.
Competition winners: Low putts: Sharon MacDonnell (15), Eva Fung (15), Ruth Robinson (15), Janey Burt (15).
Wednesday Ladies Points Leaders
Shirley Bartolini 26; Bonnie Copeland; Kelly Riley 24; Liz Seeley 24; Rachel Delaney 22; Jackie Fitzgerald 22; Janie Griffiths 22; Debbie Hamilton 22.
Thursday Stag-League Draw Winners
Closest to Hole: #2 Mike Chmielewski; #11 Rick Wezden.
Men’s Night Team Points
Breton 8; Mac; Ish 6; Stang 5; Delduca 4; Kotyk 3; Wedder 2; Cienik 1.
Team running total points: Mac 65; Kotyk 53; Ish 50; Stang 50; Breton 45; Delduca 40; Wedder 31; Cienik 28.
Sunday Gals Net Skins
Shirley Bartolini #2 (2); Donna Walters #4 (3); Lillian Haskin #6 (2); Lillian Haskin #8 (4); Helen Wylde #11 (0); Helen Wylde #13 (1); Donna Walters #15 (3).
Sunday Ben’s Groups (2 Net Best Ball)
(-25) Kevin Cowling, John Kenny, Larry Lavelle, Pat Loney.
(-25) Steve Romanin, Ralph Carmichael, Bill Reid.
(-18) Ron Reece, John Sciamonte, Wilf Soulsby, Gerry Maney.
(-18) Dieter Klassen, Tony DeRose, Sam Lucenti, Tim Howe.
(-9) Ed Stangret, Karl Palmquist, Tony Crocco, Rick Linwood.
(-8) Rick Dupuis, Sam Linwood, Ange Persia.
Low net: John Sciamonte (77-13=65)
Closest to Hole: #2 John Kenny; #13 Ange Persia.
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