City’s basketball players think hoops year-round

NANAIMO – Gabriola Elementary and Hammond Bay Elementary win boys' basketball championships.

The basketball season sometimes never seems to end. It was just three weeks ago that the NBA playoffs concluded with the Miami Heat downing Oklahoma City 121-106 in Game 5 of the championship series. Series MVP LeBron James saw his controversial move from Cleveland to Miami pay off for him as he finally claimed a championship ring.

That was followed by the draft, and constant news of trades and signings as teams seek to improve in the off-season. Much attention locally was focused on the move of Victoria native and former league MVP Steve Nash from Phoenix to Los Angeles. Nash spurned an offer from the Toronto Raptors, choosing instead to likely finish his career on a contending team.

Locally, Lisa Frey was the coordinator for elementary school boys’ basketball leagues and playoffs this year. Bantam (born 1998-99) playoffs for schools with a population of less than 275 students culminated in a district title for the squad representing Gabriola Elementary. Dave Reid was the coach for the team. Winning a championship pennant for their school were players Alex Dedame, Kaleb Velsen, Reece Maddison, Connor Reid, Maren Bradbrooke, Gage Marsh, Brandon Eaves, Dakota Moonshadow, Julien Jorgensen, Kiva Parks-Gibson, Gavin Smith, Tyler Mackay, Sebastian Deggan and Caleb Pounds.

Runners-up were the bantam boys from Frank J. Ney Elementary, where Russ Middleton coached players Zachary Authier, Colton Davie, Liam Doolan, Nicholas Dykema, Matthew Jackson, Yoshi Kudo, Sterling Larose, Michal Loots, Ryan MacDonald and Eric Pizzingrilli.

Third place in the district went to the Cilaire team consisting of players Michael Briones, David Briones andy Cabral, Joey Chi, Darrian Gaetz, Rylan Hoffman, Ryder Porrelli, Gage Seymour, Dylan Strutt, Spencer Strutt, Quinn Dusenbury, Davis Svenstrup, Yiorgos Vassilopoulos, Trevor Ward, Bryce Demoors and Kaleb Hall-Webber. Curtis Strutt and Robert MacDonald coached the boys.

Separate playoffs were held for teams from larger schools enrolling more than 275 students. In those playoffs, first place went to the bantam boys from Hammond Bay Elementary, where John Linder provided the coaching for players Daniel Bullock, Nicholas Earl, Joel Filgate-McNabb, Thomas Grabher, Lucas Merlet, James Robinson, James Winter, Ryan Board, Samuel De Vries, Ben Fridriksson, Will Fridriksson and Ross Manson.

Dave Kotai was the coach for the runner-up team from Forest Park. Players were Kyle Infanti, Elwin Abalos, Dakota Bezan, Hollister-Nelson King, Dawson Spaven, Joshua Mitchell, Dylan Kirby, Ryan Miller, Jesse Miller, Riley Scott, Rajbir Parmar and Graham Sexton.

Rock City earned third place overall. Jack Bradley, Aryton Hall, Richard Jane, Ben Leslie, Ivan Leuschen, Jordan Lowe, Parker MacArthur, Aiden Mooney, Edzon Nanez, Einar Nicolson, Jordan Patterson, Matt Paule and Tyler Wilkinson were on the team, which was coached by Peter Watkins.

Whatever your sport, a reminder in closing to play your hardest, play fair, and show good sportsmanship.

Ian Thorpe writes about sports Saturdays.

Just Posted

Six United Way chapters around the province are merging into United Way B.C. (News Bulletin file photo)
Central Island’s United Way merging with other chapters to create United Way B.C.

Money raised in communities will stay in those communities, agency says

Young people graduating in COVID-19 times have shown resilience. (Stock photo)
Editorial: Class of 2021 has shown smarts and resilience

Congratulations and good luck to Grade 12s who have persevered during the pandemic

The Nanaimo Business Awards are accepting nominations now. (Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce image)
Nanaimo Business Awards accepting nominations of worthy winners

This year’s awards aren’t until the fall, but the nomination period ends June 28

Retailers say they’re ready for the ban on single-use plastic checkout bags in Nanaimo when it takes effect July 1. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Retailers report they’re ready for Nanaimo’s single-use checkout bag ban

Business operators say there’s been plenty of time to plan and prepare for bylaw that kicks in July 1

The border crossing into the United States is seen during the COVID-19 pandemic in Lacolle, Que. on February 12, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
VIDEO: Border quarantine to soon lift for fully vaccinated Canadians

Eligible travellers must still take multiple COVID-19 tests

Golden Ears Mountains, captured in May 2021. (Black Press Media files)
2nd year of day passes required for entry into 5 provincial parks launches in B.C.

Pilot program seeks to protect the environment by addressing visitor surges amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Lincoln Mckoen. (YouTube)
Anglican bishop of the central Interior resigns over sexual misconduct allegations

Lincoln Mckoen was elected as a bishop of the Territory of the People region last year

The former Kamloops Indian Residential School on the Tk’emlups te Secwépemc reserve. (Allen Douglas/Kamloops This Week)
Tk’emlups preparing for archaeological work at B.C. residential school site where remains found

The 215 graves are, to the band’s knowledge, undocumented deaths for which it is still collecting records

Fans watch the warm-up before Game 6 between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadiens in NHL playoff hockey action Saturday, May 29, 2021 in Montreal. Quebec’s easing of COVID-19 restrictions will allow 2,500 fans to attend the game for the first time in fourteen months. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Two-thirds of Canadians say governments shouldn’t lift all COVID-19 restrictions

Poll reports Canadians who gained pandemic weight say they have gained 16 pounds on average

Paul Bernardo is shown in this courtroom sketch during Ontario court proceedings via video link in Napanee, Ont., on October 5, 2018. Teen killer and serial rapist Paul Bernardo is set for a parole hearing today. The designated dangerous offender, has been eligible for full parole for more than three years. Bernardo’s horrific crimes in the 1980s and early 1990s include for kidnapping, torturing and killing Kristen French and Leslie Mahaffy near St. Catharines, Ont. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Greg Banning
Killer rapist Paul Bernardo faces parole hearing today; victim families opposed

Designated dangerous offender has been eligible for full parole for more than three years.

People look over the damage after a tornado touched down in Mascouche, Que., north of Montreal, Monday, June 21, 2021. Dozens of homes were damaged and one death has been confirmed. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
One dead and extensive damage as tornado hits Mascouche, Que., north of Montreal

Damage reported in several parts of the city, and emergency teams dispatched to sectors hardest hit

Chilliwack secondary school’s principal is apologizing after a quote equating graduation with the end of slavery in the U.S. was included in the 2020-2021 yearbook. (Screenshot from submitted SnapChat)
B.C. student’s yearbook quote equates grad to end of slavery; principal cites editing error

Black former student ‘disgusted’ as CSS principal apologizes for what is called an editing error

Skeena MLA Ellis Ross. (Photo by Peter Versteege)
BC Liberal leadership candidate condemns ‘senseless violence’ of Okanagan church fires

Skeena MLA Ellis Ross says reconciliation isn’t about revenge for past tragedies

Most Read