High school grads bring success to Marauders

Kingston’s Clare Kenney (left) and Ancaster’s Rachael Holmes will join the Marauders this fall. (Photo: McMaster Communications)

McMaster women’s basketball coach Theresa Burns has laid down the welcome mat for two new recruits expected to push hard for court time in the upcoming 2012-13 Ontario University Athletics season.

Recently committed to don Maroon this fall are Ancaster’s Rachael Holmes and Kingston’s Clare Kenney.

A 5-foot-9 guard, Holmes was a key member of the Ancaster Royals and helped her high school team to a fourth-place finish at the 2010 triple-A Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations championship. The multi-sport athlete has been a standout in volleyball and soccer, while also running track and cross country.

“McMaster is the perfect university for me on both an academic and athletic level,” Holmes said after making her commitment. “I feel perfectly at home in the Mac environment and on campus, and am excited to be joining such a talented group and playing for such an amazing coaching staff in my home town.”

Holmes currently plays for Hamilton Transway in the provincial JUEL league (Junior Elite League), and Coach Theresa Burns is high on her potential, adding, “Rachael brings a great skill set and well rounded game with a desire to compete both offensively and defensively at all times. That quality will allow her to adjust to the university basketball level very quickly.”

A 6-foot forward, Kenney is the daughter of a coach and helped her Regiopolis Notre Dame team to three Kingston city titles, while qualifying for the 2010 triple-A OFSAA tournament. Another multi-sport competitor, Kenney helped Regiopolis Notre Dame qualify for OFSAA in volleyball and she was a member of the tennis team.

“I know McMaster will be able to provide me with unique experiences both in the classroom and on the court. The beautiful campus had a comfortable feel that I was immediately drawn to,” said Kenney, who will be studying business. “I’ve been fortunate to play at and tour several Canadian Universities and was very impressed by McMaster’s athletic facilities and their overall commitment to Marauder student-athletes. I‘m excited to become part of the tradition of success that Coach Burns and her staff have established at McMaster.”

Burns expects Kenney to challenge for court time as a rookie. “Our coaching staff feels Clare has the athletic ability to play in our transition game as well as the half court. She competes hard and plays with an edge to her game, all of which will serve her well at the university level.”

Kenney has had a tremendous season playing with the Brockville Blazers of the Ontario Basketball Association.

The new recruits will join Hamilton guard Danielle Boiago, who had previously committed to join the Marauders for the upcoming season.