Vaughan best from the West


oua_logoSAULT STE. MARIE – The Ontario University Athletics (OUA) West All-Star team was once again victorious over the East in the 2013 Women’s Basketball All-Star game, 95-83.

McMaster Marauder post Hailey Milligan and rookie guard Danielle Boiago competed for the winning West, and Milligan expressed her satisfaction with the experience at the April 27.

“I am so grateful for the opportunity to participate this weekend as an OUA All Star,” said the Marauder. “The experience in Sault Ste. Marie can only be described as amazing.

“I really enjoyed participating in the OBA Mega Hoops clinic, presenting OBA winners with medals and visiting Holy Cross. These events allowed us to connect and share our successes with the next generation of basketball players.

“The highlight of my weekend was being able to spend time with the best female basketball players around Ontario. On the court we can compete and play with an intensity that is bar none, yet once we were able to take off our shoes and leave the gym, we made memories that will last a lifetime. I look forward to playing each and every one of them again next year, but I am more excited about the friendships that we developed together.”

Dundas native Jenny Vaughan of the Western Mustangs and Carleton rookie Lindsay Shotbolt (Markham) were named OBA Players of the Game for the West and East, respectively. Vaughan notched 14 points for Team West, while Shotbolt was the game’s leading scorer, putting up an impressive 22 points in her team’s losing effort.

The OUA Women’s Basketball All-Star game headlined an action packed weekend in Sault Ste. Marie. On Friday afternoon, the all-stars visited Holy Cross Elementary School and talked to a group of enthusiastic grade seven students about what it takes to be a successful student-athlete.

On Saturday, the all-stars joined Head Clinician and Algoma Thunderbirds women’s basketball Head Coach Ryan Vetrie to lead an OBA Mega Hoops Clinic at Algoma University.

Following the clinic, the all-star’s shooting ability was put to the test in the annual OUA Recharge with Milk 2-Ball Contest. Celebrity shooters included Brier-winning curler Ryan Harnden and CTV Northern Ontario sports broadcaster Lincoln Louttit. Teamed up with Algoma University Director of External Relations, Kevin Hemsworth, all-stars Liz Boag (Kingston) of the Queen’s Gaels and Rachael Sider (New Westminster, B.C.) of the Toronto Varsity Blues outshot the competition and were named the 2013 2-Ball champions during halftime of the all-star game.

Prior to flying home on Sunday evening, the all-stars handed out medals and banners at the OBA U15 Midget Girls Provincial Championship. A number of all-stars were fortunate enough to hand out hardware to their former OBA club teams and coaches, highlighting the close the tie between OBA development and Ontario University Athletics.