Basketball

Raiders grad decides on Knights


St. Catharines native Emily Naccarato is going to be a Knight – a Niagara College Knight that is.

Emily Naccarato with Coach Beccaria.  (Photo: Niagara College Athletics)

Emily Naccarato with Coach Beccaria. (Photo: Niagara College Athletics)

The graduate of the Holy Cross Raiders high school team and a member of the strong No Limit Performance basketball training program will suit up for the Knights in the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association for 2015-16.

“Emily is a player that we have been recruiting over the last two years, and we are thrilled that she has elected to join our program” said Niagara College women’s basketball head coach Mike Beccaria.

The five-foot-eleven forward will enroll in the Niagara College police foundations program. Naccarato was a key member of the No Limit Performance senior girls’ team that captured the 2015 Canadian Youth Basketball League championship.

“Niagara College has a welcoming and friendly atmosphere that has always really appealed to me” said Naccarato. “I know that the police foundations course is an excellent program and that will provide me with the background knowledge I need to become an effective police officer.”

Naccarato’s greatest asset is her natural athleticism. Beccaria feels that she is “one of the best athletes in this year’s graduating class.” Standing at nearly six feet, she has the size and athletic ability to play a variety of positions at the OCAA level.

The 18-year-old Naccarato lists her goals in a Knights uniform as “becoming a more well round student, becoming a contributing member of the women’s basketball program, and improving my overall game to the best of my ability.”

The Knights will open tryouts on Wednesday, Sept. 9 at 5:30 p.m. at the Welland Campus Athletic Centre. The team will also serve as hosts for the 2016 OCAA Women’s Basketball Championship being held at the Welland campus athletic centre from March 3-6.

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