The long layoff – 86(!) days between games this season – really did a number on us. And it was the heart of our schedule we missed, i.e. the MIS, the BCS Inv, the Anderson-Bailly and the Visser-MacLeod. The best two months of the season, bonding-wise AND basketball-wise, as we lost out on the instant feedback/improvement that same-day tournament games give you. January and February are why Stanstead historically improves more than anyone else over the course of a season.
Heading into the second half of our season it was looking like we’d go two years without an overnight trip. We as coaches were determined to not let that happen. So, we reached out to friends who we normally see every year at CAIS and were lucky enough to head to NB – we are SO thankful! Although we lost both games, we improved immensely in the second game and learned a lot about who we are as a team. I’ve never been so happy to watch Coach Carter or listen to the loud singing on the bus or sit in the lobby until 11:30 pm talking about nothing and everything or see this team enjoy every second they had together. These three days reminded me why I coach and why I love it so much. Thanks to the whole team for the great memories! J – Coach Wolfe
To the team: You have no idea how disappointed I was that I wasn’t able to go. But you also have no idea how thrilled I was that you guys WERE able to go. For some of you it was the only team overnight trip you’ll get in your SC career. So the fact that you all enjoyed it so much – it makes me feel as happy as Coach Carter did when he walked into that gym and saw everyone studying – never forget, you are all “powerful beyond measure”! – Coach Van Dyke
This past week, the senior girls D3 basketball team traveled to New Brunswick, and this player from Montreal, Quebec made the most of it. Melissa is a calm, determined, focused presence on both the offensive and defensive end. When the ball is in her hands, she makes things happen for her teammates with some of the prettiest passes we have seen. Not to mention, she has an incredible floater! On defence, she reads the play and reacts quickly to disrupt whatever the other team tries to do. All this, and she is only in Grade 9! Mature beyond her years and an awesome teammate, this week’s Athlete of the Week, is Melissa Kakayuk.
I knew this past Saturday’s game was going to be eventful. Not only was I coaching it alone (Coach Van Dyke wasn’t able to make it), but we were playing at La Ruche, in a gym where we notoriously play poorly. I was admittedly a bit nervous, and to top it off I wasn’t even able to travel with the team to the game. This was going to be interesting!