Category: KVHS

Congrats Crusaders

Congratulations to the following KVHS Crusaders (and soon to be Crusaders) for being selected to Basketball New Brunswick summer provincial teams:

  • Erik Nissen (2013) – U17
  • Nathan d’Entremont (2013) – U17
  • Mark Graham (2013) – U17
  • Brad Sanford (2014) – U16
  • Ethan O’Neil (2015) – U15D
  • Ben Tait (2015) – U15D
  • Ian Crowley (2015) – U15D
  • Christopher Spurrell (2016) – U15D
  • Alex Loughery (2016) – U15D
  • Jack Tilley (2016) – U15D

For more information on BNB provincial teams please visit the BNB Web Site

It’s all about Respect

To steal the a line from Rodney Dangerfield, “We don’t get no respect”.

Last weekend my JV boy’s team participated in the annual Leo Hayes JV / Devon Park Invitational tournament.For those not familiar with this event, Leo Hayes Jr. Varsity boys and the Devon Park Sr. boys co-host a tournament that traditionally includes the top ‘AAA’ JV teams and the top ‘A’ varsity schools (actually, with last year’s realignment of the NBIAA school classifications, these schools are now classified ‘AA’ but that’s a different discussion).

Personally I love attending this tournament. Not only do I get to see players from schools I seldom would see otherwise, but my players have a chance to play against athletes that are taller, quicker and a lot stronger. This year, my 4th year of bringing the KVHS Jr. boys, was no different.

This year we were fortunate enough to win both our games against the varsity squads, including an exciting win over Devon Park Sr. boys in the tournament final. In the days following the tournament, however, whenever the topic comes up I get the standard response “Really! You beat Devon Park? Were they missing anyone?”. Talk about no respect!

I’m sure coach MacAloon is hearing the same thing in reverse…“How could you lose to those guys?”.

In the four years we attended this tournament my teams have compiled a overall record of 6-5 against varsity teams (including this year’s wins). In those five loses the winning margin for our opponent was 6, 7, 5, 12, and 22 points. Not exactly blow outs (Well, the 22 pts lost to McAdam last year one was). Our winning margin the the six wins were 20, 12, 20, 15, 27 and 16.

It seems to me that the top ‘AAA’ JV programs are pretty competitive with the top ‘AA’ Sr. programs on any given year. I suspect the same applies at the “mid-level” for both groups as well. Perhaps this is an alternative for these teams to find competitive games without increasing the need to travel, however, I suspect the coaches on the ‘AA’ Sr. teams might be hesitant to play younger ‘AAA’ teams given all the talk following our win this weekend.

Senior’s Night

Last night KVHS Varsity boys honoured their eight graduating seniors and senior team manager. In a brief ceremony prior to their final home game of the season, each senior was presented with a KVHS tie.

Pictured left to right are: Graham Morrison, Matt Rogers, Ryan Nicholson, Alex Holder, Ryan Vaughan, Nick Sipprell, Grant MacKinnon, Kevin Seely and manager Mark Hogan.

Pictured left to right are: Graham Morrison, Matt Rogers, Ryan Nicholson, Alex Holder, Ryan Vaughan, Nick Sipprell, Grant MacKinnon, Kevin Seely and manager Mark Hogan.

KVHS will take on cross town rival Rothesay High School tonight for their final game of the regular season. On the line for Rothesay is first place and the privilege of hosting this weekend’s South/West regional tournament. Meanwhile KVHS must win by 13 or more to capture second place and to avoid finishing third or fourth in the conference which would mean a first round match-up with Woodstock or FHS.

Record Night for Crawford

Maybe I have just come to expect great things from him every night, or maybe I’m just too focused on watching other aspects of my team’s performance. On Thursday night Jarred Crawford put in one of the greatest performance of any player I’ve ever coached at KVHS and I didn’t notice until I looked at the stat sheet after the game was over. If its possible to have a quite 33 & 25 game…this was it.

In our most important game of the season so far, and on a night when some of his teammates were having an off game, Jarred stepped up with his career high in rebounds (25) and points (33). The win pushed us a game ahead of Saint Malachy’s to stand alone in first place with only three games remaining.

Another positive aspect of the game was how two freshman, Zac Chambers and Ryan Foster, also stepped up to carry the team. In past games against other top teams we relied heavily on JD Kent to do the bulk of the scoring and Steve Flanagan to beat full court pressure. On this night, however, Zac and Ryan once again showed they can compete against the best and are ready to step up with the game on the line.

We head into the exam break right where we want to be and still control our own destinty. If we pull out one more victory over St. Macs on Saturday January 24 we will lock up first place and probably play Woodstock or Carleton North in the opening game of the South/West tournament who are two teams we beaten already this season.

Mayberry Named for Summer Games

Yesterday BNB announced the coaches for their Under 17 and Under 15 program and Bill Mayberry, coach of the KVHS varsity girl’s team has been named head coach of the Under 17 girls teams. Bill will be assisted by Lori Wall also a coach from the Kennebecasis Valley who has been coaching at both Rothesay High and Harry Miller Middle School (BNB Press Release).

Bill and Lori will begin a two year commitment  that will see them take the U17 team this summer and New Brunswick Summer Games team next summer. Given the success of the Rothesay High and Kennebecasis Valley High school program I’d say the BNB U17 program is in good hands and I’m sure the BNB girl’s teams will have many KV area players on the roster.

Today, UNB annouced they have hired Brent Baker as their new men’s basketball coach (Press Release). Time will tell if Brent can turn around a program that struggled on and off the court this season going 2-18 in the AUS this past season. In my opinion job number one will be to change the perception young high school players have of UNB. Not many of today’s players who live outside of Fredericton aspire to play for UNB. In recent years Jeff Speedy has done a good job of changing that perception for female players in NB, hopefully Brent will do the same for the men.

Girls Do It Again

The girl’s teams from the Kennebecasis Valley were at it again this past weekend,  posting some very impressive results at the BNB age class provincial championships. Three of the KVBA teams competing in Tier I made it to the championship game:

  • Mini A (Bruce Nicholson) – Provincial Champs
  • Bantam A (Ann Hogan) – Silver
  • Midget A (Bill Mayberry) – Silver

While the developmental teams from the KVBA also dominated their respective tournaments:

  • Bantam B (Barb Marcolin) – Gold (Tier II)
  • Midget B (Libby O’Brien) – Gold (Tier II)
  • Midget C (Greg Robart) – Gold (Tier III)

Combined these results with the fact that the JV girl’s teams from KVHS and RHS won their respective NBIAA titles and the varsity girl’s teams from those two schools made it to the final 12, the word dynasty comes to mind.

A huge congratsulations goes out to everyone involved in the development of these great programs.

Redemption for KV Players

Immaculate Collection
This past weekend the juvenile boys team from the KV area called the Immaculate Collection won the BNB Juvenile A provincial championships in Dalhousie, NB. The team consisted of:

  • Brent Kignston (KVHS Grade 12)
  • Jordan McGill (KVHS Grade 12)
  • David Gainforth (KVHS Grade 12)
  • Jesse Bartlett (KVHS Grade 12)
  • Jacob Calhoun (KVHS Grade 12)
  • Ryan Vaughan (KVHS Grade 11)
  • Simon Gagnon (KVHS Grade 10)
  • Alex Whelan (Rothesay Grade 12)
  • Brad Van Steeg (Rothesay Grade 11)
  • Kevin Seely (Rothesay Grade 11)

This group has been competing for a provincial title since 2000-2001 when they started playing in the KVBA mini rep program. Although this is their first title together, they have definitely been close many times in the past, especially two years ago in midget. That year KVHS lost to Leo Hayes in the provincial semi-final, then two days before midget age class Brent Kingston broke his ankle.

In the opening game of this year’s tournament the team beat Riverview by 31 points which was a bit of redemption for the Crusaders on the team considering they lost to that same team in the NBIAA regional costing them a trip to the Aitkin Center. They followed up that win with a 2 point victory over Fredericton, a 15 point win over Moncton and a 50 point win over a injury depleted Dalhousie team.

Wait ’til next year!!!

Unfortunately the girls from Rothesay and KVHS came up a little short in their bid for NBIAA provincial championships.

The Crusaders looked good for the first twenty minutes, hitting shots and playing their normal tough defense. Problem is the game is forty minutes long and MacNaughton really turned up the the pressure to begin the 3rd quarter. KV had a lot of uncharacteristic turnovers and when they did beat the pressure appearred to be too tentative. On the up side, this very young team had a great season under first year head coach Bill Mayberry and has strong core group returning next season. I’m sure this experience will serve them well next season and the girls will be hungry to get back to the AC.

In the AA final the Redhawks were never able to find a hot shooter (or even a warm shooter) at any point during the game. Not sure if it was because of nerves, not use to playing in an arena, or the physical the game was (it was very rough), but the girls just could not make shots from the floor or from the foul line. To the teams credit, they completed hard until the final buzzer and despite the poor shooting percentage, they stayed within striking distance the entire game.