After gaining selection for the East Midlands training squads through the Inter Counties Tournament and attending a number of training sessions four players, three girls and one boy from the Northants Basketball Club have gained selection for the East Midlands Under 13 teams. The four are Ashia King, Leisha Eason, Lucie Wilson-Gray and Tom Greenfield.
They will play in the Inter Regional Tournament which will be staged in Manchester on the weekend of 7th and 8th July.
Meanwhile no less than eight players from the Club will be playing for the East Midlands Under 11 teams in the National Rally at Sheffield this weekend. Mia Gajaga, Rosie Hodgson, Karly Osgood, Amelia Sterling, and Athena Thompson will play for the girls team with Kim Thompson acting as assistant coach while Thomas Bates, Hugo Dunn and Ethan Swallow were selected for the boys team. Two other players, Keris Ndubisi and George Berry were involved in the reparation programme.
Four other players from the Club, Emeka Aluanya, Fiona Arthur, Ashley Kitchen and Chloe Stevens will be hoping to gain selection for the East Midlands Under 15 teams. These teams are expected to be announced following the next training sessions.
CLICK HERE to download the practice schedule for 2017/18
During school holidays practice schedules may be amended so please check with your team coach or with Karen
The Northants Basketball Club has been busy staging Courses for Table Officials and Referees as well as hosting a course for the East Midlands on statistics and the use of statistics in basketball.
Phil Ireson recently tutored the Table Officials Course where no less than 9 players from the club gained the first level of the qualification. These young ladies practiced what they had learnt at the recent Under 12 National Tournaments staged by the Club
A few weeks later Phil was in tutoring mode again but this time for a Referees Level one Course. Ten Club Members took part and gained the qualification and we will be hoping that these people will help the club with officiating at the planned tournaments for next season.
Northants Basketball Club Host the Inter Counties Tournament
On Saturday 22nd April the Northants Basketball Centre was the venue for the annual East Midlands Inter Counties Tournament for Under 13 Boys and Girls
Leading up to this Tournament County Teams were selected and these included a number of Northants Basketball Club players
In the boys county team Ashley Kitchen , Thomas Cole and Tom Greenfield were selected for the County and Ashley was successful in gaining selection for the East Midlands Squad
For the girls team no less than 7 girls from the club gained selection for the county. These were Leisha Eason, Fiona Arthur, Chloe Stevens, Isabella Rinon, Ruby Harkin, Kyla Soya Bongay & Lucie Wilson-Gray with Eason, Arthur and Stevens gaining selection for the East Midlands Squad.
The Club decided to stage two National Under 12 Girls Tournaments in their post season and these were both a great success.
At the first Tournament the Northants club decided to enter two teams and they were joined by teams from Manchester and Southampton.
The aim of the tournament was to give young players an opportunity to compete against their own sex rather than focusing on winning and losing
CLICK HERE to download the full report and photos.
Club Presentation Night
Around one hundred a seventy-five players with their relatives a friends packed into Our Kitchen at Northampton School for Girls last Friday evening for the Northants Ball Club’s End of Season Presentation Evening.
The evening took the usual format of looking back on the season and giving awards to players in all the various teams.
Following a hot buffet, Club Administrator, Karen Goodrich opened the evening by reporting on a season of consolidation and the healthy financial position of the Club. She expressed disappointment that no team from the Club had reached the Play Offs but reported that the “Ballers” section of the Club now consisted of over 50 boys and girls and Club President, John Collins later thanked Mark Spatcher and Hotshots for keeping the section operating the previous season. CLICK HERE to download the full report from the Awards Evening and see the list of winners
Bag Pack Event
Seventeen boys and girls from the Club put away their basket balls and concentrated on groceries and household goods. The 17 took part in a fund-raising Bag Pack at the ASDA store in Kingsthorpe smartly dressed in their club playing uniforms.
The event was organised by Executive Committee member Karen Stewart who was delighted with the way the boys and girls worked in the two, two hour shifts.
A substantial amount of money was raised and some of it was used to provide tee shirts for the Under 14 Girls when they played in the Final Fours.
The Northants Basketball Club is most grateful to ASDA for allowing them to stage the event.
End of Season Presentation Evening
Almost 250 players, coaches, managers and parents assembled in the “Re-load” cafeteria at Northampton School for Girls for the End of Season Presentation Evening of the Northants Basketball Club. After a hot buffet, coaches made presentations to one player from their team in acknowledgement of their achievements. They were also able to tell the audience about the highlights of their team’s season.CLICK HERE to download the full report
A stunning performance from Holly Winterburn and a useful fourth quarter contribution from Hannah Davy saw the Northants Under 14 Girls battle through to the Final of the Final Fours at the England Institute of Sport in Sheffield last Saturday. Winterburn scored 29 points and pulled down 15 rebounds as Lightning defeated a determined Hounslow Hawks team by 61 points to 45 while Davy chipped in with 12 points. CLICK HERE to download the full report
News of a Former Player
Lana Doran played for Northants “Lightning” before moving to Barking Abbey. Last summer she gained a scholarship at Gardner Webb University in North Carolina. Here is an update on her progress from her mother and father:
Greetings John, Karen and all at Northants Basketball Club. Just a little update on Lana Dorans progress.
This year she starts her second year (Sophomore) at Gardner Webb University NCAA Div 1, in. North Carolina, USA. She has come a long way since first starting with your club. Her days continue to be both very long and physically challenging. Her motivation and dedication remains as high as ever and was rewarded with performances in each of the 31 games played last year and an average of around 23 minutes per game.
In the gym at 6am each morning , three hours basketball training each day and ensuring her personal studies are completed 6 days a week is a tough ask. But she would not have it any other way.
For all you young ballers out there,” You CAN follow your dream"
I shall keep you updated.
Janis and John Doran. (A proud mum and dad)
Press Release from the Drake Website
Marshalltown Community College guard Chris Caird has signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Drake University men’s basketball program for the 2013-14 season, head coach Ray Giacoletti announced Thursday, May 16.
Caird, a 6-6, 215-pound guard will enroll at Drake with two years of remaining eligibility. As a redshirt sophomore last season at Marshalltown (Iowa), he was a first team all-conference selection that averaged 18.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per game to lead the Tigers to a 22-9 record. He converted on 41 percent of his three-point attempts and excelled in the classroom, earning academic all-conference honors and was nominated for junior college academic All-America honors.
“We are very pleased that Chris has decided to join our program,” Giacoletti said. “In addition to the fact that he is an excellent shooter, he brings experience, size and strength, versatility, high basketball IQ and the ability to pass and score to our team. Chris is also an excellent student that plans to enroll as a pre-medicine student at Drake.”
A native of Daventry, England, Caird did not play during the 2011-12 season due to injury after averaging 14 points per game to earn second team all-conference honors as a freshman in 2010-11. “I feel like Drake is a great situation for me,” Caird said. “I really like the coaches and my future teammates, and I think I fit well with their system. Academically, Drake is a very good school which is something that I take a great deal of pride in as a student.” _ _ _ _ _
Apologies to those of you who already know about this but for the rest of you I am sure you will be delighted to hear that a former player of the Northants (Schools) Basketball Club and a graduate of the MOulton College Basketball Academy has been offered and accepted a two year scholarship at Drake University which is in Des Moines. Iowa.
For the record Chris is the fifth player from the club to be offered a full scholarship at a Division 1 school.
Coach John Collins
Northants Thunder are Champions
After demolishing their opposition by fifty points last Saturday, and other results going their way on Sunday, Northants Thunder have secured the VCARS.co.uk Division Four (Men) Midlands League title at their first attempt, with three games still to play.
On December 18th 2012, UK Sport announced record funding for the 4 year cycle in the run up to the Rio 2016 games, however, British Basketball was one of the organisations who's funding was cut to zero.
As a predominantly junior player club, we at NorthantsBC don't feel this funding cut represents much of an Olympic legacy, and certainly not particularly inspirational for the next generation. Click Here for the full News Item
New uniform for Northants Thunder Men
After playing the opening games of both their Vcars.co.uk Division 4 and National Shield campaigns in a 'spare' uniform, Northants Basketball Club's recently created Men's team now have a brand new uniform in club colours.
Last Sunday at the Lilleshall National Sports Centre, Karen Goodrich was presented with the English Schools Basketball Association's prestigious Dave Fisher Award for Services to Coaching.
Even more significant is the fact that she was actually proposed by the ESBBA Executive rather than someone from her own school or club.
Karen currently coaches with the Northants Basketball Club and at Northampton School for Girls where she has led teams to two national titles most recently last season with the school’s under 15 team. At present she is coaching two teams in the National League as well as fulfilling her duties as Head Coach at N.S.G.
Karen’s coaching career started when she was a pupil at Kingsthorpe Upper School when her former teacher, Martin Spencer took her to the National Mini Basketball Festival in 1982. During her playing career with Avon Cosmetics and Northampton 76ers Karen became more and more involved with coaching young players. Her enthusiasm for her chosen sport was illustrated when she gave up her secure job at Nationwide Building Society to job share as a Northamptonshire Basketball Development officer.
Karen’s talents have previously been recognised with her appointment as an East Midlands coach and for six years she has served as head coach of the East Midlands Area Performance Centre.
Miranda Marketis the chairman of the Northants Basketball Club commented, “We have always known what a great coach Karen Goodrich is and it is wonderful that her talents have been recognised by the English Schools Basketball Association. We are extremely fortunate to have such a dedicated coach in the Club at a time when it is going from strength to strength.” (added 30 Oct 2012)
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