Penetang. Midland Basketball Association: News

Saturday, June 9

Magic win silver at Ontario finals

Magic win silver at Ontario finals. The Penetanguishene-Midland Basketball Association major midget Magic placed second at the Ontario Cup provincial championships in Ottawa last month. The team would have claimed gold if not for a last-second half-court shot by an opponent from Huntsville. Submitted photo

NORTH SIMCOE – The Penetanguishene-Midland Basketball Association major midget Magic netted a silver medal at the Ontario Cup provincial championships last month in Ottawa.
The Magic executed a strong defensive system to near perfection, but were denied the gold medal by the Huntsville Hurricanes, who won the final 38-37 on a last-second shot from half court.
The Magic opened the May 11-13 tournament with a 47-45 win over the Whitby Wildcats, and later knocked off the Centre Wellington Celtics 57-37. In semifinal action, the Magic dribbled their way to a 44-38 win over Cobourg to earn a berth in the championship final.
Members of the team are Erik Schmitz, Jordan Garner, John Coppes, Ryan Frame, Mitchell Ashley, Levi Garraway, Tyler Walker-Scace, Alana Lahay, Grant Perry and Jarred Corbier. Coaches are Dave Scace and Don Beer.                                   

courtesy of The Midland Mirror June 8, 2012

Thursday, April 12
Magic net silver medal at Ontario finals
Magic net silver medal at Ontario finals. The Penetanguishene-Midland Basketball Association major atom Magic placed second at the recent Ontario Cup provincial championships. The Magic won all three of their pool games and advanced to the championship match. Submitted photo

NORTH SIMCOE – The Penetanguishene-Midland Basketball Association major atom Magic climbed onto the medal podium at the recent Ontario Cup provincial championships.
The Magic battled their way to the championship game before losing to the Markham Unionville Minor Basketball Association team by a 60-47 score.
The Magic opened tournament play with a 40-38 win over the Pelham Panthers, and later knocked off the Goulbourn Hornets 46-22. They concluded pool play with a 55-52 win over Orangeville.
Executing a solid defensive game in semifinal action, the Magic dribbled their way to a 43-35 win over the Oakville Venom to earn a berth in the Division 9 championship final.
Members of the team are Chris Murray, Ben Bayfield, Matthew Argue, Simon Leonard, Simon Kozy, Callum Cascagnette, Peter Coppes, Collin Ashley, Mitchell McFarlane, Owen Bell, Brandon Fournier, Ryan Wagner, and coaches Ken Cascagnette and Todd McFarlane.

courtesy of the Midland Penetang Mirror                                 

Thursday, April 12
Atom Mystics win silver at Ontario Cup

NORTH SIMCOE – Two teams from the Penetanguishene-Midland Basketball Association reached the medal podium this past weekend at the Ontario Cup championships in Mississauga.
The PMBA major atom Mystics played five games in three days en route to a silver medal, while the bantam Mystics struck gold.
The major atom girls kept things close in the final against the Kingsville Class, trailing by only four points at halftime. But the Class turned on the offence in the second half and cruised to a 35-23 win.
Leading the Mystics in the championship game were Brooke Vout with eight points, Sydnee Tavernier (7), Eden Robillard (6) and Jenna Brophey (2).
The Mystics opened the tournament with a 31-17 win over Cambridge. Robillard and Vout each had 10 points, while Tavernier added eight. Mykala Collins added two and Jenna Brophey contributed one.
The Mystics then knocked off Brockville 31-26. Tavernier had 10 points, while Vout finished with eight. Robillard added seven, while Brophey, Mila Badenhorst and Emily Middaugh netted two points apiece. Brophey also turned in a stellar defensive effort.
In a 45-15 loss to Kingsville, Robillard contributed five points, while Badenhorst added four. Tavernier and Vout finished with three points each.
Their 2-1 round-robin record saw the Mystics slotted second in their division. In a thrilling semifinal, the PMBA squad defeated the St. Thomas Shock 24-20, powered by 10 points from Vout, including eight in the decisive fourth quarter. Tavernier had points, while Robillard and Collins had four and two, respectively.
Coached by Keith Robillard and Nicole Richards, members of the team are Sydnee Tavernier, Eden Robillard, Mila Badenhorst, Maddie Wright, Brooke Vout, Mikayla Collins, Karly Richards, Emily Middaugh, Sarah Thurley, Kazia Moreau, Laura Wright, Jenna Brophey and Nicole Johnston.
Courtesy of The Midland Penetang. Mirror

Thursday, April 1
House League (our roots)
  • Mike Dodd
  • (The Mirror)
  • Mar 25, 2010 - 2:55 PM 
  • Proud of PMBA success

    MIDLAND – If an observer got the impression there was a certain swagger to players in the Penetanguishene-Midland Basketball Association (PMBA), that would be correct.

    In recent months, the PMBA has played the part of giant killer, with local teams posting impressive wins over cities with much bigger populations at various Ontario tournaments.

    Don Anthony has been coaching the PMBA atom boys team for the past two years. The team has climbed the podium at events across the province. A recent medal at a tournament in Orillia was followed by a gold medal at a Hamilton event. Along the way, the team compiled a 10-game winning streak.

    “The success the PMBA enjoys now started out with the house league program,” said Anthony, explaining the rep teams have been able to stock their teams with skilled players.

    “We are really seeing the kids prosper and grow. The house league program started 10 years ago and it has really taken off.”

    The PMBA began when basketball officials in Midland and Penetanguishene felt the sport could be strengthened within the Georgian Bay region by bringing the two communities under one umbrella group.

    Much of the credit for the PMBA house league program goes to the executive and longtime Penetanguishene basketball coach and referee George Vadeboncouer, Anthony said.

    “More recently, we can see it in the basketball program at St. Theresa’s High School in Midland, where the senior boys team qualified for the Ontario finals for the first time in the history of the school. Nine of the 11 kids who play on that team are players that came out of our club teams,” said Anthony.

    The success has filled everyone in the PMBA with a sense of pride.

    “It shows that small towns like Midland and Penetang can go out and compete with the large centres like Barrie, Burlington, Mississauga and others and be competitive in basketball,” said Anthony. “It is a feather in the cap of the system.”

    The key has always been starting boys and girls early in basketball and nurturing a passion for the game.

    “In the house league program, we have kids four and five (years old) out playing,” he said. “It is starting to grow at the grassroots level.”

    The construction of the North Simcoe Sports and Recreation Centre in Midland, and the availability of regular gymnasium time in the building, have allowed coaches to schedule practice time.

    “Another key has also been the ability to keep basketball somewhat low in cost to families. That is especially true during these tough economic times. This year, you could play an entire season of house league basketball for something like $110. For that, they got two or three hours of instruction a week and games,” said Anthony.

    Once the players step up to the rep program, he said, they have acquired ballhanding, passing and dribbling skills, in addition to a grasp of offensive and defensive play.

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