Barb Ziler and her Junior Steve Nash team do one last cheer to mark the end of the season of Vanderhoof Youth Basketball Assoc. banquet and awards March 6

Basketball awards and tryouts announced

anderhoof coaches were honoured at a youth basketball banquet last Tuesday and kids had a ball

Apryl Veld – Omineca Express

Vanderhoof coaches were honoured at a youth basketball banquet last Tuesday and kids had a ball said the head of Youth Basketball Association.

“It’s a celebration and awards to introduce teams and all involved,” Warren Cullum said.

This year six coaches received recognition. New coach of the year went to Jesse Andres, coach of the year was given to Mike Hurren.  The executive member award was presented to Heather Floris, while a longevity award honoured Eric Lytle for five years coaching, and a three to five year award was bestowed upon Vaughn Mueller.

Basketball youth were there to cheer for the coaches and enjoy the evening as well.

Each year from November to February end, kindergarten to Gr. 7 students can play  and learn with the Steve Nash Jr basketball program.

“The kids learn new things and get improved skills,” Cullum explained, “and just have fun of course.”

He noted there were 135 Vanderhoof kids this year who played in the mini-league. They were divided into teams based on age groups, and while Grades K-1 learn movement skills, the  Gr. 2-3 play five-minute games and get introduced to basketball. These teams are coached by Brian Cross.

Gr. 5-7 practice Friday nights on teams playing four on four, Cullum noted. All get to participate and see their game improve.

“They get about 50 hours of playing per season,” he added.

The Basketball BC Board director said they will be doing tryouts for the BC Summer Games team in Vanderhoof on April 29.

 

 

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