Shaw, MacInnis named honorary chairs of women’s championship
SYDNEY — A pair of rivals on the local basketball scene will join forces for the 2010 Subway Atlantic University Sport Women’s Basketball Championship at Cape Breton University.
Ronnie Shaw and Chris MacInnis were officially named honorary co-chairs of the tournament at a press conference at CBU, Wednesday.
“The 30-35 years both of these individuals have committed to grow the game of women’s basketball on Cape Breton Island is fantastic,” said John Ryan, athletics director at CBU.
“I think those are two of the top candidates we could have in this role.”
Among Shaw’s career accomplishments are nine Cape Breton High School Girls Division 1 titles as coach of the Riverview Royals. His Riverview teams have also captured three provincial crowns.
An equally impressive resume for MacInnis includes coaching stints at T.L Sullivan Junior High and Florence Elementary. As well as the creation of the Sydney Mines Basketball Camp.
However, it was his time as coach of the Memorial High girls team when he and Shaw clashed.
MacInnis initially thought the selection committee was “kidding” when they informed him he was an honourary chair.
Although they always had their game faces on while going head-to-head on the basketball court, MacInnis said the two have always been friends off the court.
“There was a rivalry between the schools, athlete to athlete, but over the 30 plus years we were involved you develop a friendship,” he said following the press conference.
A history and not a rivalry is how Shaw described their head-to-head meetings.
“I think we both feel it is an honour to be asked to be an honourary chairman, but it is particularly nice to be asked to share it with a buddy who I’ve shared a lot with through the years.”
During the tournament both plan to the enjoy the competition and support the Caper program where and when they can.
The championship is set for Feb. 26-28 at the Sullivan Field House. Tickets are available in advance and at the door.
It is the first of two university basketball championships to come to the area this year. The AUS will host the men’s championship, March 12-14 at Centre 200.