Shaw, MacIn­nis named honorary chairs of women’s cham­pi­onship

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS - BY GREGMCNEIL CAPE BRE­TON POST gm­c­neil@cb­

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.

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