Rings fingered for provincial teams
Brother, sister selected to play at age-group hoops nationals
Basketball is about to become a four-season sport in the Ring household. After playing through the fall, winter and spring with their respective high school and community club teams, brother and sister Scott and Kellie Ring of Gloucester will be pounding the hardwood for the next two months with the goal of playing for Ontario at the Canadian championships.
Scott is one of three Ottawa players who has been selected for the Ontario boys’ under-17 team, which will play in the national championship Aug. 17-23 in Charlottetown.
The 15-man roster also includes Jahennes Manigat of Ottawa Phoenix and Immaculata High School, and Jean-Yves Kazadi of Ottawa Next Level and Louis Riel. But only the top 12 will travel to nationals for all four provincial teams.
Kellie is one of 15 players named to the provincial girls’ U15 squad, which will head to Kamloops, B.C., for the Canadian championship Aug. 4-9.
Basketball Ontario also picked two other Ottawa players for its other two age-group national championship teams.
Sean Stoqua of Goulbourn Stingers and Sacred Heart will train with the provincial boys’ U15 team with hopes of making the trip to nationals in Kamloops.
Emilie Vachon of Gloucester Wolverines and Louis Riel is on the 15-player roster for the Ontario girls’ U17 team. She hopes to impress and make the final dozen for the Canadian championships in Charlottetown.
Scott Ring finished his spring season on a positive note as he helped the Ottawa Guardsmen win the Division 1 bronze medal at the Ontario Cup boys’ juvenile U17 championship in Kitchener-Waterloo.
After finishing their roundrobin pool in first place with a 2-1 record, the Guardsmen beat the Riverside Falcons of Windsor, 62-52, in the quarter-finals, but lost their semifinal, 67-61, to Scarborough Blues No. 1.
In the bronze-medal match, the Guardsmen downed the Scarborough Blues No. 2, 77-60. Tyson Hinz scored 25 points for Ottawa, Ring had 13 and Chris Ossa added 12.
In Division 2 action, Osgoode-Rideau also captured the bronze medal.
The Guardsmen added a second bronze medal, when they defeated JAMBA of Toronto, 82-75, at the Ontario Cup boys’ junior U19 championship in Oshawa. Anthony Ashe scored 31 points in the win.
YAAACE of Toronto defeated the junior Guardsmen, 6848, in the semifinals, after Ottawa went 3-0 in round-robin and won its quarter-final, 75-72, over the Waterloo Wildhawks.
Ottawa Next Level earned the bronze medal in the Division 2 championship, while Gloucester Wolverines finished fourth in Division 3.
Meanwhile, Basketball Ontario has named its individual award winners from each of its provincial age-group championships over the past two months.
Stephanie MacDonald of the gold-medal Ottawa Shock was the Nike MVP in the junior women’s U19 class. She also has been invited to Canada Basketball’s national junior women’s tryout camp July 11-12 in Barrie.
Olympia Sports Camp MVP awards went to Robyn Willis, Kanata Cavaliers, major bantam girls’ U14, division 2; Farhan Awaleh, Nepean Bobcats No. 2, major bantam boys’ U14, division 3; and Alejandro Prescott, Nepean Bobcats No. 1, major bantam boys’ U14, division 6. Winners’ circle:
Former world No. 1 fencer
of Ottawa won five straight matches as the 10th seed to capture the gold medal at a World Cup women’s épée competition in Havana, Cuba. She’s now ranked fifth in the world. … Former referee
of Ottawa will be inducted into the Ontario Basketball Hall of Fame as an official Sept. 14 in Toronto. … of
Ilya Abelev the National Capital Wrestling Club has been named to the Canadian team for the third Commonwealth Youth Games Oct. 12-18 in Pune, India. He’ll compete in the 63-kilogram class. … of Ne-
Chris Carrozzi pean, who plays with the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors and Montreal native
of the Gatineau Olympiques are attending the third annual Program of Excellence goaltending camp orga- nized by Hockey Canada and the Canadian Hockey League, which runs through Sunday in Calgary. … The Ottawa South United Force girls’ regional soccer team defeated City’s Ken Barrick Prudential team, 3-0, in the under-13 final at the City Girls’ Challenge Cup Soccer Tournament in Peterborough.
Shelani Fernando, Catherine Mann Victoria
scored for the Force, while call-up goalkeeper Courtney Brown
recorded her fifth shutout of the tournament, while replacing the injured Christine Guyatt-Woodland. The Force (5-0) outscored its opponents 29-0. … The province of Ontario recently gave Volunteer Service Award pins to eight Ottawa and area track and field coaches and officials for their dedication: (40
Barclay Frost years); (25);
Janet Frost Dianne Illingworth (25);
Ray Elrick Bill Heikkila
(20); (15); Michael Stenson Denis
(15); Landry Andrew
(10); and Page
(five). … Ottawa native Kadie Riverin
of Rice University has been invited to Canada Basketball’s national senior women’s team tryout camp July 3-4 in Barrie. …
Richard Munro of Ottawa, who has raised more than $160 million for charities and non-profit groups, is the new Football Canada general manager. . . .
Kathy Tremblay of Gatineau, who lives and trains in Montreal, was 21st in the women’s race at the world triathlon championships in Vancouver. She needed to finish in the top eight to qualify for the 2008 Summer Olympics. … Competing in her first year in the national open class,
Teslin Sandstrom of
the Ottawa Gym Club was the silver medallist in the individual all-around competition at the Canadian artistic gymnastics championships in Calgary. She was first on floor, third on bars, fourth on vault and 10th on beam. Clubmate Michael Grinter won
a level 6 men’s team silver medal for Ontario, and was fourth in rings in the event finals.