KAPUSKASING - A new basketball club in Kapuskasing for girls that premiered in the waning months of 2017, recently played their first game.
The Kapuskasing Mustangs, a weekend basketball club for girls in Grades 6 to 8 played their first games against Kirkland Lake at the end of February.
“The girls have been practicing for about three months now, and we just had our first set of games this past weekend against Kirkland Lake,” said team organizer Norm Belanger. “The first game we did really really well, winning both games by a close margin. It was really neat seeing the atmosphere at the school a lot of the Kirkland Lake parents came down with their kids, and we had a lot of our parents here too and because the game was so close and going back and forth the cheering and atmosphere was tremendous.”
Belanger said that participation has been well, with 14 members of the team that have been dedicated in their commitment and practicing.
“They've put in a lot of hard work, and it was really neat to see in our game against Kirkland Lake all of the progress they've made in the past three months, it was really encouraging to see.”
He said that the club came about as a way to further teach and prepare girls in the community the game of basketball, so when they reach the secondary school they have a leg up in preparation.
“We found in the past that we're always trying to catch up to the biggest centres, the Timmins teams, the Sudbury teams, the North Bay teams, because we spend the first two years of high school basketball teaching the fundamentals,” he said. “So we thought that with a club, they could get that, so when they do reach grade 9, we can get into more of the specifics of the game, with more of a focus on the offences, and defences.”
The team meets for practice every Sunday from 1 to 3 at KDHS.
“Everything is looking really good, so we're looking at expanding in the fall to a couple of younger levels, to include grades 4 and 5 as well,” he said. “As well, maybe next year in the spring we'll do something with the boys.”