Springhill, Oxford claim Division 4 basketball title

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Basketball Nova Scotia’s Division 4 title was claimed over the weekend by a joint effort from Springhill and Oxford. (Back, from left) assistant coach Paul Atkinson, Bethany Warwick, Mackenzie Mattinson, Hayley Sutherland, Kennedy Canfield, Ashley Wheaton, Maria McCormick, head coach Kendall Black, (front) Taylor Mattinson, Shelby Beaton, Rhyse Black and Chelsea Atkinson spent four weeks training together before entering the championship.

SPRINGHILL – Strong partners are a key to success.

Five students from Springhill High School (SHS) and five from Oxford Regional Education Centre couldn’t let go of the basketball season and, rather than sit idle, joined forces to try to extend their season just a few more weeks in Basketball Nova Scotia’s Division 4 league. 

And it’s a good thing they did. They came out on top.

“We had gotten a hold of Kendall Black (from OREC) and he came on board as coach,” parent Diane Beaton explained. “They only had four weeks of training to go before the tournament.”

From SHS, Shelby Beaton, Chelsea Atkinson, Maria McCormick, Kennedy Canfield and Hayley Sutherland teamed up with OREC’s Bethany Warwick, Mackenzie Mattinson, Ashley Wheaton, Taylor Mattinson and Rhyse Black to make up the team, with Paul Atkinson signing on as assistant coach. It presented a unique dynamic for the girls they hadn’t experienced during the regular season.

“In school they played against each other, so it was neat they came together and gelled the way they did,” Beaton said. “It says a lot of the coaching they had.”

Working together, the team claimed the title over the weekend and coach Black has offered the pendant to the Springhill contingent to hang in their school. 

Organizations: Springhill High School, Oxford Regional Education Centre

Geographic location: Oxford, Basketball Nova Scotia

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