Host team Valley Hawks win U-14 D1 provincials


Published on April 17, 2017

Hawks roster includes Aidan Clarke, Will Deveau, Parker Fuller, Asa Hood, Braeden MacVicar, Kaj MacVicar, Jordan McNamara, Ryan Sypher, and Adam Wentzell.

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CAMBRIDGE, NS – The Valley Hawks didn’t disappoint the fans who came to cheer them on at Central Kings March 24-26 when the host team won the U14 D1 Boys Provincial Championships.

The top eight D1 Teams from across the province converged on the Valley and in the end, the Hawks won the banner against rivals Antigonish X-Men by a score of 64-49

The final was a rematch of one earlier in the season, in which the X-Men had come out on top.

The win was not easy for the Hawks team of 10 players, ranging in age from 12 to 14, but the victory means a lot to both the team and coaches Mark Clarke and Stan MacVicar. Clarke and MacVicar have been coaching many of the players since they were four years old and have had the opportunity to watch these young players grow up and see their basketball skills improve.

“My highlight was how our team played collectively, it was among the best games they played all season,” MacVicar said.

“They showed great consistency throughout the weekend, they fought back, recaptured the lead and showed great perseverance and connected as a team.”

Clarke and MacVicar say they are “exceptionally proud of these young men. They are a character group and showed some incredible growth as a team this season. The win is a testament to all of the hard work they have put into the team and the positivity they have shown throughout the season.”

The Hawks offence was clicking at the right time and the boys shot the ball exceptionally well in both the semis and the finals, MacVicar added.  

“The guys locked the X-Men down defensively  throughout the game.”

The  tournament co-MVP recipients were Kaj MacVicar and Asa Hood.

There will be big changes on next year’s roster as seven of the players move on.

“We hope they have a good transition as the (graduating players) move on and into high school,” Clarke said.