The last three weeks have been magical for Natalie Vachon and Logan Biccum, with a pair of basketball dreams coming true for the duo.
In March, the pair helped the Virden Golden Bears win their first-ever provincial AAA varsity girls’ high school basketball championship.
On Thursday they both committed to join the Brandon University Bobcats women’s basketball team.
Vachon and Biccum both set goals of playing university basketball back when they were in Grade 9 and they are thrilled to have made those dreams come true.
"It means a lot," Vachon said yesterday. "I don’t think it’s sunk in that it’s official yet because it’s been a long-term goal of mine.
"To be there now (means) a lot because it’s been not just a small goal but a big goal and when you get something like that it’s a big achievement for myself. I mean, all my hard work has amounted to something."
Both Vachon and Biccum had solid seasons with the Golden Bears.
Vachon, a 5-foot-6 guard, had nine points and was named player of the game for the Golden Bears as they beat Thompson’s R.D. Parker Trojans 64-60 in the provincial final. She also won the three-point challenge at the inaugural Bobcats New Year’s Basketball Classic.
Biccum, a 5-foot-9 forward, was a tournament all-star at provincials and had 17 points in the final.
Both her and Vachon have been part of the Bobcat Academy and have work ethics that BU women’s basketball head coach Novell Thomas loves to see.
"We just had practice and they’re still here shooting," he said after a session at BU’s Healthy Living Centre on Thursday afternoon. "I think that goes a long way to them getting better quicker. That’s what I love about them.
"It’s the same for Bobcat Academy. We’d practise hard for two hours and they’d stick around to shoot for another hour. They’re gym rats and gym rats are usually pretty good players."
Adding Vachon, 18, and Biccum, 17, to the roster further solidifies the Bobcats’ Westman flavour.
Hamiota’s Keegan Robinson was just named the team’s rookie of the year at its awards banquet on Tuesday, and she was in a recruiting class that also included Boissevain’s Kinsley Ransom and Brandonite Stephanie Hunter.
Shayna Mathison, who’s from Hamiota, will also join the team next season, after she officially committed to BU earlier this year.
Biccum and Vachon both know they have a lot of work to do to be able to contribute to the Bobcats in the seasons to come, but they’re looking forward to the opportunity to do it together.
"It’s awesome," Biccum said. "I’ve been with Natalie since Grade 9 and Heidi (Smith) and Jade (Smith), but it’s really cool to continue on with my best friend and we can do this five-year journey together."