Accessibility/Mobile Features
Skip Navigation
Skip to Content
Editorial News
Sports
Classified Sites

Brandon Sun - PRINT EDITION

Golden Bears set pace at Java Jam

The Virden Golden Bears went undefeated at the Forbidden Flavours Java Jam high school basketball tournament on the weekend.

Virden is the second-ranked AAA varsity girls team in the province and will face the top-ranked team in the province at a tournament next weekend. They geared up for it by capturing the Java Jam title with an 82-61 win over the John Taylor Pipers, who couldn’t contain the Golden Bears’ run-and-gun game.

“In practice we run and we run every day,” said Steve Densmore, Virden’s head coach. “We want other teams to run with us. John Taylor could run with us for about a quarter and a half and after that they started dying. … That’s what we’re counting on, being better conditioned than other teams and it’s paid off all year.”

It also helps that Virden has a deep bench and five players who can shoot the three-ball, which makes the Golden Bears even tougher to defend. The early-season success has them thinking about winning the provincial AAA championship, which will be held in Winnipeg from March 14-16.

“We’re feeling pretty confident,” said Virden’s Jade Smith, who scored 20 points in the final. “We hope to get all the way up to provincial finals. Then just work hard in that game and hopefully get up there to first.”

Smith was named to the tournament’s all-star team along with John Taylor’s Mackenzie Klump and Shelby Cook as well as Neelin’s Paige Thomson and Garden City’s Alicia Phillips. Heidi Smith was named the tournament’s MVP and led Virden with 27 points in the final. Logan Billum of the Golden Bears won the Specialty Award for all-around play, while Crocus Plains’ Stacey Shearer was named best defensive player.

Thomson scored 15 points as Neelin fell 47-43 to Garden City in the third-place game. Crocus finished seventh with a 52-34 win over the Vincent Massey Vikings. Desirae Peiffer had 12 points for Crocus, while Tara Vancauwenberghe scored nine for Massey.

The Neepawa Tigers won the JV girls division with a 44-41 overtime win over Kildonan East. Shelby Gillies led Neepawa with 11 points. Virden finished third with a 62-44 win over Crocus, Massey beat Swan Valley 49-14 for fifth place and Neelin lost 64-8 to Grandview in the seventh place game.

» cjaster@brandonsun.com

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition February 11, 2013

  • Rate this Rate This Star Icon
  • This article has not yet been rated.
  • We want you to tell us what you think of our articles. If the story moves you, compels you to act or tells you something you didn’t know, mark it high. If you thought it was well written, do the same. If it doesn’t meet your standards, mark it accordingly.

    You can also register and/or login to the site and join the conversation by leaving a comment.

    Rate it yourself by rolling over the stars and clicking when you reach your desired rating. We want you to tell us what you think of our articles. If the story moves you, compels you to act or tells you something you didn’t know, mark it high.

Sort by: Newest to Oldest | Oldest to Newest | Most Popular 0 Commentscomment icon

You can comment on most stories on brandonsun.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is register and/or login and you can join the conversation and give your feedback.

There are no comments at the moment. Be the first to post a comment below.

Post Your Commentcomment icon

Comment
  • You have characters left

The Brandon Sun does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. Comments are moderated before publication. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

The Virden Golden Bears went undefeated at the Forbidden Flavours Java Jam high school basketball tournament on the weekend.

Virden is the second-ranked AAA varsity girls team in the province and will face the top-ranked team in the province at a tournament next weekend. They geared up for it by capturing the Java Jam title with an 82-61 win over the John Taylor Pipers, who couldn’t contain the Golden Bears’ run-and-gun game.

Please subscribe to view full article.

Already subscribed? Login to view full article.

Not yet a subscriber? Click here to sign up

The Virden Golden Bears went undefeated at the Forbidden Flavours Java Jam high school basketball tournament on the weekend.

Virden is the second-ranked AAA varsity girls team in the province and will face the top-ranked team in the province at a tournament next weekend. They geared up for it by capturing the Java Jam title with an 82-61 win over the John Taylor Pipers, who couldn’t contain the Golden Bears’ run-and-gun game.

Subscription required to view full article.

A subscription to the Brandon Sun Newspaper is required to view this article. Please update your user information if you are already a newspaper subscriber.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

Brandon Sun Business Directory
Sudden Surge: Flood of 2014
Opportunity Magazine — The Bakken
Why Not Minot?
Welcome to Winnipeg

Social Media