U12 Spirits hosting East Meets West Tournament

The East Meets West Tournament is an 8 team tournament that works with teams to give them favourable times to help avoid hotel costs.
Teams from longer distances are given the second games on Saturdays to avoid Friday hotel stays and early mornings.
The sample schedule is the format and times always used for our 8 team tournaments.
Don’t miss your chance to attend the best tournament
East of Toronto and West of Ottawa!
* Player of the games
* Gatorade Skills competitions
* All-star jerseys
* MVP plaques
* Medals for 1st, 2nd and 3rd

U16 Silver finish at Slam Classic 🥈

Sometimes offence comes to the basketball party. Sometimes not. But for these girls defense owns the gym that hosts the party. And so it was again this weekend.

Always, all effort, never quit. Grace and Mak are constant persistent, pesky ball pressure, Lou and Emery the glue that fixes everything, Avery doing whatever asked. Carys, Hannah, Nyomi, Samantha, and Syrena putting it all out there; rebounds, intense defense, getting better every game.

Our first game, early Saturday; 65 – 35 over London. Then Barrie, a U16 OBL X entry, solid on all levels. A ‘pay to watch‘ worthy game. Back and forth, quick, physical, the kind of game we all hope for, and scares us too. Won 40 – 34. A total step up defensive effort from everyone and great choices and execution on offense. Our final game on Saturday was a 45 – 22 win over Nepean.

Sunday, Samantha was out with injury and Lou was fighting sickness but we still defeated DCBA 47 – 30. A game much closer than the score shows, asking multiple minutes and many different tasks from all players.

That set us up for gold game with Wolves Elite from Thunder Bay. They are big, strong, and also a ‘D’ first believer. A great effort from all but we just ran out of options in the end; losing 34 – 30. Won on all levels but the score.

Parents – again – were awesome. Rachel and I cannot say enough about the effort, positive energy, and never quit attitude every player brought this weekend. Winners all!

Next event for us is our last OBL weekend April 15/16.

Success for Spirits this past weekend


by Brock Ormond

Two more medals were won by Belleville Spirits girls basketball teams this past weekend.

The U16 Spirits finalized an undefeated season with a gold medal at the IEM Tournament in Newmarket, defeating the Kingston Impact 59-33 in the final game.

Meanwhile, the U19 Spirits achieved silver at the Barrie Royals U19 AAA Tournament, losing a heartbreaker by one basket in the gold medal contest.

The team is sitting in second place in Pool A in the Ontario Basketball League this season.

Both squads are back in action for OBL play this month.

This follows the U14 Spirits gold medal win last month in Orleans.

Rosters for the teams can be seen below.

Gold Medal finish for U16 ladies in Newmarket

U16 weekend recap from Coach de Vries:
This week there is a new spelling for TEAM. It is 245791012132044. Those are the jersey numbers of the Spirits major midget girls. A totally united effort at the IEM Newmarket tournament this weekend.
Every player brought energy, positive attitude, and a desire to succeed. It started with persistent ball pressure defense, tough rebounding, and unbelievable offensive transition. Teams simply could not run with these girls.
Every player got scores, every player did something to grow their game. Lots of talk, lots of smiles.
We won, quite convincingly, all four games in our pool play, 3 on Saturday, 1 Sunday. Gold medal game was Sunday afternoon against Kingston Impact, a very good squad, above us in OBL pool play. Despite their height advantage Kingston could not penetrate our intense man to man defense or keep up as the girls ran the floor hard – both ways – all game. Final score 59 -33.
A huge confidence builder for this group. They were tested and not only did they not break, they got better! Kudos to all.
Parents – in numbers – were there to support all weekend. Their commitment to supporting these events is immensely appreciated.
Great weekend girls! All you! Enjoy!
Next games are weekend #4 OBL, March 25/26.

U14 Belleville Spirits golden in Orleans

By BROCK ORMOND, from InQuinte.ca

The U14 Belleville Spirits basketball team took the mantle of ‘golden girls’ on the weekend.

The Spirits clinched the Division 3 gold medal at the Mike O’Connor Memorial Tournament in Orleans (near Ottawa) on Sunday with a 35-14 victory over the Kanata Selects.

That win capped off a 4-0 weekend for the Spirits after they defeated a pair of teams from Nepean by scores of 40-20 and 63-18 and knocked off a Brockville Blazers squad 36-19 to book their ticket to the Gold Medal game.

Team members are as follows: #3 Scarlet Clarke, #4 Madilyn Whiten, #5 Alexa Drumm, #6 Logan Potts, #10 Sofia Edgett, #11 Hadley Rozema, #20 Whitney Milne, #25 Paige McGrath, #33 Rylee Baldini-Lazier, #40 Tess Shakell, #42 Julia Smith

Head Coach- Darrell McGrath, Assistant Coaches- Darrell Edgett, Justin Shakell, Manager- Sara Rozema

Visit the Spirits website or Facebook page to keep track of the organization through the rest of the season.



Mike O’Connor Tournament – Bantam Win Bronze

The Mike O’Connor Memorial Tournament is held in Ottawa every February to honor the late Mike O’Connor. The weekend is about bringing basketball clubs together to celebrate basketball and to continue developing skills. This year 87 teams took part!

The Spirits Atom (U12 – McGrath) and Bantam (U14 – Palleschi) teams were part of the tournament and played some competitive ball.

Congratulations to all players for their efforts in games and in the skills competitions.

A special shout out to the Bantam girls who brought home the bronze!!


U16 Spirits capture provincial ‘AAA’ crown

Original story from The Belleville Intelligencer

The Belleville U16 Spirits girls basketball team has done something no other team has ever done in more than 30 years of rep basketball in Belleville. They were crowned Division 1 AAA provincial champions this past weekend at the Pan Am Centre in Scarborough.
Capping off a perfect 5-0 weekend, the Spirits defeated Brantford 54-44 in the gold medal game.

A balanced scoring attack and solid team defence was the difference. With multiple scoring threats, Brantford was unable to contain the Spirits led by Melina McLellan with 12 points, Brigid Bechervaise, 11, Grace Callahan, 10, Sydney Drain, nine, and Talia Vreugendhill, eight, including going six for six from the free throw line, four of them coming late in the fourth quarter to put the game away.

A balanced scoring attack and solid team defence was the difference. With multiple scoring threats, Brantford was unable to contain the Spirits led by Melina McLellan with 12 points, Brigid Bechervaise, 11, Grace Callahan, 10, Sydney Drain, nine, and Talia Vreugendhill, eight, including going six for six from the free throw line, four of them coming late in the fourth quarter to put the game away.

“They came totally prepared to finish of the season with one goal in mind. Anything less than a gold medal would have been disappointing,” Callahan said.
After a heart breaking two point loss to London Gold Medal in the OBLX final three weeks earlier, Belleville had revenge on their minds in the semifinal Sunday morning. Matching up against the No. 1 seed with a trip to the finals at stake, Belleville played their most complete game of the year and dominated London from the opening tip.

Belleville never trailed in this game and maintained their 13 point half time lead throughout and finished with a 52-39 win.

Melina McLellan again was the leading scorer with 17 points, eight of them coming in a three-minute span in the third quarter. Coaches said McLellan was unstoppable this game, getting to the basket at will, all the while drawing a tough defensive assignment covering London’s best player. Bechervaise chipped in with 10 while Callahan and Vreugendhill and nine and seven, respectively.

“This was a game the girls really wanted. Their only two losses of the season had come against London and they were determined not to let it happen again,” Callahan said.
Heading in the weekend, Belleville was the No. 2 ranked team in Ontario with and impressive 38-2 record. Aside from running the table in the OBLX league with a 13-0 record, Belleville took home gold medals from tournaments in Ottawa, Markham and Hamilton.

Grouped with Brantford, Oakville and Inner City, Belleville would have to battle through pool play to get to the medal round.

The opening game with Oakville was a battle the entire game, as the Spirits managed to escape with a 45-41 victory.

Sydney Drain and Vreugendhill paced the Spirits with 11 points apiece while McLellan and Bechervaise each had eight.
Next up for Belleville was Inner City Saints from Toronto and the Spirits were too much for the GTA club and coasted to a 54-35 win, getting scoring contributions from eight different players.
The final round-robin game would determine first place in the pool. Matching up with Brantford who were also 2-0, Belleville had another hard fought game but prevailed 56-48. Drain led the way with 14, McLellan 12, Vanessa Wilton and Bechervaise each with eight.
Coaches Jeff Bechervaise, Darryl Drain and Callahan are very proud of the girls accomplishments.

“For a team from a small centre like Belleville to compete against the best teams across the province and win is a major achievement,” Callahan said.

“Going into the season, the coaches knew we had a solid team and hoped to be competitive in the upper divisions but as the season progressed, the girls were dominant at times, beating teams handily. As the new year rolled around, team goals shifted from being competitive to competing for a title,” he said.

Team members are Sydney Drain, Talia Vreugendhill, Gracie Burris, Grace Callahan, Vanessa Wilton, Brigid Bechervaise, Kira Fair, Melina McLellan, Aleisha Rose, Cassi Yeatman, and Hannah Goad.


Team members include: Sydney Drain, Talia Vreugendhill, Gracie Burris, Grace Callahan, Vanessa Wilton, Brigid Bechervaise, Kira Fair, Melina McLellan, Aleisha Rose, Cassi Yeatman, Hannah Goad, and coaches Jeff Bechervaise, Darryl Drain and Tom Callahan.

Belleville Spirits sweep London

Original article from Quinte News by Jack Miller
A perfect weekend meant a gold medal for the Belleville Spirits Under 12 basketball team.  Belleville swept their way through the London 86ers tournament outscoring Collingwood, London, Sarnia and North Toronto by a combined 155-80.  That included Belleville’s 28-21 victory over North Toronto in the final.  Makennin Roach and Kennedy Potts scored 8 points each.
The girls opened the tournament with a dominating 43-13 performance over Collingwood. The team was led by Olivia McFaul with 11 points followed by Emery Leveque with 10 points and Katelyn White dropping another 6 points.
They followed that up with a 43-30 win over a strong London Ramblers team. Emery Leveque led with 9 points followed by 7 points from Makennin Roach and another 6 points from Nyomi Bertrand.
In the 3rd game, Belleville continued their offensive attack with a 41-16 win over Sarnia. Kennedy Potts and Roach led with 9 points each, followed by 6 points from McFaul and 5 points from Leveque.
The Spirits roster includes Olivia McFaul, Avery McCoy, Makennin Roach, Katelyn White, Nyomi Bertrand, Reese Rivers, Kennedy Potts, Grace Crawford, Patyn Barnes, Rhysse Barrett, Emry Fisher and Emery Leveque.  They are coached by Rachel Clarke and Sandro Palleeschi.
The Belleville Spirits are competing in Ontario Basketball League out of Toronto where they were 5-1 in the first half of the season.  Belleville is ranked 14th out of 64 club teams in Ontario.

U16 Belleville Spirits dominate Ottawa tournament

The Belleville Spirits U16 AAA girls dominated their season opening tournament in Ottawa this past weekend, participating in the 25th annual Chris Paulin tournament.

The Belleville squad capped off their perfect 4-0 record with a convincing 59-28 win over the Goulbourne Hornets.
A balanced scoring attack and smothering defence was the difference in the game. Leading 32-14 at the half, Belleville extended their lead in the third quarter and never looked back. Grace Callahan led the scoring with 15, Sydney Drain 12, Talia Vreugendhill 10, Hannah Goad and Melina McLellan with eight and seven, respectively.

In preliminary round robin play, Belleville handled the Nepean Blue Devils 58-29. Callahan scored 13, with Goad adding six and Kira Fair four.

In Game 2, Belleville took on Goulbourne for the first time and came away with a 59-30 win. Callahan lead the scoring with 17, while Aleisha Rose and Sydney Drain each had seven, and Gracie Burris chipped in with five.

With a spot in the gold medal game secured, the Spirits wrapped up pool play with a 77-35 win over host club, Ottawa Next Level. Every Spirits player hit the score sheet in the lopsided victory. Callahan lead the onslaught with 19, followed by Drain, 12, McLellan, 10, and Vanessa Wilton, nine.

Coaches credit the girls with a great effort all weekend. Up next for the Spirits is opening weekend of Ontario Basketball League X games this Saturday in Toronto.