Bits and Pieces

Some bits and pieces in no particular order from the last 7 days.

Nice to see Sam Waardenburg back in action for Miami University Hurricanes after missing all of last season due to injury. 4p/4r/5a/3b/1st for the former Rangitoto College standout as Miami beat Nova Southeastern 106-95 in a pre-season hit out.

Freshman Taine Murray scored 7 points in his first outing for the University of Virginia, albeit in an internal scrimmage.

In the women’s scrimmage McKenna Dale also had her first run for Virginia since her transfer from Brown University.

No fewer than 5 Kiwis were on show as St Mary’s College California held its men’s and women’s scrimmage. Dan Fotu, Quinn Clinton, Tayla Dalton, Amy West and Jade Kirisome will all have enjoyed the run before the season proper gets underway in early November.

Tsubasa Nisbett (Georgia Southern University) and Tera Reed (University of Southern California) have been named co-captains of their respective teams.

Congratulations also to Molly Cockburn, a sophomore at Miles Community College,elected President of the Student Senate for 2021-22 academic year.

Aniwaniwa Tait-Jones was named PacWest Conference Newcomer of the Year in 2020-21 after leading Hilo’s scoring (16.5 points per game). He has been named to the preseason All-PacWest team.

Some teams are already underway in NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) Division I:

9 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for Finn McClure on the Milligan University season opener for the Wellington guard.In the same game, a 102-83 loss to Cumberlands, Piripi Korent, the former St Pat’s College Silverstream guard scored 5 points on debut.

Maxim Stephens posted 15 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocks in just 15 minutes as Rocky Mountain Battlin Bears overcame Yellowstone Christian 108-79. Kael Robinson had 6 points and a couple of boards on his Bears debut.

For Rocky Mountain women Dominique Stephens had a nice double of 7 points and 9 boards in a 59-50 loss to Montana State Billings. She followed that with 8pts/5rebs/3blks/2stls in the 83-60 win against Viterbo Hawks.

The Canadian university season is also underway and Cantabrian senior Hayden Collier tallied 3 points and 11 rebounds in the season opener for Regina University Cougars.

In NZ New Tall Fern Lauryn Hippolite was named Sportsperson of the Year at last night’s Blues and Golds Awards, which celebrated student achievement in sport, and service to the community. Hippolite will link up with Melbourne Boomers as a Development player in early January.

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