Local hoopsters get cash for school

For three of the territory’s premier high school basketball players, the swoosh of a ball slipping through the basket’s net can now be…

For three of the territory’s premier high school basketball players, the swoosh of a ball slipping through the basket’s net can now be associated with another sound: cha-ching.

That’s because the Yukon Schools’ Athletic Association has announced the 2008 Canada Basketball Scholarship winners.

Porter Creek Secondary School students Kendra Thomson and Richard Hill, as well as Noria Deacon of FH Collins Secondary School, have earned the honour by showing leadership and skills on the court and excelling in the classroom.

“They were team leaders,” said Paul MacDonald, president of Yukon Schools’ Athletic Association.

“They do well on the basketball court as well as in the classroom; the three of them do well academically.”

Deacon helped lead her team, the FH Collins Warriors, to a Yukon Championship this past season.

Each of the all-stars will receive $833.33 to put toward their tuition at whatever post-secondary institution they choose to attend in the fall.

The three athletes will receive their awards tonight at the Porter Creek Secondary School Colours Awards Night at 6 p.m.

The festivities begin at 5 p.m. with a barbecue that costs $5 to attend.