Local roundup: Lancer women’s basketball team sizing up for 2022-23 season

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The University of Windsor Lancers women’s basketball team is adding 6-foot-2 transfer Vanessa Budimunda from Ontario Tech University for the 2022-23 season while also announcing the commitment of 5-foot-11 guard Haley Willits from Southwest Academy in London on Monday.

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“I am so pleased to added these two student-athletes to our tam,” Lancers’ head coach Chantal Vallee said in a release. “They are great players that are bringing with them high-level experience, athleticism, maturity and excellence in the classroom. I can’t wait to coach them this fall.”

Budimunda was named women’s basketball MVP at Ontario Tech after leading the team with an average of 10.1 points per game and 8.6 rebounds per game in 16 matches last season.

“Vanessa is a well-known presence in the OUA, one of the best centers to have played in our league,” Vallee said. “We are very fortunate that she chose our Law school to continue her development of her.”

The Lancers plan to play Willits at guard, but her size allows her to play at several positions on the floor.

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“We looked to get taller and Haley offered us that,” Vallee said. “She is an athletic guard that we look forward to developing into a great three-point shooter.

“With the size of our upcoming team, her deadly jump shot will be a skill that we will surely use as well.”

Kennedy gets invite

Windsor’s Thomas Kennedy is in Toronto this week as one of 22 players attending training camp in hopes of earning a spot with Canada’s squad for the inaugural GLOBL JAM tournaments.

A standout for the University of Windsor Lancers, Kennedy is currently playing for the Fraser Valley Bandits in the Canadian Elite Basketball League where he is fourth in team scoring with 12.6 points per game while leading the team with 7.7 rebounds per game and a team-leading 64.9 field goal percentage.

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The GLOBL JAM tournament is an under-23 event for players considered rising stars in the game and will take place July 5-10.

Ravens keep rolling

The Essex Ravens’ U18 team rolled to a 39-0 win on the road over the Cambridge Lions in Ontario Summer Football League play on Saturday.

Running back Darion Bacik-Hadden and receiver Colby Ginn each scored a pair of touchdowns while running back Cole Thompson had the other Essex touchdown. Kicker Matteo Trifon had four converts and added a single while Cambridge conceded two safeties.

The Ravens’ U16 squad scored a 26-15 win over Cambridge on Saturday while the Essex U14 team beat the Hamilton Junior Ticats 48-14 on Sunday.

Clippers finish second

The Windsor Clippers closed out the regular season with a 12-4 win over the Six Nations Rebels on Saturday at Forest Glade Arena.

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With the win, the Clippers (16-4-0) clinched second place in the Western Conference of the Ontario Lacrosse Association Junior B League.

Zane Dalpe had five goals to lead the Clippers against the Rebels (10-9-1). Xander Derkatz added a pair of goals with single goals going to Malikye Good, Brandon Coulter, Nathan DeThomasis, Connor McManus and Max Frattaroli.

The Clippers will face the Owen Sound North Stars (9-10-1) in the first round of the playoffs.

League1 Ontario

Windsor TFC fell in its lone weekend soccer game in men’s play in League1 Ontario while Tecumseh SC dropped a pair of games in women’s play.

Windsor (2-7-2) fell 3-0 on the road to Alliance United FC (6-1-2) in Markham. Tecumseh (3-4-3) fell 5-0 on the road Sunday to St. Catharines Roma (6-5-0) and dropping a 2-0 decision to the Woodbridge Strikers (9-1-2) on Saturday at St Clair College.

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