The Northern Energy Basketball team was created to provide another option for girls to play club basketball. Our Mission is to bring Grande Prairie area players with desire, dedication and talent together to play at a high level of competition. Not only that, our clubs vision is to ensure that players are not only developing their athletic skills but also their eating and exercising habits as well as team building skills. All of our players are dedicated students as well as basketball players and most of those girls play basketball year-round in hopes of, one day, securing a college scholarship.

This season is proof that all the local clubs can benefit from more teams in the area. Our team has been able to scrimmage with and play against other local teams, thereby lessening the travel costs for all teams. Overall, building more basketball opportunities for our region, opening more doors for our local athletes.

This years (2016) team is made up of players from Peace Wapiti School Division, Northern Gateway (Valleyview), GP Catholic, GP Public. Tryouts take place after school season and our season runs from April – July. The focus is to help girls become better skilled, more confident and give them opportunities to travel across the province playing against other club teams.

The 2016 season included tournaments in Edmonton, Calgary, Peace River/Grimshaw, Grande Prairie. The girls practice 2-3 times a week including a dry land fitness session. They also take in sessions with local sports psychologist Matt Bain. This year the team travelled to Gonzaga University to take part in the Gonzaga Women’s Basketball Team Camp. The girls spent a week on campus, taking in coaching sessions, meeting and learning from Gonzaga players and coaches, participating in team-building events, as well as game play. They finished 6-3 in the tournament to wrap up the season.

Ally Pilgrim and Anna Vandergiessen from Bezanson were proud members of the Energy team this year.

Our team would like to acknowledge all those people who help make this team a success:

Thanks to the coaches, Lisa and Jessica for all the time put in this season. Thanks to the parent volunteers and to John and Tracy for driving to Gonzaga. Thanks to our supporters and sponsors – County of Grande Prairie, West Smoky Legion #244, Dirham Homes, Lighthouse Mechanical, Jennifer and PWA, Hillside Jr/Sr High School, Bezanson School, Playfair Athletics, Deana and the team at Ernie’s Prosport….and to all our fans and parents who travel with the girls, cheer them on and help us out with organizing and fundraising. Most of all Thanks to our players who commit to 2-3 practices a week, mental skills sessions, 4 tournaments and a week long trip to Gonzaga – you make us proud and you truly exemplify what it means to be a team. Have a great summer girls!

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Photo credit: Carolyn Pilgram