Alyssa Wolfe has had a busy summer. Fresh off a city championship with the Sir Winston Churchill Bulldogs of Calgary, and invites to both the Nike All-Canada Camp as well the Adidas Best in the West Supercamp, the 5-10 guard is going into grade 11 as a pretty confident young woman. “With seven returning players from last year’s team, we plan on defending our city championship and challenging for a provincial title. Even though we were huge underdogs last year, we pulled it out by keeping a positive attitude and believing in ourselves”, said Alyssa. If you’re wondering if this sounds a little mature for someone going into grade 11, it doesn’t end there.
While in grade 10 last year, this student-athlete joined the senior team and became 1 of 4 athletes in the past 10 years that has been allowed to play in a higher division by the Calgary High School Athletics Association (CHSAA). “It took a little while to adjust, I didn’t want to step on any toes. My coach gave me the green light but I focused on fitting in at first. I just let my game do the talking… I knew that I belonged,” explains Wolfe.
Alyssa averages 9 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists while coming off the bench and playing starter-like minutes. And when the game is on the line, Alyssa transforms into a ‘silent killer’ and completely takes over. Her back-to-back triple doubles en route to the CHSAA championship game, and a late three point barrage to seal one of the biggest upsets in 4A girls history versus powerhouse EP Scarlett in the semi-final game, solidifies the fact that this young woman can handle the rock under pressure.
“I’m just willing to do what the team needs. I can shoot, post up, defend and pass, but I think my intensity and will to win is what sets me apart,” notes Alyssa. As far as future plans go ‘the silent killer’ is keeping her options open, but would love to stay in Canada. She hasn’t heard much noise yet mainly because of her age, but come January she’ll have her share of phone calls to answer to. In the mean time, opponents beware, Alyssa Wolfe is on the prowl. After a summer of improving her handle and her one-on-one game, it will be downright scary for coaches to match-up with her. Oh and by the way, the 16 year old says she’s now ready to assert herself.
BioSteel All-Canadian game to feature best female HS players
Canada’s best female high school players are about to step into the spotlight.
They’ll be front and centre March 31 at the inaugural BioSteel All Canadian Girls Basketball Game in Toronto, an historic event that showcases the next generation of female talent.
“The inclusion of a true nation-wide All Canadian Girls Game is the biggest step the All Canadian event has had happen since the inaugural Boys Game,” said Jesse Tipping, executive director of BioSteel All Canadian Games, in a statement.
“It has always been the intent of the management committee to work towards an event that includes both boys and girls showcased on a national stage. Just like on the boys’ side, female Canadian basketball players are playing at the highest level in the world and the growth of the game is truly seen across both genders.
“Canada Basketball has been an integral part in the facilitation of the girls’ events and we are thrilled to have their support.”
An eight-person selection committee will select 24 elite players to participate in the game, which tips off at 2 p.m. on March 31 at the University of Toronto’s Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport.
The selection committee will feature a cross-section of Canadian basketball stakeholders, including provincial and territorial representatives, clubs and coaches from across the country, according to a news release.
Girls selected to the game will participate in a variety of festivities, including practices, media availability and the 2019 Nike Skills Challenge.
Linh Nguyen, coordinator of high performance for Ontario Basketball, has been announced as chair of the Girls’ Selection Committee.
“I am extremely excited and honoured to be named as the Selection Committee chair,” said Nguyen. “Girls basketball in Canada has seen immense growth over the last few years, it is exciting to be able to showcase the talent and hard work of all the top student-athletes from across the country.”
BioSteel All Canadian Basketball Games is also set to host the first regional Nike All Canadian Girls Futures Game, which will feature top Grade 9 and 10 high school players from Ontario.
“BioSteel has always looked to support both boys and girls achieving their athletic dreams and we are excited to be able to launch this game and facilitate the growth of girls’ basketball in Canada,” said John Celenza, CEO and co-founder, BioSteel Sports Nutrition Inc.
“We look forward to watching the future success of all the girls participating in this event.”
15-Year Old Canadian Laeticia Amihere Throws Down Hard One-hander
The game is changing across Canada…
In a basketball first, 15-year old Laeticia Amihere became the first Canadian high school basketball to dunk in a basketball game.
In over 15 years of covering Canadian basketball I can’t recall a Canadian female attempt a dunk, rather completing one with oomph in game. The dunk has the Internets buzzing with Amihere’s name already being tossed around as potential No. 1 overall pick in the WNBA.