1992-93 JMSS Girls Basketball Team

Sport: Basketball
Level: OFSAA “AA”
Year of Induction: 2013

Back Row: Rosemary Simmons, Laura Sabourin, Karen Ure, Michelle Dehaan, Stephanie Robinson, Sandra Dawe, Sarah Simmons Front Row: Nicole Brown, Tara Brisco, Tiffany Dudley, Frank Henry (coach), Carrie Carleton (assistant coach), Jaymie VenHuizen, Erin Seney
1992-93 JMSS Girls Basketball Team Induction into the Chatham Sports Hall of Fame, 2013
Front Row: Nicole Brown, Tara Briscoe, Tiffany Dudley, Frank Henry (coach), Carrie Carleton (assistant coach), Jaymie (Venhuizen) Lancaster, Erin (Seney) Cummings, Back Row: Rosemary (Simmons) Ellsworth, Laura Sabourin, Michelle (DeHann) Willemsen, Stephanie (Robinson) Geluk, Sarah (Simmons) Tewksbury
Team Highlights

The 1992-93 Lady Panthers team went undefeated in league play, won the Kent Championship for the eighth straight year, lost to Windsor Forster at SWOSSAA, but became the second entry from the region at OFSAA based on the strength of SWOSSAA’s history at the tournament. At OFSAA, the team was seeded fourth and went on to beat Fort William, Owen Sound, Belleville Nicholson, and the number 1 seed, Fonthill Crossley, to put them into the final against the number 3 seed Windsor Forester. In the rematch of SWOSSAA, the McGregor girls won 54-49 for the team’s second consecutive OFSAA “AA” Gold Medal and the third in four years. The team finished the season with a 36-4 record, winning 5 of 6 tournaments they entered and gaining the consolation championship at Western’s prestigious Purple and White Tournament.

Karen Ure went on to play four years at Ryerson University where she had an outstanding basketball career including winning Ryerson’s “Female Greatest Contribution to Athletics” award in her final year.

Michelle DeHaan became the first Chatham native to receive a Division 1 basketball scholarship when she went to the University of Detroit where she was named to the conference’s All-Newcomer team. She played for two years before returning to Canada to complete her nursing degree.

Nicole Brown received a track and field scholarship at Division 1 Arkansas State University where she had an outstanding career. In 2000 she won the university’s highest honour, the Gwin Award, which is given each spring to a male and female athlete and recognizes scholarship, citizenship, character and leadership.

The following year, Stephanie Robinson returned to McGregor for grade 13 and led her team to a fourth place finish at OFSAA. She went on to play one year at Fanshaw College where her team finished second in Ontario and fourth in Canada. She was later invited to join the Canadian Olympic program in Calgary but declined.

Assistant Coach, Carrie (Dillon) Carleton, a former star basketball player at JMSS, is an Honoured Member of the Grand Valley State University Basketball Hall of Fame as well as the Chatham Sports Hall of Fame.

Frank Henry coached for 22 seasons at JMSS including senior girls for 7 years leading them to six Kent titles and five OFSAA appearances winning three gold medals.

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