Cougar Women Announce First Four Recruits
Katie Hamilton for local2 sault ste. marie
March 23rd, 2013 at 8:26am
The Sault College women’s basketball program would like to announce the addition of four impressive student-athletes for next season. The College has received verbal commitments from Laura Houlton (Thunder Bay), Renelle Carriere (Sudbury), Carley Bordin and Brooke Bellerose (Sault Ste. Marie). “These four young women were stand out high school and club players, they are gifted athletes and more importantly quality leaders and students.” The Cougars have secured a natural point guard in Sudbury’s Renelle Carriere. “I’ve been tracking Renelle since I first became head coach here at Sault College. We’ve been in constant communication for years and this past year I’ve had the opportunity to coach her through the North’s Centre for Performance. We are getting a natural point guard that see’s the floor as well as she can shoot the ball.” Carriere will be studying in the Bachelor of Science Nursing Program.
The past two season’s the Sault College basketball program has run a girls high school basketball tournament that has drawn in teams from all over Northern Ontario. Laura Houlton’s Churchill team out of Thunder Bay is one of the teams that has attended. Laura is also a member of the Thunder Bay Junior Wolves basketball club. “I first saw Laura play in September of her grade 11 year. She got immediate attention and interest from myself and our program. I knew I wanted her to eventually be part of this program,” said coach Hamilton. “Aside from her basketball skills, which are as good as any guard I’ve seen play college basketball, it is her leadership ability that will make the biggest impact on our team. We’ve really lacked that verbal and emotional leader, she is going to provide us that.” Houlton is a tenacious defender and has a natural ability to score the ball from the guard position.
St. Basil’s Carley Bordin gives the Cougars another versatile guard that can defend in the open court and knock down perimeter shots. She is an extremely gifted athlete that will provide the program with a transition game they’ve been desperately lacking. “Hearing that Carley had interest in attending the College and playing was a huge blessing for us. She’s tenacious, she’s athletic, she does all the intangibles extremely well, “ added Hamilton. With the additions of Carriere, Houlton and Bordin along with returning guards Alex King (Whitby), Kelsey Greco and Amy Coulter (Sault Ste. Marie) the Cougars believe they are on their way to establishing a back court that can compete with anyone in the OCAA.
The fourth addition to the Sault College women’s basketball line up is local basketball stand-out, Brooke Bellerose from city champion St. Mary’s College. Bellerose has had an illustrious high school and club career and hopes to continue that success in a Sault College uniform. “Brooke is a winner,” commented Hamilton. “She is not just a great basketball player, but she’s an elite level athlete. She understands what it takes to compete, to battle, to push herself and her teammates. She’s not going to accept failure and that’s the attitude we want this program to have.” Bellerose is a 6’0 skilled post who can dominate the low block offensively and change many shots defensively. She has the ability to step out and shoot the ball from the perimeter and has great handles for a player of her stature. Along with the addition of Bellerose and returning bigs Hailey Bomhof (St. Joe’s Island) and Chantal Scherbak (Sudbury) the Cougars pose a front court with three girls 6 feet or over.
“We aren’t finished yet,” Hamilton said of her 2013 recruit class. There is a lot of work to do before 2013-2014 season starts to ensure history does not repeat itself for the Cougar squad. With the announcement of these four young women, the Cougars believe they are well on their way.