Two members of the Estevan Comprehensive School (ECS) Elecs senior girls’ basketball program have committed to play at the post-secondary level for next season.
Bethany Montebon has signed with the Lakeland College Rustlers in Lloydminster, Alta.
And Kishi Rioferio signed with the Providence University College Pilots program in Otterburne, Man.
Elecs basketball coach Jessie Smoliak said that even with the loss of a development year for them, she believes they are ready for this next step.
“They both have shown dedication and passion for the sport they love,” Smoliak said. “I sure missed coaching them this past year though. As much as I want them to play at the next level, I would have loved to have coached them for one more year. I adored the time that I did spend working and developing them.
“Two amazing kids with big hearts. They will do well and grow a lot next year.”
Smoliak said that with the team not having a season this year, the Grade 12s didn’t get to play, which meant no road trips in the van with their teammates, no excitement of the McLeod Series against Weyburn, and no recognition at their home tournament for their dedication in their senior year.
Smoliak would have had five Grade 12s playing on the senior team this year, which would have been the most she has had since 2012.
The next edition of the Mercury will have more on this story.