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   Windsor 8-12 in 1st season of elite league                                                                                                   Paul Levac

   BY DARREN BRECKLES, FOR THE WINDSOR STAR                           APRIL 8, 2011                                                             Ontario

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   It's been a season of mixed results for the Windsor Valiants.
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   The basketball team of women under 19 years of age have a record of                                                                         lawyer in assault case
   8-12 in the new Ontario Junior elite league, which features some of the
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   top 200 high school players.
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   "For us, its been a tough road," Valiants coach Paul Levac said. "We've                                                                     at U of W
   struggled a bit for players this season,"
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   They are 13th in the 21-team league and will have to advance through a
   play-in tournament in Waterloo at the end of April to be eligible for the                                                                                                           more »
   championship playoffs.

   Teams ranked 13-21 at the end of the regular season play two games
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   The Valiants are scheduled to play in pool A against the 19th-ranked Tri-                

   County Thunder April 30 at the University of Waterloo. They will play
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   18th-ranked Kingston Impact the following day.

   If they win their pool, they will advance to the championship playoffs.
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   "It's a very difficult league," Levac said. "There are a lot of fifth year and
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   some University players.
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   "I would say it's probably a little bit higher level of skill than the college                                            WINDSOR, Ont. -- A Windsor
   level but not quite up to the university level. It is very competitive."                                                  police detective charged with
                                                                                                                             assault for beating a doctor in
                                                                                                   a medical centre parking lot last year got his trial
   Levac said he has some skilled young players with as many as four
                                                                                                   adjourned Monday after firing his lawyer.
   grade 11's with the potential to go on to play OUA ball if they work hard                       1 HOUR AGO
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   and develop as expected.
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   He thinks at least four will be back on his team for next season where
   their experience and improved skills will move the team up in the                                                          Librarians'
                                                                                                                            Hundreds of students
   standings.                                                                                                               protested library cuts outside
                                                                                                                            St. Anne Catholic school
   Some of the standout players that Levac thinks will go on to make the                           Monday morning. The Star's Trevor Wilhelm was on the
   Ontario team or play OUA ball include Grade 11s Andrea Kiss of St.                              scene and interviewed several students.

   Anne, Caitlyn Longmuir of Kingsville and St. Anne's Anna Mullins, who is                        COMMENTS (0)
   the team's leading scorer.
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   Levac said the league has been a success in its inaugural season.
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   Sanctioned by Ontario basketball, all games are taped and posted on
   the league's website so coaches can train and prepare their teams for
   each opponent.
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   Levac said the league has been a success but he expects some
   consolidation with possibly 16 or 18 teams in the league for next season.

   Some teams located in the same area like the Blues Toronto and
   Scarborough Blues, who finished 21st and 20th, will amalgamate to form
   a stronger squad for next year.

   "Other changes for next year will be 40-minute games which coincides
   with the OUA," Levac said.

   "This year, we played 32 minutes with regular eight-minute quarters."

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