R.D. Parker Collegiate will have four representatives at the Manitoba Basketball Coaches Association annual graduating all-star games this Saturday in Winnipeg, three of them from the varsity girls squad that finished fourth in the province at the AAA high school basketball provincials in Thompson in March.
Janaye Tucker-Titanich and Kailan Dreolini will take to the court as members of the A-AA-AAA girls North All-Star team, which will include RDPC phys-ed teacher and varsity girls basketball coach Sara Gillis as a member of the coaching staff.
She won't be the only member of her family in attendance, however, as her son Matthew Gillis was one of the players named to the A-AA-AAA boys North All-Star team.
The A-AA-AAA girls game will be played at 10 a.m. on April 21, with the boys A-AA-AAA all-star game following at 11:45 a.m. They will be followed by the AAAA boys and girls all-star games that evening. All games are being played at St. Paul's High School in Winnipeg.
Tucker-Titanich was named to the AAA high school provincials all-star tea, for her performances, which included a 30-point, 18-rebound effort in a semifinal loss to the eventual champions, a 23-point outing in the consolation final and 14 points in the first game of the tournament. She led her team in scoring in every game at provincials.
Dreolini was singled out for praise by Gillis for her performance at provincials, with her coach recognizing her leadership and ability to control the floor.
Matthew Gillis had 18 points in the Trojans' first game of the AAA high school basketball provincials, the second-highest total on the team, and was named player of the game. He scored 19 to lead his team in their second game.
In addition to the all-star games, the day will also include the All-Manitoba banquet to announce and present the players of the year awards, All-Manitoba teams, the coach of the year, and the Carl Ridd, Mike Spack, Jim Bulloch and Ron Meyer awards along with other special recognitions.