R.D. Parker Collegiate's representatives at the Manitoba Basketball Coaches Association graduating all-star games in Winnipeg on April 21came home with more than good memories, being selected for all-Manitoba all-star teams and a coaching award as well as a $500 scholarship and the distinction of being the top scorer in one of the games.
Grade 12 student Matthew Gillis had a weekend to remember. On the court, he led all scorers with 26 points at the A/AA/AAA boys North all-stars defeated the South 98-88. Off it, he was one of five players selected to the A/AA/AAA male all-Manitoba second team and won the male Ron Meyers Leadership Award as an outstanding Grade 12 student who best meets the standards the award's namesake set for leadership. The award includes a $500 scholarship to be used at a postsecondary institution the following year.
On the girls' side, Grade 12 student Janaye Tucker-Titanich, who participated in the A/AA/AAA girls graduating all-star game with teammate Kailan Dreolini, made up for any disappointment from losing 93-54 to the South all-stars by being named to the A/AA/AAA first all-Manitoba team.
RDPC phys-ed teacher and basketball coach Sara Gillis was also recognized as the girls AAA high school basketball coach of the year.