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Local roundup: Lancer women’s basketball team expands for 2022-23 season

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The University of Windsor Lancers women’s basketball team adds 6-foot-2 transfer Vanessa Budimunda from Ontario Tech University for the 2022-23 season while announcing the signing of the 5-foot-11 guard Haley Willits from Southwest Academy in London on Monday.

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“I am thrilled to have added these two student-athletes to our team,” Lancers head coach Chantal Vallée said in a statement. “They are great players who bring with them high-level experience, athleticism, maturity and class excellence. I can’t wait to train them this fall.

Budimunda was named women’s basketball MVP at Ontario Tech after leading the team in averaging 10.1 points per game and 8.6 rebounds per game in 16 games last season.

“Vanessa is a well-known presence in the OUA, one of the best centers to play in our league,” Vallée said. “We are very fortunate that she chose our law school to pursue her development.”

The Lancers plan to play Willits at guard, but his height allows him to play in multiple positions on the field.

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“We looked to grow and Haley offered it to us,” Vallée said. “She’s an athletic guard that we’re looking forward to developing into a great three-point shooter.

“With the size of our upcoming squad, his killshot will surely be a skill we’ll use too.”

Kennedy receives an invitation

Windsor’s Thomas Kennedy is in Toronto this week as one of 22 players attending training camp in hopes of earning a spot with Team Canada for the inaugural GLOBL JAM tournaments.

A standout from the University of Windsor Lancers, Kennedy currently plays for the Fraser Valley Bandits in the Elite Canadian Basketball League where he is the team’s fourth-highest scorer with 12.6 points per game while leading the team with 7.7 rebounds per game and a team leader. 64.9 field goal percentage.

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The GLOBL JAM tournament is an under-23 event for players considered to be rising stars in the game and will take place from July 5-10.

The crows keep on rolling

The Essex Ravens U18 team earned a 39-0 road win over the Cambridge Lions in Saturday’s Ontario Summer Football League game.

Running back Darion Bacik-Hadden and receiver Colby Ginn each scored a pair of touchdowns while running back Cole Thompson had Essex’s other touchdown. Kicker Matteo Trifon had four converts and added a single while Cambridge conceded two safeties.

The Ravens U16 side cruised to a 26-15 win over Cambridge on Saturday while the Essex U14 side beat the Hamilton Junior Ticats 48-14 on Sunday.

Clippers finish second

The Windsor Clippers closed out the regular season with a 12-4 win over the Six Nations Rebels on Saturday at Forest Glade Arena.

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With the win, the Clippers (16-4-0) clinched second place in the Western Conference of the Ontario Lacrosse Association Junior B League.

Zane Dalpe scored five goals to lead the Clippers against the Rebels (10-9-1). Xander Derkatz added a pair of goals with single goals going to Malikye Good, Brandon Coulter, Nathan DeThomasis, Connor McManus and Max Frattaroli.

The Clippers will face the Owen Sound North Stars (9-10-1) in the first round of the playoffs.

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Windsor TFC fell in its only soccer game of the weekend in the Ontario League 1 men’s game, while Tecumseh SC lost two games in the women’s game.

Windsor (2-7-2) lost 3-0 away to Alliance United FC (6-1-2) at Markham. Tecumseh (3-4-3) fell 5-0 on the road Sunday to St. Catharines Roma (6-5-0) and lost a 2-0 decision to the Woodbridge Strikers (9-1-2) on Saturday at St. Clair College.

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