Volume 90, Issue 102

Wednesday, April 09, 1997



Quintuple stars slam into Brock

(l-r) Angela Nobes, Cindy Scott, Jen Haylor

By Mike Sikorski
Gazette Staff

Five Mustang players from Western's basketball teams were honoured with a trip to Brock University on the weekend, to compete in the Ontario University Athletic Association and Ontario Women's Intercollegiate Athletic Association all-star games.

Angela Nobes, Jennifer Haylor and Cindy Scott – three Western guards – were selected as West division all stars. On the men's side, forward Chris Webber and guard Brendan Noonan were selected to play for the OUAA West team.

But even with the help of the Mustang hoopsters, the west all-star teams were unable to beat either of the eastern squads, the women losing by a 79-71 score and the men by a 82-78 margin.

The two games concluded the 1997 intercollegiate basketball season in Ontario. This was the second annual OUAA all star game and the OWIAA's first, however, the weekend marked the first event to take place under the soon-to-be amalgamated OUAA and OWIAA, scheduled for this summer.

Western's women's team finished third in the CIAU after qualifying with a wild card berth. Captain Angela Nobes, who led the team to an undefeated record in league play and on the trip to the nationals, was excited to be selected to the Ontario West team.

"It's a great honour and a great experience, especially meeting and playing with all of the other all-stars," said Nobes, winner of Western's F.W.P Jones Trophy (awarded to the top female athlete), OWIAA West most valuable player and all-Canadian.

Cindy Scott, the OWIAA West rookie of the year, enjoyed her first post-secondary all-star experience.

"It's a lot different from high school, it was great to play with so many good players," she said.

The third female Mustang to head to Brock to represent the West was Jennifer Haylor. Haylor, who was fourth in the league in total points, was a key member of Western's offensive attack all season.

Men's team co-captain Brendan Noonan, winner of the team's most valuable player honours (the only Mustang to win three), earned an OUAA all-star selection and was second in the league in total assists. Noonan and the Mustangs finished in third place in the OUAA West with nine wins and five losses.

"Western's teams have been competitive for the past 10 years and it really reflects how strong our teams have been," Noonan said. "Personally, I was pretty surprised there weren't more Mustangs invited. There were plenty of guys on our team that deserved recognition."

The other Mustang to be named to the OUAA all-star team was forward Chris Webber, who was second in the league in total points and received recognition as an honourable-mention all Canadian.

Brendan Noonan and Chris Webber

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