The Hawkesbury and District Basketball Association held its presentation night at Windsor Function Centre on September 8.
Macquarie MP Susan Templeman attended and presented the Association Awards, which recognises talented performers, committed leaders and volunteers, and those who are positive role models within the association.
Dan Stephenson was presented with the Junior Men Association Award, while Alexandra Sowinski received the Junior Women award. Zabian Mamo received the Senior Association Award.
All three have dedicated their time to Hawkesbury Basketball, and given encouragement to others within the Hawkesbury Basketball Association.
Hawkesbury and District Basketball Association fielded six junior teams this season, four of which made it to the finals.
Three teams made it to the grand final – a huge effort for a small association – and the under-14s won their grand final under coach Garry Alchin, assistant coaches Jhune San Jose and Maurice Mantovani, and manager Melissah Reay.
The association’s under-12 men and under-14 women’s teams were runners-up.
Results from the night were:
U12 Men: MVP – Jericho Bandagosa; Best defensive player – Ian Park; Most improved – Adam Mendoza; Coach’s award – Ethan Thadanabath.
U14 Women: MVP – Natasha Willis; Best defensive player – Ariana Evans; Most improved – Gabrielle-May Wickham; Coach’s award – Kaitryel Pelaez. U14 Men: MVP – Bradley Mantovani; Best defensive player – Jericho San Jose; Most improved – Aryan Kapoor; Coach’s award – Shannon Allen.
U16 Women: MVP – Candice Allen; Best defensive player – Brianna Shannon; Most improved – Kalie Cama; Coach’s award – Mia Pourau. U16 Men: MVP – Jaxen Cole; Best defensive player – Lewis Looyschelder; Most improved – Klayton Griffin; Coach’s award – Josh Ellings.
U18 Men: MVP – Riley Thompson; Best defensive player – Jake Dawson; Most improved – Jordan Wickes; Coach’s award – Kooper Buchanan.
Youth league: MVP – Mohammad Darfour; Best defensive player – Hermann Schmidt; Most improved player – Zabian Mamo; Coach’s award – James Eggins.
State league men: MVP – Hilary Zakria; Best defensive player – Harman Josan.
Referee of the year – Anthea Jarrett.