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Service to Secondary School Sports Awards 2017

Service to Secondary School Sports Awards 2017

*Service to Secondary School Sports Awards 2017*

TSSSA events wrap up for 2017

TSSSA events wrap up for 2017

The TSSSA Calendar of events has come to an end for 2017. 

Junior sportsman, woman & team of the year announced

Junior sportsman, woman & team of the year announced

A stellar line up of young men, women & teams took to the stage last night at the Taranaki Sports Person of the Year Awards. 

New Plymouth Girls' High School senior volleyball side set for battle in Australia

New Plymouth Girls' High School senior volleyball side set for battle in Australia

It's the largest school-based sporting event in the southern hemisphere, and the New Plymouth Girls' High School senior volleyball team will be right at the centre of it. 

Handful of Secondary School Sport volunteers recognised in Coach of the Year Nominations

Handful of Secondary School Sport volunteers recognised in Coach of the Year Nominations

The Taranaki Daily News Taranaki Sportsperson of the Year awards will be held in New Plymouth on Friday. Coach of the Year Nominations are in - great to see a handful of Secondary School Sport Coaches.

Junior Sports Team of the Year Nominations 2017

Junior Sports Team of the Year Nominations 2017

The Taranaki Daily News Taranaki Sportsperson of the Year awards will be held in New Plymouth on Friday, November 24. 

Junior Sportsman of the Year Nominations 2017

Junior Sportsman of the Year Nominations 2017

The Taranaki Daily News Taranaki Sportsperson of the Year awards will be held in New Plymouth on Friday, November 24. 

Junior Sportswoman of the Year Nominations 2017

Junior Sportswoman of the Year Nominations 2017

The Taranaki Daily News Taranaki Sportsperson of the Year awards will be held in New Plymouth on Friday, November 24. 

Taranaki's Isabelle Cook part of history as New Zealand qualifies for junior world cup

Taranaki's Isabelle Cook part of history as New Zealand qualifies for junior world cup

What a year it has been for Opunake's Isabelle Cook. 

Stratford High School boys win 'A' Basketball Championship

Stratford High School boys win 'A' Basketball Championship

Schick Championships – STRATFORD HIGH SCHOOL WIN ‘A’ BOYS’ GRAND FINAL

The Boys’ Grand Final was a north versus south match up as Canterbury representatives Hillmorton High School took on Taranaki’s Stratford High School.

A fast paced opening period was won 24-19 by Stratford with double digit contributions from Willem Ratu and Cameron Trethewey.

Trethewey was proving a handful on the boards, his put back stretching the Stratford lead to 31-21. Fletcher Jennings stretched the lead further before Ihaia Kendrew and Aleni Paulo converted after some Stratford ill-discipline.

A Morgan Trott tip-in was answered by a Joshua Nickel triple but Stratford was in control at the break with a 41-28 lead.

Trethewey led all scorers with 19 points ably assisted by Ratu’s 17 points. Kendrew kept the Stratford defence busy making a dozen points for Hillmorton.

Latrell Treka opened the second half scoring with a pair of triples and a break away lay up and although Kendrew and Mahonri Tauiliili-Pau punctured the Stratford defence the lead was still twenty points 53-33 in favour of Stratford.

Another three, this time from Ratu, prompted a timeout from Hillmorton coach Marques Whippy with the scoreline 63-43 in favour of Stratford.  Hillmorton scored the last six points of the quarter including a three from Aleni Paulo, but still trailed 63-45 with ten minutes to play.

Stratford was dealt a blow early in the fourth when Trethewey fouled out and to compound the problem Hillmorton scored the first eight points of the final quarter to close to 63-53.

Trott finally initiated the scoring for Stratford – they led 67-53 with 5:30 to play – coach Willie Banks deciding a timeout was prudent.

Sakaria Maoluma scored for Hillmorton off a neat inside pass and Tauiliili-Pau from a penetrative drive 68-59 with 3:30 to play.

Trott fouled out and Kendrew nailed a sideline three – 68-62 with 3:15 to play.

Both teams exchanged baskets before Kendrew nailed another three – 70-67 with two minutes to play.

Ratu eased the pressure with free throws (72-67) and a terrific left handed floater before Kendrew yet again landed from beyond the arc.

Whippy strategized in a timeout but his charges trailed 76-70 with 31 seconds to play – Brad Cross made the jump shot after the restart, but Ratu iced the game from the foul line to carry his team to a hard earned 77-72 victory.

Stratford coach Willie Banks paid credit to Hillmorton for the second half comeback they staged. 

“Even though we forged a twenty point lead at one stage, I knew they had the ability to make a run and we couldn’t rest on our laurels – we were holding on at the end.

“Willem Ratu was justifiably named MVP, and along with Morgan Trott and Cameron Trethewey were the backbone of our team. I’m blessed to have shared the journey to the championship title with them,” said Banks. 

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