Slam dunk success for Stirling schools

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Slam dunk success for Stirling schools

Friday 17th March, 2017


Basketball teams from Wallace High and Stirling High excelled in the Scottish Championships 2017 Schools Cup competition, held at Scotland’s National Performance Centre in Edinburgh this week.

Spectators at times included members of the Scotland Rugby team including former Wallace High pupil Finn Russell, who took a break from their training to cheer on the teams.  Former Stirling High pupil and Glasgow Rocks player Keiron Achara was also in attendance to show his support.

On Tuesday the Wallace High won the U15 Girls’ Cup, with a convincing score of 50 – 27 over Dunbar High in the final.  Thursday saw the Wallace High boys take on North Berwick High in the U15 Boys’ Cup.  It was a closely fought match, finishing 74-72 in Wallace High’s favour.  This was a nail biting finish, with the North Berwick boys missing a shot which would have seen them equalise.  Later the same day Stirling High boys defeated Glasgow’s Hillhead High in the Open Cup with a convincing score 103-54.

Stirling Council’s Chief Education Officer, Kevin Kelman said: “This is a fantastic achievement by these talented young people. Stirling is renowned for its sporting excellence and this is another example of how our local clubs contribute to this success.  Congratulations to all the players, the school teaching and coaching staff and to the local club, the Stirling Knights; together they do a great job in promoting basketball to a variety of age groups, girls and boys. 

Graham Shaw, Competition and Events Manager at Basketball Scotland organised the national competition and said: “I hope that School Basketball will continue to flourish and a new generation of young players will be inspired as a result of the number of volunteer hours that school staff give to our sport.”

Photos courtesy of Basketball Scotland.

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