Men’s basketball league looks to extend its reach

Are you interested in playing basketball in town?

Well if your answer is even a maybe, then you’re encouraged to look into the FSJ Men’s Basketball League, a weekly meeting of likeminded guys who will give you a workout along with some exciting basketball action with some of the best players this city has to offer.

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“The league is currently looking for individuals interested in taking part in their upcoming spring league,” says league commissioner and referee Ben Rauscher. “We are looking to have four teams of eight, though we have allowed for pick up players in the past.”

An inexpensive registration will get you one game a week for eight weeks, jersey rental, full-time refs and scorekeepers—a pretty reasonable price point compared to other sports in the city.

“I’ve just about recouped my costs on the jerseys. We would use any surplus budget to purchase other league items, like new basketballs and a sports-specific first aid kit,” Rauscher says.

The league is currently running a drop-in night on Wednesday evenings at North Peace Secondary from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. That’ll set you back the cost of a large coffee, but Rauscher is hoping to get enough people interested to continue with league play.

And speaking from experience, it is a good time with many great players.

“The fall league ended with Team Black beating Team Blue in the finals,  getting a little revenge for a hard loss to them in the spring league in (overtime),” Rauscher recalls, attributing the victory to the presence of all-star center Dan Penner, who previously played for Carleton university.

“He was absent from the spring final and they only lost by one point.”

There are many talented basketball players in the city, Rauscher continued, from Jon Zaleski, the center for Team Red, or Team White’ss forward Nick Donnelly. Alex Neily plays point guard for Team Black.

“It’s just hard to get people who are able to play consistently.” Explaining why he doesn’t run a longer season.

Rauscher would like to run a longer season, but acknowledged the difficulty in getting players to play consistently.

“Past league president Aaron Olsen and I discussed it and we decided that an eight week season would allow for more people to be able to play consistently,” he said.

Anyone interested in playing, is encouraged to get in contact with the league at fsjpioneer@hotmail.com, or just drop-in and see how you stack up against Wednesday nights until the league starts.

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