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Yarmouth hosts Steve Brewer memorial tournament

Yarmouth’s Emma Hiltz prepares to take a shot during the opening game of the Steve Brewer memorial tournament held Dec. 7 and 8 at YCMHS.
Yarmouth’s Emma Hiltz prepares to take a shot during the opening game of the Steve Brewer memorial tournament held Dec. 7 and 8 at YCMHS. - Eric Bourque

Host Viking girls win 2 of 3 games; presentation made to Brewer family

Inclement weather had an impact on this year’s Steve Brewer memorial basketball tournament for senior high school girls, with some teams unable to attend the Dec. 7-8 Yarmouth event.

Initially intended to be a six-team tournament with playoffs, the event was re-worked due to circumstances and so there were only round-robin games.

The host Yarmouth Consolidated Memorial High School Vikings went 2-1 in their three tournament games.

The tournament included a special presentation of hoodies and shirts to the family of Steve Brewer, in whose memory the annual tournament is held.

Brewer, who died in a motor-vehicle accident in the winter of 2012 at the age of 53, had been a familiar face on the Yarmouth-area basketball scene for many years – as a player, coach and referee.

Andrew Hiltz, YCMHS assistant coach, made the presentation to the Brewer family on Saturday prior to a game between Yarmouth and Middleton.

“We’re very honoured to be able to host this tournament in Steve’s memory,” Hiltz said. “Steve played basketball for Yarmouth in his high school years. He became very well-known within the basketball community for his skills and competitive drive, but also for his sense of sportsmanship. A man of high moral standards, he led by example, particularly with one of his greatest points of pride – his youth basketball players.”

Brewer taught his young players fundamental skills, Hiltz said, “but also the strongest of life skills, instilling fair play and sportsmanship, which were never forgotten.”

Joan Brewer spoke about her late husband Steve, saying this year’s tournament was a special one for her.

“My last one with at least one of my kids playing,” she said. (Janelle Brewer, Joan’s daughter, is a member of this year’s YCMHS girls team. Keenan Brewer is a YCMHS alumnus who played for the Viking boys team.)

Speaking of Janelle and Keenan, Joan Brewer said, “you are everything to me and your dad would be equally proud of you.”

Brewer also expressed thanks to the YCMHS coaches – head coach Brent Schwan and assistants Hiltz and Brian Lyons – and to everyone involved in this year’s Steve Brewer tournament.

 The following is a look at tournament games:

FRIDAY, DEC. 7

Yarmouth 50 – Shelburne 19

Ellie Hiltz was the leading Yarmouth scorer with 12 points, Josiane Doucet had eight and Zoe Schwan and Keauna Rose-Nelson each had six. Player of the game for Yarmouth was Rose-Nelson. Teammate Emma Hiltz got the hustle award.

SATURDAY, DEC. 8

Middleton 84 – Shelburne 52

Bella Hagel led Shelburne scorers with 16 points and Mya Munroe had 12.

Shelburne 52 – Par-en-Bas 42

Maya Trevors had 16 points to lead Shelburne in this one and teammate Bella Hagel had 15.

Middleton 50 – Yarmouth 46

Ellie Hiltz had 18 points for YCMHS, Courtney Ebbett had eight points and Janelle Brewer had seven. Courtney Ebbett was YCMHS player of the game and the Yarmouth hustle award went to Ellie Hiltz. (The Vikings came up short despite a great fourth-quarter comeback.)

Yarmouth 50 – Par-en-Bas 21

Courtney Ebbett had 11 points for the winners, Ellie Hiltz had 10 and Kaitlyn Cosman and Janelle Brewer each had six. Brewer was player of the game for YCMHS and Zoe Schwan got the team’s hustle award.

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