The 2015 club season was a stepping stone for our only Grade 12 player, Emma, who signed with King’s University in Edmonton for the 2015-2016 season to begin her ACAC athletic career. Emma is now nearing the end of her second year with the King’s Eagles.
Emma has played basketball for many years in the Peace Country. She is a former member of the Beaverlodge Royals High School team, the 2012 Zone 8 Alberta Summer Games team, The Peace Country Thunder U17 girls basketball team and the Northern Energy Basketball U17 girls team. Emma has an unbelievably awesome attitude on and off the court, an incredible work ethic and she brightens up the team in every situation. She continues to work towards a commerce degree at King’s University.
The 2016 club season ended with our two graduating Energy players joining the post-secondary basketball scene. Ally Pilgrim joined the Lakeland College Rustlers Women’s basketball team, and Emma Lainchbury joined the Grande Prairie Regional College Wolves Women’s basketball program. Both players have spent the past two club season with the Northern Energy club, and both continue to grow and develop in their rookie seasons in ACAC play.
Ally has been involved in club sports in the Grande Prairie region since 2006. She is an accomplished soccer player, as well as a strong basketball player. Both sports have seen her represent our region on teams that have competed across Canada and the USA. Ally is a Peace Wapiti Academy alum, earning the High School Female Basketball Award in both her Grade 11 and Grade 12 years. She also earned a spot at the GPRC High School Basketball All-Star game in each of her three seasons in high school. Coming off a successful Grade 12 year where the PWA Titans earned a ASAA Provinicial Sportsmanship award, and Ally earned herself an Individual ASAA Sportsmanship award, Ally signed with the Lakeland Rustlers. She continues to develop as a player, building on her experiences on the court in her rookie year. This 2017 club season will see Ally assume a coaching role with our club.
Emma is a former St. Joes Celtics Basketball player and has spent the past two club seasons playing Energy basketball. Emma is a strong player under the basket and is as competitive as anyone else on the court. She has a passion for the game and works hard to achieve her goals. Emma joined the Grande Prairie Regional College Wolves for her first year of college. She has become a leader on the team and has made a name for herself in her rookie ACAC season.