(WINDSOR, ON) – The St Clair women’s basketball team continue to stockpile talent for the 2018-19 season as they welcomed locals Hayley Firr and Caleigh Chauvin to the fold along with Tyler Carroll of Toronto.
Carroll is a North Toronto CI grad, where she earned two MVP awards over the past three seasons to go with a Toronto District Regional Championship in 2016-17. She played club ball for the North Toronto Huskies program, leading them to an U19 Junior Women’s Ontario Cup Championship in 2017.
Carroll is fairly new to the sport after having spent many of her formative years playing soccer and rugby. But, with her strong stature, she will make an immediate impact. The 5’ 11” forward will provide a needed physical presence at both ends of the floor for the Saints.
“We are thrilled to bring Tyler aboard as this our first recruit from the GTA during my time,” said head coach Andy Kiss. “We discovered Tyler at a Toronto area Elite Showcase event in May and I was glad to see her in action up close. She is an excellent complement to the talented stable of guards in our program and Tyler will compete immediately for major playing time at the forward spot.”
Firr is a 5’ 5” guard and competed locally for the very strong Holy Names program in addition to seven seasons with the Valiants. While at Holy Names she was a 3-year starter, helping her team to a pair of city championships and a SWOSSAA title on their way to an OFSAA appearance for the Knights.
No stranger to success, she won three Ontario Cup Championships with the Valiants before a season with their JUEL Prep team. But, the dual sport athlete concentrated on soccer with the Eastside Kickers the last few years before making the decision on basketball at the next level.
“Hayley adds additional depth at the guard position and she is a very good, physical, and athletic perimeter defender,” said Kiss. “Her defense will also be an asset in our full court pressure defense.”
Chauvin stands 5′ 10″ and is an Essex native looking to fill a depth need at forward for the Saints. She began her club travel basketball with the Kingsville Class, but moved over to the Windsor Valiants to compete for two seasons with the JUEL Prep team. She finished off with two more years of club ball with the Tecumseh Saints, competing very well in Division I.
The Essex District High School product helped her team to four WECSSAA finals and a pair of championships. In grade 11 she was an honourable mention All-City performer, but was named a 1st team WECSSAA selection in her final year in 2017.
“Caileigh plays with a high compete level and had 3-point range in high school,” Kiss said. “She also comes from a strong high school program at Essex and Caileigh will be a nice addition to the Saints.”