Blair Basketball in the News

Batouly Camara '15 to Participate in Team USA Trials

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Batouly Camara ’15 , a four-year Blair starter, has once again been invited by USA Basketball to the Junior National Team trials in Colorado Springs this May. As one of only 35 girls nationally to receive an invitation, she will compete for one of 12 spots on the United States’ team that will play in the FIBA U19 World Championships this summer in Russia. Camara comes from New York City and will head off to play for Coach Matthew Mitchell at the University of Kentucky in fall 2015. Beyond the court, she is a Locke Hall prefect, an active leader in student government and an excellent all-around student. In late May, her teammate, Andra Espinoza Hunter ’17, will try out for the U16 team.


Espinoza-Hunter Invited to USA Basketball Tryouts

USA Basketball announced its invitations for the U16 tryouts in May 2015 at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Thirty-five girls from around the United States received invitations, including Blair sophomore Andra Espinoza-Hunter ’17 (click here for the full list of invitees). Espinoza-Hunter, a native of Ossining, New York, is a 5'11" scoring wing who averaged over 17 points per game this past year while earning All-MAPL and All-State recognition. Earlier this season, she committed to play for Coach Geno Auriemma and the number-one ranked UConn Huskies. To read the full ESPN story on Espinoza-Hunter’s commitment to UConn, click here.

In mid-May, Espinoza-Hunter's teammate Batouly Camara '15 will be in Colorado Springs to try out for the U19 team.

Lippold to Dartmouth

Cy Lippold '15 , a 5'3" point guard from East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, has committed to play for Coach Belle Koclanes at Dartmouth College next year.

In addition to being an honor roll student, Lippold is an intelligent and unselfish player known for her tough defense and slick passing. She will join an up-and-coming Dartmouth squad that is aiming to win its 18th Ivy League title. She is the last of Blair's starters to commit to college, joining Bre Cavanaugh '15 (Cal), Batouly Camara '15 (Kentucky), Lauren Vostal '15 (Williams) and Andra Espinoza-Hunter '17 (UConn).

For a complete news article on Cy's commitment, click here.


Vostal to play at Williams


In October, 6-foot wing Lauren Vostal spurned several Division I schools in order to commit to Williams College–the top academic school in the country (according to US News and World Report). Lauren is an amazingly versatile player, being able to play all five positions and creating match up nightmares for her opponents; however, she is projected to play wing at Williams. Lauren has also been one of the School's top students during her Blair career, ending every marking period on Blair’s High Honor Roll. She hails for Manasquan, New Jersey, and is entering her fourth season at Blair. Click here to read Lauren's ESPN profile page.


Cavanaugh & Camara Ranked as Top Players in Region

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On August 19, 2014, All Star Girls Report released its list of the top 50 players on the East Coast—and it was no surprise to see two Blair girls in the top 13. Point guard Bre Cavanaugh '15 is ranked number 13 and power forward Batouly Camara '15 is ranked number 3. Both girls are four-year starters and head into their senior year with a record of 62-7. Bre is an electric play-maker and scorer who will head off to Cal-Berkely upon her graduation. Batouly, a dominating physical presence, will go on to play for Kentucky. Before they take their talents to college, however, they will seek their forth-consecutive Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) and state titles.


Camara Commits to Kentucky


Batouly Camara '15 , a four-year starter from New York City -- verbally committed to play for Coach Matthew Mitchell at perennial top 20 power Kentucky. Batouly, a 6-foot-2-inch power forward who is ranked by ESPN as the number-21 player in the country, serves Blair as a prefect (senior leader in the underclass dorms) and was a two-year member of Blair's student government. In addition to those roles, Batouly also led the School's annual Gratitude Chapel last spring. To watch a video of her speech, click here. To read more about Batouly's commitment to Kentucky, click here.


2013-2014 Post-Season Accolades


In addition to Blair basketball wining it's fourth-straight league title and fourth-straight Prep A State championship, the individual honors have also come rolling in. Bre Cavanaugh '15, Sadie Edwards '14 and Batouly Camara'15 were named First Team All-State, and Kate Ryan '14 was named to the Second Team. Bre and Sadie were also recognized as First Team All-MAPL, while Batouly and Kate were named to the Second Team. Sadie was also named New Jersey Prep Player of the Year for the second-straight year, and Blair was once again the Prep Team of the Year.


Cavanaugh to Cal-Berkely

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Junior Bre Cavanaugh '15 turned down Louisville, Kentucky, Syracuse, Rutgers, Boston College and many other top programs to commit to the University of California at Berkely. Cavanaugh, the number-34 ranked player in her class and a electrifying combo guard is expected to play point guard for Cal, a program that went to the Final 4 just one year ago. Bre lives in Allamuchy, N.J., and is a four-year Blair starter. To read more about her commitment, click here.


Edwards Commits to UConn
This spring break, Blair junior Sadie Edwards ’14 accepted a scholarship to play basketball for coach Geno Auriemma at the University of Connecticut.

A native of nearby Meriden, Conn. Sadie is known for her accomplishments in both the classroom and on the court. She is ranked as the number eight player in the country by Prospects Nation and has an A average at Blair.

Click here to read more. 

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Hill Commits to Virginia Tech
Post-grad Samantha Hill ’13 has signed a national letter of Intent to play next year in the ACC at Virginia Tech. Hill, a 5'10" guard, weighed numerous scholarship offers before choosing the Hokies for their strong academic program and high-level basketball environment. Hill finished her undergraduate work in Toronto, Canada, with a 4.0 GPA, and she was a member of the MAPL-champion Blair cross-country team. She is also part of the Canadian national team, having competed in the junior nationals in Puerto Rico last summer.


Greik to play soccer at DePaul
Super-sub Ana Greik '13 has committed to play soccer next year at DePaul University. Greik,a scrappy guard who is in her fourth year on the basketball team, has a career record of 62-9 during that time. Despite her talents at basketball, Ana is better known for her incredible achievements in soccer, where she leaves a legacy as perhaps the greatest player in Blair history. In the era of sports specialization, we have been incredibly lucky to have Ana on our team these past four years and look forward to watching her compete in the Big East next year.


Outside of the Olympic arena following Great Britain’s final Olympic game: Blair coach Quint Clarke, former Blair coach Sue Altman, Temi Fagbenle ’11, and Harvard Women’s coach Kathy Delaney-Smith.


At the recent FIBA Americas U-18 championship, Sami Hill '13 competed for her native Canada. Hill, a star athlete and student, brings top level academics and two-sport star power to Blair. In her four years of high school, Hill has never received anything less than an A, and she is a D1 prospect as both a runner (2:11 in the 800) and basketball. With many scholarship offers already in, Sami is hoping to continue to shine during her time at Blair.


Temi Fagbenle isn't the only Blair graduate competing for Great Britain this summer. Femi Hamilton '12, a two year starter with a career record at Blair of 42-4, is also playing for Great Britain. The team has traveled all over Europe, competing in Hungary, Italy, and Portugal. Femi, an outstanding defender and point guard, is attending UMass-Lowell on a basketball scholarship.


Annette Snow '12 has been officially accepted as a member of the 19th Maccabiah Games USA Open Women's Basketball Team. To be selected to represent the United States, Annette competed against the best Jewish female basketball players in the country in a grueling two-day tryout.

The Maccabiah Games are held every four years in Israel, attracting the most outstanding Jewish athletes from around the world. This year, the games will include more than 8,000 athletes from over 60 countries--making it the third largest sporting event in the world. The 2013 games will be held from July 17 to 30 in Israel.


London 2012 Olympics: Temi Fagbenle '11 in Team GB women's basketball squad
The 19-year-old forward has made the cut for the Games. Read more...