The East Elgin Eagle averaged 17 points per game
By Rob J. Ross
AYLMER, Ont. - Jaimie Staulbaum is Ms. Basketball for the Thames Valley Regional Association (TVRA) South-East division.
The guard and co-captain averaged 17 points per game this season, leading the East Elgin Eagles to a top eight finish at OFSAA AA girls basketball, this past November.
"It's really cool. I'm really honoured to have received the award," said Staulbaum, who played on the senior team all four of her years.
At OFSAA, the Eagles' lone loss was to the eventual champions, top seeded St. Catharines Sir Winston Churchhill.
"Definitely the best part of my high school experience," said Staulbaum.
Undefeated in TVRA action, Staulbaum three times won the South-East title and brought home silver from WOSSAA, in 2019 and 2022. The 2020 season was completely cancelled and the 2021 season had no WOSSAA.
"She's very level headed. She doesn't get angry over things. Very consistent. She's always ready to go," Eagles' teammate Brooke Preszcator. "She's a very good leader. She always contributes to our team.
On the court she always did what she could. She's a huge part of our team and she influences everyone around in a good way."
Preszcator added Staulbaum was at her best during OFSAA.
"She's very shy, but when she gets on the basketball court, she's a different person," said Preszator.
At OFSAA, against Waterloo Our Lady of Lourdes, the game was tied in the fourth quarter, until Staulbaum scored 12 of the Eagles' final 19 points, for a 47-37 win.
"When the lights were brightest, she played her best," Eagles' coach Sean Beilhartz said. "That's what your superstars do and I think she fits that mould."
Staulbaum plays U19 ball with the London Ramblers, with three players from rival schools - Grayson Moore from Parkside and Maddie Johnson and Yana Saliu, from St. Joe's.
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