Blackwater's Clinton Savage gains selection

Clinton Savage and Brian Kerle.
Clinton Savage and Brian Kerle. Contributed

BASKETBALL: IT has been a month celebrating milestones for Clinton Savage.

Not only has the 17-year-old finished Year 12 but the teen has been accepted into the Brian Kerle Basketball Academy.

Savage was noticed by the former NBL coach through the work of the Blackwater State High School chaplain Anita Linke who contacted Kerle.

Linke, with the support of high school teacher Paul Stephenson, look after the Blackwater High School basketball team which is a chaplaincy program.

Linke said Savage's acceptance was a great pathway for the first basket baller from Blackwater to be selected for the academy.

Kerle was in Blackwater last week to meet Savage as well as holding some skills clinics and talks with students.

"He can be a very good player if that's what he wants to be, he's got the potential,” he said.

"I only found out about him a few months ago. I came up here to meet him and his family to give him information on what he's entering into.”

Kerle said Clinton would join about 35 specifically chosen players to complete two diplomas, learn about nutrition, participate in gym sessions and play 25 to 30 games a year.

"There's so much scientific things in sport now so we expose them to that now,” he said.

"They are due to start next year, it runs on the school timeline.”

Kerle said the players are chosen on talent and have to work hard once at the academy.

"They know that, we want to prepare them and get them to a higher level,” he said. "We are aiming at the Brisbane Bullets.”

While in Blackwater, Kerle took the time to work on basic skills with the players and said there was a couple of players who showed promise.

"I just covered the basics of the game - shooting, defence, team concepts and things like that,” he said.

"There was some players with potential, they were a great bunch of kids.

"The kids we've had the last few days have been fantastic.”

Savage along with the rest of the Blackwater team have just finished their season which required them to travel to Emerald to play each week

Linke said that level of travel was a big commitment by the team who had to fundraise in order to travel to Emerald plus any additional carnivals throughout the season.

"It's been a massive effort on their behalf,” she said.

"And we've just confirmed funding for two teams next year.”

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

New breed of laws

PAWFECT COMPANION: Isaac dog owners like Curtis Teale, pictured with husky Luca, will need to abide by new breeding laws that start today.

New dog breeding laws throughout Queensland will begin today.

Serving up a tasty fundraiser

YARNS APLENTY: Bush poet Murray Hartin will entertain diners at the Springsure State School's Paddock to Plate 2017 dinner.

Springsure State School is serving up a yummy fundraiser.

Let's seal our future prosperity

KNEE DEEP: Matthew and Bernadette Paine's daughter Grace demonstrates how the heavy traffic load causes incredible wear and tear on Springsure-Tambo Rd.

Region outgrows dirt road

Local Partners

Council sells land for unpaid rates

Several properties will go under the hammer as the Central Highlands Regional Council makes a bid to recoup money owed for unpaid rates.

What to expect at Birds of Tokyo's Ipswich gig

The band will perform at the Racehorse Hotel on Friday.

BAND member Glen Sarangapany talks music, pub grub and doing shoeys

What public holidays are left in 2017

Ipswich residents will get the day off tomorrow for the show.

IPSWICH residents will get tomorrow off for the show

Caitlyn comes home to launch debut album

Gympie's Caitlyn Shadbolt will launch here debut album Songs On My Sleeve at an exclusive all-ages concert in Gympie on Friday, May 26.

Win tickets to Caitlyn's album launch

Model Bella Hadid's see-through dress shocks in Cannes

JUST WHEN you thought you’d all of Bella Hadid’s supermodel figure — she gets her Cannes out on the red carpet of an AIDS gala dinner in France.

No room for morbid fans

Chris Cornell.

Fans want to stay in the hotel room where Chris Cornell died

Star Wars' 1977 Stormtrooper head banger confesses

A Stormtrooper is responsible for the biggest blunder in a Star Wars movie. Picture: Supplied

Man in most famous blooper in Star Wars history breaks silence

Lyn's knock-out show gets her to next round on The Voice

ONWARDS AND UPWARDS: Lyn Bowtell is through to the battle rounds on The Voice.

'It was bitter sweet to win like that'

Is this the talent you get when you limit electronics?

Cassidy Kilburn in the Get the Beat International Dance Competition.

Cassidy, 11, preparing for national dance championships

Dreamworld may supersize with 'Disneyland expansion'

Dreamworld could become a “more attractive and entertaining park”.

Report reveals progress on $319m airport upgrade

Aerials of the Sunshine Coast.Jetstar plane in front of the Susnhine Coast terminal, Sunshine Coast Airport.

Over two dozen government approvals needed for airport expansion

Lost dough leaves sour taste after company collapse

Kathleen and John Mahoney from Sugar and Spice Bakery were stung after the collapse of Cantro Pty Ltd and are still owed money.

Supermarket operator collapse leaves sour taste for bakery

Open for inspection homes May 25-31

Check out this weekend's homes open for inspection

How Toowoomba house prices compare in Australia

For sale sign in front of home.

Here's what $700,000 will buy you in Toowoomba, Brisbane and Sydney

One of Maryborough's most historic homes is still for sale

FULL OF HISTORY: Trisha Moulds is owner of the historic Tinana state known as Rosehill. The beautiful home is currently for sale.

It has been the scene of both joy and tragedies over the years.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!