Winning a provincial championship is a tremendous achievement for any high school but when your team comes from one of the smallest high schools in Nova Scotia, it is all the more remarkable.
After reaching the finals in the previous two years, the Berwick Senior Girls basketball team reached the pinnacle of success when they clinched the Nova Scotia Headmasters Provincial “B” basketball championship in March, 1967. The same team had finished 3rd in 1965 and 2nd in 1966. In their championship season, the Berwick team posted an impressive 17 – 4 win/loss record including two victories over Cornwallis District and Central Kings. The Berwick girls next eliminated Annapolis and Lockeport to earn the right to meet St. Peter’s of Dartmouth in the provincial semi-finals. The Berwick hoopsters easily won this round by defeating St. Peter’s 63 – 26 in the two-game total point series. The provincial championship was won in convincing fashion when the Berwick team traveled to New Waterford to meet St. Agnes School and took two games on the opposition’s home court. After a Friday night victory where they topped St. Agnes 30 – 21, the Berwick squad wrapped up the championship with a 31 – 22 win on Saturday.
After a daylong trip back to Berwick, the victorious Berwick girls were met outside town by a noisy cavalcade of cars and a fire truck and were led by the police through town to the school. At the school gym site of many of the season’s victories, parents, classmates, school and town officials, a reception was arranged to welcome home the victorious champions.
The 1967 Berwick Senior Girls Basketball Team
Nova Scotia Headmasters Class “”B” Champions
Connie Hiltz (Captain)
Pam Lutz (Co-Captain)
Coach: John Prall
Manager: Marjorie Pringle
Inducted June 1999