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Adilman Aces

Canadian Ladies Basketball Champion, 1959

In the semi-finals the Aces defeated a strong Toronto club to advance to the championship final and end the nine-year domination of the Canadian Champions, Vancouver Eilers in a thrilling 55-49 play-off win played in Calgary. The Saskatoon squad, in their renowned never-say-die manner, came from behind taking the lead in the closing three minutes, 10 seconds to clinch the Canadian Championship. Judy (Holt) Vance was the only Ace's player named to the All-Star team at the end of the tournament. With the impressive victory, the Ace's placed five players, Pat Lawson, Judy (Holt ) Vance, Lena (Fior) Walshe, Judy Jenkin and Audrey (Campbell) Coben along with both Jack Adilman and Bob Stayner, to the 1959 Canadian Pan-American Team.

The Aces were also the first team to be recognized by the City of Saskatoon with a Special Award given for winning a national sports championship. Each member received a special City Signet ring for their accomplishment. They were inducted into the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame in 1987.

Players and coaches were Arlene (Raycroft) McGinn, Myrna (Needham) Levorson, Carol (Lambert) Josephson, Olga (Kostniuk) Salewich, Judy (Holt) Vance, Audrey (Campbell) Cohen, Bob Stayner (coach), Keith Coviello (statistician), Jack Adilman (coach and sponsor), Marlene Ackerman, Pat Lawson, Eleanor (Edwards) McIntyre, Judy Jenkin, Lee (Fior) Walshe and Arlene (Slewchuk) Diduck

Text courtesy of Ned Powers

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Saskatoon Aces

Canadian Ladies Basketball Champions, 1963

Players and coaches that year were Judy Jenkin, Marlene Ackerman, Warren Schweitzer (assistant manager / coach), Faye Herrick, Bob Stayner (coach), Gloria (Wasley) Daniels, Keith Coviello (manager), Diane Hanysh, Anita (Serblowski) Jamieson, Pat Dobie, Ruth (Budney) Wandzura and Margot (Little) Swayze.

The 1963 Canadian Ladies Basketball Championships were held in Kelowna where three teams, the Saskatoon Aces, Okanagan Meikle Teddy Bears, and Edmonton Jasper Auto challenged for the National title in a double knockout tournament. In the opening game the Aces defeated the Teddy Bears by a score of 44-43, led by the 14 points of Judy Jenkin and 11 points of Diane Hanysh.

The second game saw the Aces coast to an easy 43-29 win over the Alberta representative, Edmonton Jasper Auto. The Aces were paced with 11 points from Judy Jenkin, Faye Herrick and Ruth Budney. The Ace's third game, was the championship final, played against the Teddy Bears who had eliminated Alberta earlier. Led by Judy Jenkin's 15 points and Diane Hanysh's 12 points , the Saskatoon Aces defeated the Teddies 48-42, winning their 2nd national championship in four years. They were inducted into the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame in 1987.

Text courtesy of Ned Powers

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