Lawrencetown Legends Nova Scotia Intermediate C Basketball Champions 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001
Legends they were named and “legends” they became with four consecutive Nova Scotia Intermediate “C” Basketball Championships to their credit in 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2001 and also being undefeated in all four tournaments in doing so.
Beginning in the early 1970’s as a Wednesday “pick-up” night at the Lawrencetown Consolidated School gym, they have existed for over thirty years. Comprised largely of former high school and some college/university basketball players, nearly all of the Legends have supported and coached basketball in the central Valley area for decades. Each year they would lose a player or two but they gained one or two new players enabling them to have twelve to fifteen bodies on hand each season.
The “four-peat” Legends roster for all four championship teams included” Steve Baskwill, Greg Bower Steve Moore, Brent McNeil, Stephen McNeil, Doug Oldford, Dennis Scanlon and Dave Whitman. Donnie Chisholm played on all teams except 1998, Jodye Routledge and Mark Wolverton played in 2000 and 2001, Steve Foley played in 1998 and Jeremy Noble played in 1999.
The 1998 tournament was hosted by Halifax at Kings College and the Legends went undefeated in all five games, a feat they repeated at the 1999 tournament hosted by Oxford. In Oxford the Legends defeated Shelburne, Hants East, CanTel A.T.&T., Oxford and Keiths Pub in the final.
The 2000 and 2001 Championships were hosted by the Legends at MRHS. They downed Windsor, Unisource, Oxford, and Rogers A.T.&T. twice in 2000 with Brent McNeil hitting for 30 points in the final. In 2001, the Legends dropped Unisource, Rogers A.T.&T., Oxford and in the final versus Barrington, Jodye Routledge netted 31 points.
Overall, the Legends, in the nine games played in their last two championships, outscored their opponents by an average of nearly 100 to 84. To repeat a provincial championship is great but their so-called “four-peat” is awesome and the Lawrencetown Legends lived up to their name and proved their mettle in doing so they are a most welcome and deserving addition to the Sports Heritage Wall of Fame.