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Pam Licata signs her official commitment letter to don the purple and white and play basketball for the Western Mustangs.

A special birthday present

Surrounded by her family, Western Mustangs head coach Brian Cheng, her Transway rep coach Wes Hahn and her high school coaches Dan Meyer and Nick White, Pam Licata signed her official commitment letter to don the purple and white and play basketball for the Western Mustangs.

Coach Cheng said he is very excited to welcome Pam to the team. In November Licata was part of the Highland-Parkside basketball team that qualified for OFSAA. She and the entire team played outstanding  and ended up finishing fouth. Following OFSAA, Licata was selected as a member of the Hamilton public all-star basketball team. Coach Cheng came out to watch one of her games and that is when she told him she would play for Western.

“I remember that day, it was my birthday, kind of a birthday present to myself” said Licata. “I wanted to go to Western for health sciences and now I get to play basketball too.”

Licata started her basketball career playing for Dundas Dynamo with coaches Ralph Kerekesch and Jim Stewart. In Grade 9 she attended a training camp with an AAA team, run by her current rep coach Wes Hahn and McMaster men’s coach Amos Connolly. Coach Hahn asked her to be a member of their team, and he is still coaching her today. Two coaches from Highland-Parkside also played a large role in Licata’s achievements — Dan Meyer and Nick White.

“Pam’s versatility, competitiveness and willingness to learn make her a strong candidate to be successful in the CIS,” said Meyer. “She handles the ball well at her position and is working hard to develop her ability to score from different areas…She has a strong understanding for the game and is able to learn and implement new concepts very quickly.”

At least two of her high school teammates are also getting ready for post-secondary ball.

Sarah Macrae will play for the University of Guelph in the fall, and Shanien O’Neill has a number of schools interested.

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