SBL: Perry Lakes Hawks add two US imports to 2019 lineup

Perry Lakes Hawks new imports Jamie Cherry and Kyle Sovine, both are from the USA. The season kicks off on Friday, March 15. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d491230
Perry Lakes Hawks new imports Jamie Cherry and Kyle Sovine, both are from the USA. The season kicks off on Friday, March 15. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d491230

TWO star players are ready to hit the court for the Perry Lakes Hawks.

Jamie Cherry and Kyle Sovine have made the journey from the US to join the State Basketball League (SBL) team, and will make their Hawks debut at Bendat Basketball Centre in two weeks.

Cherry is one of several new faces for the women’s team this year, along with Morgan Ballantyne, Nikita Martin, Rebecca Benson and junior Tia Morgan.

Perry Lakes Hawks new import Jamie Cherry from the USA. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d491230

“I’m looking forward to kicking off my professional career – I played in college and this is my first time playing at professional level,” Cherry said.

“I’m trying to get out here and have fun and win.”

WSBL coach Deanna Smith said Cherry had an impressive stat line in college and the team was looking forward to her taking the role of point guard to a new level.

“It’s always an exciting time when you bring an experienced player into your team, as it provides an invaluable opportunity for the young up and coming players to learn and challenge themselves against international players,” she said.

Sovine will join the 2018 Championship-winning men’s team, along with Tevin Jackson.

“I’m excited to be here,” he said.

“I’m coming into a rich tradition and program, it’s a great club.”

MSBL coach Matt Parsons said at 6’9, Sovine would provide the front court some great flexibility in the upcoming season.

Perry Lakes Hawks new import Kyle Sovine. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d491230

“He has a great touch around the basket and will be a great presence down in the low block – he can also step out and hit the three pointer at a very high clip,” he said.

The first Perry Lakes Hawks games kick off against the Joondalup Wolves at 6.30pm on Friday, March 15, at Bendat Basketball Centre in Floreat.