Evanka Osmak helps us keep score most nights along with Ken Reid at the Sportsnet Central desk. She’s taking her own shot now in the publishing world with her first novel, a cool book for kids ages 6-11 titled “Ali Hoops.”

The PlumLeaf Press release, featuring illustrations by Megan Chew, is all about a young girl named Ali who loves shooting hoops with her schoolmate Leila. Can they both make the school basketball team? What if one of them does and the other does not?

Born in New Jersey and raised in Oakville, Ont., Osmak has an inspiring track record when it comes to stepping up to her own foul lines in life. Trained and employed in the world of civil engineering, at 25 she tore up those plans and took a chance on a broadcasting career. That led to opportunities on both sides of the border and a job she’s loved for over a dozen years now at Sportnet.

Hear about her own two young readers at home, her love for the Toronto Blue Jays and how she cracked the Sportsnet lineup on this episode of brioux.tv: the podcast. To listen, simply click above on the white arrow inside the blue dot.

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