SWAC BASKETBALL LEAGUES
The senior league championship game will be played in Maple Creek on Tuesday, March 7. #1 Maple Creek will play #2 Herbert girls and #1 Maple Creek boys will play #2 Vanguard boys for the league title.
The junior basketball league final between #1 Shaunavon boys and #2 Maple Creek coed was on Thursday, March 2 in Shaunavon. The game was very close in the first quarter, but then Shaunavon gradually pulled away and won 85-52. Congratulations to the Shadows on winning the Junior League title.
SHSAA SENIOR BASKETBALL PLAYOFFS
The SHSAA version of March Madness is upon us. Teams entering playoffs will have to win a qualifying spot at the conference or regional level to advance to HOOPLA. The number of entries in each classification determines if there is a conference level tournament needed before the regional weekend.
SWAC teams taking part in conference tournaments on March 11-12 have 1A Herbert girls at LCBI (four-team tournament). 3A Shaunavon girls and 3A Maple Creek girls are at Briercrest (seven-team tournament). 1A Herbert boys are hosting a seven-team conference championship, and 3A Maple Creek will host another four-team conference championship that 3A Shaunavon will attend.
The SCCHS Arden/Colt wrestling team was in Meadow Lake on Saturday for the SHSAA Rural Wrestling Regional competition. A placement in the top four earns a spot at the SHSAA Provincial Championship in Regina on March 10-11. Swift Current will be sending 12 wrestlers to the championship, that’s over half their team that qualified.
Regional finishes in various weight classifications:
1st place: Colton Koethler, Keyanna Ginter-Bennet, Brooklyn Hir.
2nd place: Waylan Ratzlaff.
3rd place: Titus Erick, Dakota Hurl, Kaylin Read, Nicole Pelltier, Ella Toles.
4th place: Rece Schindel, Emmit Wiebe, Chaz Vanderdort.
SENIOR SHSAA REGIONAL CURLING
SWAC senior girls, boys and mixed curling teams were competing at the SHSAA Regional curling championship in Moose Jaw on March 3-4. Teams needed to win the A-side or B-side of the draw to advance to the Provincial Championship on March 10-11.
SWAC has three teams advancing to Curling Provincials. Maple Creek mixed won the A-side with wins over LCBI (12-4), Glentworth (8-3), and MJ Peacock (10-8).
Fox Valley girls were undefeated and won the A-side with wins MJ Peacock (9-3) and SCCHS (12-0).
SCCHS boys won over Kyle (18-0) and Avonlea (7-3). A loss to Outlook (9-5) dropped them to the B-side final in the draw. The Colts beat Moose Jaw Vanier (8-3) in the B-final and are off to Provincials.
SCCHS girls started with a win over Moose Jaw Cornerstone (7-8). They then had a loss to Fox Valley (0-12) dropping them to the B-side. They played Cornerstone again, but the result was very different. The Ardens lost 1-10 and were eliminated.
Gull Lake boys opened with a loss to Vanier (4-8). The Lions team rebounded with a win over Avonlea (8-2). A loss to Moose Jaw Vanier (1-9) in the B-semi final took Gull Lake out of contention.
Hazlet Mixed lost their first game to Moose Jaw Peacock (7-9). They followed that with a win over Loreburn (11-1) but a loss to Peacock (4-9) ended their season.
The Junior SWAC district curling championship took place on March 3-4 in Swift Current. Thanks to Laura Cornelson (Ecole Centennial) for being the commissioner and the Swift Current Curling Club for being excellent facility hosts.
There were six teams in each category (girls/boys/ open). We used a modified double knockout format to determine who would win their way to the final.
The girls final went to an exciting extra end. The A-side champion Leader team (Grace Wickenheiser, Rachel Cocks, Olivia Armstrong, Rene Butt, Darcy McKnight, Samantha Silbernagel, Coach Lana Marshall, missing Coaches Terri Broderick/Darrah Duchscherer) was the A-side champion and defeated the B-side champion Maple Creek to take the district title. Third place went to Gull Lake.
A-side champion Maple Creek team (Dayton Cronkhite, Cecil Baynton, Bradyn Unger, Peyton Moorhead, Coach Landon Bertram) won the boys championship over B-side champion Ecole Centennial. Fox Valley ended up third.
Another A-side winning Maple Creek team (Emelie Baynton, Maizey Cronkhite, Kate Bandy, Cooper Udal, Coach Jessica Christie) won the open/mixed championship over B-side champions Val Marie. Eastend finished third.
Badminton practices have started for junior and senior teams. Please take note of the following dates for badminton playoffs: Junior Sectionals (April 29), Junior Districts (May 6), Senior Sectionals (April 22), Senior Districts (April 29), Senior Regionals (May 6), Senior SHSAA Provincials (May 13).
The Chinook School Division Sports Report is submitted by Val Gordon