SWAC BASKETBALL LEAGUES
The senior basketball league title games were played in Maple Creek on Tuesday, March 7. Maple Creek defeated Herbert 85-20 for the girls championship. Top scorer for Herbert was Rylee Schwartz seven points. Top scorers for Maple Creek were Sage Portz with 28 points, Savannah Frey with 21 points, and Sierra Frey with 18 points.
Maple Creek boys won 76-45 over Vanguard for the boys league title. Top scorers for Vanguard were Jake Klassen with 24 points, Pierce Schmidt with nine points, and Luigi Eui with six points. Top scorers for Maple Creek were Logan Bauer with 27 points, Aydan Buss with 18 points, and Jaydon Sawby with 14 points.
Congratulations to Maple Creek for winning both senior SWAC league championships.
SENIOR SHSAA PROVINCIAL CURLING
We had three SWAC teams playing in SHSAA Curling Provincials on March 10-11.
The Maple Creek mixed team was in Hanley. The Maple Creek foursome ended up pool play with a 1-2 record, but that was good enough for a three-way tie for second in their pool. They started with a loss to Watrous (3-9), rebounded with a win over Yorkton Sacred Heart (6-5) and lost to host team Hanley (5-8).
In the tiebreak round, Maple Creek played Yorkton once again. By winning 6-2, they were awarded second in their pool. In the semi-final, Maple Creek lost to Lampman (4-9) and went on to play for bronze against Moose Jaw Peacock. The Maple Creek team was never in trouble during the game (winning 7-4) and they brought home a bronze medal for their school. Congratulations to Louise Parsonage, Jayden Skrumeda Sawby, Kellee Parsonage, Morgan Udal, and coach Holly Jamieson.
Fox Valley girls traveled to Hanley. In pool round robin play, the Legends beat Saskatoon Evan Hardy (7-6) and Wawota (6-5). They had a loss to Langham (1-8) placing them second in their pool. In the semi-final, the girls lost to North Battleford Comprehensive (2-8).
Fox Valley played Watson for the bronze medal, but it wasn’t their best game of the tournament. The girls lost 2-10 and have placed fourth in the province, a great accomplishment for this strong team of Brooklyn Schell, Kierra Herter, Haley Anton, Gracie Ross, and coach Kalin Deis.
Rosthern was the host site for the boys provincial championship. The Swift Current Comp. Colts placed first in their pool with a 2-1 record. They beat Wynyard 12-0 and Rosthern College 8-7. The Colts only round robin loss was to Yorkton Regional (4-5).
In the semi-final, Swift Current lost to Outlook (5-6), sending the boys into the bronze medal game against Yorkton. The Colts lost that game by a heartbreakingly close score of 5-6. The Swift Current team finished a very respectable fourth in the province. It should be noted that all of their losses were only by one point. This is a very competitive team at the provincial level comprised of Ethan Robinson, Riley Starkey, Troy Oakman, Sean Friesen, Shane Cornelson, and coach Ron Bailey.
SHSAA SENIOR BASKETBALL PLAYOFFS
We had numerous SWAC teams taking part in conference tournaments on March 11-12. Due to weather/road conditions, Herbert girls and Shaunavon girls were not able to travel to their host sites.
3A Maple Creek girls were at Briercrest. They will advance to regionals this coming weekend. They were given a win over Shaunavon (forfeit), defeated Regina Christian (60-56) and then lost to Indian Head in the final (76-43). The Maple Creek team will advance to regionals as the #2 seed from their conference.
2A Herbert boys hosted a conference championship. They won their opening round game over Kenaston (62-29), defeated Eston (67-71) and then lost in the conference championship to Davidson (81-61). Placing second will send the Laurels to the regional round.
3A Maple Creek boys played Shaunavon in the first game of their conference tournament, hosted by Maple Creek. The Shadows eliminated the hometown team (74-45). The Shaunavon team then defeated Assiniboia in the final (80-49). The Shadows qualified for regionals as the #1 seed from their conference.
SCCHS 5A Colts played a regional ‘play in’ qualifier game against Balgonie last week. The Colts did not win the game, and their season came to an end.
Other teams playing in SHSAA Regional tournaments on March 17-18 will be 1A Vanguard boys and 5A SCCHS Ardens.
SHSAA PROVINCIAL WRESTLING
Good Luck to the SCCHS Arden/Colt wrestling team who will be competing at the SHSAA Provincial Championship next weekend. Athletes who qualified are: Colton Koethler, Keyanna Ginter-Bennet, Brooklyn Hir, Waylan Ratzlaff, Titus Erick, Dakota Hurl, Kaylin Read, Nicole Pelltier, Ella Toles, Rece Schindel, Emmit Wiebe, and Chaz Vanderdort.
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).
TRACK AND FIELD
Believe it or not, track and field practices can begin in under two weeks (Monday, March 27). Blue section track meet is Tuesday, May 16, White section track meet is Wednesday, May 17, SWAC district meet is Wednesday, May 24 and SHSAA Provincials are in Saskatoon on June 2-3.
The Chinook School Division Sports Report is submitted by Val Gordon