Our SWAC teams were very busy this weekend. The SWAC senior girls and boys basketball leagues wrapped up. We had athletes at the SHSAA provincial championships for curling and wrestling. Plus, all of our 1A-3A basketball teams participated in the first level of SHSAA provincial basketball playoffs.
SENIOR BASKETBALL LEAGUE
The championship games for the SWAC senior basketball league were played on Tuesday, March 5. The senior boy’s league had the SC Jr Colts hosting the Shaunavon Shadows in the championship game. The Colts won the league title by a score of 76-56. This was the first time that SCCHS has won the boy’s league championship. The senior girl’s final was hosted by the Shaunavon Silhouettes. The visiting SCCHS Jr Ardens lost an exciting, well played final to the hometown team (43-38). This is the 8th year in a row that the Silhouettes have won the league title. In the senior boy’s consolation games, Frontier boys host Gull Lake boys. It was a very close game, but Frontier prevailed and won by a score of 57-54. The senior girl’s consolation game between Herbert girls and Maple Creek girls was canceled.
Shaunavon Silhouettes (senior girls league champs) AND 2A girls regional qualifier
Back row: (L-R) Coach Karl Wilkins, Neveah Folbar, Paige Erickson, Hanna Piquette, Kamryn McNabb, Layne Stevenson, Coach Jaime Wilkins
Middle: Cara Greenslade, Tori Stearns, Kinae Wallis, Eddie Island
Front: Charlene Hoffarth, Bryden Tremere
SCCHS Jr Ardens (second in senior girls league)
Back row: (L-R) Coach C, Jordyn Salberg, Veda Gottselig, Erika Sauder, Keanna Friesen, Elliot Duncalfe, Coach Richards
Middle row: Katie Hudec, Jenna Olfert, Kea Frase
Front row: Hailey Klimm, Kat deKlerk, Oliva Koebel, Kara Johner
SCCHS Jr Colts (senior boys league champs)
Back row: (L-R) Coach Phil Braun, Griffin Duncalfe, Jesse Peters, Logan Friesen, Ethan Murdoch, Dawson Schultz, Carson Letkeman, Coach Derek Murdoch
Front row: Lane Fehr, Ivan Magtoto, Karter Duclos, Andrei Dimaano, John Catimbang, Luke Bloom
Shaunavon Shadows (second in senior boys league)
Back row: (L-R) Solomon Petinrin, Justin Bergquist, Chris Ruetz, Codee Smith, Austin Smith, Ty Schermerhorn, Dawson Jacobs, Coach Dean Wilkins
Front row: Avery Moore, Wyatt Smith, Xymon Reyes, Chase Lewans
SHSAA PROVINCIAL GIRLS CURLING
Maple Creek and Gull Lake girls curling teams competed at the SHSAA Provincial tournament in Nipawin on March 8/9. Maple Creek opened the pool round robin with a decisive 11-3 win over Nipawin. Back to back losses to Weyburn (9-7) and Allan (6-4) eliminated Maple Creek from the competition. Gull Lake had two early wins in the round robin: 8-6 over Wadena and 6-3 over Spiritwood. They lost their last round robin game to Yorkton (8-5). That left Gull Lake in a 3 way tie in their pool. After the tie break was applied, Yorkton was #1 in the pool and Gull Lake and Spiritwood played in a tie break Saturday morning for the last playoff position. It was a very close game, but Gull Lake lost (7-5) and their run at the provincial championship was over. They may not have come home with any hardware, but these were two very skilled and well-coached teams.
SHSAA PROVINCIAL WRESTLING
The SCCHS Colts and Arden wrestling team took part in the SHSAA provincial wrestling championship in Regina. The team had outstanding finishes. Five of the ten SCCHS participating wrestlers were in medal matches. Jordan Lamontange (62kg) finished 4th and Elijah Harden (77kg) won bronze. Gold medals went to Sebastien Marchand (73kg), Aleah Nickel (64kg) and Luke Nelson (69kg). The Swift Current team placed 7th overall. Well done, wrestlers!
(L-R) Coach Dan Marchand, Elijah Harden, Sebastien Marchand, Aleah Nickel, Luke Nelson, Manager Tracey Martin, Coach Tony Curti, (missing Coach Al Blanke)
Photo - Tracey Martin
SHSAA CONFERENCE BASKETBALL
All SWAC 1A-3A basketball teams competed in the SHSAA conference championships on March 8/9. Our 3A Maple Creek girls were in Assiniboia. Their conference was different that the other ones that SWAC teams attended. Maple Creek would have to lose twice to be eliminated, all other competitions are ‘one loss and you are out’. Maple Creek Rebelles lost to hometown Assiniboia (71-43), they played the last chance game and lost to Lumsden (79-42). 1A Herbert Laurel girls were in Central Butte. They lost to Gladmar (75-51). 1A Leader Saint girls were in Eatonia. Leader lost their opening game to hometown Eatonia (48-29). 2A Shaunavon Silhouettes were at Moose Jaw Cornerstone. Conference #4 ranked Shaunavon had an exciting win over the Conference #1 ranked Davidson in the opening game (49-45). Shaunavon lost against MJ Cornerstone (73-52) in the final, but qualified for Regionals with their second place finish.
Three of our 1A boy basketball teams (Frontier, Leader, Herbert) were in Davidson. The Frontier Raiders won their opening game against Central Butte (83-72), but lost to Davidson in the semifinal on Saturday morning (92-58) and were eliminated. It was a battle of the SWAC teams, Herbert Laurels vs Leader Saints in their first games. Herbert handed Leader a 59-26 loss. Herbert beat Eatonia on Saturday morning (67-44), but lost to Davidson in the final later in the day (91-79). Being a top two team, Herbert boys will advance to Regionals. The SCCHS Arden and Colt teams will also start their run at the 5A provincial championship at Regionals on March 15/16. Colts will be in Yorkton and Ardens at PA Carlton. We should know where Shaunavon and Herbert will play their regional sometime Monday.
Herbert Laurels (1A boys regional qualifier)
Back row: (L-R) Tyler Frank, Pilani Siwela, Rhett Petersen, Josh Klassen, Justin Castle, Tristin Funk, Dylan Cornet, Coach Ryan Gunstenson
Front row: Grayson Schwartz, Nick Frank, Jacob Meyers, Willem Haughian
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