Wabasca hosted two basketball tournaments on February 28 to 29. These were the High Prairie School divisional championship and the Smoky River Junior High Basketball League finals.
From Slave Lake, St. Francis senior and junior boys and Roland Michener senior girls and boys competed. Kinuso senior boys also competed.
St. Francis of Assisi senior boys Falcons played in the gold medal game at divisionals. They lost 103 to 83 to the E.W. Pratt Chargers, from High Prairie.
Falcons placed silver, with two wins and one loss.
Michener senior boys Rams placed fourth, losing to Atikameg in the bronze medal game after beating them earlier in the season.
Kinuso senior boys finished seventh.
Roland Michener high school girls Rams played a close game against GP Vanier Vipers. Rams lost 57 to 48. They lost all their games, placing fifth.
They are done for the season.
Area schools are in different zones based on size.
On Thursday, March 5, Kinuso senior boys competed in a playoff game. They won 91 to 58, so qualified for zones March 20 to 21 in Westlock.
On Friday, March 6, the senior boys Rams played a playoff game against St. Joseph School in Whitecourt.
On March 10, St. Francis senior boys Falcons played Redwater on March 10 in a zones qualifier. (Falcons and Rams qualifying weren’t known at time of printing).
In the Smoky River Junior High Basketball League, St. Francis boys Falcons finished the Wabasca tournament with a 1 – 2 record.
“Both losses came at the hands of two buzzer-beaters,” says St. Francis athletic coordinator Joe Kirby.
The Roland Michener junior high boys Rams didn’t attend the Smoky River finals. (Kinuso junior results weren’t known by publication).
Smith School is in a different school district. It has both a girls and boys junior high team. It isn’t part of the Smoky River League and isn’t going to zones.
Page 16 has Smoky River stats leading up to the finals. Stats are based on game sheets submitted. There may have been some games played, where the game sheets weren’t sent on.
For example, Kinuso girls won a game against Mistassiniy on February 19, which isn’t recorded in the stats.
On Saturday, March 7, St. Francis hosted junior high A1 zones.
Zones featured four girl’s teams and three on the boy’s side. The Neerlandia Eagles won gold in both tournaments and move on to the provincials. St. Francis teams took bronze (girls) and silver. Kinuso Knights won bronze on the boy’s side.
“Great little tournament all around and we are excited that we won two more medals!” says Joe Kirby, the St. Francis athletic director.