Spartans basketball team heads to regionals
by Phil Ambroziak
You win some and you lose some.
That was the theme of the day for both the Carpenter High School boys and girls basketball teams March 10 when they competed in their respective Saskatchewan High Schools Athletic Association (SHSAA) conference tournaments.
The boys tournament, which was held at CHS, featured four teams and opened with a victory by the North Battleford Comprehensive High School Vikings over the Kindersley Kobras. The Carpenter High Spartans were also victorious in morning competition when they decisively defeated the John Paul II Crusaders 90-43.
These victories set up the final game that afternoon between NBCHS and Meadow Lake and, although the home team put up a valiant effort against their opponents, NBCHS went on to win a very close game by a score of 70-66.
“In our game against John Paul II, everyone got in and everyone scored,” noted CHS coach Kendra Syrota. “It was nice to play at home and to get that first game under our belts. The game against North Battleford was a huge game for us. Even though we didn’t win, they are ranked ahead of us, so hopefully our showing on Saturday will help us as we head into regional competition.”
Syrota went on to explain CHS has played the team from North Battleford two or three times throughout the season, but never gave as good of a showing as they did Saturday.
“On all of those occasions we came up pretty flat,” she said. “It was nice to give them a great game – it was pretty evenly matched throughout.”
Syrota credits many of the Grade 12 students on the team for their offensive efforts, highlighting the performances of Tyler Boehm, as well as Jace Lavallee on defence.
“It’s great to be going into regionals knowing we’re playing at this level,” she continued. “I also want to thank all the fans for coming out and showing their support for our team.”
The CHS girls team, which was also hoping to improve its standing heading into regionals, entered the SHSAA conference tournament held in Kindersley ranked third.
In their first game, the girls earned a victory against Bedford Road Collegiate 51-33.
“We started slow and it was a little tense, but we really started to put it together in the second quarter,” remarked coach Carla Waterman.
This win put Meadow Lake against Swift Current Comprehensive High School, the end of which saw CHS victorious once again. The final score in that game was 57-50.
“The girls played really well in that game,” Waterman said. “It was close, but the girls started making baskets and we had really good defence.”
Much like their counterparts on the boys team, the girls were finally defeated by North Battleford Comprehensive. The final score was 78-31.
“North Battleford is the number one ranked team in the conference and only the top 16 (throughout the region) go to regional playoffs,” Waterman noted. “Hopefully our two wins on Saturday place us somewhere between eighth and 12th.”
Regional competition is scheduled for this weekend with last weekend’s results leading to both teams ranking seventh as they enter their respective tournaments. The girls team will compete at Notre Dame College in Wilcox while the boys head to Prince Albert.
The top four teams heading into regionals traditionally host the event, information that was expected to be announced early this week.
The winners from each region will progress to Hoopla 2012, the SHSAA’s provincial competition on March 23-24 in Regina.