Interlake teams succeed in high school basketball

Blake Magnusson (No. 22) of the Gimli High School Lakers looks to pass the ball, but is defended by Liam Bangle (No. 13) of the Warren Collegiate Wildcats. The Lakers won 76-52 over the Wildcats in varsity boys' basketball action at Warren Collegiate Institute in Warren, Man. on Jan. 15, 2020. (Adam Peleshaty/The Stonewall Argus and Teulon Times/Postmedia Network)

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In one of the few high school basketball tournaments in the province which was played to completion, the Arborg Collegiate Athletics varsity boys’ basketball team finished runner-up at the Arborg Varsity Boys Basketball Tournament, which was held at Arborg Collegiate Institute from Jan. 17 to 18.

The Athletics, who won the silver medal at last year’s Manitoba High School Athletics Association Provincial ‘A’ Varsity Boys Basketball Championship in Elie, lost to the Lac du Bonnet Chargers 76-67 in the final on Jan. 18.

Arborg won its quarterfinal matchup 68-44 over the Riverton Patriots and later advanced to the final with a tight 62-60 victory over the Teulon Saints.

The Saints took home bronze medals after routing the Peguis Wolverines 91-41 in the third place game. Teulon won its quarterfinal against the Fisher River Hawks 57-31. The Wolverines defeated the St. Paul’s Barons from Elie 58-46 in its quarterfinal, before dropping their semifinal 93-75 against the Chargers.

The Patriots won its consolation semifinal 55-51 over the Hawks, but later lost 79-56 to Mikisew School from Cross Lake. The Hawks were awarded seventh place as their opponents, the Barons, left the tournament early due to the snowstorm on Jan. 18.

Warren hosts shortened tournament

The Warren Collegiate Wildcats varsity girls’ team won both their games at their home tournament in Warren, which was then shortened due to weather. Warren won 55-20 over the Immanuel Christian Falcons and 61-24 over the Westpark Royals. The Athletics won 46-36 over the MacGregor Mustangs but lost to the Steinbach Christian School Flames 59-47.

The Wildcats’ varsity boys squad won both games at a tournament in MacGregor, 72-68 over the Mustangs and 82-47 over the Killarney Raiders. The Lakers won their only game 87-36 over the Prairie Mountain Predators.

Stonewall Rams

The Stonewall Collegiate Rams junior varsity boys’ basketball team lost its only game at the Niverville JV Boys Basketball Tournament, 66-32 to the host Panthers on Jan. 17. The team also fell to 0-4 in West Winnipeg Athletic Conference play after a 74-58 loss to the Grant Park Pirates at SCI on Jan. 14. The Rams’ JV girls squad defeated the Pirates 101-20 at SCI on Jan. 14, improving to 4-1. They also played the John Taylor Pipers at home on Jan. 16, but the score for the latter game was unavailable at press time.

Stonewall’s varsity girls’ team won its first WWAC game of the season 62-22 over the Gordon Bell Panthers in Winnipeg on Jan. 13. However, the Rams’ varsity boys lost to Gordon Bell 63-48 and fell to 0-3. Both Stonewall teams faced the Churchill Bulldogs in Winnipeg on Jan. 16, but the scores were unavailable at press time.

Provincial rankings

The latest edition of the MHSAA’s basketball rankings were unveiled on Jan. 20 with Interlake schools occupying top-10 spots.

Gimli ranks third while Warren is seventh in the AA Varsity Boys basketball rankings. In the AA Varsity Girls rankings, the Wildcats are third, the Saints are fifth and the Athletics are eighth.

The Rams are fourth in the AAA Junior Varsity Girls rankings, while Warren is fifth and Teulon is sixth in A/AA Junior Varsity Girls basketball. Meanwhile, the Lakers are fifth in the A/AA Junior Varsity Boys rankings.

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