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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

2016 Youth Basketball Tourney held at Piikani Community Hall


^ Gold Medal Winners: “Young Guns” Dawn Many Guns, Ashton Yellow Horn, Joseph Plain Eagle, Riley North Peigan, Isiah North Peigan, Josh Cross Child and Chris Scout.

Piitaapoyi - The Youth Basketball Tourney was held May 21, 2016 at the Piikani Community Hall with approximately sixty youth registered between the ages of 12 to 21. Each player registered received a t-shirt and lunch coupon and their names were drawn to form six teams. The event’s theme “Passing It To The Next Generation” opened up with a blessing and honor song from Morris Little Wolf, Piikani Elder and opening remarks from Peter Strikes With A Gun, Elder/Piitaapoyi Member.


Silver Medal Winners: “Across The River” Latoya Crow Eagle, Gracelynn Bad Eagle, Sara Saulnier, Will Merasty, Joshua Big Sorrel Horse, Sonny Willey and Fred Small Legs.

 The highlight of the event was honoring all the former Piikani Nation basketball players who were awarded with a medal of honor from the Piitaapoyi Group along with an honor song. The Piitaapoyi Group invited Shay Yellow Horn, who is a former college basketball player and role model, to address the youth with his basketball highlights and encourage them to try their best. Peter Strikes With A Gun acknowledged all the volunteers and to Piikani Youth and Education, McMan Youth Services and the family of the Late Kevin Holloway for contributing to another successful youth event.

The champions received gold medals and hoodies with both second and third receiving silver and bronze medals. The results are as follows:

Gold Medal Winners: “Young Guns” Dawn Many Guns, Ashton Yellow Horn, Joseph Plain Eagle, Riley North Peigan, Isiah North Peigan, Josh Cross Child and Chris Scout.

Silver Medal Winners: “Across The River” Latoya Crow Eagle, Gracelynn Bad Eagle, Sara Saulnier, Will Merasty, Joshua Big Sorrel Horse, Sonny Willey and Fred Small Legs.

Bronze Medal Winners: “Hard Money” Mercades Bastien, Abby Smith, Mathew North Peigan, Tyreese Scout, Juwan Yellow Horn, Travis North Peigan and Jesen Little Mustache. (No Team Picture Taken)

Free Throw Winner: Josh Yellow Horn

3 Point Winner: Keith Hope

Ms Hustle: Mercedes Smith (Trophy and Hoodie)

Mr Hustle: Josh Cross Child (Trophy and Hoodie)

Female Allstars:
Gracelyn Bad Eagle, Dawn Many Guns and Latoya Crow Eagle (Trophies donated by Late Kevin Holloway Family)

Male Allstars: Fred Small Legs, Wyatt Buckskin and Michael North Peigan (Trophies donated by Late Kevin Holloway Family)

There was an award for best coach however since there was no coaches the award was presented to Mark Anderson for always being so supportive to the Piitaapoyi Group events.

MVP Female: Abbey Smith (Trophy and Hoodie)

 MVP Male:  Josh Big Sorrel Horse (Trophy and Hoodie)


MVP Female Abbey Smith (Trophy and Hoodie) MVP Male Josh Big Sorrel Horse (Trophy and Hoodie)

Former Basketball Players competed in a 3 point fun challenge with the winners winning hoodies and everyone else received a t-shirt.

Female:
Tracy Wolfe – Winner 
Roberta Yellow Horn
Trudy Crow Eagle
Danielle One Owl
Melinda Chief Moon
Twylla Smith
Jessica Yellow Horn

Male:
Josh Yellow Horn – Winner
Joey Holloway
Rudy Yellow Horn
Bobby Goodrider
Jim Chief Moon

On behalf of the Piitaapoyi Group we would not of had such a successful event without all the generous volunteers and contributions.

Thank you for supporting sobriety!


Marlon Strikes With A Gun,  Piitaapoyi Chairman 
Doug Iron Shirt, Piitaapoyi Vice-Chairman

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