Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Sabres host and win 2016 ASAA 1A Boys Provincial Basketball Championship

2015/16 ASAA 1A Boys Provincial Basketball Champions
Gold: Livingstone Sabres
Levi Sekella, Cole Schweb, Justyn Connelly-Engel, Quinlan Connelly-Engel,
Jonathan Erickson, Logan Kaack, Brady Douglas, Brandon Hilbert, Chris Cail, Ross Cook, Ethan
Paridaen and Eric Cadonic with Coaches: Duane DeCock and Paul Erickson


Voice staff
Main photographer: Amber Mackinnon.  
Additional photographers and videography: T. Lucas, C. Davis, J. Davis

Gold - Livingstone Sabres
Silver - Daysland
Bronze - New Norway
Fourth - Coaldale
Consolation - Rosemary

Livingstone's 1A Sabres Boys Basketball team earned Gold at the ASAA 1A Boys basketball tournament, which they also hosted at the Matthew Halton High School gymnasium in Pincher Creek.  Daysland's Dynamos earned Silver, and New Norway earned Bronze.

Video highlights from games 6, 7, 9, 12, 15-19

Silver: Daysland Dynamos

Bronze: New Norway 

For the Sabres, hosting the tournament kicked off with this rally last year.  By the next day they were confirmed as hosts.  At the tournament they faced some of the same teams they faced at Provincials last year.  That event was hosted by the 2014/15 Hines Creek Tigers.  The Tigers were well represented at this year's tournament as well.  

In fact, as one St. Michael's Dragons athlete told us, every team earned the right to be there. The games were, for the most part, very close, including a heartbreaker for hometown fans when the Dragons were defeated 51-49 in game 7 of the tournament. The Sabres broke the curve, winning all three of their games by definitive margins, defeating Rosemary 80-66, New Norway 77-49, and Daysland in the final 78-62 to earn the Gold.

The Sabres had already earned the South Zones 1A Boys Basketball and Chinook League Post Season championship banners.  Sabre Ross Cook was named 2016 Chinook League MVP.  After making it all the way to Hines Creek for Provincials last season, this season the Sabres were determined to bring it all back home, tournament and banner.   And so they did.  An undefeated golden season.

Sabres pep rally

The Sabres were honored with a pep rally at Livingstone School on Tuesday March 15, just before the tournament.  A similar rally was held at St. Michael's, and one imagines at many of the schools represented at the tournament.

Opening ceremonies for the tournament were held Thursday March 17 in the packed Matthew Halton gyum. A Grand March of participating teams was followed by the singing of O Canada led by Meghan Tkachuk.

Dignitaries were introduced, including brief speeches from Town of Pincher Creek Mayor Don Anderberg,  MD. of Pincher Creek Division 5 Councillor Terry Yagos, Livingstone Range School Division Superintendent of Schools Dave Driscoll, Livingstone Range School Division Board Trustee Clara Yagos, and Livingstone School Principal Chad Jensen, 

MD of Pincher Creek Councillor and Livingstone alumni Terry Yagos

Town of Pincher Creek Mayor Don Anderberg
LRSD Trustee Clara Yagos
Chris Cail and Ross Cook
The Athlete's Oath was led by Livingstone Sabres Basketball Captains Chris Cail and Ross Cook.

Ceremonial tip off - Terry Yagos and Gary Poulsen, with Paul Erickson as ref
The ceremonial tip-off featured Livingstone School alumni Gary Poulsen and Terry Yagos.  The teams marched out again, the Sabres handing out free basketball to young enthusiasts in the crowd, and now it was time for the tournament to begin in earnest.  

Four games were played before everyone gathered for the at Pincher Creek's community hall that evening.  Some even came prepared for St. Patrick's Day.  Livingstone elementary students put a lot of work into the colourful and imaginative placemats at all the tables.

ASAA Executive Director John Paton

Alberta School's Athletic Association (ASAA) Executive Director John Paton was on hand for the dinner, and gave a short and well received speech.  Pincher Creek was one of his stops during a tournament-filled week in the ASAA.

An entertaining dinner

Tanya Douglas read a compilation of basketball advice from Livingstone School elementary students including "Put the ball in the hoop", "Have fun", and "Play nice".  Do send us the full list Tanya, we'll add it here. Tables were called to the buffet, and soon after the Out of Our Heads Gameshow comedians entertained the room with their interactive improv skits.  

2015/16 St. Michael's Dragons
St. Michael's Dragons didn't finish in the medals, but they laid a solid foundation for next season's success.

The Silver game was a nailbiter, tied 55-55 with three minutes remaining, but ultimately New Norway persevered, defeating Coaldale 66-62.

That's how close this Provincials competition was.  

Parkland Immanuel Penguins


  • 1: Hines Creek 74, Ecole Mallaig 69
  • 2: Rosemary 73, Clearwater Academy 53
  • : Daysland 66. Parkland Immanuel 57
  • 4: Coaldale Christian 77, St. Mary 66
  • 5: New Norway 61 vs Hines Creek 59
  • 6: Livingstone 80 vs Rosemary 66
  • 7: Daysland 51 vs St.Michael's 49
  • 8: Coaldale Christian 61 vs Grand Trunk 55
  • 9: Clearwater Academy 83 vs Ecole Mallaig 54
  • 10: St. Mary's 70 vs Parkland Immanuel 63
  • 11: Livingstone 77 vs New Norway 49
  • 12: Daysland 67 vs Coaldale 58
  • 13: Rosemary 78 vs Hines Creek 48
  • 14: St. Michael's 79 vs Grand Trunk 65
  • 15: Mallaig 84 vs Parkland 61
  • 16: Clear Water 81 vs St. Mary 58
  • 17: Consolation game - Rosemary 64 vs St. Michael's 42
  • 18: Bronze game - New Norway 66 vs Coaldale 62
  • 19: Gold game - Livingstone 78 vs Daysland 62

Notes from some of the games:

Hines Creek's Tigers, last year's host team, defeated Ecole Mallaig's Stingers 74-69 in a closely contested opening game.

Saint Michael’s vs Daysland Dynamos
Close opening minutes to the game, with the lead changing multiple times. The Dragons took the lead near the end of the 1st quarter. The Dragons held their lead by 10-15 points until the final quarter, but ultimately lost by two points.  That one hurt,

Coaldale Christian Titans vs Grand Trunk Grizzlies
8 - 14 Titans at the end of the first quarter. Grizzlies take the lead by halftime, 25-24. Titans Regain the lead in the 3rd quarter, with the score 37-45 at the end of the 3rd. With 2:19 left in the game the Titans were in the lead 56-60. The Titans won 55-61.

Clear Water Academy Crusaders vs Mallaig Stingers
Clear Water was well in the lead, 34-29 at the half and controlled the second half too to win it.

Parkland Immanuel Penguins vs St. Mary Sharks
A close game in the first half. 36-37 at the end of the third, with Parkland in the lead. St Mary’s gained the lead early in the final quarter, with the score at 42-37 a minute and a half in. Parkland trailed just behind St Mary’s for the rest of the game. 49-45, 67-63, 70-63.

New Norway Spartans vs Livingstone Sabres
The first quarter was quite close, with New Norway in the lead 21-20. The game was tied 24-24 with 6:54 left in the second quarter. Livingstone took the lead 26-24 with 4:53 left in the second, and then rocked the second half to a 77-49 win.

Coaldale Christian Titans vs Daysland Dynamos
Another very close contes, 22-23 for Daysland. then 25-23 with 7:55 left in the second. 39-34 for Daysland at the end of the second, and on to a Daysland  67-58 win.

Consolation Game - St. Michael's Dragons vs Rosemary Rockets
Rosemary's Rockets earned the Consolation prize after defeating the Dragons 64-42.  Look for both of these names in the box marked Contenders next season.  The Dragons stuck around to cheer on the Sabres in the final. 

Silver Game - New Norway Spartans vs Coaldale Christian Titans
The Titans score the first goal of the game. However, the Spartans scored a three pointer shortly after that, taking the lead. The score was 10-2 for the Spartans with 6:28 remaining in the first. 10-5 following a three pointer for the Titans at 6:15. 12-5 at 5:14. 21-13 at the end of the first. The Spartans gained a wide lead in the second quarter, with a score of 27-16 with 6:10 on the clock. The score was 38-26 for the Spartans at the end of the second quarter. The score was 51-37 at the end of the 3rd.  The Titans closed the gap in the third, tying the game at 55-55 with three minutes left. However, the Spartans ultimately won it 66-62.

Livingstone Sabres vs Daysland Dyanamos
Sabres dominated the first quarter, ahead 23-5 at the end of it.  It was 31-9 Sabres 6:17 into the second. Daysland started to make a comeback in the second, and it was 40-28 at the end of it. The Sabres controlled the rest of the game as well, ahead 68-41 at the end of the third.  ultimately winning it 78-62.

Gold for the Sabres!

The Sabres were undefeated in 8 regular season games to place first in the Chinook League.  The Dragons were defeated only once in regular season play, that time by the Sabres, to place second in the league.  The Sabres defeated the Dragons 77-43 in the final game of Zones to win it in Lethbridge the weekend before the Provincial tournament, Saturday, March 13.

Sabres Head Coach Duane DeCock was happy with the way his team played in the tournament.  Regular readers will know he's not always happy, even when the team won.  “It was really good. They played hard, they played with heart, and their defense was stellar. We had a good tournament and a great year.” Coach DeCock said he was sad to see some of the players graduate, but that he expects a lot of returning players next season. That means they're going for it again, folks.  Coach DeCock was complimentary of the Dynamos. “They did well. I mean, they’re a good team.”
“It was a good game all the way through.”

Related info for local readers:

Champions - Livingstone Sabres
2015-2016 Award Winners:
MVP: Ross Cook - Livingstone
1st Team Allstars: Mitchell Zoratti - St. Michael's, Eric Cadonic - Livingstone, Jonathan Erickson - Livingstone, Keegan Zmurchyk -Coalhurst, Michael Svab - St. Michael's
2nd Team Allstars: Kelton Schlamp - Noble Central, Ty Anctil - Crowsnest, Chet Root - St. Michael's, Jaylin Goodstriker - Kainai, Bryon North Peigan - Piikani
Sportsmanship - JT Foster

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1 comment:

  1. A great weekend of Basketball competition, Thank you Pincher Creek Voice for covering the event.
    Good luck to all the competitors.


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