© Herald Photo by Dave Leaderhouse
St. Mary's Austin Oleksyn gets ready to nail a free throw during preliminary action at the senior boy's hoops tournament held at St. Mary High School on the weekend. Oleksyn was one of many Marauder players who enjoyed a productive weekend as they cruised to the tournament title with three convincing victories.
Daily Herald Staff
It was a medal-fest for local high school basketball teams this weekend as preparations continue for the Saskatchewan High School Athletic Associationâ€™s HOOPLA tournament slated for next month.
The St. Mary senior boyâ€™s had little trouble capturing the gold medal in their own tournament as they routed all three opponents they faced including a 99-66 decision over Moose Jaw Central in the championship game.
The Carlton Crusaders captured the bronze medal at the same tournament with a narrow 63-57 triumph over Swift Current and at a senior girlâ€™s event in North Battleford, the St. Mary Marauders were also bronze medallists as they outscored Weyburn 60-45 in their final game. Carlton senior girls were also in North Battleford, but they finished out of the medals.
At St. Mary, the host Marauders, who are defending provincial 4A senior boyâ€™s champions, crushed Moose Jaw Vanier 110-43 in their opening game and then blasted Swift Current 127-73 in a semifinal match.
Connor Murray, who was the most valuable player for the Marauders in the tournament, had 21 points and 12 assists in the championship win over Moose Jaw Central and added 25 points and 14 helpers in the semifinal win over Swift Current. Murray also had 17 points in the lopsided opening victory over Moose Jaw Vanier.
Austin Olexyn, who was named the player of the game for St. Mary in the gold-medal tilt, contributed 20 points and 10 rebounds against Central and equalled Murrayâ€™s output of 17 points in the opening match. Evan Parchomchuk led all scorers in the final with 22 points while other strong performances by St. Mary players on the weekend included James Thomas with 16 points in the opening match, Arliss McCloy with 16 rebounds in the win over Swift Current and Aaron Halyk with more than 30 rebounds in the entire tournament.
For Carlton, Jullian Bird led all shooters with 28 points in the win over Swift Current while Cole Sanderson and Daulton Sinoski each had eight. Alex Kessler chipped in with seven in the bronze-medal match. The Crusaders opened the tournament with an 83-59 triumph over Saskatoon Mount Royal, but they were relegated to the third-place game following a narrow 69-63 setback to Moose Jaw Central in the other semifinal contest.
St. Mary senior boys take to the road next weekend for a tournament in Swift Current while the Carlton senior boys and both senior girlâ€™s squads will be idle until after the school break when the girls will travel to Humboldt at the end of the month for conference playdowns and the boys will head to Tisdale for conference finals in that division.