© Herald Photo by Dave Leaderhouse
Jullian Bird from the Carlton Crusaders works the ball around a pair of St. Mary defenders during Saskatchewan High School Athletic Association regional qualifying action on the weekend. Unfortunately for the Crusaders their season came to an end when the host Marauders moved on to HOOPLA with a 111-72 win in the final game.
Daily Herald Staff
There will be just one Prince Albert high school team moving on to HOOPLA following Saskatchewan High School Athletic Association regional qualifiers on the weekend.
St. Mary senior boy’s, the defending 4A champions in that division, will get a chance to repeat after they cruised to the regional title at an event held on their home court.
The Marauders opened the four-team qualifier with an easy 108-45 decision over Tisdale and then followed that up with a 111-72 triumph over cross-town rival Carlton in the regional final.
Austin Oleksyn, with 15 points, and James Thomas and Connor Murray with 13 each paced the St. Mary attack in the win over Tisdale while Aaron Halyk led the way with 21 points in the match against Carlton. Brandon Bonneau, with 18 points, and Arliss McCloy with 10 rebounds also had strong performances in the final game.
Carlton, which opened the event with a 65-40 victory over Yorkton Regional, had 25 points from Daulton Sinoski in the final against St. Mary with Jullian Bird chipping in with 14 points. Cole Sanderson had 22 points to lead all Carlton shooters in the opening win over Yorkton while Chris McLachlan and Cam Mitchell had 11 points each.
St. Mary will now face Weyburn in the opening game of HOOPLA next weekend in Regina. St. Mary and Weyburn have met a number of times in tournament finals this year with each team bettering the other on a couple of occasions. The winner of the St. Mary-Weyburn game will then face the survivor of the battle of Moose Jaw – Peacock vs. Central – to determine the provincial 4A boy’s champion.
While the boy’s regional was held in Prince Albert, the senior girl’s teams from Carlton and St. Mary were at other locations around the province.
The Carlton Crusaders reached the championship game at an event held in Warman only to lose to the hosts 71-50 while the St. Mary Marauders also reached the regional final in Weyburn before falling 69-46 to Moose Jaw Peacock. Carlton opened their qualifier with a 63-42 triumph over Humboldt and St. Mary got past Weyburn 67-57 in their opening tilt.
Regional events in all divisions were held on the weekend and moving on to HOOPLA in the 1A girl’s division is Kinistino after a 72-59 win over Fillmore. Birch Hills and Rivier Academy fell just one win short in the 2A girl’s and 3A girl’s divisions, respectively, as Birch Hills was beaten 89-43 by Shaunavon while Rivier was outscored 97-33 by Caronport.