Wednesday, 22 March 2017 10:05

Southwest Sask. athletes earn respectable finishes

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The Swift Current Comp wrestling team captured 3 medals at the SHSAA provincial championships in Warman on March 17 & 18. L to R Aleah Nickel captured the silver in female 56kg, Austin Shopa captured gold in male 100kg and Brock Doerksen captured bronze in male 77kg. The Swift Current Comp wrestling team captured 3 medals at the SHSAA provincial championships in Warman on March 17 & 18. L to R Aleah Nickel captured the silver in female 56kg, Austin Shopa captured gold in male 100kg and Brock Doerksen captured bronze in male 77kg. Contributed

Swift Current Comp wrestlers came home with three medals from the SHSAA provincial championships which were held March 17-18 in Warman. 


Capturing gold was Austin Shopa in the 100-kg category. This is Shopa’s third medal in three years. He earned silver in 2015 and gold in 2016. 
Finishing with a silver medal was Aleah Nickel in the 56-kg category. This follows up on her  bronze last year.
Finishing with a bronze was Brock Doerksen in the 77-kg category. He is also graduating and this is his second medal as he earned gold in 2016.
Also participating at provincials was Kayden Dudley, Michael Sisa, Remington Tschetter, Sebastian Marchand and Anders Mitchell. Congratulations to the Comp wrestling team and their coaches Allen Blanke, Daniel March and and manager Tracey Martin.
Regional basketball tournaments occurred throughout the province March 17-18. The southwest hosted 2A girls and 2A boys at Shaunavon.
The Shaunavon Silhouettes had a great showing capturing the regional title and a spot at SHSAA HOOPLA. 
The No. 3 ranked Silhouettes opened the tournament with a 79-53 win over Maidstone. They met Lashburn in the final. The Silhouettes had a substantial lead but the Lady Lobos chipped away and in the fourth quarter made it a tie game with less than a minute left, but with 28 seconds remaining, Shaunavon scored and then converted two free throws to make the final 64-60.
The Silhouettes will now be the lone southwest representative at HOOPLA which March 24-25 in Regina.
The No. 5 ranked Shaunavon Shadows got off to a good start beating Norquay 68-45. This put them into the final on Saturday afternoon against a fast-moving team from St. Brieux. It was a close game for the duration with the teams trading baskets and the score within three to five points. In the last minute, the No. 4 ranked St. Brieux Crusaders pulled away for a 79-67 win and a trip to HOOPLA. 
At the 1A boys’ level, the No. 5 ranked Herbert Laurels travelled to Lake Lenore. The Laurels lost a heartbreaker to Stoughton 66-62. They then beat Pinehouse on the consolation side 72-57.
Meanwhile No. 10 ranked Frontier boys competed at Rocanville at another 1A regional. Frontier suffered a 69-36 loss to Hepburn, but turned around on the consolation side to beat Nakoda Oyade 62-50.
In 1A girls’ action, No. 11 ranked Herbert participated at Middle Lake.They took on Hague in their first game and lost 68-53. The Laurels rebounded on the consolation side with a win over Kerrobert 83-39. 
At the 3A level both Maple Creek girls and boys were ranked No. 11. The girl Rebels travelled to Indian Head where they lost to Unity 68-37. They beat Kamsack on the consolation side 53-48. Meanwhile the boys were in Clavet.
The Rebels lost a close game to Indian Head 71-65 and then beat Macklin on the consolation side 91-87.
In 5A action, the Swift Current Ardens were ranked fourth out of six teams at the rural regional in Estevan. The Ardens got off to a great start beating Yorkton Regional 63-49. This put them up against a strong team from PA Carlton. The Ardens lost to PA 68-54. PA then went on to win the tourney. The Swift Current boys were ranked No. 5 out of seven teams at the rural regional held at Prince Albert. The Colts lost a close one to Estevan 69-65. They rebounded on the consolation side with a win over Balgonie 56-54.

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