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Hoopla will feature two southwest teams

Written by  Deb Reamer
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The Southwest has two teams who will advance to HOOPLA (the SHSAA provincial basketball championships) in Saskatoon. 

The Swift Current Ardens will be going in the 5A girls’ category and the Herbert boys will advance in the 1A boys’ category.  Thanks to both the Laurels and the Ardens for hosting regional tournaments March 20-21. HOOPLA will start March 26 with medal matches March 28.
In 1A boys’ regionals at Herbert, the Laurels started the weekend off with a win over Kerrobert 101-62. Frank Meyers led the way with 31 points. The second game saw Wolseley defeat Thunderchild 77-70. In the final, Herbert claimed the victory 78-50 over Wolseley and captured the regional championship. The Laurels will go into HOOPLA ranked as the No. 2 seed in the province behind No. 1 Coronach. 
The Ardens hosted a seven-team regional with teams from Saskatoon and Prince Albert. The Ardens got off to a great start on Friday night by beating Saskatoon Centennial 58-50. High scorer for the Ardens was Katie Darlington-Kuebler with 17 points. The Ardens second game on Saturday afternoon in the semi saw them take on Saskatoon St. Joseph’s. The Ardens moved into the final with a 61-48 win over St. Joe’s. Jaide Addai led all Ardens’ scorers with 23 points. The final game of the tournament saw the Ardens take on the No. 1 seed of the tournament Holy Cross Crusaders.  The Ardens came up short against the strong team from Holy Cross dropping an 80-27 decision. Four teams advanced from the regional in Swift Current to HOOPLA. The seeds are:
• No. 1 north seed Saskatoon Holy Cross;
• No. 2 north seed Swift Current Ardens;
• No. 3 north seed Saskatoon Evan Hardy Souls;
• No. 4 north seed SaskatoonSt. Joseph’s Guardians.
The Ardens will now take on the No. 3 seed from the South regional — Notre Dame. 
Other Southwest teams taking part in regionals included Herbert girls, Shaunavon boys and girls, Maple Creek girls and Swift Current Colts.
• Herbert girls at Kenaston. The Laurels won the first game 47-41 over Gladmar. In the final against Kenaston, they lost 64-35. 
• Shaunavon Shadows at Birch Hills. The Shadows lost to Beauval in the first game 84-75, but won the consolation side with a win over Indian Head 82-81.
• Shaunavon Silhouettes at Regina Harvest City. The Silhouettes beat Paradise Hills in Game 1 by a score of 48-44. In the final against Harvest City, the Silhouettes came up short 87-49.
• Maple Creek girls at Caronport. The Lady Rebels lost to Unity in Game 1 49-32 and followed this up with a win on the consolation side 34-19 over Dalmeny. 
• Swift Current Colts at Saskatoon. Colts had a tough weekend dropping the first game to Saskatoon Bishop Mahoney 86-55 then losing to PA St. Mary’s 108-94 on the consolation side.

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