After a one year hiatus (due to the disease which will remain nameless), junior high basketball in Medicine Hat is back.
At St. Mary’s, the Girls A Colts took on Medicine Hat Christian Warriors. The Warriors led for almost the entire game with 14-7, 24-18, and 40-31 leads after the first three quarters. In the fourth quarter, the Warriors got into foul trouble and the Colts 24-10 run. The quarter saw three Warriors foul out leaving them with only four players on the court for the last minute of the game.
The Colts went on to a 55-50 win. Grace Stevens led the way for the Colts with 18 points, while Brielle Melle had 15 points, seven of those from the free throw line where she shot 64%. For the Warriors, ClaraBelle Groblev netted 20 points, and Karley Appell had 16 – both players were fouled out late in the fourth quarter.
The second game of the night saw the Boys C Colts play their first game against Crescent Heights (Team 2). It was a rough first quarter as for both teams there were many players playing their first ever basketball game.
The Vikings went on to a 42-19 win over the Colts. Rylan Sailer and Kaiden Kakuk had 8 each for the Vikings, while Lukah Kiiskila had 5 and Ethan Beamish had 4 for the Colts.
Crescent Heights Vikings (Team 2) defeated the St. Mary’s Colts (Team 1) 25,19; 25-16 to take the MHJHAA Girls C League Champions. The Vikings were the third seed going into the playoffs and had to get through the Alexandra Jayhawks in 3 sets (25-27; 25-6; 15-13), and then take out their sister team, CHHS Vikings (Team 1) in 2 sets (25-18; 25-12).
In the third place game, CHHS Vikings (Team 1) defeated the Parkside Pythons in 3 (16-25; 25-17; 17-15).
Please note that schools in our league will be following Covid-19 restrictions. Many of these restrictions are endorsed by all three school divisions and by MHJHAA, and follow regulations released by the province.
Spectators must mask up upon entering the school and remain masked up until they leave.
If a team is not playing in the gym yet, teams and spectators are asked to wait outside until it is their turn to play.
Teams must mask up when entering the school and remain masked up until they start their warmup.
Handshakes and high-fives are not allowed. Please find alternative ways to thank the other team and officials for the game.
All gymnasiums are allowed spectators that are one-third of their capacity. Please be aware of that restriction when arriving and know that you may not be allowed to enter if maximum capacity is reached. Please note that Alexandra MiddleSchool is not allowing spectators at this time.
It is encouraged that players limit their supporters to one family member.
No matter what your feelings about Covid-19 and masking are, please respect the rules laid out by the school divisions and MHJHAA. If you wish to protest these restrictions, your son or daughter’s volleyball game is not the venue to do so. Contact the superintendent of the participating school division, or contact the provincial government.
The girls C league concluded the season tonight at St. Mary’s School. The number one CHHS Vikings (Team 2) squared off against the number two Medicine Hat Christian Warriors. The Warriors took the championship final 32-20. Both teams finished the season at 5-1, with both teams splitting the season series with one another.
After having trouble finding the hoop in the third quarter, the Vikings had a strong start to the fourth quarter and went ahead 21-20 after being down 17-11 after three. It was close for the last quarter with both teams trading leads. However, with about a minute to go, the Warriors went on a scoring rampage and finished up with a 32-20 win. Jerusalem Cooper of the Warriors lead her team with 8 points, while the Vikings Marley Howes scored 10 for CHHS.
In the bronze medal game the third and fourth seeded teams squared off with the #3 Colts winning in overtime 40-36 over the #4 Vikings (Team 1). The lead changed hands several times and the Colts had to come from behind late in the game to force overtime.
Pheonix Asprey of St. Mary’s lead the Colts with 14 points, including a three pointer, and went 3 for 9 from the free throw line. The Vikings Charity Hearn lead the way for the Vikings with 16 points.
Medicine Hat Chritian Warriors 2020 MHJHAA Champions
The Notre Dame Dawgs (1) and the Parkside Pythons (3) squared off in the championship final for girls A volleyball supremacy. It was a great match with Notre Dame taking it 2-1 (25-22; 21-25; 15-11). The supporters on both sides were loud and contributed to a great atmosphere on the west court at St. Mary’s School.
Parkside got to the final with a 2-1 (25-21; 22-25; 15-11) semi-final win over the Irvine Tigers (2) and a quarter-final win 2-0 (25-14; 25-23) over the Alexandra Jayhawks.
Notre Dame had to defeat a stubborn and tenacious St. Mary’s (4) team 2-0 (25-22; 26-24). The Colts held sizable leads in both sets but couldn’t shut down a positionally sound Dawgs defense. The Dawgs also had to defeat their sister team, Notre Dame (grade 8) team 2-0 (25-10; 25-8) in quarter-final play.
The bronze medal game was equally as exciting. The Tigers looked to be no match for a deflated Colts team winning their first set easily 25-16. The trend continued in the second set until the Colts seemed to come alive. They went on the win the second set 25-21. The third set was the best of the three. Irvine had match point 5 times before the Colts finally went ahead to stay to win 18-16 and take the bronze medal.
The Dr Roy Wilson Royals were number one ranked going into the playoffs and they showed why they were the best with a 2-0 (25-16; 25-14) win over the Medicine Hat Christian Warriors.
The Warriors were the story of the tournament. Ranked last going into the playoffs, they defeated number two ranked St. Mary’s Colts 2-0 (25-18; 25-14) and number three ranked CHHS Vikings 2-0 (25-16; 25-15) to book a trip to the championship final against the Royals.
In the bronze medal game, the number four ranked Parkside Pythons took out CHHS Vikings 2-0 (25-18; 25-23). The Pythons were down a bunch in the second set but made an improbable comeback to take the bronze medal.