The basketball teams complete their regular league season this week. They are gearing up for the Rocky View playoffs in two weeks and the South Central Zone Championships.
MIXED CURLING CHAMPIONS
On February 5 & 6 the mixed team of Evan Shields, Daityn Lohr, Brian Hamel, Christina Maida-Cook and fifth, Shaelyn Doughty, travelled to Airdrie to participate in the Rocky View Divisional Bonspiel. After winning their first two games easily 11-0 and 11-1, they advanced to the Gold medal game against Cochrane. The final game came down to the last end with Chestermere being down by 1. Following great shots made by all players, the team won 7-6, earning the 2018 championship. They advance to the South Central Zones in Cochrane on February 12th. Good Luck and Go Lakers. Congratulations to the team and coaches.
SENIOR BOYS BASKETBALL
The Senior boys wrapped up league play this year with a hard fought battle against George McDougall. The intense contest saw the Lakers trailing by up to 20 points but closing to within 4 points a couple of times. Despite the Lakers best effort the Mustangs came away with a 87 – 72 win. It was the final regular season game for seniors Shaughn Boutilier and Devyn Young. Both are multi-sport athletes, playing on the Chestermere Cowboys football team. Their strong work ethic, intensity on the court, and leadership will be missed by Lakers players, coaches and fans. The Lakers have a bye this week in league play and will be practicing hard to get ready for divisionals starting February 27th.
JV BOYS BASKETBALL
The JV Boys had a busy week starting with a league game against George McDougall at home. In control most of the game, and struggling with foul trouble, the boys grinded out a 76-70 victory to guarantee home court advantage in the semi-final playoffs. On the weekend the boys travelled to Strathmore for tournament play. In the opening round the boys cruised to a 86-44 victory over Notre Dame Collegiate. The Lakers were led by Aeden Kershaw with 28 points. In the semi-final the Lakers faced off against a gritty Canmore team. The boys trailed by 12 after the first half. The second half saw the Lakers start with a 14-0 run and a 52-44 win. Logan Bennett led the way with 18 points including 15 in the second half. In the final, the Lakers beat Olds 78-60 despite struggling on the defensive end. Kershaw and Bennet led the way with 18 and 16 respectively. This was the team’s second tournament victory in a row and 8th overall victory in a row. This week the Lakers finish the RVSA regular season with a road trip to Bow Valley.
SENIOR GIRLS BASKETBALL
The Senior Girls basketball team stayed undefeated in league play, as they beat George McDougall 111-31. Kasey Haasen was high scorer with 16 points. Olivia Armstrong (14), Kendall Russell (12), Camren Longstaff (10) and Sam Bec (10) were all in double figures. Their next games were in the tough Redhawk Invitational Tournament at Western Canada. They played 3rd ranked Bishop Carroll and lost 71-55. Kasey Haasen was high scorer with 16 points and Cole Isbister chipped in with 10 points and was player of the game. The second game was against St. Mary’s and again the team came up short by a score of 65-54. Kasey Haasen was high scorer with 12 points and she also was awarded player of the game. The final game of the tournament was against the Scona Lords from Edmonton. The Lakers had a stronger showing and won 71-51. Marissa Boisjoli was on fire and was high scorer with 24 points. Kasey Haasen was also in double digits with 10 points. Marissa was the selected player of the game. This week the Lakers play their last league game at Chestermere High School. The 10 seniors will be recognized at the game which is on Tuesday night at 7:45 pm.
JV GIRLS BASKETBALL
The JV Girls played a close game against George MacDougall this past Tuesday, where they were tied up until the end of the third quarter, but fell behind in the fourth, losing 43-29. The team had a shorter bench due to injury and illness, but are hoping for healthy players for their game this week against Bow Valley. The team is gearing up for league playoffs in two weeks. Best of luck to the JV Lakers.
I attended the funeral service of Adam Davis on Saturday with over 200 friends and family. It was a tough day under the tragic circumstances. Adam played football for the Cowboys for four seasons and I was proud to have been one of his coaches. Adam was a unique individual and had a variety of interests. Football did not come easily to him, as he had to work very hard at it. I remember the first day that Adam came out for football as a 9th grader. It was a tough day for him and I did not think he would come back the next day. He persevered and the team selected him as the Most Improved Player that year. Adam continued to persevere and completed four years of football, becoming a very good player. He was proud to be a Cowboy. Adam struggled the past few years with depression. Anyone struggling with depression should reach out and talk to someone. Our hearts are with Adam’s family and friends in this difficult time. Rest in Peace, #67.