The Churchill Community High School boy’s basketball team has started off the first tournament of the season with a third-place win.
The Chargers participated in a competition held at the Prince Albert Collegiate Institute during the weekend, where they beat Bellevue School 75-70 in the semi final. There were eight teams in the tournament all together with Prince Albert’s St. Mary’s High School placing first and Carlton Comprehensive High School taking second. Chargers Coach Derek Konga hopes the good start is reflective of the rest of the season, which runs until March.
“We got ourselves in a lot of tournaments this year and hopefully it will help us in playoffs come March,” he said. “We do have a tough region because we’re classified as 4A, so we have to play Moose Jaw, Regina and Saskatoon teams, which are pretty tough.”
While basketball tends to historically be a strong sport at the school, Konga noted the squad this year is relatively new with many Grade 10 athletes who completed the junior program. He added there’s about six boys who have quite a bit of experience and he expects all players to know the basics of basketball at this point. The Chargers practice every Monday and Wednesday with lunch hours on Mondays spent catching up on missed school work.
This upcoming weekend the squad will be in Creighton for another tournament and the Chargers have planned their own competition for Jan. 11 and 12, which will feature several northern teams. Regionals will be held March 15 and 16, but the location is yet to be determined.
“For years, there’s been a lot of good boys teams coming out,” Konga said. “It’s fairly big at the school and this is a fun team to coach.”
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