A Shearstown man has earned his seventh degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do.
Impressive skill and sheer tenacity saw the Persalvic Panthers win the provincial basketball title during the Provincial Boys Midget C tournament May 1-3.
Persalvic Panthers boys basketball team travelled to St. John’s to participate in the tournament held at I.J. Sampson school.
In the first game, the Panthers were able to outscore the host team 50-38. Matthew Courage was selected Player of the Game.
The Panthers played a wellfought game against Amalgamated Academy, Bay Roberts, Saturday morning, earning them a 2-0 record for the tournament. Matthew McCarthy earned the Player of the Game award.
In the second game on Saturday, Persalvic faced the chal- lenge of a good team in Pearce Junior High, Salt Pond, Burin. Unfortunately, they were defeated by 4 points, but still ended up in first place in their division. Cody Peddle earned Player of the Game status.
In the crossover game on Sunday morning, the Panthers defeated Holy Redeemer, Spaniard’s Bay to earn themselves an appearance in the championship game. Tyler Butt was selected as Player of the Game.
The Panthers would face their biggest challenge of the weekend against a tough team in Stella Maris from Trepassey. It was a hard fought game, which saw Persalvic players diving to the floor for loose balls and fighting for every possession of the basketball.
“It was a true blue-collar win for these boys,” said head coach Terry Slade. “Their skill was impressive, but it was their tenacity and hard work which put them over the edge.”
The Panthers defeated Stella Maris by 12 points. Gregory King was selected Player of the Game for his stellar shooting performance.
Brandon Parsons was chosen as the overall MVP for the tournament.
“Brandon’s defence was outstanding,” said his coach. “The other teams must have been so frustrated playing against him. I wouldn’t have wanted to play against him that weekend.”
Former coach Leeland Anderson, who is due to retire from teaching at the end of the year, very much appreciated the victory.
“I’ve always been proud of the Persalvic teams over the years. This team was special. They had an over-abundance of heart,” he said.
In appreciation of the retiring teacher’s hard work and dedication to his school, the team raised the banner in their gym and dedicated the title to “Mr. Anderson.”
“ They’re a classy bunch. Whether they win or lose, they conduct themselves with the utmost class,” Coach Slade said.
PERSALVIC PANTHERS - Persalvic Panthers boys basketball team won the provincial basketball title last month.
PROUD OF THE PANTHERS - Former Persalvic Panthers Coach Leeland Anderson, who is about to retire from teaching, and the Panthers mascot proudly hang the winning banner for the boys basketball team.