Black Belt

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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.

Pho­tos cour­tesy David King

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.

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