To mark 40 years of school sports in the province, School Sports Newfoundland and Labrador is hosting a major celebration of basketball this week. And our area is well represented.
Carbonear to be represented at basketball tourney
Carbonear Collegiate will be well represented at the School Sport Newfoundland and Labrador (SSNL) Basketball Championships this week. The event is taking place March 1821 in St. John’s.
In celebration of 40 years of school sports in Newfoundland & Labrador, SSNL is sponsoring a major celebration of basketball.
The St. John’s region will be hosting approximately 70 teams and 900 student-athletes, who will converge on the capital city to take part in one of 10 provincial tournaments.
Carbonear Collegiate Sentinels will have teams entered in the boys’ 4A and fair play divisions as well as the girls’ fair play division.
Although the Sentinels have had some great success in the fair play division over the past few years, this is the first time they have been to the boys’ 4A championship since 2003-04.
The Senior Boys team recently finished second in the regional, losing in the championship game to a tough St. Catherine’s team 103-88.
A spokesman for the team said they played a great game, yet they were not able to defend the awesome shooting of the Mount Carmel based team.
As all the regions do not participate in the 4A level, Carbonear was granted one of the two wild card entries in the eight-team tournament. The teams expect to have a good showing at the provincials as this will be the last opportunity for the majority of the players, as eight of them will be graduating this June.
The Senior Boys have been practicing together since grade 10 but have not won a championship since they won the Under 16 “B” championship in 2008.
Sean Cashin, coach of the boy’s fair play noted that, “although his team is all Grade 10 and 11 players, they should be able to compete with the other teams”. The Sentinel Junior team earned a place in the eight-team Provincial Championship by beating Ascension Collegiate in Bay Roberts 79-74 in the championship game of the fair play regional. The Ascension fair play will also attend the fair play provincials as they received the wild card entry.
On the girls’ side the Carbonear Sentinels will be competing for the fair play title against four other teams.
The Sentinels have a well-balanced team - they will be competitive and should be able to compete for the title if the team can play good defence and score some key baskets, the spokesman concluded.