40 years

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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.

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