Tour­na­ment time

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The Swift Cur­rent Se­nior Ar­dens host­ing their an­nual home tour­na­ment …

The Swift Cur­rent Comp. Ar­dens bas­ket­ball team will be back on their home court this week­end when they host seven high school bas­ket­ball teams for their an­nual home tour­na­ment. The Ar­dens will open the tour­na­ment on Fri­day af­ter­noon at 3:45 p.m. against the Greenall Griffins from Bal­go­nie.

Also in at­ten­dance will be the Shau­navon Sil­hou­ettes, the Fron­tier Raiders, Wey­burn, the LCBI Lady Lions from Out­look, Lake Lenore, and Notre Dame. Fron­tier will take on LCBI on Fri­day at 5:20 p.m., while Shau­navon opens their tour­na­ment against Wey­burn at 6:55 p.m.

Play re­sumes Satur­day morn­ing with the tour­na­ment fi­nal slated for 7:35 p.m.

The Ar­dens are the three­time de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons at their home tour­na­ment. Last year they de­feated the Notre Dame Hounds 55-52 in the cham­pi­onship fi­nal. But rookie head coach Derek Targ­er­son isn’t dwelling on the past.

“There is no pres­sure for us,” he ex­plained. “We are a new team with new kids and a new sys­tem. Our goal is to play bet­ter than the last tour­na­ment we played in, sim­ple as that. We have seven new team mem­bers this year, so we are def­i­nitely re­tool­ing this year with a new sys­tem and a new set of goals and look­ing to find our own per­son­al­ity as a team. We are ab­so­lutely 100 per­cent proud of the his­tory of the Ar­dens name and the legacy that coach (Rod) Siemens cre­ated, but with that be­ing said, we are a new team with new lead­er­ship.”

He is hop­ing that the team can work off some rust that may have crept in over the hol­i­day break.

“There was an open gym held dur­ing the break which gave the girls an op­por­tu­nity to come and shoot around, but other than that it’s go­ing to be a hard week of prac­tices and es­sen­tially ‘bap­tism by fire’ and hope that ath­leti­cism takes over from the turkey and stuff­ing!”

The Ar­dens are com­prised of three grade 12’s, two grade 11’s, six grade 10’s, and one grade nine this sea­son af­ter a vet­eran squad cap­tured sil­ver at 4A Hoopla last sea­son.

“Our goal as a team this year is to get bet­ter each week­end. We need to iden­tify our strengths and weak­nesses of each week­end and build on that to get bet­ter. We are fo­cused on tak­ing more steps for­ward than back­wards,” ex­plained Targ­er­son.

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