Re­mem­ber­ing Ma­bel

Roy­als to host an­nual me­mo­rial tour­na­ment hon­our­ing bas­ket­ball stal­wart

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An an­nual bas­ket­ball tour­na­ment that hon­ours a stal­wart and pi­o­neer of the sport in Antigonish will take place this week­end.

The Dr. John Hugh Gillis Re­gional Roy­als Di­vi­sion 1 girls’ bas­ket­ball team will host the Ma­bel Arse­nault Me­mo­rial Robert­son Elec­tri­cal Clas­sic, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, at the Re­gional gym.

“We are play­ing for such a great cause and in hon­our of such a won­der­ful per­son,” Grade 12 for­ward Lau­ren Lowther said.

“It pumps us up and makes us re­ally want to win the tour­na­ment. It is such a great mo­ti­va­tor.”

Vet­eran head coach Gail Macdougall said the fall event is “a spe­cial one for us.”

“Ma­bel put so much into mi­nor bas­ket­ball and coached with me the first year that I coached [the Roy­als] at the high school level,” she said of her dear friend, who passed away in 2005, af­ter a lengthy bat­tle with can­cer.

“She was some­body who al­ways gave it her all on the court and was a great team player.”

The Re­gional and Avon View Avalanche of Wind­sor – coached by for­mer Royal and Antigonish na­tive Jean­nie Flynn – will tip-off the six-team, two di­vi­sion tour­na­ment Fri­day at 2 p.m.

“It is a good bal­ance from across the prov­ince. Hope­fully, we are go­ing to be ready and play to our abil­i­ties,” Macdougall said.

The Sackville King­fish­ers, Sir John A. Macdon­ald Flames, CEC Cougars and Riverview Roy­als are the other squads in the field.

Con­trib­uted

Jes­sica Mackin­non (left), Lau­ren Lowther and Charleigh Clarke are cap­tains of the Dr. John Hugh Gillis Re­gional Roy­als Di­vi­sion 1 girls’ bas­ket­ball team. The pro­gram will host the an­nual Ma­bel Arse­nault Me­mo­rial Robert­son Elec­tri­cal Clas­sic this week­end — Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 — at the Re­gional gym.

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