The St. Albert Skyhawks continue their quest for an undefeated season in metro Edmonton premier women’s basketball tonight against the Archbishop Jordan Scots. Tipoff is 4:45 p.m. at Sherwood Park.
Prior to the Family Day long weekend the Skyhawks were 9-0 as the only 3A team in premier and the Scots were 5-3 for third place in the seven-team conference.
Next week the Skyhawks close out their league schedule at home against the O’Leary Spartans (7-1), ranked second in 4A, at 4:45 p.m. Monday and the Paul Kane Blues (2-6) at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday.
In the 3A provincial rankings the Skyhawks are listed second behind Springbank Phoenix of the south central zone. It’s the highest the Skyhawks have been ranked since they were third in 2008, the same year they won bronze at provincials.
Overall the Skyhawks are 19-3. In four tournaments they won two titles (beat the McCoy Colts in the final at Medicine Hat and the Centennial Coyotes of Calgary in the Optimist Showdown final in St. Albert), placed third at J. Percy Page and were fourth at the REB at Jasper Place.
The deadline to enter the Red Willow Badminton Club’s junior B tournament is Feb. 26.
The age divisions for the March 5 to 7 competition are U12, U14, U16 and U19 singles and doubles but no mixed doubles. Each event includes a consolation bracket.
The registration fee is $40 and Badminton Alberta affiliation is required. Entries are accepted online at www.badmintonalberta.ca
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Led by MVP Josh Wilkie and all-star Adam Sturgess, the Paul Kane Blues were victorious at the St. Francis Xavier High School junior men’s basketball tournament.
In Saturday’s final the Blues overpowered the Louis St. Laurent Barons 83-48 to finish undefeated. Previous wins were 74-72 against the rival O’Leary Spartans and 74-47 against Chestermere.
In the metro Edmonton league the Blues (3-1) were tied for top spot in pool B with O’Leary (3-0), Archbishop MacDonald Marauders (3-0) and the Sturgeon Sprits (3-2) prior to Tuesday’s match against the St. Albert Skyhawks (1-3). The score was unavailable at press time. Paul Kane’s only loss in league play was 60-49 Jan. 5 against O’Leary.
The playoffs tip off March 2 with the top four teams in pools A and B qualifying for the crossovers in the premier quarter-finals. The Blues have lost the last three premier finals — twice to O’Leary and last year to the Christ The King Chargers.