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Basketball Hoops: Paul Kane Invitational, SAPEC junior high, Bellerose women's basketball

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LAYING IT UP – Aubree Herrington of the Vincent J. Maloney Marauders takes it to the hoop against the ESSMY Leopards in the St. Albert Physical Education Council junior high league. VJM won Wednesday's home opener 70-16. Both teams are competing in the annual SAPEC Boston Pizza Invitational starting 4 p.m. Thursday at the VJM, ESSMY, Richard S. Fowler and William D. Cuts schools. The tournament features 16 boys’ and 16 girls’ teams. CHRIS COLBOURNE/St. Albert Gazette

Basketball at PK

The Paul Kane Invitational women’s basketball tournament continues today with six games scheduled.

On tap is the 9 a.m. consolation semifinal, 11 a.m. championship semifinal, 1 p.m. seventh/eighth place game, 3 p.m. third-place game, 5 p.m. consolation final and 7 p.m. championship final.

The participating teams are the O’Leary Spartans, Ross Sheppard Thunderbirds, Bowness Trojans of Calgary, Foothills Falcons of Okotoks, Medicine Hat Kwahommies, Catholic Central Cougars of Lethbridge, St. Mary’s Saints of Calgary and the host Paul Kane Blues.

Friday the Blues played O’Leary and the second game was against Shep or Bowness. Scores were unavailable at press time.

In the metro Edmonton division one league, the Blues are 1-2 after Wednesday’s 54-38 loss to the Salisbury Sabres (4-1) in Sherwood Park.

Two days early, the Sabres fell 105-40 to the visiting St. Albert Skyhawks (5-0), the 2019 4A provincial gold medallists and two-time division one champions.

Monday the Blues are the visiting team against the Leduc Tigers (2-3) at 5 p.m.

The next division two men’s game for the Blues is 5:30 p.m. Monday against the Archbishop Jordan Scots (3-2) at Paul Kane.

The Blues are 4-1 in league play and 8-7 overall after Wednesday’s 67-62 loss to the Strathcona Christian Academy Eagles (5-0) in Sherwood Park.

The third tournament of the season for the Blues is this weekend in Leduc.

Fowler hosts Gators

The games of the week in the St. Albert Physical Education Council junior high league are between the Lorne Akins Gators and Richard S. Fowler Falcons in Tuesday’s doubleheader.

Tip-off times are 4 p.m. for the boys and 5:30 p.m. for the girls at Fowler.

The Falcons are defending Tier I city champions and the scores in last year’s finals were 44-37 against Lorne Akins as the boys repeated and 73-49 against the Vincent J. Maloney Marauders as the girls finished undefeated for the second year in a row while winning a third connective SAPEC banner.

Fowler also swept the 2019 SAPEC Boston Pizza Invitational A division finals and this year’s tournament starts 4 p.m. Thursday at the Fowler, VJM, Ecole Secondaire Sainte Marguerite d’Youville and William D. Cuts schools. The tournament draw of 16 boys’ and 16 girls’ teams includes all nine SAPEC schools.

The A division finals are next Saturday at 3:30 p.m. for the boys and 4:45 p.m. for the girls at VJM.

Bulldogs at Leduc

The second tournament of the season for the Bellerose Bulldogs is this weekend in Leduc.

The opening game in the nine-team women's draw was against Lacombe on Friday and the score was unavailable at press time. 

Bellerose won the Rise Up tournament at Sturgeon Composite High School in early December.

The last metro Edmonton division two league game for Bellerose (5-0) before the exam break is Monday against the Memorial Marauders (0-5) at 5 p.m. in Stony Plain.

Bellerose, last year’s division three champion, started off the season with eight victories in a row in league and tournament action.

Jeff Hansen

About the Author: Jeff Hansen

Jeff Hansen joined the St. Albert Gazette in 1991. He writes about sports, athletes and teams from St. Albert and area.
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