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					  Hinton’s Community Newspaper                                                                 Day 1
                                                                                    Hinton Provincials
                                                                                       March 19 – 21, 2009

                                                             Around the Hoop
            Schedule                               Magrath, the small
Wetaskiwin vs Beaverlodge               1p.m.
      Girls - Thursday, March 19 at HTC
Holy Rosary vs Morinville
     Girls - Thursday, March 19 at HCHS
                                       1 p.m.       town that could
                                                             RHYS KELSO                     1,000 people.
George McDougall vs Fort MacMurray 3 p.m.                                                      With only 180 students the basket-
                                                       rhys@hintonparklander.com
      Boys - Thursday, March 19 at HTC                                                      ball teams usually don’t have to hold
Wetaskiwin vs Barrhead                 3 p.m.        Magrath is a well-known school in      tryouts for the team.
     Boys - Thursday, March 19 at HCHS            the basketball community, but the            The girls team this year finished in
Edm. Christian vs HCHS                 5 p.m.     average person would probably have        third place at the 4A league and won
     Girls - Thursday, March 19 at HCHS           trouble pointing out the town on a        the 3A south zones to clinch their spot
McCoy vs Bishop Carroll                5 p.m.     map.                                      at this year’s provincials.
      Girls - Thursday, March 19 at HTC              Magrath is a town of 2,000 people         Having played 4A basketball,
                                                  located south of Lethbridge. Magrath      Magrath does have an advantage.
Crescent Heights vs HCHS              7 p.m.
                                                  High School has a student population         “The girls have been playing a high
     Boys - Thursday, March 19 at HCHS
                                                  of 180 and because of the size is con-    calibre of ball all year,” said Strate.
Edm. Christian vs St. Joes            7 p.m.      sidered to be a 2A school.                   In the one 3A tournament Magrath
      Boys - Thursday, March 19 at HTC               However, it has been a long time       played in this year they finished in

     Girls Final Four                             since the school has played at that
                                                  level.
                                                                                            second place losing to Holy Trinity
                                                                                            Academy the number-two ranked
  Team 1 vs Team 2 5 p.m.                            The girls team competes at the 4A      team heading into provincials.
      Girls - Friday, March 20 at HTC             level during the season and moves to         Magrath’s strengths this year are
  Team 1 vs Team 2 5 p.m.                         the 3A level for provincials. Although    the balance of the team and the expe-
     Girls - Friday, March 20 at HCHS             they won’t be the most recognizable       rience. Nine of their 11 players this
                                                  team at the 3A Hoop Classic in            year are in Grade 12.
           Girls Final                            Hinton, the number-three ranked
                                                  team will be one to watch.
                                                                                               “If one person starts to struggles
                                                                                            there is always someone there to pick
  Team 1 vs Team 2 5 p.m.
                                                     The reason Magrath has such a          them up,” said Strate.
     Girls - Saturday, March 21 at HCHS           great basketball program has a lot to        Another advantage that the team
     Boys Final Four                              do with the community.
                                                     “Being a small town there is not a
                                                                                            will have is having so many graduat-
                                                                                            ing players, said Strate.
  Team 1 vs Team 2 7 p.m.                         whole lot to do,” said Ron Strate, ath-      “With all the seniors this year there
     Boys - Friday, March 20 at HCHS              letic director at Magrath High School.    will be that extra motivation there to
  Team 1 vs Team 2 9 p.m.                         “Kids are raised from a young age on      bring home the championship in their
     Boys - Friday, March 20 at HCHS              basketball and grow up wanting to         last year,” he said.
                                                  play for the high school team.”              The first game of the tournament
           Boys Final                                Strate said that during league
                                                  games the teams will have more than
                                                                                            for Magrath will be Friday, March 20
                                                                                            at 9 a.m. at the Hinton Training
  Team 1 vs Team 2 7 p.m.
    Boys - Saturday, March 21 at HCHS             500 people in the stands cheering         Centre. Magrath will play the winner
                                                  them on. And when they play teams         of number-11 ranked Harry Collinge
*HTC = Hinton Training Centre
                                                  from towns like Raymond, that are         High School Rockies and number-six
*HCHS = Harry Collinge High School                nearby, the audience can double to        ranked Edmonton Christian game.

                                        • hot drinks • cold drinks • snacks • the best fried
                                        • chicken • hot wings • potato wedges • corn dogs

                                                   110 Swanson Drive • Hinton, AB
                                                      (Just across the field from HCHS)
       3A Hoop Classic 2008/09 Rankings
          BOYS               GIRLS
 1 - Chestermere Lakers - South Central Zone                                1 - Springbank Community Phoenix - South Central Zone
2 - Springbank Community Phoenix - South Central Zone                      2 - Holy Trinity Academy Knights - South Central Zone
3 - Louis St. Laurent Barons - Edmonton Zone                               3 - Magrath Pandas - South Zone
4 - Winston Churchill Bulldogs - South Zone                                4 - St. Albert Catholic Skyhawks - Edmonton Zone
5 - George McDougall Mustangs - South Central Zone                         5 - Wetaskiwin Sabres - Central Zone
6 - Crescent Heights Vikings - South Zone                                  6 - Edmonton Christian Lady Lions - Edmonton Zone
7 - Edmonton Christian Lions - Edmonton Zone                               7 - McCoy Colts - South Zone
8 - Wetaskiwin Composite Sabres - Central Zone                             8 - Holy Rosary Raiders - North East Zone
9 - Barrhead Gryphons - North Central Zone                                 9 - Morinville Community Lady Wolves - North Central Zone
10 - St. Joseph Catholic Celtics - North West Zone                         10 - Bishop Carroll Cardinals - Calgary Zone
11 - Harry Collinge Rockies - North Central Zone                           11 - Harry Collinge Rockies - North Central Zone
12 - Fort McMurray Composite Miners- North East Zone                       12 - Beaverlodge Royals - North West Zone


                                              Photos of the Day




  The number-nine ranked Barrhead Gryphons go
  through final preparations in Hinton befor the
  start of the 3A Hoop Classic.                                                                      The Edmonton Christian Lady Lions prepare
                                                                                                     for their first game against the host Harry
                                                                                                     Collinge Rockies.


                                                   • hot drinks • cold drinks • snacks • the best fried
                                                   • chicken • hot wings • potato wedges • corn dogs

                                                              110 Swanson Drive • Hinton, AB
                                                                 (Just across the field from HCHS)

				
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