Junior Basketball Teams
The Holy Redeemer Basketball Program has had a long history of winning several medals, championships, and banners, and the 2018-2019 was no different for the school’s five Junior teams.
“This year we had almost a record number of junior high students try-out to be a part of the teams,” says HRH Athletics Director Julie Rothwell. “With so many trying out, we ended up having Junior A Boys and Girls teams, Junior B Boys and Girls teams, and a Junior C Boys team. This extremely impressive for a school our size.”
All five teams competed throughout the last few months at various tournaments and league games against local schools. Each game the teams would learn more about the fundamentals of basketball, while at the same time creating a positive team spirit and cooperative attitude.
At the end every of each season the teams compete in the annual GYAC Championship. This year the tournament was held in Hinton, and due to the high number of teams it was held over three days.
The Junior C Boys took to the court on February 21st. They handily won their first game 77-10. The win placed them in the gold medal game against Crescent Valley. The mostly grade 7 team had to work hard against their opponents as it was a back and forth contest, but in the end the Rebels emerged victorious winning by a score of 33-27. The Rebels then proudly took home to GYAC Banner to display on the gymnasium wall. “It was a tremendous honour to coach these young men,” says Head Coach Mike Steffler. The young team was made up of Cedric Beltron, James Calder, Jaoquin Mencede, Brycen Nodeland, Aaron Peterson, Ethan Plunkie, Marshall Roman, Jarret Schwitz, Ashton Galang, Colby Welychka, and Jacob Wolfe.
The Junior B Girls had a terrific showing at the weekend’s championship. The beat Gerard Redmond in their first game, 56-32, only lose a close battle in the semi-final that saw end up in the bronze medal game. The bronze medal game was certainly a nail biter of a game as the Rebels battled against Harry Collinge. But when the dust settled it was HRH who had the win by the narrowest of margins, 41-39. “I love coaching these girls,” says Head Coach Allison Germann. “They have learned so much and come so far this year.” The team was made up of Paron Germann, Shyla Chase, Emma Kreshewski, Janaye Wright, Aspen Boxma, Delaney Kuilboer, Allison Giroux, Lexa Proskow, Kaylynn Westman, and Keely Bowman.
The Junior B Boys finished their tournament in fifth place.
Both Junior A teams played extremely well. The Junior A Girls won the bronze medal in their division after losing a heart breaker in the semi-final against Harry Collinge by one point, 34-33. Despite the disappointing loss, the Rebels regrouped and won the bronze medal game thanks to the heroic actions of rookie Charity White whose hustle captioned the hearts of everyone in attendance. Meanwhile the Boys made a fairytale run to the gold medal game. The Rebels had to rally from behind in the fourth quarter of the semi-final Wildwood to win 54-49. The Boys then lost in the final, but are still silver medal champions.
The Junior A Boys and Girls team will end their season on March 1st and 2nd at the Zone Championships. As for the rest of the teams, their seasons are now complete. That said, you can bet these young athletes will be back next year.