Provincials is Here!

After over a year of planning, over 100 volunteers lending a hand, and thousands of hours of work, the Boys 2A Basketball Provincials hosted by Holy Redeemer is finally here.

“This has been one of largest events our school has ever planned,” says HRH Principal Bill McGowan. “That said, I’m happy to say we are ready for the entire province to see our school in action.”

The event officially takes place from Thursday, March 16th to Saturday, March 18th, but the twelve competing teams will be arriving from around the province on Wednesday, March 15th.

The Opening Ceremonies is set for 9:00 am on the 16th in the gym at HRH. “We plan to have the entire school in attendance,” says McGowan. “In addition, both Town of Edson and Yellowhead County Mayors will be there to make welcoming speeches.”

From there, all of the student athletes and coaches are invited to attend a special brunch at the Sacred Heart Parish to celebrate the official opening the tournament.

That afternoon, the games will begin with Holy Redeemer playing first at 2:00 pm in front of their hometown crowd. Other games are scheduled for 3:45, 5:30 and 7:15. A complete tournament draw will be posted on the ASAA website, asaa.ca, and the Holy Redeemer Facebook page nearer to the start of the tournament.

Any spectators will have to pay a nominal entrance fee to view all the basketball action. A weekend pass will be $20, an adult day pass is $10, the student day pass is $5, children under 10 are free, and programs are $5 each, with all games being played in the Holy Redeemer gym. If you’re unable to come down to see any of the games, be sure to watch them live via the ASAA website.

“We’ve been really proud of all of the volunteers who stepped up to help make this event one for the books,” says Tournament Organizer and HRH Athletics Director Laura Webb. “So many staff members, students, parents, and community members have all come forward. This has been truly a community event that our school can be proud of.”

And after all the pomp and circumstance is out of way, the HRH Rebels team will focus on job at hand – winning. “This will be our fifth trip to provincials in row,” says Head Coach Peter Saik. “Our boys have been looking forward to this all season and now it’s their time to shine on our home court. Needless to say, we can’t wait!”

You can bet, this tournament will be one you won’t want to miss!