By Woodard, Dale on December 16, 2019.
It was a Festive weekend for the Vauxhall Vikings boys and Stirling Lakers girls varsity basketball teams.
The Vikings and Lakers capped off a weekend on the hardwood with this year’s Kate Andrews Christmas Festival Basketball Tournament titles.
Vauxhall downed the Taber St. Mary’s Celtics 75-59 in the gold medal game Saturday night at Kate Andrews, while the Lakers defeated the Taber St. Mary’s Auroras 76-55 in the final.
In the boys final, Carter Dick and Shaye McTavish each had 19 points for the Vikings and Ty Wevers added 11.
For the Celtics, Carter Hendricks had a 23-point game and David Klassen and Beau Huseby each scored 10.
Dick was named a tournament all-star and teammate Wevers earned the tournament MVP honour.
Hendricks was selected as the Celtics tournament all-star.
The Lakers were led by Courtney McKee with 23 points in the girls gold medal game. Halle Smith and Hillary Shockey put up 14 and 13 points, respectively.
Nicole Wolaniuk scored 11 points for the Auroras.
Shockey and Kourtney Bos were named tournament all-stars for the Lakers and Auroras, respectively.
Talia Oviatt of Stirling was named the tournament MVP.
In the boys third-place game the Claresholm Willow Creek Cobras struck bronze thanks to a 94-60 win over the host Coaldale Kate Andrews Pride.
Jackson Wright put up 32 points for the Cobras. Ethan Perry added 14 for Willow Creek and Logan Reed hit for 12.
Colten Dancoisne led Kate Andrews with 13 points and Eli Eyding scored 10.
Wright was named the Cobras Tournament All-Star and Dancoisne earned the award for the Pride.
The boys consolation game went to overtime before the Livingston Sabres emerged with a 62-56 win over the Coaldale Christian Titans.
Leading the Sabres was Joseph Lowery with 21 points and Logan Olsen with 16. Lowery also won the Livingston Tournament All-Star award.
Owen de Boer hit for 19 points for the Titans and was also named Tournament All-Star.
The Vulcan County Central Hawks won the boys seventh/eighth place game courtesy a 71-54 win over the Fort Macleod F.P. Walshe Flyers as Luke Jackson poured in 43 points for the Hawks and teammate Ceejay Schneider added 10. Jackson’s weekend earned him the Tournament All-Star nod for Vulcan.
For the Flyers, Joseph Eagle Plain had 16 points and Kody Welsh scored 10. Eagle Plain was Fort Macleod’s Tournament All-Star.
In the girls’ third-place game, Medicine Hat Crescent Heights got past Vauxhall 51-44 as Kadance Mann and Zaira Miler-Shackelton each scored 10 points. Miler-Shackelton was named Medicine Hat’s Tournament All-Star.
Jessica Brummelhuis paced Vauxhall with 13 points, while teammate Payton Sandau was selected as Vauxhall’s Tournament All-Star.
The girls’ consolation title went to the Winston Churchill Griffins following a 77-64 win over the Kate Andrews Pride.
Leading the Griffins was Nataeya Black Water with 25 points. Cayla Stimson and Pacey Hill chipped in with 17 and 14 points, respectively. Stimson was named a Tournament All-Star.
Bailey Kasko led Kate Andrews with 18 points and Mackenzie Gugyelka hit for 10. Evelyn Ferguson earned the Pride’s Tournament All-Star award.
The Pincher Creek Matthew Halton girls took seventh place with a 64-51 victory over F.P. Walshe.
Leading Pincher Creek was Abi Whitehead with 24 points, while teammate Noa Jessen added 23. Jessen was also chosen as a Tournament All-Star.
Esther Oosterwijk scored 18 points for the Flyers and Carson Smith had 16. Sydney Perry had 10 points in for F.P. Walshe was earned a Tournament All-Star nod.