High Schools: Vikings advance to provincials

Kamloops Daily News
February 25, 2013 01:00 AM

McKenna Pearce (left), Nicole Case and Sam Hayes cheer on the Valleyview Vikings during the championship final at the Okanagan valley junior boys basketball playoffs, which were held at Valleyview secondary on the weekend.

The Valleyview Vikings used a strong fourth quarter to beat the Vernon Panthers in Saturday's final at the Okanagan junior boys basketball championship.

The host Vikings won the game, 56-42, giving Valleyview its first junior boys title in 27 years. The Vikings are off to Vancouver for provincials from March 6-9.

Valleyview played three tight games, opening with a 51-47 victory over the Kelowna Christian Knights and knocking off the Penticton-Princess Margaret Mustangs 58-50 in a semifinal.

Connor Carson, who was a tournament all-star, had 20 points in each of those victories for Valleyview.

The Vikings and Panthers were tied 33-33 after three quarters in the final, before Vallevyiew upped the pressure and forced a bunch of turnovers. The Vikings held tournament MVP John Garvie to 24 points - he had dropped 30 and 48 in the Panthers' first two games.

Tyler Wightman had 22 points for Valleyview, and Tanner Farber was named the tournament's top defensive player.

Vernon and the Kelowna-Okanagan Mission Huskies, who finished third, also will be going to provincials.

The South Kamloops Titans had opened with a 49-33 loss to the Huskies, then lost 44-27 to the Oliver-Southern Okanagan Hornets. South Kam finished with a 35-26 victory over the Salmon Arm Golds and finished seventh. Jordan Komarniski had eight points in both the opener and the second game for South Kam, and Max Harris scored six in the third game.

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The Kelowna-Dr. Knox Falcons ran away with the Okanagan Grade 9 boys basketball title at Brocklehurst.

The Falcons, led by MVP Matt Lafontaine and all-star Parker Simpson, won their three games by a combined score of 267-111.

They opened with a 100-29 victory over the Salmon Arm Golds, knocked off the South Kamloops Titans 78-32 in a semifinal, and took the final 89-50 over the Kelowna-K.L.O. Cougars.

Both finalists are off to the provincial championship at Vancouver in March.

The Titans went on to finish third, after beating the Kelowna-Rutland Voodoos 63-55 on Friday and the Westbank-Glenrosa Jaguars 51-36 in the bronze-medal game. South Kam's all-star was Mike Stensa.

The host Broncs opened with a 68-60 loss to Glenrosa and dropped a 56-30 decision to the Penticton Lakers, but rebounded to defeat the Golds 55-42 on Saturday. Brock's MVP was Trey Chisholm.

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The Sa-Hali Sabres finished fourth at the Okanagan senior AA boys basketball championship in Kelowna, but still will have the host berth for provincials from March 6-9.

The Sabres finished the tournament with a 65-64 loss to the Penticton-Princess Margaret Mustangs in the bronze-medal game on Saturday. Princess Margaret had led by 16 in the second half, but Sa-Hali led by two points in the final 10 seconds. The Mustangs canned a three-pointer late to notch the victory.

Nine of Russell Dolson's 17 points came in the fourth quarter, with Austen Langill also getting nine fourth-quarter points as part of a 15-point effort.

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The South Kamloops Titans will be back in Langley next month to defend their provincial AAA girls basketball championship.

South Kam won the Okanagan championship at home on Saturday, easily dispatching the Kelowna Owls 70-34 on Saturday. The Titans, the No. 1 ranked team in the province, have won Okanagans the past three seasons - they finished third at provincials in 2011, before taking gold in 2012.

Saturday's Okanagan final was never in doubt, thanks in large part to MVP Emma Wolfram's 24 points and 16 rebounds. Anna Frenkel was named a tournament all-star after posting 17 points, eight rebounds and five steals, while Maya Olynyk also got an all-star nod thanks to a 12-point, eight-rebound performance in the final.

Emma Piggin also was a tournament all-star, and had 11 points and six rebounds in the final.

Brooke Briscoe had 12 points for the Owls, and was named a tournament all-star along with teammates Kiana Lalonde and Carly Corrado.

The Salmon Arm Jewels defeated the West Kelowna-Mount Boucherie Bears 66-57 in the third-place game. Salmon Arm's Haylie Gibb and the Bears' Ashley Pohl also made the all-star team.

New at the tournament this year were a pair of scholarships for graduating players - Corrado and Olynyk earned the scholarships this year.

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