High School Briefs: Crusaders triumphant

The St. Ann's Crusaders won the Vikes-Saints senior boys basketball tournament at NorKam and Valleyview on the weekend.

The Crusaders beat the NorKam Saints 63-58 in the final, which was tied 47-47 heading into the fourth quarter.

Angad Multani was named MVP for the Crusaders, who are off to Surrey for the B.C. Catholic championships, which start Thursday. St. Ann's will take on the host Holy Cross Crusaders in its first game.

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The South Kamloops Titans won the Sa-Hali Sabres' Grade 8 girls basketball tournament on the weekend.

South Kam opened with a 40-27 victory over the Valleyview Vikings. Lynn Morrison had nine points and Jessica Venerao scored eight in the victory.

The Titans went on to defeat the Williams Lake-Columneetza Mustangs 47-18 in a semifinal. Hannah McDonald scored 10 points, and Morrison and Tamiko Tallio each scored nine.

The Titans met the host Sabres in the final, with South Kam winning 38-17. McDonald scored 15 points in the victory, with Morrison adding 10.

McDonald was named tournament MVP.

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The Sa-Hali Sabres senior boys basketball team went 1-2 at a weekend tournament in Mission.

Russell Dolson had 25 points as the Sabres opened with a 79-65 loss to the Mission Roadrunners, who are ranked No. 3 in AA. Chris Toporowski had 14 points and 15 rebounds, while player of the game Noah Marchand scored 11 points.

The Sabres went on to lose 69-43 to the West Vancouver-Collingwood Cavaliers, with player of the game Liam Epp scoring 11 points. Marchand had 15 points, and Toporowski also had 11.

The Sabres finished the tournament with an 87-75 victory over the Sardis Falcons. Dolson, who was named a tournament all-star, scored 30 points, and Marchand scored 16. Toporowski, the player of the game, ended with 13 points.

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The St. Ann's Crusaders won a senior girls basketball tournament in Osoyoos on the weekend.

The Crusaders defeated the host Rattlers 42-39 in the final. Jodi Hutton and Alex Bryenton each had 12 points in the victory.

St. Ann's had beaten the Barriere Cougars and the Valemount Timber Wolves en route to the final.

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The Sa-Hali Sabres senior girls basketball team won the Clarence Fulton tournament in Vernon on the weekend.

The Sabres opened with an 81-35 victory over the Vernon-Kalamalka Lakers. Nicole Karstein scored 21 points, Kiana Rainville and Shenise Sigsworth each scored 13 and Meagan Hill and Taylor MacDonald each scored 12.

Sa-Hali went on to beat the West Kelowna-Mount Boucherie Bears 74-40. Karstein had 17 points in the victory, MacDonald and Miori Futemma each scored 15, Sigsworth added 11 and Hill scored 10.

The Sabres dumped the host Maroons 81-33 in the final. Karstein, the tournament MVP, had 19 points, Rainville scored 16 and Sigsworth scored 15.

Sigsworth was a tournament all-star and Futemma earned the team hustle award.

The Sabres will be busy this weekend, as they will play co-host to the Sabre Saint Classic along with NorKam.

Sa-Hali will open against the Maple Ridge-Westview Wildcats on Friday, 11:45 a.m., at Sa-Hali Secondary. The Saints, meanwhile, will take on the Prince George Polars at NorKam on Friday at 10 a.m.

Other squads in the 12-team event include the Vernon Panthers, Prince George-D.P. Todd Trojans, Penticton-Princess Margaret Mustangs, Summerland Rockets, Prince George-Duchess Park Condors, Fulton, Kalamalka and the Oliver-Souther Okanagan Hornets. The final is scheduled for Saturday, 6:15 p.m., at Sa-Hali.

There also will be a junior girls basketball tournament this weekend, called the Sabre-Saint-Broncos Classic and played at Sa-Hali, NorKam and Brocklehurst.

Along with the three host teams will be the Cranbrook-Laurie Tigers, Westsyde Whundas, Duchess Park, Fulton and the Prince George-College Heights Cougars. The final is scheduled for Saturday, 7 p.m., at Brock.

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