Basketball takes over the River City
High school hoops ruled the River City on the weekend, as both the South Kamloops Titans and Sa-Hali Sabres hosted Okanagan basketball championships.
South Kam reigned supreme at the girls’ AAA championship, cruising to a 78-37 win over the Kelowna Owls in the tournament final on Saturday, Feb. 25.
Penticton defeated Norkam secondary 64-50 to win bronze.
Maya Olynyk was the tourney MVP, while Abby Grinberg and Emma Wolfram of the Titans were named tournament all stars.
Rebecca Frasca of NorKam was also named a tournament all star.
South Kam will attend the provincial championship tournament, which runs from March 7 to March 10 at Capilano College in North Vancouver.
Sa-Hali fell just short in its bid for gold at the AA girls’ championship.
The Vernon Panthers edged the Sabres 52-49 in the title-deciding game on Saturday.
Summerland beat Oliver 69-66 to claim bronze.
Quinsy Leier of Vernon was the tournament MVP.
Nicole Karstein and Shenise Sigsworth of the Sabres were named tournament all stars.
Sabres claim Okanagan silver
The Sa-Hali Sabres won silver at the AA Okanagan boys’ basketball championship on the weekend in Kamloops.
South Okanagan secondary of Oliver claimed gold, beating Sa-Hali 84-77 in the tournament final.
Chris Toporowski led Sa-Hali with 32 points, Russell Dolson scored 18 and Noah Marchand netted 15.
Daylin Epp played well defensively.
Toporowski and Dolson were named tournament all stars.
Princess Margaret of Penticton beat Westsyde secondary 64-51 to win bronze.
Sa-Hali is hosting the AA senior boys’ provincial championship from March 7 to March 9 at the Tournament Capital Centre and TRU Gym.
Crusaders march to provincials
The St. Ann’s Crusaders placed third at the single-A Okanagan senior boys’ basketball championship on the weekend.
St. Ann’s beat Similkameen 67-57 to win bronze and qualify for the provincial championship, which runs from March 7 to March 10 at Trinity Western University in Langley.
Junior Sabres place fourth
The Sa-Hali Sabres placed fourth at the Okanagan junior boys basketball championship.
Sa-Hali, in its opener, lost 49-34 to Vernon, but bounced back to beat Kelowna 45-35.
In a consolation final, the Sabres beat the Okanagan Mission Huskies 56-55.
Riley Peterson netted the winning basket on a hook shot with seven seconds remaining.
Jason Pinneo had a strong tournament for Sa-Hali.