Good start for Rams basketball
On January 12 and 13 the Rams played in the Central Alberta Christian High School invitational tournament. The championship game was against the host team and it was a nail biter right to the last second. The Rams came out on top and won the tournament. Back row, from left, Mack Hawthorne, Calder Salmon, Sadair Noble, Austin Ericson, Chandler Holyoak, Judah Knipp, Timothy Miller, and Greg Olsen (coach). Middle, from left, Jason Tomas, Clayton Belton, Nathan Zalasek, and Keegan Cooke. Front, from left, Michael Roe and Dylan Olsen (tournament captains)(Debbie Olsen Photo)
Rams basketball is off to a good start in the New Year. After challenging losses in league play, the Rams senior boys basketball placed first in a tournament at the Central Alberta Christian High School (CACHS) and the senior girls placed third in a tournament at Ponoka.
Rams senior boys and girls basketball teams had a busy week of basketball with two league games and three tournament games each over the past week.
The senior girls played Wetaskiwin in their first league game in the New Year. The score was close between both teams for the first half. In the second half, Wetaskiwin pulled away and won the game with a 72-54 win. The girls hosted Sylvan Lake two days later and lost a tough game with a final score of 66 - 30.
The girls had much better luck on the weekend, placing third in the Ponoka tournament. The girls won their first game against Living Stone with a score of 59 - 36, but then lost their next game against Ardrossan to put them in the third place game.
Rams girls played a good game against Stettler and won the third place tournament spot with a final score of 66 - 48 to place third overall in the Ponoka tournament.
The senior boys had a couple of tough league games over the past week as well. The senior boys played the defending provincial champions, the Wetaskiwin Sabers, in their first game of the New Year. The Sabers got off to an early lead and were winning at the half.
Rams boys managed to come back in the third quarter and narrow the Sabers lead to only 8 points at the end of the third. The Sabers managed to pull away in the fourth and win with a score of 71 - 57.
Rams boys then hosted the Sylvan Lake Lakers. Rams senior boys managed to take an early lead and were winning 32 - 25 at the half, but the Lakers pulled ahead in the third and kept that lead for the rest of the game.
The final score was 61 - 57 for the Lakers in a real nail biter win. Rams senior boys had big success on the weekend though. The boys played David Thompson in their first tournament game at Central Alberta Christian High School (CACHS) and won 68 - 20. The boys then played Heritage Christian from Calgary and won a close one with a score of 64 - 61 to put them in the championship game against CACHS. Rams boys led the game at the beginning of the first half, but then lost their lead at the half. CACHS led with a score of 20 - 29. Rams boys then made a big comeback and led the rest of the game.
The final score was 58 - 55 for the Rams in another very close game over the weekend.
The JV boys and girls teams played only one game over the past week. The JV teams played Red Deer’s Lindsay Thurber Raiders, who is one of the league’s top contenders. Both of the Rams JV teams battled hard against the Raiders and played some good basketball, but it wasn’t enough. The Lindsey Thurber JV teams came out with a couple of wins.
- Dylan Olsen is a Grade 12 LCHS student.