CACHS gears up to host basketball provincials
A total of 24 girls and boys basketball teams will descend upon Lacombe to battle it out on the court for high school basketball supremacy this week.
Central Alberta Christian High School (CACHS) is hosting 1A (schools under 100) provincials March 14-17.
With both teams falling short of gold in their zone championships this past weekend, it will provide them with the perfect opportunity to redeem themselves against the teams that bested them.
“We did alright,” said Lady Knights Coach and CACHS Athletic Director Travis Eggink. “We won our semifinal game against Eckville and we lost our final game against Bawlf. We had a good game but couldn't pull it out in the end.”
The score was 56-41 in the Central Alberta Schools Athletic Association (CASAA) zone championship where they fell to Bawlf, the third-ranked team in the province. CACHS is ranked eighth.
On the boys side, the team won against New Norway in the semifinal, but were beat by Hay Lakes in the final. Provincially, CACHS is ranked fifth, while Hay Lakes is seventh.
“Overall, there were a bit of ups and downs for both teams, but both seem to be in good shape,” said Eggink.
Both teams won the 1A CASAA West basketball league - the girls had a record of 19-6, while the boys had a similar record - and despite falling short of zone championships, both are now looking towards provincials.
Opening ceremonies will be held on Thursday, March 16 at 9:30 a.m. with the Lady Knights playing right after in the CACHS gym at 11 a.m. against Marwayne. The winner of the game will move on to play Foremost at 2:15 p.m. Friday at CACHS.
Championship games on the girls side will be held on Saturday, with the gold medal game held at 6 p.m. at CACHS and the bronze medal game at 4 p.m. The location of the bronze medal game has yet to be decided.
The boys, meanwhile, will kick off their tournament against St. Mary's Sexsmith at 12:45 p.m. on Thursday, with the winner to face J.T. Foster at 9 a.m. Friday. Both games will be played at the CACHS gym.
The gold medal game will be on Saturday at 8 p.m. at the CACHS gym, while the bronze medal game will be held at 4 p.m. at either Lacombe Composite High School or CACHS.
A banquet will also be held at the Lacombe Memorial Centre on Thursday night. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m.