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    TOP OF HEAP: Sun Top 10 high school basketball girls poll

    She looks up at most opponents, but on this day, at least, they’re looking up at her.


    Oak Park’s Lauren Bartlett, all 5-foot-4 of her, was named the top player in Manitoba girls high school basketball in the Winnipeg Sun’s annual coach’s poll, Tuesday.


    “It’s great hearing that,” a surprised Bartlett said. “There’s a bunch of good players… we’re all pretty much equal, in my opinion. That’d be a pretty tough one to decide. It’s a real compliment.”


    Bartlett edged fellow Grade 11 player Anna Kernaghan of Sturgeon Heights in the poll.


    Click here for the full story from the Winnipeg Sun.




    Grade 11 post poses big challenge for other teams

    One thing seems certain: any team planning to win the varsity boys title at the Milk AAAA Provincial High School Basketball Championships will have to find a way to solve Kyler Filewich.


    The 6-8, 240-pound post for the No. 2-ranked Vincent Massey Trojans is a force of nature and the most talked-about high school hoops player in Manitoba. And he’s still getting better.


    "He’s improved a great deal this year," said St. Paul’s head coach Jeff Laping, whose No. 1-ranked Crusaders have faced Filewich and the Trojans three times this season, winning twice. "He was just sort of a bull last year, to be honest. He was just so physical. This year, his touch is much improved, his finishing around the basket. He rebounds so well that you’ve just gotta find ways to limit what he can do."


    Click here for the full story from the Winnipeg Free Press.




    Friends off the court, heated rivals on it

    Debbie Nkiasi and Claire Signatovich are good pals off the basketball court.


    On Monday, however, they plan to revert to "frenemy" mode during the varsity girls final at the Milk AAAA Provincial High School Basketball Championships.


    "We’re really good friends, but on the court, it’s a really good battle," Signatovich said Tuesday afternoon. "Debbie’s a really aggressive player — clean, but she’s really aggressive and good at boxing out. It’s definitely a battle between the two us us for rebounds and position on the block."


    Signatovich’s Oak Park Raiders and Nkiasi’s Vincent Massey Trojans, the province’s first- and second-ranked teams, respectively, appear to be on a collision course. But they have some important work to do first. The same teams met in last year’s final, with Oak Park earning the title.


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  • 2018 MILK AAAA Provincial Basketball Final Four Set

    March madness has made its way to Winnipeg as the 2018 MILK AAAA Provincial Basketball Final Four has been set.


    Four girls and four boys high school basketball teams will be vying for the right to call themselves 2018 AAAA MILK Provincial Basketball Champions over the next week. 


    Participating teams in the MILK AAAA Girls Provincial Championships include the Glenlawn Lions, Oak Park Raiders, Sturgeon Heights Huskies, and the Vincent Massey Trojans.


    On the boys side, vying for the MILK AAAA Boys Provincial Championship will be the Garden City Fighting Gophers, St. Paul’s Crusaders, Sisler Spartans and the Vincent Massey Trojans.


    Action for all games will take place at the Investors Group Athletic Centre at the University of Manitoba. Semi-final action begins this Thursday, March 15 with the girls semi-finals taking place at 6:00 and 8:00pm. The boys semi-final action takes place on Friday at 6:00 and 8:00pm. The Championship finals gets underway on Monday, March 19 with the girls game at 6pm and the boys beginning at 8pm.


    The Oak Park Raiders are the defending AAAA Girls and AAAA Boys Provincial Basketball Champions.


    The MHSAA would like to extend a huge thank you to Milk and the Dairy Farmers of Manitoba for their tremendous support as our title sponsor for the AAAA Provincial Basketball Championships.


    2018 MILK AAAA Provincial Basketball Championships Media Kit




    St. Paul's takes third straight title

    The St. Paul’s Crusaders reached into their large array of offensive weaponry and came away with their third consecutive Milk AAAA Provincial High School Boys Hockey Championship on Monday night.


    Tournament MVP Michael Lee broke a 1-1 tie with less than five minutes remaining and Grade 12 forward Matt Major fired a hat trick, including the game’s opening goal and two insurance markers in the third period (the capper into an empty net), to lift the Crusaders to a 4-1 triumph over the Sturgeon Heights Collegiate Huskies at Bell MTS Iceplex.


    Click here for the full story from the Winnipeg Free Press.