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    Oak Park Raiders make it back-to-back

    For the second straight year, the Vincent Massey Trojans were one game away from a provincial girls basketball championship.


    And for the second straight year, the Oak Park Raiders squashed those hopes on the hardwood.


    Riding 24 points and 20 rebounds from tournament MVP Claire Signatovich, the Raiders dominated the Trojans, 70-44, in Monday night’s AAAA high school final at the University of Manitoba.


    “There were so many people on our team deserving of it,” Signatovich said of the MVP award. “All five of our starters are coming back. I think (the team) will be pretty similar to this year. It’ll be good, it’ll be fun. It’ll be a good year.”


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    Crusaders take boys hoops crown

    It was all about redemption for the St. Paul’s Crusaders on Monday.


    A loss in last year’s provincial boys high school basketball final stuck with the Crusaders all season long, and 12 months later they finally scratched that itch.


    A thrilling AAAA final before a loud crowd of nearly 2,000 at the University of Manitoba saw St. Paul’s hang on for a 72-69 win over the Vincent Massey Trojans.


    “Four years of hard work,” point guard and tournament MVP Mark Tachie said, clutching the championship trophy at mid-court. “We were here last year and we lost, so it feels good to be on the other end. It drove us the whole season. Our whole thing was to get back and complete the business this year.”


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    Sheer dominance: Massey's Filewich checks all the boxes in high school poll

    A 6-foot-8 player who can grab rebounds isn’t unusual.


    One with the hands to pour in 30 or 40 points a game — that’s another story.


    Kyler Filewich’s ability to do both for Vincent Massey Collegiate has earned him the nod as the top high-school player in the province in the Winnipeg Sun’s annual coaches poll.


    And he’s only in Grade 11.


    “The combination of his size, his decision-making, his intelligence, his experience – his potential is very big,” Trojans coach Nick Lother said. “Something that our province hasn’t seen in a long time, in terms of his sheer dominance.


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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.


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    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."


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