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  • JOHN WOODS / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

    Savvy veterans carry Oak Park to title

    The Oak Park Raiders’ No. 1 ranking, their resiliency and ultimately their resolve were put to the test by a familiar foe, a test they passed honourably led by two veterans of their leadership core in the dying moments Monday night.

     

    Leading by three with less than 30 seconds to go, Raiders forward Wyatt Tait drove to the basket. His layup attempt missed, bouncing off the rim and out, but guard Chris Chang was there to tip the rebound into the net. It was Oak Park’s 23rd offensive board of the game, and the dagger they needed to secure a 78-73 victory and their second varsity boys provincial basketball championship in three years.

     

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

     

  • JOHN WOODS / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

    Raiders claim girls' provincial hoops crown

    They swung back and forth at each other all season, exchanging rights and lefts and a few jabs to remind each other neither was backing down.

     

    It was the Oak Park Raiders who dealt the final haymaker, a knockout blow that crowned them varsity girl’s provincial basketball champions for a fifth time in a 81-67 win over the Vincent Massey Trojans Monday night at Investors Group Athletic Centre.

     

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

     

  • Kevin King/Winnipeg Sun

    Raiders beat St. Paul's to win boys hoops title

    Not since 1977 had the same high school won both the boys and girls provincial championships at the highest level of basketball.

     

    The Oak Park Raiders pulled off the double-whammy at the U of M on Monday night, the boys following up the girls’ win with a nailbiting, 78-73 win over the St. Paul’s Crusaders.

     

    Click here for the full story from the Winnipeg Sun.

     

  • Kevin King/Winnipeg Sun

    Bartlett sisters lead Oak Park to high school hoops title

    When the final buzzer sounded and Deidre Bartlett knew she had won the provincial high school basketball championship, she hugged the nearest person she could find.

     

    It probably wasn’t a coincidence it was her younger sister, Lauren.

     

    The diminutive siblings, both guards for the Oak Park Raiders, were instrumental in Monday’s 81-67 victory over rival Vincent Massey, their school’s first girls AAAA title since 2013.

     

    And winning it together on their last day as high-school teammates — Deidre is graduating — well, it doesn’t get much better than that.

     

    Click here for the full story from the Winnipeg Sun.

     

  • Sturdy Oak

    It might not have been the way the top-seeded Oak Park Raiders drew it up, but it got the job done, just the same.

     

    With a trip to the provincial AAAA championship on the line, the Raiders’ top player ran into foul trouble and was held in check, while another was ejected during an early second-half ruckus against the rival Vincent Massey Trojans.

     

    But the Raiders, high-school hoops’ cream of the crop this season, emerged with an 84-72 win in the first of two semifinals at the U of M campus, Friday night.

     

    Click here for the full story from the Winnipeg Sun.