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    Raiders rule as varsity girls champs

    The Oak Park Raiders were heavy favourites to repeat as varsity girls titleists at the Milk AAAA Provincial High School Basketball Championships and they lived up to their pedigree Monday night.


    After a sluggish start, the Oak Park juggernaut rolled to a 70-44 victory over the No. 2 Vincent Massey Trojans at Investors Group Athletic Centre.


    And it was no surprise that Oak Park post Claire Signatovich and point guard Lauren Bartlett were central figures in a win that pushed the team’s overall record to 30-1.


    The Raiders, who beat Massey in the 2017 AAAA title game, were ranked No. 1 all season and won back-to-back championships for their school for the first time in 19 years.


    Tournament MVP Signatovich had 24 points on 12-for-24 shooting and added a game-high 20 rebounds.


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




    St. Paul's Crusaders come through in the clutch

    Ben Gardner tried to settle his mind as he stood at the free-throw line with 14.1 seconds remaining Monday night.


    Gardner’s St. Paul’s Crusaders had a one-point lead over the Vincent Massey Trojans with a season hanging in balance during the varsity boys final at the Milk AAAA Provincial High School Basketball Championships.


    What was he thinking?


    "Don’t miss like I usually do, I guess," said Gardner, a career 60 to 70 per cent free-throw shooter who calmly proceeded to make both shots to give the Crusaders a 72-69 lead. "I wasn’t really thinking about it, to be honest. Same as always: just breathe a deep breath, and two dribbles."


    Now trailing by three, Vincent Massey’s Jade Elias launched and missed a desperate three-pointer with two seconds left and the Crusaders regained possession, capturing their first provincial basketball crown since 2014 and the second in school history.


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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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