Theresetta basketball teams are on the countdown to Clearview & Region Athletics (CARA) and Central Western Alberta Jr. High Athletics Association (CWAJHAA) tournaments.
League games have wrapped up and the teams have been keeping busy playing exhibition games over the past few weeks.
The girls travelled to Brownfield on Feb. 19 for an exhibition game and although they lost, it was an exciting game because at the end they could officially say that everyone on the team has scored at least one basket this season.
With so many new Grade 5 players on the team this year, getting everyone a basket was a team goal.
The girls hosted Donalda on Feb. 25 for another exhibition game and though they played hard, they lost. It was a close game though, and the older girls on the team showed their leadership skills.
The coaches of the team have mentioned numerous times throughout the season that they are proud of the positive attitude and level of encouragement the older players have displayed in every game.
The boys travelled to Erskine on Sat. Feb. 8 for a one day tournament. They started the day by playing the Grade 9 Stettler team.
They played well but lost the game before going on to win against Coronation.
That put the boys second in their pool so they got to play for the bronze medal and third place.
They were up against a team from Trochu and after a close back and forth battle, the Theresetta Knights came home with the third place win. Well done boys!
The boy’s team played an exhibition game against Gus Wetter on Feb. 19. The Knights lost the game, but it is always a learning experience to play against an older, more experienced team.
The boy’s team travelled to Stettler on Feb. 26 to take on the Stettler B team for an exhibition game.
Coach Finkbiner took only the young players this time for some extra experience for them and they had a good time testing out all their skills during some longer shifts.
Curling team successes
The Theresetta curling teams had a great day in Stettler at CARA.
They had two teams entered and both teams had strong showings in their round-robin play, both winning two of their three games which took them to the quarterfinals.
After a hard quarterfinal, one team lost out to last year’s, and eventually this year’s, CARA champions from Erskine.
The team is made up of all Grade 7’s, so they are looking forward to many more curling seasons together.
The other Theresetta team won their quarterfinal, then played the Erskine future champs in the semifinal, losing by one point.
From there, the team advanced to the bronze final against a Gus Wetter team.
They played well but ended up taking home fourth place.
It didn’t feel like a loss though, the curlers made so many great shots throughout the day, it was a great experience.
It was a very long day for this team as they played 24 ends, and had four games back to back to finish the day.
by K. Smawley