Wildcat Jr. High boys’ basketball season comes to a close

Hughenden Highlights

Hughenden Wildcat Jr. High girls basketball team hosted playoffs Feb. 27.  From the left, back row: Roma Mae Bugayong, Ardeya Goodwin, Chloe Sayer, Erin Johnson and Tasia Goodwin. Front row: Payton Manning, Lucy Lee and Hayle Dambrowsky.

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The Hughenden Junior High boys’ basketball team had a great basketball season posting a winning season record of three and two.

During the playoffs injuries brought the season to an abrupt end, finishing fourth in their league after losses to Blessed Sacrament School and Veteran School.

“The boys showed tremendous heart throughout the season and never gave up on the game,” said Head coach Kevin Elliott.  “They should be proud of the way they played throughout the year.”

The players on this year’s team were Sasha Robitaille, Wyatt Ford, Colby Laing, Carter Oxamitny, Kijana Penley, Julius Penley and Trenton Small.

The Hughenden Public School (HPS) Tier 1 Junior girls’ basketball team had a great season despite the many newcomers this year.

Hughenden School won two out of three of their games, placing third during their home tournament.

“It’s a very exciting time for basketball at HPS,” said Head coach, Ryan Duffett.  “With playoffs coming up, I hope to see the girls find another gear and play well enough to win.  It is also exciting because our new jerseys will be arriving before then, so we will look great on the court.”

With that positive attitude the Jr. High Wildcat girls’ team hosted BTJHAA playoffs on Feb. 27 and finished fifth.

Bags of Love
The Grade 8 class will be hosting a “Sweet and Healthy” skewer of treats for $2 on Thur., Mar. 17, St. Patrick’s Day. The proceeds will be going to the “Bags of Love” program, which is an opportunity for kids to help kids in Alberta who are going through the difficult transition to a foster home.

“Bags of Love” are bags filled with items that a child would need when they are taken to a foster care facility.

Jewel Liem, founder of the program in Alberta, visited Hughenden Public School on Feb. 19 and encouraged students to participate.

Each bag contains a home-made quilt donated by the Czar Quilters Guild.  These ladies are grandmas, neighbours or extended relatives of the students.

All students were given a list of items needed to fill the bags and the Grade 8 class will be making a collection container for the items.

$4,000 grant
In February, the Battle River Community Foundation has provided a grant of $4,500. The common area at HPS is an area for students to relax and play games during lunch time or while on spare.

This grant will continue the school’s ability to maintain the equipment and provide more games to the students.

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