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Hapnot hooper Leslie named to provincial graduating all-star team

One of Hapnot’s graduating basketball players has been named to a province-wide Grade 12 all-star team.
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One of Hapnot’s graduating basketball players has been named to a province-wide Grade 12 all-star team.

Alyssa Leslie was one of 30 Manitoba basketball players and a small number of northern players named to Basketball Manitoba’s Graduating All-Star teams for A, AA and AAA schools. Basketball Manitoba named the rosters for this year’s graduating all-star teams last week.

Leslie, a Grade 12 student, played this season with the Kweens and was one of three Grade 12 players with the team, along with Cadence McIntosh and Rene Thompson. The Kweens narrowly lost this year’s Zone 11 championship to The Pas’ Margaret Barbour Collegiate (MBCI) Spartans, but qualified for provincials as a wildcard team, winning against Teulon and finishing seventh of 10 teams.

Leslie is one of three northern players to Team Wilson Sports, one of two all-star teams. Joining Leslie are Kassidy Morin from R.D. Parker Collegiate in Thompson and Mackenzie McCullough from Churchill’s Duke of Marlborough School. Another northern player, MBCI's Grace Forward, will play for Team Rogers against the three northerners during a provincial all-star game.

Some boys’ players also received honours, including MBCI’s Mika and Sami Hlady, Christian and Ryan Buck from Frontier Mosakahiken School in Moose Lake. Coaches Darcy Hanchuk and Saman Mirza-Agha from MBCI will coach one of the boys’ all-star teams, while Frontier Mosakahiken’s Adam Khan will coach another.

No Hapnot boys’ players were named to the all-star rosters. The Kopper Kings had five Grade 12 players this season, but did not make it out of zones, losing in the final to MBCI last month.

The game between Leslie’s Team Wilson Sports and Team Rogers is slated to be held in Winnipeg April 16. It is unknown if the game will be postponed or cancelled as a result of a blizzard expected to hit southern Manitoba later this week.