Hapnot basketball teams in both junior and senior divisions are riding high after some solid finishes earlier this month.
The senior Kweens made their mark against southern opponents at the Vincent Massey Viking Invitational, held in Brandon earlier this month. Hapnot played the Portage College Saints in their first game, winning 48-28 and sending the team into the semifinals of the single-elimination tournament.
There, the Kweens played the host Vincent Massey Vikings. Hapnot came out on top in a 57-55 nailbiter, setting up a berth in the finals and a chance for Hapnot to win their first major non-northern tournament of the season.
Playing against Crocus Plains in the final, the Kweens’ magic ran out, with Crocus Plains taking the game 65-56 and winning the tournament. The second-place finish is one of the school’s best endings so far this season.
The Pas tournaments
Hapnot JV teams faced off against other northern opponents in the annual Margaret Barbour Collegiate Institute (MBCI) tournament in The Pas, hosted by the MBCI Spartans Jan. 24-25.
Hapnot went 3-1 through the round robin, beating Norway House’s Helen Betty Osborne Ininiw Education Resource Centre (HBOIERC) Huskies 55-8 and dealing Mikisew a 60-24 whooping. The Kweens were able to defeat Oscar Lathlin in a close 49-35 affair, but were unable to beat the host Spartans. MBCI took down the Kweens 60-38, cruising to an undefeated tournament and a first place finish on their home court.
The boys’ junior varsity tournament featured a ton of northern involvement, with both Creighton Community School and Frontier Collegiate sending teams in addition to Hapnot.
The Kings squad got a hot start on the other side of the tourney, getting off to a 83-34 win over the HBOIERC Huskies in the opening round of their six-team tournament. Frontier got on the good early too, beating Mikisew 52-29.
Creighton wasn’t quite as lucky, losing a hardfought 39-38 game to one of two MBCI junior varsity teams entered and headed home early.
Both Frontier and Hapnot faced MBCI teams in the semis. Both games were lopsided in the end. Hapnot took down one team 73-30, while the other MBCI squad put the hurt on the Frontier team, beating them 71-25. Frontier would later face the same MBCI team Hapnot beat, topping them 60-45 in the tournament’s third-place game.
In the final, the top MBCI team squared off with the Hapnot Kings. The game was closer, but ultimately not close enough for Hapnot to get a win. The tournament ended with a 67-48 victory for the hosts.
The Hapnot senior Kings were in action in Warren Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, earning yet another second-place finish. The Kings earned two wins to start the weekend, first knocking off Teulon 93-51 and beating the hosts 69-52. In the tournament final, the Kings lost a tight game to MacGregor, falling 79-73.