No one could match Mecca Glen in basketball over the weekend.
The junior boys and girls squads used some great effort and skills to win each of their respective 1J divisions at the Wolf Creek championship Saturday, Feb. 27 at St. Augustine School and now move onto the CWAJHAA small schools championship tournament.
The boys, despite being ranked second heading in, were able to defeat Father Lacombe 48-22 in the final and will join the host Bentley squad at the 1J CWAJHAA tournament. However, Father Lacombe may yet get a spot depending on results from the other three school divisions that will be participating in the event set for March 11 and 12.
Meanwhile, the girls were the top-ranked club going in and didn’t disappoint as they edged Father Lacombe 33-30 in the final held in Blackfalds. The victory was really for bragging rights as both teams will play in the 1J CWAJHAA tournament being hosted in Rocky Mountain House on March 11 and 12.
Adam Troitsky, a teacher at Mecca Glen, is the head coach for both teams and managed to handle the duties for both teams through the weekend.
“The boys have been working their tails off for two to three years to get to this point (win the 1J tournament). I am excited for them, as they have stayed committed through difficult seasons getting to here,” said Troitsky.
“The girls are also extremely hard working and dedicated. It is great to see them have success when you know how much extra work they have put into the game. It is great that both teams have the opportunity to move on to the CWAJHAA tournament. Our players are excited to represent Wolf Creek and Mecca Glen.”
Troitsky will do his best to keep doing both coaching jobs in spite of the 70 kilometre commute he will have to make and managing the different game times for the two teams.
Meanwhile, in the 2J (larger schools) Wolf Creek championship, the St. Augustine junior boys managed to snatch away a 42-40 overtime victory over Rimbey for the title on Friday night (Feb. 26) on their home floor, while Rimbey won the junior girls crown 30-28 over Lacombe Christian – who are hosting the CWAJHAA tournament – to win the junior girls crown.
Unfortunately for St. Augustine, they may not have a tournament to play in as no one has stepped up to host the 2J boys CWAJHAA tournament, so it may end up being cancelled, according to Troitsky.